Special Edition: Nov. 24 - Dec. 3 | Explore Warren

 

Special Edition: Nov. 24 - Dec. 3

"What if today, we were just grateful for everything?" - Charlie Brown

With such a busy season upon us, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle-bustle, and lose sight of what should be the focus of the Thanksgiving holiday: gratitude. We are grateful for our Explore Warren followers, and for all the hard-working local businesses that plan the promotions and events that comprise this newsletter! Thank you! 

This special edition of Wanderings celebrates the upcoming four-day weekend, which includes Small Business Saturday and officially kicks off the holiday season. We encourage you to shop small (and unique, with two major craft shows next weekend) for those special gifts. A tradition for many families is to visit a local farm to find that perfect Christmas tree, so we've updated our list of Warren County choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms for your reference. Santa will be appearing at numerous events this weekend and next, so read on to plan your visit!

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Wanderings!

Coming Up: 

Holiday Bazaar at Infloressense

Shop local at this month-long, indoor market featuring a wide variety of items, including gift baskets, books (new and old, plus a focus on local authors), local honey, chocolate, art, crystals and jewels, artifacts, plants and botanicals, gourd bird houses, and more! Weekends feature local baked goods and oracle readings in the purple tent. Live music and open mic nights may be featured on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Holiday Greenhouse Tour at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Well-Sweep invites everyone to experience the serenity of their greenhouses, filled with unusual blossoms and exotic scents with greenhouse tours Friday and Saturday. Reservations required.
Cactus wearing a sombrero and string lights surrounded by packages against a dark blue background

Holiday Wine Trail @ Villa Milagro Vineyards

Luminarias will light the indoor cantina and outdoor pergola where traditional Mexican cookies, buñuelos, will be served with VMV holiday wines. 

Peter Karp Band @ Roy's Hall

The Peter Karp Band continues to carve out his own unique niche, with a sound born in the swamps of New Jersey and the trailer parks in southern Alabama.

Country Christmas Shop @ Godlewsky Farms & Greenhouses

Godlewsky Farms is celebrating the season by inviting everyone to enjoy their shop complete with wreaths, handmade grave blankets, fresh cut trees, center pieces and more!

Small Business Saturday in Washington Borough

Patronize local businesses in Washington Borough on Small Business Saturday, when there is a chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, hear some great music and get a jump on holiday shopping!

Shop Small Saturday in Hackettstown

Come out for Hackettstown's Shop Small Saturday for live music, great bargains, a chance to spin the wheel for BID bucks and a tote full of coupons!

Jingle on Main in Blairstown

 A festive Small Business Saturday event featuring at least 60 local vendors, food and music, presented by the Blairstown Enhancement Committee and held throughout Blairstown's Historic Main Street.

Corks and Crafts @ Brook Hollow Winery

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at Brook Hollow's weekend event featuring local vendors, wine, and live music!

Phillipsburg's Annual Tree Lighting and Santa Visit

Come out to Shappell Park for hot cocoa, music, crafts for the kids, giveaways, face painting and photos with Santa and Frosty!

Merry Green Up Weekend at Flowerland Growers

Create your very own Christmas centerpiece, arrangement, mantelpiece or wreath with Flowerland's friendly assistance and wares! You may bring your own container or choose from their selection.

Holiday Shopping Trail in Belvidere

Stop in for a map of participating retailers, enter each drawing and get your map stamped. Follow the directions and enter to win prizes!

Hometown Holiday in Washington Borough

Hometown Holiday is a celebration that will light up the downtown with Santa selfies, free crafts for kids, horse and carriage rides (weather permitting), cookies and hot chocolate, live music, strolling brass band and more!

Hackettstown's Hometown Holiday

The Hackettstown BID hosts their 18th annual Hometown Holiday celebration with music, treats, horse-drawn carriage rides through the Historic District, Santa parade, tree lighting at Centenary, Santa Selfie Station and much more!

Christmas Open House in Hackettstown

Enjoy live music, refreshments and vintage Santas at the Hackettstown Historical museum open house.

Downton Abbey-style Dinner @ Twenty Belvidere

Enjoy a sumptuous five-course dinner followed by a sinfully decadent dessert. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner. Cost is $75 per guest, including tax and gratuity. Call 908-476-9951 or email landiaulaire@outlook.com to reserve your seat.

Franklin Township Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Enjoy an evening of carols, cocoa, snacks and the Christmas Tree lighting! Oh, and Santa will be there too!

Breakfast with Santa at Broadway UMC

Bring your camera to Broadway UMC's annual Santa breakfast.

Breakfast with Santa @ Architects Golf Club

Ol' Saint Nick will be posing for photos with boys and girls and listening to their Christmas wish lists! Limited seating is available; you are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.

13th Annual Crafts in the Warren Tech

More than 130 of the area's finest crafters and artisans come together for this one-day juried event to display their unique handmade items. The event features door prizes, lunch options, bake sales, and more for a fun-filled holiday shopping experience.

