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December 01, 2011

December 1, 2011

- Welcome to The New Jersey Leisure Guide Times!

This newsletter brings you a capsule of popular leisure events and things to do in New Jersey during the month of December, 2011.

This Edition's Contents...

  • Popular December Events and Things To Do
  • This Month's Featured Restaurant

December in New Jersey is the winter holiday season! It's a festive time of the year with many towns lit up with holiday decorations, trees flickering with bright colors, carolers singing from house to house, and Santa' out on horse drawn carriages and trains. The month ends with New Years celebrations and fireworks as we usher in 2012.

Popular December2011 Events and Things To Do

Christmas Celebration - Adventure Aquarium
December 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
It's Christmas…with the fishes! New this year, see the tree of a gazillion lights and our breathtaking light show as well as Scuba Santa in his all new Winter Wonderland Theater, pose with Rudolph, and help Bumble light our giant Christmas tree.

Christmas at Allaire
Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4, 2011
Allaire Village
Route 524 / Allaire Rd.
Throughout the weekend long event there will be carolers wandering the streets of the Historic Village, setting the proper holiday mood, while special programs at the Historic Christ Church will feature period music, both vocal and instrumental. Visitors to the Historic Village can go to see our annual display of Christmas Trees Through the Ages featuring a Tree of Paradise, a Pyramid Tree and many more.. Tickets are available at the gate, by mail or phone by calling (732) 919 - 3500.

Christmas Candlelight House Tour
Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17, 2011
Cape May
609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278
Experience the high point of Cape May's holiday season during these self-guided tours, which feature: Homes, inns, hotels & churches specially decorated for the holidays (at least 15 each night) Christmas caroling and strolling musicians, trees and garland & good old-fashioned cheer Hospitality centers with warm beverages & home-baked goodies Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian house museum, and to "An Old-fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years" exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys

Country Folk Art Craft Show
December 3, 4, 5, 2011
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Featuring artisans from across the country offering unique decorating and gift items including handcrafted furniture, home and garden decor, quilts, florals, framed art, ironwork, shabby chic, primitive, holiday decor, lamps, rugs, jewelry, wearable art, candles, gourmet delights and more! Show Hours: Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

The Snowflake Parade
Sunday, December 4, 2011 Millburn
Along Millburn Avenue from Holmes to Spring Streets Professional bands, clowns, marching bands and Santa arriving on Millburn Fire Truck Free Refreshments in The Courtyard (behind Dunkin Donuts) where Santa will pose for pictures. Rain Date is Sunday, December 11.

Lights On! Weekend of Winter Wonders
Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
(609) 586-0616
Throughout December and January, at sundown the switch is flipped and the entire park comes ablaze with approximately 70,000 twinkling lights. Park hours will be extended on Fridays and Saturdays to 9pm so you can experience the wonderland of lights. Rain or shine!

Livingston Hanukah Celebration
December 24, 2011
Beth Messiah Messianic Congregation
15 North Livingston Ave, cor of Route 10
The Menorah will be lit and they will spin the dreidel and tell the story of Hanukah and the brave Maccabees. The children will sing the traditional songs, and all will enjoy the Potato Latkes together! Saturday, 10:30 AM

The Annual Christmas Delaware River Crossing Reenactment
December 25, 2011
Washington Crossing
1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA
On Christmas Day every year, re-enactors assemble at Washington Crossing State Park, Pennsylvania, and make their way across the Delaware River to New Jersey. The annual event commemorates the Christmas Day crossing made by Gen. George Washington and his troops in 1776. It was an historic undertaking that resulted in defeat of the Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton. You can attend this year's event in Washington Crossing State Park, Pennsylvania. Depending on the weather, the crossing will begin at 1 p.m. The event/village activities will occur from 11am to 3pm, with the crossing time occurring around 1:00 pm, beginning at the Pennsylvania side at Washington Crossing State Park.

This Month's Featured Restaurant

Celebrate Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, or New Years Day at:
Salt Creek Grill, Rumson - A classic American grill, one of several of a chain of California semi-upscale restaurants, has a polished atmosphere done up with mahogany, brass and a beautiful view of the Navesink River. They are kid friendly.
Read a restaurant review.

For information on many of the best restaurants open on Christmas and New Years, please visit our Holiday Dining Guide.

New Jersey Restaurant Reviews - New Jersey has over 23,000 restaurants and finding about them is often times a time consuming task. Check out our comprehensive ratings and reviews gathered from diners, critics, and personal visits by New Jersey Leisure Guide.

For other top New Jersey Attractions & Things to do in November:

Top Events in December - A schedule of the most popular events at the larger venues for concerts, theatre, entertainment, and festivals.
Top Things To Do in December - Our recommendations for the most popular seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.

Note: Most of this information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

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