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Basking Ridge

The following annual events are conducted at the Environmental Education Center. The EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. For additional information, please call the EEC at 908 766-2489.


December 1 – 23
(closed December 24, 25, & 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday)
December is the time to visit the Environmental Education Center and get into the holiday spirit. The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated trees by various community groups and individuals. Come and enjoy live holiday music on select Saturdays and Sundays. Snowflake Café on all Saturdays and Sundays. Daily hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 766-2489


December 2 - 3
Cheer for Lord Stirling Stable’s students as they showcase the horsemanship skills that they have been working on in lessons. Show classes range from beginner through advanced jumping levels. A drill team performance highlights the lunch break each day. Ribbons awarded. The public is welcome; admission and parking are free. 9am Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766-5955

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)

December 2 – 3
Take a hayride to see Santa Claus, ride a pony, decorate ornaments, and enjoy many other activities. Find that perfect gift at the Silent Auction, which benefits the School Horse Retirement Fund. Fees vary; admission, parking, hayrides & pony rides are free.
10am – 3pm Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge 908 766-5955


Saturday, December 9th
10am – 12pm Fee: $45 per person (limit 15 people & includes supplies)
Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff will share with participants several holiday tips on how to create your own beautiful holiday kissing ball using fresh materials. You will be dazzled by what you can create, and the experience is certain to put you into the holiday spirit. The program will be held in the Park Commission Headquarters located at North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. Please meet at the reception area.


December 10th
A short break from holiday preparations can feel like a vacation when you are on the back of a horse! Registration is open from November 27 – December 7. For riders at Intermediate 2/C-2 and higher levels.11am – Noon Fee: $28 Somerset County resident/$36 non-resident
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766 5955


15th Annual Colonial Christmas
November 25, 26 & December 2, 3

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Celebrate Christmas past and present at Bedminster's historic 1772 Jacobus Vanderveer House. The annual two weekend-long celebration of the holidays includes festive music, period decorations, re-enactors, holiday shopping, visits from Santa and more! Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. $10 per person. Members free. Children 12 and under, free.

Berkeley Heights

Berkeley Heights 2017 Winter Walk
Dec. 2nd

5:00 – 9:00 PM The Winter Walk is a way for the businesses of Berkeley Heights to give back to the community. We invite the people of Berkeley Heights and surrounding communities to experience a night of fun, festivities and community as you visit our downtown businesses.
The night will begin as the Berkeley Heights Fire Department escorts Santa Claus to the 'Berkeley Heights Special Events Committee's' Christmas Tree Lighting and firework show at 5pm in Peppertown Park. The Winter Walk will immediately follow in the downtown area.
Organized by The Berkeley Heights Downtown Business Community.


Holiday Party Tree Lighting

Sunday, December 3rd
Venue - City: Fanwood Train Station - Fanwood Fanwood’s holiday season officially begins when Santa Claus arrives in town! Everyone is invited to meet Santa under the big tent on the lawn.


Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Sat, December 2nd

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Long Hills Senior Center 769 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933
Photo with Santa, Vendor Shopping, Candy Cane Hunt, Music, Games, and so much more! Pancakes will be made fresh on site by Priscilla’s Pantry.


Holly Trail, Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert
Saturday December 2nd

Gazebo Borough Field, Gathering 3:45 pm, Concert by Mountain View School 4:00 pm
Holly Trail Drawing, Santa and Refreshments


The Snowflake Parade
Sunday, December 3

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM contact 973-379-2341 Along Millburn Avenue from Holmes to Spring Streets There will be professional bands, clowns, costumed characters, and refreshments after the parade. There will also be great marching bands, clowns, the Wells Fargo Horse and Carriage, Investors Bank Train, and more.

Morris County

Holly Walk 2017
Saturday, December 2nd

11:00 am – 4:00 pm Visit six local historic sites decorated for the holidays with one ticket. Sites include: Acorn Hall, Macculloch Hall, the Ford Mansion, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, the Schuyler-Hamilton House, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. Note: not all sites open both days. Ticket is good both days. Visit in any order. All gift shops will be open and there will be special programming at each site.


MAYO Performing Arts Center
The Laurie Berkner Band
Sunday, November 19

Celebrate the season with traditional holiday songs, originals from her well-loved album A Laurie Berkner Christmas, Hanukkah music and an array of Laurie’s greatest hits. Ages 2+ Kids under 1 y/o on Laps are free performances at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green

Sunday, November 26 through Friday, December 22

A Morristown Partnership Event Santa's Arrival and the Lighting of the Morristown Green
5:00pm - North Park Place.

MAYO Performing Arts Center
The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Celebration

Monday, November 27th

Morristown Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys have been a part of their fans’ holiday seasons for over 25 years with a mixture of songs.

