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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, December 2013

Donald McDermott

Dancing for a Cause
The hearwarming story of a young girl and her magical wooden soldier comes to life on stage during three special performances of The Nutcracker. Charitable organization JulieDance unites more than 100 performers from Miss Patti’s School of Dance and The Donetsk Ballet for this fabulous, fundraising event. Proceeds from the shows go toward pediatric cancer research, care, and treatment. Enjoy The Nutcracker on December 13, 14, and 15 at Paramus Catholic High School, 425 Paramus Road, Paramus. For times and ticket prices, contact Miss Patti’s School of Dance at (201)670-4422, or log onto www.misspatti.com.

Disney on Ice
Audiences of all ages are invited to join in the celebration as Disney characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice - 100 Years of Magic! Featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and a plethora of princesses, the skating spectacular runs January 3-5 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Seats for Disney on Ice shows always fill up fast. Get your tickets early at www.izodcenter.com or by calling the box office at (201)935-3900.

Winter Wonderland
Families are invited to step inside a winter wonderland this month at the New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus. The museum will be magically transformed throughout the month of December for an eye-catching, holiday celebration for museum visitors of all ages. Highlighting the festivities will be a special Breakfast With Santa. Call the museum at (201)262-5151, or log onto www.njcm.com for times, dates and further details.

Holiday Bargains
Finish up your last-minute shopping by paying a visit to the The Clifton High School Holiday Flea Market & Gift Show. Offering an array of arts and crafts, collectibles, and more, the daylong event is held on December 22, 9am-5pm, at Clifton High School, 333 Colfax Ave., Clifton. Proceeds will be used to benefit the Clifton High School Wrestling Team. For more information, go to www.jcpromotions.info.

Back to Nature
The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, invites your little ones to make the most of their time off from school by enrolling in the Winter Break Mini-Camp on December 26 and 27. Children from in grades pre-k through 5 have a chance to enjoy making crafts, sharing stories, playing games, and learning about the environment. Advance registration is required. Contact the Center at (201)568-6093 for more information or to hold your child’s spot.

Parents’ Night Out
Moms and dads who need a night out won’t want to miss the 30th Annual Colonial Christmas Concerts & Tavern Fare at the Bergen County Historical Society in River Edge. Visitors will get to sit and enjoy a wonderful Colonial Christmas Concert featuring Linda Russell & Companie. After each show, stroll over to The Black Horse Tavern in the Campbell-Christie House for delicious tavern-style foods. Concerts are held on December 21 and 22. Contact the BCHS at (201)560-2114 to make a reservation, or visit www.bergencountyhistory.org to find out more.

Feeling Festive
On December 6, WinterFest with Sukey Molloy & Friends! provides a multicultural holiday concert for families with children ages 7 and younger. Sponsored by the Nyack Center, The Nyack Art Collective, and PlayMove&Sing, Inc., the show combines musical stories, stuffed felt characters, and interactive songs. The festivities are held at 6:15pm at the Nyack Center, South Broadway and Depew Ave., Nyack, New York. For more information and tickets, visit www.nyackcenter.org

Saddle Up
The exciting 2013 season of amazing performances geared towards young audiences continues at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River. The fun begins on December 6 when Return to Narnia takes audiences of all ages on an interactive journey to a magical land. On December 14, a classic story gets a delightful rendition in Snow White and the Eight Dwarfs. Call (201)825-3366, or log onto www.srvcc.org for times and more information.

Tall Tales
Come in from the cold on December 5 and 19, and treat your little ones to a few, totally cool stories at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken. Led by librarian Penny Metsch, Uptown Storytime at the Museum provides 2-5 year olds and an adult companion with a wonderful morning of delightful tales. Hold a spot for your child and yourself by calling (201)656-2240.

Christmas In Englewood
Upcoming holiday theme performances at the Bergen Performing Arts Center include a Kenny Rogers Christmas on December 3, New Jersey Ballet’s The Nutcracker on December 7 and 8, Angelia Ballerina The Holiday Musical on December 15, and A Christmas Carol on December 21. All shows are presented live on stage at The Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. Call the box office at (201)227-1030, or visit www.bergenpac.org for tickets and more information. 

Donald McDermott is the Managing Editor.