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Santa, Santa Everywhere - Starting November 30, 2022

“Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.” - Bart Simpson

We can debate the true meaning of Christmas, but whatever you believe, one thing is certain: Santa will be all over Warren County this weekend! He MUST be magic, because he's going to be in several places at once, arriving via fire truck, train, and even flying in on an airplane! This week's photo is courtesy of Pete Blaess of Phillipsburg Railroad Historians, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via historic Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad caboose #18. Breakfast with Santa? Check. Santa at various tree lightings? Check. Photos with Santa - and pets? Check. He will even be visiting an historic farmstead early next week. 

Okay, enough about Santa! Moving on! Warren County presents two major craft fairs this weekend, and Centenary Stage Company premieres this year's Family Holiday Spectacular, Cinderella. And despite what Bart Simpson may believe, Christmas is a season of giving, and you will see a couple of opportunities to donate to worthy causes. Read on to find out about even more things to do, and we can't wrap things up before making sure you know where to find Choose and Cut Christmas trees in our area.

Happy Santa searching, and Happy Wanderings!

This Week: 

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 pecial events, tours and classes. The Farm is open 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 11am-4pm.

A Night at the Races Beefsteak presented by DASACC

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 6:00pm
Watch a videotaped horse race narrated by America’s top-rated announcers. All the suspense and close-up action that will make you feel like you are at the racetrack. Purchase your own horse and name it in the program. And have a great meal!

Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella @ CSC

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 7:30pm to Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 2:00pm
Inspired by the 1997 teleplay starring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother, this adaptation for the stage includes warmth, hilarity, and romance. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance in this year's family holiday spectacular at Centenary Stage Company.

Merry Green Up Weekend at Flowerland Growers

Friday, December 2, 2022 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Create your very own Christmas centerpiece, arrangement, mantelpiece or wreath with Flowerland! You may bring your own container or choose from their selection.

Belvidere's Holiday Shopping Trail

Friday, December 2, 2022 to Sunday, December 4, 2022
Shop small for unique gifts, and a chance to win one of three gift baskets!

Hackettstown's Annual Hometown Holiday Celebration

Friday, December 2, 2022 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, December 4, 2022 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
The Hackettstown BID hosts the Annual Hometown Holiday celebration with music, treats, horse-drawn carriage rides through the Historic District, Santa parade, tree lighting, Santa Selfie Station and much more!

Hackettstown Historical Society Museum Open House

Friday, December 2, 2022 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
All are welcome to Hackettstown Historical Society's annual Hometown Holiday Open House, which will feature hundreds of vintage Santas, light refreshments and live music. 

Hometown Holiday in Washington Borough

Friday, December 2, 2022 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
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!

Live Acoustic Music and Dining at Chefs Catering

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 6:00pm
Mike Ventura, an exceptional singer and songwriter, will be singing & playing acoustic music.during dinner! Dine with chefs Catering on Friday, no reservations required!

Breakfast with Santa at Broadway UMC

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
8:00am to 12:30pm
By Donation. Bring Your Camera! Call 908-619-6455.

12th Annual Crafts in the Warren Tech

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
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.

45th Hope Christmas Craft Market

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, December 4, 2022 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
The 45th anniversary of a wonderful town-wide holiday event spans two days with six buildings to explore full of holiday cheer!

Santa Flies into Blairstown Airport

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:30am
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Santa flying into the Blairstown Airport! Please arrive early to see him land and you'll have the opportunity to sit with Santa! Nibble on something tasty from the airport's special Santa menu!

Belvidere Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
12:00pm to 8:00pm
Belvidere is hosting their annual Christmas tree lighting complete with Santa, ice skating, Santa Paws photos, music, snacks, crafts and more!

Santa Paws Pet Photo Event

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Santa "Paws" is coming to Whole Pets Market in Mansfield! For $10 you will receive a holiday-themed frame and a link to digitally download the photo. Hosted by Pet Adoption League, all proceeds benefit animals waiting for new homes! Pets are required to be in a carrier or on a leash.

Santa presented by the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
 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.

Music at Milagro: Peter Coccorese

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Peter Coccorese will be joined by Jeff on harmonica and Heather on vocals & guitar. $15 cover includes seating, music, wine tasting and samplings of a variety of holiday treats!

