40 Things to Do in Hoboken + Jersey City This Weekend {Dec 23-29}

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It’s finally Christmas time! Whether you’re heading out or staying in — this week’s Hoboken + Jersey City events guide has got you covered with a Christmas Eve raffle, a virtual holiday concert, and fun ways to give back to the community through fundraisers + more. We wish all of our HG readers a wonderful holiday weekend! Check out this list of all the virtual and in-person events happening in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond this weekend {December 23rd – December 29th}.

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

Virtual Events

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Seniors

Ongoing

Zoom seniors

Spread some joy this holiday season to those who may need it most! Local designer duo Hermanitas Design have partnered 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.

Christmas Eve Raffle Presented by The Hoboken Public Library

Thursday, December 24th | 3:00PM – 3:30PM {Registration for the event is open until 2:45PM}

Raffle

The Hoboken Public Library is hosting a Christmas Eve Raffle for people of all ages, live on Zoom! Join here.

12 Days of Covers Holiday Music Fundraiser

Now-December 25th

Music fundraiser

Enjoy some holiday music while helping those in need! The suggested donation is $10. All proceeds will be going to Jersey City’s Grace Community Services. Learn more here.

Hoboken Virtual Winter Concert Series

Saturday, December 26th | 8:00PM

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.

Register for a New Year’s Eve 5K online

December 26th, 2020- January 3rd, 2021 | Ongoing

Earn your right to party for New Year’s Eve by kick-starting your resolutions! Literally and figuratively run into 2021. Join in on this virtual 5K here.

Open Call for Artists: Creativity Corner Hosted By The Hoboken Public Library

Sunday, December 27th | 2:00PM-3:00PM

Calling all artists! Showcase your artwork, poetry, and designs on The Hoboken Public Library’s social media pages. Learn more here.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Now-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.

Register for a Chakra Healing Livestream with Leah Boston + Chanese Elifé

Now-December 29th | Event: Tuesday, December 29th | 7:00PM-8:30PM

Join Leah Boston and Chanese Elifé on a journey across your personal energy fields, unpacking and exploring all seven chakras through a powerful combination of guided meditation, Yin Yoga, and Sound Healing Vibrations. Registration is now open. Buy your ticket here.

Register for a Late Night Virtual Comedy Show

Now-December 30th | Event: Tuesday, December 30th | 8:30PM

Comedy

Enjoy a night of laughs {something we all need more of} with a virtual comedy show. Registration is now open. Buy your ticket here.

Participate in a Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration

Now-December 31st 

kwanzaa

The New Jersey for Performing Arts Center {NJPAC} is hosting their annual Kwanzaa Festival and Marketplace. Learn more here.

Register for a Vision Board + Guided Meditation Workshop: Set Your Intentions for 2021

Now-December 31st | Event: Thursday, December 31st | 6:00PM-7:30PM

End 2020 on a high note by setting your intentions for the new year. Registration is now open for this healing event which includes a guided meditation + vision board where you can visualize your deepest desires. Buy your ticket here.

Music, Film and Burlesque Show

Now-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 are available. Not suitable for people under 18. View here.

Irish Repertory Theatre Presents: Meet Me in St. Louis

Now-January 2nd | Multiple Performances

Irish Repertory Theatre

Irish Repertory Theatre presents: Meet Me in St. Louis. Enjoy this holiday classic from the comfort of your home. Multiple performances are available. Pay-what-you-can suggested a $25 donation. Buy tickets here.

Register for Women Entrepreneurs’ Collaborators Business Event 

Now-January 9th | Event: Wednesday, January 13th | 1:00PM-2:30PM

Registration is now open for the WE Collaborators virtual event scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th, where businesses and entrepreneurs can connect + network. Please sign up by Saturday, January 9th. Register here.

Hudson County Community College Holiday Market

Now-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

Ongoing

See what Hudson Theatre Works has to offer online with multiple performances. 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 1,000+ Hoboken seniors! Cozy socks and holiday cards made by local children will be delivered along with the meal. Find out more here.

Commercial District COVID-19 Testing

Monday-Saturday| 9:00AM-5:00PM

Covid Testing

The city of Jersey City will be testing for COVID-19 at 332 Barrow Street. Learn more here.

Thatzkoththu Pop-up at Pilsner Haus Biergarten

Sunday, December 27 | 11AM – 1PM

Thatzkoththu

This vendor will be selling Sri Lanken treats.

Visit The Hoboken Historical Museum’s “Greetings from Hudson County: A Postcard History Then & Now” Exhibit

Now-December 31st

Stop by The Hoboken Historical Museum’s Main Gallery to learn about Hudson County’s postcard history through the different eras. Read more here.

Holiday Adventure at Liberty Science Center

Now-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.

Hot Chocolate Bar at The Cottage

Now-January 17th | 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.

Open Call for Artists Exhibit Presented by Walk-Bye

 Now-January 20th

open call

Catalina Aranguren, founder of Walk-Bye by Argia Photography, continues her series of outdoor art installations in Jersey City. She is seeking artists for her latest project. Read more here.

 

Lightbridge Academy Enrollment

Opened November 7th | Ongoing

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

Opened December 9th | Ongoing

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

Kids Art Classes at the Hoboken Historical Museum

Ongoing| 11:00AM-2:00PM

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.

Teen Nativity Story Time

Thursday, December 24th | All Day Event

Nativity

Join the Hoboken Public Library for a teen storytime on Christmas Eve about the history of the nativity, live on Instagram. Learn more here.

Kwanzaa Story Time

Saturday, December 26th | 11:00AM-11:30AM

Kwanzaa

Tune in live to the Hoboken Public Library Facebook page for a story time about Kwanzaa while learning the key principles + values. Join here.

Greater NJ/NY Events

Shortbread Society’s Christmas Eve West Village Pop-up

Thursday, December 24th | 4PM-5PM {Place orders by Wednesday, December 23rd}

shortbread

Head on over to the City to buy some delicious shortbread + more goodies at the Stone Wall Inn. Learn more here.

Montclair Public Library Presents Harambee! Songs and Stories for Kwanzaa

Saturday, December 26th | 5:00PM-5:45PM

To celebrate the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, the Montclair Public Library Foundation will be sponsoring a virtual family program. Register here.

Take a Weekend Trip to Philadelphia for a Kwanzaa Event

Sunday, December 27th | 1:30PM-5:00PM

If you have no plans for Saturday, December 26th + Sunday, December 27th and are willing to travel, a weekend getaway to Philadelphia sounds like a good idea! The African American Museum will be hosting Kwanzaa Weekend at Franklin Square with live events both days from 1:30PM-5:00PM. Learn more here.

Kwanzaa Celebration at the Apollo Theater

Sunday, December 27th | 7:00PM

New York City’s Apollo Theater will be hosting Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night, a virtual experience, on Sunday, December 27th starting at 7:00PM. The event features Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with special guests Mumu Fresh, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Harlem Children’s Zone among others. For more information and to RSVP, visit Apollo’s website found here.

Magic Of Lights

Now-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

Now-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

Now-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.

Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York Exhibit at El Museo Del Barrio

Now-January 17th | 12:00PM-5:00PM

Visit El Museo Del Barrio in Manhattan for their exhibit titled Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York which is the first monograph exhibition in three decades about the East Harlem-based Nuyorican collective workshop. Find out more here.

Partner Happenings

Class A Auto Body — Going Above & Beyond for Their Customers This Holiday Season

Owned by a local Hoboken resident, Class A Auto Body is now offering contact-less car repair pickup and delivery service for Hoboken and Jersey City. They will even do a full wash AND detail of your car after repairs are completed. The team will pick up your car + return it when repairs are done — it’s that simple! Get an estimate here .

CoolVines — New Location + Offering a Special Deal for HG Readers

Visit CoolVines’s brand new location at 211 Washington Street for all your wine needs for the holiday weekend! Open 7 days a week in-store, products from CoolVines are also available online, with a brand new delivery system for Hoboken and Weehawken orders. Customers can call 201-210-5436 or reach out to hoboken@coolvines.com with questions. Start your order here  — and mention Hoboken Girl for $5 off a bottle!

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 29th | 12:00 PM-12:30 PM

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

Abstract Landscapes of Native American Artist James Lavadour on Zoom

Wednesday, December 30th | 10:00AM-12:00 PM

Explore your creativity through painting while learning about Native American artist James Lavadour’s artwork on Zoom. Please contact the host to pick up supplies. Register here.

Holiday Cooking-Carrot Quinoa Salad with Spicy Smoked Peanuts

Wednesday, December 30th |  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.