December’s Top 10 Things To Do In Montclair


December 2nd

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Black Friday began in the 1960 as a term to express the time of year when business books went from red to black. Now it’s a polarizing day most Americans dread or anticipate. Thankfully, a truly altruistic event has spawned from the overly commercial, Black Friday; Giving Tuesday. Organized in 2012 and only picking up speed, Giving Tuesday is estimate to process over 30 million dollars in donations in 2014.

When: December 2nd, all day
Who: Anyone
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Any Amount

Update: Although Giving Tuesday has passed, it’s never too late to donate. Here are a few of our favorites:
Human Needs Food Pantry
Paws Montclair
Salvation Army
Care Plus NJ

December 3rd


Newark Boys Chorus  at Montclair Art Museum's First Free Thursday Night in December

First Free Thursday Montclair Art Museum

December continues the tradition with free admission and special activities featuring exhibits including tours of the African Quilt display, a workshop, and a holiday trunk show in the MAM store. Enterntainment includes the Silver Fox Songs Quartet and the Newark Boys Chorus, paired with drinks from Pig & Prince and food from The Empanada Guy and Oink & Moo.

When: December 3rd, 5 PM to 9 PM
Who: All are invited. Alcohol is served, so you must bring your ID.
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S Mountain Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: Free

Update: As always, we had such a great time. The Newark Boys Chorus blew us away.

December 5th


Tree Lighting

What’s more emblematic of Christmas than a Christmas Tree. One our favorite Christmas traditions was always watching the lighting of the tree, and it still is.The annual Montclair tree lighting this year will be held on Friday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m., in Church Street Plaza.

When: December 5th, 6 PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Church Street Plaza Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: Free

December 6-27th


Free Parking in Montclair

Not really an event, but it’s still exciting. Keep in mind, this is to promote local business and only refers to 2-hour bagged meters, not 3-hour meters.

When: December 6th – 27th
Who: Anyone with a driver’s license
Where: Montclair, NJ 07042 and Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Cost: Free for 2-hour meters


December 9th


Wrap & Roll

Third annual Wrap & Roll event on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Charles H. Bullock School, 55 Washington Street, Montclair. Continuing in the season of giving, Montclair Schools team up to provide gifts to the underprivileged. Bringing donated and unwrapped gifts, volunteers from all around the community come together wrapping and bonding around refreshments and festive delights.

When: December 9th, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Who: Aimed at families, anyone can attend
Where: 55 Washington Street, Montclair 07042
Cost: Free to attend, just make sure you bring a gift to donate

December 11th


Google “Solve for X” Initiative

Think you have an a mind blowing scientific or technological idea aimed at benefiting the world. Google wants to hear about it. Selected as 1 of 12 sites in the world, North Jersey and Montclair State University are hosting Google’s Solve For X initiative 2014. The best part, it’s open to anyone.

When: December 11th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Who: All aspiring brilliant scientific and technological pioneers
Where: Montclair State University, 55 Washington Street, Montclair, NJ 07043
Cost: Free

December 12th


Autumn Garden Tour

Laura Roberts, Garden Manager of the beautiful Van Vleck leads a tour through the final few days of autumn. Tours can be given individually or as a group.

When: December 12th, 1 PM – 2 PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $5 Friends; $7 others Series Rate: All four tours (Sept – Dec) for $15 Friends or $20 others.

December 12th – December 31st

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

The Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing place any time of year. The amount of changes the zoo and the surrounding area has gone through is incredibly impressive. We are especially excited to visit this year, as they have added many new exhibits. and December is an entirely different experience. The Turtle Back Zoo entertains families from all over, decorating the entire zoo in festive lights. A truly impressive display.

When: December 12th – December 31st, 5PM – 9PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: Free admission, donations are encouraged

December 25th

Christmas Day

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presenece of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hillis

December 26th and 27th

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical

Recreating the 1964 TV special, NJPAC brings Rudolph the epic characters, music, costumes, and effects to the stage. Before the show, meet in the lobby for photos, face painting, art, and refreshments (free for ticket holders).

When: December 26th & 27th
Who: Anyone
Where: NJPAC, 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: $29.50 to $39.50

December 31st

New Years Eve

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot

Many restaurants are putting on festivites for New Years, including some of our favorites:
Pig and Prince
Orange Squirrel
The Yellow Plum
Ariane Kitchen & Bar
McLoone’s Boathouse
Restaurant Blu

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