HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Skylands Manor is decorated floor to ceiling in holiday splendor, warm and welcoming with a special look for our Silver Jubilee, celebrating 25 years of this beautiful holiday tradition. 10am - 4pm. $8/adults; $7/seniors; $5/children 6-12; under 6 free. Champagne tickets $35/pp. Skylands Botanical Gardens, 20 Morris Rd..
FLYING WILD WORKSHOP. Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. 8:30am - 3:00pm. $10. 158 Millbrook Road.
CHRISTMAS PARADE. Main Street.
THE IRISH TENORS. 8pm. $49-79. 100 South Street.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Open house for personalized holiday shopping featuring unique gifts and art, including a huge inventory of paintings, photographs, jewelry, fine woodworking, wooden toys, pottery, stain glass, quilting, handmade ornaments, cards and more. Meet the artists all day. 10am - 5pm. 23 Main Street.
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.
WINE AND WOLVES. Christmas tree shoppers will be treated to a wine tasting by Brook Hollow Winery, and the Lakota Wolf Preserve will be on hand to educate and inform about the nearby preserve. Lakota will recieve $3 from each tree sold 12 - 2:30pm. 42 Frog Pond Rd.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS. Children’s crafts and activities, music, old fashion toy demonstration and games for the young and young at heart. Some buildings will be open for visitation and activities. Light seasonal refreshments served. Old Mine Road & Cty Route 602.
DARLENE LOVE: THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. 8pm. $49-79. 100 South Street.
DANÚ. A Celtic music celebration. 8pm. $25 & $35. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE. Using holly and various types of fresh greens, create a delightful centerpiece for your holiday table. 10am - 12pm. $33. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
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. Free. 1500 Route 57.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Horse and Carriage rides through the farm, warm apple cider and holiday treats. 1 - 6pm. 178 Airport Rd.
ALLELUYA, A NEW WORK. Harmonium Choral Society kicks off its 35th season with a concert featuring world premieres by Composers-in-Residence Mark Miller and Martin Sedek, along with works by Mathias, Britten, Verdi, Brahms, Papoulis and others. Guest artists Joe Arndt on organ and Adrienne Blossy on oboe. 7:30 - 9:30pm. $20 - $30. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, South Street at Miller Road.
LAKE MOHAWK GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET. The largest German Christmas Market in New Jersey is held annually on the boardwalk overlooking beautiful Lake Mohawk. Enjoy authentic food, quality shopping and live entertainment, including story hour and crafts for children as well as Santa visits. The Bavarian village architecture and local shoppes make the perfect setting. Proceeds benefit local charities. Sat, 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. Free. White Deer Plaza, 21 Boardwalk.
COLONIAL CHRISTMAS. Art exhibition, Colonial holiday decorations, Colonial and Federal antique furniture, boutique shopping, period musicians, re-enactors, Santa visits and more. Vanderveer House, 955 US Highway 202/206.
HOPE CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET. Juried craft show & sale. 10 - 5. $4. Hope School.
FESTIVAL OF TREES "ONCE UPON A TIME". Over sixty community decorated trees transform a rustic barn into an enchanting wonderland! Musical entertainment, Santa & Mrs Claus, homemade goodies and 50/50 raffle. The Barn at Highlands Ridge Park.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. Music, refreshments and tree lighting at Ramsaysburg Homestead Historic Site. 1 - 4pm. Route 46 and Ramseyburg Road.
CANDLELIGHT NIGHT. Luminaries line the streets, horse-drawn carriages, and late-night shopping. 6 - 9. Main Street.
ROBIN SPIELBERG HOLIDAY CONCERT. One of America’s most beloved pianist/composers. 12pm, $10; 7pm, $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
CHERYL WHEELER AND STEVE FORBERT. 8:30pm. $30. 30 Main Street.
HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. Morris Choral Society 6 Normandy Heights Rd..
THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER. Moscow Ballet. 4 & 8pm. $37 & $47. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary will be on hand with Helen and Caspar and Sophia the Pig for pictures and petting. The Sanctuary will recieve $3 from each tree sold 12 - 2:30pm. 42 Frog Pond Rd.
EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS TREE. Create a long-lasting festive tree for your holiday table using fresh boxwood, holly and assorted winter greens. 7 - 9pm. $42. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Nebraska Theatre Caravan 2pm. $37 & $47. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. WVL Radio Theatre 2 & 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
THE NUTCRACKER. The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..
THE RIO CLEMENTE QUARTET. 3pm. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).
FIRST NIGHT MORRIS. New Jersey’s biggest and brightest alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts features over eighty performances - representing dance, drama, music and visual arts at venues in and around Morristown. Enjoy live performances, exhibits, activities and demonstrations ranging from popular to classical, homegrown to international. Plus there will be two rounds of fireworks, one at 9pm and the other at midnight! 7pm - midnight. $20 before December 27.
November 29-December 15 • A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL. Family Holiday Spectacular!
December 4-December 29 • PERICLES. A newly-imagined, shimmering vision of Shakespeare’s tale.
Weekends • HOLIDAY PLANETARIUM SHOWS. The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium will present several star shows and laser concerts in December, including special holiday shows for all ages.
The following shows will be presented:
The Alien Who Stole Christmas, Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 2 p.m. Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system after he is kidnapped by a friendly alien. The kids on the other planets also need presents. (Recommended for ages 6-10)
Winter Wonder Lights, Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 3 p.m. Listen to such holiday tunes as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominick the Donkey” while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 6-adult)
December Skies, Saturdays, December 7, 14, 21, 4 p.m. Discover the stars and constellations visible in tonight’s sky.
Tickets cost $7 for one show or $12 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visit the website.
November 15-December 15 • WIN A HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE. Win up to $2,500 in prizes at member stores. $1000/$500/$250 and thirty gift certificates .
Dickens’ Carolers will grace Chester's Main Street onSaturdays: November 30th, December 7, 14 & 21 from12:30 - 4:30pm. Dressed in Victorian costumes with an extensive repertoire of seasonal tunes, the Definitely Dickens’s Holiday Carolers have firmly established a reputation as one of the premier caroling companies in the country. Serenading in the streets and shops, they will perform selections ranging from traditional classics to contemporary favorites.
Free Horse and Carriage Rides: On Sundays (December 1, 8 & 15) the seasonal celebration continues with the clip-clop of Clydesdales and the sound of sleigh-bells ringing from a horse-drawn carriage. Participants will ride in a cozy, old-fashioned carriage. All rides are FREE with a downloadable coupon from the ilovechester.com website. Carriage rides begin outside 92 Main Street in Chester, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Weekends • SANTA & PET HOLIDAY PHOTOS AND HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT. Memorize this holiday season with a special photo with Santa. Bring the whole family,
and on a special day, even bring your pet. Professional photos will be taken in Suite 35.
Sat, Dec 7: 11am-4pm
Sun, Dec 8: 1pm-4pm
Sat, Dec 14: 10am-4pm
Sun, Dec 15: 11am-4pm
Sun, Dec 15: 4pm-6pm (Pet Photos)
Sat, Dec 21: 11am-4pm
Sun, Dec 22: 11am-4pm
December 6-December 15 • 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.
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.
Permanent • THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS. The signature architectural space in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History celebrates every USGA champion and championship to date, housing all 13 USGA national championship trophies, while the names of every USGA champion are inscribed on bronze panels that encircle the room.
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