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December 2
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; atart your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $3 Adults & children ages 12 & up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For Adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible; everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

December 3
Holiday Open House at Skylands Manor
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors, 5 children 6 to 12, children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
The Manor will be decorated floor to ceiling for "A 1920s Holiday." It's a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season with a totally different look every year. Gift Shop and Holiday Cafe too.

December 4
Holiday Open House at Skylands Manor
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors, 5 children 6 to 12, children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
The Manor will be decorated floor to ceiling for "A 1920s Holiday." It's a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season with a totally different look every year. Gift Shop and Holiday Cafe too.

Evening Reception at Skylands Manor
6 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $40 members, $45 guest and non members; reservaitons required
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
The Manor will be yours for a leisurely stroll with wine, light refreshments and valet parking.

December 5
Christmas Lantern Tour
5 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
732-919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
90-minute tours every 15 minutes. Come celebrate the holidays with a stroll through our lantern lit village

The Christmas Express with Santa
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person- advance tickets highly recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. Train leaves every half hour. Weather permittin
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Christmas Express Nights with Santa
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person – advance tickets highly recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. Weather permitting. Train leaves every half hour.

Kid’s Christmas with the Critters
1 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Explorer Hike
Call for time & location
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(201) 274-9805
Bring your sense of adventure for this fascinating foray into the wilds of Sussex County.

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & up; partially ADA accessible; discover how your family can enjoy this worldwide scavenger hunt! An indoor tutorial provides the tools necessary to embark on fun family adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

Color Yourself Calm
2 to 3 p.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible; coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

Winter Waterfowl Walk
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext. 109
ADA Accessible
When the weather gets cold, numerous species of waterfowl head to the park. Join us for a walk along the river to see which birds have arrived for the winter.  Dress to be outdoors.  Bring binoculars if you have them, we have a limited number that can be borrowed.

Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children ages 6 to 12, children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-7031
An annual holiday tradition for families. come wander thorugh the first floor of Ringwood Manor, beautifully decorated for the holidays! This self-guided format allows visitors to spend as much or as little time in each room as they wish.

Holiday Open House at Skylands Manor
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors, 5 children 6 to 12, children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG
(973) 962-9534
The Manor will be decorated floor to ceiling for "A 1920s Holiday." It's a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season with a totally different look every year. Gift Shop and Holiday Cafe too.

Evening Reception at Skylands Manor
6 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $40 members, $45 guest and non members; reservaitons required
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
The Manor will be yours for a leisurely stroll with wine, light refreshments and valet parking

Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in Tower Lot
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
(908) 638-8572
Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run Recreation Area. For additional information go to Hunterdon Bird Club on Facebook

Geocache the State Park
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
(pre-teen – adult) Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game utilizing GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields and trails of parks, playgrounds, natural areas and other open lands. Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of several dozen geocache sites located in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants. Bring your own handheld GPS device if you have one.

Mountain Bike Ride
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
(609) 567-4559
Length - 10 miles

December 6
The Christmas Express with Santa
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person- advance tickets highly recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. Train leaves every half hour. Weather permitting.

Christmas at Allaire
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 per adult/ $5 per child ages 5-12; horse and wagon ride $7 per adult; $5 for children under the age of 12
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Come join us for some carols and experience the sights and smells of the holiday season.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Walking tour of the battlefield, wear comfortable shoes.

Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children ages 6 to 12, children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-7031
An annual holiday tradition for families. come wander thorugh the first floor of Ringwood Manor, beautifully decorated for the holidays! This self-guided format allows visitors to spend as much or as little time in each room as they wish.

Holiday Open House at Skylands Manor
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors, 5 children 6 to 12, children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG
(973) 962-9534
The Manor will be decorated floor to ceiling for "A 1920s Holiday." It's a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season with a totally different look every year. Gift Shop and Holiday Cafe too.

Bird Walk
9 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Join NJ Audubon Society members, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop where you could see a variety of wildlife. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant Red-tail Hawk or Ring-billed Gull enjoy winter serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

Batsto’s Winter Holiday Celebration
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; nominal fee may apply for performance or mansion tours
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
(609)- 61-0024
Most aspects ADA accessible, call for additional info


December 9
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required

Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

December 10
Owls: Hunters of the Night
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $3 Adults & children ages 12 & up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible; everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

December 11
“A Christmas Carol”
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible; get into the christmas season with "A Christmas Carol" in our Historic Allaire Chapel.

Christmas Express Nights
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children; train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Indian King Tavern Winter Open House with Music
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
Sponsor: Friends of Indian King Tavern
(856) 429-6792
See the Indian King Tavern decorated for the season during Haddonfield’s Candlelight Shopping

December 12
Christmas Express Nights
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

The Christmas Express
11 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

Christmas Lantern Tours
5 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
90-minute tours every 15 minutes
; come celebrate the holidays with a stroll through our lantern lit village.

