Helicopter Santa to Fly Into Bloomingdale

All three boroughs schedule holiday events.

Santa Claus will not be riding a sleigh into Bloomingdale but a helicopter instead as the man in red will land in the borough on Dec. 9.

The holiday festivities will be held at the Walter T. Bergen School beginning at 2:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Recreation Director Gail Galbraith described the event.

"Music, crafts, carnival games, characters, horse and buggy (weather permitting) and, of course, Santa in a helicopter!" she said.

Butler will be hosting its own park lighting event at the Butler Park on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus and see the park illuminated. 

Kinnelon will also be hosting a holiday celebration this year and will invite residents to the Kinnelon Municipal Building for refreshments, a holiday concert by the Kinnelon High School Choir and a visit from Santa Claus.

Kristen November 29, 2012 at 04:24 AM
What a joke. Butler is doing it the right way, as we should. Have the Santa come in on the fire truck. But No Jon just wants to waste, WASTE our tax dollars. Too bad all of his followers cannot see this!!!! However, in time you will, I just hope for all of our sakes it is not toooo late.
paul bastante November 29, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Kristen, Im thinking that you have a black heart.
STEVE SMITS November 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Someone is going to get Coal in their stocking...things like this are worth a few $$ overpriced borough attorneys, well that another story. Welcome back Santa
Concerned Resident November 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The Holiday's shouldn't be about how much money it costs... At least they are having Santa for the kids.. Other towns have cancelled these types of events. In this bad economy everyone could use a little JOY in there Life, since we all know the next 4 years are going to be down hill for our Country.
Debbie O'Neill November 29, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Hi Kristen - I missed the part of the article where it mentioned what the associated cost for the helicopter - did you see it or perhaps hear or read elsewhere what that cost will be? Happy Holidays everyone!
Jon Dunleavy November 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
First, Happy Holidays to everyone!! Secondly the cost to bring Santa by Helicopter is $300. As you will see from the flyer this is a Recreation Department event and all expenditures related to this Holiday Celebration are well within their budget. Finally what is most important is that the children love it!! You should see their faces when Santa arrives in such a fashion. I hope you have the opportunity to see the joy in all of these wide eyed children,because this is what the event is all about. Thank you to our fine Recreation Commission and Director for bringing this wonderful community event back for our Children.
Helena Appell November 29, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Since when is 'arriving by fire truck' the right way for Santa to arrive? There's no fire trucks in the north pole...
Carol November 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I agree its a joke...and in bad taste. Santa comes on a sleigh with reindeer...why do people always have to change the traditions. Could you see Santa coming on helicopter in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade....no way. And for safety reasons too many accidents happy in helicopters...bad idea bad taste.
Debbie O'Neill November 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Awesome Jon - thank you! It's going to be a wonderful event and a nice way to end a somewhat contentious year for Bloomingdale and begin a New Year with hope and optimism for our boro heading in a good direction.
Kristen November 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Jon, the children also love it when Santa arrives via the fire truck, you should see their eyes for that also. And furthermore, this is being paid for by the taxpayers. If the money is not spent it will go to surplus. We do not have to spend money just because it is there.
paul bastante November 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Another "Black" heart heard from.
Jon Dunleavy November 29, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Kristen, the children love seeing Santa's arrival no matter how he gets there, but the helicopter just adds a bit more excitement for the kids. Kristen, I mean this with all sincerity, why dont you fill out a volunteer form to serve on our recreation commission or public events group. I would be more than happy to serve and work together with you on such events. Rather then criticize bring your ideas by serving. Even if time doesnt permit for you to serve, I would be willing to make sure you are informed of meetings when such items are discussed and you can present your suggestions to those who organize these events. Send me your email I will be sure to include you in the future.
Dad of 3 November 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Kristen, Carol, Are you Ms. Grinch? Whats's with the "you touch my tax dollars and I'll kill ya" lighten up Francis!! $300 dollars for the helicopter. Do you want your 30 cent share of your taxes back? Send me you address and I will hand deliver you a refund for your share paid out of my own pocket. I bet neither of you have kids and that's why you can't relate to others that do. Please try to find a little love in you heart this holiday season. You might actually enjoy the holiday the way it was meant to be enjoyed. A time for love and sharing and yes GIVING.
Lori Villa November 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Jon, do you know if the fire dept. in B'dale will be driving around town the Saturday before Christmas? They did this last yr, stopped right in front of my house, I was having a Christmas party and the kids LOVED it!!!
