Sponsored Post: We’re all for a big holiday family dinner at home around the Christmas tree ... but then we remember the menu planning, cooking, cleanup, and the rest of the exhausting parts that come along with it and think maybe it’s time to make reservations. Luckily, one of our favorite Bergen County restaurants – Englewood’s upscale Italian steakhouse Sofia – is open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant will be serving its regular menu both nights along with some specials and doing a Christmas Day brunch, as well. And if you’re ready to make your New Year’s Eve plans, Sofia has you covered there, too, with two seatings, a live DJ, and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations can be made on OpenTable ... and we’re kind of tempted to book all three. (Sofia, 36 Engle Street, Englewood, (201) 541-8530)
What: Lights on Evergreen
Why: Pack up the kids, put on 98.1FM, and take a drive to see this house extraordinarily lit for the holidays with over 100,000 lights.
When: Daily (4:30 -11 p.m.), Donations appreciated
Where: 38 Evergreen Place, Demarest
What: Holiday Weekend Bounce
Why: Bouncing for joy before Christmas.
When: Saturday, December 23, Check website for available times, $14.95, Pre-Registration required
Where: 70 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus
What: Storytime with Mrs. Claus at Turtle Back Zoo
Why: Meet with the animals and sit down for a holiday story.
When: Now through Saturday, December 23, Check website for times
Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange