Your 2015 Guide To NorthWest Jersey’s Holiday Events

RNJ Holiday

MORRIS COUNTY:

Mount Olive Township – 12/04, Community Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:00pm at the Mount Olive Municipal Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Flanders.  Come usher in the the Christmas season with:  The Mount live High School Saxophone Ensemble, free hot chocolate, coffee & goodies, crafts for kids, live nativity, telling of the Christmas story and countdown & tree lighting.  Canned food donations will be collected for the food pantry.

Chester – 12/05 – 12/12, “Deck the Halls” is a community celebration of the season at the Barn at Highlands Ridge Park. Funds raised by this event will benefit thousands of seniors via the non-profit Senior Resource Center.

The winter wonderland will showcase more than 70 holiday trees adorned in their season’s best.  The trees are decorated by local businesses, civic groups, and families who want to share the spirit, and help make a difference for seniors in our communities.  Plus on Wednesday, Friday, and two Saturdays, the kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

The Festival of Trees is from Saturday, December 5th – Saturday, December 12, from 10 AM to 5PM.

  • SPECIAL HOURS:
  • Monday, Dec. 7th, and Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 10 – 6 pm Tuesday, Dec. 8th, Thursday, Dec. 10th, Friday, Dec. 11th,
  • 10 – 8pm.
  • The Barn at Highlands Ridge Park is located across from the Black River Middle School, on 100 North Road in Chester, NJ
  • General admission is $8 for adults; Seniors and children over 2 yrs. pay $5. (Group rates are also available.  We offer a special invitation to groups of seniors and children.)
  • Visitors will have the opportunity to PURCHASE the adorned trees through a silent auction. More information available at the Barn.
  •  The First Saturday, Dec. 5th, at 2:00pm, we will sponsor the prize – winning  “DECORATE DAD or Another LUCKY ADULT.”  There will be Prizes for All!
  •  COME “MEET the FROZEN PRINCESSES!” They will be here to Greet All on Saturday, Dec. 5th, Sunday, Dec. 6th, and Saturday, Dec.12th from 2 – 4pm.  Their Return visit will take place on Thursday, Dec.10th from 6 – 8pm.
  • Don’t forget to have pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturdays, December 5th and 12th, from 11- 3pm, as well as Wednesday, December 9th from 3 – 5pm, and Friday, December 11th, from 4 – 6pm.
  • Annual “CAROLING and WASSAIL” will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8th from 6 – 8pm.

Mount Olive Township12/06, Community Chanukah Candle Lighting at 6:30pm, at the Mt. Olive Municipal Building Senior Center, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Flanders.  The community will come together to kick off the Festival of Lights with the menorah being lit, singing, snacks and sharing of the miracles that surround us each day.

Chester – 12/13, The Chester Baroque Orchestra presents “Christmas Carols of the Baroque”, at 7:00pm, at the Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Plaza, 237 Rt 206, Chester.  Music will beature manfredini’s Concerto Grosso in C Major and works by Torelli, correlli and Corrette.  All donations are gratly appreciated.  All Proceeds to benefit Operation Chillout NJ (a homeless veterans outreach program).

SUSSEX COUNTY:

Andover Township11/27, Christmas tree lighting at 5:00pm, at Hillside Park.  Mingle with friends and neighbors and enjoy hot cocoa.

Augusta – 12/12, Winter Wonderland, from 10:00am -4:00pm, presented by Eleventh Hour Rescue at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road.  Admission is $5 per person or $10 for the entire family.  Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcomed.  No flexi-leads please.  This is a fun-filled event with a holiday shopping bazaar with fabulous vendors.  For a small additional donation, bring the dog for photos with Santa.  Family fun, activities, music and entertainment, raffle, games, food and more.  Many adoptable dogs will be on hand.  www.ehrdogs.org or call 973-664-0865

WARREN COUNTY:

Hackettstown12/04, the 10th Annual Hackettstown Hometown Holiday will feature Santa and area community groups and will be a fun night for all.  Starting at Centenary College with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the front parlors of the Seay Administration Building for story time, music, snacks and crafts. The evening continues with the Grand Illumination and carriage rides. Take a carriage to the downtown area and enjoy lively entertainment, shopping and delicious food.

