40 Things to Do in Hoboken + Jersey City This Weekend {Dec 16-22}

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Whether you’re heading out or staying in — this week’s Hoboken and Jersey City events guide has got you covered with a gift-wrapping grab and go + tutorial, a free cookie decorating kit for the kids, and thoughtful gift ideas for your loved ones like a Local Love Box where a portion of the proceeds go to a women’s community-based non-profit! Check out this list of all the virtual and in-person events happening in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond this weekend {December 16th – December 22nd}.

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

Featured Events

Lukin Center’s 4-Week Phone Consultation Promotion

Thursday, December 17th – Friday, January 15th | SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION

Lukin Center

Starting Thursday, December 17th – Friday, January 15th, Lukin Center for Psychotherapy {80 River Street, Hoboken and 277 Grove Street, Suite 202, Jersey City} is offering a free 15-minute phone consultation with one of their highly skilled and caring clinicians for our HG readers. With the holidays just around the corner and the unprecedented year of 2020 coming to an end, Lukin Center is ready to work with you to address those issues that affect the mind and emotions. Click here to schedule your free 15-minute consultation and learn more about Lukin Center for Psychotherapy.

J-Train Studio’s Personal Training Holiday Special 

Thursday, December 17th – Friday, January 15th | SIGN UP NOW

Jag one sponsored

J-Train Studio {1321 Washington Street, Hoboken} is opening this holiday season for all your personal training and fitness needs. Now through Friday, January 15th, HG readers can receive $100 off their first package + 1 complimentary session when you show a screenshot of this article or the offer on our Hoboken Girl IG story slides. Not to mention, J-Train studio also offers a free 20-minute consultation if you have any personal training, nutrition, or workout questions. Click here to sign up for personal training and learn more about J-Train Studio.

Buy a Local Love Box to Ship Anywhere in the US

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 County 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

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Seniors

Ongoing

Zoom seniorsSpread some joy this holiday season to those who may need it most! Local designer duo Hermanitas Design is partnering with Hudson Hills Senior Living in North Bergen to provide holiday cards, video chats, personalized items, and more to senior residents. Volunteers are welcome {and needed} to talk, sing, or read for seniors through Zoom. If you’d like to volunteer find out more here. You can purchase an item to donate 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 she is making Trifle Pudding Jars. Join here.

Business Women Networking Virtual Event

Friday, December 18th {Register by Thursday, December 17th} |  8:30AM-10:00AM 

Business Women Networking will host a virtual event titled 5 Money Questions for Women and The Entrepreneurial Equation on Zoom. Proceeds from the event will go to WomenRising, a local non-profit organization that supports women and their families in times of need. Sign up by Thursday, December 17th to join. The event is free for first-time attendees. Buy tickets here.

City of Hoboken Holiday Banding

December 19th | 7:00PM

holiday banding

Featuring performances by Julio Fernandez, Abbe Rivers, Demolition String Band,  The Fuzzy Lemons, Sputnik the Band, Gene D. Plumber, Emily Turonis, Jack Skuller, Lloyd United, Deena and Jon of The Cucumbers, Cliff Westfall, Annalee Van Kleeck, Jim Testa, and Tom Vincent. Those who tune in will hear some popular holiday classics as well as some originals written by these musicians.

Hudson Theatre Works Presents: Elliot & Me

December 17th – December 20th  | Multiple Times

Hudson Theatre Works presents Elliot & Me, a new musical comedy with multiple chances to catch a performance. Buy tickets here.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

Friday, December 18th |  9:00AM-10:30AM

Open to both Hudson County and Hoboken chamber members {non-members can attend as guests of members only}, get ready to put on your ugliest Christmas sweater to win some prizes! A $20 fee is required to attend the Zoom event which will go to the Hudson County Chamber Foundation. Sign up by Thursday, December 17th to join in on the fun. Buy tickets here.

Hoboken Virtual Winter Concert Series

December 19th 7PM + December 26th 8PM

Hoboken virtual concert series

Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the City of Hoboken are hosting a virtual holiday concert series in December for everyone to enjoy. Tune in here.

Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 20th  | 4PM-5PM

Enjoy a family-friendly Christmas concert from the comfort of your home hosted by the Hoboken Historical Museum. The event will feature local entertainer Corey Feldman who will play some popular holiday classics. Tune in 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.

