celebrating a sense of place

A Colonial Café, an array of holiday merchants, musical performances, reindeer, gingerbread workshops for children and a holiday decorating workshop for adults are just a few of the highlights in store for visitors to the 15th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum.  The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to 

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Colonial Christmas at the Historic

 Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum


Photos by  Debbie Weisman

Courtesy of The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

Chester Meat Market

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CONTENTS

BRJ Holiday Edition

EVENTS

Turkey Trot, Libations, Lantern Walks, Music, Art, Theater, Holiday Happenings... and more on our Events Page... read more

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Holiday Edition

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Chester Meat Market

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Black River Roasters

experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial home opens its wreath-clad doors Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26 and Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  


The popular fundraiser features tours of the museum, which will be decorated for the holidays. Visitors will also enjoy holiday shopping with boutique merchants and artisans; Colonial musicians, re-enactors and crafters; pet photos with Santa Paws; military demonstrations; a reindeer program; Santa visits; a gingerbread house workshop for children; and a holiday decorating workshop for adults.  A tree lighting, sponsored by Investor’s Bank, will kick off this year’s two weekend-long event on Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m. The tree lighting is free to the community and features caroling with the Harmonium Choral Society, hot pretzels and hot chocolate.

 “Colonial Christmas has grown to be one of Central New Jersey’s signature holiday events, attracting nearly 2,000 visitors of all ages, cultures, and interests in a festive atmosphere of hospitality, history and friendship,” commented Craig Sutherland, President of The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House Board of Trustees. “Proceeds benefit exhibit development, historical interpretations, educational events, and leadership programs offered throughout the year. This fundraiser is a vital means of preserving this extraordinary piece of Revolutionary War history for future generations."  


The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road, in Bedminster, and can be accessed via River Road Park. For a complete schedule of events for Colonial Christmas and for more information, please visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org