Candy Cane Lane Lights and Santa Event in Hackettstown

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Sure to put you in the holiday spirit, Hackettstown BID is bringing back Candy Cane Lane at Hackettstown High School. Santa and one of his elves will hand all cars a goody bag at the end. Reservations are required so sign up today!

Aztec Two-Step 2.0 at Roy's Hall

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 8:00pm
Aztec Two-Step debuted in ’72 with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records helping to usher the folk-rock music of the 1960s into the 1970s and beyond.

Annual Breakfast with Santa at Mountain Lake

Sunday, December 4, 2022 -
8:00am to 11:30am
Greet Santa at the Lakeview Room and enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast. Bring your camera!

Breakfast with Santa @ Architects Golf Club

Sunday, December 4, 2022 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2022 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Ol' Saint Nick will be taking photos with good boys and girls and, of course, listening to their Christmas wish lists! Limited seating is available. You are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.

Operation Toy Train in Washington Boro

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 12:00pm
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.

Music at Milagro: Lonely Sailors

Sunday, December 4, 2022 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Lonely Sailors sing some salty songs from sea, some traditional Irish tunes and other popular pieces. $15 cover includes seating, music and wine tasting.

St. Theodore's Invitational Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 3:00pm
Welcome the holidays by enjoying a concert including several local choirs and instrumental groups. Free, but donations accepted. Refreshments afterward.

WCCC Visiting Authors Series: Poet Terrance Hayes

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 4:00pm
Poet Terrance Hayes, who has authored six books of poetry as well as collections of short stories and essays, conducts a master class at 4pm and a reading, Q&A and book signing at 7:30pm. Both are free and open to the public but pre-registration is required for the master class.

Father Christmas at the VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Come visit Father Christmas at the VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Homestead! This is a free event for children and adults.
Continuing: 

The Polar Express Train with Delaware River Railroad Excursion

Friday, December 2, 2022 to Sunday, December 4, 2022
Inspired by the run-away hit movie produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express complete with hot chocolate and cookies, reading of the Polar Express and Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own sleigh bell.

December Live Music @ Tiptons

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 7:00pmSaturday, December 3, 2022 - 9:00pmFriday, December 9, 2022 - 7:00pmSaturday, December 10, 2022 - 8:00pmFriday, December 16, 2022 - 7:00pmSaturday, December 17, 2022 - 8:00pm
Enjoy good food and live music at Tiptons in December. This week features Mind & Soul and Naked Jake.

Brook Hollow Live Music in December

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 6:00pmSaturday, December 3, 2022 - 2:00pmSunday, December 4, 2022 - 2:00pm
The wines are being poured and the week looks great for Brook Hollow's music line-up featuring John Cain, Stan & Elise and DNA/ Alex & Danni.

UACNJ Online Presentations: "What's Up in the November Sky?"

This week's online presentation begs the question "What's Up in the November Sky?" with speaker Lonny Buinis.

Christmas in the Country Trail

Mackey’s Orchard, Flowerland Growers and Four Sisters Winery invite your family to enjoy a fun-filled day of Christmas trees, baked goods, wine tasting and much more on the Christmas in the Country Trail! You will receive a pair of commemorative trail wine glasses with a $5 minimum purchase at each farm.
Plan Ahead: 

Kids Cooking Workshop @ Rutherfurd Hall

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 -
3:20pm to 4:20pm
Join the Chef It Up team to cook some Polar Express Holiday Treats including holiday cookies and hot chocolate dippers.

Trivia Night to Support the Warren County Sheriff's Dept. @ Invertase

Thursday, December 8, 2022 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Put your trivia hat on and help a great cause at Invertase. A portion of the proceeds will go to a fund for fallen officers.

Kids Holiday Paint Night at Rutherfurd Hall

Thursday, December 8, 2022 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Calling all kids to Rutherfurd Hall for a paint night of this festive baby Yoda! All supplies included in price.

Adult Paint Night @ Rutherfurd Hall

Thursday, December 8, 2022 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Why not join in on the holiday painting fun? Get creative with Rutherfurd Hall for their holiday paint & sip of this festive gnome.

