Stuck in Bergen over the holidays


Feeling like the only one who isn’t going away this holiday season?  Wondering how you are going to get through these last two weeks of the year when its cold out and you have a bunch of kids in tow?  Here are some things that are going on in Bergen (and nearby) to help you mix it up and keep things sane around the house.

New York Botanical Garden
Holiday Train Show:  “See the city anew” (The New York Times) as you wind through the illuminated winter wonderland of the Holiday Train Show in the Enid A Haupt Conservatory.  It’s an entire day of fun: sip hot chocolate, decorate gingersnaps, visit with Thomas the Tank Engine and stroll through the 250 acres of Garden’s grounds.

10am-6pm Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-7pm on selected Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Campgaw Mountain Reservation
Yes, Bergen actually does have our own ski and snowboarding mountain!  The Ski Center at the reservation includes a 1,650-foot chairlift slope enhanced by machine made snow. The Visitors Center has a wood fire in the lounge, a snack bar, a shop which sells and rents skiing equipment, and the ski school.

Campgaw Mountain, Mahwah, 201-327-3500, call for hours

Village of Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Dept
Animals in Winter Childrens Show:  Pat’s pals will return with live animals to explain what the animals do in the winter.

Monday, December 28th, 11am at the Community Center in Village Hall

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Stable 259 N. Maple Ave.

$5 admission.  Ages 2 and up

Historic Hudson Valley’s Washington Irving Sunnyside
Evening Candlelight Tours:  Candlelight tours bring an 1850s Christmas to life. You’ll be escorted down a lantern lit path to the Sunnyside cottage which is decorated for the holidays.  Costumed guides and hot apple cider is served.

Saturday the 19th and 26th, tours start at 4pm

If you are heading into the city…

The Pond at Bryant Park
Free admission ice skating rink with extended hours through midnight for the holiday season, great dining at Celsius and really cute holiday shops to get those last minute gifts, natch.

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