Things to Do in Bergen County Week of December 20 (plus Holiday FUN!)

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We rounded up the best things to do in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!

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Events Not To Miss:
Why: Indulge in holiday-themed local eats and treats.
When: Friday December 21-Saturday December 22, 12 pm
Where: Paramus Park Mall, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus
Why: Race down a snowy mountain in a tube or practice ski skills in the cool outdoors.
When: Opening day Friday December 21, 1-10 pm, Mondays-Thursdays, 2-8 pm, Fridays 1-10 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am-10 pm, Sundays 8:30 am-8 pm, $22-$45
Where: Campgaw Mountain, 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Why: Meet fellow new moms and get postpartum tips and advice.
When: Friday December 21, 9:30-10:30 am, member/$60, public/$80
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly
Why: Four layers of model railroads filled with subways stops, rocky cliffs and mines.
When: Friday December 21, 6-8:30 pm, weekends 1-4 pm, $5 non-members, kids free
Where: Mahwah Museum, 201 Frankin Turnpike, Mahwah
Why: Take an night hike and celebrate the darkest day of the year.
When: Friday December 21, 6-7:30 pm, member/$5, non-member/$10
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
Why: Destress this holiday season with Vinyasa to benefit The Max Cure Foundation.
When: Saturday December 22, 12-1 pm, $20 donation suggested, RSVP to by Tuesday December 18
Where: NINE on the Hudson, 9 Ave at Port Imperial, West New York
Why: Dress up, meet the princesses, get pampered and dine like royalty.
When: Saturday December 22, 3:30-6:30 pm, kids/$59.99, adults/$29.99
Where: The Big Playhouse, 312 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood
Why: Visit Santa at his house in the park and sip on hot cocoa.                  
When: Saturday December 22, 12-3 pm
Where: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E. Ridgewood Ave. and Oak St., Ridgewood
Why: Visit Santa’s workshop or hop on a holiday wagon through the winter wonderland.
When: Open weekends through Sunday December 23, 10 am-4:30 Saturday, 10 am-3 Sunday
Where: Lupardi’s Nursery, 75 Blanch Ave., Closter
Why: Put on your holiday outfit and work off those cals in a fun and festive run.
When: Sunday December 23, 9-10 am
Where: Glen Rock Duck Pond, 658 County Rte. S79, Glen Rock
Why: Check out the FREE flick, meet Santa for a pic, and bring an unwrapped new toy.
When: Monday December 24, 9:30 am-12 pm
Where: Westwood Movie Theater, 182 Center Ave., Westwood
Why: Juggling, illusions and magic surprises in this family-friendly show with magician David Levitan.
When: Tuesday December 25, 10:30-11:30 am, member/$10, public/$12
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly
Why: Visit the animals on the farm.
When: Now through Monday December 24, 8 am-6:30 pm
Where: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale
Why: Ice skating, Santa’s North Pole, kids activities and more fun.
When: Now through Tuesday January 1, 4-7 pm, $15
Where: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
Why: Get ready for the ho-ho-holidays with a pic with Santa.
When: Now through Monday December 24, 10 am-9 pm
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Why: Put the kids in their holiday best for pics with Santa.
When: Open daily except Sundays through Monday December 24, 10 am-8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am-8 pm weekdays, packages/$27.99-$52.99
Where: The Shops at Riverside, 390 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack
Why: Create lasting holiday memories, and don’t forget to make reservations to skip the line.
When: Open daily except Sundays through Monday December 24, 11 am-8 pm, packages/$39.99-$49.99
Where: Paramus Park, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus
Why: Start the holidays with a jolly pic.
When: Now through Monday December 24, 10 am-1 pm, 2-5 pm, 6-9 pm
Where: The Outlets at Bergen Town Center, Route 4 East & Forest Ave., Paramus
Why: Music, dancing and fun at this countdown with Magical Melodies.
When: Friday December 28, 11 am-12 pm
Where: Fair Lawn Public Library, 10-01 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn
Why: It’s midnight somewhere, so ring in the New Year early with games, food and a balloon drop.
When: Sunday December 30, 1:30-3 pm, members/$30, non-members/$35
Where: My Gym, 522 South Broad St., Glen Rock
Why: Jump for joy as you countdown to noon with horns, hats and a New Year’s pizza party.
When: Monday December 31, 11 am-1 pm
Where: Bounce U, 70 Eisenhower Dr., Paramus
Why: Party with the whole fam and enjoy clowns, balloons, noisemakers – and an early bedtime.
When: Monday December 31, 4-9 pm
Where: Blue Moon Mexican Café, locations in Englewood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff
Why: Forget staying up late and let kids party with crafts, music snacks and a countdown to noon.
When: Monday December 31, 11 am-12 pm
Where: Johnson Public Library, 274 Main St., Hackensack
Why: An awe-inspiring display of lights set to music, for the final time.
When: Sundays-Thursday, 4:45-11 pm, Fridays-Saturdays, 4:30-11:30 pm, donations welcome for American Heart Association
Where: 38 Evergreen Place, Demarest
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
Why: Holiday spirit comes alive in this beloved ballet of a girl and her magical toys.
When: Friday December 21-Thursday December 27, 1 pm and 6 pm on specific days
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown

