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Recurring Events

December
Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
FREE
Double Trouble State Park
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village tours or hikes of varying mileage may be scheduled most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park.
Call for arrangements & program fees

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics, and times
FREE; donations welcomed
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
ADA accessible

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
Fee:  Varied, contact for information
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
ADA accessible

Bulls Island Home School Classes
1 p.m. – on the First Tuesday of the Month
Fee:  Varied based on class, contact for more information. Advanced registration required
Bull’s Island Recreation Area
Sponsor: D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
ADA accessible. Programs will be designed specifically with the needs of home school groups. Topics will include ecology and history lessons appropriate for ages 6-12.

December 3
Owls: Hunters of the Night
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $3 Adults & children ages 12 & up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For Adults and Children Ages 6 & Up; ADA Accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

December 5
“A Christmas Carol”
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible

Christmas Express Nights
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children.

December 6
Christmas Express Nights
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children.

Christmas Lantern Tour
5 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
90 minute tours every 15 minutes

Kids Christmas with the Critters
1 p.m.
Fee: $3/child
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Walk the Bordentown Bluffs
1 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
D & R Canal State Park
Stanton Avenue, Bordentown
Sponsor:  Friends for the Abbott Marshland
(609) 924-5705
Note:  Not ADA accessible. Learn about the rich natural and historic resources of this preserved section of Bordentown with the D&R Canal State Park naturalist and historian.

Holiday Shoppe
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
D & R Canal State Park
Blackwells Mills Canal House (598 Canal Road, Somerset)
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Partially ADA accessible; handmade items will be available for your shopping. If you care to sell item please contact Barbara at (908) 369-0357.

Annual Salem City Yuletide Tour
10 a.m. to 5 pm
Fee: Donations Welcome
Hancock House State Historic Site
(856) 935-4373
Sponsor: Salem Main Street. Friends of the Hancock House Inc. and Hancock House State Historic Site

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445;
For Adults and children ages 10 & Up; Partially ADA Accessible; discover how your family can enjoy this worldwide scavenger hunt! An indoor tutorial provides the tools necessary to embark on fun family adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!
Partially ADA accessible

39 Annual victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee:  $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3 for children ages 6-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford & the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
Join the Women’s Club of West Milford, the Ringwood Manor Citizen Advisory Committee, and Ringwood State Park Staff in celebrating the 39th Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor; ADA accessible

Full Moon Hike – Indian people called this the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 fee for ages six and above; preregistration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236–6355
Hike one of our trails lit only by moonlight on the longest full moon night of winter. A 3/4 mile walk is planned with the option of a longer hike.

Reservoir Bird Walk
8:30 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area
Tower Parking Lot (2nd Right)
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
(908) 638-8572
Come and view various birds that make their habitat at Spruce Run Reservoir

Mountain Bike Ride
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
(609)-567-4559
Length: 10 miles

December 7
Christmas at Allaire
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 per adult/ $5 per child ages 5-12
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Horse and Wagon Ride fee additional:  $7.00 per adult/$5 per child under 12

Battlefield Walking Tour
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Walking tour of the battlefield, meet at visitor center

Christmas in the City
Noon to 5 p.m.
Fee: $25 advance reservation; $30 at the door
Proprietary House Association
(732) 324-2361
A tour of Perth Amboys most historic and prestigious homes. Tickets and tour start at the only original Royal Governors' Mansion in the country.

39 Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee:  $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3 for children ages 6-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford & the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
Note:  ADA accessible
Join the Women’s Club of West Milford, the Ringwood Manor Citizen Advisory Committee, and Ringwood State Park Staff in celebrating the 39th Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor.

Bird Walk
9 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Join NJ Audubon Society members, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop where you could see an American Coot or Rind-necked Duck. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the early spring serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

Goat Hill Hike
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; ages preteen and adults
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center- Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd (call for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Goat Hill Overlook is a recent state park acquisition. The tract sites on a bluff overlooking the Delaware River, New Hope, and Lambertville. This tract contains extensive hardwood and mixed oak forests, open fields, numerous rock outcrops, a former diabase quarry and hiking trails. We will carpool from Niederer’s Pond to the overlook for the hike. The terrain will be rugged. Wear hiking shoes and bring drinking water

December 10
Wednesday Walk in the Woods
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

December 12
“A Christmas Carol”
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible

Christmas Express Nights
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

December 13
Christmas Express Nights
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

The Christmas Express
11 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

Christmas Lantern Tours
5 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
90-minute tours every 15 minutes

Nature Hike
10 a.m.
Free
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
A moderate 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.  Meet at the Forest Office.

