HOLOSPEX return to Collingswood for holiday season

Free giveaway puts a new twist on annual light display - first set released Nov 23

Guests at Collingswood’s annual Tree Lighting on November 23 will be the first to get their hands on the kitschiest way to enjoy the hundreds of thousands of lights that decorate the Borough during the holidays.

Collingswood is distributing Holospex glasses again this season - holographic lenses that bend the light to create a magical pattern from every bright point of light. Each weekend from November 23 to December 14, Collingswood merchants will distribute a different theme so guests to the town can enjoy seeing the annual light display as thousands of reindeer, angels, snowmen and elves. The retro-style 3-D glasses add new holiday magic to Collingswood’s already breathtaking light display.
Just after Santa climbs off the roof of Collingswood's Borough Hall on November 23 (7pm, 678 Haddon Ave), kids and kids at heart can hit the streets to grab a free pair of Holospex at a dozen Collingswood merchants.

“It caused a bit of a frenzy last year because everyone is so excited to try out each new theme because it really brings the display to a whole new level," said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “There's a rush to collect all four. It's fun to see everyone dashing around like kids to get the new set, myself included."

WEEK 1 Star - available November 23
Premier Eye, 571 Haddon Avenue; Extraordinary Ed, 808 Haddon Avenue; Grooveground, 647 Haddon Avenue; Cup of Bliss Coffee Roasters, 579 Haddon Avenue; The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue; Main Street Realty, 730 Haddon Avenue; Devil's Creek Brewery, 1 Powell Lane; Songbird Karaoke, 790 Haddon Avenue, Hair Cuttery, 668 Haddon Avenue; Oasis Mexican Grill, 498 Haddon Avenue; All Fired Up, 602 Haddon Avenue; Clutter Vintage, 697 Haddon Avenue; Macona BBQ, 577 Haddon Avenue; McFarlan's Market, 741 Haddon Avenue, Dulce, 740 Haddon Avenue and Occasionette, 724 Haddon Avenue.

WEEK 2 Gift Wrap - available November 30
Premier Eye, 571 Haddon Avenue; Extraordinary Ed, 808 Haddon Avenue; Grooveground, 647 Haddon Avenue; The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue; Devil's Creek Brewery, 1 Powell Lane; Songbird Karaoke, 790 Haddon Avenue, Hair Cuttery, 668 Haddon Avenue; All Fired Up, 602 Haddon Avenue; Clutter Vintage, 697 Haddon Avenue;  Dulce, 740 Haddon Avenue; Occasionette, 724 Haddon Avenue; Arts Plus Gallery, 704 Haddon Avenue, Cynplicity Artisan Soap, 684 Haddon Avenue, Nunzio Ristorante, 706 Haddon Avenue, Galerie Marie, 709 Haddon Avenue and The Candy Jar 1892, 721 Haddon Avenue.

WEEK 3 Christmas Tree – available December 7 
Premier Eye, 571 Haddon Avenue; Extraordinary Ed, 808 Haddon Avenue; Dulce, 740 Haddon Avenue; Songbird Karaoke, 790 Haddon Avenue; Oasis Mexican Grill, 498 Haddon Avenue; Sabrina’s Café, 714 Haddon Avenue; TAR Salon, 574 Haddon Avenue;  Grooveground, 647 Haddon Avenue;  Galerie Marie, 709 Haddon Avenue; Cup of Bliss Coffee Roasters, 579 Haddon Avenue;  Hair Cuttery, 668 Haddon Avenue; All Fired Up, 602 Haddon Avenue; McFarlan’s Market, 741 Haddon Avenue,  Macona BBQ, 577 Haddon Avenue; The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue and Villa Barone, 753 Haddon Avenue.

WEEK 4 Santa – available December 15  
Premier Eye, 571 Haddon Avenue; Extraordinary Ed, 808 Haddon Avenue;  Sabrina’s Café, 714 Haddon Avenue;  Songbird Karaoke, 790 Haddon Avenue, Dulce, 740 Haddon Avenue; The Candy Jar 1892, 721 Haddon Avenue;  Villa Barone, 753 Haddon Avenue;   Cup of Bliss Coffee Roasters, 579 Haddon Avenue;  Galerie Marie, 709 Haddon Avenue; Occasionette, 724 Haddon Avenue; The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue; Hair Cuttery, 668 Haddon Avenue; Dig This,  717 Haddon Avenue;  McFarlan’s Market, 741 Haddon Avenue; All Fired Up, 602 Haddon Avenue and Arts Plus Gallery, 704 Haddon Avenue.

Supplies of each theme are limited! Only about 75 at each location so visit retailers early to get each theme and shop local this season!

What makes the Holospex for the holidays so special? It’s hard to know how impressive it is until you see it for yourself. The only way to truly understand is to make sure you get a pair by visiting Collingswood merchants each weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas. And there are lots of reasons to visit Collingswood during the holidays! The Holospex giveaway is just part of Collingswood’s season-long calendar of merriment, full of carolers, visits with Santa, events and free parking in December.  There will also be a live ice carving demonstration just after the Tree Lighting on November 23, 7:30pm at the Zane Schoolhouse clock (756 Haddon Ave). Guests can help welcome Santa, catch the live ice show, visit shops for Holospex and start their holiday shopping and merriment that night!

Santa will welcome families on November 23 (7:30 - 9p.m.) and all season long at his Collingswood Headquarters at ExtraordinaryED at 808 Haddon Ave.  Santa’s hours in December are Friday nights, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m. Santa is available to hear good girls and boys every weekend in December and there’s no charge to visit with the jolly fellow in Collingswood! Pictures during visits are encouraged.

Shop and dine in town this season. Haddon Avenue is decked out with more than a quarter million lights so visitors and residents can shop in a winter wonderland and find just the right gifts for underneath the tree. Collingswood even guarantees snow during the season, setting the winter mood with snow machines. The holidays also mean extended shopping hours every Friday and Saturday in December, whimsically decorated storefronts competing for top prize and for those who stroll, carolers fill the air with holiday tunes on weekends.

The final second Saturday of the season will take place on December 8 – shop in a winter wonderland and enjoy live music and local art!