Celebrate The Christmas Season With Local Holiday Events

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AREA – The Christmas season is in full swing, with many local communities planning a variety of holiday events this week.

Here’s a rundown of some of the events in our area:

CARTERET: Mayor Dan Reiman’s Holiday Festival at Carteret Park will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5-8 p.m. each night. The borough’s tree lighting ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and there will be live holiday music from 5:30-7 p.m. On both days, there will be horse and buggy rides, and Santa Claus will be on hand to take photos with children. (Bring your camera). The borough is also holding a home decorating contest; the entry deadline is Thursday, Dec. 8. For more information, call 1-732-541-3801.

CLARK: The Parent’s Guild of Mother Seton Regional High School will hold their annual Peppermint Boutique craft fair at the school on 1 Valley Road from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum, at 593 Madison Hill Road, will hold its 5th annual holiday celebration on Dec. 3 and 4 from noon to 4 p.m. See a hearth cooking demonstration and take photos with Santa Claus while exploring what the museum has to offer. For more information, call 1-732-340-1571.

EDISON: Santa Paws, sponsored by J.P. Stevens for Animal Welfare to raise money in support of homeless animals at the Edison Animal Shelter, offers families the opportunity to get their pets in the photo with Santa Claus. The price for one photo is $9. Santa Paws will be held at the Edison Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Boulevard, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. There will be another opportunity at the Minnie Veal Community Center, 1070 Grove Avenue, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Dec. 10.

ELIZABETH: On Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m., 5th Ward Councilman William Gallman, Mayor Chris Bollwage and other city officials plan to take part in the 5th Ward holiday tree lighting at Woodruff Park, at the intersection of Jackson Avenue, Mary Street and Adams Avenue.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Elizabeth PBA Local #4 and Jersey Gardens Mall will hold the Jingle Bell 5 K Run. There is a $35 fee to enter on race day. For more information, call 1-908-370-2419.

The holiday tree lighting events continue on Monday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m., in the 2nd Ward, when 2nd Ward Councilman Nelson Gonzalez, Mayor Bollwage and other city officials will light a tree at Washington Park, at the intersection of Lidgerwood and Washington avenues. On Thursday, Dec. 8, Councilman Gallman, Mayor Bollwage, and city officials will take part in a tree lighting ceremony at The Point, at the intersection of 6th Street, Livingston Street and New Point Road. On Friday, Dec. 9, the 1st Ward Tree Lighting will take place at Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park, at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Front Street, with 1st Ward Councilman Manny Grova and Mayor Bollwage.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Elizabeth families are invited to Winterfest 2011 at the AMC Theatre at Jersey Gardens Mall. There will be a family movie, a toy give-away and a reception with Santa Claus. Proof of residency is required; for more information, call the Elizabeth Development Company at 1-908-289-0262

LINDEN: The Morning Star Community Development Corporation will sponsor a holiday bazaar at the Linden/Roselle Community Center, 1238 St. Georges Avenue, Linden on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be raffles, food and door prizes along with vendors offering a variety of items.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry Street, will host a free holiday concert for young children from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Louie Miranda will perform a lively show of seasonal songs. Registration is required; sign up at the library and pick up your tickets, or email kgray@lindenpl.org.

PERTH AMBOY: The city’s annual Christmas Celebration Parade & Tree Lighting will be held Friday, Dec. 3. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the corner of Wilson and Smith streets, with the tree lighting to follow at City Hall Circle at approximately 5:45 p.m. There will be refreshments, children’s gift bags and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4305. In case of rain, the events will be delayed until Dec. 9.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m., enjoy Christmas Tea at the Proprietary House Museum, 149 Kearny Avenue. See the newly-restored and painted former Royal Governor’s mansion decorated in Christmas splendor. There is a $20 per person fee; reservations are required, call 1-732-826-5527. There will be a free open house event on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. The Proprietary House gift shop will be open and there will be caroling and light refreshments.

RAHWAY: If you find yourself getting tired of all the holiday hype, you may enjoy Erin McKeowns’ Anti-Holiday Show at the Union County Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 1-732-499-8226. (Adult language makes the show inappropriate for children.)

The Arts Center will also host two more tradition holiday shows. Enjoy A Rockin’ Holiday Celebration starring Bobby Rydell, Jay Siegel & The Tokens, The Chantels and more on Friday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $38-58. The Orchestra of St. Peter By The Sea will return for its annual holiday spectacular on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $27. To purchase tickets, call 1-732-499-8226.

The Merchants and Drovers Museum Association will host holiday candlelight evening tours of the 215-year-old tavern building located on the corner of St. Georges and Westfield avenues in Rahway on Saturdays Dec. 3 and 10, from 6-9 p.m. Tours are $8 for members and $10 for non-members; the price includes refreshments. For more information, call 1-732-381-0441.

SOUTH AMBOY: The city’s annual tree lighting and holiday fire/rescue parade will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the train plaza beginning at 6 p.m. There will be entertainment, free refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.

There’s still time to enter the South Amboy Holiday Home Decorating Contest. Homes must be completely decorated by Dec. 10. For more information, email events@southamboynj.gov or call the recreation office at 1-732-316-8212.

WOODBRIDGE: Children can visit Santa Claus at Parker Perss, 400 Rahway Avenue, on Saturday Dec. 10 from 10– 11:30 a.m. Walgreens of Woodbridge will give guests a complimentary 4×6 picture. The township is holding a holiday decorating contest open to homes and businesses. Email your name, address and a photo of your masterpiece to RecreationDepartment@twp.woodbridge.nj.us.

The Barron Arts Center’s annual train show exhibit remains on display weekdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and weekends from 2-4 p.m. at 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

The Hickory Tree Chorus will perform a holiday concert at St. John Vianney Church, 420 Inman Avenue, Colonia at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.

Colonia High School will host a Winter Wonderland event for families on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is $6 per child, which includes 10 activity tickets. There will be refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.

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