Spend the Holidays in Jersey City: A List of Events Between Now and the New Year

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Jersey City Nutcracker, Nimbus Dance Works

‘Tis that time of year again! With the holiday season in full swing, there are many events and activities planned all around Jersey City. Here’s a list of events going on from now until the New Year. Please feel free to add more in the comments section!

The Eight Reindeer Monologues
Friday, December 16th, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Transmission, 150 Bay Street, Jersey City

Helpless female or lying Vixen! There have been allegations she’s made, rumors about Jolly old St. Nick and poor little deformed Rudolph who’s now in an institution. Well now hear the real story from the reindeer themselves….

A hilarious comedy by Jeff Goode where the reindeer give their opinions of Vixen’s allegations that Santa made more than inappropriate advances at her.

Starring Dasher, Cupid, Prancer, Blitzen, Comet, Dancer, Donner w/musical performances by Glen Coleman, Kenny Jaworski, Camila Camilo, Robin Frost, Alishia Taiping and Forget the Whale.


Tickets here: The Eight Reindeer Monologues

Holiday Market at Grove
December 19th & 22nd 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Grove Street PATH Plaza

The Artist & Maker Market is back for the Holiday Season! Find fabulous gifts for everyone at The Grove Street Path Plaza every Monday and Thursday.

Skip the crowded malls & avoid lost packages in the mail this Season by buying directly from local artisans and makers! #shoplocal #supportsmallbusiness

The Jersey City Nutcracker
December 16th – 18th
MS #4, 107 Bright Street, Jersey City

Nimbus Dance Works announces the seventh year of the company’s annual holiday tradition: Jersey City Nutcracker. Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children’s urban holiday adventure leading them through fantasy, adversity and celebration and teaching them lessons about friendship and community along the way. Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, this adaption of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is performed by a stand-out cast of professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works joined by youth and adults from the community as they portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer – all with a Jersey City twist! Amidst colorful sets, costumes, a brightly adorned tree, youth and adults alike are touched by this tale of Christmas spirit.

Tickets here: Jersey City Nutcracker

Holidays at Harborside with Rooftop Films: The Muppets Christmas Carol (Free)
Saturday, December 17, 1pm
The Atrium at Harborside Terminal, 147 Harborside Financial Center Platform, Jersey City

Celebrate the holidays with your family at a special free screening of THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL complete with complimentary face painting and crafts, as well as food options from local vendors.

1:00pm: Doors Open
1:00-2:00pm: Face Painting and Arts & Crafts
2:00pm: Film Begins

Plus two ways to make a difference this holiday season:

Bring an unwrapped gift for a child in need: Ages 0-17, living in Jersey City. Items should be unused and new. Toys, gift cards, books and clothing welcome!

Donate to the MCPCA: The MCPCA is still rebuilding years after Hurricane Sandy and they need your help with the recent rescue of hundreds of animals from hoarding situations. Any amount helps!

*Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming! RSVP is not required, and does not guarantee entry. This event is free and open to the public, and seating is first come, first served for all.*

The Jersey City Mayor’s Holiday Concert
December 17th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Landmark Loews Theatre, 54 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City

Mayor Steven M. Fulop & the Dante Alighieri Society of Jersey City cordially invite you to attend the 4th annual Holiday Concert.

Featuring The Orchestra of St. Peter By the Sea conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson.
Concert begins at 7:15, doors open at 6:15.

Free Admission. For free tickets, please contact: Anthon Catanio at 201-324-1300 or [email protected] However, if you would like to donate, please make check payable to The Dante Alighieri Society c/o Anthony Catanio, 208-210 West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07305.

Holiday Bazaar Indoor Market
December 20th, 11am – 3pm
The Atrium at Harborside Terminal, 147 Harborside Financial Center Platform, Jersey City

An intimate, indoor pop-up market in the beautiful Harborside Atrium. Some of your favorite 6th Borough Market vendors will be there ready with gifts perfect for the holiday season.

Find a variety of item including quality vintage, health & beauty, photography and more.

Christmas Caroling with St. Paul’s Bergen & Church of the Incarnation
December 21, 5pm – 7pm
Journal Square PATH Plaza (by the kiosk)

Bring some Christmas Cheer to commuters and sing your favorite Christmas songs with good friends. Coco and Santa hats gratis!

Bryan Beninghove’s Christmas Spectacular
December 23rd, 10pm – 12pm
Fox and Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City

Ho Ho Ho – Gonna be a good one! So many guest appearances and an amazing house band rocking all your holiday hits. Don’t be a lump of coal – be there!

Christmas Day Services and Dinner For The Homeless
December 25th, 9am – 5pm
Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street, Jersey City

Join our friends from St. Matthews Lutheran Church in preparing and sharing a Christmas dinner with Grace Community Services’ food insecure and homeless guests right in our own gym. There will be lots of ways to help. You could come at 9am and help prepare, bring a dish, serve, hang out with our guests, and most importantly, come help clean up afterward.

21st Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
Friday, December 30th, 5pm – 9pm
Redeemer Lutheran Church 37 Warner Ave, Jersey City

Hotep Kenya, B.I.T.E. is hosting the 21st annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Take it back to the Motherland with a display of our Kuumba (Creativity) Spoken Word, African Dance, Song and more. Bring the family and bring a dish to contribute to the Kwanzaa.


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