Ho l i day E V e n t s C a l e nda r - pag e 7 Your hometown is one of the best places in the region to enjoy the holidays! For 2017 we are bringing back some old traditions along with new surprises for the season. Snow, carolers, magic glasses, lights, shopping, Santa – fun every week! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24: The holidays in Collingswood kick off on Friday, November 24 at 7 p.m.! Santa descends from atop Borough Hall by way of the Collingswood Fire Department’s ladder truck to wish all the families of Collingswood and beyond a wonderful season! He comes just in time for the Borough’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Choral groups sing as the town tree is lit up with twinkling lights and the Mayor and Commissioners express season’s greetings. The trees along the Haddon and Collings Avenue business districts will glow with hundreds of thousands of lights while storefronts sparkle, decorated with garland and decorations set up in beautiful holiday displays. On November 24, after the tree lighting, get the first pair of 2017 HOLOSPEX! These holographic lenses bend the light to create a magical pattern from every bright point of light. Just like in 2016 Collingswood merchants will release a new pair four weekends during the holiday season and the first pair, REINDEER, will be released just after the Tree Lighting! After the merriment of the lighting, visit local shops for Holospex. Stay in town and start your holiday shopping! The retro-style 3-D glasses add new Collingswood is hosting its annual Collingswood Cash sale! Shoppers flock to Collingswood for the yearly “free money” giveaway, lining up in all kinds of weather as early as 5 a.m. Once again, Collingswood is partnering with Camden County to host a morning tailgate party for the dedicated bargain hunters that will gather outside Borough Hall on Saturday, November 18. Collingswood Partners will again give away $45,000 to patrons of Collingswood businesses. Shoppers that purchase $50 in Collingswood Cash –the Borough’s equivalent to a mall gift card– will receive an additional $20 to spend anywhere in town. The bonus cash is limited and in recent years long lines for the giveaway have started at the crack of dawn. We’re bringing the tailgate party back, too! Last year, those camped out at Borough Hall enjoyed an * See Colls Cash pg 10 Party for shop local bargain hunters * See Holidays, pg 7 Tailgating for free cash on November 18 Town Crier A publication for the Borough of Collingswood Vol. 21, No. 5 Fall 2017 PRSRT STD U.S. Postage Paid Bellmawr, NJ Permit No. 1134 GET IN THE SPIRIT: Full holiday event calendar, Pg 7 The Holidays in Collingswood: Bigger, better, sparklier than ever WEEK 1: Reindeer- NOV 24 WEEK 2: Angels - DEC 1 WEEK 3: Snowmen - DEC 8 WEEK 4: Elves - DEC 15 HOLOSPEX ARE BACK - NOV 24! Experience our quarter million light display in a whole new way - every week! Where can you get Holospex? See Collingswood.com for participating retailers. Thanks to our Holospex sponsor Premier Eye Associates! holiday magic to Collingswood’s already breathtaking light display and you can get them at Collingswood shops starting that evening! Thanks to our Holospex sponsor Premier Eye Associates (571 Haddon Ave). If you needed more reason to soak up the season after the tree lighting, there will be a live ice carving demonstration at the Millennium Clock/Zane Schoolhouse at Irvin Ave at 7:30 p.m. After we greet Santa at Borough Hall, turn around and stroll the downtown, visit our merchants and enjoy the show. You can also kick off the season by checking in with Santa that night at ExtraordinaryED (808 Haddon Ave) where he will greet kids free all season. Plan to start your holidays with a full evening of cheer on November 24: Santa, Holospex, ice carving, shopping and dining! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25: Get your spots early the next morning, Saturday, November 25, for the 29 th anniversary of Collingswood’s annual holiday parade, named “Best Main Street Experience” by South Jersey Magazine . The parade is one of Collingswood’s most loved traditions. Filled with bands, dancers, entertainers, floats and surprises it starts at Zane Avenue at 10 a.m. and continues along Haddon Ave to West Linden Avenue through the heart of historic Collingswood. Antique autos and motorcycles drive down the parade route with the Phillie Phanatic and other mascots riding along.