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Monday, June 17, 2024

Jingle on Main to Kick Off With Santa and De-CAR-ations

Shoppers peruse shopkeepers at last year’s Jingle on Main. Photo by Joe Phalon.

Do you have more Christmas lights than good taste? Can your Yuletide decorating talents be seen from space? Have you ever wanted to take your Festival of Lights on the road?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Main Street Blairstown on Jingle Eve has a place for you and your high-wattage vehicle, tricked out in lights to welcome Santa the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Blairstown’s iconic Jingle on Main, organized by the Blairstown Enhancement Committee, has grown into a two-day holiday experience. On Jingle Eve, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the community comes together for the village tree lighting, cocoa, Christmas carols and a visit by Santa.

Santa will be escorted by vehicles large and small, decked out to the halls in lights. Any vehicle is welcome to arrive at the Blairstown Post Office by 5:45 p.m. though it’s preferred that you register ahead of time on their handy-dandy entry form. Be as bright and gaudy as you want, but remember—it is a family event!

The following day marks Jingle on Main, the best local shopping event in North Warren, with more than 70 vendors, live music, food trucks and family fun all day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.