Things to Do in Bergen County Week of December 15

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Events Not to Miss:
 
Why: The dance school performs the holiday ballet.
When: Friday December 17, 2 pm, Saturday December 18, 2 pm and 8 pm, Sunday December 19, 2 pm
Where: Bergen County Academies, 200 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack
 
Why: Stop by for a visit with Santa Claus.
When: Saturday December 18, 12-2 pm
Where: Memorial Park, Van Neste Square, East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
 
Why: Warm up and enjoy s'mores by the bonfire.
When: Saturday December 18-Sunday December 19, 12-4 pm
Where: Secor Farms, 85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
 
Why: Stop in for a visit with the big guy.
When: Saturday December 18, 1 pm
Where: Books & Greetings, 271G Livingston St., Northvale 
 
Why: DIY Gingerbread houses never looked -- or tasted -- so good.
When: Saturday December 18-Sunday December 19, 12 pm
Where: Stokes Farm, 23 De Wolf Rd., Tappan
 
Why: The bubble master bring his poppin' show to American Dream.
When: Sunday December 19, 2 pm and 3 pm
Where: American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford
 
What: Kal Penn
Why: Meet the actor, activist and now author of the new book You Can't Be Serious.
When: Sunday December 19, 11:30 am
Where: Books and Greetings, 271G Livingston St., Northvale
 
Why: The longest night of the year meets s'mores, hiking and games.
When: Sunday December 19, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
 
Why: Shop the holidays and warm up by the fire.
When: Thursdays-Sundays through December 19, Thursdays-Fridays 4-7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11 am-3 pm
Where: Fresh & Fancy Farms, 575 River Rd., New Milford
 
Why: Holiday shopping plus pics with Santa.
When: Sunday December 19, 12-4 pm
Where: Little Ferry VFW, 100 Main St., Little Ferry
 
Why: Make your ho-ho-holidays extra jolly with a visit with Santa.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 19, 1-3 pm
Where: Secor Farms, 85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
 
Why: Enjoy a candy cane chute, skating with santa, Shrek the Halls and more holiday-themed fun at American Dream.
When: Now through Thursday December 23, select dates
Where: American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford
 
Why: Make and take holiday memories with Santa and friends. 
When: Now through Friday December 24, 10:15 am-7:45 pm
Where: Paramus Park, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus
 
Why: Have a happy holiday with a Santa photo shoot.
When: Now through Friday December 24, check schedule for photo times
Where: The Shops at Riverside, 390 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack
 
Why: Put on your holiday smiles for a safe snap with Santa.
When: Now through Friday December 24, 11 am-8 pm
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza Blvd., Paramus
 
Why: Santa's back in town for photos with your fam.
When: Now through Friday December 24, check schedule for photo times
Where: Bergen Town Center, One Bergen Town Center, Paramus
 
Why: Visit Santa, sip on hot chocolate and take a holiday wagon ride through the winter wonderland.
When: Now through December, Saturdays 8 am-7 pm, Sundays 10 am-5 pm
Where: Lupardi's Nursery, 75 Blanch Ave., Closter
 
Why: The wintry fun is back with ice skating, a kids zone, games, Santa's North Pole, food trucks and more.
When: Now through Sunday January 2, check schedule for times
Where: Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
 
Why: Get glam and visit this immersive photo experience for unique holiday pics.
When: Now through Sunday January 2, reservations suggested
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza Blvd., Paramus
 
Why: A drive-thru light experience on the farm.
When: Now through Saturday January 9, check schedule for daily times
Where: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale
 
Why: Make your way through more than 30 animal-themed lanterns at the zoo.
When: Thursdays-Sundays through Sunday January 30, 4-9 pm
Where: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
 
 
If you're heading out of Bergen:
 
Why: This 21+ night out combines drinking, dancing, trivia and science fun, plus an ugly sweater contest.
When: Thursday December 16, 6-10 pm
Where: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City
 
Why: The famous ballet company joins the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the magical performance.
When: Friday December 17, 7:30 pm, Saturday December 18-Sunday December 19, 1 pm and 6 pm
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown
 
Why: A hip hop twist on the holiday classic.
When: Saturday December 18, 2 pm and 8 pm
Where: NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark
 
Why: Santa, carriage rides, holiday crafts and more holiday fun on the farm.
When: Saturday December 18, 10 am-4 pm
Where: Ort Farms, 25 Bartley Rd., Long Valley
 
Why: It's a very happy holiday for the bears who get to open special treats.
When: Saturday December 18, 11 am
Where: Trailside Museums & Zoo, Bear Mountain State Park, NY
 
Why: Stroll through the beaming lights and meet winter and animal characters along the way, plus more wintry fun on select days.
When: Now through Friday December 21, 5-9 pm
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
 
Why: Climb aboard for a magical trip to the North Pole. 
When: Now through Thursday December 30, check schedule for daily times
Where: 1 Railroad Plz, Whippany
 
Why: Take a drive through a dazzling display of holiday lights at every turn.
When: Now through Sunday January 2, 5-10 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 5-11 pm Fridays and Saturdays
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Pkwy, Holmdel
 
Why: Take a journey through holiday lanterns and enjoy special events from ice carving to holiday train rides.
When: Now through Sunday January 9, 3-8 pm
Where: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
 
Why: Let the Queens County Farm light up your life.
When: Now through Sunday January 9, 4:30-9 pm
Where: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens
 
Why: Drive through more than 2 million lights and enjoy holiday rides, photos, skating and more.
When: Now through Sunday January 9, check schedule for daily times
Where: Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta
 
Why: Ice skating, shopping, live shows and activities.
When: Now through March 2022
Where: Bryant Park, NYC
 
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