It's the week before Christmas…have you finished your holiday shopping? If so, check out one of these events to unwind before the holiday. If you're willing to brave the crowds this would be a good time to visit NYC. 


Sat., Dec. 19th. Jack Frost. 1 and 3pm. Show put on by the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center. $10 members; $12 nonmembers. Link here

Sat., Dec. 19th. Bergen Youth Orchestra. 7pm. They perform two works of Dvorak. Bergen County Academies auditorium. $10 adults; $5 students. 201-569-1625. 


Fri., Dec. 18th to Dec. 19th. Holiday Festival of Lights. 5:30-8pm. 4.5 acre garden is filled with goodies for children (too many to name!) and lighted up in splendor. Camden Children's Garden. Link here

Thur, Dec. 17 to 21st. Holiday Cheer at the W Hotel in Hoboken. Various performances and Christmas caroling. 225 River Street; Hoboken, NJ. Link here. 

Sun., Dec. 20th. Hoboken City Hall Holiday Craft Fair. 9am to 3pm. Local crafters sell their goods. 94 Washington Street, Hoboken. Free. 

Sun., Dec. 20th. Christmas Model Toy & Train Expo. 10am to 4pm. Outdoor train ride, train model displays, train doctors, visit from Santa. St. Joseph High School; 40 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale. $6; kids under 10 free w/parent. 201-327-5254


Sat., Dec. 19th. Elmo's World Happy Holidays and A Sesame Street Christmas Carol. 10:30am. Sony Wonder Technology Lab has free screenings! Check out details on their site: Link here. 56th St & Madison Avenue. 

Sat., Dec. 19th & Sun., Dec. 20th. Santa in Central Park. 12 to 3pm.  Visit Santa in his winter wonderland at Belvedere Castle. Drop in anytime. Link here