Top Ten New Jersey Events for December 15th – 17th, 2017

It’s the last weekend of “Fall”, although I’m sure most of you are embracing Winter already!

Here are my Top Ten New Jersey Events for December 15th – 17th, 2017:

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Links and additional information for events are in the Titles. New Jersey Events are listed in date order.

Top Ten New Jersey Events for December 15th – 17th, 2017:

Sea of Lights at Jenkinson’s Aquarium – December 15th & 16th
Join Jenk’s for an indoor light spectacular and tons of other familiy fun. $7 Aquarium Admission, Make & Take Crafts, Visits with Singing Princesses, Scuba Santa, Games and MORE.
Dates: December 15th & 16th, 2017  6-9pm.
Address: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk; 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Cost: $7

The Williams Center Maker’s Market – December 16th
The Williams Center is on a mission to help foster the relationship between emerging artists and local consumers. It will also include craft beer, wine and a DJ for the enjoyment of customers. It is our goal to make this event a setting where people come to meet, get inspired, spend money, but stay because its a fun social experience.
Date: Saturday, December 16th, 2017; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ
Cost: Free

Winter Wonderland Run – December 16th
The Highlands Business Partnership’s 1st Annual Winter Wonderland Run will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12PM. Registration is FREE and begins at 11AM. The event is sponsored by Windansea, 56 Shrewsbury Avenue, where the run will begin and end. There will be a post-run celebration with costume contests, live music and food and drink specials. They will be collecting toy donations for the Highlands Fire Department Toys For Tots program, and canned goods and non-perishable items for the food pantry.Costumes are mandatory! Santas, Elves, Reindeer, Grinches, Ugly sweaters, wear your craziest holiday attire! There will be a costume contest with cash prizes following the run! Categories include Best Family, Best Male, Best Female and Best Child!
Date: Saturday, December 16th, 2017; 12pm
Address: Windansea, 56 Shrewsbury Avenue, Highlands, NJ
Cost: Free

Hudson Alternative Art Market – December 16th & 17th
A weekend of art and handmade goods, Sponsored by JC Oddities Market. Free parking on site, handicap accessible venue. All ages welcome.
Dates: December 16th & 17th, 2017; 12pm to 6pm
Address: Kearny Point; 78 John Miller Way, Kearny, New Jersey
Cost: Free Admission

Valenzano Winery’s Holly Jolly Weekend – December 16th & 17th
Join Valenzano for one last stop on your holiday trail. They’ll be decking the halls and prepping the punch for a weekend of fresh baked Christmas sweets, holiday music and an array of artisan vendors who all hope to offer that perfect last minute addition to your list.Admission includes wine tasting, access to the vendors, and an opportunity to grab a table and your favorite bottle of wine and take in the afternoon’s seasonal joy.
Dates: December 16th & 17th, 2017; 11am to 5pm
Address: Valenzano Winery; 1090 Route 206, Shamong, New Jersey
Cost: $10

Third Annual Hot Chocolate Hike Weekend – December 16th & 17th
Take a break from the holiday rush and join in for a guided hike on the Arboretum’s grounds. Discover who is in the forest as you look for signs of our woodland friends. Afterwards warm up in the historic Stone House with a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace. Please dress appropriately for an outdoor adventure. Hike times: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Save your spot online today! Suggested Donation: $5/person age 2 and Up.
Dates: December 16th & 17th, 2017; 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
Address: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary; 324 Forest Dr. S., Short Hills, NJ
Cost: $5 Suggested Donation

Winter Wonderland Artisan Market – December 17th
The Winter Wonderland Artisan Market will be held at River Horse Brewing Co. in Ewing, NJ on Sunday December 17th from 1-7pm. Come out to see over 30 hand-picked hand made artisans and pick up some amazing original creations of the highest quality for your holiday needs! We’ll also be offering brewery tours and tastings, pints and flights, and River Horse beer and merchandise to go! This event is free to attend!
Date: Sunday, December 17th, 2017; 1pm-7pm
Address: 2 Graphics Dr, Ewing, NJ
Cost: Free

Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar – December 17th
The Asbury Park Bazaar and the Asbury Park Boardwalk have partnered to bring you one of the most spectacular holiday markets in New Jersey! The event is free and all ages.
* Shopping from Amazing Handcraft & Vintage Vendors
* Photos with Santa & Giant Tree
* Live Music & Special Performances
* Hot Drink Bar & Seasonally-Inspired Food
* Kids Crafts & Holiday Workshops
* Fun, Festive Photobooth and Decor
* AP Toy & Coat Drive Benefit
Dates: Sunday, December 17th, 2017; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Asbury Park Convention Hall; 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey
Cost: Free

Holiday Marketplace at Hudson County Community College – December 17th
A day of great gift buys from local businesses and family fun, including a magician, puppet show, face painting, balloon animals, holiday book readings, kids’ crafts, Selfies with Santa and more! Parents, shop while your kids enjoy the festivities and demo some of The Culinary Arts Institute at HCCC’s upcoming spring programs!
12:00 – 1:00: Sew Your Own Felt Ornaments & Gifts with Joys in Teaching
1:00 – 1:30 Holiday Story Books to Stage with Speranza Theater Co. (Book Readings & Crafts)
1:30 – 3:30 Magic, Puppets, & Balloon Twisting
3:30 – 4:00 Holiday Story Books to Stage with Speranza Theater Co. (Book Readings & Crafts)
12:00 – 3:00 Face Painting for Kids
12:00 – 4:00 Selfies with Santa
Date: Sunday, December 17th, 2017; 12-4pm
Address: The Culinary Arts Institute at HCCC; 161 Newkirk Street, Jersey City, NJ
Cost: Free

Lights and Carols for a ‘Claus – December 17th
The Iantosca Family invites the community to enjoy their incredible lights display to kick off the holiday season. This event is fun for the whole family and is for a great cLause! In addition to the lights and decorations on the front lawn, Joe and Joanne Iantosca will be joined by Howell HS Rebel Yell and the Rebellettes and most importantly Mr. & Mrs. Claus all the way from the North Pole!
Date: Sunday, December 17th, 2016; 7-9pm
Address: 43 Heather Drive, Manalapan, NJ
Cost: Free, but there will be opportunities to support Pediatric Services at CentraState Healthcare System.

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