Things to Do in Bergen County: Week of December 12th

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We rounded up our favorite picks for fun family friendly events in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!

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Events Not To Miss:

What: Gingerbread House Decorating Class
Why: Because making a mess is fun if it’s not your kitchen…
When: Friday, December 12, $30, Ages 3-10 & 11-17, Register online
Where: Chef Central, 240 Rte 17 North, Paramus

What: Breakfast with Santa at Whole Foods Paramus
Why: If they are on the Nice List bring your kids to enjoy breakfast while Santa spreads his cheer from table to table.
When: Friday, December 12, $7, Reservations must be made at Guest Services
Where: Bergen Town Center, Paramus

What: Carolers & S’mores at Abma’s Farm
Why: Serenades by carolers, bonfires and S’mores- we’re there.
When: Saturday, December 13, 10am-4pm
Where: 700 Lawlins Rd., Wycoff

What: Holiday Card Making
Why: Make unique hand-made holiday cards with the littles.
When: Saturday, December 13, 12-2pm, $25 per person
Where: Fresh & Fancy Farms, New Milford

What: Crafting and Campfire at Tenafly Nature Center
Why: Get cozy and crafty with your child (5+) while making winter decorations using natural materials.
When: Saturday, December 13, 5:30-7:30pm, Non-member/$12
Where: 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly

What: Cresskill Holiday Craft Fair
Why: Support local veterans, purchase handmade gifts, and eat delicious food!
When: Saturday, December 13, 11am-4pm
Where: American Legion Hall, 75 Legion Dr., Cresskill

What: Character Breakfast at the YJCC
Why: Let them meet their rockstars at this fun breakfast hosted by the YJCC Bergen County.
When: Sunday, December 14th, 2 Seatings, 9:30 and 11:30am, adults $10 and kids $15click here for reservations
Where: 605 Pascack Rd, Washington Township

What: Holiday with the Animals at the Bergen County Zoo
Why: Visit with the Critters, Santa and Characters at this celebration of the holiday season.
When: Sunday, December 14, 12-3pm, Free
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus

What: SHIRAH’s Annual Chanukah Concert
Why: Celebrate Chanukah with beautiful music sang in four languages by the Shirah Choir.
When: Saunday, December 14, 1:30-3pm, Free
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly

What: Santa’s Reindeer at Demarest Farms
Why: You’ve probably seen Santa a few times this season, but what about his reindeer? Free hayride too!
When: Sunday, December 14, 12-2pm
Where: 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale

What: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins - a Musical Storytelling Performance by Play Me a Story
Why:  A FREE Hanukkah show sure to enthrall the 2-7 year old set. 
When:Sunday, December 14, 2014; 10-11:30 AM, RSVP to
Where: Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, 275 McKinley Avenue, New Milford, NJ 07646

What: Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Why: Enjoy this lighting ceremony in Ridgewood on the first night of Hanukkah.
When: Tuesday, December 16, 5:30
Where: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square

If you’re heading out of Bergen…

What: Madeline Tea at the Carlyle Hotel
Why: Civilized eats, treats, singalongs and storytime.
When: Saturday, December 13, 10am & 12:45pm, Adult/$75, Child/$35
Where: Carlyle Hotel, NYC


What: Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo: A Frozen Celebration
Why: Thousands of beautiful lights are set to holiday music, crafts, the Frozen movie will be shown, and Elsa and Anna will be on hand for a meet and greet.
When: Friday, December 19- Sunday, December 21, Movie at 5pm
Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange


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