Winter Wonderland and the December holiday season are here! Santa Claus arrived at the spectacular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade yesterday in New York City. Today is that shopper’s paradise known as Black Friday. Shoppers are out in force because of all the special Black Friday deals. I was amazed at all the people already at the malls while I was watching CBS New York and Squawk Box at 6 am.
Bergen County is so diverse with a multitude of cultures here. Our December holidays reflect this since we have 3 major holidays – Hannukah, Christmas and then Kwanzaa before everyone celebrates New Year’s Eve. Let’s see how we begin this month now.
Winter Wonderland Is Back!
Bergen County’s extremely popular Winter Wonderland is back opening up today and runs through February. This is billed as a family fun event and it is. Children will delight in meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as all the different games and activities for them. Let’s not forget ice skating where you have space for adults too. In addition, skating classes are offered too. You don’t have to worry about food because there are plenty of food trucks. If you want a better idea of what’s in store, the County has a video that’s fun to watch. General admission is $10 per person but only $5 for veterans, active Military and seniors.
The Wallington Fire Department’s Holiday Parade
This is a HUGE deal because it’s the biggest Fire Department night time parade in the US. No, I’m not kidding. Thousands of people come to Wallington every year to see this amazing parade. It’s 2 miles long and has around 200 lit up and decorated fire trucks and floats. There’s also at least 500 first responders marching in addition.
You’ll want to come early so why not plan on going to a local restaurant for dinner afterward? It starts at 6 pm – you’ll find a map of the parade route on it’s website. There’s a special visit from Santa too!
Thanksgiving Craft Fair
Bergen County has several craft fairs during the holidays but nothing is better than this one. The Thanksgiving Craft Fair at Paramus High School happens this Sunday from 10 to 5. You’ll find an amazing variety of magnificent hand made treasures.
Over 125 crafters exhibit their wares for sale in this major, juried craft show. Many people look forward to this craft show where they can buy beautiful and unique holiday gifts. Because it runs from 10 to 5, you can get both breakfast and dinner. Paramus High School is easy to get to at 99 E Century Road and has tons of parking.
Tenafly Nature Center Turkey Trot
Do you love a challenge? Are you a runner? Then you will love the Tenafly Nature Center Turkey Trot because this is not your usual 5k run. I think there’s still space available but you need to register ASAP.
The TNC Turkey Trot is an annual event that challenges runners like no other in Bergen County. This run takes you through the 440 acres that makes up the Nature Center. Up and down hills, across streams and through the woods you’ll go. Runners love this challenge and many come back year after year. The Tenafly Nature Center is located at 313 Hudson Ave and the run is on this Sunday at 9 am. Get the details online.
Have a great weekend!