December is finally here and it is time for all of the holiday festivities that the month has to offer to commence! In Jersey City that means specialty cocktails, holiday parties, and lots of artisan pop-up markets! Here is your guide to some of the exciting things to put into your calendar for December.
HDSID Annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting – December 3rd
Start your month off with some holiday spirit! Head down to the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall to watch the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting at 6pm. 119-158 Newark Ave.
Sparkling Wine and Cheese Pairing Event – December 4th
Jersey Wine & Spirits and Van Hook Cheese are bringing you another pairing class, this time with the most festive of wines! Learn about which cheeses pair well with the range of sparkling wines they have to offer. For more details and for tickets check out the event page here. 492 Jersey Ave.
Maker's Mark Whisky Three-Course Dinner – December 4th
Villa Borghese III is hosting a Maker's Mark Whisky Dinner, complete with a welcome cocktail, three-course dinner, and a custom dipped Maker's Mark rocks glass! Tickets can be purchased here. 475 Washington Blvd.
Hanukkah in Hudson – December 8th
The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is bringing a Hanukkah celebration to Hamilton House, with a wine and dessert reception from 8:30-10:30pm. Tickets can be reserved ahead of time here. 255 Brunswick St.
Ugly Sweater Brunch Party at Piggyback Bar – December 8th
Time to break out your holiday sweater and head over to Piggyback Bar for amazing food, drinks, entertainment, and more! This brunch party will begin at noon and reservations can be made here. 200 Hudson St.
Winter Hudson River Loop Walk – December 8th
FreeWalkers is holding their first-ever winter event, following a 30-mile pedestrian-friendly loop along the Hudson in NJ and NYC. This is a day-long walk with incredible views of the city along the waterfront and a chance to get out and get moving before the cold weather sets in! Register here for this event. 15 Exchange Place.
JC Oddities Holiday Market at Harborside Atrium – December 9th
Harborside JC will be home to a one-of-a-kind holiday market, as 25+ vendors of the odd, unusual, and macabre will be selling their wares. For more information check out their event page here. 210 Hudson St.
Heights Holiday Pop-Up – December 9th
Have no fear Heights dwellers, there is a holiday market for you, too! Spend an afternoon of shopping & fine art at The Musicians Building, shopping local for the holiday season, beginning at 11am and lasting until 4pm. 130 Central Ave.
HDSID & Artist and Maker Market Holiday Market – Multiple Dates
The Holiday Market is returning to the Grove PATH Plaza once again! This is your opportunity to shop local for the holidays and immerse yourself in holiday spirit! It will be open from 4-8pm on Dec. 10, 13, 17-21, and Dec. 22 from 12-5pm. For more information visit their event page here. Grove PATH Plaza.
Holiday Favorites Cocktail Class at Liberty House Restaurant – December 12th
Impress your friends and family and your holiday parties with your bartending skills, Liberty House Restaurant is hosting a cocktail class featuring all of your holiday favorites! For reservations, check out the event page here. 76 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Porta Holiday Pop-Up – December 15th
Porta will open its doors to 20 local vendors for a one-stop-holiday-shop. There will be vintage clothing, jewelery, handmade goods, and more! 135 Newark Ave.
Lutze Ugly Sweater Holiday Party at Harborside JC – December 15th
Join Lutze for an ugly sweater party like no other! They're heading indoors to the Harborside Atrium to bring you awesome drinks, dancing, and an ugly sweater contest to kick off the holiday season. Early bird tickets start at $10 and giveaways start December 15 at 8pm! Tickets can be reserved here. 210 Hudson St.
Christmas Sip & Paint at O'Hara's Downtown – December 19th
Head over to O'Hara's Downtown for their final Sip & Paint event of the year, embrace the holiday spirit with some of your closest friends, the evening begins at 7pm. 172 1st Street.
LSC After Dark: Winter Wonderland – December 20th
It's your favorite Thursday of the month again—Liberty Science Center will be opening up in the evening for its LSC After Dark event! This month's theme...Winter Wonderland! Get your tickets for a night of icy cool activities and experiments. Enjoy delicious cocktails and sweet treats as you explore Liberty Science Center at its most festive! Tickets can be reserved here. 222 Jersey City Blvd.
Written by Claire Layton
Claire is a quintessential Canadian girl looking forward to exploring JC one craft beer at a time! She is a graduate student of anthropology, spending all of her free time either at the gym, frequenting comedy bars, or scouring the city for free concerts.