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25 Things to Do in the Montclair Area This Weekend | Dec 16-19

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The events keep coming, no matter the weather. This week’s local Montclair + beyond events guide has got you covered with musical concerts, comedy shows, kid-friendly activities, and more. Check out this list of all the in-person + virtual events happening this weekend, December 16-19th.

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

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The Ivy at Chatham

The Best of Montclair 2021 Guide- Winners Announced

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The wait is finally over: we have the winners for the Best of Montclair 2021! After weeks of voting and local businesses working hard for your support, we have finally closed the polls and have tallied the votes to see who has won the title, and of course the bragging rights of being the “best” in town. Click here to see this year’s winners. 

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Winter Wreath Workshop

Thursday, December 16th | 6:30PM — 8:30PM

Design your own wreath with fresh flowers at this event hosted by Floramoon. This event will be held at 7 S Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman – Book Discussion

Thursday, December 16th | 1PM — 2:00PM

A lively librarian-led ‘coffee and crime mystery book club’ discussion at the Montclair Public Library. This event is available in-person and virtually. Learn more here.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party at The Wellmont Theater

Thursday, December 16th | 7PM

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is on a mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music and bring joy to audiences around the world. This event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

Open Mic Night at Montclair Brewery

Thursday, December 16th | 7:30PM

Share your talent at this family-friendly open mic night that is open to guests of all ages. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

Candlelight Tour

Thursday, December 16th | 5:30PM — 8PM

See the period holiday decorations artfully designed by the Garden Club of Montclair during this candlelight tour at the Montclair History Center. Learn more here.

Christmas International Potluck Dinner

Thursday, December 16th | 6:30PM — 9PM

Her Life Speaks presents an evening where food brings people of different nationalities together. This event will be held at 143 Watchung Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

Hope for the Holidays

Thursday, December 16th | 6PM

The Life Christian Church is hosting its annual Christmas Experience: Hope for the Holidays. The event will be held at The Life Christian Church, 747 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.

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Duel of the Decades: 80’s VS 90’s at The Wellmont Theater

Friday, December 17th | 7PM

A fun and unique evening of pop culture, Duel of the Decades is an interactive live music competition. This event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

Newark Winter Village

Friday, December 17th 

Experience the beauty of Newark at this open air winter festival with curbside eats, ice skating, and a marketplace. This event will be held at Mulberry Commons Park, 162 Mulberry Street in Newark. Learn more here.

Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, December 17th 

Movies like Nightmare Alley, Miracles in Milan (1951) will be showing this weekend at The Clairidge, 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

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The Benjamins at Just Jakes in Montclair

Saturday, December 18th | 10PM

The Benjamins, a band known for their high energy and unique mixture of classic, modern, elegance and edge, will perform at Just Jakes, 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

NJPAC’s Virtual Kwanzaa Movement Classes

Saturday, December 18th | 11AM

NJPAC presents a variety of virtual dance workshops like West African Dance, Capoeira, Afrobeats, Caribbean, and more in celebration of Kwanzaa. Learn more here.

A Holiday Extravaganza at The Women’s Club of Upper Montclair

Saturday, December 18th | 12PM — 6PM

Ciano Couture presents a Holiday Extravaganza at 200 Cooper Ave in Montclair, where Ta-Shonna’s Boutique along with other small business owners will pop up with food, drinks, shopping and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Learn more here.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Kurtis Blow at NJPAC

Saturday, December 18th | 2pm & 8PM

The dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker will take guests on a journey that celebrates love, community, and the magic of the holiday season.  This event will be held at NJPAC, 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.

Sip & Shop Holiday Craft Market

Saturday, December 18th |12PM — 4PM

Montclair Brewery invites guests to the final craft fair of 2021. This event is located in the beer garden a block away from Walnut Street Station in Montclair.  Learn more here.

A Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 18th |  3PM — 4:30PM

Celebrate the Holiday Spirit by singing, dancing, and making merry at this event hosted by the Bloomfield Public Library. This event will be held at 90 Broad Street in Bloomfield. Learn more here.


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Celtic Christmas at SOPAC

Sunday, December 19th | 7:30PM

Cherish the Ladies, an all-female collective, embodies the splendor of the Christmas season with their majestic vocals and stunning step-dancing. This event will be held at SOPAC, One SOPAC Way in South Orange.

Into the Woods at Vanguard Theater Company

Sunday, December 19th | 7PM

This Vanguard family concert/ sing-along/party will be held at 180 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair . Learn more here.

Pop-Up Picnic in the Park Couple Date Night + 5 Love Languages (Self-Guided)

Sunday, December 19th | 10AM — 5PM

Enjoy a pop-up picnic sunset date with fun digital activities at Weequahic Park, Meeker Avenue in Newark. Learn more here.

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Kids Holiday Party at Warrior Dojo

Saturday, December 18th | 5PM — 7PM

A Holiday party for children with lots of pizzas, games, art, and craft. This event will be held at Warriors Dojo, 19 Franklin Street in Bloomfield. Learn more here.

Merry Christmas Party with Elsa, Ana, and Santa

Sunday, December 19th | 12:30PM — 2PM

An afternoon Christmas party where children can take photos with Santa and the Frozen sisters, Ana and Elsa. This event will be held at 382 Broad Street in Bloomfield. Learn more here.

Kidville Sports

Wednesday, December 22nd| 3:15PM — 4PM

Build coordination, core body strength, and agility with non-competitive exploration of balls, bats, hoops, and more at Kidville, 516 Valley Road in Montclair. Learn more here.

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Out Montclair Teens and Family Holiday Party

Out Montclair invites LGBTQIA+ teens and their family members to a special holiday party at The Clubhouse, 131 Glenridge Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Annual Holiday Party (Virtual)

Monday, December 20th | 7PM — 8:30PM

A virtual Jazz House Kids holiday party with music, festivities, and reindeer games. Learn more here.

Sip & Sing Karaoke Night at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, December 22th | 7PM — 9:30PM

A night of good music, karaoke, drinks, and laughs at the Montclair Brewery, 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

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The Montclair Inn | 27 Hillside Avenue

Affordable housing for senior citizens that includes food, mobility access, wifi, and more can be difficult to secure. For some time, the Montclair Shared Housing Association is providing this opportunity while fostering a great community. All residents have access to a private bedroom, kitchen appliances, semi-private bedroom, three meals a day, laundry facility, wifi, and community space. While residents do have a monthly rental fee, services and amenities are made possible in large part by donors. Learn more here on how to get involved.

Human Needs Food Pantry | 9 Label Street

The COVID-19 pandemic brought on the highest rates of hunger in the United States ever. In New Jersey alone, over 1.1 million people are food insecure. The Human Needs Pantry has been able to add over 1,000 additional homes to service during this time of need. Through the help of generous donors and volunteers’ residents in need in Montclair and neighboring Essex County towns are able to pick up food or have a home delivery grocery service. Close to 3,000 groceries are donated weekly through the area. Learn more here on how to get involved.

Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris | 33 South Fullerton Avenue

Mental health is often highly stigmatized in society and the media. The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is working to reverse this stigma and provide support to those living with mental illness as well as the caregivers. Through advocacy, education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and services, the organization is working to achieve its mission. Case management services, suicide prevention work, and housing opportunities are just a small sample of the community work of this organization. Learn more here on how to get involved.

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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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