If you're looking for something fun, entertaining, or educational to do in Central New Jersey, you've come to the right place. 

Our Weekend Guide is packed with an eclectic variety of things to do. If you're looking for something to keep the little ones engaged or searching for fun and unique activities to enjoy this weekend, we have our favorite events to share with you!

If you're looking for a few houses to check out, we've also provided a comprehensive open house guide for 17 surrounding towns! You won't want to miss these.

1. Saturday Samplers to Discuss Stories by Patricia Highsmith

When: Dec 9, 10:30 am

Where: Bernardsville Public Library

1 Anderson Hill Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

This weekend the Saturday Samplers, a small book club of avid readers will be meeting at the Bernardsville Public Library to discuss the 1970 psychological thriller, The Snail-Watcher and Other Stories, of Amercian novelist Patricia Highsmith. Delve into the bizarre mix of characters Ms. Highsmith creates and get a glimpse of the dark recesses of the human soul.

2. Polka Dot's Super-Cool Music & Comedy Show

When: Dec 9, 11 am

Where:  Bernards Township Library

32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Give your kids a break from all that polluting technology and bring them over to the Library for some high energy musical fun set to the tune of - Christmas! The extremely talented, Polka Dot will be entertaining the children with skits and gags in between interactive live songs they can dance and sing to, all in a merry holiday twist.

3. A Celtic Christmas

When: Dec 9, 5 pm 

Where:  St. Bernard's Episcopal Church

88 Claremont Rd, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Set the tone for the upcoming holiday season, a fundraising concert benefiting the New Jersey Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be holding a concert. Head on out to St Bernard's for a truly old world musical experience. Not only will you be entertained by the Seven Celtic Nations, some of the best musicians, interpreting songs through voice and instruments you will also have an opportunity to give back.

4. Stonecrest Youth and Kids Choir Christmas Musical

When: Dec 9, 5 pm

Where: Stonecrest Community Church

11 Technology Drive North, Warren, NJ 07059

The air is abuzz with news in the tiny town of Rumor Mill, USA, that a king is coming. An anonymously posted sign declaring the news has got the whole town curious and excited about this King. Who is he? Leave it to Ellie and Drew to give you the low down about the true story of Christmas. This free presentation by the Stonecrest Youth and Kids Choir is a first come, first-seated deal, so get there early.  

5. From Jazz to Soul - Holiday Edition

When: Dec 10, 2 pm

Where:  Bernards Township Library

32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Rhonda Denet and the SFS Trio will be holding a spectacular holiday-themed, musical performance rendering jazz favorites by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and Ella Fritzgerald. You will surely be enchanted as the musical talents take you back to a time when music was a soothing elixir for the soul.

6. Sundays at Three: A Concert with the Michaela McClain Band

When: Dec 10, 3 pm

Where:  Bernardsville Public Library

1 Anderson Hill Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Spend an afternoon at the Bernardsville Public Library for a truly enchanting afternoon of good-vibe music from the Michaela McClain Band as they render their cover versions of your favorite rock, jazz, RnB and soul music. In addition, attendees of the concert will get a taste of Michaela's own music inspired by some of the best talents of music. 

7. Somerset Patriots Holiday Toy Drive

When: Dec 9, 10 am

Where:  TD Bank Ballpark 1 Patriots Park, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Fans of the Somerset Patriots are invited and encouraged to take part in the Somerset Patriots annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit the Toys For Tots. Emeritus Sparky Lyle, member and manager of the team will be on site to meet and greet with attendees as you new toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store at the ballpark. Kids will not only have the opportunity to have their photo with Lyle taken because Santa will also be showing up for the photo op. It promises to be an afternoon of fun for everyone!

8. Breakfast with Santa at Berkeley Heights YMCA

When: Dec 9, 8:30 am

Where: Berkeley Heights YMCA 550 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Kids and kids at heart are in for a treat this weekend because Santa is showing up for breakfast with the children of the community! Kids get a chance to express their artistic talents with a crafting session whilst waiting for their turn to chat a bit with Santa. Call 908-464-8373 for details.

8. Cyrille Aimée in Concert

When: Dec 9, 7 pm 

Where:  Reeves-Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ 07901

The enchanting chanteuse Cyrille Aimee warms hearts this weekend with her musical renderings of jazz standards and classics. Immediately after the concert, patrons get to sample cold vodkas and potato latkes amongst good company. For tickets and information, get in touch here  [email protected].

9. Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop

When: Dec 10, 11 am

Where: Summit YMCA 67 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901

Save your kitchen this weekend from the baking mess and have a fun time bonding with your kids as they learn the basic disciplines of decorating a gingerbread house. Bring yourself, your kids and creativity, everything you need will be provided for at the venue.

10. New Jersey #MeToo Monologues

When: Dec 9, 7 pm

Where: Stage Craft Studio 1735 East 2nd Street, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

December 7-11 marks the dates of when people across 12 cities of America come together against crimes of abuse, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, assault, rape. This weekend gets a chance to witness individuals who will share their personal stories of how being sexually abused has shifted their lives and perception of it. The brainchild of Tanya Taylor Rubinstein and  Mary Rives along with the tireless help of many individuals, the #MeToo Monologues allow victims to have a platform where they can start the process self-healing through the power of storytelling, performance and in written form. Be moved to act.

11. Weekend Open House List 

If you're looking for some inspiration regarding decor or renovations or beginning the process of buying a home, open houses are a great way to start. 

We've created the ULTIMATE guide to open houses this weekend in 17 Central New Jersey Towns including: 

Central NJ Weekly Open House List

Warren ~ Watchung ~ Bridgewater (Martinsville) ~ Basking Ridge ~ Greenbrook ~ Long Hill (G...

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