This holiday season, Westfield Garden State Plaza is excited to celebrate the return of its legendary, iconic “Big Santa” display!
The new 45-foot-tall, illuminated Big Santa – replete with his size 90 boots – will be located adjacent to Nordstrom (at entrance #7) and will be visible from both Route 17 and Route 4.
From the 1950’s through the 1980’s, an unforgettable 51-foot high, illuminated “Big Santa” was perched atop a chimney in Westfield Garden State Plaza’s parking lot facing Route 17 – from which it could be seen for miles. For generations of Bergen County residents, “Big Santa’s” arrival signaled the unofficial start to the holiday season every year.
To welcome “Big Santa’s” return, Westfield Garden State Plaza will host a lighting celebration on November 15, starting at 4:00 PM, in the parking lot outside entrance 7 (adjacent to Nordstrom and Design Within Reach). The entire community is invited to join the countdown to the official lighting of the beloved “big guy” and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.
- Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Bring your chairs and get a good spot!
- Enjoy your favorite holiday tunes while sampling a variety of food, available for purchase from one of several food trucks that will be parked at the event:
- House of Cupcakes
- Johnny Zeppoli
- El Lechon de Negron
- Chick Wings & Things
- Taxi Cab Burger
- Jimmy Dawn's
- Beginning at 6pm, guests will enjoy musical performances by the Paramus High School marching band, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus on a Paramus Fire Truck, and the official lighting of Big Santa.
- After the ceremony, children are invited to meet Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and tasty treats.
This event is free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine.
Make sure to RSVP and enter for your chance to win a $500 Westfield Gift Card to kick start your holiday shopping!