46th Hope Christmas Craft Market

This wonderful town-wide holiday tradition spans two days, with six buildings full of holiday cheer to explore. Santa will be available in the Community Center for that special holiday photo. Small entrance fee to enter all buildings both days. Don't miss out on entering to win a hand crafted Amish quilt, and be sure to pop in the local stores, too!

Belvidere Tree Lighting

Belvidere hosts its annual Christmas tree lighting complete with Santa, music, snacks, crafts and more!

Phillipsburg Holly Jolly Express Day

All the railroad non-profits will be open for "Holly Jolly Express Day" including the Historic Roseberry House. In addition, Phillipsburg Union Station will have it first of its kind Holiday Market with craft vendors inside and food trucks outside. There will be four walkable areas of railroad fun and free trolley rides.

Operation Toy Train in Washington Boro

Operation Toy Train is once again making its way into Washington Boro via the tracks at the park and pool. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on board to help load the train.

Santa presented by the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians

 The Centerville and Southwestern miniature railroad will be in operation and Santa will interact with guests. Small gift bags for children, and complimentary hot chocolate and coffee for all.

A Wassail Tour in Belvidere

Tour through five historic homes and the Warren County Historical Society building. Tickets can be purchased through The Cellar Door and Found. This event is sponsored by the Belvidere Tree Lighting Committee and trolley transportation will be available.

Annual Breakfast with Santa at Mountain Lake

Greet Santa at the Lakeview Room and enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast. Bring your camera!

Holiday Celebration & Craft Fair at Rutherfurd Hall

This holiday event hosted by Rutherfurd Hall will include photos with Santa, horse and carriage rides, arts and crafts, dance performances, cookie decorating, holiday music and pet adoptions through Cold Nose, Warm Heart Animal Rescue!

Father Christmas at the VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead

Come visit Father Christmas at the farmstead! This is a free event for children and adults.
Continuing: 

Christmas in the Country at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Visit Well-Sweep Herb Farm at a time of year when garden fairies transform the Gift Shop into a Christmas Wonderland! Beautiful handmade fresh evergreen wreaths, sprays and arrangements will be available, and orders for custom wreaths are accepted. Look for special events, tours and classes.

3rd Annual Fair Trade Holiday Market @ Kathy's Kove

Kathy's Kove & Kafe hosts its Third Annual Fair Trade Galley Holiday event, Wednesday-Sunday, through December. Stop by for some shopping, refreshments and know your purchases go to support fair trade and Ghana 4E, a computer learning center in Omanjor, Ghana – Africa.

3rd Annual Fair Trade Holiday Market @ Kathy's Kove

Wednesday, December 20, 2023 to Saturday, December 23, 2023
Wednesday, December 27, 2023
Kathy's Kove & Kafe hosts its 3rd Annual Fair Trade Galley Holiday market, Wednesday-Sunday, November through December. Stop by for shopping, refreshments and know your purchases go to support fair trade and Ghana 4E, a computer learning center in Omanjor, Ghana – Africa and other Fair Trade organizations around the world.
Plan Ahead: 

Flowerland Under the Lights

A wonderful night of twinkling lights, the scents of the season, decorating and shopping ideas, plus holiday giveaways and refreshments!

Hope's Annual Moravian Christmas

The historic village is lit with some 1,500 luminaries for a lantern walking tour held every 20 minutes from 4 - 6pm. Enjoy a Moravian candlelight service at 7:30pm on Saturday, while other activities include the Festival of Trees at the Inn, Putz Replica of the Nativity Story at the Distillery, a live Nativity and food at the community center. Tickets required for the guided lantern tour.

Murder Mystery Dinner @ Four Sisters

This is interactive dinner where you'll help solve the crime! It starts with a formal wine tasting, followed by a plated dinner of Chicken Parmesan, salad, roasted vegetables, bread, and dessert. This is a 21+ event.

Water Gap Singers presents Holiday Song Festival

Swing into the holiday season with the Water Gap Singers, who will be sharing a variety of musical greetings of the season.

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We hope you've found this to be informative, and now feel inspired to come out and explore Warren County!

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Coming Up: 

Holiday Bazaar at Infloressense

Shop local at this month-long, indoor market featuring a wide variety of items, including gift baskets, books (new and old, plus a focus on local authors), local honey, chocolate, art, crystals and jewels, artifacts, plants and botanicals, gourd bird houses, and more! Weekends feature local baked goods and oracle readings in the purple tent. Live music and open mic nights may be featured on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Peter Karp Band @ Roy's Hall

The Peter Karp Band continues to carve out his own unique niche, with a sound born in the swamps of New Jersey and the trailer parks in southern Alabama.

