Embrace the Joy of the Holiday Season in Somerset County

Embrace the Joy of the Holiday Season in Somerset County

musicians and singers in front of lit Christmas tree with crowd

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

Christmas Tree Lightings – Explore Somerset’s array of tree lightings and immerse yourself in the festive magic! Click here to discover all the enchanting Christmas tree lighting events happening across the county this holiday season!

Holiday Jubilee (Somerville) – It’s a magical time of the year in Downtown Somerville! There’s festive music in the air, a warm glow from shop windows, and the delicious aroma of the area’s best cuisine. Best of all, Santa is on his way to the Downtown Somerville Holiday Jubilee!

Santa @ The Commons (Bridgewater) – November 11-December 24 – Here comes Santa Claus! Get your pictures with Santa! Bridgewater Commons and Jolly O’ St. Nick welcome children for enchanted visits filled with holiday magic. Be on the lookout for special photo events!

Somerville Season’s Eatings (Somerville) – Join Beyond the Plate for an evening of delicious holiday themed bites and drinks in downtown Somerville this holiday season! Visitors will head to 4 locations for food and drink tastings and even snag some take-home holiday treats!

Festival of Trees (Basking Ridge) – December 1-28 (excluding Dec 22-25) Fun for the whole family at the Environmental Education Center! A multi-room display of decorated trees with a wide variety of themes.

Kids Santa and Friends Cupcake Class (Raritan) – Kids Santa and Friends Cupcake Class Are you looking for a fun and festive way to keep your kids entertained this Black Friday? Look no further than our Cupcake Decorating Class!

Flounder’s Kringle Market (Hillsborough) – December 9-10 – Over 35 craft vendors will setup at Carriage Farm. Activities will take place outside and inside the brewery.

It’s a Wonderful Life – This is the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty, and whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair, and to remind him – by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born – that he has had, after all, a wonderful life.

Bernardsville Holiday Parade – December 2 – A weekend packed with activities and events in the heart of Bernardsville.

Holiday Lights Hayride (Hillsborough) – Norz Hill Farm offers hayride experiences complete with holiday lights, animal and outdoor interactive displays, a spin by the animals, and perhaps a stop by Santa’s cornfield office! Bring the blankets and bundle up for a cozy, heart-lifting time.

Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop (Somerset) – A hands-on program and celebration that will fill your environment with spirit and festive fragrance.

The Polar Express (Bound Brook) – Get your golden ticket and enjoy the movie, cookies, and a sleigh bell for every child, given out by Santa himself.

Brook Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert (Bound Brook) – Come feel merry and bright with all your favorite holiday songs.

Holiday Lights Parade (Somerville) – The Holiday Lights Parade is back yet again! Welcoming our 12th Annual Parade!

A Celtic Christmas (Bernards)Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in his native parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland in the 1950s, when the neighboring families gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances – and, of course, stories – they filled the night with the laughter of their stories.

Christmas Eve Town Caroling (Basking Ridge) – A century of tradition. See as residents, families, friends, and guests gather in Basking Ridge for some festive fun.

Holiday Card Making Workshop (Bedminster) – Come spend an afternoon creating holiday cards to send to friends and family.  We will create original card designs and discuss sources for printing high quality copies of your creations.

Pictures with Santa at Neshanic Volunteer Fire Company (Branchburg/Hillsborough) – Bring your child, family, or pet to the Neshanic Volunteer Fire Company for a picture with Santa. After your visit with Santa, your child will be able to make a picture frame for that special picture and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.

Holiday Craft Festival (Bridgewater) – Handmade Crafts & Local Artisans, Refreshments, Pictures with Santa, Running Train Display, and Gingerbread Contests.

Peter Mayer: Stars & Promises Christmas (Somerville) – Peter Mayer, singer, songwriter and guitarist is set to embark on the 24th anniversary of his widely acclaimed Christmas tour “Stars and Promises.” Mayer has released 25 of his own albums, toured internationally with his own band, and has been lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band for three decades.

Past Events

Not sure if you missed something? Below are some holiday-related events that have recently occurred in Somerset County:

Light Up Christmas Tree Painting Party (Bridgewater) – Color Me Mine’s annual Tree Painting Party! Includes studio fee, and hot cocoa bar, and cookies. Additional holiday pottery will be available to paint at the event – special pricing on select items! Multiple guests are welcome to help you paint your tree.

Ceramic Ornament Making Workshop (Bedminster) – Students will learn to make holiday ornaments or wall hangings to give as a gift or hang in your home year round. Students will be taught to roll clay slabs, cut out shapes, and then add details such as texture, glaze, and decorate using transfer and carving techniques. A variety of shapes will be available and students will be able to create 3-5 ornaments, and have fun while doing it!



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