20 Things to Do in Hoboken + Jersey City This Weekend {December 14-17, 2017}

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The temps may be getting lower as we near the end of the year, but the amount of holiday events just keep growing. This weekend, you’ll find no shortage of things to do whether you want to have a boozy brunch with Santa at Birch, hear some festive music to get you in the swing of things this holiday season, or get cozy inside of the igloos at Pilsener Haus. Here are 20 things to do in Hoboken and Jersey City this weekend.

Please note: Events are subject to change. Please check event websites for the latest updates and availability. 

*FEATURED UPCOMING EVENTS*

Jersey City NYE Bash at Harborside Plaza Atrium: Sunday, December 31, 2017 9:00PM-2:00AM

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Spend NYE in Jersey City at the Harborside Atrium’s HUGE space with a view of NYC — all while enjoying a 5-hour premium open bar 9:00PM-2:00AM, passed Hors d’oeuvres, and a live DJ performance. Food will be provided by celebrity Top Chef Contestant Leah Cohen, owner of the Piggyback Bar. Countdown to the New Year with a complimentary champagne toast, party favors, and dance the night away in style. Use code HOBOKENGIRL for $50 {!} off your tickets, which can be purchased here.

Brunch With Santa at Birch: Sunday, December 17th from 11:00AM-4:00PM

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What pairs best with mimosas and eggs? Santa Claus, of course! Birch {92 River Street} is putting on its 1st annual brunch with Santa that will include a fun afternoon of a la carte foods, free gelato for the kids, and pictures with Saint Nick {for free}. Mamas and papas {and cool aunts and uncles}, make your reservations here: info@birchhoboken.com or 201-744-5117.

Hoboken Lean in Circle Happy Hour: Thursday, December 14th at 7:00PM

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Mix and mingle with Hoboken Lean in Circle at The Madison Bar & Grill {1316 Washington Street} to kick off the weekend. Enjoy a cash bar and plenty of happy hour specials to make the night a blast. Email hobokenleanincircle@gmail.com to RSVP.

Toys for Tots at NJ Beer Co: Through Sunday, December 17th

Bring some holiday cheer to kids in need and yourself with a Toys for Tots event at 902 Brewing Co {4201 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen}. Their goal is to fill a truck with toys, so why not grab a few cold ones and give back all at the same time?

RIPE at White Eagle Hall: Friday, December 15th at 7:00PM

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Put your dancing shoes on because RIPE is playing at White Eagle Hall this weekend. The pop-funk, party-rock band is going to bring some tunes you won’t be able to resist boogying down to. Get your tickets here.

Vodka/Latke Shabbat Mixer: Friday, December 15th at 7:15PM

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Gather with other Jewish young professionals at a festive Shabbat dinner to celebrate Hanukkah. There will be tasty vodka vodka and latke pairings throughout the night. RSVP to hobokensynagogue.org or call 201-659-4000 — tickets are $18.

Hoboken Tale Opening Night: Friday, December 15th at 7:00PM

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The Garden Street School of Performing Arts presents A Hoboken Tale at The Hudson Theater {601 Park Ave}. It’s a musical about the spirit of giving right here in the Mile Square. It’s the perfect way to gather the family for a holiday event. Tickets are $18 online and $22 at the door — buy your tickets here.

Holiday Pop-Up Sip & Shop Market: Friday, December 15th from 5:00PM-8:00PM

Andco is hosting a holiday market this weekend {Saturday too} at &co {201 Montomery Street, second floor} so you can get all your holiday shopping done in one stop. From home goods to florals and jean jackets, you’ll get everything checked off your shopping list here. There will also be refreshments by Bruxo Mezcal.

Hoboken High School Holiday Concert: Friday, December 15th at 7:00PM

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Get in the holiday spirit with Hoboken High School’s and Hoboken Middle School’s holiday concert this weekend at Hoboken High {800 Clinton Street}. Admission is $5 a person and will feature holiday classics and even a few songs from Broadway.

HOPES Winter Market: Saturday, December 16th from 1:00PM-6:00PM

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HOPES Community Action Partnership is hosting a Winter Market at the David E. Rue Building {301 Garden Street} highlighting local entrepreneurs and businesses. In addition, TRUE Mentors and teens will be face painting. Vendors include a beauty and wellness consultant, jewelry makers, bakers, and even a physical therapist. This market will help fund programming for children, particularly our Before/After School Enrichment and upcoming youth classes. Get more info here.

Alba 2-Year Anniversary Party: Saturday, December 16th from 11:00AM-7:00PM

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Celebrate one of Hoboken’s most fashionable store’s 2-year anniversary with party complete with festive activities. Head to Alba {716 Washington Street} to sip on champagne, enjoy sweet treats, a gift with purchase, raffles, and a Blo-It-Out Braid Bar.

Annual Hoboken Hanukkah Bar Crawl: Saturday, December 16th from 6:00PM-10:00PM

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Get your game face on: it’s time for the annual Hanukkah Bar Crawl. Meet at the Moishe House Hoboken at 6 for the pregame, and from there you’ll go to three more bars for about an hour each. Tickets include admission, T-shirt {cannot be guaranteed to tickets bought after 12/4}, pregame, appetizers. Buy your tickets here.

JCTC Kids Presents Mishka Opening: Saturday, December 16th through January 13th

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The children’s programming division of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents an international tale bound to make any holiday season complete at Merseles Studios {339-345 Newark Avenue}. JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre is a live, story-telling experience where fairytales, folklore and children’s literature from around the world are performed using shadow puppets – a form of puppetry that dates back to ancient times. Get your tickets here.

