Thanksgiving is this week, so that means that this weekend is officially the Holiday Season! There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays in Hunterdon County, so we’re highlighting just a few of our favorite events each weekend. Here are our picks for November 23 through November 25. You can always find even more things to do by visiting our Hunterdon Happening calendar and our 2018 Holiday Guide.

Remember to “Shop Small” this Saturday for Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday in Frenchtown

When: Saturday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Start off the holidays by supporting small businesses. Frenchtown will be celebrating Small Business Saturday with special sales, the unveiling of holiday windows and more. The Frenchtown Bagpiper will be in town on Bridge & Race Streets playing between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving Hayrides

When: Saturday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville

Celebrate the holidays by taking a scenic, horsedrawn hayride through the heart of Pleasant Valley, passing fields of harvested corn and newly sprouted winter wheat, and crossing the fords of Dry Run Creek. The rides are free, but visitors are invited to lend support to the farm’s community outreach programs by bringing canned goods for donation to area food banks and soup kitchens.

At the Visitor Center, the Friends of Howell Farm are holding their annual Wreath & Sleighbell Sale, featuring straps of sleigh bells made by the farm’s harness maker. Parking & Admission are free. For more information call the Farm office at (609) 737-3299.

New Hope Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

When: Sunday, November 25 at 5:30 p.m.


Parade starts at New Hope Solebury High School

Christmas Tree Lighting, Next to Logan Inn, 10 West Ferry Street, New Hope

The New Hope Holiday Parade will be stepping off from New Hope Solebury High School at 5:30 p.m. The Parade route will move east on Bridge Street, turning south onto South Main Street and proceeding to the south end of town for the Tree Lighting. The annual Christmas tree event will take place next to the Logan Inn. Festivities begin at 5:30 with Mr. and Mrs. Claus arriving at 6 p.m. There will be carolers, cocoa, cookies and more. If you can, bring along a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

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