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)
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 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
Runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 21
Fridays at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $15.00
Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Adults $20, Children & Seniors $15
(90 min with a 15-min intermission)
The Nutcracker presented at the Growing Stage transforms the classic holiday ballet into a fully formed theatrical production laced with the music of Tchaikovsky. The mysterious Uncle Drosselmeir brings his niece, Clara, a very special gift, a Nutcracker. After the family has gone to bed, Clara sneaks downstairs to see her gift. As the clock chimes twelve, the adventure begins! Clara and the Nutcracker, who is really a prince, journey through the Land of Sweets, battle an army of mice, sail on the Lemonade Sea, rescue the Sugar Plum Fairie and finally reclaim the Prince’s crown from the Dowager Mouse Queen and her inept son. It’s a delicious holiday treat for the entire family!
Fridays until Jan. 2 - 1:30 and 7 pm shows
Saturdays and Sundays until Jan. 4 - 1:30 and 7 pm shows
Other dates as well.
Tickets $36 and up
Ages 4 & up
Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf is the fantastical holiday musical for the entire family! This is the hilarious and joyous tale of Buddy, an orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa's elves. Now, as a grownup, he embarks on a journey to discover his true identity. It's a holiday treat for your whole family. Performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Conversation Club: Join us on select Thursday evenings one hour before curtain for an informal, informative gathering. You'll learn more about the performance you're about to see and perhaps catch a glimpse of the stage being set. PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO Conversation Club on Thursday, Jan 1.
The Director's Viewpoint: One hour before curtain on the first Wednesday of this show we host a pre-show discussion in the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery.
Q&A With The Cast: On the fourth Saturday of each production, stick around for a lively Q&A with cast members directly following the matinee performance.
Pushcart Players presents "A Season of Miracles"
Saturday, December 17th
Pushcart Players presents "A Season of Miracles"
“A Season of Miracles” is a sparkling collection of holiday tales from different cultures and features “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Nutcracker,” “The Kwanzaa Kite,” and “A Chanukah Miracle – a Chelm story.” Filled with beauty, magic, laughter and love, this special performance is the perfect way to celebrate you
There are several holiday festivities to choose from in Ocean City.
Kids can enjoy Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at a different downtown restaurant on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. For more information, call 609-398-4662.
There will be photos with Santa from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Music Pier on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. There will be free horse and carriage rides in front of city hall from 12 pm to 3 pm on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Villagers Theatre
December 10-18, 2011
In this hilarious holiday story, the two directors of the Christmas pageant at the local church are struggling with all the little complications of this annual production. But, this year, they have a new, and much bigger problem—finding parts in the pageant for the horrible Herdman kids—possibly the most creatively maniacal and totally dreadful group of siblings in history. These kids are a pack of lying, stealing, cussing, cigar smoking terrors…the boys, too! The last place anyone expected to see them was in church. But you will want to see them. And you won’t want to miss the mayhem—and the fun!—for there will be no silent night when the uncontrollable, unholy Herdmans drop like a ton of yule logs on the once peaceful story of Christmas!
General Admission - All tickets $10
Saturdays at 12NOON and 3:00PM, Sundays at 12NOON.
Reservations can be made via this web site under 'Tickets',
Group Rates available upon request.
Get into the Chanukah Spirit at ChuckE Cheese's Chanukah Party for kids of all ages. There will be games, rides, raffles and prizes. Join ChuckE as he lights the Menorah! Free donuts and Chanukah treats for all! Wednesday December 24 at 11:00 am At ChuckE Cheese in Mays Landing. For more information please call 609-822-8500 or visit Chabadac.com. This program is a Project of Chabad at the Shore.
Don't miss the Community Menorah Lighting in front of Fair Lawn City Hall at 7:30 pm on December 21. There will be donuts and chocolate gelt for all and real gelt for the kids. Also in Fair Lawn, check out the Chanukah Wonderland from 12 pm to 2:30 pm on December 25. Holiday fun includes a giant dreidel bounce, hot latkes, carnival games, candle making, make your own menorah and more. Admission at the door is $15 per child, includes all games and Pizza. Admission is complimentary for Partners in Pride. For more info please Call 201.791.7200 or email Office@JewishFairLawn.org.
