This coming weekend brings a flurry of fun things to do, from visiting with beloved characters like Curious George and Daniel Tiger to exploring the great outdoors and learning about the creatures that make their home here in the winter. You can find more activities in our Event Calendar, and our January GoList is your go-to source for the very best things to do throughout the month.
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Hoboken will celebrate the opening of a new, pop-up ice skating rink today at 3:30 p.m. The rink, known as Harlow Winter Village, is located under the 14th Street Viaduct, between Grand Street and Adams Street. Admission is free.
When I was a kid, going to a performance of The Nutcracker was one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Like many little girls, I would sit in the theater and imagine that I was Clara, waking up on Christmas Eve to find a Nutcracker prince battling a mouse king in my living room, and then getting whisked away to a magical land where snowflakes, candy, and flowers danced just for me.
From the look of the crowd at Mayo Performing Arts Center, where NJ Ballet is performing The Nutcracker through Christmas Eve, kids are still really into it. And this grown-up loved it, too.
You don't have to go to New York City to see The Nutcracker this holiday season—there are at least a dozen productions of the beloved ballet happening right here in New Jersey. We've looked into all of them to help you figure out which one is right for you and your kids, whether it's a full-length, traditional production featuring swirling snowflakes and waltzing flowers; a hip-hop retelling led by a rap legend; or an abridged version designed with little ones in mind. You'll even find one starring kids' book faves Max and Ruby. If ballet isn't your thing but you'd still like to see a holiday performance, be sure to check out our roundup of non-Nutcracker shows. And look to our holiday guide for even more ways to celebrate the season.
A giant panda has made himself at home at Westchester's Ridge Hill, which is once again teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to take families on an Adventure to Santa. The panda is none other than Po from DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda, and he and his friends are part of a holiday attraction that takes kids on a journey to the North Pole to meet Santa.
This is Adventure to Santa's third year at Ridge Hill, though it's the first year that Po and the Kung Fu Panda gang are making an appearance (the two previous years featured Shrek). I recently made the hour-long journey from my home in New Jersey with my 4.5- and almost-2-year-old boys to check it out.
We have some important tips to know before you go, especially if you're making the trip from NYC, upstate or New Jersey.
After you cast your vote today, take your mind off the election (or try to, anyway) by looking ahead to the weekend. There are plenty of seasonal activities on offer, including apple cidering in Chatham, an old-fashioned Thanksgiving in Morristown, and a hibernation-themed guided hike in Short Hills. There are also tons of events happening in museums throughout the state, as well as little hints of Christmas popping up here and there – a production of A Christmas Story at the Count Basie Theatre, for instance, and St. Nick's arrival at Storybook Land. For even more fun things to do this month, be sure to check out our November GoList, and look to the Events Calendar for a more complete picture of what's happening this weekend and beyond.
There's a new train chuffing into Whippany Station this Christmas season: Holiday revelers who want to ride the rails can hop aboard The Polar Express. This train ride will replace the Santa Claus Special, which has been run by the Whippany Railway Museum for the last 24 years. The Polar Express will be operated by the Morristown Erie Railway.
And don't worry – if you're not quite ready to think about Christmas just yet, there's still plenty of fall fun to be had throughout New Jersey.