Dec. 2: Brighten up the Boro
Glassboro comes alive each year with holiday cheer at the annual Boro in Lights tree lighting event. Rowan Boulevard will be decked to the nines in lights and decorations, with horse and carriage rides, an ice sculpture demonstration and an appearance by Santa Claus himself, who helps light the Boulevard’s massive evergreen tree. ?
6-9 p.m. at Rowan Blvd., Glassboro, Glassboro.org
Dec. 4: Santa at Smithville
Spend the afternoon welcoming Santa to Smithville as you stroll through Historic Smithville Park listening to carolers, watching ice carving demonstrations and touring the Smithville Mansion. There will be vendors selling their wares, a bonfire with s’mores and hot cocoa, and more; even real, live reindeer who are taking a break before Dec. 24. ?
Noon to 4 p.m. at Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, Co.Burlington.NJ.Us
Dec. 4: Fun for All
Special needs children and their families are invited to hang out with Santa and participate in the tradition of taking photos in an environment that’s sensitive to their needs. Santa Cares supports the sensory needs of children and takes the time to let your children enjoy the experience in their own, special way. ?
9-11 a.m. at the Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, VoorheesTownCenter.com
Dec. 10: Historic Holidays
Come out for the annual Holiday Open House of Alice Paul’s birthplace at historic Paulsdale. Learn about the equal rights advocate through the “In Pursuit of Ordinary Equality” exhibit, enjoy refreshments, gift shops, holiday decorations in Quaker style and of course, the history that surrounds you. ?
2-4 p.m. at Alice Paul Institute at Paulsdale, Mount Laurel, AlicePaul.org
Dec. 10: Christmas, Castles and Crafts
You are invited to see Breidenhart Castle of Lutheran Crossings Enhanced Living decorated for the holidays while shopping and taking pictures with Santa. Start crossing off your gift list as you browse through the various crafters selling unique and handmade gifts. All of this?holiday joy will benefit the residents of Lutheran Crossings Enhanced Living at Moorestown. ?
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lutheran Crossings Enhanced Living, Moorestown, LSMNJ.org
Dec. 25: Party the Day Away
Jewish families across South Jersey have a fun way to celebrate Dec. 25 together at the Katz JCC’s Family Fun Day. It kicks off with a character breakfast at 10:15 a.m. featuring kid favorites like Elmo, Rapunzel and Chase from Paw Patrol, followed by a Fiddler on the Roof sing-along for all. The night ends with their annual comedy show, Laughter & Lo Mein, featuring comedy and a full Chinese buffet for dinner. ?
10:15 a.m. at Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, KatzJCC.org
Dec. 31: Something to Celebrate
With Hanukkah ending on New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is throwing the party of the year in a family-friendly setting, including food, games and a DJ so you can dance the night away. Adults can BYOB and lounge while children can make their own sundaes and count down the minutes to next year.
6:30 p.m. at Congregation M’Kor Shalom, JewishSouthJersey.org
Dec. 31: Counting Down
Ring in the New Year at Haddonfield’s iconic First Night. The evening features family fun activities for kids 9 and under, music featuring local artists, comedy, dancing, magic and venues. As the clock strikes midnight the skies will light up with a special fireworks display to welcome 2017. ?
5 p.m. to midnight at Downtown Haddonfield, Haddonfield, FirstNightHaddonfield.org
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 9 (November, 2016).
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