Public Sky watch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
Held on the Athletic Field @ Lake Nummy, back-up date: December 13th

Open House at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Blackwells Mills Canal House (598 Canal Road, Somerset, NJ 08873)
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Partially ADA accessible. Enjoy refreshments and conversation at the historic Bridge Tender’s House.

Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children ages 6 to 12, children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-7031
An annual holiday tradition for families. come wander thorugh the first floor of Ringwood Manor, beautifully decorated for the holidays! This self-guided format allows visitors to spend as much or as little time in each room as they wish.

Winter Birds
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required – spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. When the weather gets cold, not all of our feathered friends head south. The ones that stay in New Jersey need some help finding food. Come to Spruce Run to make some simple bird feeders to hang in the park and some to take home to help the birds make it through the winter

December 13
The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

Christmas at Allaire
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $7 per adult/ $5 per child ages 5-12; horse and wagon ride $7 per adult; $5 for children under the age of 12
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Come join us for some carols and experience the sights and smells for the holiday season.

Christmas Lantern Tours
5 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
90-minute tours every 15 minutes. Come celebrate the holidays with a stroll through our lantern lit village.

Christmas Candlelight Tours
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $5 suggested donation; preregistration required
D & R Canal State Park
Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor:  Montgomery Twp. HS Live Historians Club, Rockingham Association and Stony Brook Garden Club
(609) 683-7132 [up thru Nov. 22]; (609) 683-7136 [after Nov. 22]
Partially ADA accessible. Docents in 18th-century dress will conduct tours through Rockingham, which will be decorated for the season. Light refreshments will be available and the Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping
.

Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children ages 6 to 12, children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-7031
An annual holiday tradition for families. come wander thorugh the first floor of Ringwood Manor, beautifully decorated for the holidays! This self-guided format allows visitors to spend as much or as little time in each room as they wish.

Lantern Walking Tours – Historic Sites by Night
7 and 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10; children and seniors $5
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-2515
jfhwashxing@fast.net
Tours begin at the Nelson House; hearth prepared refreshment included.

December 16
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

Wednesday Walk in the Woods
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

December 18
Christmas Express Nights
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children; train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Christmas Lantern Tours
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
90-minute tours every 15 minutes; come celebrate the holidays with a stroll through out lantern lit village.

Indian King Tavern Winter Open House with Music
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE
Sponsor: Friends of Indian King Tavern
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
See the Indian King Tavern decorated for the season during Haddonfield’s Candlelight Shopping

Lantern Walking Tours – Historic Sites by Night
7 and 7:30 pm
Fee: Adults $10; children and seniors $5
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-2515
jfhwashxing@fast.net
Tours begin at the Nelson House; hearth prepared refreshment included

December 19
Christmas Express Nights
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. 

Christmas Lantern Tours
5 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
90-minute tours every 15 minutes. Come celebrate the holidays with a stroll through our lantern lit village.

Backyard Bird-feeding
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible; learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible; coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

Winter Evergreen Trees
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext.109
ADA Accessible; come on out to Liberty State Park and join us for an evergreen investigation. We will learn how to identify different types of evergreens and about the valuable role these trees play in nature.

Lecture: The Christmas Night Crossing and The Battle of Trenton by Park Historian Mark Sirak
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Using diaries and letters of the participants, Resource Interpretive Specialist Mark Sirak will give a lecture on the significance of the Christmas Night Crossing and the Battle of Trenton.

Verge of Winter Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609)-567-4559
Length - 2 to 4 miles

December  20
The Christmas Express with Santa
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person- advance tickets highly recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. Train leaves every half hour. Weather permitting.

Family Winter Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylnads Association
(973) 962-9534
An easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. Learn a bit about th eplants, animals and geology around you in a hike designed to fit the group. Wear strudy shoes.

Solstice Hike
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fee: $3 fee for ages 12 and above, $1 for ages 6 to 11; pre-registration recommended.
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 – 6355

Hike Round Valley in the gathering gloom of the shortest day of the year. Learn the significance of this day to ancient people and celebrate the soon lengthening days.

December 22
Winter Solstice Hike
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; celebrate the holiday season by experiencing the sights and sounds of the serene winter woods on this 3.5-mile moderate hike. Light refreshments provided.

December 23
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 am
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

December 25
The Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible; commemorate the 239th anniversary of George Washington's famous Christmas Night crossing of the Delaware River by viewing the annual reenactment.

December 30th, 2015
Afternoon Walking Tour of the Princeton Battlefield & Clarke House

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Location: 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Registration is REQUIRED. To register, please send e-mail to princetonbattlefieldsocinfo@gmail.com
Guided tour of Princeton Battlefield

 

 

 

 

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