SPARTA, NJ-  With all the challenges facing the community this year, the Sparta Recreation Department has announced a number of holiday activities.  Some are new, some are tradition and some have been recreated.

On Thursday afternoon, the township will light a menorah on the grounds in front of the Sparta VFW on Main Street.  Because of the limits to the number of people who can gather, the Recreation Department will present photos and a video of the virtual ceremony on their website Friday morning.

The lights on town hall will be turned to blue and white for the eight days of Hanukkah.

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New this year, the community is invited to participate in a Holiday Home Decorating Contest.  Sparta residents must register by December 11 online or by calling the office at 973-729-2383.

Between December 14 and 16 the representatives of the Sparta Recreation Department will photograph the homes.  The homes will be displayed on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page on December 17.  The two homes with the most “Likes” will be announced as the winners on December 22.  The winners will receive a prize and a sign to be posted on their front lawn.

On Saturday, December 12 and  Sunday, December 13 Santa will be touring Sparta on a firetruck from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  In years past Santa would get a short tour from the Sparta Fire Department on his way to meet with families for photos and holiday activities. 

Santa will not be getting off the truck but will wave and greet residents.This year, with the other festivities canceled due to the health crisis, Santa has shared his route through town:

Children can mail a letter to Santa. They can send their letters to Sparta Recreation Department, 65 Main Street in Sparta, by December 18.  The elves there will make sure Santa gets their notes.  He will even write a letter back to them.

Families can also register for a phone call from Santa, through December 18.

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