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37 Things to Do in Montclair + Beyond This Weekend | Dec 2-5

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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It’s a fun-filled, busy weekend coming up. This week’s local Montclair + beyond events guide has got you covered with art shows, concerts, kid-friendly events, and more. Check out this list of all the in-person + virtual events happening this weekend, December 2-5th.

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.


Lukin Center’s FREE Mental Health Consultation


The Ivy at Chatham

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Lukin Center for Psychotherapy, located at 51 Upper Montclair Plaza, Suite 27 in Montclair is a family-owned and operated practice that matches every patient with the clinician who has the right mix of skills, training, and personality for the best outcomes possible. MG readers can receive a FREE mental health consultation when you mention “Montclair Girl”. Call 973-920-3160 or email [email protected] for any inquiries or more information about the practice.

Click here to book your mental health consultation and click here to learn more about Lukin Center for Psychotherapy.  



Paramount’s Laser Spectacular Featuring The Music Of Pink Floyd

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 7PM – 11PM

Paramount’s Laser Spectacular is the smash hit multi-media laser and light show, featuring the Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd. This event will be held at The Wellmont Theater. Learn more here.

SOPAC Present Nefesh Mountain

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

The husband-and-wife team give a voice to Jewish-American culture. Nefesh Mountain melds elements of Americana, Appalachian Bluegrass, Celtic Folk and Jewish music. This show will take place at One SOPAC Way. Learn more here

“Remember the Ladies” By The Montclair History Center

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 7PM – 8PM

Hear the stories of the Founding Females of America at this virtual event hosted by The Montclair History Center. Learn more here

Watchung Booksellers Hosts Book Launch with Brene Brown

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 8PM

Watchung Booksellers in partnership with Random House will be hosting a virtual book launch with best-selling author Brene Brown. Learn more here

Free Training Grant for High-Business Certifications

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 5:30PM

This virtual event will be held by BTII Institute for individuals to get their free training grant for high business certifications. Learn more here

 Holiday Melt & Pour Soup Making Virtual Workshop

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 7PM

This virtual event will be hosted by The Eclectic Chic Boutique, where participants can learn how to make soap. Learn more here

Open Mic at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 7:30PM 

Music, comedy, poetry and drama. Share your talent at Montclair Brewery’s open mic night. Learn more here

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Bloomfield

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 7PM 

The annual Christmas tree lighting will have pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, s’mores, toy drives, and more. This event will take place in Bloomfield. Learn more here

Double-Craft Winter Workshop at Montclair Art Museum

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 7PM – 9PM

MAM artist/instructors will be helping adults create crafts. Event will be held at 3 S Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here

Doall DJ’s Presents at Bella Luce

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 7:30PM 

DJ Chelli will be getting everyone in the holiday spirit at Bella Luce in Nutley. Learn more here


Don’t Be A Grinch Weekend at Turtleback Zoo

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 5PM – 9PM

Meet-and-greet with the Grinch of Christmas at the Turtleback Zoo. Learn more here

Great Tuna Comedy Performance

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 8PM 

Greater Tuna is a comedy talking about the attitudes, conventions, and customs of a deep-south small town. The performance will be shown at Studio Players. Learn more here.

Sugarplums and St. Nick: Holiday Tours

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 4PM – 8PM 

On this family tour, guests will learn how children celebrated the holidays in days gone by while enjoying the holiday decorations. This will take place at 110 Orange Road in Montclair. Learn more here

Montclair Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 6PM – 8PM

The holiday tree lighting event is back with special appearances from Santa, the Montclair Community Band, toy soldiers, and more. Learn more here

Dar Williams at Outpost in the Burbs

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 8PM 

Outpost in the Burbs is pleased to present singer-songwriter Dar Williams. The event will take place at 40 S Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

Sip and Stretch

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 6PM – 8PM

Sip your favorite wine and stretch away the stress. This event will take place at 255 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

Roots of Flamenco

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 8PM – 9PM

There will be a flamenco performance by Roots of Flamenco at 41 Watchung Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here

The Musical Box

Friday, Dec. 3rd | 8PM – 9PM

The Musical Box will be performing at The Wellmont Theater. Learn more here


A Medieval Christmas in France

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 10AM – 5PM

The Montclair Early Music Ensemble will be showing, Joyeux Nöel: A Medieval Christmas in France at 73 S Fullerton Ave in Montclair. Learn more here

