Thousands of luminaries make neighborhood sparkle.
Make sure your Christmas Eve plans include a drive through Plainfield's historic Netherwood Heights neighborhood (see the map for general locations).
Every year since 2006, residents along the neighborhood's winding roads join to line the streets with these festive holiday lights.
By 2012, the number of luminaries put out had reached 4,000, with 350 homes participating. This year's total is expected to reach nearly 5,000 luminaries, and has become one of the largest displays in the state.
'Preparations begin in early December, purchasing bags and luminary candles. Martoccia Landscape Services of Watchung, graciously donates the sand each year, too,' notes Jennifer Popper, president of Netherwood Heights Neighbors. 'On Christmas Eve adults and children come together to assemble the luminaries and place them across the neighborhood. Many homes are decorated with holiday lights and this, coupled with the luminaries, makes for a remarkable sight.'
The display starts at dusk on Christmas Eve and brings many visitors to the area.
The Netherwood Heights Historic District is named for the Netherwood Hotel which stood at what is now the block bordered by Denmark Road, Park Terrace, Belvidere Avenue and Berkeley Avenue. The 99 homes are located along winding roads believed to be the original horse paths of the hotel, which was built in 1878.
Map indicates Netherwood Heights Historic District.