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43 Things to Do in Hoboken + Jersey City This Weekend {Dec 9-15}

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It is officially December and the holidays are upon us in Hoboken + Jersey City! Get ready for a weekend filled with family, friends, and fun with the help of this week’s events, of course. From the comfort of your home or going out and about, here is everything you need to make the most out of your weekend with local events. Check out this list of all the virtual and in-person events happening in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond this weekend {December 9th – December 15th, 2020}.

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.

Featured Events

Grove Street Bicycles: The Perfect Local Shop for Children’s Bikes

Available Now | START SHOPPING NOW

Grove Street Bicycles {172 Christopher Columbus Drive, Jersey City} is the perfect local spot for your children’s holiday bike wishes. With select bikes in stock from Liv, Giant, and Strider + a huge assortment of colors and fun accessories like streamers, horns, and helmets, you’ll be sure to find the perfect holiday gift for your child. Not to mention, all merchandise only has 3.5% tax and all bicycles purchased come fully assembled with a lifetime of free service, which includes basic brake and gear adjustments, lubrication of pivot points, and safety check.

Click here to start shopping and learn more about Grove Street Bicycles.

Local Love Box

Available Now- December 20th | GET YOUR BOX NOW

Hoboken Girl and Happy Box have collaborated to give you the Local Love Box for this holiday season. Each box contains 5 products from local businesses in the Hoboken/ Jersey City area. With every order $1 will be donated to WomenRising, a community-based non-profit in Hudson Country that supports women and their families in times of need. Click here to learn more about the Local Love Box and place your order.

Virtual Events

Holiday Cooking-Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts Appetizers

Wednesday, December 9th | 5:00PM-5:30PM

Please join Neha Bhide, food scientist and blogger on this new set of Holiday cooking classes every Wednesday at 5:00 PM. This week make Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts Appetizers. Join here.

Virtual Expressive Movement Workshop

Thursday, December 10th | 6:00PM-7:30PM

“Skimming The Surface”, Expressive Movement workshops led by Dance Entropy’s Artistic Director Valerie Green, hope to bring peace and calm in this time of chaos, where everything seems to be out of our control. Join here.

National Rodeo Finals Live Stream

Thursday, December 10th | 6:00PM-7:30PM

Watch the Wrangler National Rodeo Finals 2020 online this Thursday at 6:00PM. Stream here.

Author Zoom with David Levithan and Friends

Thursday, December 10th | 7:00PM

Tune in for two writing teams, David Levithan and Rachel Cohn of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, and Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige of The Ravens to speak about their books. RSVP to info@littlecitybooks.com and receive the zoom link.

Artist Betye Saar Lecture by Professional NYC Museum Docent

Friday, December 11th | 11:00AM-12:o0AM

Please join Professional NYC Museum Docent and local resident, Dina Gerasia as she guides us through a lecture on Betye Saar. Saar is a ninety-four year old African American Artist whose story encompasses the Civil Rights movement. Join here.

The Hoboken Shelter Annual Auction

Saturday, December 12th | All day

With your help, proceeds from this year’s 17th Annual Auction will continue to support The Hoboken Shelter’s mission to be a community partnership that transforms the lives of its most vulnerable neighbors. Participate here.

Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert

Saturday, December 12th | 7:00PM

Join for a night of Frank Sinatra with performances by winners of the Sinatra Singing Contest Winners. Stream on Facebook here.

NJ Women Make History Series

Sunday, December 13th | 4:00PM-5:00PM

The eight and final talk in the Hoboken Historical Museum’s #NJWomenMakeHistory series is featuring legendary local Maria Pepe, who broke the gender barrier in Little League baseball in 1972. Join here.

It’s a Wonderful Life

November 26th- December 27th  | All Day

It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play brings the audience into a 1940’s radio studio to witness a live reading of the classic film’s screenplay. Get your ticket here.

Hudson County Community College Holiday Market

December 5th-January 31st | All Day

Join online for small business vendor shops, family activities, live storybook readings, and more. Read more here.

Hudson Theatre Works Virtual Festival

Continuous | All Day

See what Hudson Theatre Works has to offer online with multiple performances. View here.

In-Person Events

Antique Loft Skyline Dinner

Wednesday, December 9th | 6:00PM

Join in this fantastic evening of food, music, and fun at the Antique Loft all with a great view of the city. Make a reservation here.

Urban Souls Yoga The Awesome!

Thursday, December 10th |  7:00PM-8:30PM

The Awesome! is a super-fun practice of easy, flowing movements, vigorous breathwork, cathartic vocalization, and energy meditation—designed for anyone. Sign up here.

