BEDMINSTER TWP., NJ — Colonial Christmas at the Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster is planning an exciting all-outdoors event from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Attendees are invited to show off their festive holiday masks.

In a year when many loved community events have been canceled due to COVID-19, The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House have planned a full slate of activities, sales and holiday celebrations for the 18th annual Colonial Christmas. Each year, Colonial Christmas is held at the restored historic house and grounds at 1 River Road Park in Bedminster, off Route 206 south.

The event is being planned as the “Liberty and Light” for the community this year. The Friends are inviting the public to join in for many of the same festive fellowship and traditions, all to be featured outdoors, just as the early Colonists did during the winter of 1778-79.

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The activities scheduled between noon to 5:30 p.m. that day include:

- Festive recorded music and decorations

- Live historic demonstrations

-Free photos with Santa

- Vendor shopping

- Food and beverage concessions

- Virtual tour of the Jacobus Vanderveer house

- Scavenger hunt and more

Learn more about our scheduled virtual and outdoor in person programming by

Tree lighting, holiday presentation begin at 4 p.m.

4 to 5:30 p.m., free to the community

Free to the community beginning at 4 p.m.

Refreshments beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Tree lighting at 5 p.m.

Contest winner presentation and readings from "What the Holidays Mean to Me."

Merchant Vendor Shopping

Food & Beverage Vendors

Virtual Auction Winners notified

A Colonial Christmas contest "What the Holidays Mean to Me."

As the holidays approach, The Jacobus Vanderveer House wants to hear about your traditions, homecoming stories, and the places and people that make this season special to you. Get creative and share your thoughts on the meaning of the holidays through a poster (22 x 28 inches), poem or essay (1,000 words or less).

Contest Age Categories: Pre-K-3rd Grade, 4th Grade-8th Grade, 9th Grade-12th Grade, and ages 18-plu

Learn more about our contest!

Poinsettia Sale until Friday, Nov. 27
Pick up on Saturday, Dec. 5
from noon to 4 p.m.

Poinsettia Pricing:

(1) 4.5-inch for $7  

(3) 4.5-inch for $15 

(1) 6.5-inch  for $15 

(2) 6.5-inch for $25

Poinsettia sales are pre-sale only. 
Order Your Holiday Poinsettias Here.

Information also will be coming soon for a virtual auction to be held on December. Bids must be placed beforehand.