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Keeping Up With Collingswood: Winter 2020

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It’s all in the details: When it comes to your social calendar, change is … not always good. But sometimes it’s inevitable. In the event of cancelations and postponements, be sure to double check the status of the following events before attending.

Free parking for the holidays

Parking is free throughout the downtown during December! Stores will also offer extended hours every Friday and Saturday. What better way to get your holiday shopping done?

Merry and Bright

Pick up a holiday light tour map from Borough Hall and play tour guide for the family as you cruise the borough’s streets and take in the beautifully decorated homes and businesses. Like every year, there should be some amazing homes to check out – the borough’s annual resident holiday home decorating contest returns once again.

Frosted Window Panes

The borough brings back its storefront decorating contest, bigger and better than ever! More than 50 businesses are taking part, creating a perfect festive backdrop to an evening of shopping and dining.

Zoom with Santa

Have a special wish to share with Santa Claus? Or maybe you just want to find out how he can eat all of those cookies on Christmas Eve? Whatever the reason, book an appointment for a live, one-on-one Zoom chat with the Jolly Old Elf. Pre-registration is required at collingswood.com.

Special Delivery

If your kids are worried about their letters making it to the North Pole, tell them to relax. A special Letters to Santa mailbox will be available outside Borough Hall during the holiday season, and children are welcome to drop off their letters for direct delivery to Christmas town.

Manger Mania Goes Virtual

Since COVID-19 is keeping Holy Trinity Episcopal Church from hosting its traditional Manger Mania this year, there will be various manger scenes with beautiful Christmas music on the website at www.holytrinity.us. The community is welcome to submit a photo of their own manger for this virtual display! Email photos to holytrinity1@verizon.net. Virtual Manger Mania will run through Jan. 6 – the Feast of the Epiphany.

Friday, Nov. 27

Virtual Tree Lighting: The tradition continues! Hop on Collingswood’s YouTube Channel at 7 p.m. to see Santa Claus descend from Borough Hall’s roof down a Collingswood Fire Department ladder truck in time to light the borough’s tree! The magic is only online – this is a pre-recorded event. Learn more at collingswood.com.

Record Store Day: Stop by Grooveground Coffeebar for this annual Black Friday celebration of all that is vinyl, with exclusive releases, as well as the shop’s biggest CD and DVD sale of the year. Check out the unique selection of gifts and stocking stuffers, too. Learn more at grooveground.com.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Small Business Saturday: Shop small to have a big impact on Collingswood! This annual shopping event encourages everyone to #shoplocal and #shopsmall, and that adds up to great sales and promotions at borough businesses. Don’t forget to tag @collingswoodnj in your Small Business Saturday shopping and dining photos on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win $50 in Collingswood cash! Get all the details at collingswood.com.

Monday, Nov. 30

That’s a Wrap: Thomas Sharp School PTA’s Charleston Wrap fundraiser deadlines, so be sure to log in at www.charlestonwrapstore.com with organization ID 19257 to check off your gift-giving list with an expansive list of more than 2,500 items to choose from. Or maybe you just need a lot of festive wrapping paper and bows? They’ve got that, too. Learn more at www.facebook.com/ThomasSharpPTA

Sunday, Dec. 6

Holidays at Holy Trinity: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will host an outdoor, socially distanced Christmas tree lighting, Nativity scene and carol singing in its plaza at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 is also the Feast of St. Nicholas, so an extra special guest will be joining the festivities! Event is open to the public. Masks and social distancing are required, and attendance will be taken for contact tracing purposes. Everything will be livestreamed, too! 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Collingswood Reads: Keep Collingswood Public Library’s book club conversation going online. From 7 to 8 p.m., readers will discuss “Funny in Farsi” by Firoozeh Dumas. Learn more, including how to get in on the virtual chat, at www.collingswoodlib.org.

Send us your calendar listings: Events must be free or with proceeds benefiting a charity or nonprofit. Please include all critical information: who, what, where, when, and how to register or get tickets (if applicable), as well as a few lines of description. Email your listings to 08108@newspapermediagroup.com.

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