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November 30, 2012

December 1, 2012

- Welcome to The New Jersey Leisure Guide Times!

December is the peak of the winter holiday season and a time for festive celebrations, shopping, plenty of indoor events.

While many of the popular events move indoors this time of the year, many of the popular Holiday events are held outdoors including Christmas Tree lighting and Menorah lighting ceremonies..

This Edition's Contents...

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

Popular December 2012 Events and Things To Do

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions (especially;y due to Hurricane Sandy) 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.

Country Folk Art Craft Show
November 30 to December 2, 2012
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Edison, NJ
248-634-4151 x-628
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

Cape May Christmas Candlelight House Tours
December 1, 8, & 15, 2012, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609)-884-5404 or (800)-275-4278
The featured event during Cape May's holiday season is the self-guided tours to homes, inns, hotels & churches specially decorated for the holidays (at least a dozen each night). Christmas caroling and strolling musicians, trees and garland & good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers are set up with warm beverages & home-baked goodies Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys

The Sound of Music
Until December 30, 2012
Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Drive
Millburn, NJ
One of the most beloved and inspirational stories of all time, this tale of love and courage is Rodgers and Hammerstein's final triumphant collaboration. Based on the true story of the von Trapp family, this musical masterpiece has become a beacon of hope and joy for generations. You'll revel in the glorious sounds of iconic melodies like "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Every Mountain."

SchoolTime: SCRAP / ARTS / MUSIC
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:00am and 12:30pm Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:00am and 12:30pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Newark, New Jersey
Trash becomes treasure when these five innovative, Vancouver-based drummers deliver a performance of pulse-pounding percussion – a world where human athleticism meets eco-power. Intricate rhythms are pounded out using over 145 unique, mobile sculptures created from industrial scrap metal. In the tradition of Blue Man Group and Stomp, this spectacle has roots in street performance, jazz, and world music. This SchoolTime event is recommended for grades 4-8.

A Historic Christmas
Thursday, December 6 through Saturday, December 8, 2012; 12 Noon - 4 p.m.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Rd
Morristown, NJ
Celebrate Christmas with the Woods family who lived in the Farmhouse in the 1920s. Enjoy a special wagon ride to the farm, explore British baking, and decorating traditions. Meet the farm animals, and help with chores.

The Who
Thursday December 6, 2012 at 7:30PM
Prudential Center
Newark, New Jersey

"Life in Color"
The December 7, at 8pm
Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave
Trenton, NJ
Known worldwide as the "World's Largest Paint Party", the tour will feature Fedde Le Grand, one of the biggest DJs in the world. Paint cannons blast party-goers with spectacular colors, while LED screens create a symbiotic visual effect that permeates through to every last person within eye-shot. Performers interact from the stage and inside the massive crowd to further enhance the interactive experience between party goer and event.

Christmas Lantern Tours
December 8th & 15th, 2012; 5pm - 8pm
Allaire Village
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
The Holidays are a magical time in The Historic Village at Allaire and the magic comes alive during our Holiday Lantern Tours. Our popular Holiday Candlelight Lantern Tours offer visitors a glimpse of the Historic Village at night as authentically-clad historic museum interpreters lead groups through the lantern-lit streets of the Village bedecked in Holiday splendor. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the past and enjoy many of the historic buildings through the enchantment of candlelight as costumed interpreters explain the various Holiday customs of the time. The smells of fresh baked treats and hot mulled cider greet visitors as they enter our Bakery. The sounds of hammer against anvil ring through the night, like hundreds of Christmas Bells, at the Blacksmith's Shop. The Chapel is alive with Holiday music of the period and visitors are welcome visit the home of Howell Works Company Manager James Parshal Smith where costumed interpreters will be demonstrating hearth cooking.

Chanukah on Ice
Sunday, December 9, 2012
3:15PM to 5:30Pm
Chabad of North & South Brunswick
ProSkate NJ
1000 Cornwall Road
Monmouth Jct, NJ 08852
Fun for the whole family!
$7 person, includes Skate Rental Grand Menorah Lighting! Skate with family Music & Entertainment! Hot Latkes & Donuts! Dreidels for the Kids!

Natalie Merchant
Sunday December 9, 2012
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall Newark, New Jersey

D.L. Hughley
Friday December 14, 2012 at 7:00PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall Newark, New Jersey

The Cake Boss: Buddy Valastro
Sunday December 16, 2012 at 7:00PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall Newark, New Jersey

Darlene Love
Saturday December 22, 2012 at 7:00PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall Newark, New Jersey

Tiesto Club Life Tour 2012
Ovation Hall
500 Boardwalk
Atlantic City NJ
Monday, December 31, 2012 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
The global sensation's highly anticipated performance will fittingly ring in the New Year by crowning Revel's continuous roster of prominent talent since it's opening. Tiësto will take over Ovation Hall and set the tone for the celebratory night by stunning over 5,500 New Year's Eve revelers with an unrivaled production. The New Year's Eve festivity at Revel ensures it will be the hottest place to be to enter 2013.

This Month's Featured Restaurant

Eno Terra
Kingston, NJ
Eno Terra is one of only a few restaurants in New Jersey to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association, which considers environmental practices as well as food sources. The are attractively decorated for the holidays
[ Read restaurant review ]
They also have a special event on Dec 18, 2012 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm where they explore the 20 Regions of Italy through Food and Wine! Chef Chris will prepare a 5 Course dinner inspired by the region of Tuscany featuring locally sourced ingredients.

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:

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.

New Years Eve Party Venues - These New Years Eve parties are held at adult venues serving alcoholic drinks. Many of these events are in hotels or venues that have overnight accommodations with an option of making your New Years celebration extra special.

New Years Eve Celebrations without alcohol - Celebrate New Years Eve 2012-13 in NJ at a place where events and activities have an unusual twist; they are not alcoholic dominant celebrations that New Years Eve has come to be associated with.

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