FREEHOLD, NJ – A traditional Christmas tree-lighting ceremony was held outside the Monmouth County Hall of Records on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.

Those in attendance enjoyed holiday music featuring the Rock ’n’ Roll Chorus and the Freehold Township High School Holiday Ensemble. The music, together with the background of historic buildings that line Main Street, helps set the stage for a picture postcard start to the holiday season.

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All eyes were on the 20-foot-tall Norway spruce as Freeholders Robert D. Clifton and John P. Curley and flipped the switch to light the tree.

“The tree was harvested from one of our 38 county parks – the Yellowbrook tract in Tinton Falls.” Curley said. “Our county parks are beautiful to visit and give us joy everyday. This holiday season one of our parks has come to us in the center of Freehold.”

The tree rolled into downtown Freehold last week aboard a large flatbed truck. It was decorated by the county’s Building & Grounds crews in preparation for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Freehold Center Partnership.

Santa Claus even stopped at the Hall of Records to sit and chat with the youngsters in attendance.

“As we open our hearts this time of year, let us remember that the holidays are a time for peace, love and hope,” Clifton said. “On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I wish you and your families all of the joys the holiday season can possibly bring.”