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Handmade Holiday in Whitesbog Village

This special pop up arts and crafts festival in Historic Whitesbog Village is a FREE admission and FREE parking event. Join us in the village buildings for exhibitions and demonstrations of handmade arts and crafts. Take a walk on the nature trial for candy cane hunt, craft fun and unique ornament for you Christmas tree and enjoy hot beverages and yummy treats. It's a day of dun for the whole family!

Date: December 10th, 2016
Location: Historic Whitesbog Village
120 W. Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08026


Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade

Watch a festive line-up of floats, fire trucks and other creatively decorated vehicles parade down the streets of the Wildwoods accompanied by Santa himself! Registration begins at 5 pm at the North Wildwood Recreation Center line-up begins at 5:30 pm; parade steps off at 6 pm at 16th & Central Ave., then continues South on Pacific Ave. through Wildwood to Heather Rd. in Wildwood Crest, then ends at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Parade awards will be presented in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7:30 pm, immediately following the 7:15 pm tree lighting ceremony. Trophies will be awarded in these categories: Commercial, Community Service, Marching Bands, and Public Service. (Rain date for parade is Sunday, December 13 with registration at 4 pm, lineup at 4:30 pm, and parade at 5 pm.)

Date: December 9th, 2016
Location: North Wildwood Recreation Center
10th & Central Ave., Wildwood, NJ 08260

Uncork Christmas

Have you ever wished there was a one-stop shop for all your wine and Christmas tree needs? And maybe there would also be live music, mulled wine, and holiday decorations. Well get my red suit and call me Santa because your Christmas wish is coming true! Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery is hosting a holiday hoopla. Peruse our selection of live Christmas trees, wine in hand, and when you find the one, take it home or we'll tag it and have it ready for you. Bring the kids for a check-in with Santa so he can get those wish list requests before heading back to the North Pole to finish preparing for his big night (parents, bring your cameras!). Enjoy wine tastings, including a special mulled wine, and listen to live music with plenty of holiday tunes. We'll also have a selection of wreaths, holiday decorations, gift baskets and more. If you're not in the Christmas spirit yet, you will be by the time you leave!

Date: December 10th, 2016
Location: Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande, NJ 08242


American Repertory Ballet presents Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, stunning new sets (new first act scenery!), thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB's professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for your entire family! Friday: 8 pm, Saturday: 2 pm & 8 pm.  Adults $30, Children: $25.

Date: December 7th, 2016 - December 10th, 2016
Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 Trenchard Pl., South Orange, NJ 07079

Holiday Ceramics

Join us from 1 - 5 pm for an afternoon of lively holiday shopping, featuring pottery by some of the best local ceramic artists, including instructors in MAM's Yard School of Art. A variety of items, at a range of price points, will be available from glass jewelry and ornaments, to ceramic sets, and large-scale decorative pieces. Admission to the sale is free and light seasonal refreshments will be served. We will have clay ornament making taking place in one of our art studios for ages 4 and up, so drop off the kiddos while you shop! This sale is fun for the whole family.

Date: December 11th, 2016
Location: Montclair Art Museum
3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042

New Jersey Camera Show 2016

Learn how to take better pictures this holiday season and shop for some of the hottest new cameras and accessories at Unique Photo’s New Jersey Camera Show from December 9 – December 11. The three-day photography extravaganza will provide photo enthusiasts from beginners to professionals with the opportunity to take free photography classes and participate in exciting photo shoots at Unique Photo’s flagship store located on Route 46 in Fairfield. Attendees can sample and purchase the latest products at the lowest prices of the year through “show-only” sales from more than 40 of the industry’s leading manufacturers. Forty free classes from basic level to advanced--and every level in between--will be taught by renowned photographers and industry professionals. Classes range from camera basics and black and white imagery to landscape, portraiture, fashion, action photography, lighting, post-production photoshop and much more.

