A day in Jersey City

A day in Jersey city

JERSEY CITY

Called the sixth borough of Manhattan, Jersey City is a vibrant, diverse, and an exciting place to stay or to spend time. Strip down the crowds, the cacophony, the traffic of New York City and you will find its quieter equivalent – Jersey city. A true melting pot of many cultures, communities, food and ethnicities. The thriving multi cultures have left a lasting mark on this city. Irrespective of which lens you dawn- family, fun ,architecture , art or history , this place will win you over! So if you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, scroll down for a splendid day !

Home to plenty sight-seeing ,parks, cultural hubs, restaurants the city has a lot to offer. If you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, it helps that it is located on a large peninsula . Surrounded by water on three sides, this makes for spectacular sweeping water views and panoramic sky lines to gaze.

Start your day with a waterfront walk

WATERFRONT WALK

Depending on where you are staying, you can start your day in Jersey city with a waterfront walk or a Jog. Wherever you are, you are never far from Hudson river and the panoramic sky line. Walk along the Hudson River waterfront walkway or jog along the Newport waterfront and watch the waves crash on the pier. You can also take a walk near the exchange place waterfront and stroll while you watch the ferries go by. These places are a walkers or a runners delight and offer unmatched view of the New york skyline.

If you would like to bike instead , you can hire one from the Citi bike at Newport Path or Essex light rail station  . Take a guided bike tour of the waterfront.

exchange place jersey city

Don’t forget to take a selfie of the sweeping Manhattan view while grabbing a big mug of aromatic coffee at the many coffee shops along the waterfront walkways!

Breakfast

The cities waterfront is lined up with many cafes and restaurants . You are spoilt for choices and a day in jersey city isn’t enough. Enjoy a big breakfast while watching the seagulls chirping away. If you land here in summer, most of the cafes offer outdoor seating .  Soak some sun and pile on calories.

brownstone dinerAnd here are the gastronomical options for sumptuous breakfast. In mood for some sinful pancakes? Head to Brownstone diner and pancake factory for Nutella filled waffles or pancakes stuffed with eggs, bacon and cheese. Whatever you order at this place , it’s a pancake galore, enjoy every bite! If you are particularly looking for kid friendly restaurants, there are many choices too

breakfast in jersey citry

In mood for some healthy yet tasty choice of breakfast we would suggest Short Grain or O’Kafe. These cafes offer healthy choices, some gluten free and vegan options as well. A cozy, cute coffee place with delectable choices and local’s favorite is Sam a.m. Nothing comes close to wonder Bagels and if you are craving handmade bagels this is your place! The queues will speak for its greatness and the super hit and famous bagels!

After-noon

Hamilton Park , Jersey city
Hamilton Park , Jersey city

If you are planning a day in Jersey city with your little ones,  urge you to explore the many parks and help them burn out that unlimited energy. Head to Hamilton park and spend a day lazying either in the gazebo or shooting hoops while the children  play in the park.  Alternatively head to the Van vorst park if you are closer to Paulus hook area.

liberty science centreIf you are headed to liberty state park you can easily plan an entire day’s worth of activities here, This massive green space is not only home to a waterfront park but also the Liberty Science Center, which is fun both for kids as well as for parents. Enjoy the planetarium while the budding scientist squeaks with joy or just plan a picnic in this vast green expanse of this State park.

Early Evening

historic downtown

If you are an art enthusiast or love a little piece of history , head to Jersey city historic downtown. There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names honor local 18th and 19th century figures .  Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive.  Beaux-Arts structures such as the H&M Powerhouse and Court House are reminiscent of gone by era .

Old colgate clockThe old Colgate Clock, a remnant from the factory stands tall and proud. Evidently Jersey City is a storied site. Walk a little further around this area and stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences . Wander around the streets to see some well preserved examples of these gorgeous Victorian abodes.

Historic Downtown is home to many cultural attractions including the Jersey City Museum, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse. Take a walk and experience some beautiful wall murals  just as the sun goes down on a day in Jersey city.

Evening

Just as the sun is setting , get in groove on Grove street! This part of the historic downtown district comes alive in the evening hours with a bee line of some great food options, music and fun activities. Take a walk along this the site of several new hot spots, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare and immerse in the buzz and vibe of this place.

taldeWant to head to a buzzing yet a place full of character head to Talde a vibrant restaurant, housed in a former police station, this restaurant boasts a delectable array of Asian-fusion delights, including pretzel pork dumplings crispy oyster and bacon pad thai, get a seat at the bar and enjoy some cocktails.

pizzaIf you are in mood for some Italian, head to Porta Pizza, one of the most popular places in town serving handmade Neopolitan-style pizza in their open kitchen, and also offering mouthwatering Italian dishes that are made from fresh, sustainable and local ingredients. You can chose to drink and dine downstairs or head upstairs to their rooftop bar!

And if the mood calls for Beer at a gastropub head to Wurstbar and enjoy the menu lined up with delectable Sausage and beer !

dinner in JC

A local favorite of Jersey City is Taqueria, and you cant go wrong with this choice. Buzzing with happy vibe, you will be welcomed into a chaotically-decorated space, or enjoy time at the Patio. Love the tacos or torta and thank us later !

Another popular Italian restaurant is the Roman Nose serving authentic Italian cusine. Enjoy the time ordering food or gulping some creative cocktails. Sway to the music and keep the beat on.

A day in Jersey cityEnjoy the waterfront walk after you are done with dinner. Most places are open late and the night time skyline view is the perfect end to a day in Jersey city!

Calling it a day in Jersey city. Hope you had a splendid day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Van Vorst park

Sooner than you can anticipate , the sun will shine and embrace us in its warm glory. Leaving us with Saturdays to fill and Sundays to find places to soak in the family fun.If you are in Jersey city, and in the Historic Downtown neighborhood of Jersey City- head to Van Vorst park. Your opportunity to be outside and among nature, birds, trees, and flowers! We have curated a list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city.

Established in 1835, this two acres of extensive green oasis was named after the European Van Vorst family that settled in area during the 1600s. Evidently the park is nestled between the neighborhood that contains nineteenth century row houses and brownstones and currently it is the confluence of families and visitors around the area. If you plan to spend a day around Van Vorst park Jersey City follow our  list of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city.

1. Inside the Park

Timing : Park hours 6 AM – 10 PM

Van Vorst Park Play area

A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating, bounded by Barrow Street on the east, Montgomery Street on the north, Jersey Avenue on the west and York Street on the south. One can walk around the area on the paved walkway and families can enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass.

This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy!Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city

Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction.

Fountain at Van vorst prk
The fountain at the Van Vorst Park

An iconic cast iron water fountain sits in the western quadrant of the park. Competitive sports, such as football and soccer are prohibited in the park area, making this park a preferred place for quieter walks and fun space for young .Vegetation in the park is diverse and is maintained by the community.

2. Events

Movies in the van vorst park

Throughout the summer the Van Vorst park hosts special musical events, Shakespeare in the Park, a community flee market, Films in Park , and much more.

The park has a Saturday morning farmers’ market from spring through the fall. On Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM this farmer’s market is held near the gazebo . With a  variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and variety of mouth watering baked goods,  there is always something fresh and delicious to take home.

The park is managed by the Friends of Van Vorst Park (FVVP) – a not-for-profit Corp founded in 1991 that assists in the development and maintenance of the gardens and public spaces within Van Vorst Park in downtown Jersey City. Do check their schedule on movies and event here :

 https://www.fvvp.org/calendar/

3. Around the Park

There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names nestling Van Vorst park honor local 18th and 19th century figures such as Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive, and American Revolution military figures such Montgomery for Richard Montgomery. if you love history add this area and its many streets in the list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city!

Van Vorst Mansion

Van vorst mansion

The Van Vorst House is a colonial-era residence in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, located at 531 Palisade Avenue in The Heights. The stone house was built 1740–1742 by descendants of the first settlers in the region. It is arguably the oldest building in Jersey City

Barrow Mansion :

Built in the early 1800s, the Barrow Mansion is a yet another reminder of the vast history of Jersey City. The Barrow Mansion lot was purchased by William Barrow in 1835. The Barrow Mansion is home to many artistic performing groups, wellness classes, and community programs.

Farmers Market :

Farmers market

A large farmers market can be seen Monday – Thursday between April and December in historic downtown of Jersey city next to Grove Path plaza. Bring your bags to stock up on fruits , vegetables, baked goods, Fresh seafood, Jams , natural creams and handmade goods. This is one of the most sought after places for visitors and residents of the area.

4. Places to eat around Van Vorst Park

Once you are done spending time walking leisurely within the park and applauding the rich history of this neighborhood, it is time to enjoy the many varied food options around Van Vorst park. List of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city cannot be complete unless we add eateries and cafes in the list.

 Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory :426 Jersey Avenue

Brownstone diner

A classic American diner with many food options and all day breakfast , The pancake choice is amazing and portion sizes large. Be sure to get there either early or factor enough wait time during weekends if you want to come here for breakfast or brunch. Although the diner has a parking lot, it is a popular place and thus spots run out easily!

 Razza Pizza Artigianale: 275 Grove Street

Raaza pizza things to do around Van vorst park Jersey city

Another gem in Neighborhood, head here if you are a Pizza lover… or not. The restaurant boasts of locally grown and procured ingredients. The chef and owner Dan richer adds his personal touch in the selection of ingredients and making process. The chef uses flour that is milled in in Clifton and makes his own bread and butter. Maybe this is the secret ingredient of their delicious Pizza , that is possibly one of the most loved Pizza of Jersey city.

The Kitchen Step: 500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The kitchen stepDelicious, crafty , creative and friendly ; the Kitchen step is Van Vorst neighborhood bistro that offers classic delicious American cuisine along with some tasty cocktails. Buzzing almost throughout the day , the place is a must try if looking for things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city

Short Grain : 183, Montgomery Street

Short grain Van Vorst park Short Grain focuses and tailors its menu to anyone who is health conscious or choses to be a vegan. A sunny coffee shop, serving sandwiches, and small plates full of fresh ingredients and spices. Coffee lovers or not, Short grain is a must try when in Van Vorst neighborhood.

Wonder Bagels : 517 Jersey Ave., Jersey City

Wonder Bagels

We wont call it justice until Wonder Bagels is a part of one of the most loved places in the area. Freshly baked everyday , the bagels are sumptuous in every way. This place also serves salad and other options for breakfast. Worth every single minute that you might spend in queue here.

One is spoilt for choices when fetching for restaurants and coffee shops here. There are many gems and local favorites near the Van Vorst park area. Many other hidden gems and local nooks that are favorite with families -Tell us your favorite thing to do in Van Vorst park area !

Getting to Van Vorst Park

Ride the PATH train to Grove Street and make the 10-minute walk from there. Alternatively, use the light rail system to reach Marin Boulevard. The walk from Marin Boulevard station is also under 10 minutes.

If you are looking for greener pastures and other parks in the area head to Hamilton Park , Liberty state park or Lincoln Park within Jersey city

 

Things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City

Things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City

 

Hamilton Park , Jersey city

 

The weather gives us hope of warmer days ahead and with rising temperatures our love for one of Jersey city’s most beloved park, only increases . And here we are with things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey city .

Hamilton park – a 5.4 acre square green space in downtown Jersey city is one of its residents and visitors favorite destination. Engulfed in tall tress and sporting an array of historic houses and shop fronts , charming boutiques and restaurants. Hamilton park offers many activities for people of all age groups.  Here is a curated list of  things to do  around Hamilton park in Jersey city

Inside Hamilton Park

  • Play Areas

Children of all ages love the Hamilton park. Besides the large space to run, play and scooter around , this park  has two lovely dedicated  children’s playground . Split between ages (0-5) and (5-12) both the playgrounds have age appropriate equipment. Children love to spend time sliding, swinging or climbing. Another major attraction is the Hamilton park splash pad. A small fenced –in water playground featuring sprinklers and colorful buckets of water dropping overhead,  bound to form an immediate love affair with little ones. There are so many things to do around Hamilton Park in  Jersey city that you might find it difficult to leave !

If you have a fur baby, look no further. This park is pet friendly and features a dog park. Let your furry ones run, play, and enjoy !

 

  • Sporting Fun

Hamilton park  is the focal point of families engaged in recreational fun .Its basketball court, and a tennis court typically run busy during summer months, with some wait time for your turn. If you wish to play , land here early or get your name entered in and wait for your turn . Either ways, have fun while you shoot hoops or practice your serve!

