December in Hoboken and Jersey City: There’s nothing like celebrating the holidays in our area — from the holiday markets to local pop-ups and more. This 25-day guide will give readers day-by-day opportunities to get into the holiday spirit starting December 1st. 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 2022.
Enter our 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways, which starts today and runs through December 12th on Instagram, highlighting all sorts of incredible local businesses.
Shop locally for holiday gifts. Check out some of our favorite places to shop locally in Hoboken and Jersey City.
Visit the Hoboken City Hall Holiday Craft Fair from 11AM – 5PM. Gift items made by local crafters, artists, and makers — including art, photography, and jewelry — will be for sale.
Shop local vendors at the first Main Street Pops holiday market of the season from 11AM – 4PM under the viaduct in Hoboken.
Visit a winter festival in North Jersey — from Winter Walks in the park to drive-thru light shows in Newark, we have a list of festivals worth adding to your calendar.
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Head to Cellar 335’s annual Sleighs N Leighs holiday pop-up. There will be food specials, festive decorations, and a holiday-inspired cocktail menu.
Pick out the perfect Christmas tree at one of these locations across New Jersey and New York – including cut-your-own-farms. See our guides to real trees here.
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. Here’s where to see him this year in North Jersey.
Sip hot chocolate + paint mugs at the Hoboken Public Library Grant Street location. This is a two-part craft, but more on that later…
Visit the HDSID Holiday Market at the Grove Street Plaza. There will be holiday music, food vendors, and unique gifts from local artisans — and isn’t that what the holiday spirit is all about?
Pick up a delicious treat from one of Hoboken’s most beloved bakers, Baking Mama. From classic cakes to French macarons, there’s something for everyone to love.
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.
See the Mile Square Theater’s performance of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, an hour-and-a-half-long playful twist on Charles Dicken’s classic tale, A Christmas Carol. Tickets can be purchased here.
Hop on the PATH train and feast your eyes on the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree in all of its glory.
… time to check in on those mugs! Head back to the Hoboken Public Library Grand Street branch to see your finished masterpiece, and wrap it to generously gift to a loved one (or yourself, because you’re a loved one too).
Light the first candle on the menorah to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. If you don’t celebrate, take time to learn about the holiday, which is an eight-day Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem.
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.
Join the Hoboken Historical Museum for a night of caroling through the neighborhood. Carolers will meet at 6:30PM for a quick vocal warm-up, then head to town at 7PM for the main event.
Stop by one of these delicious hot chocolate spots and enjoy a classic winter drink.
Buy holiday-themed treats from your favorite local business to shop small this year.
Peep all the windows of Hoboken and Jersey City’s holiday-themed decor — and the Holland Tunnel adjusted decor thanks to a Hoboken resident’s petition — as we know, our cities definitely come to play when it comes to next-level decor.
Reflect on a holiday season well-spent. And share your pics with us @thehobokengirl on Instagram!