15 Things to do This Weekend in NJ 12/4 – 12/6


Take photos at the Royal Holiday Soiree, attend Santa’s Breakfast at Imagine That. or watch Rapunzarella White. Visit Winter Wonderland and watch the New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker or attend The Somerville Fire Departments 4th Annual Holiday Lights Parade!

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1.Royal Holiday Soiree {Featured Event}
Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Join My Fairytale Party’s Glass Slipper Princess and Yellow Beauty Princesses plus the Ice Queen herself for a morning of Holiday Cheer at iKandi Images in Chester. Children are encouraged to wear their holiday best for their photo-shoot courtesy of Professional Photographer, Allison Tolpa! Each child will receive a take home 4X6 photo, a winter treat and a downloadable digital file.
iKandi Images, Allison Tolpa Photography
87 Main Street Chester, NJ 07830
Cost: $49/Child; Registration is required. To register, please click here

2.Holiday Light Spectacular
Friday, December 4, 2015  from  5 pm to 9 pm
Take a winter stroll through the Zoo under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters illuminated throughout the Zoo. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave,
West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: Free
pic 73.Home for the Holiday
Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 11am to 5 pm
caroling and entertainment groups as well as crafters, food trucks and Santa Land all concluding with the Annual Roxbury Township Tree Lighting.
1715 Route 46
Ledgewood,  NJ  07852
Cost: Free

4.Christmas on the Farm
Saturday December 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Santa and his elves will be coming to Howell Living History Farm where they will spread holiday cheer by giving children cookies or coal. Children will also climb aboard a horse drawn work wagon for a ride to the woods to cut down a Christmas tree. All children will be given a chance to take a turn helping farmers cut the tree with a 2-man saw. Afterwards, all visitors can help decorate the tree with ear corn, pinecones and other natural ornaments. Helpers will be treated to hot apple cider and cookies
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Ln., Hopewell Township, NJ 08530
Cost: Free

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5.The Somerville Fire Departments 4th Annual Holiday Lights Parade
Friday December 5th, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Come and see fire and emergency vehicles, personal floats vehicle, and houses and/or businesses along the parade route while they compete to win prizes for the best decorations in town.
Engine 1 Somerville Fire Department
170 E Main St, Somerville,
New Jersey 08876
Cost: Free

6.Winter Wonder land
Friday, December 4, 2015  from  6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, December 5, 2015 from  6 pm to 9 pm
This year there will be many activities such as the annual Kuser Mansion Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday at 7pm,  “Santa’s Village”  were you can write letters to Santa and make Reindeer food, a “HolidayExpress Train”,  petting Zoo, and more! Attendees are kindly asked to consider a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots or a non-perishable food item for our Holiday Food Drive benefiting the Bromley Center’s food pantry
Kuser Farm Park
390 Newkirk Ave, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610
Cost: Free

7.Santa Breakfast at Imagine That
Saturday December 5 , 2015 at 10:00 am
Children can visit with Santa and his elves, enjoy a breakfast snack then stay and play all day! Each child receives a special gift from Santa! Don’t forget to bring your wish-list for him to see! Parents remember your camera for photo ops with Santa!
Imagine that museum
4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, N.J. 07932
Cost: Adults $14.99 & children $16.99

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8..iPlay America’s Christmas
Saturday December 5, 2015 at 2pm
Sunday December 6. 2015  at 2pm
Come see iPlay America all decked out for the Holiday Season! There is fun and merriment for all including photo ops with Santa, live  performances and more.
iPlay America
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free

9.A Boheme Opera Christmas card
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:00pm
Join us for a collection of Christmas songs to kick off the holiday season. Yuletide favorites and standards will put a smile on your face as Boheme Opera brings an evening of fun to all ages. The traditional sounds of the season will be presented by three talented Boheme singers during this 4th Annual Holiday Presentation at Grounds For Sculpture.
Grounds for Sculpture’s East Gallery
80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Cost: Free with park admission. One night only – $6 after 6pm!

10.New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker
Saturday December 5, 2015 at 1 pm & 4:30 pm
Sunday December 6. 2015 at 1 pm & 4:30 pm
New Jersey Ballet has brought the Nutcracker ballet to families for a cherished holiday tradition. The first-rate traditional production never fails to enchant youngsters and grownups alike with splendid dancing, colorful costumes and scenery, eye-popping special effects, and a touch of holiday magic.
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Palisades Court, 30 N Van Brunt St,
Englewood, NJ 07631
Cost: $29, $39, $49

pic 611.A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 4, 2015 to December 27, 2015  at various times
This holiday season, celebrate McCarter’s critically-acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol one last time. After this December, we will be renewing the tradition by welcoming a reimagined version of Dickens’ immortal tale in 2016.
Mc Carter Theater Center
91 University Pl, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $25+


12.Christmas at the farm
Saturday December 5, 2015 from 11am – 7pm
Oasis Family Farm is transformed into a winter wonderland this holiday season .Bring the kids to meet and take pictures with Santa Claus and his friend Olaf, from the movie Frozen. You can also pick out your perfect fresh cut Christmas tree and shop in the farm market .
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Drive
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Cost: Free

13.Christmas With the Claws
December 5th, 12th & 19th  from noon to 6PM.
Santa Claus will take pictures with kids. The Blue Claws will also have fresh-cut Christmas trees available for purchase in a variety of sizes. Additionally there will be vendors, crafters, music and hot drinks.
The Lakewood BlueClaws
2 Stadium Way,
Lakewood, NJ 08701

14.24th Annual Santa Claus Special
Saturday, December 5, 2015 click here for hours
Sunday, December 6, 2015 click here for hours
Come join Santa on a train ride on Whippany Railway Museum’s excursion trains. During each excursion, Santa makes his way through the train and visits with the children onboard. The train crew follows along, giving the kids a special gift from Santa.
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad plaza,
Whippany, NJ 07981
Price: Children (Under 12) $9 Adults (Age 12+) $14

pic515.Rapunzarella White
Friday December 4, 2015 at 7:30
Saturday December 5, at 1:30 pm & 4:30
Sunday, December 6 at 1:30 pm & 4:30
Rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White are triplets who are stolen by an angry witch and each is catapulted into her own fractured fairy tale. Each dreams of being rescued by a handsome Prince. Will they be saved? Of course! Beau, Barry and Burly Bob may be a little more bashful and bumbling than bright, but with the help of the Fairy Tailor and some magic they all live happily ever after.
CDC Community Theatre
78 Winans Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Cost: $12


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