Continuing a joyous tradition, hundreds of residents gathered at the Manchester Township Municipal Complex to celebrate the holiday season during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 9, 2016. As one of the many community events hosted by Manchester Township’s Recreation Department, the ceremony gave all of our families the opportunity to come together and enjoy each other’s company.

Rev. David Rittinger of Whiting Bible Church began the festivities by offering the invocation. Mayor Kenneth Palmer then delivered opening remarks, wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season with their friends and family. The festivities continued with performances by Shayna Goble, Kayla Fata, and Amber Lowe; Cub Scout Pack 44; the Manchester School Chorus; and Cassidy Gobel. Also among those celebrating with the community were members of the Township Council and numerous municipal employees and their families.

Santa Claus himself made a special appearance, arriving at the Municipal Complex with much fanfare aboard a Manchester Volunteer Fire Company engine. To cap off the night, children and their families were welcomed into the Civic Center for refreshments and a visit and photo with Santa.

A special thank you goes out to Manchester Manor, Whiting Health Care, Pines at Whiting, Crestwood Manor, and La Bove Grande for their generous donations of refreshments. Also providing invaluable assistance in bringing this event together were the Manchester First Aid and Rescue Squad, Manchester Volunteer Fire Company, Manchester Buildings and Grounds Staff, Municipal Staff, Social and Senior Service Staff, and Joe Tomei.

Remember, the Recreation Department’s Holiday Home Decoration Contest is in full swing – call 732-657-8121, ext. 5102 or 5101 to enter. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared in this special event!