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“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” – Anonymous

The holiday season is coming into view with Thanksgiving tomorrow, but don’t fret! If you’re looking for a little more relaxation, you can find Thanksgiving Eve parties and places willing to do the cooking for you!

And many of you will be venturing out this weekend to find your conifer of choice, perhaps at Wyckoff's Christmas Tree Farm in Belvidere pictured above, so we've got you covered with an updated list of Christmas Tree farms in More Things To Do.

A staple of this time of year is Small Business Saturday, a time to shop locally and support the small businesses in your town. Blairstown’s annual Jingle on Main kicks off at 10am, while those closer to Hackettstown and Washington Borough can take advantage of their local shops and sales. You may even find Santa sightings and holiday open houses as you scroll through Wanderings.

As always, there's no shortage of fun this week. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Wanderings!


Thanksgiving Weekend Events and More, Starting November 23, 2022

This Week: 

Thanksgiving Eve at Czig Meister

Czig Meister is staying open until 10pm for one of their favorite nights of the year! Offering Cranberry Sauce Sour and Cranberry Lime Hard CZeltzer, with live music kicking off at 8pm.

Thanksgiving Eve Party @ Buttzville Brewery

Spend the evening before Thanksgiving grooving with C3 with their blend of soul, funk, pop, rock, and the classics you love is sure to get everyone in your family and friends group dancing!

Feliz Navidad at Villa Milagro Vineyards

Luminarias will light the indoor cantina and outdoor pergola where traditional Mexican cookies, buñuelos, will be served with VMV holiday wines. Take a selfie with a Christmas Cactus or with Pancho the wannabe reindeer!

Great Waters Hikes with MWA and the NJ Highlands Coalition

Did you know that old growth, fully mature forests were nearly nonexistent in New Jersey? Join Musconetcong Watershed Assoc. along with the NJ Highlands Coalition and Jared Rosenbaum, naturalist and co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants,  for a hike through old growth forests.

Jingle on Main in Blairstown

 A festive Small Business Saturday event featuring over 50 local vendors, food and music, presented by the Blairstown Enhancement Committee and held throughout Blairstown's Historic Main Street.

Santa Paws Pet Photo Event

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Santa "Paws" is coming to Whole Pets Market in Mansfield! For $10 you will receive a holiday-themed frame and a link to digitally download the photo. Hosted by Pet Adoption League, all proceeds benefit animals waiting for new homes! Pets are required to be in a carrier or on a leash.

Tech Session @ Southwest Branch Library

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Need help with a new tablet or smartphone? Maybe you want to be better at browsing the web. The friendly staff of the Southwest Branch are here to help with one-on-one sessions.

More Things to Do: 

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Trees 2022

The smell of turkey in the oven and the cold nipping at your nose. It must be that time of year for piling the family in the car and heading out to a Warren County Christmas tree farm! Not only will you find trees, but also wreaths, crafts, yummy snacks and hot drinks. Check out the updated list to find one close to home.

Plan Ahead: 

A Night at the Races Beefsteak presented by DASACC

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Watch a videotaped horse race narrated by America’s top-rated announcers. All the suspense and close-up action that will make you feel like you are at the racetrack. Purchase your own horse and name it in the program. And have a great meal!

Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella @ CSC

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 7:30pm to Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 2:00pm

Inspired by the 1997 teleplay starring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother, this adaptation for the stage includes warmth, hilarity, and romance.

Merry Green Up Weekend at Flowerland Growers

Friday, December 2, 2022 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Create your very own Christmas centerpiece, arrangement, mantelpiece or wreath with Flowerland! You may bring your own container or choose from their selection.

Hometown Holiday in Washington Borough

Friday, December 2, 2022 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Hometown Holiday is a celebration that will light up the downtown with Santa selfies, free crafts for kids, horse and carriage rides (weather permitting), cookies and hot chocolate, live music, strolling brass band and more!

45th Hope Christmas Craft Market

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, December 4, 2022 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

The 45th anniversary of a wonderful town-wide holiday event spans two days with six buildings to explore full of holiday cheer!

Holiday Bazaar to Benefit Antler Ridge

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, December 4, 2022 -
11:00am to 4:00pm

Come shop local at the Blairstown Masonic Lodge while supporting the care of wildlife patients and future conservation programs to be offered at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Frankie Banky Christmas cookies will be available with vegan options. Other gift items include art, jewelry, apparel, home decor, ornaments, homemade items (cookies, soap, jam, honey) and more.

Santa Flies into Blairstown Airport

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:30am

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Santa flying into the Blairstown Airport! Please arrive early to see him land and you'll have the opportunity to sit with Santa! Nibble on something tasty from the airport's special Santa menu!

Belvidere Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
12:00pm to 8:00pm

Belvidere is hosting their annual Christmas tree lighting complete with Santa, ice skating, Santa Paws photos, music, snacks, crafts and more!

Candy Cane Lane Lights and Santa Event in Hackettstown

Saturday, December 3, 2022 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Sure to put you in the holiday spirit, Hackettstown BID is bringing back Candy Cane Lane at Hackettstown High School. Santa and one of his elves will hand all cars a goody bag at the end. Reservations are required so sign up today!

Aztec Two-Step 2.0 at Roy's Hall

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 8:00pm

Aztec Two-Step debuted in ’72 with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records helping to usher the folk-rock music of the 1960s into the 1970s and beyond.

Breakfast with Santa @ Architects Golf Club

Sunday, December 4, 2022 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 2022 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

Ol' Saint Nick will be taking photos with good boys and girls and, of course, listening to their Christmas wish lists! Limited seating is available. You are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.

Operation Toy Train in Washington Boro

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 12:00pm

Operation Toy Train is once again making its way into Washington Boro via the tracks at the park and pool. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on board to help load the train.

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