 

Gazebo at hailton park, jersey city
Gazebo at the hamilton park , Jersey city

Walk around the park under the leafy trees, relax in the Gazebo or look at the little free library , a small space shaped like an owl meant for free exchange of children’s books. Select what you want and give back what others could use! Its absolutely free !

These carefree walks, are simple, joyful and one big attraction of things to do  around Hamilton Park  in Jersey city. After all who does not want to spend time amongst birds, trees , flowers and natures.

  • Events

The Hamilton park neighborhood association (HPNA) conducts events that are a hit amongst the local community. Some of the popular events are the farmers market, Shakespeare in the park, the great egg hunt , the education fair and many more.

Farmers market
Hamilton Park Farmers market

During the summer months, the park participates in the outdoor movie nights , the schedule of which is displayed both on the website as well as on a large colorful banner at the entrance of the park  . In the month of June, the community holds the Hamilton Park Festival- great time to enjoy music, food and plethora of fun, engaging activities.

The farmers market is set up around the Gazebo every Wednesday between 3:00 and 7:30 PM from May to December. Over 20 vendors and their fresh produce is a source of high traffic and buzz on these days. Enjoy the fresh lemonade on hot summer days and head to the popping aromatic popcorn . Indulge in sumptuous Stella’s empanadas while browsing fresh apples, strawberries , Jams or fresh green vegetables. Don’t forget to bring your bag to carry home your purchases ! Find out more farmers market in the area 

Ensure to check the event calendar if you want to attend a specific event . This is one of the most sought after events and much featured in things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey city.

 

  • Families and fun

Besides the regular events , Picnics all around the park and an occasional  birthday celebration are other ways families enjoy this charming and splendid green spot – ‘ Hamilton Park ‘. However if you wish to use the Gazebo or conduct a private event , we encourage you to seek permissions from Jersey City cultural affairs .

Around the Hamilton Park

Walk around the perimeter of Hamilton park : Enjoy the neighborhood. Not only children but also people of all age groups are bound to be smitten by the charm and warmth of this place.

 

Musically or creatively inclined and want to experience a new instrument or dance form? Head to Next step broadway at 9th street. Looking to engage young children in meaningful play, parties or events step into My Gym also located at 9th street.

About 50 steps ahead is another children’s favorite creamery and bake shop Milk, Sugar , Love’. Indulge in some delightfully delicious, churned out of organic milk – ice cream . Don’t miss to try the delectable and tantalizing baked goods.

Keep walking till you find a large wall mural of a young girl peeking through a window . The graffiti is loved by adults and children alike, evoking imagination, creative thinking and story telling.

 

 

Sightseeing : Take a walk around Hamilton park to witness history . Stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences in this part of town. Wander around the streets surrounding the park to see well-preserved examples of these Victorian abodes. Don’t miss the little benches dotted around the perimeter of the park and the lamp posts that offer a splendid & picturesque scenery! Like we said, you are spoilt for choices when narrowing on things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey city.

Places to Eat near Hamilton Park :

Hungry ? You are spoilt for choices when near Hamilton park. Here is a list of top places to indulge and tantalize the taste buds! This is just a small list , Hamilton park area is dotted with eateries and cafes .

Ahri’s kitchen : 227, 7th Street.

Ahri’s Kitchen serves authentic home style authentic Korean food. A BYOB and order at the counter style restaurant. The serving size is large and the mood easy. Just seat yourself and enjoy their soups , dumpling and some authentic Korean cuisine.

Psst don’t miss out the décor of the place, tastefully and meticulously done , bring on that camera and capture the memories you make here !

White Star Bar : 179 WARREN ST, JC

A juicy burger and a bottle of wine or maple salmon and a sumptuous spread of appetizer , either way this friendly place with great ambiance is just a hop , skip, jump away from Hamilton park. Open till late night , White star has a vibe you cannot miss.

Carmine’s Pizza : 366 8th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Another favorite in all age groups is carmine;s pizza factory. Serving thin crust Pizza with incredible flavors, delicious sphagetti and everything Italian! . A corner brownstone with large glass windows and outside seating during summer months. Just what you want at the end of a long summery day !

Hamilton Inn :708 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Another local favorite is The Hamilton Inn . This is great place to enjoy brunch, dinner, or late night food with friends and family. The Hamilton Inn was awarded open Table’s best 100 brunch restaurants in the country. You know you cant go wrong if choosing this place. Get there early to avoid long waiting time , specially during weekend brunch

Basic : 231 8th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

You cant miss the Basic Deli. Located at 231 8th St, Delightful place, Large glass windows and quirky outside seating with a spread of some great coffees and teas. You cant miss the place boasting ‘ the best coffee in town ‘ can you?

O’ Café : 230 Pavonia Ave:Previously Smith and Chang’s general foods , now called O’ Café .

This is not just a coffee shop but a great place to meet up or work . The coffee shop is great for anyone who loves their coffee to be made in a specific way with many options for Vegans. Kickstart your morning here with the sun falling on the large windows and making everything brighter. This place has  cute interiors and some amazing food options- full of baked goods, acai bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

Spend an entire day , evening and night enjoying the many facets of things to do  around Hamilton park in Jersey city

Getting to Hamilton Park

Getting to Hamilton park is easy . Closest stations are Grove street and Newport light rail. About 8 minutes of walking distance from Newport light rail, and similar from Grove street. If you are driving , parking is on street and free. However it could be tough to get a spot during evenings and high traffic times. Arrive early and secure a spot!

If you enjoy any of the above features and would like to add to the list of things to do  around Hamilton Park in Jersey city do write to us !

Happy warmer months ahead !

PS : There are many other green pastures and parks to explore in Jersey city. If you are in Paulus hook area head to Van Vorst park, Lincoln park and Liberty state park are other beautiful parks to explore.

JCFamilies’ Events in Jersey City Spring and Summer 2019

JCFamilies’ Events in Jersey City Spring and Summer 2019


The winter can be long and not to mention freezing cold. Are you on the lookout for fun events to enjoy with the whole family this spring season? Luckily we have several fun events that you can look forward to! Take a look at some of the best options in Jersey City!

 

JCFamilies' Events in Winter and Spring 2019JCFamilies Spring Festival 

Join us for the annual JCFamilies‘ Spring Festival on April 14th in Jersey City, At Harborside Atrium! There will be entertainment and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy at this event, where local JCFamilies come together to celebrate the spring season.