Kurly Kürtősh & BouveryCV Pop-up

Friday, December 11th | 5:00PM-8:00PM

720 Monroe Street in Hoboken will be hosting a pop-up for Kurly Kürtősh and BouveryCV. Go and enjoy food, drinks and special treats. Learn more here.

Outdoor Holiday Market

Saturday, December 12th and 19th | 12:00PM-6:ooPM

This market rounded up the best gifts for everyone on your list, with a collection of unique artisanal products from local makers, artists and creators, offering the ultimate gifts this season. Read more here.

HDSID Holiday Market in Jersey City

Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th | 12:00PM-6:00PM

hdsid holiday market

As you wrap up {or begin} your holiday shopping, the open-air Historic Special Improvement District’s {HDSID} Happy Holiday Market begins Saturday, December 12th, the market will be open 12PM – 6 PM — and continues on December 13th, 19th, and 20th —  giving everyone a chance to shop small and local at this unique event. Located at the Grove Street PATH Plaza, the holiday market cultivates small businesses and entrepreneurship by providing a thriving place for artisans to sell during the holiday season. 

This year, The Ashford is partnering with the market on its rooftop which will be heated, decorated, and feature an Instagrammable Santa Station. The Ashford will be serving drink specials all day and sponsoring a giveaway for one lucky shopper. Check out the virtual tour of The Ashford before you go. Learn more here.

Hoboken Flea

Saturday, December 12th | All day

564 1st Street in Hoboken will host Hoboken Flea, a pop-up vintage market filled with clothes, accessories, plants, art, and more. Find out more here.

Elite Kickz Store Opening

Saturday, December 12th | 12:00PM

Go to 407  Washington Street this weekend for the opening of Elite Kickz by Jojo Petruzzeli. At 11 years old Jojo Petruzzeli, a student here in Hoboken, turned his love for sneakers and streetwear into a business called Elite Kickz, reselling rare kicks online. A percentage of every purchase is donated to the Jubilee Center. Read more here.

30 Minute Photoshoot

Saturday, December 12th | Multiple Time Slots

Join in for a day of mini-session in Hoboken. Sessions are complimentary to book and last 30 minutes. Receive a digital gallery of 40+ high-res photos to choose from 3-5 business days after your session. Pay only for the ones you love starting at $15/photo. Sign up here.

Jersey City Women’s Collaborative Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, December 12th | 11:00AM-5:00PM

This special holiday event invites you to Shop Small, and Give Big to support local Jersey City female artists and makers. Read more here.

Hot Chocolate Bar at the Cottage

Saturday and Sunday December 12th and 13th | 8:00 AM-3:00PM

Go to the Cottage in Jersey City for a warm and cozy hot chocolate to bring in the holiday season. Check it out here.

40 Mile NJ/ NYC Bike Ride

Sunday, December 13th | 5:30 AM- 11:30AM

Get up bright and early for an NJ to NYC and back loop, including 8 cities, 6 parks, 4 bridges, 2 states in 40 miles. Meet in Riverfront Park, Newark, to join the ride. Read more here.

Yoga in the Park

Sunday, December 13th | 9:00AM

Go to Lincoln Park in Jersey City for some relaxing and socially distanced morning yoga. Read more here.

“The Joy We Need” Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 13th | 3:00PM

Go to Our Lady of Grace church this Sunday for music to get you ready for Christmas and the holidays. Learn more here.

The Co. December Pop Up Series

Sunday, December 13th | 12:00PM-5:00PM

Shop hand made jewelry and tree ornaments just in time for the holidays.Learn more here.

Holiday Adventure at Liberty Science Center

November 27th- January 3rd| 10:00AM-5:00PM

Enjoy holiday experiences throughout the Liberty Science Center to celebrate the joy – and the science – of the season. Get tickets here.

Miracle on Mercer

Everyday | Mon-Thurs: 4PM-12AM, Fri: 4PM to 1AM Sat: 12PM to 1AM, Sun: 12PM to 12AM

miracle on mercer

Go to Franklin Social in Jersey City for a night of delicious holiday cocktails. Learn more here.

Wool Art Gallery Studio Tour

All December | Mon-Fri, 12PM-8PM and Sat 12PM-4PM

108 Sherman Place, Jersey City will host a wool art gallery by Oksana Ball. Read more here.

Food Drive at Avocado

Now- December 17th | All day

Anyone is welcome to stop in 12 Hudson Pl #100 with packaged, non-perishable foods to donate to those struggling with hunger in our communities. Items can be dropped off in Avocado’s designated Food Drive boxes (image above) any time they’re open. Read more here.