MAYO Performing Arts Center
Sal Valentinetti Christmas Concert
Thursday, November 30th

8:00PM Golden voiced crooner Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti returns to MPAC to perform standards and holiday favorites with the Rat-Pack style panache and swagger that has made him a widely popular entertainer ever since he rose to fame on America’s Got Talent

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 8th – Dec. 24th

Our annual seasonal favorite enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, live orchestra, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Saturday December 2th

Community Theatre at Mayo Center for The Performing Arts Morristown, NJ

Linda Eder: Christmas Where You Are

Wednesday, December 13th

Mayo Performing Arts Center - Morristown Acclaimed vocalist Linda Eder performs music from her holiday release as well as her favorite Broadway songs and American standards.

New Brunswick

Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic
Nov. 24 – 25

State Theatre of NJ – 732-246-7469
FRIDAY 1:00PM & 4:00 PM - SATURDAY AT 11:00AM, 2:00PM & 5:00PM. Join Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, Snow White and other favorites for a magical and imaginative show. Show features floating lanterns, illusions and theatrical smoke effects.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage

7:00PM State Theatre of NJ – 732-246-7469

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

The Colors of Christmas

Tuesday, December 5th - Wednesday, December 6th

State Theatre New Jersey - New Brunswick The Colors of Christmas, featuring performers Peabo Bryson (“What You Won’t Do For Love,” “A Whole New World”), Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. ( “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In,” “Up, Up And Away”), Ruben Studdard (winner of 2nd season of American Idol, “Superstar,” “I Need An Angel,”), and Jody Watley (“Looking For A New Love,” “Real Love,” “Everything”) captures the magic of Christmas in one spectacular performance. Featuring beloved holiday songs “Oh Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the performance celebrates the joy of the holiday season and the true meaning behind Christmas. The Colors of Christmas is the perfect way to get into the Christmas Spirit!

Nutcracker: American Repertory Ballet

Friday, December 15th - Monday, December 18th

State Theatre New Jersey - New Brunswick The only American Repertory Ballet performances featuring a live orchestra and choir! American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning sets, thrilling choreography, and a cast of more than 100 performers. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, ARB’s is one of the longest continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Monday, December 18th - Tuesday, December 19th

State Theatre of NJ – 732-246-7469 The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

New Providence

Downtown Christmas Walk
Friday, Nov. 24th

The all-new 2017 Holiday Festival, featuring the Christmas Walk, International Celebrations,
And fireworks, kicks off Friday, Nov. 24 on South Street and continues Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. The annual Christmas Walk, an evening gathering traditionally held on the Friday after Thanksgiving in the downtown area, will be part of the even bigger and better Holiday Festival in 2017. The festival will feature the arrival of Santa; various customs and celebrations from around the world; and Friday night fireworks! The event continues the next day with offers and activities on Small Business Saturday. This huge event will take place in downtown New Providence and will offer food, activities, entertainment, raffles, giveaways, and more!


Feasting with Family & Friends
Christmas in the Ballantine House

December 1, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Wednesday - Sunday @2:00 pm Newark Museum 49 Washington Street Newark 973.596.6690
The Museum a National Historic Landmark, the 1885 Ballantine House, offers visitors a taste of how Christmas was celebrated in late Victorian Newark, as English, German and Dutch holiday traditions merged into something not so very different from the way the holiday is celebrated in America today. This historically accurate installation offers the opportunity to step back in time to learn about 19th-century life and traditions. From the Christmas tree (a German tradition) to the wooden shoes by the hearth (a Dutch tradition) to the stockings on the chimney and plum pudding in the dining room (English traditions), visitors can get a sense of how Christmas evolved into a home-based secular holiday in the 19th century.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Friday December 15, 2017
7:00PM New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential


2017 Holiday Walk
Sunday, Dec. 3rd

2:00 – 4:30 PM
Santa lands at Pheasant Run Plaza and leads the WHRHS Marching Band through the center of town and lands at the Municipal Grounds for pictures with Santa. Refreshments along the way, Christmas story telling and Frosty the Snowman.


Holiday Boutique
Thursday, Nov. 30th

6:00 – 8:30 PM
Valley View School 50 Valley View Rd.
Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec. 2nd
5:30 PM – rain date Dec. 3rd
Watchung Rescue Squad’s 27th Annual Tree of Lights Festival

Breakfast With Santa

Saturday, Dec. 2nd

9:00 am
Mount Saint Mary Academy
Watchung Rescue Squad's 26th Annual Tree of 5:30

West Orange

Holiday Lights Spectacular

November 17, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Turtle Back Zoo


Photos With Santa & Mrs. Claus
November 24-26

Lord & Taylor Friday & Saturday 1-¬7pm and Sunday 1-4pm
Donate two cans of non-perishable food items to the Holy Trinity Westfield Food Pantry and receive one free 5”x7” photo with Saint Nick.

Tree Lighting
Sunday, Nov. 26th

The Annual Tree Lighting with Santa & Mrs. Claus will take place at 5:30pm at the North Ave. W. Train Station. Mayor Andy Skibitsky and Santa & Mrs. Claus will officiate the tree lighting. The Westfield Community Band will provide entertainment.
Menorah Lighting
The Annual Menorah Lighting Ceremonies take place at the North Ave. Train Station, sponsored by the Union County Torah Center, 908.789.5252.