I’m a huge fan of traditions that are established and can endure the test of time. It gives people something to look forward to.

For example, The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is placed annually in Rockefeller Center, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

It was first established in 1933. This great tradition endures to this day.

The Fox News Channel also has a wonderful annual tradition with their “America’s Christmas Tree” displayed on Fox Square.

Yesterday, Bart Blatstein officially lit The Showboat Atlantic City Christmas Tree, a 50-feet tall balsam spruce.

It is the first ever decorated tree in the history of the boardwalk and is presented with 8000 lights that now sets the boardwalk in Atlantic City aglow.

In a wide-ranging on-air interview with Blatstein yesterday, he described a wonderful annual tradition that he was personally familiar with in Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania.

Blatstein wanted to bring a similar tradition to Atlantic City.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey was incorporated on May 1,1854.

Yet, this is the first Boardwalk Christmas Tree in Atlantic City history.

Like The Rockefeller and Fox News Christmas Trees of public note, Blatstein can achieve making his the same status for Atlantic City.

Last night’s special event was filled with free and festive family fun, which included:

  • live holiday music.
  • games
  • rides
  • giveaways from Santa in a lifeguard boat.

The ceremony is the beginning of Showboat Atlantic City’s “Holiday Extravaganza on the Boardwalk.”

The special atmosphere is slated to continue every Saturday and Sunday at Showboat Atlantic City throughout the holiday season.

Here is a look at the official Showboat Atlantic City 50-feet tall Christmas Tree, as it looked last night.

Bart Blatstein photo.
Bart Blatstein photo.

It is my hope that this is the beginning of a new Christmas tradition for Atlantic City that will endure for generations to come.

Ho Ho Ho. Merry Christmas.

SOURCE: Lisa Johnson Communications.

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