Walk-Bye, Jersey City Public Library Exhibit

Opens December 9th | Continuous

Catalina Aranguren, founder of Walk-Bye by Argia Photography, continues her series of outdoor art installations in Jersey City. Her latest project will be produced in conjunction with Welcome Home, a community-based nonprofit organization that provides educational, employment and material support for refugees and asylees. Read more here.

Kid-Focused Events

Toddler Story Time

Thursday, December 10th | 11:00AM-11:30AM

Join the Hoboken Public Library for a toddler story time, live on Zoom, featuring songs, stories, and rhymes. Join here.

Cozy Polar Bear Story Time

Friday, December 11th | 12:00PM-12:30PM

Tune in live to the Hoboken Public Library Facebook page for a story time featuring books and songs about polar bears. Join here.

A Christmas Carol with PropBox Theater

Sunday, December 13th | 11:00AM-11:30AM

The show is a retelling of the Charles Dickens beloved story, suitable for preschool to second grade, bringing elements of the story alive through sensory theater. Join live on Facebook here.

Hanukkah Story Time

Monday, December 14th | 11:00AM-11:30AM

Join the Hoboken Public Library live on our Facebook Page for a special Hanukkah story time with Ms. Ashley. Join here.

Greater NJ/NY Events

Pet Photos With Santa

Saturday and Sunday, December 12th and 13th| 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue located at 434 Cliffwood Avenue in Cliffwood, New Jersey is hosting pet photos with Santa this weekend. Read more here.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show

November 20th- January 3rd | Dusk- 11:00 PM

Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ is lit up for the holiday season. Join this drive-through light show. Get tickets here.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park

November 14th- January 3rd | All Day

Go to Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey, and enjoy the park lit up with holiday lights and plenty of rides. Read more here.

Magic Of Lights

November 13th- January 2nd | Dusk- 11:00 PM

Drive through a magical light show at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Get tickets here.

Partner Happenings

Downtown Pain Management Can Help You Overcome Daily Pain

There are many ways to treat pain, and lucky for Hudson County, Dr. Ron Ben-Meir has made it his mission to help his patients live a pain-free life. Downtown Pain Management, located at 80 River Street in Hoboken {other offices in Red Bank and Manalapan NJ}, treats patients with advanced, nonsurgical pain intervention for all types of sports injuries and joint pain. Book your appointment here.

Bay One Luxury Apartments Offers 6 months Free Parking When Hoboken Girl Readers Sign a Lease

 Bay One Luxury Apartments, located at 957 Broadway Street in Bayonne, is home to 91 newly-completed residences ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. Renters in the surrounding cities looking for more space and more storage at a lower price will find Bay One to be a contender in the local apartment hunt — with an incredible interior and views from the rooftops for days. They are now offering 6 months Free Parking for Hoboken Girl readers when you sign a lease.

Eyeshapes Hoboken Offering 30% Off One Pair of Glasses

Eyeshapes Hoboken, located at 259 1st St. in Hoboken, is a family-owned optical boutique that has a wide variety of high-quality glasses at competitive prices. The practice is currently open and has implemented health and safety measures so that you can find exactly what you need without stress or worry. Plus, they are offering Hoboken Girl readers 30% off one pair of eyeglasses {frames and lenses} — just mention Hoboken Girl when shopping. Learn more about Eyeshapes Hoboken Here.

Upcoming Weekday Events

Urban Souls

Tuesday, December 15 |  7:00PM-8:15PM

Tap in! Mary Kate will guide you on a journey of using breathwork as an active meditation tool—which works to influence mental, emotional and physical states. Sign up here.

Acuyoga

Tuesday, December 15th | 12:00 PM-12:30 PM

Join for a session of a wonderful, healing combination of acupressure, acupuncture, and yoga. Join here.

Holiday Cooking- Trifle Pudding Jars

Wednesday, December 16th |  7:00PM-8:15PM

Please join Neha Bhide, food scientist and blogger on this new set of Holiday cooking classes every Wednesday at 5:00 PM. This week make Trifle Pudding Jars. Join here.

Articles to Help You Plan Your Weekend

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Katie is a Jersey girl born and raised. Living in central New Jersey, she loves spending her summers on the shore. During the rest of the year, you can find her studying on campus at Stevens Institute of Technology where she is majoring in Marketing. Hoboken is now her home away from home and she can’t live without walks by the Hudson or spontaneous trips into New York City.