Music, Film and Burlesque Show

December 13th-January 2nd | Streaming

If you’re looking for a fun and fresh take on some holiday classics, check out Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce Pandemic. Multiple performances available. Not suitable for people under 18. View here.

In-Person Events

Supper, Socks and Sketches for Seniors Fundraiser

Donations through Venmo and Paypal are ongoing

Suppers socks seniorsFLAG {Front Line Appreciation Group} of Hoboken + Jersey City is spreading some Christmas cheer while teaming up with the City of Hoboken and local restaurants to provide a holiday dinner for over 800 Hoboken seniors! Cozy socks and holiday cards made my local children will be delivered along with the meal. Find out more here.

Food Drive at Avocado

Now- December 17th | All day

Anyone is welcome to stop in at 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.

Live Christmas Music at The Brass Rail

Thursday, December 17th | 7:00PM

Enjoy some live Christmas music at The Brass Rail located at 135 Washington Street in Hoboken. Holiday giveaways advertised. More information can be found here.

Corgi Spirits

Friday, December 18th | 6:30PM-9:30PM

Corgi spirits event

Stop by Corgi Spirits at 1 Distillery Drive, Jersey City for a night filled with yummy cocktails and lovely music played by acoustic duo Tessa & Noah. Holiday gifts available for purchase. Learn more here.

Digital Holiday Pictures in Jersey City

December 18th + December 19th | By Appointment Only

Digital holiday pictures

Capture some family holiday pictures in front of a green screen at 759A Bergen Avenue, Jersey City where you can choose between 2 packages advertised at $10-$20. Please make appointment to attend. Read more here.

Gift Drop-Off at Saint Lawrence Church

Last day to drop off gifts is Saturday, December 19th 

Giving Tree Weehawken

It’s the giving season and Saint Lawrence Church has setup a Giving Tree at their parish where people can grab a tag from the tree, buy the gift on the tag, and then place under the Giving Tree. Located at 22 Hackensack Avenue in Weehawken. More information can be found here.

Holiday Cookies Pop-up Sale

Saturday, December 19th | 12:00PM-5:00PM

Grab some delicious, handmade holiday cookies at 632 Washington Street in Hoboken. Find unique gifts for loved ones as well with cookie-filled ornaments and jars. More information can be found here.

HDSID x Artist Maker Market’s Downtown Jersey City Holiday Market

December 19th + December 20th | 12PM-6PM

hdsid holiday market jersey city

Located at the Grove Street PATH Plaza {145 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}, the holiday market cultivates small businesses and entrepreneurship by providing a thriving place for artisans to sell during the holiday season. Read more here and see our vendor favorites here.

“Momma Song’s” A Korean Pop-up at The Cottage

December 19th | 4:00PM-9:00PM

Stop by The Cottage for some home-style Korean-American food located at 136 Monticello Avenue in Jersey City. For more information click here.

Mainstreet Pops Outdoor Holiday Market

December 19th + December 20th | 11:00PM-5:00PM

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

JJ Paperie Co. Pop-up Sale

Sunday, December 20th | 12:00PM-5:00PM

More holiday gifts to choose from at 632 Washington Street in Hoboken. This pop-up event offers beautifully designed Christmas cards, wrapping paper, tags, and more for all your shopping needs. Find out 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.

Lightbridge Academy Enrollment

Opens November 7th | 7:00 AM-6:30PM

Go to Lightbridge Academy or visit their website to register for your child’s early education and development. 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.

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 Long | Mon-Fri: 12PM-8PM and Sat 12PM-4PM

Stop by 108 Sherman Place, Jersey City for a Wool Art gallery studio tour hosted by Oksana Ball. Read more here.

Kid-Focused Events

Toddler Story Time

Thursday, December 17th | 11:00AM-11:30AM

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

Gingerbread Man Story Time

Friday, December 18th | 12:00PM-12:30PM

Tune in live to the Hoboken Public Library Facebook page for a storytime featuring books and songs about the Gingerbread Man! Join here.

Letters + Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 19th | 11:00AM-2:00PM {appointments required}

Head on down to Engel & Volkers located at 159 14th Street in Hoboken for some family fun with Santa. Learn more here.

Yoga Story Time

Saturday, December 19th | 11:00AM-11:30AM

Watch on the Hoboken Public Library Facebook page for a storytime featuring puppets, books, and songs about yoga. Join here.