What: Harlem Globetrotters at Prudential Center
Why: Spinning, Dunking, Dribbling FUN for the whole fam.
When: Sunday, December 30th
Where: Prudential Center, Secaucus NJ
Why: Enjoy a special holiday story and treats.
When: Through Sunday December 23, Fridays 6 pm and 7 pm, Weekends 3:30 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm, Weekdays 6 pm
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
What: Breakfast With Santa at Bear Mountain
Why: Enjoy a yummy breakfast with Santa, plus gingerbread cookie decorating.
When: Saturday December 22-Sunday December 23, 8 am and 11 am
Where: Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Dr., Tomkins Cove
Why: Spend the holiday season on the farm roasting marshmallows, hanging with Santa and enjoying music.
When: Saturday December 22-Sunday December 23, 11 am-4 pm
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
What: Toyland Holiday Show
Why: Check out historical toys and visit with Santa.
When: Sunday December 23, 1-4 pm
Where: Sayler House, 213 Blue Hill Rd., Pearl River
Why: Hop on a holiday ride in a vintage subway car and bus.
When: Sundays December 23 and December 30, check schedule for times
Where: Depart 2nd Avenue on the F line in Lower Manhattan, depart 125th Street on the A/C/D line in Harlem

What: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Why: Bring some holiday spirit into your life with this classic musical.
When: Now through Sunday December 30, check schedule for times, tickets start at $39
Where: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, NYC
What: Santaland
Why: Get ready for the ho-ho-holidays with a pic with Santa.
When: Now through Monday December 24, 10 am-9:30 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday
Where: Palisades Center, East Court Level 1, 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack
Why: Live penguin shows, a massive snow globe, snowy experiments and tons more wintery scientific adventures.
When: Wednesday December 26-Tuesday January 1, Tuesdays-Fridays 9 am-4 pm, Weekends 9 am-5:30 pm
Where: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City 
Why: Snowball juggling, icicle can twirling and holiday magic.
When: Thursday December 27, 11 am and 1:30 pm,
Where: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
Why: Life-sized dinos invade NJ.
When: Friday December 28, 3-8 pm, Saturday December 29-Monday December 31, 8 am-8 pm, kids/$20-$34, adults/$20
Where: NJ Convention Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison
Why: More than 2 million lights on this mile-long drive-thru, pus new light displays.
When: Now through Sunday December 30, check schedule for dailly times, $20 per car
Where: Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Pl., Augusta
Why: A dazzling drive-through holiday lights show.
When: Now through Sunday December 30, Dusk-10 pm (11 pm weekends), $20-$30
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Pkwy., Holmdel
Why: Climb aboard this magic train ride filled with entertainment, Santa and holiday fun.
When: Now through Sunday December 30, select times available, $50-$70
Where: Whippany Station, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, Hanover
Why: Ornament decorating, holiday parade and hay ride, plus all you can ride on heavy machinery.
When: Now through Sunday December 30, 11 am-5 pm, $29.95-$34.95
Where: Diggerland USA, 100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin
Why: An enchanted shop filled with animated displays, Disney characters, toys and family fun.
When: Now through Monday December 31, Mondays-Saturdays 10 am-8 pm, Sundays 10 am-5 pm, $3.99
Where: 437 US Highway 46, Fairfield
Why: Over 50 sparkling winter and animal character lights, plus weekend Santa visits and more fun.
When: Now through Tuesday January 1, 5-9 pm, free with donation
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
Why: Chinese lights, a holiday zone, light tunnel, live entertainment and so much more to dazzle the eye.
When: Now through Sunday January 6, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 5-10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 5-8 pm and 8-11 pm, kids/$15, adults/$23
Where: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Why: Visit this sweeeeeet wonderland of tasty delights, brought to life through art installations.
When: Now through Sunday January 6, 10 am-8:30 pm, kids/$26, adults/$34
Where: Candytopia @ Penn Plaza, 145 W 32nd Street, NYC
What: Holiday Train Show
Why: Model trains make their way through Lower Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Rockefeller Center in this huge display.
When: Now through Monday January 21, 10 am-6 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, weekends: kids/$18, adults/$30, weekdays: kids/$10, adults/$23
Where: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Why: A dazzling display of model trains that travel from NYC to the North Pole.
When: Now through Sunday February 3, Monday-Friday 8 am-8 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-6 pm
Where: New York Transit Museum Gallery & Store, 89 East 42nd St., NYC
Why: Show some love to the original Disney icon with over 16,000 square feet of Mickey paraphernalia, art and history.
When: Open Tuesdays-Sundays through February 10, 10 am-8 pm, $38
Where: 60 10th Ave., NYC
Why: The Doc is in! Kids step into the doctor’s role as they perform check-ups and groom toy pets.
When: Now through Sunday January 27, free with admission
Where: Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City
What: Bear Mountain Ice Rink Opening
Why: Lace up the skates for a cool family day on the rink.
When: Now through March 3, check website for session times, $5
Where: Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Route 9W N, Bear Mountain
Why:  A winter wonderland filled with ice skating, holiday shopping, and tasty treats.
When: Now through Sunday March 3, 8 am-10 pm
Where: Between 40th and 42nd Street and Fifth and Sixth Aves., NYC
Why: Play detective for the day and solve a murder mystery.
When: Now through Monday May 27, available with combination or premium pass
Where: Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City
Why: Dancing, singing and plenty of hug time with Poppy and friends.
When: Now through Sunday May 12, 10 am-9 pm weekdays, 9 am-8 pm weekends, $25
Where: 218 West 57th Street, NYC
Why: Party like it’s 1999 as the legendary artist is honored and celebrated in this electric show.
When: Friday January 4, 8 pm, $29-$49
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
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