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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.

December 1-8

Greenwood Gardens

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.

December 1-3

38th Annual Holiday Craft Show

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.

White Christmas at Kelsey Theatre

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.

December 2

Ha Ha Holiday Comedy Show

There’s no cure for holiday stress like laughter. Head to Rutherfurd Hall Mansion in Allamuchy for seasonal stand-up and a cash bar.

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway is hosting an A1 orchestra ensemble conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson.

December 2-3

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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.

Holly Walk

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.

Holiday Brunch and Boutique

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.

December 3

A Holiday Wine Tasting

Monmouth Museum in Lincroft will be serving up samples from the Martin Scott Wines portfolio for 21-and-overs to sip while appreciating art.

Edible Jersey Holiday Market

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).

December 5

Decorate an Ugly Holiday Sweater

Venture to Hillsborough Library to make your own tacky seasonal masterpiece. Bring a sweater and embellish it with all the library-provided decorations.

December 7

Namaste for the Holidays

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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Art and Craft: SOMA Film Festival

This Maplewood screening of this documentary is sure to inspire artists of all kinds. Watch while munching popcorn and sipping wine.

December 9

Parade of Lights 2017

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.

December 10

Musictalks Chanukah Program

Listen to seasonal tunes, discuss the sounds and instruments, meet the musicians and end the night with a doughnut.

December 11

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer

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.  

December 17

Home for the Holidays

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.

Grain House Caroler Brunch

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.

December 20

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Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler: A Christmas Tour

New Brunswick’s State Theatre is hosting a country-themed Christmas show filled with classics and new tunes.

December 21

Winter Solstice Celebration

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.

December 30-31

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Squeeze one more road trip into your 2017 and head to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music to see this Christmas classic.

December 31

Puttin’ on the Ritz

End your year with Broadway classics and symphonic mastery, all at Westfield High School.

EagleMania

2017 will end with singing, dancing and good times at UCPAC’s EagleMania show. This cover band will play all the big hits.

Ongoing

Nocturnal at iPlay America

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!

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Super Swing Tuesdays at 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.

Broadway Under the Stars

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.

Home of Happiness Rocky Horror Picture Show

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.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem

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.

The Tasting Room

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.

Muah Makeup and Lash Bar

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.

Dry Bar

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.

Pinot’s Palette

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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ArteVino Studio

This paint-your-own gem has studios in 6 NJ towns. Join a regularly scheduled class or book a private party.

Top Golf

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

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.

 
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