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Warm Up with 20 Date Night Ideas

December’s full of holiday shows, crafting and more.


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Dec. 5-7

Christmas Carol Spectacular Montclair

A 60-person choir and band are bringing big (and free!) holiday cheer. This is the area’s biggest holiday concert.

Dec. 7

98 Degrees at Christmas

Remember this dreamy boy band? Kick back with your girls at this throwback show at MPAC in Morristown, featuring both holiday hits and top tracks like “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” and “Because of You.”

Dec. 11

Fairleigh Dance Project Winter Showcase

Head to the Madison campus to mix up your usual night at the ballet. Half the proceeds benefit St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

Dec. 16

Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular

Irish step dance and holiday tunes meet at this celebration at The Newton Theatre. You’ll be amazed by the moves of this world-renowned troupe of 20 talented artists.


Dec. 1-16

The 2nd Annual Marketspace at Westfield

The first three weekends in December are all about shopping and entertainment. Peruse a collection of handmade wares and vintage goodies (you just might knock a few picks off your holiday wish list).

Dec. 4

Art After Hours

Calling all creatives! This curator-led tour of a new exhibition at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers in New Brunswick on the 60s art of Lydia Masterkova and Evgenii Rukhin is also accompanied by DJ’ed tunes and refreshments.

Dec. 6

Girls’ Night Out

Head to Historic Smithville in Galloway for two hours of shopping. Best part? Every store will be running a unique special (think merch discounts, food tastings and more). Don’t miss the light-up trees dancing to holiday music on Lake Meone.

Dec. 11

Painting Wine Glasses

Visit Milltown to get your DIY on. Decorate two vino glasses (all materials supplied) to show off this holiday, and BYO snacks and sips.


Dec. 7

The Great Russian Nutcracker

See Moscow Ballet’s masterful performance of this classic at the Theatre at RVCC in Branchburg. Forty top dancers will wow the crowd with their moves, plus their costumes.

Dec 8-9

NJDTE Presents the Nutcracker

Montclair State will be hosting this performance of 60+ NJ dancers and 12 international featured artists. Let the Tchaikovsky score get you spirited for the season.

Dec. 14

NJ Ballet’s Nutcracker

This show, featuring the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, boasts epic special effects and top-tier choreography. Head to MPAC in Morristown for a seat.

Dec. 23

The Royal Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

Hopewell Theater will host this rendition that honors the original. See everything from the Sugar Plum Fairies to dancing snowflakes.


Dec. 1, 8

Laser Beatles

Visit the RVCC Planetarium in Branchburg to tune out with tracks like “Twist and Shout,” “Get Back” and “Revolution.” The music will pair with a vibrant laser show.

Dec. 6

Candlelight Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA

Go for a historic venture in Montclair that’ll take you through holiday seasons’ past. See how people used to celebrate in the 1700s and beyond, taste some wassail and warm up by the hearth.

Dec. 9

Snowkus Pocus

This show at the Wilkins Theatre in Union is chock-full of wintry magic. See ballet, circus acts, acrobatics and more.

Dec. 13


This five-piece vocal group slays Motown, soul, pop and contemporary hits. Tap your feet along to the action at Toms River’s Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts.

Dec. 14, 29

The Dinner Detective

Put on your sleuthing caps to solve a murder at the DoubleTree in Fort Lee. Chow down on hors d’Oeuvres, salad, an entree and dessert while collecting clues and laughing along at the murder mystery players.

Dec. 16

Cocktail Hour: The Show

Ballets with a Twist is putting on a show dedicated to classic cocktails like the martini, Manhattan and mai tai. Stunning vignettes will carry you through the night (plus the cocktails, mocktails beer and wine!). Add a $60 dinner for two at the French bistro Claude Bis to your ticket purchase.

White Christmas Sing-Along

Kean is serving up an old-school flick with lyrics that’ll dance along the bottom of the screen. Sing along to throwbacks like “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing” and “White Christmas.”

Dec. 28

Colonial Ball

This isn’t your average end-of-the-year party. Visit the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple to dance the night away with soldiers (period dress is neither required nor discouraged).


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