This December marks the 22nd Annual Gingerbread Wonderland. What started as a small display of gingerbread houses has now become an incredible 10-day exhibit of over 200 edible structures. We’ve seen everything from the Notre Dame Cathedral, grand pianos, Chinese pagodas, and Hanukah menorahs to Santa’s workshop, the Eiffel Tower and the Jersey Shore. Over 15,000 guests kick off their holiday celebrations with a visit to this charming and ecumenical exhibit. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skill and sense of optimism that characterizes each entry. Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation to visit by calling 973-326-7601. Check out pictures from last year in our Photo Gallery: Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland
Fri Dec 6, 2013 through Sun Dec 15th 10:00a - 5:00 pm daily; Fridays until 8:00 pm.
Last admittance 30 min. prior to closing.
Two special treats are in store for visitors this year. Each Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm the folks from Sculpted Ice Works will be here demonstrating their ice carving skills outside in the Cottage Garden. Each Sunday, The Hickory Tree Chorus will greet you at the front entrance singing carols from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Holiday shopping is easy at our Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its fourth year. You’ll find local crafters offering beautiful hand-made, affordable gifts perfect for that special person on your list. It’s one-stop shopping for one-of- a-kind gifts. Dates:
Cost: $2 donation per person gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland
Mark your calendar and save the date for Santa’s visit to the Cape May County Park and Zoo! Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders invite the public to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus during “Santa’s Family Workshop” on Saturday, December 14th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
This free, family event, hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, will also include crafts, education stations, entertainment and treats.
After telling Santa your wish list for Christmas, stroll through the zoo and see the more than 500 animals that call the Cape May County Zoo home – including our new snow leopard cubs, giraffe and bison.
Freeholder Hayes said, “This free holiday event is a way for us to share the joy of the season with our residents and visitors to the Cape May County Zoo.”
So take your camera and the entire family to the Cape May County Zoo for a day of holiday fun.
The Cape May County Zoo is located at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House (Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway). The free Zoo is open, weather permitting, 364 days a year – closed on Christmas Day.
For additional information please call 465-5271 or visit capemaycountygov.net.
New Brunswick City Market is hosting their 21st Annual Tree lighting and chili cookoff competition on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The festivities will be in front of theatres at Monument Square by the Heldrich Hotel.
The Christmas Tree lighting in New Brunswick includes live performances from many local bands, live entertainment, the chili cookoff competition, a scavenger hunt, free horse drawn carriage rides and a visit from Santa Claus!
New Brunswick City Market FREE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES
Fridays, December 6th, 13th, & 20th * 6 PM - 9 PM
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides throughout downtown New Brunswick. Pick up location at the Hyatt Regency, 2 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Bring your little ones to share their holiday wish list, and get your annual Santa photos. Check here for hours until December 24.
Or Tuesdays, November 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17
Starting at 6:00 PM
Start a new tradition and visit Santa in your pajamas. Bring your child's favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book and capture a magical and memorable moment, sure to be remembered for years to come.
Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and create a memorable moment for a deserving child in our community too. And with a $3 donation for Toys for Tots, you can receive a customized email letter from Santa on Christmas Eve.
You can enter your photo for a chance to win a Most Memorable Santa Photo Contest to win a $500 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card. Visit SantaPhotoContest.com to view your photos with Santa and enter!
On December 7
From 11am-3pm, visit Santa today at Yogurt Oasis, a photographer will be on hand, a $5 suggested donation.
Then at 6pm Somerville's Annual Fire Truck Holiday Light Parade will travel through downtown Somerville. The Somerville Fire Department proudly announces its 2nd annual Holiday Lights Parade, starting at 6 pm.
Prizes will be given out for the best decorated fire and emergency vehicles, personal floats and vehicle, and best decorated houses and/or business along the parade route.
Holiday Programs Sunday, December 8th 2013
East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Rd Piscataway
1:00 - 2:00 pm ~ Stories & Flavors from Jewish Winters
Rivka Willick brings the stories and flavors of the season with an all new mix of traditional and modern tales and a tasting of the kosher treats mentioned in the winter tales.
2:00 - 3:00 pm ~ Reception & Tour the Village
2:00 - 3:00 pm ~ Children’s Craft Children will create two different crafts, foam Holiday Stocking to decorate then lace up the sides and a Happy Snowman Mobile with snowflakes. Appropriate for children ages 5 – 9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
3:00~ Dickens-era Caroling Concert with Spiced Punch
The historical vocal quartet will present 19th century holiday songs accompanied by guitar, concertina, and whistles.
All Programs are without charge but Registration is a MUST
Annual Tree Lighting & Arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus
December 1, Sunday, 5:30pm at the North Ave. Train Station
The tree lighting is sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation, with hot chocolate, hot cider and entertainment by the Community Band of Westfield. Come greet Santa & Mrs. Claus as they arrive for the annual tree lighting on the fire truck at 5:30pm.
Note: A collection box will be available at the Tree Lighting for the Girl Scouts Annual Mitten Tree Project. Franklin Junior Troop #645 will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks for needy families throughout New Jersey. Donations will be distributed as gifts during the holiday season to local charities.
Join the festivities during Historic Holidays at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township during the afternoons of December 7 and December 8 from Noon to 4 p.m. Experience a 1920s Christmas with the Woods family who lived in the Farmhouse. After a wagon ride to the farm, explore British baking, and decorating traditions. Meet the farm animals, and help with chores.
Stop at the Visitors Center for more fun activities, including exhibit viewings and craft making.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 children 4 – 16, $2 children 2 & 3, and children under 2 are FREE. For more information please call Fosterfields, 973-326-7645.
12/15/2012, 10:00 am, The Gazebo, Cranford
Contact Person : Cranford Chamber of Commerce
Phone #: 908.272.6114
Web Site: www.cranford.com/chamber
10:00 am to Noon on December 21, Santa will be at Centennial Village. Photos with Santa are $3.00 each. Snacks and hot chocolate provided by the Cranford Jaycees. 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm - Santa will be at the Gazebo. Photos are $3.00 each. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Free Trolley Rides. Co-sponsored by Two River Bank.
12/8/2012, 9:00 am, Garlic Rose, Cranford
Contact Person : Garlic Rose, 28 North Ave, Cranford
Phone #: 908.276-5749
Web Site: www.cranford.com/chamber
The Cranford Chamber of Commerce is hosting breakfast with Santa at the Garlic Rose on Dec. 14. Please call the Garlic Rose at 908.276.5749 to make reservations.
To see our complete event listings please visit our event calendar here.