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ATLANTIC COUNTY


Tree Lighting

Horse and carriage rides, live entertainment, living nativity, Historical Society Museum tours and a visit from Santa to magically light up the Town's Christmas tree.

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Location: 10 S. Egg Harbor Rd., Hammonton, NJ 08037

Victorian Holiday Celebration

Join us to kick off the Holiday Season at Historic Smithville Park complete with a visit from St. Nick, who will arrive in the afternoon. Festivities will include ice carving demonstrations, tours of Smithville Mansion decorated for the holidays, entertainment, kids' activities, and a holiday marketplace where you can purchase unique gifts. Expect to see Victorian performers, activities, re-enactors and vendors during this holiday event. The Historic Smithville Mansion will be fully decorated and open for tours all afternoon. Carolers sing your holiday favorites throughout the park. Stop by for some S'mores and hot cocoa by the fire. Lookout for that grinchy Grinch!

Date: December 3rd, 2017
Location: Historic Smithville
803 Smithville Rd., Eastampton, NJ 08060


CAPE MAY COUNTY


Christmas Parade

This annual tradition features marching bands, dance groups, special guests and, of course, Santa. The parade begins at 6:30 pm and the route runs on Asbury Avenue from 6th - 11th St. For more information, please visit our website.

Date: December 1st, 2017
Location: Downtown Ocean City
861 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226

Wassail Day

The Village paths come alive with the sounds and smells of wintertime at this free family event. Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy hands-on crafts, live music, children's storytelling, and hot beverages and holiday treats served by historical interpreters in period clothing. Visitors can meet Father Christmas in the Country Store and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout the festively decorated Village grounds for a small donation.

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Location: Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9, Cape May, NJ 08204

Crafts at Christmas

Dozens of crafters offer everything from jewelry to leather goods, from fashion and accessories to water colors, so you are sure to find all the perfect gifts you've been searching for-and of course, a little something for yourself.

Date: December 2nd, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017
Location: Cape May Convention Hall
714 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204

A Dickens Christmas Extravaganza

Immerse yourself in the storied world of Dickens with lectures and performances offered daily. Included in the Extravaganza is a Dickensian-style feast along with a wine tasting and a holiday tour of Cape May. All-inclusive packages are available at participating inns. Some events are available for individual purchase. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

Date: December 3rd, 2017 - December 5th, 2017
Location: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC)
1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ 08204


ESSEX


Tree Lighting & BID Bear Give Away

Join us at 6 pm for Montclair Center's Annual Tree Lighting. Music, refreshments and fun to usher in the holiday season. Our very large BID Bear will be given away to a lucky person. He has collected food for the town's feeding programs and now he needs a good home! Celebrate doing good!

Date: December 1st, 2017
Location: Church & Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042

3rd Annual 'Run Santa Run'

American Cancer Fund's Third Annual 'Run Santa Run' 5K Fun Run/ Family Friendly Walk Fundraiser Event that includes a Free Santa Hat for everyone, Meeting and take Pictures with Santa, Live Music, Food, Holiday Costume Contest, Hot Chocolate, Prizes, vendors and more. Please bring an unwrapped toy for our annual toy drive too.

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Location: Brookdale Park
473 Watchunge Ave., Bloomfield, NJ 07003


HUDSON COUNTY


Hoboken City Hall Holiday Craft Fair

Three Floors of unique handcrafted gift items by local artists & crafters, including: jewelry, pottery, art, candles, soaps, body products, photography, hand knits, wooden home decor, cutting boards, Silly Chilly hot sauce, sachets, dog & cat treats, fashion accessories, holiday ornaments, silk floral arrangements, baby clothing & more. Most are one of a kind items. Special orders can be placed directly with the artist / crafter. City Hall is located 3 blocks from all public transportation including NJ Transit trains & buses, PATH, Hudson Bergen Lightrail & NY Waterway Ferry. Meet Mrs. Claus. She will be doing Face Painting both days on the 2nd floor. Baking Mama will be selling sweet treats on the 2nd floor.

