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 Santa Claus is coming to Rutherford for the holidays

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RUTHERFORD (Nov. 18, 2010) — The Rutherford Downtown Partnership and Rutherford Chamber of Commerce have announced the joint schedule for this year’s holiday parade and festival. Both will be held in downtown Rutherford Saturday, Nov. 27.

Starting at 10 a.m. this year, the holiday festival will be at the Williams Plaza with craft vendors, face painting, children’s craft village sponsored by Rutherford Dairy Queen and community group booths, and other attractions.

At noon, the chamber’s annual holiday parade will start at Pierrepont Avenue and travel north on Park Avenue to Ames Avenue, with the reviewing stand located at the Williams Plaza (Park Avenue and Glen Road). The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be the Rutherford Fire Department. This year’s parade lineup is filled with special groups, including the one that everyone eagerly awaits seeing, Santa on the last fire truck.

After the parade, the holiday festival continues with free photos with Santa at Visual Impressions Photography (22 Glen Road), sponsored by Visual Impressions Photography, Coccia Realty and The Leader Newspaper.

Park Avenue will remain open to traffic, with parking at meters, throughout the afternoon. The caroling stage for the afternoon will be located on Park Avenue, near Glen Road. Come hear the great voices of groups from throughout the area.

Starting at 12:30 p.m. the Williams Center will show regularly scheduled children’s movies including “Harry Potter” and “Tangled.” Please call 201-939-2323 for times and prices.

Stores throughout the downtown will be open so that you can start your holiday shopping.

The Rutherford Downtown Partnership is encouraging everyone to shop, dine and do errands in the downtown that day. As an additional incentive for those who spend $50 or more total in three or more downtown businesses on the 27th only, they will be able to receive a $5 Shop Rutherford gift certificate from the RDP at its booth at the Williams Plaza.

For receipts totaling $100 or more total from three or more downtown businesses on the 27th, festival-goers will be able to receive a $10 Shop Rutherford gift certificate, and for receipts totaling $250 or more total from three or more downtown businesses a $25 Shop Rutherford gift certificate will be issued.

Returns will not be allowed on any of the merchandise purchased under this program. Only one gift certificate will be issued per person. The maximum rebate provided will be $25 per person.

As the holidays are about to begin, be sure to look for the special holiday treats and gifts that are available from our local businesses. Shoppers are also asked to check out their local papers for special in-store incentives that day.

At 4 p.m., Santa will read stories to children at the 12 Miles West Theater in the back of Blimpies and at 4:30 p.m. the Rutherford Community Band will be orchestrating a carol sing-along at the Boiling Springs Children’s Tree at the Williams Plaza.

At 5 p.m., the holiday tree at the Williams Plaza, and at the same time the tree at the library, will be lit for the first time this year.

Saturday, Nov. 27 is looking like it will be a fun-filled day on Park Avenue in Rutherford.

— Submitted press release

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