Your Complete Day-by-Day Guide to {Hudson County} Holiday Events in 2016

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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, we’re telling you why: You’re going to go TO TOWN with all the fa la la la fabulous holiday events to attend in Hoboken and Jersey City this season. With festive things to do LITERALLY every day in December leading up to the holidays, this just might be the greatest present of all this season. So get your calendar out because you’re going to need something or someone else to keep track of your schedule for the rest of the year! Whether you want to give back, be dazzled by holiday lights, and even hang out with your favorite Jersey gals at Hoboken Girl’s very own holiday sweets party {hint, hint}, you better start resting up NOW.

Below, our top picks of what to do this season, day by day, for the next 24 days!

FIRST, make sure to check out the Hoboken Girl’s Deals Guide, so you can shop and save locally this month [through 12/31]. Over 50+ deals all around Hudson County!

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Thursday, December 1st

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What better way to kick off the holidays than with a classic Christmas musical? Watch the tale unfold before your eyes in this live radio play.

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Help those less fortunate bundle up this winter with a coat and have fun with raffles, food and drink specials!

 

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Help out your favorite furry friends by donating to them this month! All donations will be going to the Bergen County Protect & Rescue Foundation, Liberty Humane Society, and Secaucus Animal Shelter. Make sure to follow them on Instagram for more info about what you can donate!

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It’s scarf season, ladies, so make sure you know how to tie it more than one way! At this free event, you’ll learn how to spice up your #OOTD. Plus, there will be sweet treats and drinks and a free goodie bag for the first 15 guests.

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Spread the love across the country with Project Heal’s annual card-making event, where you can show patients in eating-disorder centers around the country that you care, no matter how far away you are from them. Make sure to bring non-denominational cards with you — the drinks and snacks will be provided!

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Every night this December {YES. Every. Single. Night}, be merry and come out for a special pop-up bar decorated for the holidays. There will be creative cocktails and surprises that you won’t want to miss!

December 2nd 

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Get your chuckle on with a comedy show this holiday season, presented by Art House Productions (AHP) and the Access Committee at Art House Productions. The show, which will also be presented in Sign Language and in and audio presentation, tells the story of a woman named Mary who’s going through some relationship struggles {#retweet} after she sees her fiancé kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Get your happy on and listen to the tunes of James & T at Hotel Victor, which’ll will surely guarantee you a great night.

December 3rd

Brunch with Santa {Mikie Squared} – 10AM-1PM

What does Santa love more than milk and cookies? Mimosas! Meet the jolliest guy of the season and get extra happy.

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Check Bar Method’s Instagram starting today for 12 days of deals revealed on their Instagram and Facebook!

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Eat, drink, and be merry in a way Santa might approve of {OK, probably not!} — with some spirits! Join Hoboken Happy Hours for a holly jolly bar crawl that benefits Covenant House. Last year, the event raised $1,200, so make sure to do your duty this year.

 

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Join The Inner Athlete, The Twelve Designs, and Riolo Residential for a night of local shopping, wine, and an appearance by Santa to support 4-year-old Jonathan Okeson, who’s battling a rare brain condition. A minimum ticket donation of $10 is required for entry.

But, first, BRUNCH! All aboard this 2. 75-hour brunch cruise for a cozy day sailing around Manhattan, complete with mimosas, pastries, muffins, Bloody Marys, egg nog and more.

Get your one-of-a-kind goodies right on your favorite street in Hoboken: Washington Street! From jewelry and pottery to ornaments and body products, you’ll have no trouble finding something to meet your fancy.

December 4th

  • CASA Santa Event at Lulu’s — 9:30- 5:30PM

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Come out to the to snap a pic with St. Nick while giving back. All proceeds from the event will benefit foster children in Hudson County, so we really can’t think of a better way to spend your time during the weekend!

  • Santa & Charity Toy Drive {1206 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken} — 12 – 3PM 

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Sit in Santa’s lap and tell him what you really want this year! Donations are welcome to benefit local charities in Hoboken as well, so ensure that the kiddos see their favorite white-bearded man this year while teaching them about the importance of giving.

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Calling all Weehawken residents! Come out to Town Hall to hear the Weehawken High School band play some Christmas music along with carolers from Roosevelt School Choir.

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Stock up on La Colombe coffee beans for your holiday parties, bwè kafe stocking stuffers, and Brave Floral’s fresh wreaths and winter florals for your home!

December 5th

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Workout and work your charity muscle at the same time when you stop by Bar Method!

Support local businesses at one of JC’s finest shopping events of the year, which is put on by Artist & Maker Market. Gift local crafts, antiques, fashion, and foods right in your neighborhood.

December 6th

  • Zeppelin Hall Belgium Celebration

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Belgium and beer? Is that even a question? Get in the spirit with some festive fun until December 6th at this reknown JC biergarten!

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ShopRite’s certified dietitians will teach you how to whip up a tasty and healthy meal for you and all your friends to enjoy together — all while raising funds for charity.

December 7th

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Is it a Halloween or Christmas movie? No one will ever agree, but we can agree that we’re obsessed with Jack and Sally, and that we know everything about them. Test your mettle in the best way possible — with drinks and apps in hand!