Jersey City PSAT/SAT/ACT Assessment Weekend {FREE}: Saturday, December 16th {and 17th}

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TestRocker is providing free one-on-one sessions to help families create a Test Taking Plan this weekend. By signing up for a session you will receive the following for FREE: a 2.5 hour one-on-one consultation with a PSAT/SAT/ACT expert, test Analysis – learn whether you will score higher on the ACT or SAT, take a PSAT/SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test on location and get a score prediction, and leave with a personalized study plan & study guide. Register here.

Prime Cycle Toy Drive and Ride: Saturday, December 16th at 12:15PM

Prime has organized a Toy Drive and Ride with PKL Properties in Hoboken. The ride is Saturday 12/16 at 12:15pm Uptown {1025 Maxwell Lane}. The private ride is invite only and I would love for you and anyone from your team to come!  All you have to do is bring an unwrapped gift that will be donated to Toys for Tots and enjoy a good sweat with Prime owner Julie!  If you or anyone from your team want to attend let me know and I’ll reserve your spot!

Cantigas Women’s Choir Concert Debut in Jersey City: Saturday, December 16th at 7:30PM

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Hudson County’s Cantigas Women’s Choir presents its 16th annual winter concert, Winter Roses, at St. Paul Lutheran Church {440 Hoboken Ave}. There is a suggested donation of $20 and $10 for seniors and kids. This is the first major concert for the group of 50 women in Jersey City, which is comprised of diverse backgrounds, professions, and ages. Get more info here.

Roig Gallery Art Pop-Up at West Elm: Sunday, December 17th from 12:00PM-6:00PM

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Ricardo is hosting a Pop Up! at West Elm in Hoboken {1420 Willow Ave} and will be showing new works inspired by the Mile Square including “Armenian Bar in Florence” and “Sinatra Park Sunset.” Most importantly, come support Ricardo because the better the turnout, the more likely he’ll be invited to show his art at the DUMBO West Elm in Brooklyn.Plus, the first five visitors will receive a small original work of art. Keep the party going with an after party at Carpe Diem.

39 Steps at Mile Square Theatre: Through Saturday, December 23rd

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If you’re ready for a laugh this holiday, catch Mile Square Theatre’s {1400 Clinton Street} newest show — Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, 39 Steps. The cast includes Joe Delafield (Tartuffe on Broadway), Helen Hayes Award Winner Zachary Fine, Evan Zes (Signature Theatre’s Incident at Vichy), and Hoboken’s Alycia Kunkle. The show runs through December 23rd. Get show times and tickets here.

Pilsener Haus Igloos: Opening This Weekend

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Igloos will be back at Pilsener Haus this winter! These igloos, available by reservation only, are a fun way to enjoy the impending winter season and not freeze your booty off whilst drinking al fresco in January. Rent an igloo, then enjoy menu items including an array of brats, sausages, and schnitzel, as well as giant Bavarian soft pretzels {a must, IMHO}. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy sipping on 20 premium drafts or 50 European and American craft beers by the bottle. Two to three igloos will be set-up on December 14th and reservations can be made by calling 201-683-5465.

Kids Ride Free on NY Waterway Through January 1st

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With so many festive activities surrounding us, your’re bound to make a few trips to New York City this season. Luckily, NY Waterway is giving kids free rides for the holidays through January 1st, so you can save some more money for those presents. Get the details here.

Nous Deux/Ndioune Ndiare Art Gallery: Open though Sunday, December 31st

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Check out the Nous Deux/Ndioune Ndiare Art Gallery at the hob’art Gallery {720 Monroe} for a fun indoor activity. The exhibit will feature the newest work of Ibou and Liz Ndoy, who are a recently married couple that have had the unique opportunity of working side by
side while creating completely new and exciting works of art. Get more details here.

*UPCOMING FEATURED EVENT*

Hoboken Girl Holiday Market: Tuesday, December 19th from 6:00PM-10:00PM

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Save the date! Hoboken Girl is hosting a holiday market at the W Hoboken from 6-10PM this upcoming Tuesday with local vendors so you can easily get all your holiday shopping done in one spot. All entry fees will go to the Dustin and Daniel Friedland scholarship fund. Spend the night shopping unique gift items from local designers, sponsored by Hoboken Girl, CarePoint Health, and W Hoboken. We’ll have a full list of vendors for you on Monday, but in the meantime make sure to save-the-date for this holiday shopping extravaganza and secure your entry spot.  Get your tickets here {they’re only $10 and all proceeds go to the scholarship fund}!

Upcoming weekday events:

Monday, December 18th: Kidville Winter Wonderland 

Tuesday, December 19th: Elf Trivia at Maxwell’s Tavern

Wednesday, December 20th: RAW Jersey City presents Holiday RAWK

Wednesday, December 20th: Hustle Smarter Workshop: Kickstart 2018 + Plan Your Brand

It’s time to get planning — happy weekend! Remember to tag us on Insta in your adventures @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl. xo


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By day, Tamara is an editor at a women's magazine, but in her free time, she runs her own fashion blog and helps out with Hoboken Girl. Otherwise, you can catch her ‘gramming like it's her job, checking out the cutest spots to eat and drink and redeeming herself at spin class later. Oh, and if you’re curious about Kylie Lip Kits, she’ll happily show you her collection.