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Welcome Home to Westfield - Holiday Events

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The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy shopping, dining and celebrating in our classic town for modern families! Since there's no place like home, Westfield is the place where families and friends share good food, exchange gifts and create awesome memories together.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is proud to sponsor the following holiday events each year:

  • Photos with Santa at Lord & Taylor
  • Black Friday Shopping & Free Shopper Parking Thanks to The Town of Westfield
  • Small Business Saturday Shopping, Entertainment & Free Shopper Parking Thanks to The Town of Westfield
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Menorah Lighting
  • Holiday Entertainment
  • Free Holiday Parking
  • Miracle on Elm St. Shopping Spree Contest

Photos with Santa at Lord & Taylor

Thanksgiving Weekend kick­s off the Welcome Home to Westfield holiday events with Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, November 23-25, 2018­ at Lord & Taylor, Westfield, 609 North Ave. W., Westfield, NJ. Friday & Saturday 1-­6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. One free 5" x 7" photo with a donation of 2 cans of non­perishable food for the Holy Trinity Westfield Food Pantry. Nominal shipping fee will apply. Additional online photo packages may be purchased from www.PaulMeccaPhotography.com

Black Friday Shopping

Shop downtown Westfield on Black Friday and enjoy free shopper parking all day (November 23, 2018) compliments of The Town of Westfield. Free shopper parking at all on-street meters and pay station lots. Parking restrictions and time limits apply.

Small Business Saturday Shopping + Entertainment 

If you love Westfield, shop small, dine small, shop Westfield! Roaming entertainment is sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation as follows: Santa & Mrs. Claus strolling downtown from 10am - noon; Yuletide Carolers singing throughout downtown from 1-2pm; For Stories singing throughout downtown from 1:30-3pm; The Harmonics singing throughout downtown from 3-5pm; and NJ Workshop for the Arts Brass Quintet playing throughout downtown from 2:30-4:30pm. Enjoy free shopper parking on Small Business Saturday (November 24, 2018) compliments of The Town of Westfield. Free shopper parking at all on-street meters and pay station lots. Parking restrictions and time limits apply.

Tree Lighting

The Annual Tree Lighting with Santa & Mrs. Claus will take place Sunday, November 25, 5:30pm at the North Ave. Train Station. Mayor Shelley Brindle and Santa & Mrs. Claus will officiate the tree lighting. The Westfield Community Band will provide entertainment, The Lion's Club will be there serving hot cider, and Columbia Bank among others will be handing out goodies.  

Menorah Lighting

The Annual Menorah Lighting Ceremonies will take place at the North Ave. Train Station on December 2 at 5pm and is sponsored by the Union County Torah Center, 908.789.5252. 

Free Holiday Shopper Parking

Enjoy free shopper parking for the holidays, December 15, 2018 - January 1, 2019, compliments of the Town of Westfield. Shoppers, diners and visitors may enjoy the gift of free metered parking at designated 2-hour on-street meters and 4-hour parking lot pay stations. Parking restrictions and time limits will be enforced to ensure turnover of the parking spaces. The meters and pay stations will be covered with red meter bags.

Miracle on Elm St. Shopping Spree Contest

Enter to win a weekly drawing for gift cards to your favorite downtown Westfield businesses or restaurants! From November 23 through December 21, enter to win one of six $50 gift cards* each week during the holiday season. Six individual weekly prizes of $50 will be awarded in Downtown Westfield shopping/restaurant gift cards from the business where card was distributed. Provide your email address to enter our bonus drawing for a $25 parking card each week. Printed entry forms will be available at your favorite Westfield business and restaurants and when completed, may be placed in the special mailboxes located at the corner of Elm St. & E. Broad St. or on the corner of South Ave. W. & Summit Ave. Mailed entries or on-line entries will be accepted. Limit one entry per person per week. Must be 18 years or over to enter. *Gift cards will be issued to winners from Downtown Westfield Special Improvement businesses where card was distributed. Winners will be randomly drawn on Fridays beginning November 23 with last drawing on December 21, 2018. To enter online, visit http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hkdmqgcab&oeidk=a07efu933qaafb3bc7d.

Holiday Entertainment 

The DWC sponsors family entertainment during the holidays in December, typically on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The fun roaming musical entertainment has been a Westfield tradition for decades and includes Yuletide Carolers, Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Band, NJ Workshop for the Arts Alphorns and Brass Quintet, The Harmonics and For Stories Quartet. Schedule of events for 2018 is as follows: 

Harmonics Quartet: Thursdays • Strolling Downtown • Nov. 29 & Dec. 6, 13 & 20 from 6:30–8:30pm

The Yuletide Carolers: Saturdays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 1, 15 & 22 from 1–2pm •  Saturday • Dec. 8  •  Lord & Taylor from 1–2pm

Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Band: Saturdays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 2–5pm

NJ Workshop for the Arts Alphorns: Saturdays • E. Broad St. & Elm St. • Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 2:30 –3:30 pm

NJ Workshop for the Arts Brass Quintet: Sundays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 2, 9 & 16 from 2:30–4:30 pm

For Stories Quartet: Sundays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 1:30–3 pm

 

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest - Sponsored by the Town of Westfield

Westfield is excited to present the first ever town-wide Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. You are invited to conjure all of your creativity, imagination, and whimsy this holiday season to create magic. Completed projects, presented on a cake board or a wooden board must be dropped off to Savory Spice during normal business hours between December 13 and 17. Your house, iconic Westfield building or village should not be larger than 2' x 2'. Judging will be People's Choice, and winners will be announced on New Year's Day in the following categories:

  • Grand Prize
  • Kids Only Effort (14 yo and younger)
  • Family Effort
  • Iconic Westfield Building

To enter the contest and for more information, visit https://www.westfieldnj.gov/gingerbread