Date: December 2nd, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017
Location: Hoboken City Hall
94 Washington St., use Newark St. entrance, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Project: MARKET

Come celebrate The Jersey City Project's fifth annual Project: MARKET. This year's market will take place on City Hall Plaza, in historic downtown Jersey City, and features a lineup of 60+ local merchants offering food, home goods, arts and crafts, clothes, jewelry, and more. Food trucks will be on site, as well as an outdoor bar with heated seating areas. Kick off the holiday shopping season with the Jersey City community.

Date: December 2nd, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017
Location: City Hall Plaza
280 Grove St., Jersey City, NJ 07302

Stop Drop & Crawl - First Responders Bar Crawl

Stop Drop and Crawl is a touring bar crawl that was created for and gives back to First Responder beneficiaries in each city it is held. SD&C's 2nd tour will be in beautiful Jersey City, NJ. Stop, Drop, and Crawl Jersey City will be benefiting the Annual JCFD Toy Drive in memory of Capt. Mark V. Lee. There will be bar games, raffles, and much more. Tullamore Dew and Deep Eddy Vodka will be offering some amazing drink deals at each bar. Thanks to the bars for being involved! Healy's Tavern Pet Shop Lucky 7 White Eagle Hall. Registration will take place at 2:30 pm. Toy donations accepted at registration. Tickets: $25 for any first responders or military, $30 for civilians.

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Location: White Eagle Hall
335 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302


HUNTERDON COUNTY


Clinton Guild 31st Annual Christmas Parade

The parade takes place in the center of Clinton. Parade forms up New Street. Floats will line up on New Street and Center Street east to CenturyLink. Viewing is allowed anywhere along the Parade Route. At 5:30 pm Center Street will be closed to all non-parade traffic. However, Center Street residents may enter from the east end until 6:30 pm. No traffic of any kind will be allowed to enter from the west end of Center Street after 5:30 pm due to traffic congestion and pedestrian safety concerns. At 6:30 pm, Lower Center, Main, East Main, New, George's Place, Halstead and Leigh Street (north of the traffic light) will be closed to traffic. Center Street will be open for parade traffic only. Streets will be open to thru traffic by 8:30 pm. Have a Wonderful Parade!

Date: December 1st, 2017
Location: Main St., Clinton, NJ 08809

Wine & Comedy Night

Headliner: Mark Riccadonna. Opener: Erin Maguire. Feature: Eric Haft. Host: Helene Angley. Doors open at 7:30, shows start at 8 pm. $25 Admission ($20 Vintner's Club) Purchase Tickets available online. There are no walk-in tickets available for this event.

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Location: Old York Cellars Winery
80 Old York Rd., Ringoes, NJ 08551


MERCER COUNTY


Kick off the Holiday Season Weekend

Join us for holiday festivities, 10 am - 5 pm. Enjoy fun for the whole Family with wagon rides and visiting our barn yard of animals. Choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath. Start your holiday shopping. Unique selection of gift baskets, with Terhune Orchards fruit, baked goods, and even wine - perfect for anyone on your list! From noon - 4 pm visit with Santa in our barnyard. In the wine tasting room from noon - 5 pm. Try our award winning wines and warm up with our hot mulled wine. Sample our delicious Gift Basket "ingredients" - homemade baked goods, cheeses, apple butter and more.

Date: December 2nd, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017
Location: Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540


MONMOUTH COUNTY


Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus / Holiday Shopping

This family-fun breakfast is provided by Perkins of Colts Neck and prepared by the Knights of Columbus! Have your picture taken professionally with Santa. This event features an abundance of vendors for all your Holiday shopping needs including jewelry, crafts, food, holiday items, etc. Gift basket raffles of the season's HOTTEST toys! Large L.O.L Dolls, Fingerlings, Vera Bradley, Todd Frazier signed baseball. Our grand and super raffle feature a Razor Hover Board, Minecraft Xbox, Apple Watch series 3, and Microsoft Surface Pro. Enjoy fun crafts for the kids, balloon making, face painting, ornament making, tattoos, and letters to Santa and decorate a baby Jesus birthday cake for the family to take home. Purchase your Christmas Poinsettia plants and Balsam Fur wreaths provided by Especially for You Florist. Email us for questions or to make a breakfast reservation. Breakfast: 9 - 11 am. Advance tickets: $8; $10 at the door. Entire event goes until 1 pm.

