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December
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics and times
FREE; donations welcomed
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note: ADA accessible

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
FREE; donations welcomed
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note: ADA accessible

Interpretive Hikes and Programs
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800

Fledgling Naturalists
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner

Homeschool Naturalists
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Enrichment activities for homeschoolers ages 6 to 10

December 1
The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6.00 per person (advance ticket purchase 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. 

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Meet at Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

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

December 5
Holiday Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 6-12 $5 under 6 Free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: ADA Accessible. Please call for more information.

December 6
“A Christmas Carol”
7: 30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: ADA accessible

Christmas Express Nights
6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m.
Fee: $ 6 per person (advance ticket purchase 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

Indian King Tavern Museum Open House
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: Stroll through the town of Haddonfield and join us for entertainment and warm apple cider.

Holiday Open House
10 a.m.to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 6-12 $5 under 6 Free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: ADA Accessible. Please call for more information.

December  7
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.
Note: 90-minute tours every 15 minutes

The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6.00 per person (advance tickets purchase 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 Express Nights
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $ 6 per person (advance ticket purchase 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

Holiday Gathering
6:00pm
Fee:  $20 per person
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
Note: Professional caroling sing-along, climb & refreshments

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
$10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Indoor tutorial, then discover “hidden treasures” on a fun adventure in the park. Discover how your family can enjoy this popular activity! Loaner GPS unit provided. For adults and children ages 10 & Up; Partially ADA accessible

Explorer Hike
Call for time & location
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(201) 274-9805

Holiday Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 6-12 $5 under 6 Free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: ADA Accessible. Please call for more information.

Family Scavenger Hunt
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Families and individuals will attempt to locate various natural objects in the park and obtain information about the area as they compete against themselves or others in this fun traditional game.  All ages

Mistletoe History Mystery- Educational Program and Craft
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $1 for children; includes an optional craft, pre-registration required
Waterloo Village
(973) 786-6445
Note: Where does mistletoe come from?  What does it mean when one stands below it?  Why is it used in Holiday decor?  This 30 minute slide show program on the history Mistletoe will be followed by an opportunity to participate in a fun, take-home, mistletoe inspired craft. ADA accessible, recommended for ages 5 and up.

December  8
The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets purchase 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. 

Lake Hopatcong Museum
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Hopatcong State Park
(973) 398-2616
Note:  ADA Accessible

Holiday Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 6-12 $5 under 6 Free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: ADA Accessible. Please call for more information.

Annual Caldwell Christmas Walk
1 to 5 p.m.
Fee: Contact sponsor
Sponsor  The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell–West Essex
(973) 226-0001
Note:  Throughout town of Caldwell including the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site (207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell NJ). Tour of private homes, historic houses decorated for the
holidays. Grover Cleveland Birthplace features self-guided tours, old-fashioned games,
and museum gift shop.

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join John DeMarrais, NJ Audubon Society member, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. We are bound to see a Mute Swan, Lesser Scaup and Mallards near the reservoir.   Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant Red-tail hawk, American Coot and Ring-billed Gull enjoy the winter serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

Christmas at Allaire
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $7 per adult/ $5 per child under 12
Allaire State Park,Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: Horse and Wagon Ride fee additional:  $7.50 per adult/$5 per child under 12

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

December 11
Wednesday Walk in the Woods – BATONA Trail in sections
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fee:  None; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
Note: 7 to 10-miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

December 13
“A Christmas Carol”
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park,Historic Allaire Village Chapel
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: ADA accessible

The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee; $6 per person (advance ticket purchase 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

Indian King Tavern Museum Open House
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum Historic Site
(856) 429-6792
Note: Stroll through the town of Haddonfield and join us for entertainment and warm apple cider.

December 14
The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee; $6 per person (advance ticket purchase 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
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: 90-minute tours every 15 minutes

Holiday Party
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE: donations welcome
Blackwells Mills Canal House (598 Canal Road, Somerset)
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Note:  The Blackwells Mills Canal House Association invites the public to sing along with the carolers from the Six Mile Run Reformed Church and play in their raffles.  Happy Holidays! Partially ADA accessible. 