Save the date! More information will come, stay updated by visiting our website. 

JCFamilies' Events in Winter and Spring 2019JCFamilies Baby Fair ’19 

The journey to motherhood begins the moment one starts planning for a family. While it can be rewarding and fulfilling, it comes with some challenges too. We want to make this journey easier for you by bringing important information and resources at your doorstep. Whether you are thinking of having a baby, expecting, or a new mom, JC Baby Fair’19, a Baby Fair in Jersey City is just the event for you.The event is being held on April 14th at Harborside Atrium from 11am to 2pm.

Maternity and baby/toddler Clothing Swap

April 14th from 11am-2pm. This event is included in your Spring Festival/Baby Fair ticket, and is being held at Harborside Atrium.

The season is changing, so why not let’s clear out some clutter? The clothing swap is a perfect opportunity to let go of maternity clothes you don’t use anymore, or baby/toddler clothes that is suddenly too small for your little one.

The clothing swap is only for maternity and baby/toddler clothes, and please make sure to fill out the form below in order to participate.

CLOTHES SWAP PARTICIPATION FORM 

Make sure your apparel items are freshly laundered and in good condition – no stains, fading, or excessive wear!

JCFamilies' Events in Winter and Spring 2019JCFamilies’ School, Summer Camp & Daycare Fair 2019

Are you looking for a Summer Camp for your child? Join JCFamilies for the annual Summer Camp Fair on April 27th!
 
This is the only fair in Jersey City where you can get information about & also speak to the representatives of several Schools, Day Cares, Summer Camps & Activity Centers in & around Jersey CityHoboken.
Browse through several camps while the kids are entertained, and hopefully by the end of the 3 hour event, you will have found the perfect summer camp for your child.

Mother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City 

Join us for a Mother’s Day Celebration in Hamilton Park on May 10th from 4pm to 7pm. There will be entertainment, music and several vendors.
Save the date! More information will come.
Check our website for updates about the event.

JC Fitness Fair 2019 

Join us for the 4th annual JC Fitness Fair in Jersey City! This is an opportunity to meet local fitness professionals and find the perfect workout or re-ignite your interest in an old favorite.

Save the date for our JC Fitness Fair in Jersey City: May 18th: 10am to 1pm

If you are interested in being a vendor, please email [email protected]

We hope to see you all there! More details will come.

If you are looking for Boxing or Yoga, you can find all the fitness options available in Jersey City in our JC FITNESS DIRECTORY:   http://jcfamilies.com/best-places-to-workout-in-jersey-city/

JC Kids Run in Jersey City 

Calling all KIDS from 1 to 10 years for The JC Kids Run in Jersey City on Saturday June 1st 2019.

The JC Kids Run in Jersey City is back for the 5th year, and it keeps getting bigger and better!  Children race through the course with the biggest smiles on their faces as the community cheers them on. The excitement and joy on their faces as they cross the finish line is priceless!

For more details about the JC Kids Run in Jersey City, check out this link.

Sign up HERE.

Fall Family Events In and Around Jersey City

Fall Family Events In and Around Jersey City

Ah Autumn! The leaves begin to change colors, the weather calls for our favorite sweaters and pumpkins and apples need picking. The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean the family fun has to stop! Fall is packed with events that the whole family will enjoy. Don’t know where to start? No problem! We’ve created a list of Fall Family Events In and Around Jersey City just for you!

Hoboken Harvest Fest 

October 20th 11 AM – 3 PM

Head over to Pier A Park at 100 Sinatra Drive and enjoy a day full of fun at the Hoboken Harvest Fest! You and your family can take part in free activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, hayrides, music and crafts! Food vendors will offer tasty delights for purchase.

Boo At The Zoo

Saturdays and Sundays in October, also Monday, October 8

Boo at the Zoo returns to the Bronx Zoo, located at2300 Southern Blvd Bronx, NY. Enjoy a new line-up of activities including a pirate hayride adventure, magic show, extinct animal graveyard, pumpkin carving, a costume parade and more!

4th Annual Parade of Veterans and Heroes

November 10th 12 PM – 2 PM

Jersey City celebrates the 4th Annual Parade of Veterans and Heroes. The parade will march along the Newark Avenue side of Dickinson High School and conclude in front of City Hall. The event will include many parade floats, marching bands, military vehicles, local ROTC cadets, color guards, active and former military personnel from all branches of the armed forces, VFW members, AMVETS, and other organizations that support and honor our veterans and heroes. With nearly 2,000 participants in the 2016 parade, it has quickly become NJ’s premier destination parade in honor of those who keep America safe and free.

Celebrate Fall 2018

October 21st 11 AM – 4 PM

Games, crafts, music, seasonal cooking demonstrations makes for an afternoon of seasonal fun at this eagerly anticipated fall festival! With Halloween right around the corner, families can explore the Spooky Trail, show off their pumpkin decorating skills and join the costume parade. The event will be hosted at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum which can be found at 165 Hobart Ave, Summit.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Grab your wands and time turners and embark on a journey to where the magic and myth began! Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a British Library exhibition brings the magic to life! Tickets start at $21 for adults; $16 for seniors (65+); $13 for students; $6 for kids ages 5-13; free ages 0-4. Tickets also include admission to the museum.

Halloween Party Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 12026

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 6 PM – 8 PM

It’s all about the kids at this free Halloween party taking place at St Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 38 Duncan Ave in Jersey City! Girl Scout Troop 12026 invites you to attend their Halloween Party for the community. Ages 3-12 only. They will have crafts, costume contest, snacks and more.

JC Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday October 27th 4 PM – 8 PM

Be prepared for all things that go bump in the night when you enter the Harborside Atrium on October 27th. JCFamilies presents their 2018 Halloween Spooktacular! For $5 (for ages 6 and up) you can enjoy  a costume competition, dance party, face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games and other entertainment for the kids! Make sure to stop by the picture corner to snap a spooky family photo!

American Museum Of Natural History Halloween Celebration

Saturday, October 27, 2018 2 PM –6 PM

The American Museum of Natural History opens its doors for the eerie and creepy! With more than 30 Museum halls open for the event, guests are invited to wander among “ferocious” dinosaurs and the “mysterious” universe for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and fun with roaming cartoon characters, stilt-walkers, and balloon artists. Tickets are $16 per person and $13 for Museum Members.

