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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, December 2014

Donald McDermott

Disney on Ice
Audiences of all ages are invited to join in the celebration when Disney on Ice Presents Princesses and Heroes comes to the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and a plethora of princesses, the skating spectacular runs from January 1 - 4pm. 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.

Dancing for a Cause
The heartwarming 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.

Christmas with a Bang
Have a blast when The Shea Center for the Performing Arts, William Paterson University, Wayne, hosts Dr. Kaboom! The Science of Santa! Presented on December 20 for grades 3 and up, the talented entertainer leads an unforgettable holiday show that explores the secrets behind making reindeer fly, getting down tight chimneys, and knowing who has been bad or good. For tickets, call (973)720-2371 or email boxoffice@wpunj.edu.

Nature Break
The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, invites your little ones to make the most of their time off from school this holiday season by enrolling in the Winter Break Mini-Camp from December 29 - 31. Children from PreK - grade 5 will have a chance to enjoy making crafts, sharing stories, playing games, and learning about the environment. Advance registration is required for the two-day event. Contact the Center at (201)568-6093 for more information or to hold your child’s spot.

Story Time
Come in from the cold on December 4 and 18, 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 today by calling (201)656-2240.

Country Style
Craft lovers of all ages will discover a huge array of unique decorations when the Country Folk Art Craft Show comes to Middlesex County! The 30th anniversary show will include everything from handcrafted furniture, home and garden decor, jewelry and textiles, to holiday items, wearable art, handmade candles and soaps, paintings, and much more. The show is open December 5, 6, and 7 at the New Jersey Convention And Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. Log onto www.countryfolkart.com to find out more.

All Aboard
Whippany Railway Museum’s long-awaited 23rd annual Santa Claus Special returns by popular demand on December 6, 7, 13, and 14. During your ten-mile, 45-minute round-trip train ride, Kris Kringle makes his way through the train and visits with the kids. Santa’s helpers follow along, handing out gifts to your little ones. Registering in advance is highly recommended. For more information, visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net or e-mail tickets@whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

Holiday Splendor
Welcome the holiday season with a retelling of A Christmas Carol on December 5 and 12. The tale by Charles Dickens is staged at The Historic Village at Allaire, 4265 County Road 524 in Farmingdale. The center also offers its famous Christmas Lantern Tours on December 6, 13, and 20, as well as the Christmas at Allaire Celebration on December 7 and 14. Visit www.allairevillage.org for details.

Paper Mill Christmas
A family favorite comes to life on stage this holiday season at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. Based on the hit film starring Will Ferrell and running through January 4, Elf tells the hilarious and heartwarming tale of Buddy, an orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa’s elves. For times and tickets, call the Paper Mill box office at (973)376-4343 or log onto www.papermill.org.

A Magical Journey
The Somerset Valley Players embrace the spirit and warmth of Christmas from December 5 - 21 in Humbug. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, this modern adaptation finds a mean-spirited female Wall Street executive on Christmas Eve greedily pursuing business deals, only to be shown the true and uplifting meaning of charity, kindness, and love. Performances are held in the SVP Theatre at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. For tickets, call (908)369-SHOW.

State of the Holidays
The State Theatre is the place to be in December. Amazing upcoming holiday events include: Storyteller LuAnn Adams on December 5, The Irish Tenors on December 6, A Take 6 Holiday with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on December 14, and The American Repertory Ballet Presents, The Nutcracker on December 19. The State Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. For times, tickets and more, call the box office at (732)246-7469 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org.

Double Your Fun
The Performing Arts Academy is proud to present a second location! Located at 261 Comly Road in Lincoln Park, the new facility offers an array of programs for students of all ages and skill levels. For more information on the Performing Arts Academy in Pompton Lakes or Lincoln Park, call (973)839-7800 or visit www.thepaa.com.

Fun Run
Shed those extra Thanksgiving Day pounds by partaking in the 16th Annual Jingle Bells 5K Run in Toms River on December 7. Runners view downtown Toms River and neighboring homes decorated for the holidays. The course is mostly flat. A one-mile fun run/walk is also available for beginners. To sign up, see www.jinglebellsrun.com.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor