Christmas Season Holiday Happenings

Friday, Dec. 6

Carteret’s annual Holiday Festival is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, from 6-10 p.m. at Carteret Park. There will be live holiday music from 6-10 p.m., and the tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Santa Claus will be on hand for photos, there will be horse & buggy rides, refreshments, a holiday carousel and more. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for local food pantries, and dog & cat food will be accepted for the Carteret Animal League. For more information, visit or call 732-541-3801.

Saturday, Dec. 7

The Cranford Jaycees will hold their annual Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m. Children will be able to take a free photo with Santa Claus and enjoy face painting and other activities. Families are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for Cranford Family Care. For more information, call 908-847-5231.

The Downtown Merchants Association invites you to take a holiday stroll down Woodbridge’s Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 7, between 1 and 4 p.m. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday carolers, crafters, vendors, a visit from Santa Claus and more. For more information, call 732-596-4047.

Sunday, Dec. 8

The Cranford Junior Woman’s Club will hold its 24th annual Home for the Holidays House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 8. Take a self-guided tour of four of the finest homes in Cranford, a historic church and a secret garden all outfitted for the holidays. The Madrigal Choir will entertain. Advance tickets are $25; they are $30 on the day of the tour. Info:

The 3rd annual Jingle Bell Run 5K will take place at the Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. Registration is $35. For more information, visit

The Van Wyck Brooks Historic District in Plainfield invites you to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas House Tour” in Plainfield on Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon- 6 p.m. Seen an 1803 Colonial farmhouse, a Queen Anne Victorian, a turn of the century carriage house and more. For more information, visit

Santa Claus arrives in Fanwood on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Community House (old train station) on North Ave. Children can take photos with Santa and enter contests, and there will be seasonal music, holiday crafts and refreshments from 3-6 p.m. Mayor Colleen Mahr will light the Fanwood tree at 5 p.m.

The Sayreville Recreation Department will hold its Winterfest event on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 4-7 p.m. at Kennedy Park. There will be musical entertainment, holiday displays and light refreshments.

Perth Amboy’s annual Christmas Celebration Parade and Tree Lighting are planned for Sunday, Dec. 8. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the corner of Wilson & Smith sts., while the tree lighting will take place at approximately 5:45 p.m. at City Hall Circle. Refreshments and gift bags will be given to children, and Santa Claus will be available for photos. For more information, call 732-826-1690 ext. 4305.

Monday, Dec. 9

Santa Claus will assist at the 5th Ward Tree Lighting Ceremony at the intersection of Catherine and William sts. in Elizabeth on Monday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 908-820-4238.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Springfield’s annual tree lighting will start at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 on Town Hall Lawn and North Trivett Ave. There will be caroling, a holiday hay ride, a petting zoo, edible crafts, pictures with Santa Claus and more. Springfield H.O.P.E. will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and Barnes & Noble gift cards. For more information, call 973-912-2226.

Elizabeth’s 1st Ward Tree Lighting Ceremony is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at Waterfront Field, 175-219 Front St. For more information, call 908-820-4238.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

The Evergreen Senior Center in Colonia is running a bus trip into Manhattan to see the Christmas Spectacular Show at Radio City Hall and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The bus will leave Colonia at 9 a.m., and the cost is $89 per person. For information, call 732-726-6261 or email

Thursday, Dec. 12

Girl Scout Troop 42049 and Santa Claus will help out at Elizabeth’s 3rd Ward Tree Lighting Ceremony at the intersection of Summit Rd. & Park Pl. at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Non-perishable food donations will be collected. For more information, call 908-403-6202.

The Woodbridge Recreation Department’s bus trip to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular will leave the Woodbridge Community Center at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $85 per person. For more information, call 732-596-4048

Saturday, Dec. 14

The Plainfield Special Improvement District will offer holiday horse & wagon rides on Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon – 3 p.m. There will be two staging areas: Downtown, at West Front St. near McDonalds, and South Avenue at Plainwood Square Park. Santa Claus will be on hand for the free event.

Sunday, Dec. 15

The Woodbridge Recreation Department invites you to meet Santa Claus at Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. Walgreens will give guests a complimentary 4×6 photo. Non-perishable food donations are requested.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

South Amboy residents can take a trolley tour of entries in the city’s Holiday Home Decorating Contest on Tuesday, Dec. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. Email or call 732-316-8212 to reserve your seat.

Thursday, Dec. 19

Frosty the Snowman will pose for pictures with children at Unity Bank, 104 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 3-6 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

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