Chabad of Medford invites the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public Menorah kindling ceremony. The grand Chanukah celebration will take place on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 6:00PM at the corner of Main Street and Allen Medford, NJ. Following the kindling, there will be a program featuring music, delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels, a raffle and family fun.
Chabad Lubavitch of Camden and Burlington counties invites you to Chanukah on Ice from 7 pm to 9 pm on Dec. 24 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. Skate to Jewish music, enjoy the giant carved ice Menorah, taste hot latkes and more. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. To RSVP for this event, please go here.
In Cherry Hill, Chabad Lubavitch of Camden and Burlington counties invites the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a Public Menorah Lighting ceremony at the Cherry Hill Mall. The grand Chanukah celebration will take place at 6 pm on December 21 at JC Penney Court. Following the kindling, there will be a program featuring music, delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels, a raffle and family fun. Also, experience the Car Menorah Parade in Cherry Hill on December 25. The parade begins at 5 pm from The Chabad Center and continues until the end at 6 pm at Sahara Sam's Oasis, where "South Jersey's Largest Menorah," at 16 feet tall, will be lit. Following the kindling, there will be a program featuring music, delicious latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels, a raffle and family fun.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public Menorah kindling ceremony starting at 6 pm on December 22 at Library Point in Haddonfield. There will be a program featuring music, latkes and donuts, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for the children, dreidels and family fun. For more information please contact Chabad at 856-874-1500 or email.
Cape May County
Chanukah on Ice will be 3pm to 5pm on Sunday, December 25th at the Flyers Skate Zone in Atlantic City. This event, open to the entire community, will include open ice skating, organized skating games for children and families, and a special guest appearance by the biblical heroes of Chanukah, "The Maccabees." There will be a Center rink Menorah Lighing ceremony. Admission is $7 and includes refreshments. Skate rental $3 or BYO. Call 609-822-8500 for more information.
On December 22, Chabad of Hoboken presents Chanukah 4 Kids at Hoboken City Hall. Doors open at 4:45 pm; enjoy the puppet show starting at 5:15 pm and witness the annual grand public Menorah Lighting at 6:30 pm. There will be crafts, hot latkes and a chance to meet Judah the Maccabi. Admission is $10 for kids ages 2 and up. You can reserve a spot online.
Join the Friendship Circle for a Pre-Chanukah Bowl at 3 pm on December 18 in Princeton. Enjoy fresh latkes and donuts and unlimited bowling. There will be Chanukah treats and activities. There is no charge to attend but there is a suggested donation of $36 per family. RSVP by emailing email@example.com or call 609-683-7240. And don't miss the Chabad's annual Car Menorah Parade at 7:30 pm on December 21. Drive through the Windsors, Ewing, Princeton and Lawrenceville. There will be a special limo leading the parade, seats are reserved for Friendship Circle friends and limited so save your seat today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 609-683-7240.
The Chabad Jewish Center of South Brunswick presents the Chanukah Bowl and Family Party from 2 pm to 4 pm on December 25 at Brunsiwck Zone - Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick. There will be dreidel games, Chanukah activities and a bowling pin Menorah Lighting.
Visit the Chanukah Children's Fair from 10:30 am to noon on December 18 at the Chabad of Southeast Morris County in Madison.There will be arts and crafts, a multimedia show, music and refreshments. This event is for ages 3 to 10 and parents are welcome. For more info or to RSVP, Please email email@example.com. The suggested donation is $10 per child.
Other Menorah Lightings in Morris County include the Florham Park Menorah Lighting at 6 pm on December 20 at the Florham Park Town Hall Gazebo, the East Hanover Menorah Lighting at 6 pm on December 21 at East Hanover Town Hall, the Madison Menorah Lighting at 6 pm December 22 on King's Road in front of the Madison Train Station, with a reception to follow, and Chathams Menorah Lighting at 7:30 pm on December 22 at the Firehouse Plaza on Fairmount Avenue. For more information about either event, please call Chabad of SE Morris County at 973-377-0707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss the Chanukah Latkepalooza at 5:30 pm on December 27 at the Chabad Center in Wayne. There will be a grand Menorah lighting, bubbles, music and more. The cost is $5 per person. A family rate of $15 for two adults and two children is available. To register, click here.
Check out more:
Chanukah/Hanukkah books for kids
About the Chanukah holiday, traditions and other events
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at the Somerset Valley Players in Hillsborough
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
$17 for adults
$15 for students/seniors
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