Holiday happenings in Haddonfield

Holiday happenings in Haddonfield include the Haddonfield House Tour, Menorah lighting, Holiday Tree lighting and more.

Haddonfield kicks off the holidays with house tours, menorah lightings and First Night Haddonfield. Residents will be able to experience the joys of the holiday season by engaging in community events throughout Haddonfield.

Haddonfield House Tour

Interfaith Caregivers is hosting Haddonfield’s annual House Tour Thursday, Dec. 14. Participants will be able to tour five festive Haddonfield homes while making additional stops at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church and the Indian King Tavern.

“It’s a great holiday tradition, it is a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holidays,” Interfaith Caregivers Executive Director Mary Ann Bigelow said.

Guests will tour a charming ranch home off West Mt. Vernon Avenue that features hand-knit Christmas stockings and a collection of samplers from the 1700s and 1800s. Continuing down West Mt. Vernon Avenue, guests will see a 1926 Sinquet-built Colonial housing a Christmas tree with unique ornaments from all over the world. A Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1892 with stained glass windows by Paul Friend will be on display. Guests can also enter a Revolutionary War home on Kings Highway. The tour is concluded with a visit to the Indian King Tavern, which has been designed for the holiday season with Colonial-period décor by the Haddonfield Garden Club.

Tickets are $20 in advance, or guests can purchase a $25 ticket on the day of the tour. Tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those interested are directed to purchase tickets online at ifchaddons.org. Tickets are also available at Interfaith Caregivers, located behind Borough Hall, the Haddonfield Library or the Haddonfield Information Center.

“All proceeds go to help Interfaith Caregivers’ mission to helping people 65-plus and those with disabilities remain independent and live with dignity,’’ Bigelow said.

Church Events

Children of The First Baptist Church will present a living nativity scene on Friday evening, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Hot cocoa and homemade cookies will also be served. Live animals of the manger will grace the scene and handbells will ring, giving viewers a festive experience. The rain date will be Friday, Dec. 15.

For information, call the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield at (856) 429–2326 or go to info@firstbaptisthaddonfield.org.

The annual children’s “We Are In Advent” Pageant and Dinner at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior will be held Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.

The pageant is an original script written by member Bonnie Richards. Community members are encouraged to come see a nativity story told in a unique way, involving children ages 3 to 6. There will also be a potluck dinner in the Parish Hall after the pageant.

For additional information, contact LCOS office at (856) 429–5122.

Menorah Lighting

Chabad of Camden and Burlington Counties is hosting a Festival of Lights and public menorah kindling ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m., at Library Point. Those in attendance will enjoy the kindling and music in addition to enjoying some tunes, latkes, chocolate Chanukah gelt, donuts and dreidels.

“This event is a symbol of freedom, lights and unity,’’ Rabbi Yitzthok Kahan said.

For more information, contact Chabad at (856) 874–1500 ext 302 or email Info@TheChabadCenter.org.

First Night Haddonfield

Residents can kick off the new year and enjoy some music as well as watch the sky light up with fireworks on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m to midnight along Kings Highway.

Various musical talents will perform, such as The Haddonfield Cello Society at 6:15 p.m. followed by Marty Babitz at 7:30 p.m. Mark Reno will also be making appearances with tributes to Elvis. Children are welcome to have fun with some furry friends at the petting zoo located at Kings Court beginning at 6 p.m before the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the Haddonfield Information Center or at https://firstnighthaddonfield.org. Tickets are $15 each or four packs can be purchased for $40. Dec. 26 to Dec. 31., family four packs will no longer be available for purchase. Children under two are free.