Holiday Events

Valentine's Day Card Contest:

The Valentine's Day Card contest is open to all Fair Lawn children in grades K through 5. Children are asked to design their best "Be My Valentine" card. The back cover must contain the contestant's name, grade, school and telephone number. Contestants are encouraged to use any creative materials in designing their special "Valentine's Day Card". Winners receive a $25.00 bank check and their Valentine receives a gift.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny:

This event is a wonderful chance for children to meet the Easter Bunny in a passive but fun-filled environment. The program begins with a buffet style breakfast, coloring sheets with crayons and special table treats. The arrival of our special guest is followed by raffles and a "guess the number of jelly beans" contest. Bring your own camera for plenty of photo opportunities and we ask that you bring your own booster seat. There are two seatings available on Saturday, April 8 at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club: 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.


Mother's Day Card Contest:

A Mother's Day Card Contest for all children in grades K through 5. Each child will make up their own specialized card for their Mom, included will be a cover, and inside a personal greeting of three reasons why your mom is the best! The back cover will include contestant's name, grade, telephone number and school.

Category 1 - Grades K and 1
Category 2 - Grades 2 and 3
Category 3 - Grades 4 and 5
Winner receives a $25.00 bank check and their mother receives a bouquet of flowers.

Memorial Day Parade:

The annual Memorial Day parade is held on Memorial Day morning. There will be a separate assembly site for boys/girls scouts who have registered with the Recreation Department. The Parade begins at 10:30 AM from Pollitt Drive to Fair Lawn Avenue to River Road to Berdan Avenue, and down the Avenue of Heroes in Memorial Park. All military, civic, volunteer and service groups are welcome to participate on this "special day". Ceremonies will follow at the circle at the Avenue of Heroes after the parade concludes.

Father's Day Card Contest:

This contest is open to all Fair Lawn children in grades one through five. Each child is required to make up their own specialized card for their father, relevant guardian or special male figure in their lives. All cards must include a cover, an inside personal greeting stating 3 reasons why your dad is the best and a back cover. The back cover must contain the contestant's name, grade, school and telephone number. Contestants are encouraged to use any creative materials in designing their special "Father's Day Card". Prizes are awarded to all winners.

Fireworks Show

TBA (Rain dates if necessary TBA) at Memorial Park, Berdan Avenue and 1st Street, commencing between 9:00 P.M. - 9:15 PM. The skies will be aglow with a multitude of colorful designs, and explosions will be heard to honor America's freedom. Bring your family, friends, blankets or lawn chair to Memorial Park. Early arrivals will be treated to music. For your convenience vendors will be on location to sell food and drink for your pleasure and enjoyment. Ticket information will be announced in the beginning of summer.

Please see attached for further information and locations to purchase tickets.

Columbus Day Poster & Poem Contest:

Fair Lawn Holiday Celebrations Committee, in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus, Cosmos Club and Recreation Department sponsor this contest.

Poster Contest:

Category A - Grades 1-3
Category B - Grades 4-5
Category C - Grades 6-8
1st Prize: $25.00 / 2nd Prize: $15.00 / 3rd Prize: $10.00

Poem Contest:

Category A - Grades 1-3
Category B - Grades 4-5
Category C - Grades 6-8
1st Prize: $25.00 / 2nd Prize: $15.00


  1. Open to Fair Lawn Residents only.
  2. One map per child. One poem per child. You can enter both map and poem contest.
  3. Poster must be on oak tag paper. Any media may be used: water color, oil, paint, pen, crayons, paper cut outs, etc.
  4. The theme of the poster and poem must be related to Columbus Day. 
  5. Winners will be announced at the Columbus Day Program at the Knights of Columbus, 16-16 Maple Avenue, Fair Lawn. Free entertainment and refreshments are provided. All parents and contestants are invited to attend. The program begins at 7:30 PM.

Halloween Costume Parade:

This event has the luxury of using the spacious and tree lined area around beautiful Memorial Park. Children and adults are asked to assemble in costume behind the Memorial Pool bathhouse at 10:00 AM. The parade begins at 10:30 AM led by a police car and the Holiday Celebrations Committee Grand Marshal. The parade continues down the Avenue of Heroes and around Memorial Pool to the main concession stand. All participants receive a full size Halloween treat bag that can be used for trick or treating on Halloween plus treats already inside! Free donuts and cider will be given out and costume prizes will be awarded. In case of rain, event is held inside at Memorial Middle School.


Town Hall Lighting and Caroling: Fair Lawn Municipal Building, Fair Lawn Avenue. This special holiday event is scheduled for Tuesday, December at 7:00 P.M. and will feature the caroling of the Fair Lawn girl and boy scouts. Santa Claus will arrive at the Fair Lawn Municipal Building to help with the official lighting of the building. All children will be able to see Santa and will receive candy canes or chocolate coins. Bring your camera!! In case of inclement weather, Santa will still be inside the building to see children.

Holiday Music Festival: Tuesday, December at the Memorial Middle School auditorium. The Holiday Music Festival will feature various Fair Lawn School Choruses and groups singing the magical sounds of many holiday classics. All Fair Lawn residents are encouraged to attend a wonderful evening as our town's youth sing your winter favorites. This program is conducted in cooperation with the Fair Lawn Public Schools and St. Anne's Parish.

Santa Claus Telephone: Weekday evenings in December (call placed between 5:00 - 8:00 PM). One magical evening this holiday, Santa Claus will contact the children in the town of Fair Lawn directly by telephone. Parents are encouraged to fill out the form and return it early. Santa will be making his calls continually throughout the two-week period to guarantee he finds out who is naughty and who is nice.

Breakfast with Santa Claus: Saturday, December at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club, 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM seatings will be available for breakfast with Santa. All seatings are on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are admitted free with a paid parent. Please bring your own booster seat. Breakfast features a buffet style spread. Includes a special visit by Santa Claus, holiday stocking raffle and plenty of surprise treats for all.  Sorry no walk-ins.