Children’s Fall Festival

Sun, Oct 28, 2018 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Dress in your Halloween best for this event located at Queens County Farm Museum! Kids will have a blast bouncing in the bounce houses, enjoying the pie-eating contests and more. Do the Monster Mash to music, take an autumn hayride, visit the Haunted House and enjoy a pony ride and farm animals. For $20 a person you and your family can enjoy all the attractions available. There will be food vendors on site! Queens County Farm Museum has a long list of fall events to choose from!

Hamilton Park Farmers Market

Every Wednesday (until December 19, 2018)  3 PM – 7:30 PM

Make sure you bring your reusable bags because you’ll surely leave with the fresh fruits, produce and baked goods from the Hamilton Farmers Market. There will be live entertainment on the first Wednesday of every month and every third Wednesday is Pop-Up-Wednesday! This allows artwork, craft and goods vendors the opportunity to showcase their work!

 

Best Corn Mazes to Visit this Fall near Jersey City

Best Corn Mazes to Visit this Fall near Jersey City

Did you really do fall right if you didn’t step foot into a corn maze? With the change in weather, it’s time to plan out your fall itinerary! Let your kids wonder through the beautiful entanglement of corn stalks with their loved ones. The scenery also makes a great photo op! After your pumpkin and apple picking adventures, make sure to fit in one of the Best Corn Mazes to Visit This Fall Near Jersey City on your list!

Hurds Family Farm

2187 State Route 32 Modena, NY 12548

Hurds Family Farm is a 2 acre farm making it perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. This is also a 7th generation farm, so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Open daily from September 1st – November 4th from 10 AM – 4 PM, there are many activities that you and your kids can enjoy! There are activity package breakdowns which make it easier for you to plan your visit!

Fink’s Country Farm

6242 Middle Country Road Wading River, New York

Fink’s Country Farm has been operating for over 5o years. Don’t be shy, pack a lunch! After venturing through the 5-acre corn maze, you have the option to enjoy their picnic area. Make sure you plan your trip soon! The fall festivities only take place on the weekend until October 28th!

Queens County Farm Museum

73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY 11004

The historic 47-acre location is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. Get lost in the interactive Amazing Maize Maze! Prepare yourself for the challenge with the “Stalk Talk” which provides information on clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of the maze. This awesome twist on a classic maze is why Queens County Farm Museum has a spot on our list of Best Corn Mazes To Visit This Fall Near Jersey City! The maze is open now until October 27th on the weekends and on Monday October 8th from 11 AM – 4:30 PM. Admission to The Amazing Maize Maze is &10 for adults, $5 for children (4-11) and free for kids 3 and under. Their grounds are open seven days a week, year-round from 10 AM – 5 PM. General admission is free, except during public events.

Argos Farm

1250 Lacy Road, Forked River, NJ

What started as a hobby farm has grown into a seasonal cafe, farmers market, pumpkin patch and a perfect place to create family memories. Argos Farms has endless activities perfect for the fall and you can even take a sneak peek at this year’s corn maze theme! Argos Farm’s maze creativity earns them a spot on our list of Best Corn Mazes To Visit This Fall Near Jersey City!

Etsch Family Farms

556 Buckelew Ave Monroe Township, NJ 08831

This year, Etsch Family Farms is celebrating a great milestone this year! What better way to celebrate 100 years of the New Jersey Farm Bureau than to create a maze paying homage to NJ’s finest Agricultural Association? The 8-acre corn maze operates weekends in September through October. Get lost with your friends and family, but remember Corn Central is there to get you out. For the foodies out there, Etsch Family Farms has some of the best apple cider doughnuts!

Harbes Family Farm

715 Sound Ave, Mattituck NY 11952

Harbes Family Farms has many locations but you can only enjoy The Barnyard Fun in Mattituck. This isn’t just a scenic walk through! You are detectives helping Jed and Jeb find their missing Pumpkin Pals. Explore the 2-acre Barnyard Corn Maze which takes approximately 20 minutes.

Kelder’s Farm

5755 US-209, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

If you see Chomsky, a towering garden gnome, you’re in the right place! Kelder’s Farm offers all the classic fall farm amusements: a petting zoo, hayrides and pumpkin picking! After you explore their maze, enjoy a game of mini-golf for $3.75 a game!

Heaven Hill Farm

451 State Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Heaven Hill Farm has come a long way since it was first established in 1982 as a roadside fruit and vegetable stand in Vernon, NJ. Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, the 365-acre farm was purchased in 1961. This year from September 15 to November 4th, Heaven Hill Farm will be hosting their Great Pumpkin Festival! This is the largest fall festival in Northern New Jersey which gives it a well deserved spot on our list of Best Corn Mazes To Visit This Fall Near Jersey City! For $14 per person on the weekends, and $12 on the weekdays, you can enjoy all of their family friendly activities including the largest Corn maze in Northern New Jersey.

Easter Events in and around Jersey City in 2019

Easter Events in and around Jersey City in 2019

Easter is the perfect springboard into warmer weather and family friendly activities.  Whether you’re looking to go on a proper Easter egg hunt, partake in some Easter crafts, get a picture with the big bunny himself, or attend the Easter Parade in NYC, we’ve got the lowdown on all the local Easter festivities coming your way.

Every year kids of all ages look forward with great anticipation for the Easter event in and around Jersey City. As Peter Cottontail, the rabbit is busy hiding all the Easter eggs, kids are equally busy preparing their Easter baskets.

Easter Events in and around Jersey City are filled not only with egg hunting but also a lot of games and activities children love. Most Easter hunts begin on time and end fast because kids are so good in finding them in every corner of the venue.

Most Easter Events in and around Jersey City are free unless otherwise specified.

Free Pictures with the Easter Bunny @Smile Preschool Nursery

Saturday, April 13th at 10 AM – 12 PM

276 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302-2713

Join the HDSID in bringing the Easter Bunny to Downtown JC for all the kiddies out there to enjoy! FREE pictures, candy and Face Painting for all you kiddos out there!

A HUGE thank you to Smile Preschool and Nursery for sponsoring our event. 276 1st Street, 1st floor

www.jcdowntow.org
201-547-3554

Hoboken Grace Easter Egg Hunt 


Experience the largest Easter Egg Hunt of Hudson County and one of the largest Easter Events in and around Jersey City. Have your kids try their luck in finding one of the 30,000 Easter eggs.  Let them have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and have some face painting done on them. There will also be carnival games, arts and crafts and a lot more of other fun activities.

