Holiday shows this December for families to enjoy at the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College.
The Alien Who Stole Christmas
Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 3:00 pm
Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets need presents too, you know! (recommended for ages 6-10)
Winter Wonder Lights
Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18 at 4:00 pm
Saturdays, Dec 3, 10, 17 at 8:00 pm
Listen to holiday hits such as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominic the Donkey.” (recommended for ages 6-adult)
Welcome Home to Westfield Holiday Events with lots of different activities and events including carolers, holiday performances, holiday music in the downtown, festive concerts and more.
The Yuletide Carolers: Saturdays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 3 & 17 • 1–2 pm, Saturday • Lord & Taylor • Dec. 10 • 1–2 pm
Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Band: Saturdays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 3, 10 & 17 • 2–5 pm
NJ Workshop for the Arts Brass Quartet: Sundays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 4, 11 & 18 • 2:30–4:30 pm
Twisted Mustache: Sundays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 4, 11 & 18 • 1:30–3 pm
For other events, go here.
The Wildwoods 9th Annual Family Holiday Celebration begins Friday evening December 9 with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees’ Christmas Parade. Registration begins at 5:00pm at the North Wildwood Recreation Center (10th and Central Avenues). Lineup begins at 5:30pm and the parade starts promptly at 6:00pm. The rain date is Sunday December 11.
The festival begins Friday evening following the parade, with the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Then crowds gather inside the Wildwoods Convention Center to warm up with hot chocolate and cookies and acknowledge the parade and the business decorating and lighting contest winners at the Award Ceremony. The celebration continues all day Saturday with family fun, pictures with Santa and holiday bazaar.
Schedule of events:
Fri., Dec. 9
6:00 p.m.Shopping Bazaar opens at the Wildwoods Convention Center
6:00 p.m.Christmas Parade (click here for more information about the parade)
7:15 p.m.Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
8:00 p.m.Parade award ceremony in the lobby of the Convention Center.
Sat., Dec. 10 (9 am to 4 pm)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Face Painters
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Shopping Bazaar, Children’s Craft Making Table, Stocking Making Table & Holiday Movies
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Balloon Twisting
9:00 a.m.Margaret Mace Choir
9:30 a.m.Cape Trinity Catholic Choir
10:00 a.m.Art of Gymnastics & Cheer
10:30 a.m.Wildwood Catholic High School
11:00 a.m.Santa arrives!
11:30 a.m.Ken Northridge – Magician
12:30 p.m.Glenwood Choir
12:50 p.m.Wildwood Middle School Choir
1:10 p.m.Wildwood High School Choir
1:30 p.m.Avalon String Band
2:30 p.m.Crest Memorial School & Choir
Meeting Room 3
10:30 a.m.Frosty the Snowman
11:30 a.m.Santa Claus is Coming to Town
12:30 a.m.Mr. Magoos’ Christmas Carol
1:30 p.m.Grinch (cartoon)
2:00 p.m.Charlie Brown Christmas
2:30 p.m.Polar Express (G)
The Snowflake Parade
Millburn Avenue between Holmes and Spring Streets Sunday, December 4, 2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Snowflake Parade and Family Fun Festival will be on December 4th at 1:30pm. The parade will be held on Millburn Avenue between Holmes and Spring Streets. There will be professional bands, clowns, costumed characters, and refreshments after the parade. For more information, contact 973-379-2341.
Celebrate Christmas in Warren and visit a local home in Warren Township that is super festive for the holidays!! There are 30,000 LED Christmas lights synchronized to music using over 3000 digitally controlled channels. The light controllers are all home made as are many of the lights and other features. Each light is individually programmed to display a number of effects using Vixen Software.
The lights run nightly 5-10PM weather permitting, from Dec 1 - Dec 31.
The Princeton Girlchoir will perform holiday and other seasonal selections at various locations to entertain young and old alike.
