Montclair community members gathered Thursday for Uptown Montclair's annual tree lighting on the lawn of St. James Episcopal Church of Upper Montclair.

The event included performances by The Passing Notes, the St. James Trumpet Trio and the Beyond The Boogie Dance Company. It was sponsored by Cornerstone Montclair, which provides work and social opportunities for individuals of all abilities.

Friday, celebrations will continue in Montclair with the township's own holiday tree lighting, at 6 p.m. on Church Street Plaza. Church Street between Bloomfield Avenue and South Park Street will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 4 p.m. There will be appearances by the Montclair Community Band, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Toy Soldier, and snow and gingerbread persons. There will also be a giant snow globe, a Candy Lane inflatable, and kids activities. Letters to Santa can be mailed to 205 Claremont Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042 — or dropped off at the recreation office at the same address — until Dec. 15.

Photos by Kate Albright / For Montclair Local

More of Montclair celebrating the holidays for 2021

n Madeline French runs with her younger sister on the lawn of St. James Episcopal Church on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
n Madeline French runs with her younger sister on the lawn of St. James Episcopal Church on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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The tree decorated with holiday lights, shines for all to enjoy at Thursday night's tree lighting in Upper Montclair. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The tree decorated with holiday lights, shines for all to enjoy at Thursday night's tree lighting in Upper Montclair. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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The audience enjoys the singing of the Passing Notes at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The audience enjoys the singing of the Passing Notes at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Montclair High School's a cappella group, the Passing Notes, performs at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting at St. James Episcopal Church on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Montclair High School's a cappella group, the Passing Notes, performs at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting at St. James Episcopal Church on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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The Rev. Melissa Hall and Fran Lapinski enjoy the singing of Montclair High School's a cappella group, the Passing Notes, at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The Rev. Melissa Hall and Fran Lapinski enjoy the singing of Montclair High School's a cappella group, the Passing Notes, at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Beyond the Boogie Dance Company poses for a photo at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Beyond the Boogie Dance Company poses for a photo at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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The crowd applauds the dance performance at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The crowd applauds the dance performance at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Beyond the Boogie Dance Company performs at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Beyond the Boogie Dance Company performs at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Beyond the Boogie Dance Company performs at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Beyond the Boogie Dance Company performs at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Wendy Lacey, owner of The General Store at Cornerstone, speaks to the crowd at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting on behalf of the Upper Montclair Business Association, Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Wendy Lacey, owner of The General Store at Cornerstone, speaks to the crowd at the Uptown Montclair tree lighting on behalf of the Upper Montclair Business Association, Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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From left, Phil Delp, Mike Hirsch, Martha Boughner and Katie Ross perform with the St. James Musicians on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
From left, Phil Delp, Mike Hirsch, Martha Boughner and Katie Ross perform with the St. James Musicians on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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From left, Phil Delp, Mike Hirsch, Martha Boughner, Katie Ross, Don Ross and Ferris Mahadeen perform with the St. James Musicians on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
From left, Phil Delp, Mike Hirsch, Martha Boughner, Katie Ross, Don Ross and Ferris Mahadeen perform with the St. James Musicians on Dec. 2, 2021. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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