Date:  Saturday, April 13th 2019

Morning Hunt: 10 am – 11:30 am

Afternoon Hunt: 1:30pm – 3 pm

Venue: Mama Johnson Field, 4th & Jackson Street, Hoboken, New Jersey

Admission is free for everyone, but tickets are required! Find details HERE.  This event is organized by the Hoboken Grace Community Church.

HFA Spring Fling Egg Hunt

 

Our annual Spring Fling event is an outdoor event for the entire family!  Join us for a day of fun activities including a stroll through the Spring Farm Egg Hunt (find eggs and trade them in for a bag of goodies!), a “Guess the Number of Jelly Beans” contest for a bike give-away and more! The event will take place at Columbus Park, Hoboken on Saturday, April 13th, 10am-12pm. Hoboken Family Alliance has been organizing this event for a few years and this is definitely qualifies for Easter Events in and around Jersey City, Hoboken is just few minutes away from our City.

Easter Bunny Train Ride & Easter Egg Hunt

 

Easter Sunday is never complete without the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Almost everyone in the United States has been to at least one Easter Egg Hunt event during his childhood. Easter Events in and around Jersey City are always filled with lots of fun, and exciting activities!

  • Trips run April 13, 14 & 20
  • 11am, 12:30pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm
  • Child $12.00 ( ages 2 to 12)

For more details email [email protected] or call call (609) 927-2053

Long Beach Township Annual Easter Egg Hunt 

Come join us, Long Beach Twp PBA 373, Long Beach Township Parks and Recreation and the Where Angels Play Foundation for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year the Egg Hunt will be on April 13th from 2pm to 4pm at Lauren Rousseau’s Playground in Bayview Park 6800 Long Beach Blvd. Brant Beach, NJ.

We will have two egg hunt areas this year: one for 5 years old and under (with parents if needed) and an area for 5-10 year olds (please limit adults in this area). There will also be music, light snacks and refreshments and a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny!

Venue: Lauren Rousseau Playground, Bayview Park, 800 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Township, New Jersey

Entrance is free. Please have a basket ready, bring some light snacks and music. Also please bring a penny to commemorate Lauren Rousseau and the Angels Play Foundation.

 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Borough of Red Bank

 

Every year the Red Bank Parks and Recreation happily presents the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children of all ages are invited to join this fun and exciting event where they can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Great prizes and a lot of fun await all those who will come to one of the most exciting Easter Events in and around Jersey City! Don’t forget to bring a camera and of course a Basket.

Date:  Saturday, April 13th, 2019 (Rain Date: March 31, 2018)

Time:  2pm

Venue:  Count Basie Fields, 11 Henry St., Red Bank, New Jersey

This Easter Egg Hunter is presented by the Borough of Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation. Special thanks to the Oriental Trading for all the products for the egg hunt.

For more details please contact the information office.at  email address [email protected] or visit them at 90 Monmout St., Redbank, New Jersey.

Now kids can make their own bunny, check out some Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft Ideas : http://jcfamilies.com/cute-easter-bunny-puppet-craft/

Welcome to Jersey City: Starter Guide for Jersey City Newbies

New in Jersey City ? Welcome to our city…this little guide will help you in many ways, check it out..

Moving is never easy, especially with kids. It’s easy to see how newcomers to the downtown Jersey City or Hamilton Park neighborhoods could get a bit overwhelmed with the bustle of the area. Here’s a starter guide to get started, but be aware that Jersey City is a buzzing and growing city that continues to evolve before our eyes, so it’s by no means comprehensive. Feel free to add your own ideas to our Facebook page, or in the comments section!

And also, WELCOME! All of us at JCFamilies were new in town once too – we know and completely understand the mix of excitement, trepidation, and confusion that can come with a big move. We hope you’ll introduce yourself to us at our next event!

1.SHOPPING

While it might be less daunting to order everything online, there’s real value to getting outside and seeing what you see. Every time you step out, you will feel a little bit more confident and more comfortable in your new neighborhood.

There are several grocery and foodstuff stores within walking distance, but all of the following listed below also have parking lots (except Key Foods) so you don’t have to walk if you don’t want to. Key Foods, however, is the only one nestled right inside the neighborhood, meaning you won’t have to cross any multi-lane super-busy streets with your stroller.

Key Foods – 574 Jersey Avenue
Shop Rite – 400 Marin Boulevard
Acme – 125 18th Street
Target – 100 14th Street
Morton Williams: 105 River Dr S, Jersey City
BJ’s (Members only) – 396 Marin Boulevard, right next to Shop Rite
99 Ranch Market – 420 Grand St

Having a housewarming party? We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that there’s a giant booze warehouse open until 10 pm daily (except Sunday) which also has a parking lot, a create your own six pack craft beer section, a massive wine selection, and discounts on quantity.

Buy Rite – 575 Manila Avenue

In addition to the stores already mentioned, don’t forget that one of the biggest benefits of living in a major metropolitan area is that we don’t have to go to big box stores if we don’t want to. There are bodegas, corner stores, wine shops, and food trucks all around you. The Jersey City consumer is so selective, and has so many options, that you can be confident that any and all of those corner stores will be stocked up on the necessities and will operate in a clean and professional environment. We are proud of our ability to shop local – it’s great to have milk and eggs at the end of the block.

A Glance into Jersey City Farmer’s Market

Healthy places to eat in Jersey City

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City

2. ENTERTAINMENT

Do yourself a huge favor and have a date night in the nearby bars and restaurants without your kids. There are hip and trendy options that are trying hard (and succeeding) to keep your dollars in Jersey City. That said, there are also lots of options for days and evenings with the kiddos.

The Liberty Science Center has four floors of entertainment. Get a membership. When the winter arrives, you’re going to need a place where the kids can run and feel the freedom that they feel outside without the wind whipping into their little faces. The science center is that place. There are always at least two exhibits/rooms for little ones, one which changes and one that stays the same. Right now the rotating exhibit is Curious George. There’s also a section with animals – the Eat and Be Eaten exhibit – and another area where there are giant fish tanks. Explore. You won’t regret it.