Jingle on Main in Blairstown

 A festive Small Business Saturday event featuring at least 60 local vendors, food and music, presented by the Blairstown Enhancement Committee and held throughout Blairstown's Historic Main Street.

Merry Green Up Weekend at Flowerland Growers

Create your very own Christmas centerpiece, arrangement, mantelpiece or wreath with Flowerland's friendly assistance and wares! You may bring your own container or choose from their selection.

Hometown Holiday in Washington Borough

Hometown Holiday is a celebration that will light up the downtown with Santa selfies, free crafts for kids, horse and carriage rides (weather permitting), cookies and hot chocolate, live music, strolling brass band and more!

Hackettstown's Hometown Holiday

The Hackettstown BID hosts their 18th annual Hometown Holiday celebration with music, treats, horse-drawn carriage rides through the Historic District, Santa parade, tree lighting at Centenary, Santa Selfie Station and much more!

Breakfast with Santa @ Architects Golf Club

Ol' Saint Nick will be posing for photos with boys and girls and listening to their Christmas wish lists! Limited seating is available; you are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.

13th Annual Crafts in the Warren Tech

More than 130 of the area's finest crafters and artisans come together for this one-day juried event to display their unique handmade items. The event features door prizes, lunch options, bake sales, and more for a fun-filled holiday shopping experience.

46th Hope Christmas Craft Market

This wonderful town-wide holiday tradition spans two days, with six buildings full of holiday cheer to explore. Santa will be available in the Community Center for that special holiday photo. Small entrance fee to enter all buildings both days. Don't miss out on entering to win a hand crafted Amish quilt, and be sure to pop in the local stores, too!

Phillipsburg Holly Jolly Express Day

All the railroad non-profits will be open for "Holly Jolly Express Day" including the Historic Roseberry House. In addition, Phillipsburg Union Station will have it first of its kind Holiday Market with craft vendors inside and food trucks outside. There will be four walkable areas of railroad fun and free trolley rides.

Operation Toy Train in Washington Boro

Operation Toy Train is once again making its way into Washington Boro via the tracks at the park and pool. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on board to help load the train.

A Wassail Tour in Belvidere

Tour through five historic homes and the Warren County Historical Society building. Tickets can be purchased through The Cellar Door and Found. This event is sponsored by the Belvidere Tree Lighting Committee and trolley transportation will be available.

Holiday Celebration & Craft Fair at Rutherfurd Hall

This holiday event hosted by Rutherfurd Hall will include photos with Santa, horse and carriage rides, arts and crafts, dance performances, cookie decorating, holiday music and pet adoptions through Cold Nose, Warm Heart Animal Rescue!

 
Continuing: 

Christmas in the Country at Well-Sweep Herb Farm

Visit Well-Sweep Herb Farm at a time of year when garden fairies transform the Gift Shop into a Christmas Wonderland! Beautiful handmade fresh evergreen wreaths, sprays and arrangements will be available, and orders for custom wreaths are accepted. Look for special events, tours and classes.

3rd Annual Fair Trade Holiday Market @ Kathy's Kove

Kathy's Kove & Kafe hosts its Third Annual Fair Trade Galley Holiday event, Wednesday-Sunday, through December. Stop by for some shopping, refreshments and know your purchases go to support fair trade and Ghana 4E, a computer learning center in Omanjor, Ghana – Africa.

3rd Annual Fair Trade Holiday Market @ Kathy's Kove

Kathy's Kove & Kafe hosts its 3rd Annual Fair Trade Galley Holiday market, Wednesday-Sunday, November through December. Stop by for shopping, refreshments and know your purchases go to support fair trade and Ghana 4E, a computer learning center in Omanjor, Ghana – Africa and other Fair Trade organizations around the world.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Flowerland Under the Lights

A wonderful night of twinkling lights, the scents of the season, decorating and shopping ideas, plus holiday giveaways and refreshments!

Hope's Annual Moravian Christmas

The historic village is lit with some 1,500 luminaries for a lantern walking tour held every 20 minutes from 4 - 6pm. Enjoy a Moravian candlelight service at 7:30pm on Saturday, while other activities include the Festival of Trees at the Inn, Putz Replica of the Nativity Story at the Distillery, a live Nativity and food at the community center. Tickets required for the guided lantern tour.

Murder Mystery Dinner @ Four Sisters

This is interactive dinner where you'll help solve the crime! It starts with a formal wine tasting, followed by a plated dinner of Chicken Parmesan, salad, roasted vegetables, bread, and dessert. This is a 21+ event.

Murder Mystery Happenings @ Four Sisters

Sunday, March 17, 2024 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, April 21, 2024 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

It’s not a typical who done it. It’s the guests in the audience that create a witty, weaving story line. As the plot thickens, the victim falls prey and the detectives investigate with deductive reasoning to reveal the murderer. Attendees will also enjoy a formal wine tasting, delicious Chicken Parmigana dinner with pasta, salad, bread and dessert.