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62 Things to Do in Hoboken + Jersey City This Weekend | December 2-5

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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A weekend filled with many holiday-themed events is on deck. This week’s local Hoboken + Jersey City events guide has readers covered with art shows, concerts, kid-friendly events, and more. Check out this list of all the in-person + virtual events happening this weekend, December 2nd-5th.

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.

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HDSID’s Holiday Market

Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th from 12:00PM-6:00PM + Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th from 12:00PM-6:00PM | LEARN MORE NOW

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HDSID’s Holiday Market is taking place on two weekends this December in downtown Jersey City by the Grove Street PATH Plaza. This Saturday and Sunday from 12:00PM-6:00PM and then the following weekend on December 11th-12th, you and your family can shop locally and buy handmade gifts from unique vendors in the Hudson County area. The holiday market will include both indoor and outdoor shopping areas with different vendors attending each weekend. Not to mention, Santa may also be making a visit at the market.

Click here to learn more about HDSID’s Holiday Market and click here to learn more about HDSID. 

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Eyeshape’s Eyewear Promotion

Available Now | BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

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Eyeshapes, located at 259 1st Street in Hoboken is offering 30% off one pair of eyeglasses [including frames + lenses] when you mention “Hoboken Girl”. The optical boutique offers high-quality eyewear starting at just $99 and includes high-end designers such as Gucci, Tom Ford, Dior, TOMS, KREWE, + more. Plus, the store is still filling contact lens orders and shipping lenses directly to customers throughout the month. 

Call 201-653-2020 or email eyeshapes@gmail.com to book your appointment and click here to learn more about Eyeshapes.

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The Best of Hoboken + Jersey City 2021 Guide Finalists Announced — Time to Vote

best of hoboken jersey city 2021 finalistsThe finalists for the Best of Hoboken + Jersey City 2021 Guide are in — thanks to our readers’ nominations! The top three finalists for each category were picked from those that got the most nominations by our readers. You can vote once per day for each category through December 9th at 11:59PM. Best of luck to the finalists. Let the voting begin!

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Our 6th Annual 12 Days of Giveaways 2021 Kicks Off 12/1featured image

The Hoboken Girl team is ringing in the holiday season with our 6th Annual 12 Days of Giveaway series taking place from Wednesday, December 1st to Saturday, December 13th giving readers 12 days (plus one bonus day!) to win some amazing prizes from local businesses in Hoboken and Jersey City.

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Eat, Drink, & Be Green! A Hoboken Happy Hour Party

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 6PM – 9PM

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten will be hosting a sustainable happy hour party at 1422 Grand Street. Learn more here


DIY Wreath and Wine Night

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 6PM – 8PM

Create wreaths while sipping wine with Elevate Movement and Wellness at 159 4th Street. Learn more here.


6th Annual Holiday Toy Giveaway hosted by Whole Spectrum Autism

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 6:30PM – 7PM

Spread holiday cheer with the Whole Spectrum Autism and Smile Preschool and Nursery at their toy giveaway. Located at Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza in Jersey City. Learn more here


Creativity Workshop at Issyra Gallery

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 6PM – 9PM

Inspiration trap creativity workshop will be a special session of creative thinking at 300 Observer Highway. Learn more here.


HDSID Annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 6:30PM – 7PM

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The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District presents its Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony at the Pedestrian Mall. Learn more here

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December Food Distribution at Hoboken Food Pantry

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 10AM – 12:30PM

Hoboken Food Pantry will have on-site distribution for the community at 221 Jackson St. Learn more here


Art House JC Fridays

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 10AM – 12:30PM

Discover, support, and enjoy the Jersey City art and business community. Learn more here.


Hanukkah and Shabbat Celebration

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 6:30PM

Celebrate Hanukkah at 115 Park Avenue with music from the USH choir, Hanukkah Oneg Shabbat refreshments, and more. Learn more here


Sleighs N Leighs at Cellar 335

Friday, Dec. 3rd-17th | 

Join Cellar 335 for food specials, festive decorations, and a holiday-inspired menu. Learn more here


Adam Melchor at White Eagle Hall

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 7PM

Adam Melchor will be playing at White Eagle Hall at 337 Newark Avenue. Learn more here


Jingle & Mingle Party

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 7PM – 10PM

Hoboken Social Club is hosting the first annual “Jingle & Mingle- a holiday stoplight party” at 10th & Willow. Learn more here


Black Space: JCTC Conversations

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 4PM

This virtual event will be JCTC’s talk series “Black Space” with Ashley Nicole Baptiste continues with Toronto-based director, playwright, essayist, Tanisha Taitt. Learn more here.


Pro Arts Holiday Bazaar

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 12PM – 6PM

Local artists and galleries will be showcasing artwork for sale. The event will be hosted by Art House Productions at ART150 Gallery. Learn more here

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NJCU Winter Fest

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 12PM – 9PM

NJCU will be hosting two days of jazz at  2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Learn more here


Open Mic Hosted by The Guitar Den

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 5PM – 7PM

The Guitar Den will be hosting an open mic at the bwe kafe in Jersey City. Learn more here.