2.1 Outdoors:

Hamiton Park, Van Vorst Park and Newport Green. These parks with lots of outdoor space to run around, playground equipment to climb, slide, and swing on, and programming including farmer’s markets and movies in the park. Both are beautiful any time of year (ok, maybe not in the snow…), and are always full of friends. Friends are everywhere in Jersey City – chat someone up today!

2.2 Indoors:

Check out some of these fantastic indoor play spaces in Jersey City and Hoboken. Grab your energetic little ones and get them playing, singing, reading, crafting or exploring. And you don’t even have to travel that far.

JCFamilies Weekly Meet Ups

3. TRANSPORTATION

There are many ways to get around downtown Jersey City, and so many of us are grateful for the walk-able design of the neighborhood. For those times we can’t walk to where we need to be, there are lots of options that are oftentimes easier than driving your own car.

PATH has stations at Grove Street, Newport, Exchange Place and JSQ. All of these will take you into lower Manhattan and midtown in minutes and operate around the clock.

There are 2 ferries options: NY Waterway and Liberty Landing Ferry Service

The Light Rail takes you around New Jersey above ground. We know you’re not the only parent who gets on the Light Rail to go no where in particular, but just ride the train wherever with your little ones. Kids LOVE the Light Rail. They don’t need tickets, but you do. Be sure to STAMP your ticket after purchasing it so you don’t get fined if they check tickets.

CitiBike doesn’t have child seats but it is a fun and easy way to get around if you’re on your own.

Ridesharing companies like uber and lyft have gotten really popular in the past few years. Jersey City has seen a huge increase in their use because many times it’s easier to get a car service than to figure out where you’re going to park.

4. EDUCATION AND DAYCARES

There are so many options for day cares and schools in Jersey City that we couldn’t possibly list them all here. Please, check some options at the JCFamilies Education Guide 2017-18

Some things to know and/or think about when starting your school search:

  • Jersey City provides a free public school option beginning at age 3. Since there is limited space in the local schools, JC outsources their pre-k program to contracted child-care centers. All of these contracted child care centers use the High/Scope curriculum.
  • In addition, many downtown and Hamilton Park families choose private, Montessori, religious, or cooperative education options for their young children because they allow parents more flexibility and can be closer to home than the public option.
  • Nannys and au pairs are also very common for parents who choose in-home care for their babies.

JCFamilies organizes the JC Education Fair & the JC Summer Camp Fair every year. Check our webpage for updates.

5. FITNESS & WELLNESS

Being active is essential for both physical and mental health. Check out our list of local fitness and wellness clubs to find the one that works best for your needs, location and budget.

JCFamilies Fitness Directory

 6. DOCTORS

It’s comforting to know that you and your family are well taken care of with a great group of health care providers in the neighborhood. Our list here is a helpful guide for newbies in the neighborhood.

Looking for a pediatrician? Click here

Are you a woman? Are you an expectant mom? Are you planning to have a baby? Do you have kids? Primary Physicians info here: Carepoint Health and DRS

Adult and Pediatric ER

  • Hoboken University Medical Center / Carepoint: 308 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ, 07030
  • Christ Hospital / Carepoint : 176 Palisades Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07306
  • Jersey City Medical Center: 355 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

7. DENTISTS  : 

7.1 Kids Dentistry

True Dental Care: 255 Brunswick St, Suite 5 – Phone: 201-565-0880
Modern Family Dentistry: 551 Jersey Ave – Phone: 201-798-1000
Dear Tooth Fairy: 432 Grand St – Phone: 201-763-6030

8. PHARMACIES

Newport Pharmacy: 165 Erie St
Downtown Pharmacy: 52 Essex Street & 18 Park View Ave
Palace Drugs and Liquors: 172 Newark Ave #2
CVS: at Target: 100 14th St
Duane Reade: 110 Newark Ave/ 52 River Dr S /1 – Path Plaza

24 Hours Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy : 59 Washington Street, Hoboken
Rite Aid: 2859-61 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

9. BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES

Urban living brings its challenges of space, especially when you are planning your kids’ big day! We’ve made finding a birthday party space easy with our list of venues here.

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Birthday Party on a Budget

Jersey City

Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City 2018

The Best Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City 2018

The season of happiness, delicious foods, cozy fires, snowy days and family are upon us! There are plenty of events in Jersey City that truly bring out the cheer around the holidays for you and your loved ones to enjoy! We’ve created a list of The Best Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City!

JCFamilies’ Annual Holiday Party 

210 Hudson St, Jersey City

Join JCFamilies for the 7th Annual Holiday Party! The festivities start at 3 PM until 7 PM! Don’t worry about the cold weather. The event will be conveniently located at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City! Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, Music with Preschool of Rock, face painting, a bounce house, a holiday train perfect for kids to enjoy and yummy cookie decorating! Bring your camera and holiday cheer! Admission for children 6 months and up is $7 and $2 for adults 18 and older!

My Gym

252 9th St, Jersey City

On December 9th, meet your buddies at My Gym for their Cookies with Santa event! The action never stops at My Gym. They have exciting activities, games, rides and treats planned for you. Finish it off with cookies and take a picture with Santa! Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as you can! Members are $20 and $10 for each additional sibling. Non Members will pay $30 and $15 per additional sibling.

The Jersey City Project Toy Drive

City Hall Plaza, 280 Grove St, Jersey City

If you’re in the giving spirit this holiday season, why not bring a toy for the Toy Drive! December 1st and 2nd join The Jersey City Project for their toy drive! Over 6o vendors will be featured.

Annual Tree Lighting & Victorian Yuletide Carolers Concert

435 Newark Ave, Jersey City

Chestnuts will be roasting and hot cider will be served to warm you up as you enjoy the beautiful Victorian Yuletide Carolers Annual Concert! Hear the harmonious sounds of the holidays at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery on December 1st at 5 PM. Kids can also enjoy a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Clause. This is a free event!

Holiday Marketplace at Hudson County Community College 

161 Newkirk Street, 1st Floor, Jersey City

On December 9th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, join HCCC for a day full of great gifts from local businesses and family fun, including a magician, puppet show, face painting, balloon animals, holiday book readings, kids’ crafts, Selfies with Santa and more! Admission is free! If you are interested in being a vendor at the event their is a $65 fee to secure your spot once you have been approved by the event coordinator!

