The end of December means the beginning of celebrating Kwanzaa, which starts on December 26 and features eight nights of culture and holiday traditions based on 7 principles. Learn more about the holiday at these events around New Jersey:

December 9

Kwanzaa Vendor Fair
Herbert Hoover Middle School, Edison
Join the NAACP Metuchen-Edison- Piscataway Local Branch for inspirational performances, speeches and visual art based on the 7 principles of Kwanzaa.

Harambee Breakfast & Kwanzaa Celebration
Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune City
Hosted by the North Shore Area Section, your family will learn about the holiday while eating a delicious breakfast celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

December 10

Festival of Trees
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
The outdoor winter festival celebrates Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice through games, stories, musical entertainment, a story walk, photo ops with Santa, as well as food vendors and a holiday market.

December 23

Kwanzaa Family Festival
NJPAC, Newark
Free family activities, including dance and drumming classes, face painting, storytelling, and arts and crafts workshops will be held throughout the campus. You can join in classes by Umoja Dance Company and Zawadi African Dance & Drum. A highlight of the day’s celebration will be a Kwanzaa candle-lighting ceremony and a vibunzi — a tradition of honoring young people with an ear of corn (or, in this case, fresh fruits and vegetables) to represent the hope for the future they bring. In addition, the Arts Center’s annual Kwanzaa Marketplace, featuring local crafters, artists, and merchants, will fill two floors of the Arts Center. 


December 26 – January 1, 2024

Kwanzaa Celebration
Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
Join all your Sesame Street friends for a festive and fun Kwanzaa celebration. Each night, enjoy a special story time and Kinara lighting as you learn all about the celebrations and principles of Kwanzaa.

December 27

Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland
Van Saun Park, Paramus
There will be outdoor ice skating, games, a beer and wine garden, ice bumper cars and weekly Bergen County-based live entertainment. December 2 is the tree lighting, December 13 is the menorah lighting and December 27 is the kinara lighting.

December 28

Community Kwanzaa Celebration
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, New Brunswick
In the third floor exhibition space you can learn all about the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Hosted by the NAACP New Brunswick Area Branch.

December 29

Kwanzaa Dance Party
Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island, NY
Kids can learn West African drumming and dances from actor, musician and spoken-word artist Gregory Taylor and choreographer and dancer Walter Rutledge.

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