Brunch Coat & Sock Drive with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 12PM – 4PM

Donate a coat or a pair of socks in support of Garden State Rainbow Sports. Drop-off will be at Franklin Social. Learn more here


Urban Popup Market

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 1PM – 7PM

Vendors will be showcasing their crafts, handmade items, and unique gifts for the season. It will be held at 411 Monmouth Street. Learn more here


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 12PM – 9PM

An event filled with activities including arts and crafts, letters to Santa, and a toy giveaway. It will be held at 14 Greenville Avenue. Learn more here.


Vision Board Party Hosted by Bosses in JC

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 2PM – 6PM

Join BossesinJC for their first vision board party – experience bottomless mimosas, food, and more. It will be held at 758 Ocean Avenue. Learn more here.


Christmas in Secaucus 

Saturday, Dec. 4th |  7PM

The Santa parade will begin at the Secaucus Library and end at the plaza center. Christmas music and tree lighting will then follow. Learn more here


Holiday Artist & Maker Market 2021

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 12PM – 6PM

The Holiday Artist & Maker Market will be back this year for two weekends in December. It will be held at Grove Street Path Plaza. Learn more here


The Resume Makeover Masterclass

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 11AM – 1:30PM

Learn The Book Publishing & Writing Blueprint to effectively write, publish and market your book that will help to be a published author. It will be held at 30 Mall Drive West. Learn more here


Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Hoboken 2021

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 1PM – 7PM

Texas Arizona and various other venues will be participating in an ugly sweater bar crawl for the season. It will start at 76 River Street. Learn more here


Hoboken Uptown Farmer’s Market

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 9AM – 2PM

The Hoboken Uptown Farmers Market will open this Saturday under the 14th Street Viaduct with fresh produce, baked goods, and more. Learn more here


The Laugh Tour Comedy Show

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 7PM – 9PM

Live Stand Up Comedy at Dorrian’s Red Hand at 555 Washington Boulevard with comedians from the Tonight Show, Netflix, and more. Learn more here.


Lunch + Learn – What’s the Story with Hanukkah?

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 12:30PM

Learn about the various references to athletics in the story of the Maccabees and more at 115 Park Avenue. Learn more here


Headstand Magic with Urban Souls

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 4PM – 6PM

Learn how to safely and mindfully practice headstand under the guidance of Radha Devi at 100 Hudson Street. Learn more here.


Pints and Pics with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 1PM – 3PM

Take pictures with Santa while grabbing a pint at 902 Brewing Co. in 101 Pacific Avenue in Jersey City. Learn more here


14th Street Farmer’s Market at bwe kafe

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 9AM – 2PM

Under the 14th Street Viaducts, there will be a local farmer’s market. It will be held at 1002 Washington Street. Learn more here


Afrobeats & Pounds Fitness Class

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 8AM – 9AM

A sweat dripping and a fat-burning class with sounds and dance styles of Afrobeats, it will take place at 1000 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City. Learn more here


Friendsversary Fundraiser for Living Kidney Donors

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 1PM – 7PM

Help kidney patients through this fundraiser at 163-165 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. Learn more here


New Moon Reiki Healing Sound Bath

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 6PM – 8:30PM

Hosted on the Full Moon & New Moon. This Reiki Sacred Sound Bath is hosted by Reiki Master Teacher Liz and Sacred Sound Healer Rose at 523 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City. Learn more here

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Holiday Centerpiece Dried Floral Class

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 12PM – 2PM

Brooke + Bel will be featuring a class where create your own floral arrangement using dried and preserved florals. It will be held at 60 4th Street. Learn more here.


Paint, Sip, & Curate

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 3PM – 6PM

Paint, sip, shop, and enjoy brunch bites. It will be held at 492 Communipaw Ave. in Jersey City. Learn more here.


5th Jersey City Hillers ‘Fatass’ Marathon & Half

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 7:30AM – 1:30PM

The half-course is a half marathon length which will climb 1,137′ of elevation, some steep hills. It will begin at 237 Brunswick  Street. Learn more here


The Imperial Red Bull at Six26

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 3PM – 6PM

Join the Imperial Court of New York for our Red Ball – a House Ball with 5 categories. It will be held at 128 Christopher Columbus Drive. Learn more here


Barbes Drag Brunch

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 12PM – 3PM

Drag brunch at Barbes is back. This Sunday will be featuring Miss Gay America and Pattaya Hart. Learn more here


Elliot & Me: A Musical

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 3PM – 5PM

Elliot & Me is a musical comedy based on the lives of songwriter Elliot Willensky and his younger brother Steven. It will be held at 80 Hauxhurst Avenue in Weehawken. Learn more here

Main Street Pops Artisan Market

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 3PM – 5PM
Main Street Pops will be having three-holiday artisan markets, starting with this one under Hoboken’s 14th Street Viaduct. Learn more here

Spread Some Joy Bring a Toy

Ongoing
Tumblelab will be working with the Hoboken Police and Fire Union on their 2021 holiday toy drive. Donations can be made at 1416 Willow Avenue. Learn more here

Share the Warmth Drive

Ongoing

Volunteers are currently accepting winter hats, socks, thermals, and toiletry items to be donated to the Hoboken Shelter. Learn more here


Winter Coat Drive

Ongoing 

FindersKeepers & NB Earth Talks have partnered to host a winter coat drive. Learn more here.