Date: December 3rd, 2017
Location: St. Rose of Lima School
51 Lincoln Pl., Freehold, NJ 07728

Kid’s Holiday and Health Fair

The Kids Holiday and Health Fair will give families the chance to experience holiday shopping, entertainment and health care information sessions, all under one roof. Taking place the same day as The Laurie Berkner Band’s performance in iPlay America’s Event Center, the Kids Holiday and Health Fair will feature doctors and departments from Hackensack Meridian Healthcare, local vendors to shop with, as well as live entertainment with Miss Sherri and Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – all taking place in Warehouse 100. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear and other stuffed animals for the Hackensack Meridian Health Teddy Bear Clinic! Have your cuddly friends checked out by the doctors and staff to be sure they are in tip top shape! This event is not to be missed!

Date: December 3rd, 2017
Location: iPlayAmerica
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728


MORRIS COUNTY


Breakfast With Santa

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast with Santa! Ticket includes cider, hayride (weather permitting), breakfast and time with Santa - bring your camera! Reservations are required.

Date: December 3rd, 2017
Location: Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester, NJ 07930


OCEAN COUNTY


38th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade

The 38th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade begins at 1 pm along Long Beach Boulevard from 5th to 25th St. This years theme is "Deck the Hulls". Christmas Parade Procession Participants - for those who are marching in the parade, buses will be available at the end of parade to transport you back to the 5th St. Please look for the LBI Shuttle buses. The buses will run from 1:30 pm until there is no one else to transport.

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Location: 5th - 25th St. Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

Annual Christmas Walk Weekend

Stroll about the streets of Bay Head and experience Christmas Traditions throughout town. Open house at all stores, Santa arrives at the firehouse, trolley rides with Santa, Christmas concert, live Nativity Scene at St. Paul's Church, snacks and treats, shopping and lots of fun.

Date: December 1st, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017
Location: Downtown Bay Head, Bay Head, NJ 08742


PASSAIC COUNTY


Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor

The Woman's Club of West Milford and the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society will host Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor the first 2 weekends in December. Visitors are invited to relive Victorian times and enjoy festive holiday decorations in this stately home from the early 1800's. Built in 1807, Ringwood Manor is one of the most intact Victorian homes in the country with its original antiques. For this event, the manor will be adorned with some handmade decorations made of fabric and other materials. Visitors can purchase beautiful gifts from local crafters and enjoy refreshments from the Coffee House. Hours are 11 am - 5 pm and tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children.

Date: December 2nd, 2017 - December 10th, 2017
Location: Ringwood Manor
1304 Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456


UNION COUNTY


2017 Annual Light & Sound Show

Once a year, The Model Railroad Club, Inc., transforms our HO-scale layout into a theatre, running the trains to professionally narrated voice-over scripts. After you’ve seen the show, you can grab a bite at our snack bar and browse through our gift shop.

Date: December 1st, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017
Location: The Model Railroad Club, Inc.
295 Jefferson Ave, Union, NJ 07083

The Marketspace at Westfield

Happy Holidays! The Marketspace at Westfield will be open during the first two consecutive weekends in December. This downtown storefront will feature a revolving selection of handcrafted wares and high-end gifts. Gift wrapping available on-site. FREE TO ATTEND! Hours: December 2 - 3, 10 am - 7 pm.

Date: December 2nd, 2017 - December 10th, 2017
Location: 151 E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ 07090


WARREN COUNTY


12th Annual Hometown Holiday

The Annual Hometown Holiday is traditionally held on the first Friday in December. Activities start at Centenary University with a grand illumination of the Centenary tree and the Seay Building with carriage rides through the historic streets of town; lively musical entertainment along Main Street corners; late-night shopping; and delicious food in the Holiday Bazaar Tent on Moore Street. Santa parades along Main Street to the gazebo and lights the Christmas tree. An ideal event for families, this highlights a true slice of Americana as we welcome the holiday season in Hackettstown.

Date: December 1st, 2017
Location: Moore St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840

8th Annual Crafts in the Warren Tech

Featuring over 130 quality crafters, bake sale, lunch available for purchase, door prizes, photos with Santa and more! 9 am - 4 pm. $2 admission - Students and Children under 18 FREE. Non perishable food drive.

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Location: Warren County Technical School
1500 Rt. 57, Washington, NJ 07882

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