Celebrate the true spirit of the holidays with the official tapping of Great Lakes Christmas Ale and a rare Bourbon Barrel Aged Christmas Ale from Cleveland.

December 8th

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Ring in the holidays like the Hoboken Girls do with a sample of sweets and treats at the W Hoboken, sponsored by La Marca Prosecco. Hoboken’s hottest holiday event this year also benefits the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp — so make sure to make an appearance at this can’t miss event with yours truly! Click here to get your tickets.

 

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Join Santa and Mayor Fulop for Jersey City’s annual Christmas tree and Menorah lightning extravaganza, where there will be free cookies and music by Matty Dee.

December 9th

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This kid-friendly event, hosted by NJMOM, is sure to keep your kiddos and you entertained! There will be a performance by Preschool of Rock, plenty of crafts, a photo booth, face painting, hot chocolate bar and much, much more.

In honor of EIGHTY’s upcoming Style & Design Issue, come out for a local pop-up shop at the Andco Lounge. Products will range from leather goods to jewelry, and you’ll even get a sneak peek at the magazine’s latest issue!

December 10th

OK, we know what you’re thinking: this ISN’T in Hudson County, but it’s just too good not to share! At this free event, you can even bring the kids to dance the night away surrounded by the beauty of palm trees, multiple DJs, and glow in the dark gear. It’s a quick PATH ride to the World Trade Center, so easy peasy. Count us in!

December 11th

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Get your booty over to this event, where you’ll shop, drop and pop the night away from a variety of businesses!

December 12th

  • Hoboken Girl’s 12 Days of Giveaways BEGINS!

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Stay tuned for 12 days of giveaways from some of our favorite businesses in Hoboken and Jersey City. Tune into @hobokengirlblog on Instagram to get ready to enter!

Who’s got time to get dolled up with all the holiday madness? Make it easy on yourself and grab the biggest eyesore of Christmas sweater and get yourself to this mixer put on by the Women in Business Council of the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce. Please bring an unwrapped gift for their drive supporting the Jubilee Center {you’ll receive a free drink ticket if you do!}

December 13th

holiday-bazaar-hoboken-girlThis indoor market will be extra intimate inside the stunning Harborside Atrium. From vintage to health and beauty, there’s a little something for everyone!

 

December 14th

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All decorating supplies provided — plus winter cocktails and beers? This will surely get you in high spirits and ready for the holidays.

One of Hoboken’s most anticipated holiday events is sure to spread Christmas cheer with a visit by St. Nick, Elvis the Elf, and a performance by local school children.

Help Hoboken Shelter celebrate 35 years of service with a fun extravaganza! Get your hands on hotel stays and can’t miss prized from Hoboken businesses.

December 15th

Whether you’re in charge of desserts at the family dinner this year or you’ve just always wanted a pro baker to teach you the trick of the trade, this FREE cake decorating class is a must-attend event! Cake designer Jennifer Bunce-Timmons of The Hudson Cakery will teach you exactly how to create those tricky fondant and piping designs.

December 16th

  • 5th Annual A Hoboken Tale the Musical {301 Garden Street, Hoboken} —8PM

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What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a musical based in the best city in the world {Hoboken, that is!} Garden Street Children’s Musical Theater Company members will be performing the classic tale, so come support these young actors’ hard work this season! Email dance@gardenstreetmusic.com for tickets.

 

December 17th

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Santa never said some boos never hurt anyone’s chances of making the nice list, right? This year’s SantaCon has just a *few* rules {actually a LOT}, but the most important is to have fun and don’t black out. Your favorite bars are participating, so make sure not to miss all the drink specials!

Enjoy a diverse, festive show, which will include audience participation, a small ensemble of Arabic speakers, and works by J.S. Bach and Gabriel Fauré.

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Get fit at the barre with awesome deals for 12 days with Local Barre! From a free class and giveaways to a private sesh with a friend, you won’t want to miss out on these goodies.

 

December 18th

  • Presents For Shelter Pups

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The Walking Dog Pet Care and bachata & barbells are teaming up with local businesses to help out our furry friends this year with a donation drive. You can donate items for dogs at the following locations: Intrepid Gym, Brazen Athletics , Cork Wine and Spirits, Aaraa Boutique, Dina Kiss and Makeup, Grand Vin, and Real Hot Yoga. For more info, check The Walking Pet Care and bachata & barbell’s Instagram accounts.

 

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Hear your favorite local musicians’ versions of your favorite classic holiday music while supporting Hoboken’s Movies Under the Stars Summer Series. Tickets cost $10.

  • Jersey City West Side Craft Fair {Gallo Center} — Noon – 6PM

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Come out to Lincoln Center for the second annual craft fair, where you’ll get to shop and eat from a diverse set of vendors.

 

December 19th

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This free event happens every Monday, so make this as a regular event on your calendar ASAP.

December 21st

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Get all your friends together to test your brains on one of your favorite TV shows — with a holiday twist! Make sure to pick your team captain to reserve seats for your squad.

December 22nd

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Forget waiting in lines for hours at the mall — shop local and stress-free at your favorite artist market in JC!

 

December 23rd

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Find out the ultimate questing bogging your brain this holiday: Are you a shepherd or knucklehead?

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This is your last call of the year to whip out that cute, ugly sweater!

 


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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.