Jon Dunleavy November 30, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Lori, I do believe the FD will be doing it again as it is their tradition!
Debbie O'Neill November 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Dad of 3 - thank you for the morning chuckle (and for quoting my favorite line from one of my favorite movies!) - you made my day! :)
Kristen November 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Dad of 3, No I am not Ms. Grinch. And I can and do relate with those that have kids, as I do also. However, I believe the fire truck has been and still is a good way to have Santa come to town. This has been the tradition for quite sometime and the kids all loved it. Now instead the kids are all corralled behind the fence to that the helpicopter can land. I do not believe that the helicopter adds anything. You may disagree and that is fine, but try and disagree in an amicable manner. I know that has not been done on this forum, but it is the holiday season and it would be nice for a change.
Carol December 01, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It was just an opinion that i was not very crazy about the helicopter idea is all and i actually have three wonderful children! Happy holidays!
Karin December 02, 2012 at 05:40 PM
With all everyone has been through this year--just to see the looks on the kids, including my own, is truly priceless. If you don't like it, like Jon said get involved. You can't state your negative opinion when you have nothing to say that can be a positive change. But maybe that is the problem, you don't like change. This is exciting! If you don't like stay home and don't include your negative comments.
Kevin December 03, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Karin, It seems to me that if anyone disagrees you want them to say nothing. That is wrong someone who disagrees has just as much right to make their comments known as those that agree, It is obvious on this forum if anyone disagrees with what Jon says or does they get criticized. That is wrong!! Sorry if you do not like my opinion, but I am entitled to it and have just as much a right to voice it as you do. How about you do not include your negative comments about people who disagree. As far as getting involved, with the way I have seen Jon act as council meetings, there is no way I would get involved with anything to do with him. AND I HAVE THAT RIGHT!!! I believe there are much better places to get involved than to follow such a egotistical, derogatory self-impressed person.
Joe Kulick December 03, 2012 at 11:50 AM
What is happening here in Bloomingdale? A nice informative article is written on Patch about Santa traveling to our town in a helicopter, and then in the forum about the same article, the Mayor gets castigated. In my 75 years, I had been taught by my parents, teachers, elders, co workers, etc. that "if you can not say anything positive about someone, don't say anything at all" and then my mother would say "Look in a mirror, it's only a reflection". Our town is providing a day of happiness on Sunday, December 9, for all, both young and the elderly - another chapter of memories. Wouldn't it be great for the entire town to get together to celebrate and to even make a point of saying "hello" or "Merry Christmas" to everyone. Wouldn't it be great to go to a council meeting and have the council members and Mayor stand by the entrance and greet each person as they entered the meeting room - it could be a positive experience. Let's have our children and grandchildren grow up in a positive town and have positive memories.
Suzanne December 04, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I went to this about 2 years ago and was very impressed by the whole thing. The kids had the best time as did I. To see the look on my nephews face as I told him that's the real Santa flying in from the North Pole was absolutely priceless. This was also the first time for myself to see Santa fly in on a helicopter I got to say it was pretty darn Cool! What a great memory I will forever keep. I applaud those that brought this wonderful happy event back to town. Merry Christmas!!!
Max December 05, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Kinnelon does...or used to do both...why is everyone so negative don't you people have anything better to do than be a bunch of grinches and scrooges this holiday season?
Max December 05, 2012 at 02:28 AM
...bah humbug to all of you black hearted people.
kim graves December 09, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I love the idea and can't wait and Kristen really what's the big deal with your negative attitude just don't go...be sure not to take your kids to enjoy the festivities as you would be a hypocrite if you do....i for one will travel from Hewitt to enjoy this as my daughter will be in aww...then she will also see the fire truck visit on xmas eve at her great uncles home in clifton...
Kristen December 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Kim, I hope you enjoyed what the Bloomingdale taxpayers paid for. This is part of my issue. Our taxes are so high and we pay for all other towns to enjoy our festivities. Merry Christmas to all!!
Dad of 3 December 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Kristen, I was right, you are the Grinch. Holy crap you sure have issues. Just let it go already. Sounds like you have a problem sharing with others, even on Christmas. I bet you don't like airplanes that fly over your house and use your air space. As I said before.... Send me address and I will refund your portion of your tax dollars that were spent on the event.
Let's think a little December 08, 2013 at 12:10 PM
So to all...to those of you concerned with your tax dollars being spent, it's understandable, however, if $300 is spent for Santa to come in such a dramatic fashion, wouldn't it be fair to say that more people might visit the town of Bloomingdale and spend money in our town just so their kids can see Santa. I would say both of your concerns and wishes are being accomplished here. Happy Holidays!


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