Things to Do in Bergen County Week of December 6

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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: Ebeneezer Scrooge hits the stage in this Broadway adaptation.
When: Thursday December 6-Friday December 7, 7 pm, Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, 3 pm, kids/$12, students/$15, adults/$20
Where: Wyckoff Family YMCA, 691 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff
 
Why: Meet fellow new moms and get postpartum tips and advice.
When: Fridays December 7-December 21, 9:30-10:30 am, member/$60, public/$80
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly

What: Sip & Shop
Why: Wine and champagne, chocolates and cheese, and plenty of shopping and give-a-ways.
When: Friday December 7, 4-8 pm
Where: B. Witching Ridgewood, 11 S. Broad St., Ridgewood
Why: Four layers of model railroads filled with subways stops, rocky cliffs and mines.
When: Fridays through December 21, 6-8:30 pm, weekends 1-4 pm, $5 non-members, kids free
Where: Mahwah Museum, 201 Frankin Turnpike, Mahwah
 
Why: Bring your camera and best smiles for a Santastic pic with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
When: Saturday December 8, 11 am-3 pm
Where: Abmas Farm, 700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff
Why: Visit the animals on the farm and hop on a hayride with Santa. 
When: Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, 12-3 pm
Where: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale
Why: Candy, icing and a gingerbread house for the fam to decorate together.
When: Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, 10:30 am-12 pm, 1-2:30 pm, 3-4:30 pm, $35
Where: Stokes Farm, 23 DeWolf Rd., Old Tappan
 
Why: Celebrate the festival of lights with a laser light show, holiday goodies and candle lighting.
When: Saturday December 8, 6-8 pm, $5 or family/$20, must register by December 2 at 201-408-1467
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly
 
Why: Visit Santa at his house in the park and sip on hot cocoa.                  
When: Saturdays through December 22, 12-3 pm
Where: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E. Ridgewood Ave. and Oak St., Ridgewood
 
Why: Kids decorate a wreath, visit animals and get crafty.
When: Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, 10 am-4 pm, $16.99
Where: Forcellati Bros., Inc., 691 Rivervale Road, River Vale
 
 
 
Why: Design your own natural winter decorations in time for the holidays, then enjoy s’mores by the campfire.
When: Saturday December 8, 4:30-6:30 pm, member/$8, non-member/$12
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
 
Why: The host of Cooking With Nonna Show signs her new book
When: Saturday December 8, 12 pm
Where: Books and Greetings, 271G Livingston St., Northvale
 
Why: Bring your little one age 2 to 5 for candy cane sugar cookies and crafts.
When: Saturday December 8, 9:30-11 am, $30
Where: The Crafty Kitchen, 51 Prospect Place, Hillsdale
 
Why: Support local small business owners and get in some holiday shopping.
When: Saturday December 8, 10 am-4 pm
Where: Brookside Elementary School, 20 Lake Dr., Westwood
 
Why: Comedian Jessica Kirson headlines this all-star night sure to bring on the lols.
When: Saturday December 8, 8-10 pm, $20
Where: William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford
 
Why: Shop and sip at this market with emerging artists.
When: Saturday December 8, 2-7 pm
Where: William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford
 
Why: Put on your royal best for a breakfast dance party fit for a princess.
When: Sunday December 9, 9-10:30 am, 11 am-12:30 pm, $25
Where: Progressive Dance Studio, 27 S Van Brunt St., Englewood
 
Why: Get ready to groove to holiday classics and Laurie Berkner originals.
When: Sunday December 9, 2 pm, $29-$100
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
 
Why: A wonderland of fun from FREE photos with Santa to a fire pit with s’mores.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 16, hayrides 12-4 pm, Santa 1-3 pm
Where: Secor Farms, 85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
 
Why: The fave first-grader hits the stage in this musical adaptation of the best-selling series.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 16, 11 am, kids under 12/$12, students/$18, adults/$20
Where: Black Box Performing Arts Center, 200 Walraven Dr., Teaneck
 
Why: Visit Santa’s workshop or hop on a holiday wagon through the winter wonderland.
When: Open weekends, 10 am-4:30 Saturday, 10 am-3 Sunday
Where: Lupardi’s Nursery, 75 Blanch Ave., Closter
 
Why: Bring your furry friend for a pawesome pic with Santa.
When: Mondays through December 17, 6-9 pm, pets must be leashed
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, Level 2 Entrance, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
 
