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Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City 2018

Written by Kayla Costanzo

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!

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Kayla Costanzo