Video: Hyatt Morristown lights Christmas tree, launches Sandy relief drive

Last Sunday, the Morristown Green put on its holiday finery. It was the Hyatt Morristown’s turn on Wednesday, with the annual lighting of a 22-foot-tall Christmas tree in the lobby.

Mayor Tim Dougherty did the honors, with help from local kids who enjoyed a special audience with Santa and a buffet dinner afterwards.

THAT SOUNDS GOOD! Ali Cann, 3, likes what she hears from Santa at the Hyatt Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

THAT SOUNDS GOOD! Ali Cann, 3, likes what she hears from Santa at the Hyatt Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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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