Artsy Elves Workshop featuring Art-stitution @ Rutherfurd Hall

Friday, December 9, 2022 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Make 3 hand made gifts for those you love and wrap them up for a Christmas surprise! This is for children 5 and up.

Music at Milagro: Frank DiBussolo and Ken Papa

Saturday, December 10, 2022 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
One of the most respected, sought after performers in the Lehigh Valley, Frank DiBussolo will be joined by Ken Papa. Enjoy their music while tasting wine and sampling cookies.

Stone Soup Symphony

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 3:00pm
The Stone Soup Symphony's annual Holiday Concert, hosted by Hackettstown First Presbyterian Church. Free admission – no tickets required. If you cannot attend, the concert will be live-streamed: https://stonesoupsymphony.org/live

Hope's Annual Moravian Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2022 -
4:00pm to 7:30pm
1,500 Luminaries around the whole village with lantern walking tours every 20 minutes from 4-6pm at the community center. Enjoy a Moravian candlelight service at 7:30pm at St.

Community Christmas Dinner @ Hackettstown First Presbyterian

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 5:30pm
All are welcome to this Aound-the-Table Community Christmas Dinner, following the 3pm Stone Soup Symphony Concert. Both are free. Concert in the sanctuary, dinner in the chapel.

Holiday Craft Night at Brook Hollow Winery

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
Come enjoy the holidays and make your very own Mason Jar Snow Globe! All supplies needed are included which also includes a personal cheese board, non-alcoholic beverages, and live music.

Christmas Concert featuring Corinne Mammana @ Villa Milagro Vineyards

Saturday, December 10, 2022 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Corinne Mammana performs a selection of her unique arrangements of classic Christmas songs and carols. Wine will be offered by the bottle and traditional buñuelos will be served with your wine. Tickets are $20.

“A Very Slambovian Christmas” at Roy's Hall

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 8:00pm
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams is a perennial favorite at Roy’s Hall, and their Christmas show has become of the band's premier events of the year, consistently selling out. Drawing on a set list comprised of traditional Christmas songs with a twist, a sprinkling of original holiday tunes, and a generous helping of non-traditional musical fare, it is guaranteed there will be something for everyone!

Murder Mystery Dinner @ Four Sisters

Sunday, December 11, 2022 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
It’s a whodunit with a murderer, a victim, many suspects and everyone’s a detective! Formal wine tasting followed by dinner, dessert and dessert wine. As the evening progresses, the story unravels with murder, a victim and several suspects. Everyone is a detective and the chosen characters will act out their parts adding a little personality of their own.

Music at Milagro: Joe Izen

Sunday, December 11, 2022 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Joe is a guitarist and soloist who plays ballads and contemporary pieces with style and feeling, and guests enjoy his smooth, silky voice. Groups of 4 or more require a reservation.

NJCYB: The Nutcracker at Centenary Stage Co.

Friday, December 16, 2022 to Sunday, December 18, 2022
An enchanting ballet and holiday favorite, The Nutcracker is a classic production for all ages. With the talented young dancers of the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet, Warren County's only non-profit ballet company, and featuring professional dancers from around the world, this production is sure to delight!

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Coming Up: 

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 pecial events, tours and classes. The Farm is open 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 11am-4pm.

A Night at the Races Beefsteak presented by DASACC

Watch a videotaped horse race narrated by America’s top-rated announcers. All the suspense and close-up action that will make you feel like you are at the racetrack. Purchase your own horse and name it in the program. And have a great meal!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella @ CSC

Inspired by the 1997 teleplay starring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother, this adaptation for the stage includes warmth, hilarity, and romance. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance in this year's family holiday spectacular at Centenary Stage Company.

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!

12th 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.

Santa Flies into Blairstown Airport

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Santa flying into the Blairstown Airport! Please arrive early to see him land and you'll have the opportunity to sit with Santa! Nibble on something tasty from the airport's special Santa menu!

Belvidere Tree Lighting

Belvidere is hosting their annual Christmas tree lighting complete with Santa, ice skating, Santa Paws photos, music, snacks, crafts and more!

Santa Paws Pet Photo Event

Santa "Paws" is coming to Whole Pets Market in Mansfield! For $10 you will receive a holiday-themed frame and a link to digitally download the photo. Hosted by Pet Adoption League, all proceeds benefit animals waiting for new homes! Pets are required to be in a carrier or on a leash.

