Summit YMCA Welcomes Santa with Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Party

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the Summit YMCA, a branch of the Summit Area YMCA, is proud to host a number of holiday themed events this season, including the 2017 Annual Tree Lighting event for the town of Summit this Saturday, December 2, 2017. Since its founding in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has worked side-by-side with neighbors and local organiztions to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive—and when it comes to the holidays, the Y has its heart set on keeping the holiday tradition alive in welcoming Saint Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus, to town on his red carriage, the Summit Fire Department Firetruck.

“We had learned that Summit Downtown would no longer host the event this year, and so we decided to continue the tradition for the children,” said Terri Clinton, Executive Director of the Summit YMCA. “We took part in the planning of it last year and they [Summit Downtown] taught and guided us through the planning processes of it. This year, we’ve also invited other local nonprofits to participate and provide crafts and other fun activities for kids to do. It’s going to be a great event!”



The evenings events include:

- Santa’s Arrival
- Lighting of the Town Tree
- Photos with Santa
- Holiday Music by World of Rock
- Hot Chocolate
- Reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’
- Holiday Activities
- Bridges Men’s Hats & Gloves Collection Drive



Summit residents are advised that the Summit Police Department will close Maple Street between Broad Street beginning at 5:00PM, as well as the first entrance to the Summit YMCA parking lot.

The Summit Area YMCA will also be hosting other holiday themed events including Breakfast with Santa events at both its Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA branches, where children and their families will be able to enjoy breakfast and take photos with Santa Claus.


Summit YMCA
WHEN: Saturday, December 2, 2017
TIME: 9:00am, 10:00am, or 11:00am (3 seatings)
Please register at the Summit YMCA Front Desk by November 29 to reserve your spot as seating is limited.


Berkeley Heights YMCA
WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2017
TIME: 8:30am, 9:30am (2 seatings)
Registration required.
$10.00 per family for Summit Area YMCA Members / $15.00 per family for non-members
Register for 8:30AM seating here.

Register for 9:30am seating here.

Or contact Francesca Garrard at 908 464 8373 or email

The Summit YMCA will also be providing a Gingerbread House Decorating event on December 10, a Senior Holiday Luncheon on December 11, as well as a Polar Express themed Parents Night Out on December 15.

To learn more about special events at the Summit Area YMCA, please visit

Many of the events run by the Summit Area YMCA are most successful with the help and time of volunteers. Find out how you can give back to your community by volunteering for a special event today! To learn more about the special event volunteering, please visit



About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at