American Dream Heart of the Holidays

Ongoing 

Everyday at The American Dream there will be a different, festive activity available for the kids. Learn more here


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Kids Art-Classes

Thursday, Dec. 2nd| 10AM – 1PM

The Hoboken Historical Museum hosts art classes for kids. Learn more here


Baby Story Time at the Hoboken Public Library

Thursday, Dec. 30th | 12PM – 12:30PM

This storytime will be geared toward babies, with board books, finger play rhymes, and lap-sit songs. Learn more here


Story Time at the Hoboken Fire Department

Friday, Dec.3rd | 10:30AM – 11:15AM

This storytime is for ages 2-5 years old at the Fire Department Museum.  Learn more here


Cocoa Bombs with the Little Acorn Bakery

Saturday, Nov. 27th | 11AM – 12:30PM

The Little Acorn Bakery offers a kid’s workshop where everyone can participate in making cocoa bombs. This event will be held at bwé kafé’s North End location. Learn more here.


Children’s Virtue Class Hosted by the Hoboken Baha’i Community

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 11AM – 12PM

Learn, create, read, and talk about virtues and character values through stories and art. Learn more here.

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Holiday Adventure at Liberty Science Center

Ongoing

Enjoy holiday experiences throughout LSC to celebrate and learn the science of the season. Learn more here.


From Slang to Structure Exhibition

Ongoing

Tech/Know/Future is an examination of humanity’s particular moment in time amidst a newfound era of social and political upheaval. Learn more here.


 Holiday Photos at The Floral Escape

Ongoing

The Floral Escape is now taking reservations to capture holiday pictures. Learn more here.


Hudson Yards Holiday Events 

Ongoing

Hudson Yards has launched a variety of holiday events and programs for the entire family throughout the month of November and December. Learn more here


Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen, The New Exhibition in Times Square 

Ongoing

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes From Stage & Screen is a new exhibition in the heart of Times Square, showcasing costumes from Broadway, Film, Television, Opera, Dance, and other live entertainment. Learn more here


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Shamanic Sound Journey at Urban Souls

Tuesday, Dec. 7th | 7:30PM – 9PM

This path of discovery allows you to get a deeper understanding of the power, healing, and wisdom available to you. Learn more here.


Obama/Springsteen Book Raffle

Tuesday, Dec. 7th

Little City Books will be raffling 3 signed deluxe editions of the Obama/Springsteen book. Learn more here


Centering Workshop at Meta Bodyworks

Tuesday, Dec. 7th | 7:30PM – 8:30PM

A workshop to help you create better boundaries, become more embodied and stand in your power. Learn more here


Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce at White Eagle Hall

Wednesday, Dec. 8th | 6PM 

Taylor Mac’s beloved annual holiday extravaganza, Holiday Sauce blends music, film, burlesque, and more. Learn more here


A Fireside Chat with Hoboken Public Charter Schools

Wednesday, Dec. 8th | 6PM – 7:30PM

Find out the differences between these three public charter schools at this virtual meeting. Learn more here


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Hudson Pride Center | Jersey City 

Hudson Pride Center creates safe spaces to celebrate and enjoy life for members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. It advocates for the physical, mental, and social well-being of all people. Volunteers are needed to support these efforts alongside full-time staff members. Opportunities include office assistant volunteer, tutor specialist, special event support facilities manager, and Pride Festival, volunteers. To learn more about Hudson Pride Center and what each volunteer opportunity entails. Learn more here


Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps | Hoboken

Getting to and from a healthcare facility in the event of an emergency is not something people think of until the time comes. Thankfully, one non-profit in Hoboken has this covered, but only with the help of volunteers. The Hoboken Ambulance Corps is a 100% volunteer-based, free resource for the community. To keep the organization running, they need volunteers in many capacities. Learn more here.


Hudson County American Red Cross | Jersey City

The American Red Cross has been ready to respond in times of disaster for decades, and the COVID-19 crisis is no different. More than ever, the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to help us all get through this time together.  Drivers are needed to safely transport lifesaving blood from local blood drives to hospitals. Volunteers are asked to commit to 2-4 shifts per month with each shift being about 4 hours. All volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, at least 3 years of a clean driving record, and should be able to lift at least 45lbs. Learn more here.


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Stevens Cooperative School: Virtual information session on 12/7 open for registration

For more information, visit the page here


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Have an amazing weekend! xo

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