Lights on Main again ushers in Harrison holiday season

Thousands are expected for the township’s annual tree lighting

The Harrison Township Recreation Commission will host Lights on Main on Saturday Nov. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Main Street will be closed on the day of the event from 4 to 10 p.m., but its businesses will be open to the public, and there will be a variety of activities.

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“It’s a celebration of the Christmas season and is a street-closing event,” said township Recreation Coordinator Sharon Chew. “This is the ninth year that recreation is doing this, and we will get 8,000 plus participants.”

The event is paid for with fundraised money and by sponsors, Chew added. Its main sponsor is Inspira.

Shuttle buses will pick up guests on Woodland Avenue and Folwell Lane. Both streets will be shut down during the event, with a portion of Route 322 open only to the buses.

“There are 35 businesses partaking in the event, whether by themselves or collectively with another,” Chew noted. “At the tree will be the Holiday Twinkle Shop, which is where nonprofit organizations and businesses not set up on Main Street will be.”

Mullica Hill Mayor Louis Manzo will deliver a brief speech, followed by the lighting of a massive Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Also on hand will be other members of the township committee; Chew and the rest of the recreation commission will staff the event.

For kids, there will be holiday-themed bounce houses as well as visits from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause. Entertainment will be provided, and food vendors will also be on hand.

Lights on Main will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. A guide to the layout and other information can be found online.

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