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A Yuletide Celebration

by Russell Swanson, Exec. Dir., VDID, Main Street Vineland

Come one, come all to An Olde Fashioned Christmas on The Ave—downtown Vineland’s two-day Yuletide extravaganza of holiday cheer, to take place December 1 (5 to 9 p.m.) and 2 (12 to 7 p.m.) on Landis Avenue—from the 500 block to East Avenue. In the event of inclement weather, activities scheduled for outside the LandisMarketplace will be taking place inside the LandisMarketplace.

This event, a throwback to Christmas times of old, is organized by Main Street Vineland, with major sponsorship by South Jersey Glass & Door. It’s a weekend loaded with activities and opportunities to encourage you to come to The Ave to enjoy great times and do holiday shopping. Enjoy live music, Yuletide characters and décor, food, carriage rides, fun with Santa Claus, fun and fellowship.

The proceedings will kick off on Friday, December 1, with the lighting of the Vineland Christmas Tree and ribbon-cutting at City Hall, 740 E. Wood St., at 5 p.m., featuring CBS 3 Eyewitness News television personality Jim Donovan and Vineland High School Select Choir under the direction of Lori Cummings. George Perez will be on hand for a special presentation. Mayor Anthony Fanucci invites the community to join us as we kick off this weekend event with fireworks above City Hall. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and volunteers are being sought to help coordinate events and to play characters in the various events.

Event chairperson Josephine Spinelli sees this event as a golden opportunity for people to come together in the spirit of holiday joy and camaraderie.

“We have been working hard on planning this event to make it one that people will remember and tell their children and grandchildren that this is the way Christmas celebrations used to be,” she said. “It is the kind of celebration that adds to the special character and warmth of a downtown. We want everyone to come out, enjoy, and make this Christmas extra special.”

The event is also a chance to shop The Ave. You’ll help our local merchants and help yourself by getting some fine merchandise from merchants that have unique, locally made items. Many unique vendors will be set up on Landis Avenue selling their seasonal goods at this weekend event.

The Spot, at 618 E. Landis Ave., has over 80 vendors with items for gift-giving and home decorating. They will be open during the event on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and are open seven days a week.

For more information on this and all Main Street Vineland events—including activities and times for An Olde Fashioned Christmas on The Ave—call the Main Street Vineland office at 856-794-8653, visit the organization’s website at, or visit on Facebook.

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