There’s nothing like celebrating the holidays in small towns with all of their charm and character. This 25-day guide will give readers day-by-day opportunities to get into the holiday spirit starting December 1st: enjoy tree lightings, toy drives, holiday gift guides, and so much more. Keep reading to learn what readers can do every day to make the most out of this holiday season in Hoboken and Jersey City with our 25 Days of Holiday Cheer Guide to Hoboken + Jersey City for 2021.
Enter our 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways, which starts today and runs through December 12th on Instagram, highlighting all sorts of incredible local businesses!
Attend the HDSID Annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall in Jersey City from 6:30PM – 7:30PM.
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Head to Cellar 335’s annual Sleighs N Leighs, which kicks off on December 1st. There will be food specials, festive decorations, and a holiday-inspired cocktail menu.
Visit the Pro Arts Holiday Bazaar hosted by Art House Productions at ART150 Gallery from 12PM – 6PM. Local artists and galleries will be showcasing artwork for sale.
Shop local vendors at the first Main Street Pops holiday market of the season from 11AM – 4PM under the viaduct in Hoboken.
Final night of Hanukkah.
Donate food to those who might need it this holiday season at any of these grateful donation locations.
Make memories with loved ones and have your picture taken with Santa. Check out spots to see Here’s where to see him this year in North Jersey.
Go on a holiday lights tour of North Jersey in your car to view all the holiday decorations around the area.
Shop locally for holiday gifts. Check out our Hoboken and Jersey City gift guide here.
Take a family cookie house decorating class with none other than Baking Mama herself. Email [email protected] to book.
Make a reservation at 15 Fox Place – the ultimate holiday dining experience. The restaurant is located within a Jersey City home and embodies the epitome of the Christmas spirit.
Attend the Franklin Social’s Miracle on Mercer experience. Think: decked halls, holiday-themed cocktails served in playful mugs, visits from Santa, and more. It’s open seven days a week.
Hop on the PATH train and feast your eyes on the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree in all of its glory.
Peep all the windows of Hoboken and Jersey City’s holiday-themed decor — and the Holland Tunnel — as we know, our cities definitely come to play when it comes to next-level decor.
Continue your holiday gift search at the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Holiday Craft Fair that features local vendors from 11AM – 5PM. On December 21st, join the Hoboken Historical Museum’s caroling group that will walk throughout Hoboken, door to door, singing Christmas classics. Carolers should meet at the Museum at 6:30PM for a warm-up before heading out at 7PM. While you’re there, check out the annual Christmas nativity display in the walkway.
Send out holiday cards to loved ones from Hoboken + Jersey City-based graphic designers, stores, and artists. The list of where to buy them is here.
Buy holiday-themed treats from your favorite local business to shop small this year.
Stop by one of these delicious hot chocolate spots and enjoy a classic winter drink.
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Check on the status of ‘Gingerboken,’ at Field Colony (1001 Bloomfield Avenue) – a handmade gingerbread version of Hoboken that is currently being built by the owner and baker behind For Cup Sakes in hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ginger village.
Donate a toy or holiday gift to the various toy drives around Hudson County. Full list here.
Learn more about Kwanzaa which starts December 26th. This annual celebration of African-American culture is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in gift-giving and a feast of faith, called Karamu Ya Imani.
Reflect on a holiday season well-spent. And share your pics with us @thehobokengirl on Instagram!