Ujamma Outdoor Winter Market

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 10AM – 2PM

Montclair Public Library kicks off a month of Kwanzaa programs with the Ujamaa Outdoor Winter Market. Enjoy culinary delights and products from local chefs, artisans and entrepreneurs. Learn more here

Montclair Farmer’s Market

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 8AM 

The Montclair farmer’s market will take place at Walnut Street train station in Montclair. Learn more here

Kora Music by Salieu Suso

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 11AM – 11:45AM

Salieu Suso is a master player of the kora, a soothing, 12-stringed harp instrument. This will take place at 50 S Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here

Almost Queen – A Tribute

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 11AM – 11:45AM

A four-piece band will be performing Almost Queen which is a tribute to Queen. The event will be held at The Wellmont Theater. Learn more here.

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 11AM – 11:45AM

To celebrate the holiday season, 10 historic homes in Essex County will deck their halls and be open to the public for self-guided tours. Learn more here

Holiday Arts Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 12PM – 4PM

Enjoy an afternoon of art and holiday shopping at Bloomfield Steakhouse. Learn more here

Winter Wonderland in Glenridge

Saturday, Dec. 4th | 9AM – 12PM

Celebrate the holidays with activities, food, face painting, and more. This fun-filled event hosted by The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge will take place at 219 Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge. Learn more here


Montclair Community Band Winter Concert

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 3PM

This free concert will run just over an hour and will take place at 46 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here

10th Anniversary of The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 3PM

The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special fundraiser and exhibition opening. This event will take place at SOPAC.  Learn more here

MSU Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 3PM

The MSU Symphony Orchestra will perform works from Philip Glass, J.S. Bach, Ludvig Van Beethoven, Louise Farrenc, and Pauline Oliveros. Learn more here.

 Bloomfield Coat Drive


This coat drive is taking new or gently used coats until December 17th. Drop-off will be at BHS entrance. Learn more here


Homeschool Art Workshop

Thursday, Dec. 2nd | 11AM

Organized by The Montclair Public Library, this event will be for kids ages 4+ in order to explore the world of collage. It will take place at 50 S Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here

Macaroni Kid’s Holiday Extravaganza

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 9:30AM – 11:30AM

There will be dance ensembles by Beyond the Boogie, crafts, bubbles, individual time with Santa, and more. The event will be held at Cornerstone Montclair at 198 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here

Cinematography Classes

Sunday, Dec. 5th | 11AM – 5PM

Students will discover how to use the camera to tell their stories. Learn more here


Out Montclair’s Teen Movie Night

Tuesday, Dec. 7th | 6PM

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LGBTQIA+ teens and friends are invited to Out Montclair’s first teen movie night. They will be showing Love Simon at The Clairidge. Learn more here.

Broadway on Bloomfield

Tuesday, Dec. 7th | 7PM – 9PM

Elena Ricardo and Paul A. Schaeffer come West of the Hudson to perform in a show with some special guests. Learn more here

Weaving Fiber Forward with Venancio Aragon and Eric-Paul Riege

Thursday, Dec. 7th | 7PM – 9PM

Venancio Aragon and Eric-Paul Riege will speak at Montclair Art Museum for the 35th Annual Julia Norton Babson Lecture. Learn more here

Ways to Give Back Locally

Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey | Montclair

Right before the turn of the century, this organization committed itself to addressing the needs of the Latinx community here in New Jersey. Since that time, the organization has supported both mental health professionals and the Latinx community at large through training, treatment, mentorship, advocacy work, and the development of resources. Learn more here.

National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals | Northern New Jersey 

This national organization has made itself available to real estate agents in various areas of the country. Its north New Jersey chapter is dedicated to championing homeownership for Latinx individuals in this covering region. Thanks to the Board of Directors, community events that support both homeowners, as well as Hispanic real estate professionals, are available. Learn more here.

House of Love Soup Kitchen/Pantry |  Newark 

The House of Love Soup Kitchen is run completely by volunteers and serves about 30 persons every Tuesday for two hours. In addition to a hot nutritious meal, guests receive spiritual guidance, connection to resources of other non-profits in the area, and ‘care packages’ of perishable and non-perishable goods. Learn more here.


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Have an event you’d like included in our guide? Email it to [email protected] by Tuesday at 12PM each week. You can also email advertising@themontclairgirl.com for more info on featured events.

Have a great weekend, xo

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