After re-tweeting the @HobokenPD HPD Toy Drive event which took place on 12-15-2016, and seeing that they would be out on the sidewalk until 7pm on a below freezing day, I decided, the least I could do, is make a donation. Plus, it would be nice to have a fatherly, good Sam (Samaritan) moment with my son. After I picked my son up from school, we did just that.
Highlights from the 2016 Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting
The night began with a modest, but growing crowd of mostly families andsome commuters walking by who decided to stop. The host, Elvi, a self proclaim and rather large Elf from the North Pole, kicked off the night by introducing the first act and, of course, mentioning the various sponsors such as KIND Snacks and the Apple Montessori school who provided free hot chocolate. Upon hearing of the free coco, my assistant (aka my 6 year old son) quickly ditched his job of taking some video for a cup of hot chocolate and dancing. For me, the highlight was a student from Hoboken High School belting out song which the crowd loved, as you can hear from the cheers. That girl has got some pipes! There were a variety of other dancers, singing and, of course, after the lighting of the tree, Santa Clause arrived. He then toured Washington Blvd on a fire truck and when he returned, he spread some cheer to passersby including one of Hobokens local cosplay people and most importantly, my son. Good show Hoboken!