Performances will be:
Quaker Bridge Mall Holiday Sing
December 3, 2016, 11:00am
Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrenceville
Grace Notes, Quarter Notes
Nassau Club Tree Lighting Performance
December 6, 2016, 6:00pm
Nassau Club, Princeton
A Choral Tapestry
December 10, 2016, 7:00pm
TCNJ Campus, Mayo Hall
Cantores and Concert Choir
Acorn Glen Holiday Sing
December 13, 2016, 6:30pm
Acorn Glen Retirement Community, Princeton
Guests of American Repertory Ballet: The Nutcracker
December 16-18, 2016
State Theatre, New Brunswick
Trinity Church Rocky Hill is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale on Dec. 10
Trinity's annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, December 10, from 9 am to 1 pm. We will have knitted shawls and scarves, pickles, paintings, soaps and lotions, baby hats and sweaters, Christmas ornaments and gift tags, and much more. All items are lovingly handmade.
There will also be delicious baked goods for sale made by the talented Trinity bakers. This is a wonderful opportunity to shop for unique holiday gifts for family and friends, and to support our local artisans.
December 24th. Every year Santa has scheduled a stop at the Princeton Airport to distribute gifts for area children. Airport Manager, Kenneth Nierenberg, has confirmed Santa’s arrival time to be 11:00 A.M.
If you wish to have your children participate in the event, please bring a wrapped gift for each child with the name in large print to the lobby of the airport. If you have several children, wrap the gifts in the same paper and tie them together to expedite the distribution. Gifts should be not larger than 12" to accommodate Santa.
On the day of the event adults are advised to bring the children prior to 11:00 A.M. and wait in the maintenance hangar.
You must also bring an equal number of unwrapped gifts for NEEDY children. In the lobby there will be two chimneys to receive the respective gifts. Get your gifts in early, as Santa dispenses them in the order we receive them. (Collection starts Nov. 26th until Dec. 16)
These gifts are being collected and distributed through the Mercer County Board of Social Services. Although toys are a common donation, items such as scarves, mittens, and other articles of clothing are welcome.
The airport has set a deadline for the collection of both the gifts for area children and the needy of December 16th in order to enable county workers to arrange for the best matches for the needy. The gifts can be deposited in the "chimneys" in the lobby at the airport between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. In fairness to all, Santa will distribute the gifts in the order in which they are received at the airport. Usually the distribution of the gifts is completed by 1:00 P.M. when Santa will continue his journey.
There is no charge for the event.
For further information, call 609-921-3100 or www.princetonairport.com.
Sat., Dec 10, 2016, 10:00 A.M.
Sun., Dec 11, 2016, 10:00 A.M.
Sat., Dec 17, 2016, 10:00 A.M.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!!!
Join Imagine That! Museum for a holiday visit from Santa himself!
Come have a magical breakfast with Santa Claus. Children can visit with Santa and his elves, enjoy a breakfast snack then stay and play all day! Each child receives a special gift from Santa! Don’t forget to bring your wish-list for him to see! Parents remember your camera for photo ops with Santa!
Our jolly and experienced Santa knows who has been nice! Join us, share your wishes with Santa and enjoy the magic of this holiday season.
Price for adult: $14.99*
Price for child: $16.99*
*If you pay at the door, seats are not guaranteed and pricing is $17.99 per child and $15.99 per adult. Price includes a breakfast snack. This is a special event, no Groupons, coupons or discounts can be applied. These tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Come visit the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo with your family and friends during our Holiday Lights Spectacular! *A Frozen Princess Ball (5:30pm - 8:00pm) Featuring Elsa and Anna every night!
Come meet and greet some of your favorite Princess characters when you visit the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo during select nights of our Holiday Lights Spectacular. Featuring Elsa and Anna every night! Located at the Picnic Pavilion. Princesses sponsored by Perfect Princess Parties NJ (perfectprincesspartiesnj.com) Professional photos available for purchase.
*SANTA! at gazebo by Bear House. Come take a photo with Santa and drop off your letter in our North Pole mailbox. Professional photos available for purchase.
*Ice Sculpture on the amphitheater stage from approximately 5 - 6:30pm
*S\'mores station by Sea Lion Sound
*Face Painting in Touch Tank
*Warm up and see some animals in our indoor exhibits like the Reptile House or Touch Tank
*Donation Drop off is located in the parking lots before you enter Holiday Lights
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 18 – December 11
Every Night: December 12 – January 2, 2017
Closed: December 24 & 25
5pm to 9pm
Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats. Different themed activities featured each December weekend makes visiting extra exciting!
To see our complete event listings please visit our event calendar here.