Your 2016 Hunterdon Happening Holiday Guide is presented by River Valley Realty. River Valley is a full service, privately owned Real Estate Company located in Lambertville NJ and Yardley PA. We represent buyers and sellers in the Delaware River Towns of Lambertville, Stockton, Frenchtown, New Hope, and the surrounding farm, equine, and residential communities of Hunterdon, Mercer and Bucks Counties. River Valley believes in building community relationships, exemplary customer service and old fashioned hard work. We specialize in the purchase and sale of properties including historic farms, country estates, equine properties, land and acreage, farmhouses, in town properties, vacation and river front homes.
Hunterdon, Bucks, and rural Mercer Counties are wonderfully diverse areas, with fun and funky river towns, historic villages, expansive equine valleys, cottages on quaint country lanes, wonderful one stop-light towns, and gracious private estates on quiet winding roads.
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Don’t miss out on any of the holiday fun with our comprehensive 2016 Holiday Guide to Hunterdon County:
Find your perfect tree at any of the below Hunterdon County Tree Farms:
Alger Tree Farm
7 Beacon Light Road, Califon, New Jersey
Open: 8:30-4:30pm (Sat, Sun), weekdays by appointment, Nov. 25-Dec. 21
Brightlands Christmas Tree Farm
608 Milford-Mt. Pleasant Rd., Milford, NJ
Open: 10am – 4:30 (Fri, Sat, Sun), Nov 25-Dec 21
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm
231 Adamic Hill Rd, Milford, NJ
Open: 10am-4pm (Fri, Sat, Sun), Nov. 25 – Dec. 24
352 Quakertown Road, Pittstown, NJ
Open: 9am – dark (Fri Nov 25), 9am – dark (Sat, Sun) Nov. 26 –Dec. 21
Cole’s Country Tree Farm
478 County Road 579, Alexandria Township NJ
Open: 9am-4:30pm (daily & weekends), Nov. 25 – Dec. 23
14 Pulaski Rd, Whitehouse Station, NJ
Open: 12pm-5pm (weekdays), 9am-5pm (Sat, Sun); December. 3 – December 21
Essig’s Trees, Glen Gardner
39 Thomas Rd. Glen Gardner, NJ
Open: 10am-4pm (Sat & Sun); November 29th-December 20th
The Evergreen Farm
4 Bass Lane, Lebanon, N
Open: 10am – dark (Fri, Nov 26), 10am -dark (Sat & Sun) Nov. 21 – Dec. 21.
Hall Tree Farm
93 Red Mill Rd, Glen Gardner, New Jersey
Open: 8am-4pm (Fri, Sat & Sun), Nov 26-Dec 21
Holly Bough Farm
788 Cole Rd. White House Station, NJ.
Open: 9am-5pm (Sat, Sun), Nov. 26 – Dec. 22
Martin Family Tree Farm
70 Manners Rd, East Amwell Township, NJ
Open: 10am-4pm (Sat, Sun), Nov 26-Dec 14
Murray Christmas Farm
37 Philhower Rd., Tewksbury, New Jersey
Open: 9am-4pm (Sat & Sun), Nov 18-Dec 21
Penwell Mountain Farm
384 Penwell Rd. Port Murray, NJ
Open: 8am-4:30pm (Fri & Sat), 10am-4:30pm (Sun), Nov. 26-Dec 24
Rosemont Tree Farm
131 Kingwood-Stockton Rd. (Rt.519), Rosemont, NJ
Open: 9am-4:30pm (Thurs. through Sun), Nov 26-Dec 21
163 Old Franklin School Road, in Franklin Township, NJ
Open: 9am-5pm (daily and weekends), Nov 26–Dec 24
19 Meadow Lane Tewksbury Twp., NJ
Open: 10am-4pm (Sat, Sun), Nov 26 – Dec 21
Fisherman’s Mark Holiday Needs
Friday November 24
Merchant Open House (Handmade Holidays)
The Holiday Season kicks off on Friday November 26 with Lambertville’s retailers offering extended hours Friday and Saturday to 9pm.
Two Town Fun Run with Santa
Saturday November 28
The Holiday Fun Run is the jolliest activity of the year and your chance to join others in spreading the spirit of the Holidays to others in need. You can run, walk, roll or skip it, dance to entertainment along the way! This very short course will take you from the Bucks County Playhouse across the bridge into Lambertville, through the central business district and back to the Playhouse.
They’re aiming to raise money to support Fishermen’s Mark a local non profit who provides assistance to those who are less fortunate here in the New Hope and Lambertville area.
Come out dress up like Santa, wear a ugly sweater or just have fun. Its all for a good cause!
Participants and supporters are asked to bring along a donation to Fishermen’s Mark. The list of holiday needs can be found at www.fishermansmark.org For more information or to register at www.glnhcc.org (cost $20.00)
Friday November 24 through Sunday November 226th
Throughout New Hope & Lambertville
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday local Choirs and Musicians will be performing holiday music throughout the community of Lambertville and New Hope bringing Holiday joy to the streets.
Lambertville Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m.
The corner of Bridge and South Union Street
Rabi Eli Kornfeld of Chabad of Hunterdon County will light the Menorah in Celebration of Chanukah! All are welcome to attend.
Holiday Tree Lighting in Lambertville
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, 4:00pm
Bridge and Union streets, followed by meet Santa and free showing of “Muppet Christmas Carol” at ACME Screening Room
Princeton Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Nov. 25 2016, 4:45
The tree will be a 65-foot Norwegian spruce decorated over 32,000 lights and Santa Claus and will feature live music and a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Flemington Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2, 2016, starting at 7:00 p.m.