Why: Kids make a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone, or for themselves.
When: Tuesday December 11, 3:45 pm, $35
Where: Clay Paper Scissors Studio, 380 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell

What: Anne Burrell Book Signing
Why: Meet the chef with the big personality as she signs her book Own Your Kitchen.
When: Wednesday December 12, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Williams Sonoma, Tice’s Corner, 395 Chestnut Ridge Rd. #3, Woodcliff Lake 
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: Go on an adventure with Jack, the Giant and more in this classic tale brought to life.
When: Now through Sunday December 16, 1 pm and 3:30 pm plus select Fridays, $14
Where: Bergen County Players, 298 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell
 
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
 

What: Diane Cookson Presents Countdown to the Holidays Contest!
Why: Pinterest moms and creative kids, enter your festive Hanukkah décor, Christmas décor and gingerbread house pics for the chance to win a Saddle River Inn gift card and other prizes.
When: Hanukkah contest deadline Monday December 10, Gingerbread House contest deadline Friday December 21 (children under 14), Christmas décor deadline Friday December 21
Where: Email entries to dianecooksonrealtor@gmail.com
 

 
 
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
 
Why: Have a mini weekend getaway shopping for you and your crew, and enjoy holiday festivities.
When: Saturday December 8, 2-3:30
Where: Manchester Designer Outlets, 97 Depot St., Manchester Center, VT
 
Why: Beloved children’s books Dragons Love Tacos, Interrupting Chicken and more.
When: Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, 10 am, $15
Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr., Millburn
 
Why: Paw Patrol is ready for action is this exciting adventure about the great race.
When: Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, check schedule for times, $23-$79
Where: NJ PAC, 1 Center St., Newark
Why: Hundreds of delectable designs that look good enough to eat!
When: Open through Sunday December 9, 10 am-4:30 pm, $2
Where: The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township
 
Why: Steam and diesel trains, Thomas and Friends and more in this huge display.
When: Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, Saturday January 5-Sunday January 6, 1-5 pm, kids under 12/free, adults/$6
Where: Garden State Model Railway Club, 575 High Mountain Rd., North Haledon
 
Why: Take your choo-choo fans on a festive train ride with Santa.
When: Weekends through December 16, 11 am-4 pm, train leaves every 30 minutes, $6
Where: The New Jersey Museum Transportation Inc., Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall Township
 
What: Dickens’s Christmas Carol
Why: A new take on the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 16, 3:30 pm, 4:45 pm and 6 pm
Where: Old Dutch Church, 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow
 
What: Breakfast With Santa at Bear Mountain
Why: Enjoy a yummy breakfast with Santa, plus gingerbread cookie decorating.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 23, 8 am and 11 am
Where: Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Dr., Tomkins Cove
 
What: Toyland Holiday Show
Why: Check out historical toys and visit with Santa.
When: Sundays starting through December 23, 1-4 pm
Where: Sayler House, 213 Blue Hill Rd., Pearl River
 
What: Santa Cares
Why: Children with special needs hop on Santa’s lap for a private, quiet photo session.
When: Sunday December 9, 9 am-11 am
Where: Pailsades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Breakfast With Santa
Why: Take a pic with Santa, decorate an ornament and feast.
When: Sunday December 9, 10 am-12 pm
Where: Dave & Buster’s, Palisades Center, 4661 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack
 
What: Santaland
Why: Get ready for the ho-ho-holidays with a pic with Santa.
When: Now through 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: 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: 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: Spend the holiday season on the farm roasting marshmallows, hanging with Santa and enjoying music.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 23, 11 am-4 pm
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
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-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
 
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: 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: 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
 
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
 
Upcoming:
 
Why: Indulge in holiday-themed local eats and treats.
When: Friday December 14-Saturday December 15, Friday December 21-Saturday December 22, 12 pm
Where: Paramus Park Mall, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus

What: Deck the Halls
Why: Brunch with Santa and friends, and enjoy cookie decorating, games and more holiday fun.
When: Sunday December 16, 12:30-2 pm, $20 per ticket, children under 2 free
Where: Gerry’s Place, 595 Broadway, Norwood
Why: Tea time includes small bites, holiday tunes and raffle.
When: Sunday December 16, 3-6 pm, $45, rsvp by December 9
Where: Harmony Tea Room, 224 Fairview Ave., Westwood
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