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Posted on: November 25, 2019

Camuso Holiday Display Opens Dec. 7

Photo overlooking the Camuso Holiday Display on the Oval, lit up at night. Text reads "Camuso Fam

The "Camuso elves" are hard at work, and the Camuso Family Holiday Display will open for the season on Saturday, December 7, 2019! The Camuso Display Committee and sponsoring groups have announced the list of special events to be held at the display this year. 

Location

The Livingston Township Camuso Family Holiday Display is located on Memorial Oval, Robert Harp Drive, across from 357 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039.

Hours

The display is open from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm every evening from Saturday, December 7, 2019 through Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Special Events

Saturday, December 7, 2019 

  • Opening Night/Ceremony/Lighting @ 7:00 PM
  • Starliners Dance Team Performance 
  • Trackless Train Rides
  • Character Greetings
  • Kids’ Games and more

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (Rain Date Friday December 13)

  • Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities Event, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Visit from Santa

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Saturday, December 14, 2019 

  • Kids’ Crafts (sponsored by Livingston Fire Department and Livingston First Aid Squad)
  • Clydesdale Horse and Carriage Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Visit from Santa
  • Open House/Tours of Historic Force Home (Colonial Christmas Tour)

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

  • Visit from Santa (Sponsored by Livingston UNICO)
  • Kids’ Games
  • Open House/Tours of Historic Force Home (Colonial Christmas Tour)

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Monday, December 23, 2019

  • Ceremonial Menorah Lighting
  • Choir Performance

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All events are weather permitting. Every effort is made to decide as early as possible and announce if/when events are canceled. 

About the Camuso Holiday Display

For many decades prior to his passing, Ernie Camuso of Burnet Hill Road in Livingston designed and built one of the most elaborate Christmas displays New Jersey has ever seen. A toymaker, and later machinist, by trade, Mr. Camuso collected numerous animated robotic figures.

The animated characters, coupled with tens of thousands of colorful lights arranged in a display open to the public on his front lawn, attracted thousands and thousands of people each year around the holidays, eventually requiring police traffic control on Burnet Hill Road. People in and around Livingston grew up viewing the display each year and many have very fond memories of it. Dating as far back as the 1960s, the display has touched generations.

Over nearly four decades, Camuso amassed more than 100 animated figures and numerous mechanical display pieces. Following his death several years ago, the Camuso family donated the entire collection to the Township, under the care of a volunteer group known as the Camuso Committee. Many of the figures and display attractions were in need of careful repair and restoration. Since 2011, members of the committee have worked tirelessly to begin the process of restoring the entire collection to its’ original condition. 

(Excerpted and adapted from the Camuso Display website. Read more here.)

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