Christmas Candlelight Tours
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $5 donation recommended; pre-registration required
Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor:  Montgomery Twp. HS Live Historians Club, Rockingham Association and Stony Brook Garden Club
Contact: (609) 683-7132 (up thru Nov 24th) and (609) 683-7136 (after Nov 24th)
Note: Docents in 18th-century dress will conduct tours through Rockingham, which will be decorated with early American restraint.  Tours will have a special theme separate from the regular house tour and period music will be performed in one of the rooms. Light refreshments will be available and the Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping.Partially ADA accessible. 

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Grover Cleveland State Historic Site
FREE; donations appreciated
Sponsor: County of Essex Department of Cultural Affairs - 973-239-2465
Note:  Tour throughout Essex County features historic homes decorated for the holidays. Family-friendly activities and refreshments at selected sites. Fee varies at other sites.
ADA Accessible: Varies

Mistletoe Mysteries- Educational Program and Craft
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $1 for children; includes an optional craft, pre-registration required
Waterloo Village
(973) 786-6445
Note: Where does mistletoe come from?  What does it mean when one stands below it?  Why is it used in Holiday decor?  This 30 minute slide show program on the history Mistletoe will be followed by an opportunity to participate in a fun, take-home, mistletoe inspired craft. ADA accessible, recommended for ages 5 and up.

December  15
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 at Allaire
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 per adult/ $5 per child under 12
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: Horse and Wagon Ride fee additional:  $7.50 per adult/$5 child under 12

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour
Tour throughout Essex County features historic homes decorated for the holidays. Family-friendly activities and refreshments at selected sites.
Hours at Grover Cleveland Birthplace: Saturday: 10-4, Sunday 1-4.
Contact Essex County Department of Cultural Affairs for hours of other sites.
FEE Free, donations appreciated at Grover Cleveland Birthplace. Fee varies at other sites.
Sponsor: County of Essex Department of Cultural Affairs - 973-239-2465
Note:  ADA Accessible: Varies

Lake Hopatcong Museum
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Hopatcong State Park
(973) 398-2616
Note: ADA Accessible

December 20
Christmas Express Nights
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance ticket purchase 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. 
Advance tickets highly recommended

Indian King Tavern Museum Open House
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: Stroll through the town of Haddonfield and join us for entertainment and warm apple cider.

December  21
The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance ticket purchase 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 Express Nights
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance ticket purchase 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
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: 90-minute tours every 15 minutes

Winter Solstice Hike
10 a.m. to  noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
Celebrate the holiday season by experiencing the sights and sounds of the serene winter woods on this 3.5-mile, moderate hike.

Solstice Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 for ages six and up; pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Hike the Water Trail on the shortest day of the year. You will see the setting sun on our return and know that each succeeding day will be a little bit longer.

Lecture: “The Christmas Night Crossing and The Battle of Trenton.”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

Verge of Winter Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Note: This is a 2-mile to 4-mile hike               

December  22
The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance ticket purchase 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.

December 25
The Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

December 26
Annual Holiday Open House
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Grover Cleveland State Historic site
Sponsor: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
(972) 226-0001
Note: Self-guided tours of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site. Hands-on activities for children available. Decorated for the holidays by the Garden Club of the Caldwells.

December 27
Annual Holiday Open House
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Grover Cleveland State Historic site
Sponsor: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
(972) 226-0001
Note: Self-guided tours of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site. Hands-on activities for children available. Decorated for the holidays by the Garden Club of the Caldwells.

December 28
Annual Holiday Open House
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Grover Cleveland State Historic site
Sponsor: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
(972) 226-0001
Note: Self-guided tours of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site. Hands-on activities for children available. Decorated for the holidays by the Garden Club of the Caldwells.

December 29
Annual Holiday Open House
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Grover Cleveland State Historic site
Sponsor: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
(972) 226-0001
Note: Self-guided tours of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site. Hands-on activities for children available. Decorated for the holidays by the Garden Club of the Caldwells.

 

 

 

 

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