It's that time of the year again! The shopping malls are busy, highways are clogged up more than usual, and the days are quickly counting down until the arrival of Big Red. What matters the most this holiday season isn't what's under the tree or if your house has enough twinkling lights, it's the time we share with one another. Remember: not all gifts need to come with fancy foil wrapping! Some of the best things that you can give are the memories you make together. With that in mind, here are five fun holiday things to do around Ridgewood, NJ and the surrounding Bergen County area. They might be just what you need to get in the holiday spirit and make some long-lasting memories in the process.
Where: Crane House & Historic YWCA
When: December 13th, 1:00 – 4:00
Cost: By donation.
Bring your whole family for a fun-filled afternoon of classic holiday traditions! Hosted by the Monteclair Historical Society, kids and parents can enjoy learning about different holiday traditions from around the world and you can even make your own Christmas ornaments.
Holiday Lights At The Zoo
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ
When: December 11 – January 3, 2016, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: By donation of non-perishable food items, new toys, and used coats.
Grab a cup of hot cocoa and head outside for a magical stroll through the park, surrounded by illuminated figures and twinkling lights. Enjoy storytelling from Mrs. Clause, pictures with Mr. Clause, and you can wish your favorite, furry, four-legged friends happy holidays, too. Plus, rumor has it that there might even be some very special VIPs in attendance (Very Important Princesses, that is). For more information, visit the Turtle Back Zoo website.
The Dance Theater of New Jersey Presents: The Nutcracker
Where: The Dance Theater of New Jersey. 112 Bauer Drive, Oakland, NJ
When: December 20th
Cost: $15 - $25 per person.
This age-old holiday classic will be brought to life by some of New Jersey’s best and brightest dancers. You can experience the magic for yourself, just minutes from home. Whether you’re a kid or just a kid-at-heart,, this show promises to be so memorable that you’ll want to come back year after year. For more information, visit the DTNJ website.
The “Frozen”® Holiday Ball: A Benefit For The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum
Where: Renault Winery Resort. 72 Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor City, NJ
When: December 20th
Cost: $30 per person.
Disney princesses aren’t the only people that can attend a ball! Come down and support the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum by enjoying a feast and fun activities for kids and grown-ups alike. Parents will love the winery atmosphere, and the little ones can meet and mingle with their favorite characters from Frozen and other renowned Disney films. Enjoy a full-course luncheon followed by decadent desserts, surrounded by a live show while you sip and savor tasty treats. For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Little Angels Princess Events website.
Where: Hermitage Museum. 335 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
When: December 20th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: Adults $6, Children $4, 5 & under are free
The Hermitage Museum invites you to come on down and see where all the magic is made! Kids can have a visit with Santa and take a tour of his workshop just days before his big departure. This event is not only sure to be a great hit with the little ones, but it's conveniently close by too!