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Through November 28, “Amazing Horses” Art Show & Sale 

Amazing Horses is a juried exhibit featuring work by 18 New Jersey artists in a variety of media celebrating all things equine, with an opening reception offering refreshments and live music on Sunday, October 28th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Among the artists exhibiting are Julia Gehringer, Suzanne Helwig and Anne Lanphear of Basking Ridge, Warren resident Debbie Limoli,  Joanna West of Andover, Bridgewater artists Divya Ananth, Sahana Rajiv, and Sandy Ruda,  Flemington’s Xochitl Barnes and Jerilyn Weber, Morristown resident Lee A. Ecker, Susan Esbensen of Stockton, Joanne Farley from Whitehouse Station, Laurie Harden of Boonton, Branchville resident Barbara Hornstra, Kathy Jost Keating of Woodbridge,  Michael Russell of Rahway, and Middlesex resident Roberta Scott. Prizes will be awarded at the reception. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award and to enter a raffle to win a vintage equine art print. Most works are for sale and many of the artists will be present at the opening reception. Gallery hours for the duration of Amazing Horses will be Saturdays 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am -1:00 pm, and Sundays, November 11th and 25th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The Farmhouse is wheelchair accessible. Farmstead Arts is located at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge. farmsteadartscenter.org

November 20, “Giving Thanks Together” Community Dinner

Safe Harbor Child Access Centers will host a free community dinner for all who wish to share a community 'family' Thanksgiving feast. Safe Harbor Child Access Centers’ mission is to provide services to separating, divorcing, and divorced families to ensure that children have continuing contact with both parents and other family members as well as to provide a safe environment for individuals healing from trauma. Enjoy family friends and food. All ages are welcome. There will be teens attending who will also play with the children. Reservations by Nov. 16 if possible are requested. Call 908-268-4284. Diners are welcome to come anytime between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Food will be served until 7:30 p.m. at Safe Harbor Child Access Center, 171 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. exploreflemington.org

November 23-25, Dickens Days in Clinton

Dickens’ Days is an annual event that transforms Clinton into a Victorian Village. Visitors can expect to interact with Scrooge, Charles Dickens, and Father Christmas as they stroll through downtown Clinton entertaining shoppers. The town will be decorated for the holidays, with toy soldiers on the famous Clinton Bridge, holiday greens, and twinkling lights. Horse drawn carriage rides, in full Victorian costume, offer a glimpse into the past. Musical performances of all genres will be performed by local artists and music groups throughout the weekend. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Historic Clinton, NJ. visitclintonnj.com

November 23, 16th Annual Colonial Christmas Tree Lighting

Join us for caroling, hot chocolate, and hot pretzels, as we light our patriotic red, white, and blue Christmas Tree and ring in the holiday season. Caroling with Harmonium Choral Society. Free to the entire community! 7 p.m. at The Jacobus Vanderveer House, 3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ. (Conveniently located near Routes 78, 287 and 22 at the River Road exit on Routes 202/206 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Enter through River Road Park.)

November 24-25 & December 1-2. 16th Annual Colonial Christmas

An array of holiday merchants, musical performances, family and children’s activities, food trucks and pony rides are just a few of the highlights in store for visitors to the 16th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum. The popular fundraiser features: tours of the museum, which will be decorated for the holidays by Gail Whiting of Design Consultants, Lynn and Jessica Angelone of Angelone’s Florist, Flowers on the Ridge, and Camelot Construction; holiday shopping with boutique merchants and artisans; Colonial musicians, re-enactors and crafters; pony rides provided by Dapple Hill Farm; military demonstrations by Lambs Artillery Company; Santa visits; gingerbread house workshops for children; and a special exhibit from the Knox Museum in Thomaston, Maine. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at The Jacobus Vanderveer House, 3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ. (Conveniently located near Routes 78, 287 and 22 at the River Road exit on Routes 202/206 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Enter through River Road Park.)

