The annual celebration of the holiday season begins Friday on Middletown's Main Street with hayrides, train rides for the kids, holiday music, an simultaneous appearance by Mayor Sebastian Giuliano and Santa Claus (so you know, for sure, that Seb is not Santa), and a tree lighting on both the North and South end of Main Street.
A listing of events is available on the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce website.
From the Chamber's press release:
The first tree-lighting will take place on the South Green at 5:45 p.m. and will be led by Mayor Sebastian Giuliano and Santa. In the effort to go "green," the city will use over 10,000 energy-saving LED bulbs on the South Green tree! Also on hand on the South Green will be the Middletown High School band and chorus along with the Woodrow Wilson Middle School chorus. Last year, over 1,000 people were able to enjoy the holiday sights and sounds on the South Green and more are expected this year.
Also, there will be a parade up Main Street to the Chamber where the tree on the roof will be lit at 6:15 p.m. for the second tree-lighting of the night followed by free pictures with Santa.
After the second lighting at the Chamber, there will be festivities in front of Eli Cannon's Tap Room at 695 Main Street for the third and final tree-lighting of the night, at 8:15 p.m. Here, Santa will arrive to light the tree and there will be elves on hand to provide all children with complementary popcorn, cookies, hot chocolate and other treats.
Each tree-lighting is free of charge to the public.
HOLIDAY ON MAIN STREET CONTINUES EVERY SATURDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS. STAY TUNED FOR MORE EVENTS DURING DECEMBER!