'Tis the season to eat, drink, be merry, shop, and give. And we've got less than a week to do it all before we wrap up another holiday season. Luckily our holiday guide has got you covered, we've got parties, toy drives, the holiday market, delicious holiday menus from some of your favorite places around town and more.
2nd Annual ChicpeaJC Toy Drive
Local blogger ChicpeaJC is hosting her 2nd Annual Toy Drive at Porta this Tuesday, December 18th. From 5 to 9pm stop by and enjoy holiday movies plus food and drink specials. Don't forget to bring an unused toy or throw blankets (for seniors). All donations will go to Angela Cares and be distributed to those in need this holiday season.
135 Newark Ave.
HDSID Holiday Market
This is your last week to head to the Grove St. Farmers Market for your holiday shopping. Enjoy snacks from your favorite vendors while searching for the perfect gifts. The market is open from 4-8pm Monday Dec. 17th through Friday Dec. 21st and from 12-5pm on Saturday, December 22nd.
Grove St. PATH Plaza
Christmas Sip & Paint at O'Hara's
Sip on your favorite drink while painting on Wednesday, December 19th. Follow step-by-step instructions to create a holiday-themed piece. The class starts at 7pm, purchase tickets in advanced via
Eventbrite. 172 1st St.
LSC After Dark: Winter Wonderland
th, enjoy winter-themed cocktails and icy activities at this month's LSC After Dark. As usual there will be a DJ and Midnight Market will be providing the grub (food vendors are cash only). Make sure you wear your ugliest Christmas sweater because there will be a contest! This is a 21+ event, doors open at 6pm and the winter storm rages on until 10pm. 222 Jersey City Blvd.
Country Christmas at FM
If you're looking to add a little country twang to your Christmas music, be at FM this Thursday night, December 20th. Secret Country and The Lonesome Prairie Dogs will be performing from 8 to 11pm. No cover charge.
340 3rd St.
Holiday Trunk Show and Tarot Card Reading
If you are looking for something for the wellness junkie in your life you might find it at the Holiday Trunk Show hosted by Gaia's Cavern on December 20th. Products by La Lune Healing will be sold at 10% off. Not sure what to get? Ask the cards and have a tarot reading done by Opals Aura. Stop by from 4-10pm to enjoy snacks, drinks, and raffles while you shop.
140 Wayne St.
Astor Bar & Grill Christmas Party
This Friday, December 21
st, Astor Bar and Grill is hosting a Christmas party and everyone is invited. Ugly Christmas sweaters are not required but strongly encouraged. The party starts at 8pm. 725 Montgomery St.
Movie and Music Night at Harborside Atrium
The Jersey City Arts Council is hosting a Movie and Music night. "Elf" and "Die Hard" will playing on the 20-foot big screen, with a break between the movies for some live holiday music by Con Vivo. This event is free and open to the public. Bites from Midnight Market and drinks from Piggyback Bar will be available for purchase. This Friday, December 21
st, from 5:30-10:30pm at the Harborside Atrium. 210 Hudson St.
The 6th Annual Mayor's Holiday Concert at Loew's Theatre
Join Mayor Steven Fulop this Saturday, December 22
nd, for a holiday concert at Loew's Theatre from 7:15-10pm. The Jersey Joint will be the feature performance, and a special guest performance by the St. Dominic's Academy Dominos. Admission is free and toy donations are greatly appreciated. 54 Journal Square.
Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Porta
Treat Sundays is hosting an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Porta this Sunday, December 23
rd, from 6-10pm. Be sure to don your holiest and jolliest. While you're there check out the newest edition to the menu: pan-roasted octopus. 135 Newark Ave.
Photos with Santa at Loew's Theatre
Bring the kids or fur babies (or both!) down to this Jersey City historic landmark on Sunday December 23rd from 11:30am to 2pm. Pictures are $5 or free if you bring a brand new unwrapped toy to donate. Pet owners are asked to come after 12:30 pm.
54 Journal Square.
Pet Photos with Santa
Newport Centre is inviting pets to take photos with Santa on December 23
rd from 8-10pm. This is the last opportunity to get your good boy or girl's snapshot with the man in the suit. 30 Mall Dr. West
Christmas Eve Dinner at The Kitchen Step
The Kitchen Step will be serving a traditional Italian seafood dinner on the eve of Christmas Eve Sunday, December 23rd. Chef Ryan DePersio and Chef Nick DeRosa will be curating a "Feast of Seven Fishes" which is a pre-fixe meal. While you are enjoying dinner sip on one (or two!) of their amazing winter cocktails. For more information or to make reservations visit their website.
500 Jersey Ave.
Feast of the Seven Fishes— A Christmas Eve Tradition at Hudson Grille
Hudson Grille at the DoubleTree by Hilton of Jersey City will be serving a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner of seven fishes. A kids menu will also be available. There are two seatings for the evening at 5pm and 7:30pm. The dinner is a pre-fixe menu at $65 per person. Reservations can be made via Open Table or by calling (201) 499-2439.
455 Washington Blvd.
Christmas Eve Dinner at Liberty House Restaurant
Liberty House is offering a selection of seasonal cuisine this Christmas Eve. This is a four-course meal with family appetizers, a Seafood Paella, and assorted dessert, with an entree of your choice. Dishes from the sea include Swordfish Au Poivre with Brown Sugar & Herbs and Seared Faroe Island Salmon. If you prefer the land, there's Pork Bolognese, Colorado Lamb Loin Chops, and more! Price is dependent on entree selection. To view the full menu or make a reservation visit the Liberty House's
website. 76 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Kaitlyn De Leonardis
Jersey City born,
Kait loves how the city has flourished since her childhood, and the fact that she can now enjoy it as an adult. She can often be found running by the waterfront, in the local vintage shops or killing it on the foosball table at South House. Her hobbies include brunch, shopping, and Instagram. What like those aren't hobbies? Follow her outfits and antics @outfittedand_about!