Festive fun awaits! Discover your local tree lighting and more holiday town traditions:

Frenchtown Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 10AM to 3PM
Frenchtown United Methodist Church – 16 Third Street, Frenchtown NJ 08825

Frenchtown United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar! There will be many craft, jewelry, home and food vendors along with a fantastic lunch counter. Take out soups will also be available to make your meals leading up to Thanksgiving simple. Free admission!


Holiday Tree Lighting in Lambertville

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2016, 4:00pm
Downtown Lambertville

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. 24th 2017, 4:45
Downtown Princeton

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.

Pictures with Santa

Chirp Markery Place, 26 Fulper Road, Flemington
Saturday, December 16, 2017, starting at 2:00 p.m.

2017 Delaware River Towns Holiday Party

Monday, December 11, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 pm
Hotel du Village, 2535 River Rd. New Hope

The Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau cordially invites you to attend the 2017 holiday party and year end meeting.

Join the chamber as they celebrate the many accomplishments and tremendous growth achieved over the past year. Members are encouraged to bring a guest or prospective member for an evening of celebration with a champagne toast, butler served appetizers, dessert, coffee, and entertainment. A cash bar will also be available. Bring a guest or prospective new member. Cost $25 per person.

2017 Hunterdon Holiday Parade

Sunday, December 3rd, 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

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
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.

Festival of Trees

November. 24th -December 10th, 2017
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. $5 admission

The Prallsville Mill’s Annual Holiday Party
November 26, 2017 at 3pm

For more than 300 years, the Delaware River Valley and Prallsville Mills has attracted artists, industrial and political visionaries and thought leaders to its peaceful setting. The unique, 10-building historic complex includes an 1877 grist mill, a 1790 linseed oil mill, an 1850 saw mill and a 1900 grain silo.

Head over on November 26, 2017 at 3pm for a fun-filled day of holiday festivities, including:

  • 3:00-4:30pm Horse and Carriage Rides
  • 4:45pm Santa’s Arrival
  • 5:00pm Story Time by Anna P. Wyman
  • 5:30pm S’mores
  • 6:00pm Tree Lighting Ceremony

Members are welcome and non-members are encouraged to make a donation.  RSVP here.

Holiday Christmas Parade in New Hope

Sunday, November 26 • 4PM – 5:30PM

The holiday season will kickoff with the First Annual Holiday Parade. The First Annual New Hope Christmas Parade is a free event for residents and visitors alike. No matter what you celebrate, help us kick off the holiday season with an all-inclusive family event! From floats to firetrucks, dance troops and more, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

2017 Prallsville Mills Fine Crafts & Arts Show

December 12th, 2017 – December 13th, 2017
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 2nd, 2017 at 8pm
St. Martin of Tours, New Hope, PA
Tickets $55, $45, $35 and Students $15

The North Pole Express

Saturdays & Sundays from November 18th until December 17th, 2017
Flemington, NJ

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.

Nutcracker by Hunterdon Hills Ballet

Here’s something nice to do with your family during the holiday season. Come and see the Hunterdon Hills Ballet in its inaugural performance of Our Clinton Nutcracker. Two performances will be held on Saturday, December 16th at Clinton Twp. Middle School. Get your tickets now at Hunterdonhillsballet.com (my daughter will be glad you did).

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, 2017 – January 7th, 2017
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.

Polar Express

Trips run November 24,25,26 December 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17
Friday 6 & 8 pm, Saturday 2,4,6,& 8 pm, Sunday 2,4,6 pm
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 relive 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!

Child $29.00 ( ages 2 to 12) Adult $39.00 Lap Sitter $4.00 (up to 2 years old)

Dickens’ Day

November 25th-November 27th, 2017
Clinton, NJ

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 and Brunchwith Santa

Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:00 am & 12:00 pm
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!

The Annual Christmas Delaware River Crossing Reenactment

Sunday, December 10th 10 am- 4 pm & December 25th 12 pm- 3pm 2017
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.


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