15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ 12/11 – 12/13


Listen to holiday music at Follow the Star Holiday Concert , attend The Polar Express Train Ride or watch Frosty The Snowman. Visit the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, have Breakfast with Santa at Garden State Discovery Museum or attend 6th Annual Holiday Jubilee.

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pic21.Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 12th 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00 PM
Stone Soup Orchestra will perform a Free Holiday concert with both traditional and modern music the whole family can enjoy. Bring your children and start a holiday tradition.
298 Main Street, Hackettstown NJ
Cost: free

2.Cape May Family Treasure Hunt
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
An adventure for the whole family! Discover the fun of exploring Cape May and uncovering its architectural elements from a kid’s perspective. The Family Treasure Hunt packet includes a clues sheet and map that will take you on a self-guided discovery tour set to your own pace.
Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ

3.Frosty The Snowman
Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10:00 am
Frosty the Snowman is a jolly, happy soul made of snow and coal – and an old magician’s hat that brings him to life! Frosty brings his friends along to the North Pole so that he can keep cold. But are they aware that the magician is secretly following them? Come see this holiday musical perfect for the whole family!
The Broadway Theater of Pitman
43 S. Broadway
Pitman, NJ 08071
Cost: $7-$9


4.A Charlie Brown Christmas
Saturday, December 12,2015 at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 6:00pm
Sunday ,December 13,2015 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm
One of the most know family movies A Charlie brown Christmas is now on stage.
UCPAC Hamilton Stage
360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ

5.Holiday Enchantment Celebration
Friday, December 11, 2015 6:00pm 9:00pm
Saturday, December 12, 2015 6:00pm 9:00pm
This new limited time engagement is a special way to get into the spirit of the season! Enjoy make and take crafts, festive performances, and storytelling. Guests will get a chance to visit with Santa in his workshop and encounter other surprise characters throughout the park. Round out your visit with a ride on the North Pole Express Train or the Garden Carousel for a small fee.
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ, 08103
Cost: $6

6.6th Annual Holiday Jubilee
Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00pm
Our hit family show & multi-cultural holiday celebration returns! This year, follow the story of the Crossroads’ 2015 Holiday Gospel Choir as they attempt to finally win first prize! Kids under 12 go Free with the purchase of a regular priced adult ticket!
Crossroads Theatre
Livingston Ave. New Brunswick NJ 08901
Cost: $30


7.Follow the Star Holiday Concert
Friday December11, 2015 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come enjoy a night of instrumental celebration, Gospel singing and contemporary music
Christ Church
Church Street & Trinity Place
Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: FREE

8.Peter and the Pirates
Saturday, December 12, 2015  1:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:30 AM-3:30 PM
Meet our young friend Peter who loves to read. One day Peter falls asleep reading his favorite book about Pirates. Suddenly, he finds himself transported into a great adventure with bumbling pirates and a princess. Although he is just a lad, he saves the day and brings home a bit of treasure. Was it a dream or did it really happen?
14 Alvin Place
Upper Montclair
NJ, 07043

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9.Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show
Saturday, December 12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday, December 13, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Holiday shopping is easy at the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its sixth year. You’ll find local crafters offering beautiful hand-made and affordable gifts perfect for that special person on your list
Frelinghuysen Arboretum,
353 East Hanover Avenue,
Morris Township, NJ 07960
Cost: $2

10.Wreath Decorating Workshop with Pam Mount
Saturday, December 12, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pam Mount is known for her beautiful fruit decorated wreaths – Williamsburg style. She is often asked how puts them together. Join Pam for a free wreath decorating workshop on Saturday, December 12 from 1 to 3 pm. with the purchase of one of Terhune Orchard’s locally made fresh wreaths. Decorating materials will be provided. Our fresh wreaths of boxwood, Douglas fir, or mixed greens are available the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Please register at 609-924-2310.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: FREE

11.Teddy Bear Tea
Saturday, December 12, 2015   from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Bring your favorite stuffed friend for the Arboretum’s annual Teddy Bear Tea! This magical program will include crafts, songs and stories set in the beautifully decorated Wisner House. A wonderful opportunity to spend time with that special little one!
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ
Cost: $15, Member Price $10.00

12.Frank Sinatra’s Centennial Birthday Party
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7 – 11 pm
Join us as we celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest entertainers of all time in the town where it all began!
Steven Institute of Technology,
Bissinger Room,1301 Hudson Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Varies with ticket

13.Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 12, 2015  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2015 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Enjoy your first meal of the day with the big guy in red!  It’s all the fixins’ for a pancake breakfast with songs and stories and of course a visit with Santa. Seating is limited, so call for reservations now!  Sponsored by Whole Foods of Marlton and Cherry Hill.
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road Suite 100
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003
Cost: $12 for members and $17 for non-members

14.The Polar Express Train Ride
Saturday, December 12, 2015  at 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00PM & 8:00 PM
Inspired by the run-away hit movie produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will then be entertained by a reading of the Polar Express. Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own sleigh bell, just like in the movie, to those who BELIEVE.
Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ
Cost: Adult $37.00 and Children $28.00


15.Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 12, 2015 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Come have a fun time at winter wonderland there will be different activities such as holiday’s crafts and gifts, food music and entertainment, photos with Santa and most importantly DOG APODPTIONS!
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains RD, Augusta NJ 07822
Cost: $5 per person, $10 per family


About Author

Mavelyn Boza is a student at Montclair State University majoring in Business Administration with a double concentration in International Business and Marketing. She currently lives in Union City, NJ with her parents and her three younger brothers. Most of her family calls her Sandra since that's her middle name and much easier to pronounce than Mavelyn. Her favorite outdoor actives in New Jersey include playing tennis, running, swimming, ice skating and snowboarding. Mavelyn has been spending most of her time in Gravity Falls Vault in Middletown, NJ practicing rock-climbing. When Mavelyn is not rock-climbing she is usually spending time with her family or volunteering on Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation and Hudson Public library.