The holidays are here in Bergen County. We’ve closed out Thanksgiving Weekend and Hanukkah has just begun. As we move into December, the calendar fills up with holiday events.
We have coming up this week several live theater productions, Les Paul, a musical tree lighting and more. While some dates overlap, you should be able to get what you need in. Because they do, you can take them all in. Let’s take a look now at what’s going on in Bergen County:
Hanukkah is an 8 night Jewish holiday celebrated in November or December. It lasts 8 days and began Sunday night.
During the 2nd century BC, the Syrian-Greek army occupied Israel. Jews rebelled when the Greeks forbid them to practice their religion and took over the Temple. After many years of fighting, the Jews drove the Greeks out. While restoring their Temple, they found only 1 day’s worth of oil to light the menorah. However it burned for 8 days which was enough time to get more. Hanukkah is a celebration of that miracle.
Wish your friends a Happy Hanukkah this week. For those of us who don’t celebrate the Festival of Lights, there’s a great Wikipedia article explaining it all.
The Christmas Caper
Here’s a bit of Christmas fun that will delight children. Come to the Hackensack Performing Arts Center Friday night at 7:30 for The Christmas Caper. See a very upset Santa because villains have stolen his sleigh. This is a 2 act musical fantasy with all sorts of characters from dancing elves to a Snow Queen. Tickets are sold through Wednesday, December 3rd, so get yours now before it’s sold out. Location is 102 State Street in Hackensack.
The Nutcracker Ballet
The Nutcracker Ballet is at the Bergen County Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday. Performances are at 1pm and 4:30 pm both days and tickets are purchased online. This is a New Jersey Ballet performance that is adored by generations of people. NJB is a world class ballet company so you lose nothing to the Big Apple with this production.
The Nutcracker is a Christmas season tradition. The Mouse King and all the other characters of this beloved holiday treat come to life in a dazzling production by this award winning ballet company. I have no doubt you’ll love this Nutcracker.
A Christmas Pudding
A Christmas Pudding is a mix of song, stories and poetry from a wide mix of sources. This ranges from the time of Charles Dickens through modern Broadway plays. Every part is a beloved classic creating a completely unique and thoroughly enjoyable event. Presented by the Bergenstages theater troupe, performances are at the Ciccone Theater at Bergen County Community College (400 Paramus Rd, Paramus).
While opening Friday night, this runs for several nights as follows: 7:30 pm Dec 3-4 and 9-11 plus 2 pm Dec 4 & 11. Get your tickets now for what looks to be a very popular show.
Les Paul Sound on Sound Machine
Les Paul was a famous musician and inventor. He lived most of his adult life until his death in Mahwah, NJ. He invented the electric guitar and revolutionized the music recording studio. While his inventions occurred many years ago, their influence is felt today.
The Les Paul Sound on Sound Machine is a presentation being given by Sean McClowry this Saturday at 11 am at the Mahwah Museum. You’ll learn how our multi track music was invented by Les Paul. Space is limited because of Covid concerns so advance registration is required as a result. The museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah.
Meadowlands Nature Walk
Are you a birder? Don’t know what that is? A birder is a bird watcher. Whether you’re a birder or not, a nature walk is a fun and very relaxing experience. Come Sunday at 10 for a 2 hour nature walk at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. You’ll be looking for all sorts of local birds including raptors. While there’s no website on this, contact Dan Torino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-230-4983.
Historic New Bridge Landing
The Bergen County Historical Society presents Holiday Scenes and Songs Sunday from 4 to 5:30 pm. Linda Russell is your performer and host for this historically focused event. You’ll be taken through the years in song and scenes of holiday celebrations. With a little luck Santa will stop by too!
Because this is an outdoor event, dress for the weather. The gift shop is going to be open so if you need something special, you might find it there. Tickets are sold online.
Tenafly Nature Center
The Tenafly Nature Center is amazing. The continual series of events offered never cease to amaze me, This weekend they have another Animal Ambassador Meet and Greet on Saturday 2-3 and a Guided Nature Walk on Sunday 1-2.
In addition to their annual programs like Maple Sugaring, weekends are always filled with all sorts of special events. The Animal Ambassador Meet and Greet became so popular that it’s a weekend staple frequently held. You learn a lot on the Guided Nature Walks and it’s fun to see how different each season is in the woods.
The holidays are here for sure. It’s going to fly by as it always does. 5 weeks from today is the 1st business day of the New Year. 2022 is closer than you’d think.