Saturday, April 13, 2024

Jingle Eve Welcomes Light to Blairstown

The annual “Get Your Lights On Parade” continues to grow in popularity on Blairstown’s Main Street as all manner of vehicles arrived decked to the halls. Photo by J. Phalon, 12/2023.

The Friday after Thanksgiving can mean only one thing. Well, OK, it can mean a number of things, not the least of which are the after-effects of overindulgence, but it’s also the kickoff of the holiday season, starting with Jingle Eve in Blairstown’s historic village area on Main Street. 

Jingle Eve featured the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree, as well as hot chocolate and music from the Water Gap Singers and the North Warren Regional Choir. 

Dogs—even the pretend kind—could be found all over Main Street on Jingle Eve. Photo by J. Phalon, 12/2023.

For 2023, the annual “Get Your Lights On Parade” featured more than a dozen vehicles—including tractors, hay trailers, trucks, cars and bicycles—to escort Santa Claus. In its second year, the parade in 2023 featured a Major Award—The Leg Lamp Trophy for the best movable holiday celebration. 

The main event—Santa—arrived at the end of the Main Street parade. Photo by J. Phalon, 12/2023.

Organized by the Blairstown Enhancement Committee, Jingle Eve preceded the annual Jingle on Main event the next day, when shoppers were encouraged to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday. 

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.