Things to Do in Bergen County Week of November 15

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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: Get ready for the ho-ho-holidays with a pic with Santa.
When: Friday November 16-Monday December 24, 10 am-9 pm
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Why: Santa Claus is coming to Bergen Town Center, bringing smiles and a live performance.
When: Friday November 16, 6-7:30 pm
Where: The Outlets at Bergen Town Center, Route 4 East & Forest Ave., Paramus
Why: Enjoy a character visit, balloons and open play.
When: Friday November 16, 3:30-5:30 pm
Where: The Big Playhouse, 312 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood
Why: Meet and learn about turtles from around the world with expert Steve Woyce.
When: Friday November 16, 4-5 pm
Where: Rutherford Public Library, 150 Park Ave., Rutherford
Why: Meet teachers and parents, and learn about the creative curriculum for pre-K and elementary at this multicultural school.
When: Saturday November 17, 10 am-12 pm
Where: The French American Academy, 1092 Carnation Dr., New Milford
Why: High-end crafters for all your holiday gift needs, plus photos with Santa on Sunday.
When: Saturday November 17-Sunday November 18, 11 am
Where: Cresskill Community Center, 100 3rd St., Cresskill
Why: Shop crafts, treats, housewares and more, plus food and tricky tray.
When: Saturday November 17, 10 am-4 pm
Where: The Church of the Atonement, 97 Highwood Ave., Tenafly
Why: Get into the fall spirit and decorate a festive cookie.
When: Saturday November 17, 12 pm and 3 pm, $15
Where: Oscar’s Printshop at Happy Hello Shop, 33 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs
Why: Get your slime on to benefit Bergen Volunteer Center, plus celebrity slimers.
When: Saturday November 17, 11 am-6 pm
Where: Paramus Park, Mall Common Area, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus
Why: Eric Carl’s classic book comes to life.
When: Sunday November 18, 1 pm, $15-$29
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
Why: Mickey madness includes a Mickey art lesson, Mickey meet-and-greet, Steamboat Willie cartoon and more mousekefun.
When: Sunday November 18, 1:30 pm
Where: Cliffside Park Library, 505 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park
Why: Prep your waistline for Thanksgiving with this race through natural terrain.
When: Sunday November 18, 9-11 am, $25
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
Why: Learn all about wild birds through stories and crafts.
When: Sunday November 18, 11 am-2 pm
Where: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
Why: Bring your furry friend for a paw-some pic with Santa.
When: Mondays November 19-December 17, 6-9 pm, pets must be leashed
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, Level 2 Entrance, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Why: Shop for all your gifts from hundreds of crafters.
When: Now through Sunday December 2, 10 am-5 pm, $8, kids under 12 free
Where: The Hermitage, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus
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: 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
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
Why: Pikachu, Elf on the Shelf and more balloons and floats make their way down the streets of NYC. Get a sneak peek as the balloons come to life the day before.
When: Thursday November 22, 9 am-12 pm; Inflation on Wednesday November 21, 1-8 pm
Where: Central Park West between 75th and 59th Streets to 6th Ave. between 59th and 38th Streets, NYC; Inflation at American Museum of Natural History, 79th Street and Columbus Ave. 
Why: A dazzling display of model trains that travels from NYC to the North Pole.
When: Thursday November 15-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: More than 2 million lights on this mile-long drive-thru, pus new light displays.
When: Friday November 16-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: Friday November 16-Sunday December 30, Dusk-10 pm (11 pm weekends), $20-$30
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Pkwy., Holmdel
Why: Celebrate harvest time with Native American tales and cornhusk crafts.
When: Saturday November 17, 10 am-1 pm
Where: Wave Hill House, West 249th Street and Independence Ave., Bronx

What: Play-Doh Weekend
Why: Be one of the first 500 people to snag a new Play-Doh WHEELS product, and enjoy the opening of winterfest.
When: Saturday November 17-Sunday November 18, 11 am-5 pm, $29.95-$34.95
Where: Diggerland USA, 100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin

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: Saturday November 17-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: Climb aboard for a spirited ride filled with Santa and his elves, gifts and holiday treats.
When: Saturday November 17-Sunday November 23, 9:30 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm, 5 pm, $28-$34
Where: Black River & Western Railroad, Flemington Station, 80 Stangl Rd., Flemington
Why: Shop from jewelry, apparel and home good for the holidays.
When: Sunday November 18, 10 am-5 pm, $3
Where: 272 Berdan Ave., Wayne
What: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Why: Thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns on display, plus plenty of pumpkin-themed activities.
When: November 15-17, 23-24, kids/$16 (Friday-Saturday, $20) adults/$22 (Friday-Saturday $27), check schedule to reserve time
Where: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson
Why: Over 50 sparkling winter and animal character lights, plus weekend Santa visits and more fun
When: Through Tuesday January 1, 5-9 pm, free with donations
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
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: Visit this sweeeeeet wonderland of tasty delights, brought to life through art installations.
When: Open 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: Open 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: Open now through March 3, check website for session times, $5
Where: Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Route 9W N, Bear Mountain
Why: Play detective for the day and solve a murder mystery.
When: Opens 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: Open through Sunday May 12, 10 am-9 pm weekdays, 9 am-8 pm weekends, $25
Where: 218 West 57th Street, NYC
Why: Spread holiday happiness with a menorah and tree lighting, snacks and carolers.
When: Thursday November 29, 6-8 pm
Where: Tice’s Corner Marketplace, 441 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Woodcliff Lake
Why: Charlie Brown and friends put on their own Christmas play in this classic show.
When: Friday November 23, 1 pm, $29-$59
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
Why: Horse-drawn hay ride, ice sculptures, music, train rides and treats.
When: Saturday November 24, 1 pm
Where: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
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