Music at Milagro: Peter Coccorese

Peter Coccorese will be joined by Jeff on harmonica and Heather on vocals & guitar. $15 cover includes seating, music, wine tasting and samplings of a variety of holiday treats!

Candy Cane Lane Lights and Santa Event in Hackettstown

Sure to put you in the holiday spirit, Hackettstown BID is bringing back Candy Cane Lane at Hackettstown High School. Santa and one of his elves will hand all cars a goody bag at the end. Reservations are required so sign up today!

Aztec Two-Step 2.0 at Roy's Hall

Aztec Two-Step debuted in ’72 with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records helping to usher the folk-rock music of the 1960s into the 1970s and beyond.

Breakfast with Santa @ Architects Golf Club

Ol' Saint Nick will be taking photos with good boys and girls and, of course, listening to their Christmas wish lists! Limited seating is available. You are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.

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.

Music at Milagro: Lonely Sailors

Lonely Sailors sing some salty songs from sea, some traditional Irish tunes and other popular pieces. $15 cover includes seating, music and wine tasting.

WCCC Visiting Authors Series: Poet Terrance Hayes

Poet Terrance Hayes, who has authored six books of poetry as well as collections of short stories and essays, conducts a master class at 4pm and a reading, Q&A and book signing at 7:30pm. Both are free and open to the public but pre-registration is required for the master class.

A Night at the Races Beefsteak presented by DASACC

A fun night out for a great cause. Watch videotaped horse races narrated by America’s top-rated announcers. All the suspense and close-up action will make you feel like you are at the racetrack! Purchase your own horse and name it in the program. And have a great meal! Doors open at 6, dinner at 7.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Santa Flies into Blairstown Airport

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Santa flying into the Blairstown Airport! Santa is planning to arrive promptly at 10 a.m. He'll also be available for photos!

 
Continuing: 

The Polar Express Train with Delaware River Railroad Excursion

Inspired by the run-away hit movie produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express complete with hot chocolate and cookies, reading of the Polar Express and Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own sleigh bell.

 
Plan Ahead: 

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, while other activities include athe 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 are still available for Saturday!

Holiday Craft Night at Brook Hollow Winery

Come enjoy the holidays and make your very own Mason Jar Snow Globe! All supplies needed are included which also includes a personal cheese board, non-alcoholic beverages, and live music.

“A Very Slambovian Christmas” at Roy's Hall

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams is a perennial favorite at Roy’s Hall, and their Christmas show has become of the band's premier events of the year, consistently selling out. Drawing on a set list comprised of traditional Christmas songs with a twist, a sprinkling of original holiday tunes, and a generous helping of non-traditional musical fare, it is guaranteed there will be something for everyone!

Murder Mystery Dinner @ Four Sisters

It’s a whodunit with a murderer, a victim, many suspects and everyone’s a detective! Formal wine tasting followed by dinner, dessert and dessert wine. As the evening progresses, the story unravels with murder, a victim and several suspects. Everyone is a detective and the chosen characters will act out their parts adding a little personality of their own.

Music at Milagro: Joe Izen

Joe is a guitarist and soloist who plays ballads and contemporary pieces with style and feeling, and guests enjoy his smooth, silky voice. Groups of 4 or more require a reservation.

NJCYB: The Nutcracker at Centenary Stage Co.

An enchanting ballet and holiday favorite, The Nutcracker is a classic production for all ages. With the talented young dancers of the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet, Warren County's only non-profit ballet company, and featuring professional dancers from around the world, this production is sure to delight!

“A Very Slambovian Christmas” at Roy's Hall

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams is a perennial favorite at Roy’s Hall, and their Christmas show has become one of the band's premier events of the year, consistently selling out. Drawing on a set list comprised of traditional Christmas songs with a twist, a sprinkling of original holiday tunes, and a generous helping of non-traditional musical fare, it is guaranteed there will be something for everyone!

The Nutcracker at Centenary Stage Co.

An enchanting ballet and holiday favorite, The Nutcracker is a classic production for all ages. With the talented young dancers of the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet, Warren County's only non-profit ballet company, and featuring professional dancers from around the world, this production is sure to delight!