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 2023.
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Riverview Park in Jersey City will be turning into a holiday wonderland. There will be various artisans, vendors, live music, food, drinks, and other activities to get into the holiday spirit. Join the Heights Holiday Market from 10AM to 4PM.
Shop local vendors at the first Main Street Pops holiday market of the season from 11AM – 4PM under the viaduct in Hoboken. Bring your pups so you can take a photo with Santa (to benefit Wise Animal Rescue).
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. If you want to bring your furry friend along, a guide to dog-friendly tree farms can be found here.
Visit a holiday light display in North Jersey and surrounding areas — we have a list here.
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.
Historic Downtown Jersey City SID will host its Annual Tree and Menorah Lighting. It will take place at 6PM in downtown Jersey City at Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall. Learn more 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. Take a look at a guide on where to visit Santa here.
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Visit the HDSID Holiday Market at the Grove Street Plaza. There will be holiday music, food vendors, and unique gifts from local artisans.
Grab a hot cocoa drink at Merry Hot Cocoa. More information about its menu can be found here.
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 enjoy.
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Enjoy the Peppermint Mocha drink at Sorellina — made with Ketel One Vodka, Housemade Chocolate Syrup, Peppermint, Espresso, and Caffe Borghetti. Talk about a sweet holiday combination.
See the Mile Square Theatre’s performance of The Christmas Tree Farm, an 80-minute-long holiday comedy. 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. While in New York City, there’s a Hanukkah pop-up, Maccabee Bar created by two Hoboken residents to visit.
Enjoy a family Christmas event at Hope Center Tabernacle in Jersey City. Kids will have their Christmas presentation, a stocking exchange, and a Christmas message. Learn more here.
Watch the beloved Christmas show by Nimbus Dance, Jersey City Nutcracker. Tickets can be purchased here for the performance.
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.
Shop locally for holiday gifts. Check out some of our favorite places to shop locally in Hoboken and Jersey City.
Head to W Hoboken’s Holiday Drink on the Water for some holiday fun.
Gather a group and do a holiday activity together — here’s a list of fun interactive ones locally.
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!