Holiday Happenings

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Carteret

The annual tree lighting and holiday festival will be held at Carteret Park on Friday, Dec. 7 from 5-10 p.m. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted. Info: 1-732-541-3801

Clark

Clark UNICO will sponsor a holiday flea market & craft show at Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Info: 1-201-998-1144

Cranford

  • The Celebration Singers will perform a holiday concert at St. Michael’s Church, 40 Alden Street, on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8:15 p.m. Info: 1-908-241-8200.
  • The Chamber of Commerce will arrange breakfast with Santa at the Garlic Rose, 28 North Avenue, West, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 for children and $15 for adults. Call 1-908-276-5749 for reservations.
  • On Dec. 15, from 1-4 p.m., children can take free trolley rides with Santa that leave from the township’s gazebo. For info, call the Chamber of Commerce at 1-908-272-6114.
  • The Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, will show the little-known classic Christmas movie, “Remember the Night” on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

Edison

  • The Edison Township Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration will be at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Enjoy musical entertainment, crafts and light refreshments at this free event. Non-perishable food donations (no meat items) will be accepted and given to the JFVS Food Pantry. Info: 1-732-494-3232 x621.
  • The Edison Recreation Department is holding a holiday home decorating contest. The entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 14 with judging to be held Dec. 18 & 19. Applications may be picked up at a community center or the main recreation office, 100 Municipal Blvd., or downloaded at www.edisonnj.org. Info: 1-732-248-7312.

Elizabeth

  • Join Councilman Carlos Cedeno, Mayor Bollwage and Santa for the tree lighting at L Ron Hubbard Park at the intersection of Salem & North Broad St. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Info: 1-908-353-1231.
  • On Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m., Councilman William Gallman Jr., Mayor Bollwage and Santa Claus will light the holiday tree at the intersection of Catherine and William streets.
  • Mayor Bollwage, the City Council and the Office of Youth Services will present the Citywide Winterfest at AMC Theater at The Outlet Collection: Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Road, on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. – noon. Open to all residents: enjoy a holiday movie, picture with Santa and free gifts for children 12 and under while supplies last. Advance registration required. Info: 1-908-820-4051.
  • On Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. Councilman Carlos Cedeno, Mayor Bollwage and Santa will take part in the Wilson Park holiday tree lighting. Info: 1-908-353-1231.

Linden

  • Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa Street, Linden will host a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with vendors selling new items. Tables are $25. Info: 1-732-381-5561
  • Santa Claus will visit Linden children ages 10 and younger on the third floor of the Linden Public Library at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Free tickets are available at the library’s main desk. Parents may bring a camera to take a photo of their child with Santa.

Middlesex

  • The annual holiday tree lighting ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. on the Borough Hall Lawn. Enjoy music, refreshments and a visit from Santa (bring your own camera). Canned food donations will be accepted. Info: 1-732-356-7400 ext. 258.
  • North Brunswick: The Senior Citizen’s Winter Dance is on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the North Brunswick Senior Center.
  • The lighting of the menorah will be held in front of the North Brunswick Municipal Complex at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.

Old Bridge

  • Raritan Bay Medical Center is offering an education program to teach quick and easy breathing techniques to deal with holiday stress from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Auxiliary Hall C, on the lower level of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd. between Routes 9 & 18. Fee: $10 per person. To register, call 1-732-442-3700 ext. 5861.
  • “The Holiday Weight Creep: Eating Healthy Through The Season” will be offered at Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Old Bridge location on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 7-8 p.m., in Auxiliary Hall C, on the lower level of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd. between Routes 9 & 18. Fee: $10 per person. To register, call 1-732-442-3700 ext. 5861.

Perth Amboy

  • Get a photo with Santa at the Christmas Village at Fink Park at the corner of Madison and Smith on Saturdays Dec. 8 and 15 from noon-5 p.m. and Fridays Dec. 15 and 21 from 5-8 p.m. Photos are free with a receipt from any downtown business or $5 without a receipt. Free hot chocolate.
  • The City’s annual Christmas Celebration Parade and Tree Lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the corner of Wilson and Smith streets. The tree lighting will follow the parade at approximately 5:45 p.m. at the City Hall Circle. There will be refreshments and gift bags for children. Santa Claus will be available for photos. Info: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4305.
  • Perth Amboy will hold a Celebration of Chanukah in City Hall Council Chambers, 260 High St., on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Info: 1-732-826-2600.
  • The Proprietary House, 149 Kearny Ave., will hold open house events on Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16 from 1-4 p.m. The free events will offer the opportunity to see the former Royal Governor’s home decorated for the holidays. Info: 1-732-826-5527.
  • Perth Amboy will hold a Celebration of Chanukah in City Hall Council Chambers, 260 High St., on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Info: 1-732-826-2600.
  • The Proprietary House will hold its annual Christmas Tea on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1-4 p.m. A choir will sing holiday songs. Tickets are $30. Reservations required; call 1-732-500-2081.

