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36 Things to Do in the Montclair Area This Weekend | Dec 9-12

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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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 art shows, concerts, kid-friendly activities, and more. Check out this list of all the in-person + virtual events happening this weekend, December 9-12th.

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

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Candlelight Tour

Thursday, Dec. 9th | 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


Winter Wreath Workshop

Thursday, Dec. 9th | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

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


Greeting from Montclair

Thursday, Dec. 9th | 5:30PM – 8PM

This is an in-person and online artwork sale/fundraiser hosted by Studio Montclair Gallery at 127 Bloomfield Avenue. Learn more here


“We Are Resilient”  Virtual Book Discussion

Thursday, Dec. 9th | 6:30PM – 7:45PM

This is a book discussion followed by a talk about the personal effects of the pandemic with counselors from the NJ Hope and Healing Program/Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris. Learn more here


Tenants Organization of Montclair (TOOM) Intro and Info Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 9th | 6PM 

Join for an introductory informational call at Trend Coffee and Tea House in Montclair. Learn more here

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Montclair Bread’s 5k Doughnut Run

Friday, Dec. 10th  – Sunday, Dec. 12th 

For the 8th year in a row, Montclair Bread will be hosting its annual doughnut run. The event is both in-person and virtual this year.

Learn more here


Book Talk with Jill Rooney Carr

Friday, Dec. 10th | 1:30PM – 2:30PM

The Montclair Women’s Club will be hosting book talk with author Jill Rooney Carr at 82 Union Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Love and Information at MSU

Friday, Dec. 10th 

A theatrical kaleidoscope that explores many characters as they try to make sense of what they find out. Learn more here.


Showings at The Clairidge

Friday, Dec 10th

Movies like C’mon C’mon will be showing this weekend at The Clairidge. Learn more here


Live Astrology Event with Crystal B. Astrology

Friday, Dec 10th

Participants will engage their senses in the story and astrology forecast for 2022. The event will be held at Moss and More in Montclair. Learn more here

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Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 6PM – 10PM

This all-new production features holiday songs performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica. The event will be held at The Wellmont Theater. Learn more here


MSU New Play Fest

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 2PM – 10:30PM

Join the 2021 MSU New Play Fest for a collection of diverse works written and performed by student artists. Learn more here.


Christmas Concert with the Boston Brass

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 7PM

Enjoy a night of Christmas Music with the New York Staff Band and special guest The Boston Brass at the Salvation Army in Montclair. Learn more here


Grand Re-opening of East Side Mags

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 12PM – 7PM

East Side Mags is officially re-opening and will be holding a ceremony at 491 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 11AM – 3PM

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


The Nutcracker at NJPAC

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 3PM 

Watch the classic Christmas story of The Nutcracker at NJPAC in Newark. Learn more here


Transformed – Objects Reimagined by American Artists

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 6PM – 10PM

More than 60 art pieces from 1829 to the present will be used by artists to create new pieces at the Montclair Art Museum. Learn more here.


Meteorites + Stardust at The Montclair Public Library

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 11AM 

Learn about meteorites and stardust from planetary scientist Manavi Jadhad at the Montclair Public Library. Learn more here


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 9:30PM

The Rocky Horror Picture Show featuring The Ordinary Kids will present at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Donation Day in December

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 2PM – 10:30PM

The Human Needs Food Pantry will be hosting its only weekend donation day for December at 9 Label Street in Montclair. Learn more here


Art Uncorked at Montclair Art Museum

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 4PM – 8PM

Join MAM for a cocktail party and silent auction featuring artwork by today’s emerging and established artists. Learn more here


Baseball Friendships Within and Across Color

Saturday, Dec. 11th | 2PM – 10:30PM

The tour focuses on the immigration narrative of Yogi Berra’s parents who came to the U.S. from Italy in the early 20th century. The event will be held at the Yogi Berra Museum on MSU campus. Learn more here

 

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A Holiday Presentation from the NJ Choral Society

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 3PM 

In their return to live performances, the New Jersey Choral Society presents a concert of holiday music. Event will be held at 46 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here


Public Tour at MAM

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 2PM – 3PM

Discover the museum’s collection through a guided tour of the Montclair Art Museum. Learn more here


Holiday Craft Market at Montclair Brewery

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 2PM – 6PM 

Montclair Brewery will host a sip and shop event with local businesses. Learn more here


Art Mansion Show

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 3PM – 5:30PM

Explore a mansion and enter  the world of the art by 17 artists. The event will be held at 25 Prospect Avenue. Learn more here


Holiday Craft Show at Wayne HS

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 10AM – 5PM 

Find jewelry, fiber, resin art, apparel, holiday decor to soaps, inlaid cutting boards, and more at Wayne Valley HS. Learn more here.


By Our Own Hand at Montclair Art Museum

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 

There will be a site-specific installation in Laurie Art Stairway at the Montclair Art Museum. Learn more here


Living Nativity

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 3PM 

There will be a free Living Nativity scene at the Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair. Learn more here


Origami Flower Ornament Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 2PM 

The Eclectic Chic Boutique will host an origami flower ornament-making virtual workshop. Learn more here


Jazz Brunch In Honor of Our Veterans

Sunday, Dec. 12th | 12PM – 5PM

In honor of our veterans, there will be scheduled performances from the Jazz House Kids of Montclair, Tony Caggiano, and a special appearance by a Grammy Award-winning jazz artist. The event will be held at 45 Plymouth Street in Farfield. Learn more here.

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Familytime at The Montclair Public Library

Thursday, Dec. 9th | 1PM – 1:30PM

This interactive storytime is perfect for babies, toddlers and pre-K children. The event will be held at the Montclair Public Library. Learn more here


Kidville Sports

Wednesday, Dec. 15th | 3:15PM – 4PM

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

 

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Out at Night Trivia Night!

Wednesday, Dec. 15th | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Leola Ladyland will be hosting trivia night at Just Jake’s in Montclair. Learn more here


Open Mic at Trend Coffee and Tea House

Wednesday, Dec. 15th | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

The final meetup of the year will be happening at this mic night at 411 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


Outdoor Adventures: Welcoming Winter

Wednesday, Dec. 15th | 2PM – 4PM

Enjoy the Van Vleck Gardens and explore with the self-guided activity kits at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here

 

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Catholic Charities of Newark | Newark

A variety of options are available to support the community. Please contact Sharon Reilly-Tobin via email at stobin@ccannj.org to learn about the greatest needs. Learn more here.

Communities Promoting Animal Welfare in NJ |  Montclair

With options to help from home, at school, in-person, and virtually, the entire community can help save animals in the area. Volunteers are needed to help educate the community on animal welfare, help organize events, transport animals to and from doctor’s visits, and more. Learn more here.

Cultural Academic Student Exchange |  Montclair

Become a host family for the Cultural Academic Student Exchange (CASE) and house a student studying abroad. The CASE program is always in need of families of all backgrounds to help immerse international students into the culture of the area and to help navigate everyday life during their stay. Learn more here.

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