Holiday-themed events are in ample supply around South Jersey and Burlington County
With Hanukkah beginning in less than a week and Christmas a little more than two weeks away, Burlington County residents can partake in a plethora of holiday events across the region this weekend . Find a holiday happening for you and your family to enjoy this weekend in today’s Do Something.
- After hearing some exciting news about Santa Claus, Rancocas Nature Center will sponsor a SantaQuest, a special search party, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 10 to find out if Santa will be jogging, hiking, mountain-biking or power-walking through Rancocas State Park. To register, call 609–261–2495 or email@example.com . Program cost for RNC members: $15/family (limit 5); Non-members: $21/family (limit 5). Pay on the day of the program.
- The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without twinkling lights, and no one knows that better than Cinnaminson residents. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, the township will host its annual tree and menorah lighting at Wood Park. Attendees can enjoy free photos with Santa, holiday carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, toy train rides, hot chocolate and live music.
- The only thing better than eating pancakes is doing it with everyone’s favorite jolly gift-giver, Santa Claus! On Dec. 10, join Chris Cringle at the Merion from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for your favorite breakfast foods and a little holiday magic. See a live performance by the Rush School Advanced Choir, catch a magic show and get a snapshot with Santa to keep for years to come. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for ages 5 and up and free for children 4 and under. Get yours at the door, at the Cinnaminson Police Department between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays or at the fire department on select dates.
Around South Jersey
- The James G. Atkinson Old Stone House Village will be decked out for the holidays on Saturday as the Washington Township Historical Commission hosts The Magic of Christmas. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the village, 208 Egg Harbor Road, in Sewell. The event will include Christmas music, readings of the Polar Express, a tree lighting ceremony and bake sale. Kids can also mail a letter to Santa at the event. For more information, call (856) 227–2311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Community members can also get into the Christmas spirit in Mt. Laurel, as Fellowship Community Church hosts the second weekend of Living Nativity. The Living Nativity will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can walk through 13 indoor and outdoor scenes depicting the story of Christmas. The tour finishes in the gym, where cookies and hot chocolate will be available. The nativity is free to attend. For more information, visit www.livingnativity.org.
At the Jersey Shore
- A holiday tradition returns to Wildwood this weekend as the Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration takes place at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Families can enjoy holiday-themed crafters, photos with Santa, entertainment and more. A tree lighting will be held at 4:30 p.m. to cap off the day. The event is free to attend. Visit http://wildwoodholiday.com for more information.
- The holidays will arrive in Ventnor City on Saturday, as Ventnor will host its annual Holiday Parade. The parade kicks off at 5 p.m. on Ventnor Avenue and and includes more than 60 units and three marching bands. The parade will end at the firehouse at New Haven Avenue, where Santa will greet children. Visit http://ventnorcity.org for more information.
- Runners will converge on Manayunk Saturday morning for the fourth annual Rudolph Run. The run begins at 9 a.m. at Philadelphia Runner on Main Street with check in beginning at 8:15 a.m. The run will traverse three miles along the Manayunk Canal. Holiday attire, including lights, reindeer antlers, red noses, ugly Christmas sweaters and more are encouraged. The only cost to join the run is the donation of a canned or non-perishable food item to the North Light Community Center’s food cupboard. In exchange for each donation, participants will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win a gift basket filled with items and gift cards from local Manayunk businesses. For more information, visit http://manayunk.com/news-and-events/events/holidays.html.
- The Gershman Y will host its 15th annual Latkepalooza on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The celebration of the potato pancake will feature a selection of latkes with diverse flavors from Philadelphia’s top restaurants, local entertainment and hands-on activities. This year’s event features a tasting menu, with each general admission featuring one latke ticket per vendor. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for kids 2 to 12. Children under 2 are admitted for free. To purchase tickets, visit https://gershmany.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F0H00000ZkU1sUAF.
To see more events taking place in Philadelphia this weekend, visit www.philadelphiaweekly.com.