November 24, Winter Village at the Red Mill Museum

Marketspace Vendor Events joins The Red Mill Museum Village's 9th annual Festival of Trees in 2018 to bring you the Winter Village at The Red Mill. This German-style outdoor, tented and heated, winter craft market in the heart of Clinton, New Jersey features 40 local craft artisans, vintage peddlers, and food trucks. The Red Mill Museum Village's annual Festival of Trees is comprised of a decorated tree and wreath silent auction fundraiser benefiting the museum's preservation. Guests are invited to tour 12 historic buildings on the beautifully decorated grounds of the museum while enjoying performances by Clinton's 'Dickens Days' theatrical carolers.  A general admission fee of $5 (free to museum members and children ages 6 and under) will be retained by the museum for guests entering the festival and winter village. Food trucks will be available on-site. This event is family-friendly. 12 noon - 5 p.m. at Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main St, Clinton, NJ 08809. theredmill.org

November 24, Small Business Saturday

It's the annual holiday shopping tradition that gets communities everywhere out in support of their favorite small businesses. Keeping Chester's neighborhood shops in business...that's what Small Business Saturday is all about. Celebrate with us all day throughout Chester, NJ. ilovechester.com

November 24 & December 1, 8, and 15, Pictures with Santa

Hoffman’s Supply in Long Valley is holding their annual “Picture with Santa“event. This popular tradition raises money to support LV CAP (Long Valley Community Assistance Program). Every year Hoffman’s “adopts” local families to ensure a happy holiday is enjoyed by all in our community. Photos are free with a $5.00 donation and/or a new unwrapped toy. Volunteers will be joining in the festivities, serving refreshments for all two legged and four legged guests. Come out, have fun and support a great cause!  Please don’t forget the leash!   Hoffman’s Supply is located on 35 East Mill Road, Long Valley only 4.5 miles west of Chester.  Any questions, please call 908 876 3111. hoffmanssupply.com 

November 25 - December 23, Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green

The place to celebrate the holidays from Thanksgiving up until Christmas; this month-long family event kicks off on the Sunday after Thanksgiving with Santa’s rooftop arrival and welcome ceremony.  Family activities and entertainment on the historic Morristown Green, add to the dazzling “Lighting of the Green” ceremony with brilliant lights and wreaths adorning streetlights town-wide – a 100+ year tradition!  Each weekend throughout December thousands of attendees from all over Northern New Jersey visit and enjoy Santa visits and photos, holiday crafts, miniature train rides around the Green, gingerbread house & ornament making, music by local choirs and entertainers, storytelling, ice sculpting demonstrations and free treats! Visit morristown-nj.org for a full schedule of events.

November 30 - December 9, Gingerbread Wonderland

This December marks the 27th Anniversary of Gingerbread Wonderland. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity and skill that characterizes this charming exhibit of hundreds of edible structures. Past year’s ‘gingerbreads’ have included models of Harry Potter scenes, Notre Dame Cathedral, Santa’s Workshop, Japanese temples, Chinese pagodas, European castles, and much more. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily, Fridays until 7:30 p.m. at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township. morrisparks.net

December 1 & 2 THS 15th Annual Christmas Antique Show

Managed by professional show manager Bob Lutz, this year’s show will have 53 quality dealers displaying fine antiques from the 18th through 20th Century and quality collectibles. The Tewksbury Historical Society will again be having its own booth and will be selling period antiques donated by members and residents as well as note cards, post cards, books, and Tewksbury Afghans as well as prints of Oldwick, Pottersville, Califon, Mountainville and Tewksbury. The admission is $8.00 per person or $7.00 with card available from the Society or ad from the local paper. December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Old Turnpike School, Route 517, Fairmount,NJ.

December 1, Holly Day 2018

Six Morris County historic sites will fling open their doors for Holly Day. With the purchase of one $30.00 ticket you'll visit Macculloch Hall, Acorn Hall, the Stickley Log House, the Ford Mansion, the Schuyler-Hamilton House and the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. Each site will be authentically decorated for the season and will offer special programming just for Holly Day visitors including musical performances, exhibits, refreshments and more.  Bring family and friends to this beloved Morris County tradition and get into the holiday spirit while supporting local historic preservation. Children 12 and under are free. morristourism.org

December 1 – 2, Winter on the Home Front: A Civil War Christmas

Experience what life was like on the Home Front during the winter months of the American Civil War. Visit the winter encampment of the 2nd NJ Brigade as soldiers prepare for a holiday away from home. Learn about 19th century home life, and make a craft to take home. Enjoy a Civil War Era Officer’s Ball complete with period music, Union officers dressed in their best uniforms, and women in their finest ball gowns. Saturday: 12 noon - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 12 noon - 4 p.m. at Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown. morrisparks.net

December 1 - 8, SRC Festival of Trees 2018: “Home for the Holidays!”

