Things to Do in Bergen County Week of November 22

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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: Charlie Brown and friends put on their own Christmas play in this holiday musical.
When: Friday November 23, 1 pm, $29-$59
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
 
Why: Bring your camera and best smiles for a jolly pic with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
When: Friday November 23-Saturday November 24, Saturday December 1, Saturday December 8, 11 am-3 pm
Where: Abmas Farm, 700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff
 
Why: Four layers of model railroads filled with subways stops, rocky cliffs and mines.
When: Fridays beginning November 23-December 21, 6-8:30 pm, weekends 1-4 pm, $5 non-members, kids free
Where: Mahwah Museum, 201 Frankin Turnpike, Mahwah
 
Why: Ice skating, Santa’s North Pole, kids activities and more fun.
When: Friday November 23-Tuesday January 1, 4-7 pm, $15
Where: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
 
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
 
Why: The singer performs the hits you want to hear from “Opposites Attract” to “Cold Hearted”.
When: Saturday November 24, 8 pm, $69-$129
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
 
Why: Go on an adventure with Jack, the Giant and more in this classic tale brought to life.
When: Saturday November 24-Sunday December 16, 1 pm and 3:30 pm plus select Fridays, $14
Where: Bergen County Players, 298 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell
 
Why: A perfect chance to start your holiday shopping NOW.
When: Sunday November 25, 10 am-5 pm, $3
Where: 99 E. Century Rd., Paramus
 
Why: The Will & Grace star and music producer sign their new book, Plum.
When: Sunday November 25, 2 pm
Where: Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood ave., Ridgewood
 
Why: Bring your own Santa Paws for a special holiday photo opp.
When: Monday November 26 and Monday December 3, 7-9 pm
Where: The Shops at Riverside, 390 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack
 
Why: Tour the school, sample classes and meet the staff.
When: Wednesdays November 28-December 5, 9-11 am
Where: Dwight-Englewood School, 315 E Palisade Ave., Englewood
 
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: Celebrate the season with holiday music, characters, a light show and more holiday fun.
When: Thursday November 29, 7-9 pm, rain date Friday November 30
Where: Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center, 1355 Inwood Terrace, Fort Lee 
Why: Shop jewelry, soaps and treats to support the middle school 6th graders entrepreneurship education program.
When: Thursday November 29, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Tenakill Middle School, 275 High Street, Closter
 
 
 
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: 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: 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: 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: 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
 
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
 
Why: Steam and diesel trains, Thomas and Friends and more in this huge display.
When: Friday November 23-25, Saturday December 1-Sunday December 2, 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: Roast marshmallows by the fire, enjoy holiday music and visit with Santa.
When: Friday November 23-Sunday November 25, 11 am-4 pm
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
 
Why: Take your choo-choo fans on a festive train ride with Santa.
When: Friday November 23-Sunday November 25, 11 am-4 pm, Weekends December 1-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
 
Why: Climb aboard for a spirited ride filled with Santa and his elves, gifts and holiday treats.
When: Now through 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
 
What: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Why: Thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns on display, plus plenty of pumpkin-themed activities.
When: Friday November 23-Saturday November 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: Rare fossils, magic show and treasures to take home.
When: Friday November 23, 12-2 pm, Saturday November 24, 10 am-5 pm, Sunday November 25, 1-5 pm, kids/$7, adults/$10
Where: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
 
Why: This huge model train show bring tons of train displays and activities, plus a chance to sneak in some holiday shopping.
When: Saturday November 24-Sunday November 25, 19 am-4 pm, adults and kids over 11/$10
Where: NJ Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison
 
Why: Get away for the weekend with a trip to Manchester, and welcome the winter holidays with caroling and a Santa visit.
When: Saturday November 24, 6 pm
Where: Factory Point Town Green, Depot St., Manchester, VT
 
What: Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
Why: Free performances and street festivities, savory and sweet treats, music and dance.
When: Monday November 26, 5:30-9 pm
Where: Broadway between Columbus Circle and 70th Street, NYC
 
Why: Watch the huge tree light up the night, plus live performances.
When: Wednesday November 28, 8-10 pm
Where: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC
 
What: Santaland
Why: Get ready for the ho-ho-holidays with a pic with Santa.
When: 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 donations
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: 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
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: 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: Meet fellow new moms and get postpartum tips and advice.
When: Fridays November 30-December 21, 9:30-10:30 am, member/$60, public/$80
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly
 
Why: It’s not officially holiday season without a visit to this classic production where toys come alive.
When: Saturday December 1-Sunday December 2, 1 pm and 4:30 pm, $23-$53
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
 
Why: Crafts, cookies and cocoa with Mr. Claus.
When: Saturday December 1, 9-10 am, $10
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, Level 2 Macy’s Court, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
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