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Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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Having family and friends for Thanksgiving weekend? Wondering what to do with them come Friday while the turkey soup simmers? Here are a couple ideas...

Friday, 28-29; Port Murray

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE. Special demonstrations, greenhouse tour, complimentary hot mulled cider and cookies. 9am - 5pm. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Choose from 10,000 trees at Evergreen Valley Christmas Tree Farm!

Friday, 28- Dec. 7; Clinton

FESTIVAL OF TREES. Donated, decorated trees on view in the mill with holiday music/entertainment. Weekends. 10 - 4pm. $5. Red Mill, 56 Main St..

Red Mill Museum Village; 908/735-4101

Friday, 28-30; Clinton

DICKENS' DAYS. Annual holiday extravaganza along Main Street featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and music and street performers

Clinton Guild;

Saturday, 29; North Branch

SHADOWS OF THE 60S. A tribute to Motown super groups: The Four Tops, Temptations & Supremes. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 29-30; Layton

PETERS VALLEY STORE & GALLERY OPEN HOUSE. In-store demonstrations and winter treats as well as two floors full of handmade items for everyone on your holiday list. 10am - 6pm. Free. 19 Kuhn Road.

Peters Valley Store & Gallery; 973/948-5202

Weekends; November 29 - December 7; Bedminster

Jacobus Vanderveer House; 908/212-7000

Sunday, 30; Allamuchy

TWO TENORS FROM PHILLY. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 30; Morristown

MOOSELTOE. Enchanting holiday “moosical” for ages 4-10 11am, 1:30 & 4pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008


Wednesday, 3;

HAPPY HOLIDAYS BUS TRIP TO LONGWOOD GARDENS & WINTERTHUR. Winterthur Yuletide: guided tour, Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit. Wander on your own at Longwood Gardens Christmas. Lots of shopping! Info & to register: website or email. $77.

DIG IT! Magazine

Thursday, 4; Harmony

FATHER CHRISTMAS AT THE FARMSTEAD DECEMBER 4, 2014 5PM UNTIL 7PM. An event for children of all ages at VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead. 5 - 7pm. 3026 Belvidere Road (Rt. 519).

Harmony Historic Commission; 908/454-7470

Friday, 5; Blairstown

CHERYL WHEELER & PATTY LARKIN. 8:30pm. $30. 30 Main Street.

Historic Blairstown Theatre; 908/362-1399

Friday, 5; Clinton


Clinton Guild; 908/735-8614

Friday, 5; Morristown

DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 5-14; Morristown

GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND. What started as a small display of gingerbread houses has now become an incredible 10-day exhibit of over 200 edible structures. 9:30am - 5pm. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Saturday, 6; Allamuchy

MERRY MAKING PARTY. The Hall will be all decked out for the holidays, with Santa and his Elf. Bring your camera! 11:30am - 2:30pm. $1. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517.

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894

Saturday, 6; Blairstown

Gallery 23; 908/362-6865

Saturday, 6; Chester

SCULPTED ICE WORKS. Ice carvers from ICE WORKS capture the magic of the season with dazzling sculpted ice displays right in Downtown Chester! 11am - 4pm. Free. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/897-2900

Saturday, 6; Morristown

CELTIC THUNDER: SYMPHONY. Irish vocal group, backed by a symphony, performs traditional carols and cherished contemporary favorites 7:30pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 6; Port Murray

HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE. Using holly and various types of fresh greens, create a delightful centerpiece for your holiday table. 2 - 4pm. $34. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 6; Washington

CRAFTS IN THE WARREN TECH 2012. The area's finest crafters & artisans come together at this one-day juried event to display their unique handmade items. 9am - 4pm. 1500 Route 57.

Warren County Technical School PTA; 908/835-1417

Saturday, 6-7; Hackettstown

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Horse and Carriage rides through the farm, warm apple cider and holiday treats. 1 - 6pm. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 6-7; Hope

HOPE CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET. Juried craft show & sale. 10 - 5. $4. Hope School.

Hope Recreation Commission; 908/459-5127

Saturday, 6-7; Sparta

Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market; 973/600-8762

Saturday, 6-7; Wantage

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 973/271-6771

Weekends, 6-14; Ringwood

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR. 11am - 5. $8 adults; $6 seniors; $5 children. 134 Sloatsburg Road.

North Jersey Highlands Historical Society; 973/962-2240

Sunday, 7; Chester

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING. Santa visits, refreshments 5pm. Free. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/897-2900

Sunday, 7; Lebanon

DUTCH CHRISTMAS. Sint Nikolaas Day. 1 - 4pm. Free. 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Sunday, 7; Morristown

HOLIDAY CONCERT. The Harmonium Outreach Chorus will perform international holiday songs. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Sunday, 7; North Branch

AN IRISH CHRISTMAS. Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul 4pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Wednesday, 10; Hackettstown

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Thursday, 11; Clinton

CANDLELIGHT NIGHT. Luminaries line the streets, horse-drawn carriages, and late-night shopping. 6 - 9. Main Street.

Clinton Guild; 908/735-8614

Friday, 12; North Branch

THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER. Moscow Ballet 4 & 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 12-14; Morristown


Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 12-14; Morristown

HOLIDAY CRAFTMORRISTOWN. Handmade gifts. $9. Morristown Armory.

ArtRider; 845/331-7900

Saturday, 13-14; Morristown

Harmonium Choral Society; 973/538-6969

Sunday, 14; Delaware

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. Santa, music, refreshments and tree lighting at Ramsaysburg Homestead Historic Site. 1 - 4pm. Route 46 and Ramseyburg Road.

Knowlton Township Historic Commission; 908/475-5352

Sunday, 14; North Branch

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Moscow Ballet 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Tuesday, 16; North Branch

TUESDAYS WITH STORIES: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL. This performance will take you to the night in 1843 when Charles Dickens dreamed up his idea for the famous ghostly tale. 12 & 7. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Thursday, 18; North Branch

DAVE LEONHARDT TRIO. A Jazzy Christmas 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 19-21; Hackettstown

THE NUTCRACKER. The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 20; North Branch

FROSTY. Can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Sampler Series: Recommended 4+ 1 & 3:30pm. $10. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 28; Allamuchy

HARRY ALLEN QUINTET. Performance spotlights the outstanding talent of 13 year old trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante. $22.50 Advance - $27.50 Door. 1686 Route 517.

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Wednesday, 31; Morristown

First Night Morris; 973-455-0708

Future Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown

Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave.. ; 908/979-0900

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison

December 3-December 28 • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre 36 Madison Avenue. ; 973/408-3807

Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown

November 20-December 7 • SOCIAL SECURITY. Broadway comedy is about a couple of Upper East Side art dealers.

6 Normandy Heights Rd.. ; 973/971-3706

The Planetarium at RVCC, North Branch

Route 28 & Lamington Road. ; 908/231-8805

Ongoing Programs and Events

Historic Chester Business Association, Chester

Routes 206 & 24/513. ; 908/897-2900

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, Oxford

Weekends • A series of programs about the natural world around us for young and old alike. Preregistration is usually required. Topics range from a child’s first introduction to nature to seminars for expert fly fishers.

605 Pequest Rd.; 908/637-4125

Ongoing Tours and Exhibits

Gallery 23, Blairstown

23 Main Street. ; 908/362-6865

Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown

Ongoing • TOURS OF WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS AT THE FORD MANSION. The Washington’s Headquarters Museum includes includes three exhibit galleries, a 30-minute introductory video, Tours of the furnished house will be made available at 10 and 11am and at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. Adults (Age 16 and up): $4.00, cash or check only, Children: Free

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210