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“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is finally here and there will be plenty of opportunities throughout Atlantic County to help get people in the mood.

In Hammonton, the Christmas spirit will be felt throughout the month of December with several holiday events:

•On Dec. 2, the town will get a little brighter with the annual Downtown Hammonton Tree Lighting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Rain Date is Dec. 3.)

•On Dec. 9, more holiday spirit will roll into town with the Firemen’s Christmas Parade at 7 p.m.

•On Dec. 21, Third Thursday will offer plenty of chances to “Jingle and Mingle” and maybe even get some last-minute Christmas shopping done.

•On Dec. 31, Christmas may be past, but the holiday fun will continue with Hammonton’s New Year Eve’s Celebration from 10 p.m. to midnight.

In Smithville, the village will offer visitors the chance to enjoy all things merry and bright:

•Beginning on Nov. 23, and running through every weekend until Jan. 7, Smithville’s annual Holiday Light Show on the Lake will dazzle the senses. The light show runs every Thursday through Sunday and will start at 5:30 p.m.

•Also, during every weekend through Christmas visitors can enjoy the Magical Talking Tree and Story Time with Mrs. Claus.

•On Dec. 2, enjoy Smithville’s welcoming atmosphere with their “Hospitality Night” starting at 6 p.m. and going until 8 p.m.

•On Dec. 9 and 16, Santa will take a break from getting ready from his annual flight and enjoy a breakfast with visitors to Smithville.

At Storybook Land, the Christmas spirit will arrive early:

•Beginning on Nov. 11, the annual Christmas Fantasy With Lights will get under way. The show will start at 5 p.m. with Santa lighting the lights. The show runs until Dec. 30, but Santa will be going back to the North Pole on Dec. 23.

Dates and times are subject to change, so be sure to visit the following websites for times and more information:

•https://www.downtownhammonton.com/events.

•http://www.smithvillenj.com/events/.

•https://storybookland.com/events.html.

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