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 12-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!

Holiday Lights Parade (Somerville) – December 3 – A community event that promises music, activities, entertainment, and a ton of holiday spirit!

Festival of Trees (Basking Ridge) – December 2-29 (excluding Dec 23-26) Fun for the whole family at the Environmental Education Center! A multi-room display of decorated trees with a wide variety of themes.

A Wicked Christmas Carol (Hillsborough) – The Wicked Witch of the West wasn’t always that way, and when a ghostly figure whisks her away on a journey through her past, present, and future, she may find a second chance on Christmas Eve. Can familiar faces help to melt the Witch’s heart, or is she doomed to melt away herself?

Wonderland Weekend (Bernardsville)December 2-4 -A weekend packed with activities and events in the heart of Downtown Bernardsville.

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

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 Wreath Making (Bridgewater) – Kick off the holiday season and 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.

Paint and Read with Santa (Bound Brook) – Your child’s experience begins with a personalized and sealed letter, mailed from the North Pole; inviting them to a Story and Craft Time party with Santa!

Christmas Eve Town Caroling (Basking Ridge) – A tradition of nearly 100 years. See as residents, families, friends, and guests gather in Basking Ridge for some festive fun.

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.

Santa Arrives in Raritan Borough – Sit with Santa and tell him all your Christmas wishes.

Marketplace and Fairs

Flounder’s Kringle Market (Hillsborough) – December 10-11 – Over 35 craft vendors will setup at Carriage Farm. Activities will take place outside and inside the brewery

4-H Craft Fair (Bridgewater) – December 10-11 – A two-day event with holiday cheer including a visit from Santa on his red sleigh.

Tree Lightings

Tree Lighting at Jacobus Vanderveer House (Bedminster) – Saturday, December 3

Bernards Township Winter Market and Tree Lighting – December 3

Holly Days in Downtown Bernardsville – December 3

Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Bound Brook – December 2

Bridgewater Christmas Tree Lighting – December 2

Holiday Event in Far Hills – December 3

Franklin Township Tree Lighting– December 2

Holiday Tree Lighting at Green Brook – December 2

Hillsborough Tree Lighting – December 2

Montgomery Tree Lighting – December 6

Winter Holiday Celebration (North Plainfield) – Sunday, December 4

Holiday Jubilee (Somerville) – Friday, December 2

South Bound Brook Tree Lighting – December 4

Tree of Lights Celebration in Watchung – December 3

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