Santa will march up Main Street arriving at the Gazebo Park on the corner of Main and Moore Streets to light the Christmas tree. From there, he and the elves will go to the Moore Street Firehouse for the annual FREE photo with Santa.

Throughout this festive Hometown celebration, enjoy singing, music and dancing. Activities start at Centenary College, 5:00pm through 6:30pm and continue along Main Street and the downtown Gazebo area until 9:00pm (weather permitting). Many shops will be open late for the night.

Carriage Rides – Rides start directly in front of the Seay Administration Building at 5:00pm, then starting at 6:00pm, they will take passengers from the Moore Street Firehouse.

Entertainment – Hackettstown Community Band, HHS Chorale (Tentative),  The Colonial Musketeers, The Senior Corps Colonial Musketeers, and St. James Episcopal Church Bell Choir (Tentative).

Holiday Tent Food – C&L Subs N Grub, Philly Pretzel Factory,The Grove Deli, TOPO & The Pandan Room, and Stella G’s.

Holiday Tent Shopping & Community Groups – Honda of Hackettstown, Luce Custom Home Decor, Skylands Community Pharmacy, Centenary Stage Company, and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.

Parade –  The Hackettstown Fire Department, HHS Cheerleaders, The Junior Colonial Musketeers, and Santa!

For more information visit www.HackettstownBID.com or call 908-850-5004.

Mansfield Township12/05 & 12/13, from 1:00 – 4:00pm, at Pet Valu, pet photos with Sand Claws.  Dress your pets up in their holiday finery.  For a $5 donation, you will receive a beautiful photo in a photo holder.  All proceeds will benefit homeless animals in the care of the Pet Adoption League.  For more information, go to www.palpets.org.

Washington Borough12/05, from 4:00 – 8:00pm. Hometown Holiday will feature two tree lightings, first at the Town Hall and then in the Downtown Pocket Park by the Town Clock. Join the parade from one tree lighting to the next and await the arrival of Santa Claus around 5:15 pm.

Also there will be meet-and-greet photo opportunities with Santa Claus at Arcana Toys & Games located in the center of the Downtown, the Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, Penguin, Santa’s Elves and other seasonal characters. Other activities include DJ Mitch Hess playing your favorite holiday tunes and Hannukah will also be celebrated with the lighting of the Menorah. www.washingtonbid.org.

Washington – 12/10, from 5:30 – 8:30pm, at Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC, 360 Rt 31 South, Washington.  The Rossi family hosts The Festival of Trees for the benefit of Abilities of Northwest Jersey and The Arc of Warren County.  50 live, beautifully-decorated Christmas trees will transform the showroom into a living Christmas card.

This holiday-inspired reception will also offer holiday music performed by The Warren County Singers, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, and a beautiful array of desserts and coffee. Guests will enjoy viewing and voting for their favorite decorated trees, all of which are donated by Evergreen Valley Christmas Tree Farm, Washington, and sponsored by local business owners and other friends in the community.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person and include hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Tickets and information atwww.rossifestivaloftrees.com or  908-689-0224 x13.

Mansfield Township12/13, from 8:00 – 11:30am, the Tri-County Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary is hosting Breakfast With Santa.  Santa will be available for pictures.  Menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, potatoes, coffee, tea, cereal and assorted baked goods. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 – 12 and children under age 5 are free.

Allamuchy Township – 12/31, from 4:00 – 8:00pm at Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Rt 517, Allamuchy – a family friendly New Year’s Eve event with entertainment, music and FIREWORKS. Rutherfurd Hall is pleased to announce the first ever First Night Warren to be held on the grounds of Rutherfurd Hall (inside and outside). This will be a family friendly celebration of the arts which will culminate with an awesome fireworks show.  Participants will include performance artists, music, magicians, dance as well as many other arts and activities including food and refreshments. Visit www.rutherfurdhall.org for updates.