Rahway

  • The Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, presents A Rockin’ Holiday Celebration starring Lightning Lou Christie, Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners and more on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50 – $54.50. Info: 1-732-499-8226.
  • The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will host their holiday candlelight evening event at the museum on the corner of St. Georges and Westfield aves. on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy live period music and see how Christmas might have been celebrated in the early 19th century. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors & museum members, and $5 for students. Info: 1-732-381-0441.
  • The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea will play their annual holiday spectacular at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27. Info: 1-732-499-8226.
  • Work of Art Dance Theater will present its production of “Spellbound,” a Christmas dance musical, at the Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, 1591 Irving St., Rahway, Wednesday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 15. For tickets & info, visit www.woadancetheater.com. Opening night proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief.
  • Mystic Vision Players presents “Carol Channeling, Caroling!” on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center Loft, 1601 Irving Street. Tickets are $20. Info: 1-732-499-8226.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. – noon, the Rahway High School Bands and Band Booster Association will hold a Pancake Breakfast with Santa in the cafeteria of Rahway High School, 1012 Madison Ave. There will be live holiday music and a chance to take photos with Santa. All profits benefit the Rahway High School Bands.

Roselle

  • On Saturday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m., Roselle residents are invited to enjoy a Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Holiday Event at Warinanco Park.
  • Roselle Park: Roselle Park’s tree lighting ceremony is on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Michael J. Mauri Park. There will be a holiday gala at the Casano Community Center following the ceremony, with refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Info: 1-908-245-0666.
  • The Roselle Park High School PTSA Project Graduation Committee will hold a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. – noon in the cafeteria at Roselle Park High School, 185 West Webster Ave. Breakfast is $7, $5 for senior citizens, and free for children 3 and under. Photos with Santa are $3. Info: 1-908-838-1322 or 1-908-216-2082.
  • The borough is holding a holiday home decorating contest. The entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 14 and winners will be recognized at the Dec. 20 council meeting. Download an application at www.rosellepark.net or pick one up at the Casano Community Center.

South Amboy

  • Take a holiday trolley ride and see South Amboy historical sites as well as the winner and runners up in the city’s holiday house decorating contest on Thursday, Dec. 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. Call the recreation office at 1-732-316-8212 to reserve your seat. The ride is only open to South Amboy residents.
  • The Sadie Pope Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, will hold a kids holiday party on Friday, Dec. 14 from 3-4:30 p.m. Info: 1-732-721-6060.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., the Saint Mary Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society will present Handel’s Messiah at St. Mary Church, 256 Augusta St. Suggested donation: $15. Info: 1-732-721-0179.
  • Summit: Ahrre’s Accoustic Coffee House will present an Acappella Holiday Concert featuring Sean Altman and the GrooveBarbers at Mondo Summit, 426 Springfield Ave., 3rd Floor, Summit on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. (Doors open at 2:30 p.m.) Tickets are $23. Info: 1-908-412-9105.

Westfield

  • The Jersey Central Railroad Historical Society will sponsor a Santa train ride leaving the Westfield train station on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for children 1-12 and free for children under 1. Info: 1-908-233-3603.
  • The Presbyterian Church at Mountain Ave. and East Broad St. will host Schwabischer Sangerbund, the 25th annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $22 at the door. Info: 1-732-574-8600

Woodbridge

  • The Barron Arts Center’s holiday train show will be open from Dec. 1-28, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and weekends from 2-4 p.m. It will be closed Christmas Day. Free admission, but donations are welcome. Info: 1-732-634-0413.
  • The Barron Arts Center’s annual holiday concert featuring The Singing Boys of Pennsylvania and The Keystone Girls Choir will be held Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodbridge Middle School, 535 Barron Avenue, Woodbridge. No reservations needed. Info: 1-732-634-0413.
  • Get a photo with Santa at Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. Walgreens of Woodbridge will be giving guests a complimentary 4×6 picture. Non-perishable food item donations are requested. Info: 1-732-596-4048.
  • Colonia High School will be the site of a Winter Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Six dollars buys 10 activity tickets, with additional tickets available at five for $1. Children can take pictures with Santa, enjoy cookies and milk, face painting and more.
  • Get a photo of your pet with Santa Claus at the Woodbridge Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center, 195 Woodbridge Ave., Sewaren from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. A $5 donation is requested.

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