Village of Ridgewood E- Notice re: Downtown for the Holidays

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020


The Village of Ridgewood’s Downtown for the Holidays event has a revised plan, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current plan is subject to change, based on what occurs with the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming weeks. The event will be held on December 4, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The streets will not be closed down, so there will be no fire truck or trackless train.

As you stroll on the sidewalks of the Central Business District, we welcome you to view the Village Christmas tree, at the corner of East Ridgewood Avenue and Broad Street, which will be glowing with lights; visit the tree in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square and then go through the decorated pedestrian tunnel at the train tracks to see the tree at Station Plaza, both of these trees will be decorated with festive ornaments donated by residents, businesses, groups, and organizations; look at the beautifully decorated windows of our stores and restaurants; stop by the Kid’s Corner with a drawing to take home and submit for a prize; enjoy the music throughout the area; and the mimes in store windows. Santa Claus will be appearing in the window of Panico, and The Grinch will also be appearing on a nearby rooftop. Look for another Grinch on the rooftop of The Playhouse on the west side, along with Mrs. Claus waving from a window, to all of those walking below. Our stores and eateries welcome you as we all join together, to start the holiday season!

There will also be a “Grinch Hunt”, because we don’t want The Grinch to spoil the holidays in Ridgewood. The Grinch can be found from December 4th through December 21st, in 28 of our local stores and eateries, on both the east side and west side of the Central Business District. When you find The Grinch in a store or eatery, you will provide your contact information to be entered into a prize drawing to win one of the Grinches to bring home with you! The more Grinches that you see, the more entries you will receive for the prize drawing. Only one entry per person for each business or eatery. The deadline for entries is December 21st.

As previously mentioned, the trees in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square and at Station Plaza will be decorated with donated ornaments from residents, businesses, groups and organizations. Please see the flyer attached to this E-Notice for more information and locations where you can drop off your ornament. Remember to add a string or a hook so that your ornament can be hung on the tree! The deadline to drop off your ornament is November 25, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

In addition, during this season of giving, we would like to assist those in need. Donation boxes for new, unused toiletries will be placed in various locations throughout Ridgewood. These items are not covered by SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), and will be donated to Ridgecrest Senior Housing, SHARE Senior Housing, Social Services Food Pantry, West Bergen Mental Healthcare, and Family Promise. Please see the flyer attached to this E-Notice for locations where you can drop off new, unused toiletries. The deadline for the toiletry donations is December 17, 2020.

Saturday, December 5th will be Ridgewood Sale Days, with great deals to be found in many of our stores and businesses.


The Ridgewood Stigma Free Committee is holding an event called Cards of Joy this holiday season. Sending cards to those who need some extra cheer or who are alone during the holidays, is a simple way to make a big difference! Please see the attached information about this event. Bring your Cards of Joy to the yellow mailbox at Village Hall or to the Ridgewood Public Library, no later than December 11, 2020.


The Central Business District has several 15-minute complimentary parking spaces on Oak Street, Chestnut Street, North Broad Street, off of East Ridgewood Avenue, and Wilsey Square on the west side. These parking spaces are limited to 15 minutes only, are free of charge to everyone, and are to be used to do a quick errand or pick up food or visit a business. Please be advised that if you are parked in these spaces longer than 15 minutes, you may receive a parking summons. These spaces have been generously sponsored by several local businesses, which are acknowledged on the 15-minute parking signs. We encourage you to stay longer in the Central Business District by parking in one of our many lots or the Hudson Street parking garage (at $1/hour), and there is also on-street parking available (at $1.25/hour).


The Village Council has approved free parking, with a 3-hour limit, in all parking lots in the Central Business District and in the Hudson Street Garage, on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas, December 5th, 12th, and 19th. Please be aware that the parking area at the intersection of Broad Street and East Ridgewood Avenue (where the Christmas tree is located) and the parking area on the west side, with the entrance by MacMurphy’s Restaurant, are not considered parking lots, and you must pay to park in these locations. The main parking lot at the train station (with the majority of the parking spaces), going into the parking lot from the traffic light and turning left, is free parking. In addition, if you park on the streets, you must pay to park.