The 2021 holiday season has officially started, and parties and social gatherings are just around the corner. With many people wanting to spend time with loved ones this year since there’s so much to catch up on – here are 15 fun and interactive experiences from cooking classes to tie-dying. So gather with family and friends, and go celebrate! Check out the below list for fun, in-person events happening in Hoboken and Jersey City this holiday season.
Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.
Paint + Sip at Art Mango | 30 Mall Drive W, 2nd Floor, Jersey City
Creating parties for 10 guests or 50, an Art Mango package offers two hours to “sip back and relax” and paint. The team provides the art materials needed; participants can bring their own beverages. For more information, visit Art Mango or call 201.918.7277. For Hoboken residents – ArteVino is a paint + sip shop located in the Monroe Center for the Arts.
Bowling at Hudson Lanes | 1 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City
Strike up the holiday season at Hudson Lanes. Grab a group and go bowling to share some fun and laughs. Three group packages are available, with the basic package starting at $70 per lane (five people per lane) for two hours of bowling and shoe rental. Higher-priced deals include food and soda. For more information, check out the website or call 201-432-5900.
Cooking Classes at Hudson Table | 1403 Clinton Street, Hoboken
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“Eat, drink and be merry!” Learn how to make a holiday feast (or two) by taking a class with some friends at Hudson Table. This way, delicious holiday meals can be had more than once. The upcoming classes and packages include a Thanksgiving Dinner Rehearsal on Tuesday, November 16th, Eclectic Thanksgiving on November 17th, and Holiday Pies to Go Sunday, November 21st.
The Hoboken Historical Museum | 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken
One way to brighten the holidays is to visit the Hoboken Historical Museum for the holiday happenings listed below. In addition, stop by the museum’s Shipyard Passageway on the last three Saturdays in November and December for pop-up events. Keep a lookout on the website for upcoming holiday activities including the annual caroling event that’s taking place on December 21st.
Rewax & UnWine | 2 Division Street, Jersey City
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A great way to create holiday warmth and cheer is to ReWax & Unwine – a clever pun, we might add. Participants can bring their own food and drink to this candle-making experience that will surely bring a glow to the cheeks. The store is booking holiday parties, both corporate and private.
Tipsy Tie Dye | 155 1st Street, Hoboken
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The brother-sister duo behind Tipsy Tie Dye has created a unique space for people to channel their creative side through the art of tie-dying. This is a great activity for a group of people – the shop can be booked ahead of time. The team will walk you through all of the different types of tie-dye patterns, how to create them, and assist when needed. There are clothes and other items in the shop that visitors can purchase to tie-dye or they can bring their own pieces. Visitors can also bring the beverages of their choice.
Axe-Throwing at Tomahawks | 7 Sherman Avenue, Floor 2, Jersey City
One way to beat the stress that comes with shopping for the holidays at Tomahawks. This shop honors the region’s Lenape Indian roots, and the lanes are named with words from the tribe’s language and geographical areas. The cost of the use of a private lane for two hours is $35 for a group of four (minimum) to eight people. See the website for additional details and private party information.
Latte Art Class at Hidden Grounds | Multiple Locations
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Perfect for coffee aficionados – learn how to pour beautiful latte art designs just like the ones created in the shop. The instructor teaches this hands-on art where attendees will learn latte art theory and technique. There will also be a mini latte ‘throwdown’ at the end of the class with prizes for the first and second places.
Trivia Nights at Black Bear Bar & Grill | 205 Washington Street, Hoboken
It’s time to put all of those random bits of trivia to use at Black Bear’s pop culture holiday-themed trivia nights. Organized by Trivia AD, these holiday-themed Trivia Nights are free but require registration. Individuals and teams are welcome. For a full guide on bars that host trivia and theme nights, see here.
Sushi Rolling at Saku | 936 Park Avenue, Hoboken
Sushi lovers – rejoice! On the first and last Tuesday of every month the “darkroom” in this sushi restaurant is reserved for a hands-on sushi tutorial aptly named “Rolling with the Homies.” Learn how to make a tuna roll, a California roll, and a salmon-avocado hand-roll. Tickets cost $45.
Woodworking Class at The DIY Joint | 51 Harrison Street #A207, Hoboken
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This workshop is the perfect place to put your handyman and handywoman skills to test. The DIY Joint is owned and operated by Priscilla, who founded this local spot with a determination to give others an exciting, fun, and empowering experience while building a community of makers and creators. Fret not if you don’t have a personal toolbox: the studio has professional-grade tools and equipment in-house. You can learn the craft of woodworking from friendly, expert instructors, taking the guesswork and fear out of using power tools.
RPM Raceway | 99 Caven Point Road
RPM brings participants the thrill of competitive racing in a safe and authentic environment, as guests can ride Italian-made go-karts on European-style tracks. Each lap around the track will have the heart racing and adrenaline pumping. After the race, RPM also offers arcade games and bowling.
Hype Room | 95 River Street #210
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Think – the ultimate selfie-room. This photography studio has over 10+ curated backgrounds for fun photos ranging in theme from a Cloud Room to Graffiti Room and more. Whether looking for a new jaw-dropping selfie, team photos, or a new fun family portrait, HypeRoom is where locals can make it happen.
Puzzle Out Escape Room | 1 Newark Street, Suite #22, Hoboken & 317 Grove Street, Jersey City
Puzzle Out is a fun and challenging live escape game in both Hoboken and Jersey City. The team has 60 minutes to complete the mission: find clues, solve puzzles, and escape. Participants can make a team with friends, family, or co-workers and get together for an afternoon of cracking codes, connecting the dots, and investigating the way out.
Self-Guided Art Gallery Tour in Jersey City + Hoboken
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The art scene is thriving in Jersey City and Hoboken – a peek into the local gallery scene is confirmation. Stop into Mana Contemporary, Deep Space, Ricardo Roig Collection, Issyra Gallery, Field Colony, and others for a taste.