December 6 - 13
got your lists, the Christmas music
has been playing on the radio since Halloween… and
scheduled to fly in a little lass than three weeks! Time
to get stuff done! Here's how you can rev up that good
old holiday spirit.
From the Ground, Up!
a horse and carriage
ride through a picturesque farm while sipping
warm cider. Enjoy the sounds of the season as you wander through color
filled greenhouses while sampling Christmas
goodies. This weekend's (Dec. 7-8) Annual
Holiday Open House at Donaldson's
Greenhouse in Hackettstown (148
Airport Road) is just the
thing to get you in the holiday mood. There are also specials through
out this weekend on some of the best holiday decor in Northwest New Jersey!
call 908/852-7314 for more information.
Start your Saturday (Dec. 7) with the Holiday Centerpiece Workshop (10am, $33) at Well-Sweep Herb Farm. Create a delightful centerpiece for your holiday table using holly and various types of fresh greens. Then get lost in the farm's shop filled with handcrafted gifts and quality decorations; ornaments, wreaths, arrangements, santas, and angels. The greenhouse is also stocked with a selection of attractive windowsill herbs, unusual tender perennials in bloom and unique topiaries. Click or
call 908-852-5390. Well-Sweep is located between Hackettstown and Washington at 205
Mt. Bethel Rd. in Port Murray.
The Christmas House at Morris County Farms is open! Get your poinsettias, Christmas plants, ornaments, garlands, lights, dried flowers, candles, glassware, lanterns and anything else you need for perfect decorations. Plus great gifts for gardeners! The shop and greenhouses are located at 33 Smith Road in Denville. 973-366-4448.
Dreaming of a White Christmas Tree Farm!
your own Christmas tree can be a day-long and memorable
event for your family. And those familiar white crystals
on green boughs can make your day! Evergreen
Valley Tree Farm is
open from 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday thru Sunday (closed Monday)
until December 23rd. Choose and cut your own fresh Christmas tree from one of the largest selections in the tri-state area! Over 10,000 trees -- Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine, Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce -- stand at attention, awaiting your review. Walk through the fields, breathe the fresh air, choose
and cut! The farm is located at 77 Jackson Valley Road
in Washington Township, just off of Route 31. Click or call 908/835-0557.
Not only will you find a perfect tree at Triple
Creek Farm and Nursery, you'll also be greeted by the farm's neighbors this Saturday (Dec. 7, 12 - 2:30pm). Visitors will be treated to a wine tasting presented by Brook Hollow Winery, and the Lakota Wolf Preserve will be on hand to educate and inform about the nearby preserve. (Lakota will receive $3 from each tree sold.) You can also do some shopping at the nearby Hope Christmas Market, and on Sunday, there's the annual Christmas In The Country event at the Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead. Triple Creek is located at 42 Frog Pond Road in Columbia, near the Delaware Water Gap. Click or call 908/797-4341.
Ice carvers from ICE WORKS visit Downtown Chester on Saturday, 11am - 4pm.
Let the sleigh bells ring!
The shops of Historic Chester continue this year's exciting mix of Holiday merriments, including in-store events, holiday sales, and complimentary holiday treats that will enchant even the Grinchiest of bargain hunters. Until December 15th, you can win a Holiday Shopping Spree, worth up to $2,500 in prizes! Dickens’ Carolers will serenade in the streets and shops on Saturday afternoons. And on Sundays you can take a ride (free with this coupon) in a cozy, old-fashioned carriage drawn by magnificent Clydesdales. And this Saturday (Dec. 7) ice carvers will create dazzling displays to capture the magic of the season.
For a detailed schedule of events, click or call 908-879-2900. Chester is located at the historic crossroads of Routes 206 and 24.
An Irish Christmas with Danú at RVCC.
The acclaimed Irish ensemble Danú celebrates a traditional Irish Christmas with An Nollaig in Éirinn, a Celtic music celebration that warms the heart. The ensemble’s virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion complement the gorgeous voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on Saturday, December 7 at The Theatre at RVCC. Next weekend it's a Holiday Concert with pianist/composer Robin Spielberg, then Moscow Ballet’s exquisite Great Russian Nutcracker. You can
complete schedule of upcoming performances at RVCC and purchase tickets
on-line, or call 908/725-3420. Rt.
28 and Lamington Road., North
The annual Gingerbread Wonderland begins a ten-day display (through December 15) at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Ave, Morristown). What started as a small display of gingerbread houses has now become an incredible exhibit of over two hundred edible structures. Weekends include a craft show and sweet and savory selections at The Gingerbread Café. There are also ice carving demonstrations on Saturdays, and a carroling chorus on Sundays. 973/326-7601
The Bavarian village architecture at White Deer Plaza is a delightful setting for the annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market held this weekend (December 7-8) 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. Proceeds benefit local charities. 973/919-0314
Enjoy a year round supply of great things to see and do in Northwest New Jersey!
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