At the monument on Main Street near the Presbyterian Church
There will be caroling by Flemington Cub Scout Pack 61, and Santa on the firetruck, giving children fresh oranges and candy canes. The lighting is hosted by the Rotary Club of Flemington. Their first lighting was in December of 1923.
2016 Hunterdon Holiday Parade
Sunday, December 4, 2015 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Main Street Flemington, NJ
The annual Hunterdon Holiday Parade provides an opportunity for local businesses and the entire community to interact together during the holiday season!
Christmas on the Farm
December 3, 2015; 12:00 pm
Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane Lambertville, NJ
Revisit the 1900 era on a horse drawn wagon to help shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. Visitors can participate in planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops, to care for our animals, to sweep the barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future.
Holiday Lights on the Farm
November 25th – January 1st
Schaefer Farms, 1051 County Route 523, Flemington, NJ
Come out to Schaefer Farms during the month of December for countless hours of winter and holiday fun! Besides the holiday lights, which will be on display towards the end of the month, the farm sells trees, wreaths, crafts, decorations and so much more, all to make your holiday more festive! The kids will be given a chance to meet Santa on December 5th, 12th and 19th from 6pm-8pm. Don’t forget to stop by the farm stand on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s for fresh produce!
Festival of Trees
November. 25th -December 4th, 2015, 10am-4pm $5 admission
Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton, NJ
This years’ Festival of Trees begins with hot cider, music, lights and ornaments galore and showcases a collection of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths and is a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.
2016 Prallsville Mills Fine Crafts & Arts Show
December 3, 2016 – December 4, 2016
Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler St, Stockton, NJ 08559
The show will feature fine crafts and artwork from among the Delaware River Valley’s finest artisans and artists, including jewelry, woodworking, works in clay, hand-spun and -dyed wool, traditionally woven oak splint baskets, and more. Fine art includes painting, prints, photography and pastels.
Riverside Symphonia presents Christmas Around the World
Saturday, December 3, 2016 8pm
St. Martin of Tours, New Hope, PA
The North Pole Express
Saturdays & Sundays from November 19th until December 21th, 2016
This is an exciting holiday fun family train ride to North Pole Station to visit Santa and Mrs Claus! Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, singing along with the elves, a chance to tell Santa your Christmas wish, and much more. This is a special experience that the entire family won’t forget. The train operates rain or shine. The North Pole Express runs as listed: All trains depart Flemington Station and operate round-trip. Allow approximately two hours for your trip.
Storefront Decorating Contest
Local merchants in Lambertville and New Hope will be decorating their store to celebrate the holiday season. Stores will be judged and prizes will be awarded to the winners on both sides of the Delaware.
Festival of Trees in Princeton
November 22, 2016 – December 30, 2016
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, New Jersey
The holiday event features the museum’s elegant galleries decorated for the holidays and adorned with trees artfully decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations. This year’s Festival of Trees exhibitors include: Arts Council of Princeton, The Farmhouse Store, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Barbara L. Mulea, McCarter Theatre Center, Contemporary Garden Club, Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop, Dogwood Garden Club, and Stony Brook Garden Club of Princeton. Festival of Trees is open to the public during regular museum hours. No reservations are required.
November. 25th- December 18th
Lehigh Junction, 99 Elizabeth St. Phillipsburg, NJ
Train Ride departs from Lehigh Junction located in the Historic Main Street area of Phillipsburg. On the train, you will re-live the experience of the little boy in The Polar Express. The story focuses on a little boy who has been told by his friends that there is no Santa Claus. Unwilling to believe this, he lies awake in his bed on Christmas Eve, waiting for the sound of Santa’s sleigh. Instead, he hears the hissing steam and squeaking metal of the Polar Express as it stops outside his window, ready to take him and other children to the North Pole. During your ride you will listen to this wonderful story, every child will be served hot chocolate and cookies ( parents who wear their PJ’s also will receive chocolate and cookies) and visit with Santa. Every child will receive a very special bell from Santa. Only those who believe can hear the sound of Santa’s sleigh bell, can you? Feel free to wear your pajamas!
Friday, November 25th, Saturday, November 26th, and Sunday, November 27th
Dickens’ Days is an annual event that transforms Clinton into a Victorian Village. Visitors can expect to interact with Scrooge, Charles Dickens, and Father Christmas as they stroll through downtown Clinton entertaining shoppers. The town will be decorated for the holidays, with toy soldiers on the famous Clinton Bridge, holiday greens, and twinkling lights. Horse drawn carriage rides, in full Victorian costume, offer a glimpse into the past. Musical performances of all genres will be performed by local artists and music groups throughout the weekend.
Breakfast with Santa
December 10, 2016 8:30 am – 11:30 am
HealthQuest, 310 Hwy 31 North, Flemington, NJ 08822
Join Santa for a Hot Breakfast Buffet catered by Saluté – Market & Grill! Breakfast with Santa will also include plenty of family entertainment and each child will receive a special holiday book when they meet Santa! We’ll also need a little help keeping the Grinch from interrupting the festivities. There’s a reason why Breakfast with Santa is an annual Club favorite…you don’t want to miss it!
12 months & Under: FREE
Non-members are welcome, however, must be accompanied by a Member and incur an additional fee. Pre-register at the Program Desk (908)-782-4009 x233 today! Breakfast with Santa does sell out quickly and pre-registration is required so don’t delay!
The Annual Christmas Delaware River Crossing Reenactment
December 11th 10 am- 4 pm & December 25th 12 pm- 3pm 2015
Both crossings starts at 1 pm
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. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. All proceeds support future park programs.