Date: December 9th - December 11th, 2016
Location: Unique Photo
123 US Highway 46 West
Fairfield, New Jersey 07004


Home for the Holidays

The Eastern Wind Symphony presents its annual holiday concert at the beautiful Princeton Meadow Church at 8 pm. Our goal is to perform the highest caliber wind and percussion literature for as wide an audience as possible. We truly believe in music for music's sake! This program includes Russian Christmas Music, Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis, Jingle Them Bells, Christmas and Sousa Forever, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with special guest narrator Buzz Hermann, and many other classic favorites! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. See our website for more information.

Date: December 10th, 2016
Location: Princeton Meadow Church
545 Meadow Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy® Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic, as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard's seasonal charts every year!

Date: December 10th, 2016
Location: State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Fire & Ice Benefit

We invite you to join Clean Ocean Action on December 10th, 2016 as we celebrate and raise essential funds for the ocean at COA's fundraiser, Fire & Ice. Over 300 ocean advocates will enjoy an exciting night with live music, a beach bonfire, ice sculptures, gourmet food and more! For reservations and sponsorship information please visit us opnline, silent auction items and donations are most welcome. Please call or email Tory Woods, Director of Development for more information and ways to get involve.

Date: December 10th, 2016
Location: Windows on the Water
931 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, NJ 07760

Victorian Holiday Festival & House Tour

Tours of selected Inns and Homes decorated for the Holidays in Vintage Victorian charm! The Tour runs on 2 days, Saturday includes BOTH the Inns and the Homes and Sunday includes the Inns ONLY! Plus tons of more holiday fun!

Date: December 10th, 2016 - December 11th, 2016
Location: Various Locations
45 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ 07753


Holiday CraftMorristown

Holiday CraftMorristown offers creative holiday shoppers and design lovers the opportunity to shop from 160 modern American makers from across the country. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their handmade pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Their masterpieces make extraordinary gifts loved ones will never forget. Shoppers will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest works at New Jersey's most unique shopping event of the holiday season. Friday 4 - 8 pm; Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. Admission $9.

Date: December 9th, 2016 - December 11th, 2016
Locaiton: Morristown Armory
430 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960


Christmas Shoppe and Soup Festival

6th Annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe and Soup Fest from 10 am – 3 pm. This is a wonderful event where kids and adults alike can do their holiday shopping. Over 45 vendors will offer a large variety of merchandise, crafts and gifts. There is sure to be something for everyone in the Christmas Shoppe! Five fabulous homemade soups will be available as part of a Soup Fest at lunchtime. Come early – these soups sell out quickly! Baked goods and lunch will be available for purchase, too. A Children's Story Time with puppets by author Laura Sassi will be held from 11 am - 1:30 pm in 20-minute sessions, so bring your children. The Cranford High School Madrigals will also perform. So skip the mall, the crowds and the hassles and join us for a great day.

Date: December 10th, 2016
Location: Cranford United Methodist Church
201 Lincoln Ave, Corner of Lincoln and Walnut, Cranford, NJ 07016

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Holiday Concert

International jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee returns for another Reeves-Reed Arboretum special Holiday Concert. 7pm. Details and ticket information available online.

Date: December 10th, 2016
Location: Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ 07901

Fearless Icon Finals

Union County Performing Arts Center presents in association with Fearless Productions and RSI Bank, Fearless Icon. Returning for it's third smash year, Fearless Icon is the Battle of the Best Musical Theater Voices in the State! Who will be this year's ICON? Performance begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $15.

Date: December 11th, 2016
Location: Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving St., Rahway, NJ 07065


Hometown Holiday

This festive evening includes tree and menorah lightings, songs of the season, holiday-themed contests, Meet & Greets and photo opportunities with holiday characters like The Grinch, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and The Gingerbread Man. Sponsored by Investors Bank.

Date: December 9th, 2016
Location: Downtown
44 E. Washington Ave., Washington, NJ 07882


We will warm our Feliz Navidad wine, make some buñuelos (traditional Mexican Christmas cookies) and have the glue gun ready for you to make cork ornaments. We supply the wine samples, cookies and corks – you bring your creativity! Abuelita Chocolate for the kids. $5 admission for adults and kids.

Date: December 10th, 2016 - December 11th, 2016
Location: Villa Milagro Vineyards
33 Rt. 627, Philipsburg, NJ 08865

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