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37 Things to Do in the Montclair + North Jersey Area | Christmas Weekend 2022

by The Montclair Girl Team
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As we near the end of December and look ahead to 2023, pack your calendar with all of the Christmas and Hanukkah happenings, as well as more events happening in the Essex County area. This week’s local Montclair + North Jersey area events guide has you covered with a Christmas Remixed class at Ride It Fitness, multiple White Christmas showings at The Clairidge, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Prudential Center, and more. Check out the list of all the events + things to do in North Jersey this weekend, December 22nd – December 25th, 2022.

Disclaimer: These events are included editorially as a community resource, and The Montclair Girl is not affiliated with hosting unless explicitly stated. For the most up-to-date and accurate info including inclement weather cancellations, please contact the host directly.

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StoutFest at Montclair Brewery

Ongoing Until December 22nd | All Day

Celebrate the start of winter by choosing two specialty flights or pick-your-own stouts. This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Senior Skating Session

Thursday, December 22nd | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

This event will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Alice + Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at Newark Museum of Art

Thursday, December 22nd + Friday, December 23rd | 12PM, 1PM, 1:30PM, 2PM, 3PM

An interactive theater for learning about astronomy, space, and planetary science. This event will be held at 49 Washington Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Thirsty Thursday at MEUS

Thursday, December 22nd | 6PM – 8PM

This event will be held at 104 Baker Street in Maplewood. Learn more here.


Holiday Music with the Jolly Holiday Band

Thursday, December 22nd | 6PM – 7PM

This musical event will be held at Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village, Maplewood. Learn more here.


Thursday Trivia Night at Pineapple Express BBQ

Thursday, December 22nd | 8PM

Win prizes and enjoy food and drink specials at 1 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


The Royals at Just Jakes

Thursday, December 22nd | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

This event will be held at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Night Forms: Infinite Wave Exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture

Various Dates + Times

This site-specific, multi-sensory experience will kick off and run until April 2nd, 2023. This event will be held at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Holiday Public Skating Session

Friday, December 23rd | Various times

These events will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Mindful Self-Compassion Course with Marcie Handler + Beth Sandweiss

Friday, December 23rd | 9:30AM – 12PM

This empirically supported online training is designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion. Learn more here.


Christmas Remixed with Matthew at Ride It Fitness

Friday, December 23rd | 10AM – 10:30AM

This workout class will be held at 50 Upper Montclair Plaza in Montclair. Learn more here.


Cornerstone Café at Montclair Art Museum

Friday, December 23rd | 10AM – 4PM

Explore the MAM’s new in-house coffee shop at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here


HYPERGLOW x This is College — New Jersey “Fall 2022 Tour” at The Wellmont Theater

Friday, December 23rd | 7PM

This event will be held at 5 Seymour Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


New Jersey Devils vs. Boston Bruins

Thursday, December 15th | 7PM

This NHL game will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Holiday Kirtan — Hare Christmas at Baker Street Yoga

Friday, December 23rd | 7PM – 8:30PM

A soulful night of call-and-response chanting from the bhakti yoga tradition at 97 Baker Street Maplewood. Learn more here.


Live Music: Lenahawkin at Montclair Brewery

Friday, December 23rd | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

This duo that plays classic rock music will be performing at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


The Benjamins at Just Jakes

Friday, December 23rd | 10:30PM – 1:30AM

This event will be held at 30 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve in Montclair

Saturday, December 24th

A variety of restaurants in Montclair will be open on Christmas Eve. Learn more here.


Codey Arena Holiday Public Skating Sessions + Family Stick + Puck

Saturday, December 24th | Various times

These events will be held at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.


Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station

Saturday, December 24th | 8AM – 1PM

The Montclair Farmers’ Market brings together an array of local farmers and food artisans, offering fresh fruits & vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, cheeses, prepared foods, baked goods, condiments, honey, flowers, wine, pickles, and much more. This event will be held at 86 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


Dream Land at American Dream

Ongoing Until December 30th| 10AM – 10PM

From Nick the Halls at Nickelodeon Universe to skating with Santa at The Rink, American Dream has turned into a wonderland of holiday-themed attractions and events. This event will be held at 1 American Dream Way in East Rutherford. Learn more here.


White Christmas Showing at The Clairidge

Saturday, December 24th + Tuesday, December 27th | 11AM + 7:30PM 

As part of the Clairidge Classics series, Michael Curtiz’s musical Christmas film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and more, will be playing on the big screen. This event will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


Newark Winter Village at Prudential Center

Ongoing | 1PM – 8PM

Visitors of all ages can enjoy ice skating, go-karts various games + activities, and an open-air marketplace featuring local vendors. This event will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


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Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Montclair

Sunday, December 25th

A variety of restaurants in Montclair will be open on Christmas Day. Learn more here.


Showings at The Clairidge

Sunday, December 25th | Various times

Films like Avatar: Way of the Water, Babylon, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Wildcat, and more are playing on Christmas Day at The Clairidge. These events will be held at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.


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Ms. Emily’s Sing-Along at Verona Public Library

Thursday, December 22nd | 11:45AM – 12:15PM

Join Ms. Emily and her guitar for an old-fashioned sing-along, featuring well-known children’s classics, sign language, and movement. This event will be held at 17 Gould Street in Verona. Learn more here.


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This dog-friendly events section is brought to you by Doggie Road Trippin’. Follow on Instagram here.

  • Back to Nature Home + Garden Market — Basking Ridge | Ongoing; Learn more here.
  • Winter Walk Holiday Lights in Taylor Park — Millburn | Ongoing; Learn more here.
  • Patio Pups at Mainbrook Tavern — Manalapan | December 22nd; Learn more here.
  • HDSID Farmers Market — Jersey City | December 22nd; Learn more here.
  • Hoboken Uptown Farmers Market — Hoboken | December 24th; Learn more here.

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze at NJPAC

Monday, December 26th | 7PM

This electrifying stage spectacular will be held at 1 Center Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Prudential Center

Tuesday, December 27th | 3PM, 7:30PM

This event will be held at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark. Learn more here.


Trivia Night at The Fox + Falcon

Wednesday, December 28th | 7PM – 9PM

This event will be held at 19 Valley Street in South Orange. Learn more here.


Taproom Trivia with DJ No Requests at Montclair Brewery

Wednesday, December 28th | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

This event will be held at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. Learn more here.


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First Seventh-Day Adventist Church Soup Kitchen | 15 Elmwood Avenue, Montclair

Every Sunday from 12PM-2:30PM, the soup kitchen at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church is available to those in need in the community. Join as a volunteer in this ministry that has been in and of service for over a decade. Volunteers are needed to prepare + serve food. Learn more here.


Kids Helping Kids | 229 Midland Avenue

The name of this non-profit is really all that needs to be known to understand the scope of the work. Kids Helping Kids engages middle + high school students in service projects that directly support underserved kids in the area. Since its inception, over 65,000 students have benefited from this partnership across 139 schools through the help of over 5,200 volunteers. 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.


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Montclair Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve + Day 2022

Miracle Pop Up Takes Over Verona Bar to Bring Holiday Cheer 

North Jersey Hanukkah Events + Treats | 2022 


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

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Have a great weekend, xo

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