Things to Do Without the Kids in December
Oh, what fun it is to have a night (or afternoon) out with your honey or friends!
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Take a break from the holiday hustle and pencil one of these festive events onto your calendar.
Get in the holiday spirit or get some decor inspo by perusing this decked-out house in Short Hills. End the tour with cider and cookies.
The Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus is full of one-of-a-kind items and crafts that make the best holiday gifts. Shop the boutique for wreaths, art, ornaments and more.
Make your way to West Windsor for this classic production about a duo of WWII vets that follow a pair of sister vocalists to Vermont to perform at a lodge over the holidays.
There’s no cure for holiday stress like laughter. Head to Rutherfurd Hall Mansion in Allamuchy for seasonal stand-up and a cash bar.
Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway is hosting an A1 orchestra ensemble conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson.
Photo courtesy of Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market
Venture to Sparta for this Deutchland-inspired holiday extravaganza. Shop, eat and bundle up for a two-day exploration of the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk.
Madison’s Museum of Early Trades and Crafts has six historic sites open and decked out for the holidays. Walk through Acorn Hall, Macculloch Hall, Ford Mansion, METC, Schuyler-Hamilton House and Stickley Museum and Craftsman Farms for stunning sights and live holiday music.
Bottagra Restaurant in Hawthorne is throwing a brunch and luncheon chock-full of raffle prizes, shopping and, of course, delicious food. Don’t be shy about indulging in unlimited mimosas, either.
Monmouth Museum in Lincroft will be serving up samples from the Martin Scott Wines portfolio for 21-and-overs to sip while appreciating art.
The Willow Stone in Gladstone will be the place to be for all NJ locavores and foodies. Shop holiday food and gifts (think wine, cheese, coffee, home goods and more).
Venture to Hillsborough Library to make your own tacky seasonal masterpiece. Bring a sweater and embellish it with all the library-provided decorations.
AMP Yoga Studio in Springfield is hosting a holiday market with 16 craft vendors, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Don’t miss raffles or yoga discounts!
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This Maplewood screening of this documentary is sure to inspire artists of all kinds. Watch while munching popcorn and sipping wine.
How’s this for a romantic Saturday night? A parade of boats will light up and cruise the Delaware River while music bumps in Philly. Feel like a kid again and visit the entertainment in Santa’s Workshop on the Water.
Listen to seasonal tunes, discuss the sounds and instruments, meet the musicians and end the night with a doughnut.
Calling all art buffs! See the stunning Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit on a guided tour of European and Renaissance art. See tons of his works and have lunch.
Make the trip to Rahway at UCPAC for a night of live music. Enjoy the talents of the Pixie Dust Players, a youth theatre org that’ll play songs from Pippin, Wicked and more.
This seasonal meal at Basking Ridge’s Grain House Restaurant will have top-tier food and dazzling holiday music alike. Performances will be put on by the Bernards High School Choir.
Photo courtesy of State Theatre
New Brunswick’s State Theatre is hosting a country-themed Christmas show filled with classics and new tunes.
What better way to meditate on a fresh start than with yoga, fireside songs and s’mores? Do it all at Early Street Community Garden in Morristown.
Squeeze one more road trip into your 2017 and head to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music to see this Christmas classic.
End your year with Broadway classics and symphonic mastery, all at Westfield High School.
2017 will end with singing, dancing and good times at UCPAC’s EagleMania show. This cover band will play all the big hits.
Every Friday for the rest of the year, you can grab your girls and head to Freehold for a 21-and-over bash. Grab a bite at the Game Time Bar and Grill, bop along to a DJ, explore the indoor boardwalk and treat yourself at the Broadway Sweets candy store. Don’t skip out on go karting, laser tag or the 4-D theater!
Photo courtesy of Brix Restaurant and Bar
Learn West Coast Swing with WCS National Champion Arjay Centeno. Bring a partner to socialize and dance with at this Belleville hotspot.
On December 4 and 11, you can see Broadway talent at the Shops at Columbus Circle. Skip the ticket hassle and see performances from Chicago, Waitress and Anastasia on the 4th, then SpongeBob SquarePants, Once on This Island and A Bronx Tale completely for free on the second-floor mezzanine.
On every first and third Saturday of the month, see a live shadowcast at Bellevue Theater in Montclair of everyone’s fave cult classic. Bring your props and dress to impress in true RHPS fashion.
What better place to celebrate the holidays than the Christmas City? From now through December 23, make a day trip or weekend out of a visit to Bethlehem, PA to see one of the top holiday markets in the world. Scour handmade gift items, listen to holiday tunes, sample fresh seasonal fare and more.
Taste Faustini Wines straight from Napa, CA at the Long Branch tasting room. Sample 3 different 1.5 oz pours alongside chocolate (courtesy of 2 Chicks with Chocolate, a chocolatier with locations in Metuchen and Middletown) and cheese pairings with the help of a wine enthusiast.
Book a seat at this Westwood makeup bar and take a lesson in smoky eye, cat eye, contouring and more. Choose a date and time, then the wine and snacks. You’ll also get a cool 10 percent off all Muah Makeup products after the class.
Get styled as a group at Drybar in Paramus or Summit. Sip some bubbly while getting signature styles like the Old Fashioned, Cosmo and Uptini. All products and styles have punny names inspired by classic cocktails.
Choose a paint day, throw on an apron and get to work at one of 17 New Jersey locales. And, of course, don’t forget to bring your snacks or wine to this BYOB fave.
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This paint-your-own gem has studios in 6 NJ towns. Join a regularly scheduled class or book a private party.
Reserve a bay for you and the girls in Edison to shoot golf balls while chowing down on signature cocktails and high-end apps. Best part? You don’t need to be a golfer to have a blast.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown offers a unique way to release your stress . Get safety training before taking a lesson in hatchet throwing. Then practice your skills by throwing in a private pit. You’ll have a blast trying to nail the bullseye on wooden targets.