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‘Tis the Season to love Collingswood
From November to the New Year, Collingswood is bursting with holiday cheer. Enjoy singers and snow in Downtown Collingswood Fridays and Saturdays, our annual Holiday Parade, Parade of Lights, FREE visits with Santa, special events, concerts, shopping and dining deals, and the charm of more than a quarter-million lights decorating our tree-lined streets!
See Santa in Collingswood FREE!
Santa is available for visits every weekend in December free of charge! Santa will welcome families at his Collingswood Headquarters at Extraordinary ED, 808 Haddon Ave. Visits are scheduled Friday nights from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Visit Santa to drop off your wish list and take photos and enjoy all the fun, shopping, and dining in downtown Collingswood!
Sensory Santa is heading back to Collingswood on December 3, 2023! Upcycle Fitness, Eat Play Learn, Motivated Kids, SLK Partners and the Borough of Collingswood are thrilled to partner again this holiday season to offer a sensory-safe Santa experience for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Families can enjoy this holiday tradition in a calming, sensory-friendly environment - free of crowds, loud noises, and long waits!
Appointments are available in 15-minute increments. Each 15-minute time slot allows three families to enter the facility.
Sensory Santa is currently full for 2023.
Also, be on the lookout for Santa in your neighborhood (one of our favorite town traditions)! Starting on December 18, Santa will cruise Collingswood’s streets dancing and waving on the Collingswood Fire Department’s beautifully decorated truck. Santa will visit weeknights following the leaf schedule route. Listen and you’ll hear them coming in December - be sure to wave and say hi to your local firefighters!
Santa will also be accepting letters in his mailbox in front of Borough Hall beginning Friday, November 24. Get your letters in early so Santa has time to answer them.
Holiday Shopping, Dining & Strolling
Collingswood transforms into a winter wonderland - a beautiful shopping streetscape all along the downtown. There are extended shopping hours every Friday and Saturday in December and parking is FREE downtown throughout the month to make shopping a breeze. Find just the right gifts for underneath the tree. From home décor, candy, art, gourmet items, toys, and games to comic books, entertainment experiences, dining gift cards, and so much more - Collingswood has all your gift-giving needs covered.
We have the holiday magic covered too – get a pair of HOLOSPEX glasses to check out all those twinkling lights with holographic lenses that bend the light to create a magical holiday pattern from every light displayed. Look for the retailers with HOLOSPEX signs to score a pair, then check out all the lights throughout the downtown. Grab your favorite cup of hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes, and soak in the tinsel and lights. We also make sure it snows in Collingswood during special events, even when mother nature doesn’t!
Give Local, Give Collingswood Cash
Stumped on what to give? Collingswood Cash is the gift everyone loves! Use it all over town, at your favorite stores, restaurants, and services, Collingswood Cash is the local version of a mall gift certificate. Certificates are available in increments of $5, $10, $25 and $50 and redeemable at your favorite businesses for face value.
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Special Events highlights:
Our holiday events line-up features popular events such as our parade and tree lighting and also includes concerts, special shopping events, a wine tasting, family-friendly activities, and so much more throughout the season. Check out some of our most popular events below and bookmark the full schedule here.
Caroling - Friday & Saturday Evenings in December
Enjoy holiday caroling while you shop, stroll and dine. Caroling will take place on the steps of the Zane School at the Millennium Clock.
Collingswood Cash Tailgate Party & Sale, Saturday, November 18, EARLY!
Shoppers flock to Collingswood for the yearly “free money” Collingswood Cash giveaway lining up in all kinds of weather as early as 4:00 AM. Collingswood Partners will give away $45,000 to patrons of Collingswood businesses. Shoppers that purchase $50 in Collingswood Cash –the Borough’s equivalent to a mall gift card– will receive an additional $20 to spend anywhere in town. The bonus cash is first come first served and long lines for the giveaway begin before dawn. We’re bringing the tailgate party back, too! Those camped out at Borough Hall enjoy an early morning party to kick off the holiday season. The party officially starts at 6:30 AM and festivities include music, games, and multiple giveaways per hour including concert tickets, sports-themed prizes, tailgating gear, and Collingswood swag. Breakfast snacks and drinks to keep folks warm and happy are also available. Co-sponsored by the Borough of Collingswood and Camden County Board of Commissioners. Moe info here.
Holiday Tree Lighting, Friday, November 24, 7:00 PM
Santa descends from atop Borough Hall by way of the Collingswood Fire Department’s ladder truck – just in time for the Borough’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Choral groups will sing as the town tree is lit up with twinkling lights and season’s greetings are made by Mayor Jim Maley and Commissioners Rob Lewandowski and Morgan Robinson.
Live Ice Carving on Nov 24! If you needed more reason to soak up the season after the tree lighting, there will be a live ice carving demonstration at the Millennium Clock/Zane Schoolhouse at Irvin Ave at 7:30 p.m. After we greet Santa at Borough Hall, turn around and stroll the downtown, visit our merchants and enjoy the show.
Holiday Parade, Saturday, November 25, 10:00 AM
Don’t miss the best holiday parade in South Jersey! The parade features lively seasonal entertainment including marching bands, dancers, holiday characters, stilts walkers, floats, mummers, sports mascots and live music. The parade begins at Zane and Haddon Avenues and continues to West Linden Avenue, through the heart of Downtown Collingswood. More info here.
24th Annual XTU Toy Truck Parade, Saturday, December 9, 8:00 AM
Decorate your vehicle, fill it up with NEW and UNWRAPPED toys, and meet us the Scottish Rite Auditorium at 8am! XTU radio personalities will be on-site judging the best decorated vehicles. Trucks will parade through Collingswood to their destination at Cooper River Track. At approximately 10:45am, XTU will be at the Cooper River Track accepting toys from our amazing listeners and building a mountain of toys. All toys donated will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Camden County.
Second Saturday Arts and Music, Saturday, December 9, 5:00 PM
The festive lights will make for an extra special Second Saturday event starting at 5:00 PM! As always, the evening of art and entertainment will host artists, crafters, and musicians at studios, galleries, coffee houses and retail shops. Experience art, demonstrations, performances, and exhibits at several locations along Haddon Ave. Visit the Second Saturday page for more info.
Community Menorah Lighting: Wednesday, December 13, 6pm
Join us for a Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration. All are welcome! Connect with the community and enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family with music, latkes, donuts, dreidels, and choco-gelt! Sponsored by Chabad of Camden and Burlington Counties.