Downtown Newark tree lighting celebration returns on Saturday, December 1 at Prudential Center
Published November 27, 2018 | Manny Faces
The Christmas Tree at Championship Plaza awaiting its debut in December 2014. (Andaiye Taylor)
Newark Downtown District and the New Jersey Devils will host the 2018 Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Prudential Center Championship Plaza on Saturday, December 1st.
The annual event will include an assortment of family-friendly activities, including carnival games, holiday carolers, a bouncy house, kiddie train rides, NJ Devils floor hockey, and a special concert performance by The Voice semi-finalist, Ali Caldwell.
We hear that a certain North Pole representative will also be in attendance, offering free selfies with area children. Rumor has it, special visits will also include Black Panther, Captain America, The Incredibles and members of Paw Patrol.
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One of the largest holiday celebrations in the Garden State, the ceremony will take place from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., with the actual tree lighting occurring at 5:30 p.m.
New Jersey native Ali Caldwell was a semi-finalist in the 2016 season of NBC’s The Voice. After the tree-lighting, Caldwell will perform a free concert on the plaza.
The celebration is free to attend, open to the public, and is scheduled to go on no matter the weather. Visit www.downtwonnewark.com for information and updates.