A Community Celebration featuring an amazing, festive, and creative array of decorated holiday trees in a winter wonderland setting. Featuring: Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Caroling and Wassail, Sing-along & Story, cookies, cocoa, and refreshments, and more! Bid on a tree to take home for the holidays or just vote for your favorites in a variety of categories. The Festival has been sponsored for 15 Years by R & R Construction of Chester with all proceeds benefiting the Senior Resource Center. Monday & Wednesday 10 - 6; Saturdays 10 - 5; Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10 - 8; Sunday Noon - 5. Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Seniors & Students at The Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Road, Chester, NJ (across from Black River Middle School). srcnj.org

December 1 & 15, Strolling Dickens' (Manhattan Holiday) Carolers

No holiday celebration is complete without the stunning sights and sounds of Manhattan Holiday's a cappella caroling quartet, who will be performing a variety of traditional and contemporary holiday classics in beautiful hand-made Victorian-style costuming. Strolling and singing throughout downtown Chester from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ilovechester.com

December 2, Dutch Sint-Nicolaas Day at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead

As a way to honor the Dutch heritage of the 1741 Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, the Readington Museums will be hosting Dutch Sint-Nicolaas Day. Sinterklaas will be available for pictures and Colonial musicians, Anne and Ridley Enslow, will perform historic holiday pieces that showcase an historic violin and hammered dulcimer. In addition, historic cooks, Bev Altrath and Arlene Soong will demonstrate authentic 18th century Dutch cooking using the Farmstead’s original open hearth. They plan to make waffles and gingerbread over the open flame. Visitors may also make a pomander ornament to take home, as well as enjoy cider and homemade Dutch cookies. The program is free, but donations are gladly accepted. This Open House Sunday program will be held between 1 p.m and 4 p.m. at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of Readington Township. For GPS use Lebanon, NJ 08833. In case of inclement weather please call the Museums to find out the status of the program. For more information please visit, www.readingtontwpnj.gov or call 908-236-2327.  

December 2, Califon Christmas Tree Lighting

The Califon Recreation Committee presents its final event for the year, featuring Christmas caroling and an opportunity to talk with Santa Claus! The Train Station will be open for this event for visitors to check out their “Christmas at the Station” display. Come out and enjoy free hot chocolate and singing Christmas carols with your neighbors! 3 p.m. -5 p.m. at the Califon Train Station located at 25 Academy Street in Califon, NJ.

December 8, Santa Visits the Magic Shop

An Oldwick family holiday tradition! Take a pony cart ride to visit Santa and his elves. Cocoa, cookies and Holiday shopping! 2 – 4 p.m. at The Magic Shop, 60 Main Street, Oldwick NJ 08858. 908-439-2330

December 8, Willow School Annual Holiday Bazaar 

Willow’s Holiday Bazaar focuses on supporting local artisans whose high quality and unique products are made from natural and organic materials. Some of the items for sale include seasonal items, décor, pottery, handbags, artwork, skincare products, gourmet food and more! There will also be a café serving light bistro fare. Admission is free. This event benefits The Willow School Parent Association. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at The Willow School, 1150 Pottersville Road, Gladstone, NJ. willowschool.org

December 9, 2nd Annual Tewksbury Tree & Menorah Lighting

A Community Holiday Celebration! Featuring: Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus; live music , hot cider, and hot cocoa served by Pack 199 and provided by the Tewksbury Historical Society; create holiday crafts provided by the Woman’s Club of Tewksbury; and Haytown Nursery will be showing “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. The tree and Menorah Lighting will take place at 5 p.m. at The Tewksbury Township Library, 31 Old Turnpike Road Oldwick, NJ 08858.

December 22, Santa Claus Comes to Pottersville

Santa will arrive by firetruck to the Pottersville Firehouse! Bring your list and visit with Santa and his friends from the PVFC Ladies Auxiliary. Create ornaments and crafts and enjoy holiday refreshments. While you’re in Pottersville, stop by the PVFC Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Bake Sale in front of the Post Office and Black River General Store. (Make sure to get some cookies to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve.) 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the PVFC Firehouse, 8 Hacklebarney Rd, Pottersville, NJ 07979.

December 31, First Night Morris County

Join nearly 10,000 of your friends and neighbors for the 27th year of ringing in the New Year with an unmatched array of performances! First Night Morris County 2019 is the biggest and brightest New Year’s Eve celebration in New Jersey, providing a magnificent family-friendly, alcohol-free and substance-free celebration in 22 venues throughout the heart of Morristown. The stellar program features 70 events: dance, theatre, music (rock, jazz, blues, classical, etc.), visual arts, world cultures, children’s programs and so much more. Your First Night Morris County admission button gives you access to innovative, diverse and high quality performances ideal for participants of all ages. The venues are within close walking distance of one another and the historic Morristown Green. The venues are also accessible via free shuttles which run all evening. Dazzling fireworks shows happen at 9:15pm and midnight. Visit: firstnightmorris.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Holiday 2018

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