Parents Night Out at PicoTech Institute

278 Monmouth Street, Jersey City

All parents deserve a night off! Enjoy a much needed date night, gym time and self rest! On December 15th from 5 PM – 9 PM PicoTech will take care of your little ones! It will cost $45 for 3 hours and $50 for 4! They will provide pizza, popcorn and other light snacks while your little ones enjoy party games, arts & crafts and more! They also offer “Bring a friend” or Sibling 10% Discount for 3 or 4 hours! Visit the event’s site for more info!

Holiday Lights Spectacular

560 Northfield Ave, West Orange

Want to see a towering giraffe made of lights? Or how about a glowing lion?  A trip to the Holiday Lights Spectacular is a must this holiday season which is why it’s on our list of The Best Holiday Events in and Around Jersey City. They can also see and take photos with Myrtle the Turtle, the mascot of Turtle Back Zoo, and several of his winter friends will be on hand to greet visitors at the Zoo. Step up your selfie game by getting a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Clause! There will also be a mailbox where children can send letters to Santa Clause at the North Pole. You can enjoy the holiday fun on Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 16- 18, November 23-25, November 30- December 2, every night from December 7 – 31. They are closed Christmas Eve and Day. Admission is free however, donations on non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats are always welcome!

Swedish Christmas Fair 

Commonwealth Club, 26 Northview Avenue, Upper Montclair

The Swedish Christmas fair has something for everyone. There will be a great selection of food, crafts, and gifts. Swedish handicrafts like handmade Christmas decorations, linen, and wooden items and a variety of cheeses, herring and other Swedish delicacies as well as home baked goods (bread, cookies, and cakes) are available for you to buy. Enjoy it with your family on November 18th from 10 AM – 4 PM!

Handcrafted Holidays The Stickley Museum

2352 NJ-10, Morris Plains

Enjoy an old fashioned season with friends and family and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms’ special holiday programming! Beginning in November 23rd, The Stickley Museum puts on a magical holiday decorations display. Tours run Thursday through Sunday at 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM and 3:15 PM. Standard museum admission still applies. You can also get your holiday shopping done starting November 23rd through the end of the year! This is a cool old world way to get into the holiday spirit and one of The Best Holiday Events in and Around Jersey City.

 

Festival of Trees “Deck The Halls” 

The Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Road, Chester

The Festival is a community celebration featuring a spectacular display of Holiday Trees in a Winter Wonderland Setting. The trees are sponsored and/or decorated by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. The majority of the trees are offered for silent auction during the week-long event. Visitors can also purchase a tree as a donation to a family in need. The Festival of Trees is a benefit event which provides funding for the Senior Resource Center (SRC), a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, support, information, education, training and referral for seniors and their caregivers!

New Jersey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nothing says “holiday magic” better than the classic Nutcracker. The New Jersey Ballet has been bringing this production to families for more decades. Audiences will be delighted when the theater lights go down and the magical toys come alive on stage. The Nutcracker by the NJ Ballet is the longest running original production in the entire state of NJ. It is a classic show that is perfect for the whole family. Performances will in be in several locations about New Jersey from November through December!

Run Santa Run 5k Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk

Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair

If you are looking for a fun event that also gets you outside and active, look no further than this charity run! The American Cancer Fund and Run2Health.com team up for our 4th Annual “Run Santa Run” 5K Fun Run and 1- Mile Walk at Brookdale Park in Montclair/Bloomfield, NJ. A family funSaturday morning December 1, 2018 in one of Essex County’s most beautiful parks. Register by November 15, to receive a free Santa hat. Children 15 and under pay $8 to register and 16 and older pay $25 to register.

Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony

119-158 Newark Ave, Jersey City

The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District presents its Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mallon December 3rd at 6:00pm! Please join Mayor Fulop, HDSID and Santa in celebrating the holiday season.

14th Street Garden Center

793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City

Santa will be coming to town! On December 9th from 10 AM – 12 PM you and your family can walk amongst giant trees and holidays wreaths while waiting to take a photo with Santa!

STEAM FEST 

278 Monmouth Street, Jersey City

PicoTech Institute Jersey City and Picoturbine International are going into the holidays full STEAM ahead! They are hosting their first ever STEAM Fest for the community to enjoy on December 15th from 3 PM – 6PM! This is a free event and there will be five different stations set up with fun activities for ages K-8th grade!

Holiday Market and Craft Fair

Grove Street Plaza, Jersey City

Skip the crowded malls & avoid lost packages in the mail this Season by buying directly from local artisans at The Holiday Market on Grove Street! There will be a ton of arts, crafts, and specialty goods to browse through like art, jewelry, home accessories, clothing, and much more making it a hit on our list of The Best Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City! All prices are very budget friendly and make great holiday gifts for all family and friends. The market will be open December 10th, 13th and the 17th-21st from 4 PM – 8 PM! The last day to shop will be December 22nd from 12 PM- 5 PM! There will also be tasty holiday treats and live entertainment and Santa will be there for pictures with the kids. Commuting in? The market is located right near the PATH trains!

The 6th Annual Jersey City Mayor’s Holiday Concert!

Mayor Steven M. Fulop is excited to announce that the 6th Annual Jersey City Mayor’s Holiday Concert will be held at The Landmark Loew’s Theatre on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Entertainment for the evening includes performances by The Jersey Joint and The St. Dominic Academy Dominoes. This concert is free and open to the public, doors open at 7:00pm and the concert begins at 7:15pm.

Christmas Tree Lighting 

94 Washington St, Hoboken

The Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting is Thursday, December 6 from 5 PM – 7 PM in front of City Hall. Hot chocolate will be provided by Apple Montessori School. The event features MC: Elvis the Elf with a special appearance by Santa Claus and many amazing performances!

Holiday Crafts Fair 

94 Washington St, Hoboken

On Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 11 to 5 p.m., the Hoboken City Hall Craft Fair will take place bringing with it awesome holiday gifts and treats! Three floors of City Hall will be open to the public, featuring unique handcrafted gift items by local artisans. Treats and refreshments are provided by Baking Mama, and “Mrs. Claus” will offer face painting for children.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2018 literally kicks off the holiday season in NYC, and it’s one of the best things to do around the holidays! A yearly tradition since 1933, this classic Christmas spectacle offers tap dancers, a flying Santa Claus and, of course, the world-famous synchronized precision dancing of the Rockettes. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs from November 9, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

The holidays are the perfect season to enjoy activities with the family, enjoy all of the yummy food and yes, even the snowy and cold weather!