We rounded up our favorite picks for fun family friendly events in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!
Sponsored Post: Odds are there’s at least one festive performance in your near future – and the classic tale of the Nutracker never disappoints. Snag tickets now for NJ Ballet’s rendition which comes to Bergen PAC next weekend. Professionals from the state’s top company will perform alongside dance students from they Beyond Dance Program with gorgeous sets - sure to leave sugarplum fairies dancing in your head. And, to add to your holiday cheer, we’re giving AWAY A FAMILY 4 PACK FOR THIS SHOW (enter by clicking here).(tickets start at $29, Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7, 1pm & 5pm, Begen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St, Englewood, available to buy via ticketmaster)
Plan ahead: What: Character Breakfast at the YJCC Bergen County Why: Sign up early for this special event with your children’s favorite characters which sells out every year! When: Sunday, December 14, 9:30 am or 11:30 am, Adults/$10, Children/$15, buy tickets here. Where: 605 Pascack Rd., Washington Twp.
Events Not To Miss:
What: Bergen Mama’s Santa Breakfast at Garden State Plaza
Why: Last chance to join us for a private breakfast with Santa, eats from Au Bon Pain, nibbles from Max Brenners, Glitter Tattoos and more!
When: Saturday, November 29, 8:30am to 10am
Where: Garden State Plaza, Paramus, Playspace Area at the Food Court
What: Ridgewood’s Winter Fest
Why: Enjoy scenic Ridgewood by horse drawn hayride and enjoy the live entertainment, ice sculptures, and hot chocolate.
When: Saturday, November 29, 12-3pm
Where: Van Neste Park, S. Walnut St., Ridgewood
What: Mooseltoe at Bergen PAC
Why: A Moose who wants to fly with Santa’s reindeer? Yup.
When: Saturday, November 29, 1pm & 4pm, Tickets start at $10
Where: 30 North Brunt St., Englewood
What: Santa at Abma’s Farm
Why: It’s officially that time of year. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with Santa while making a Christmas ornament to take home with you.
When: Saturday, November 29, 11am-3pm
Where: 700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff
What: Freckleface Strawberry The Musical
Why: An uplifting musical for kids based on the popular New York Times bestselling book by actress Julianne Moore.
When: Saturday, November 29 through Sunday, December 21, $14
Where: Bergen County Players, 298 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell
What: West Rock Party Showcase
Why: See and sample the BEST in the Party Biz and while you’re there, enter the giveaway to win $10,000 towards your dream bash!
When: Sunday, November 30th 1pm to 4pm
Where:21 Pralle Lane, Bardonia
What: Wild Kratts at Bergen PAC
Why: The animated Kratt Brothers from PBS Kids “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story!
When: Sunday, November 30, 1pm, Tickets start at $29
Where: 30 North Brunt St., Englewood
What: Ramsey Restaurant Week
Why: Try out some of Ramsey’s yummy local spots this week.
When: Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 7
Where: Participating restaurants
What: Holiday Celebration at Tice’s Corner
Why: Sip hot cocoa and enjoy barbershop-style holiday carols as Santa arrives by fire truck.
When: Thursday, December 4 at 6pm (Rain/Snow Date: Friday, December 5 at 6pm)
Where: 441 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Woodcliff Lake
What: Nutcracker at Bergen PAC
What: Off the Beaten Track at Tenafly Nature Center
Why: Participate in fun indoor and outdoor games, take a winter hike, and end the day with s’mores by the campfire!
When: Thursday, December 4 and/or Friday, December 5, 1pm, Non-member/$40 1 day, $60 2 days (Pre-registration required)
Where: 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
If you’re heading out of Bergen…
What: Have Your Holidays at Grounds for Sculpture
Why: Make your own unique holiday gift box or create a one-of-a-kind holiday snow shaker, plus a holiday brunch, tea party and more!
When: Saturday, November 29th and Sunday, November 30th- check website for schedule
Where: Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton
What: Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo
Why: Come see the zoo turned into a Winter Wonderland with more than 50 characters adorned with 100,000 lights on display.
When: Weekends beginning Friday, November 28 and daily from December 12 through January 4. (Check the schedule for free admission hours during the holiday season.)
Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
What: Hip Hop Nutcracker at NJPAC
Why: Rap legend Kurtis Blow is bringing in the cheer at cool, contemporary rendition of the much loved classic.
When: Friday, December 5th 8pm and Saturday, December 6th, 2pm
Where: NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark
What: Alice in Wonderland at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Why: A zany, fantastical tale presented by the Pushcart Players, perfect for kids ages 3 and up.
When: Sunday, December 7th, 2pm to 3pm, $12 in advance, $17 day of show, buy tickets here
Where:Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Ave, Tenafly