SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have plans this weekend?

If you don’t, check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township.

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Friday, Dec. 6

Cedar Hill Prep School Holiday Bazaar

Cedar Hill Prep School invites you to be apart of our annual Holiday Bazaar. TAP here for details. 

Franklin Township Holiday Tree Lighting

Join us for a festive evening for the annual Tree Lighting & caroling at the Municipal Complex followed by Cupcakes, Cocoa & Candy Canes @ the Community Senior center. TAP here for details. 

Saturday, Dec. 7

Hillsborough Rotary, Operation Shoebox NJ Host Packing for US Troops

A package filled with favorite foods and toiletries from home is usually at the top of holiday wish lists for US troops deployed overseas. TAP here for details. 

Public Welcome at Saint Joseph HS Annual Advent Mass & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The public is invited to kick off the Christmas Season at the Annual Saint Joseph High School Advent Mass and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. TAP here for details. 

Madrigal Singers to Perform at the Abraham Staats House

The Madrigal Singers of Franklin High School, led by Tim Walton will sing seasonal songs the Abraham Staats House. TAP here for details. 

23rd Annual Fair in the Square

You're Invited to the 23rd Annual Fair in the Square! The 23rd annual festival for Verona and its surrounding communities celebrates the upcoming holiday season with crafters, vendors, entertainment, photos with Santa, and children’s activities. TAP here for details. 

Wine & Wings at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Above Art Studios

Join Above Art Studios on Morris Street for a networking event you don't want to miss! Come enjoy some delicious wine and tasty chicken wings (vegan options available) seasoned to perfection By Celebrity Chef Freddie C.

Live music by Dj Kiss Me I'm Famous. Come meet, greet and eat!

For more information and tickets, click here.

Free Photos with Santa from 12 to 4 p.m.

Where: Houlihans 

Stop by the Houlihans on US-1 and make sure to bring your kiddies for a free photo with the big guy in red!

Houlihans will even throw in a keepsake frame. No purchase necessary. For more information, click here. Santa will be visiting all NJ and NY Houlihan’s on Sat, Dec. 7 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Winter Holiday Festival at Lord Stirling Stable

The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable (FLSS) will present their 21st Annual Winter Holiday Festival. TAP here for details. 

Raritan Valley Choral Society Presents Joyful Sounds of the Season

Gaude! Wassail! fa-la-la! from Bach's MAGNIFICAT, John Rutter, Mozart, Charpentier, Irish, English, German, Catalan and Hebrew folk melodies with opportunities to sing along! Martha Dudich, musical director & conductor James Sparks, artistic collaborator & accompanist Annual Holiday Cookie extravaganza continues! Delicious chorus-made treats just $10/tin. TAP here for details. 

Annual Traditional Event - Yule Log at 4:45 p.m.

Where: Voorhees Chapel

Please join Dean Jacquelyn Litt, Dean of Douglass Residential College and Douglass Campus for the annual Yule Log Ceremony. This tradition began in December 1918 when the first Douglass class stood with candles on the beautiful winding staircase in College Hall and sang Christmas carols. Just as they did 100 years ago, students will be holding candles, singing songs and reading passages that highlight our Douglass community and the advent of the winter season. 

For more information, click here.

Somerset County Tourism’s Weekend Top 10: 

Weekend Top 10: 12.6 to 12.8

1. 42nd Festival of Trees (opening weekend), EEC
2. Holiday Festival, Lord Stirling Stable
3. Holiday Lights Parade, Somerville
4. Festival of Trees, Ted Blum 4-H Center
5. 17th Annual Colonial Christmas, Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
6. 6th Annual Winter Market and Tree Lighting, Downtown Basking Ridge
7. Tree Lighting and Santa Visit, Peapack & Glastone Municipal Complex
8. Annual Candlelight Holiday Tours, Rockingham Historic Site
9. Gift of Art Holiday Art Show, Arts on Division
10. Santa Brunch, Grain House Restaurant

Check out our 2019 Ultimate Holiday Guide for a detailed list of holiday activities and events as well as our Holiday Gift Guide for local gifts to give this holiday season.

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