Fantastic Family Events First with Christmas Tree Lighting

Piscataway has so much holiday excitement this weekend that it had to be stretched over four days.  With two opportunities for kids to talk to Santa Claus, families should get ready for lots of great treats.

The fun starts on Friday, December 7th at 7 p.m. with the Township’s annual Christmas tree lighting on Town Hall's front lawn at 455 Hoes Lane.  With a visit from Santa Claus that evening, enjoy the camaraderie of our community with hot chocolate, cookies and good cheer.  Turning on the Christmas tree lights this year will be some of the members of the Piscataway High School Football Team having recently brought home the North, Group 5 bowl game championship with a win this past weekend at MetLife Stadium.

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On Saturday, December 8th from 2-4 p.m. the Metlar-Bodine House Museum is hosting author, herbalist & educator Gertrude Coleman whom will share her knowledge about well-loved holiday spices & herbs such as cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, ginger & nutmeg.  Attendees at 1281 River Road will sample spice-infused holiday desserts paired with teas complementing their unique flavors.  Cost is $25 per person and there is limited seating.  The registration deadline has been extended to this Thursday, December 6th.  Register at or call (732) 463-8363.

On Sunday, December 9th from 1-6 p.m., Middlesex County is presenting “Seasonal Traditions” at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, “…featuring horse-drawn wagon rides through Johnson Park, fife and drum music, carolers and children’s crafts.” In addition, “The Hearts of Oak Independent Militia Company will be patrolling the Village!”  For entertainment at the Indian Queen Tavern at the 1050 River Road site is Songs of Hanukkah by Sam Levine at 3 p.m., Midwinter Stories by Dave Emerson at 4 p.m. and traditional carols by the Spiced Punch Quartet at 5 p.m.

On Monday evening, December 10th from 7-8 p.m., Santa Claus will be the featured guest of Mayor Brian C. Wahler on “Eye on Piscataway.”  Children are invited to call the show live at (732) 562-2305 to give Santa their gift requests.  Eye on Piscataway may be viewed on Piscataway Community Television Channel 15 (Cablevision) and Channel 40 & 42 (Verizon).