2021 Holiday Events

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Tis the season! Celebrate with these holiday events happening throughout Somerset County to get you into the holiday spirit!

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Santa @ The Commons (Bridgewater) – November 13-December 24 – Get your pictures with Santa! Bridgewater Commons welcomes families for safe, socially distanced visits and photos via a reimagined walk-though experience.

Bridgewater Lights up the Night (Bridgewater) – December 2 – Interactive science show plus the Miracle of Chanukah & Lights

Holiday Lights Parade (Somerville) – A community event that promises music, activities, entertainment, and a ton of holiday spirit!

Festival of Trees (Basking Ridge) – December 3-29 (excluding Dec 23-25) Fun for the whole family at the Environmental Education Center ! A multi-room display of decorated trees with a wide variety of themes.

Polar Express (Bound Brook) – December 11 – A holiday classic with special treats and surprises! Check out this family friendly, winter wonderland event.

Ring Out the Bells (Somerville) – This yuletide tradition is back! Head over for a Christmas like no other.

Holiday Parade (Bernardsville) – December 4

North Pole on North Maple (Basking Ridge) – A drive through light experience at Ross Farm

Queen’s College by Candlelight (Somerville) – December 5, 12, 19 – A sunset tour at the Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage

Colonial Colleges Yule Log (Somerville) – December 12 – A festive ceremony to light the colonial colleges yule log.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Party & Ugly Sweater Holiday Brunch (Bridgewater) – Celebrate the holidays at The Bradford!



Marketplace and Fairs

Holiday Shopping Boutique at Farmstead Arts Center (Basking Ridge) – November 21 – Check items off your list including books, arts, crafts, jewelry, and more!

Flounder’s Kringle Market (Hillsborough) – December 11-12 – Over 35 craft vendors will setup at Carriage Farm. Activities will take place outside and inside the brewery

4-H Craft Fair (Bridgewater) – December 11-12 – A two day event with holiday cheer including a visit from Santa on his red sleigh.

Christmas in Raritan (Raritan) – December 11 – Head to downtown Raritan for shopping, food, drinks, carolers, and more! Fun for all ages.

Tree Lightings

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Holiday Jubilee (Somerville) – Friday, December 3

Tree Lighting at Jacobus Vanderveer House (Bedminster) – Saturday, December 4

Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Bound Brook – December 4

Winter Holiday Celebration (North Plainfield) – Sunday, December 5

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Need some gift ideas? We’ve got you covered with our holiday gift guide.




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