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Fun for all ages in South Orange, Maplewood, and surrounding towns for the weekend of 12/09-10

Hometown Holiday

December 9, 2017     1:30 PM

South Orange is having their “Hometown Holiday” event with live music and dance, merchant specials, and free 2 hour parking. Santa Claus will be at the South Orange firehouse for visits and photos from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Then, at 5 p.m., Santa will lead all his “elves,” up South Orange Avenue to 76 South Orange Avenue (the PNC Bank Building) for the South Orange tree lighting at 5:15 p.m.

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Sadie’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop

December 10, 2017     4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Sadie’s is hosting a holiday pop-up shop with local and handmade goods from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can buy meaningful gifts, eat some treats, and enjoy live music in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Sadie’s is located at 65 Valley St. South Orange.

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AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET’S NUTCRACKER

December 8-9, 2017     7:00 PM

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning new sets (new first act scenery!), thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running productions of its kind in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, American Repertory Ballet’s professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. Join us for the perfect holiday treat for your entire family! American Repertory Ballet’s (ARB) mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences, and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the acclaimed DANCE POWER program, the longest continuously running community and arts partnership in New Jersey.

COST: $25-$30

LOCATION: South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/American-Repertory-Ballets-Nutcracker/event/38356/

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Eat Breakfast with Santa!

December 9, 2017     8:00 AM until 10:30 PM

You don’t need to be an elf to eat breakfast with Santa. Now’s your chance to get in good with the guy in red. Here are three places you can find to let him know you’ve been good on Dec 9.

COST: $10

LOCATION:

8:00 AM – Cedar Ridge Cafe

9:30 AM – St. James’s Gate Publick House and Village Trattoria.

Breakfast with Santa tickets are $10 each and seating is limited; buy your tickets at The Wine Shop for St. James’s Gate’s Breakfast with Santa, purchase tickets at No 165 for the Village Trattoria’s Breakfast with Santa, and pick up your tickets at Cedar Ridge for Cedar Ridge!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/eat-breakfast-santa/

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South Orange Village Center Alliance’s Pop n’ Shop

December 7, 2017    12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The South Orange Pop ‘n Shop is back for the holiday season. The temporary store, sponsored by the South Orange Village Center Alliance, will once again be doing business in the center of South Orange and driving sales and excitement during the crucial holiday shopping season.

Stop in for one-stop shopping with more than 40 vendors. Pop ‘n Shop will feature finely crafted jewelry, apparel, body products, accessories, art and other unique gift items made by many of our area’s finest local artisans and craftspeople.

LOCATION: The store will be located at 55 South Orange Avenue, between Vose Avenue and Scotland Road.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/south-orange-village-center-alliances-pop-n-shop-open-dec-7-10-14-17-22-23/

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21st Annual Secret Shoppe for Kids

December 9, 2017     9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Prospect Presbyterian Church’s Secret Shoppe, now in its 21st year, will be open to all children aged preschool-to-fifth grade from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Children can buy presents for family members or friends with the assistance of teenage and adult “elves” who help them choose the presents, pay for them and make certain they’re gift wrapped to keep them a surprise.

Parents fill out forms upon arrival for the elves to help the children with their gift selections and budget. The gifts are priced from $2 to $9 and include toys, jewelry, gadgets, crafts, decorative gifts and more.

Secret Shoppe is sponsored by the Prospect Presbyterian Women and while children shop, parents can enjoy light refreshments and fellowship in the church’s Burnett Room. Adults also can shop for gifts from Prospect’s Tiffany Boutique Shop. Those items range from bric-a-brac to clothing to holiday decorations.

LOCATION: Prospect Presbyterian Church
646 Prospect St. Maplewood, NJ 07040 United States

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/21st-annual-secret-shoppe-kids/

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Yarn & Fiber Arts Group

December 9, 2017     10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Yarn and Fiber Arts Group
Saturday, December 9 10:00 am to Noon Main Library
A gathering for people who knit, crochet, quilt, sew, embroider or do other creative things with yarn or fabric. Get feedback & advice. Bring your own supplies. All skill levels are welcome! Facilitated by Maplewood resident Amy Zorn.

LOCATION:Maplewood Memorial Library
51 Baker St. Maplewood, United States

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/yarn-fiber-arts-group-12/

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Kid Friendly Holiday Celebration Returns to the Woodland

December 9, 2017     11:00 AM until 1:00 PM

Kick off this festive season on Saturday morning December 9th with the Holiday Jam for kids 8 and under. Fast becoming a SOMA tradition, the 11:00 am show will feature antics from a magic Elf, fresh from a tour of the North Pole’s top clubs, and music by the always crowd pleasing Big Jeff and the Bouncy People.

Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $5. For more information go to Holiday Jam 2017 Info.

