The Long Valley Village Association’s Third Annual Holiday Happenings will be held on Sunday, December 7th in downtown Long Valley. The festivities will be from 3-6pm leading up to the annual tree-lighting.

Local businesses will host fun-filled events for the whole family including, pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating, holiday open houses, musical performances, refreshments, holiday crafts and activities for all ages.

Gingerbread House Display & Contest

During the event, gingerbread creations will be on display at 18 Schooley’s Mountain Road during the 4th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Display sponsored by The Long Valley Junior Women’s Club.

All children and families are welcome to enter a gingerbread creation of their own design for display and prizes. Pre-registration is required at www.localhost:8888/lvva.

Plan to stay for the 22nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Zion Lutheran Church at approximately 6:00 pm. The tree lighting will be followed by a very special visit from Santa Claus.

In addition, this year the bottom of Schooley’s Mountain Road will be aglow with hundreds of luminaries and holiday trees. You won’t want to miss it!

Helping to Spread the Holiday Cheer

Send greeting cards to the troops – during Holiday Happenings, children and adults will be able to make and send holiday cards to US soldiers. Seasonal cards, and supplies to make homemade ones, will be available. These cards will be collected and sent out to members of our armed forces serving overseas or who injured soldiers who are back in the state recuperating.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – In the spirit of the season, people are requested to bring donations of canned goods or other non-perishable items to be distributed to local families in need during the holiday season.

Animal Rescues – New this year, the Long Valley Dog Park will have a drop off for the “Collection for the Paws” to benefit Noah’s Ark and the Eleventh Hour animal rescues.

For a list of events and to enter the Gingerbread House Contest, visit www.localhost:8888/lvva.