Grab and Go: Cookie Decorating

Saturday, December 19th | 1:00PM-2:00PM

Church square park decorating kit

Stop by Church Square Park to pick up a cookie decorating kit to enjoy at home! More information on the event can be found here.

Greater NJ/NY Events

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.

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.

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.

Partner Happenings

Sparrow Wine & Liquor — Offering Personalized Gifts, Wine, and Alcohol Delivery

The holiday season is officially upon us, so there’s no better time to start working your way through your holiday shopping list. Sparrow Wine & Liquor has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an expensive personalized gift, a bold wine for a cozy evening, or simply a gift card to let your loved ones choose, Sparrow Wine has you covered. The uptown store is located at 1224 Shipyard Lane and the downtown shop is at 126 Washington Street. Guests can even take a virtual tour of both locations. Start your order here.

Quality Greens Kitchen — 9 Days of Salads Event

Quality Greens Kitchen debuted its ‘9 Days of Salad’ event for the holidays on December 8th, introducing a new salad + discount codes daily, and you can post your Quality Greens Salad with the hashtag #QGK9DAYS to enter for a chance to win an $80 gift card when the promo ends. Quality Greens Kitchen is offering their seasonal menu for both outdoor dining and indoor dining where guests are situated 10+ feet apart. Customers can order online for curbside pickup, traditional pickup, or pay a flat $2.75 delivery fee when you order directly from qualitygreenskitchen.com, which also guarantees you pay walk-in menu prices. Located at 227 Washington Street in Hoboken, Quality Greens Kitchen delivers throughout all of Hoboken, most of Jersey City, and parts of surrounding towns like Weehawken, Union City, and North Bergen. Order your next healthy meal here.

Duman Home — 20% Off When You Mention HOBOKENGIRL20 In-Store

This beautiful new home goods and decor store in Hoboken is located at 118 Washington Street. Originally a Brooklyn boutique, Duman Home is now part of the Mile Square right in the bustling downtown Washington Street. Duman Home is the perfect place to pick up a holiday gift, carrying lines from local businesses like Brooklyn’s own Downright — which features down feather + alternative pillows and comforters, and Apotheke —luxury home scents —which is also from Brooklyn. Start shopping here — and mention HobokenGirl20 for 20% off in-store.

Upcoming Weekday Events

Acuyoga

Tuesday, December 22nd | 12:00 PM-12:30 PM

Sign up for a session filled with a healing combination of acupressure, acupuncture, and yoga. Join here.

Kids Art Classes at the Hoboken Historical Museum

Tuesday, December 22nd – Continuous | 11:00AM-2PM

Kids are welcome to enjoy some painting at the museum. Supplies provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by adults. Masks are required. More details can be found here.

Christmas Caroling in Hoboken

Tuesday, December 22nd | 6:30PM-8PM

Join carolers at the Hoboken Historical Museum who will then venture through Hoboken singing classic Christmas songs spreading cheer {masks required}. Lyrics and sheet music will be provided. More details can be found here.

Gift Wrapping + Tutorial

Tuesday, December 22nd | All Day

Stop by the Hoboken Library for some free gift wrapping supplies at their grab and go station {on a first-come, first-served basis}. When you get home, tune in to the Library’s Youtube channel for a tutorial on how to wrap your gifts. More details here.

Holiday Cooking-Holiday Breakfast Bagels

Wednesday, December 23rd |  5:00PM-5:30PM

Join Neha Bhide, food scientist and blogger, on this new set of Holiday cooking classes every Wednesday at 5:00 PM. This week, she will make some delicious holiday bagels. Join here.

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Yarleen is a lovable Leo and a proud Jersey girl with Cuban roots. She’s an actor and freelance writer with an affinity for poetry, astrology, and fried plantains. Born in Jersey City and raised in West New York, where she currently resides, this Hudson county native can usually be found with an Americano in hand, or any caffeinated beverage really. A St. Peter’s University alum with a degree in Communication and Media Culture, Yarleen was News Editor of her college newspaper, while also reporting for the Hudson Reporter and The Jersey Journal. When she’s not on stage, enjoying a new hobby {currently rollerblading}, or typing away at her laptop, you can catch her running along the waterfront listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers or exploring NYC galleries.