LOCATION:The Woodland
60 WOODLAND ROAD Maplewood, NJ 07040 United States

ADDITONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/kid-friendly-holiday-celebration-returns-woodland/

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Art & Music Reception: Nancy Jackson

December 9, 2017     1:00 PM until 2:00 PM

Nancy has used the histories of decorative arts, surrealism, folk art and ancient craft art to rearrange and develop the ideas which animate her processes. Working in a range of media, the objects she makes are placed in the canon of western modernist art, but follow surrealism, ideas about natural history, dreams, folk art, and ritual ‘art’.
Live music will be provided by Adam Rudolph, playing the Morocan gimbri

LOCATION: Maplewood Memorial Library
51 Baker St. Maplewood, 07040 United States

ADDITONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/art-music-reception-nancy-jackson/

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WSOU to “Wreck the Halls” with December Concert Series

December 9, 2017     6:00 PM until 8:00 PM

WSOU 89.5 FM will celebrate the December holiday season with its “Wreck the Halls” concert series at the Starland Ballroom.  The series features bands that are favorites among listeners to the heritage loud rock station.

The first show takes place on Saturday, December 9th with popular American metalcore band Hatebreed.  Also on the bill are Code Orange and Twitching Tongues.

In conjunction with this concert, WSOU has teamed up with Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta to create exclusive on-air content.  In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album Satisfaction is the Death of Desire, the station will be playing a track off the album at the top of every hour with an introduction by Jasta talking about each track.  The feature will run through December 8th.

The final two shows in the Wreck the Hall concert series feature Clutch on December 28 and Thursday on December 30.  All performances take place at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, N.J.  Throughout the month, listeners will have opportunities to win tickets to these concerts.

LOCATION:Starland Ballroom
570 Jernee Mill Road Sayerville, NJ 08872 United States

COST: $20 – $25

ADDITONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/wsou-wreck-halls-december-concert-series-dec-9-30/

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Ken Burns to Discuss Film, Politics, Race, and Culture at CHS

December 9, 2017     7:00 PM until 8:30 PM

The Maplewood and South Orange Library Foundations will host an evening with filmmaker Ken Burns in conversation with South Orange resident and Harvard Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, discussing Burns’s work, including his recent film on the Vietnam War, and in particular the interplay of politics, race and culture in our country’s history. The event will benefit the library foundations. Tickets will go on sale this November.

LOCATION: Columbia High School

ADDITONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/ken-burns-discuss-film-politics-race-culture-chs/

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Celebrate the Season at Springfield Avenue Winterfest

December 10, 2017     3:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Grab your family, friends and neighbors and head over to the fifth annual Springfield Avenue Multi-Cultural Holiday Celebration at the Gazebo on Sunday, December 10th from 3 to 5 pm.

Enjoy live holiday music, crafts, stories, and a visit from Santa Claus and friends. Just before 5pm we’ll light the menorah and the holiday tree with Mayor De Luca and guests.

LOCATION: Springfield Avenue Gazebo
1688 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, 07040 United States

ADDITONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/celebrate-season-springfield-avenue-winterfest/

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Masquerade Ball to raise funds for SOMA kids from LGBT families

December 9, 2017     8:00 PM

Camp Highlights will be holding a fund raiser at the South Orange Elks Club on December 9, 2017, from 8 pm to midnight.

It is no secret that our society stumbles toward its acceptance of all people. Along that journey, it is too often the case that divisive and negative messages about LGBT people and their families are broadcast on TV by celebrities, pundits, and politicians. While LGBT people have developed their own communities for support and guidance, what about the more vulnerable among us? How do children cope with hearing messages that their families are “not real” or in some way dangerous?

They envisioned a camp experience where children from LGBT families could meet others from similar families to find support, friendship, and fun.
https://www.camphighlight.com

LOCATION: South Orange Elks Club
220 Prospect Street South Orange, NJ 07079 United States

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/event/masquerade-ball-to-raise-funds-for-soma-kids-from-lgbt-families/

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Maplewood Glee Club Winter Concert

The Maplewood Glee Club is holding their famous annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 10th at 4pm this year. That’s right, it’s a Sunday afternoon this year, not our usual Saturday night. But don’t worry… we’re still wearing tuxes.

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GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND & CRAFT SHOW

Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity and skill displayed at this charming exhibit featuring hundreds of edible structures. Celebrate 26 years of gingerbread masterpieces, and enjoy the sweet smell of candy that fills the air. Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, Fridays until 7:30 p.m.

Complete your holiday shopping with ease at the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its 8th year. Check out local artists and crafters’ beautiful and affordable handmade creations, perfect for that special person on your list.
Saturdays and Sundays, December 2, 3, 9 & 10 – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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ANNIE

Start: November 22, 2017

END: December 31, 2017

TIME: 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM

The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals just in time for the winter holidays! Annie is a worldwide phenomenon and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The score features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, from the unforgettable “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Easy Street” to the anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts in her escape from an orphanage to the wondrous world of 1930s New York City. Along the way, she even befriends President Roosevelt and finds a home and family in the billionaire Oliver Warbucks for herself and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Annie is the perfect musical for the entire family!

LOCATION: Paper Mill Playhouse
GPS: 40.7281526, -74.3091991

COST: $ 39 – $ 99

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://njnext.com/event-pro/annie/

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