Wreaths Across America at Finns Point National Cemetery
Noon to 1 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
Partially ADA Accessible

Soldiers Christmas
5 to 8 p.m.
Fort Mott State Park
Sponsor: 9th Division WWII Historical Preservation Society
Partially ADA Accessible; this is an outdoor event, please wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes.  Lantern tours of encampments depicting soldiers of different time periods during the Christmas holiday.

Explorer Hike
Call for time & location
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(201) 274-9805
Bring your sense of adventure for this fascinating foray into the wilds of Sussex County.

Winter Greens Walk
10 to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
Some plants remain green even throughout the “dead” of winter. We will investigate the special features, natural history, and folklore of a variety of evergreen trees, shrubs, and herbs. 

39 Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee:  $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3 for children ages 6-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford & the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
Join the Women’s Club of West Milford, the Ringwood Manor Citizen Advisory Committee, and Ringwood State Park Staff in celebrating the 39th Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor; ADA accessible

Recreating the Battle of Trenton in a miniature War game
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

December 14
The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

Christmas at Allaire
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $7 per adult/ $5 per child ages 5-12
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Horse and Wagon Ride fee additional:  $7.50 per adult/$5 per child under 12

Christmas Candlelight Tours
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $5 suggested donation; preregistration required
D & R Canal State Park
Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor:  Montgomery Twp. HS Live Historians Club, Rockingham Association and Stony Brook Garden Club
(609) 683-7132 [up thru Nov. 23]; (609) 683-7136 [after Nov. 23]
Note: Partially ADA accessible. Docents in 18th-century dress will conduct tours through Rockingham, which will be decorated with early American restraint. NJ’s 350th anniversary will be the theme and period music will be performed in one of the rooms. Light refreshments will be available and the Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping

Annual Caldwell Christmas Walk
1 to 5 p.m.
Fee: Contact sponsor
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site
Sponsor:  The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell–West Essex
(973) 226-0001
Throughout town of Caldwell including the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site (207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell NJ). Tour of private homes, historic houses decorated for the
holidays. Grover Cleveland Birthplace features self-guided tours, old-fashioned games,
and museum gift shop.

Lake Hopatcong Museum
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Hopatcong State Park
(973) 398-2616
ADA Accessible

39 Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwod Manor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee:  $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3 for children ages 6-12
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
Sponsor:  Woman’s Club of West Milford & the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
Join the Women’s Club of West Milford, the Ringwood Manor Citizen Advisory Committee, and Ringwood State Park Staff in celebrating the 39th Annual Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor. Tour the first floor of the Manor, decorated in 19th century holiday decor; ADA accessible

Holiday Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 6-12 $5 under 6 Free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
ADA Accessible. Please call for more information.

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Join John DeMarrais, NJ Audubon Society member, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. We are bound to see a Mute Swan, Lesser Scaup and Mallards near the reservoir.   Then take a short drive to the swimming pond

December 17
Winter Greens Walk
1 to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults; some plants remain green even throughout the “dead” of winter. We will investigate the special features, natural history, and folklore of a variety of evergreen trees, shrubs, and herbs.

December 19
Christmas Express Nights
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

Lantern Walking Tours of the Historic District
7 and 7:30 p.m. – 2 tours
Fee: Adults $10 and children/seniors $5 – preregistration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Tours will begin at the Nelson House; cover the Crossing, the ferry, Stone Barn woodworking shop and the Johnson Ferry House

December 20
Christmas Express Nights
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance tickets highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. 

Christmas Lantern Tours
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
90-minute tours every 15 minutes

Winter Solstice Hike
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults; celebrate the holiday season by experiencing the sights and sounds of the serene winter woods on this 3.5-mile, moderate hike.

Lecture: The Christmas Night Crossing and The Battle of Trenton by Park Historian Clay Craighead
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

Verge of Winter Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Length: 2 – 4 miles

December  21
Christmas Express Nights
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance ticket purchase highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

The Christmas Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person (advance ticket purchase highly recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children

Christmas Lantern Tours
5 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $12.50 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
90-minute tours every 15 minutes

Winter Solstice Hike
10 a.m. to  noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults; celebrate the holiday season by experiencing the sights and sounds of the serene winter woods on this 3.5-mile, moderate hike.

Solstice Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 for ages six and up; pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Hike the Water Trail on the shortest day of the year. You will see the setting sun on our return and know that each succeeding day will be a little bit longer.

Four Days Before Christmas
6 to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
FREE; reservation required- space is limited
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage
(908) 725-1015
ADA accessibl; a nighttime tour of the historic houses, emphasizing the Christmas practices of each household. Costumed interpreters will lead the tours, which finish with refreshments.

Lecture: “The Christmas Night Crossing and The Battle of Trenton.”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible 

Verge of Winter Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Note: This is a 2-mile to 4-mile hike         

December 25
The Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

 

 

 

 

 

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