Mayor Tim Dougherty did the honors, with help from local kids who enjoyed a special audience with Santa and a buffet dinner afterwards.
The Hyatt lobby also is home to a Hurricane Sandy relief drive for the next two weeks. Bins will accept toys, clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies and nonperishable foods.
The items will be delivered to Holy Spirit Church in Asbury Park, said hotel General Manager Tom Blundell, who praised his staff for donating generously.
As for the tree, it’s so big that it took three days to decorate, said Cory Baum of the Hyatt’s staff.
If you want to go for the Tree Trifecta, you can attend another lighting ceremony tonight, Nov. 29, at 5 o’clock outside the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey Inc., at South and James streets. Music is promised, along with light refreshments. We’re not sure if Santa is penciled in for this one; he’s a pretty busy guy these days.
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