The Weekender: December 18-20: Theater, Music and a Hot Chocolate Hike

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Horse & Carriage rides at Dickens Village (photo: Claire Sinclair 2014)

Horse & Carriage rides at Dickens Village (photo: Claire Sinclair 2014)

Another packed weekend filled with great events to enjoy!

In addition to these events we told you about:

Here are some other happenings in the Villages (and beyond) this weekend:


See Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story at Luna Stage in West Orange this weekend. The two-character musical drama recounts the chilling true story of the legendary duo —Leopold and Loeb — who committed one of the most infamous and heinous crimes of the twentieth century. (Photo: Christopher Drukker)

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
December 18 at 8 pm / December 19 at 8 pm / December 20 at 3 pm
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $37 and can be purchased online here


 Express Yourself Studios Get your friends together and enjoy a Cocktails & Canvas night at Express Yourself Studios in Maplewood on Saturday night.  Bring your bottle of wine (or favorite beverage) and explore your creative side while having a night out with friends! Cocktails & Canvas Workshops are suitable for all levels, the main objective is to have fun. You will be guided through the process, everyone leaves with a finished painting of happy little trees.

Cocktails & Canvas Night
Friday, December 18 from 7 pm – 9 pm
Express Yoruself Studios, 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
$35 per person, register online here


Kings Cooking StudioGet cooking with the girls at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills on Friday night. The 3 hour “Girls Night Out: Holiday Celebration” class will have and your friends you cooking up Grilled Shrimp Bruschetta with Artichoke Remoulade, Penne a la Vodka, Beef Filet Stuffed with Spinach, Flourless Chocolate Torte with Berry Compote, and more.

Kings Cooking Studio: “Girls Night Out: Holiday Celebration”
Friday, December 18 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ
Cost is $65 per person. Register online here


cherish the ladies

Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies share timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide. On Saturday, December 19 at SOPAC, the Ladies perform classic Christmas Carols, in their signature arrangements highlighting unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies and spectacular step-dancing. A wonderful Christmas program complete with full band and traditional Irish step dancers.

Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas
Saturday, December 19 at 8 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $30 – $40 and can be purchased online here


Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Take a break from the holiday rush and take a guided hike on The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum grounds.  When you’re done, warm up in the Historic Stone House with a cup of hot cocoa. Dress and be prepared for the outdoors.

Guided Hot Chocolate Hike at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
December 19 & 20: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm (drop in)
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South , Short Hills, NJ
Suggested donation $5

 New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will present “A Season For Celebrating,” a holiday program that includes selections from Handel’s Christmas and Hanukkah music. The performance also includes a Summit Chorale and a musical instrument “petting zoo.”

NJIO: A Season For Celebrating
Sunday, December 20 at 3 pm
Temple Sinai, 208 Summit Avenue, Summit, NJ


Check out our Events Calendar to see what else is happening in the towns and have a wonderful weekend!



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