BEDMINSTER TWP., NJ -- All in-person Colonial Christmas activities at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 5, on have been canceled due to forecasted storms this weekend coupled with the worsening pandemic conditions, the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House announced on Thursday afternoon.

The Friends organization, which has hosted Colonial Christmas for almost two decades to raise funds to restore, develop and operate the Vanderveer/Knox house at River Road Park in Bedminster, added that the announcement was made "sadly."

The announcement noted that as with so many other events, the “Liberty and Light” event will continue with virtual activities underway at this year’s 18th Annual Colonial Christmas. 

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Poinsiettia pick-ups to still be held, virtual auction and 'What Holidays Mean to Me' contest to continue

Purchasers of pre-sale poinsettias are invited to pick up their plants at the Jacobus Vanderveer House at 3055 River Road E. between noon and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Winners of the contest, “What the Holidays Mean to Me” will be notified by email on Dec. 12.

The announcement added that bidding is open at the Jacobus Vanderveer House virtual auction and has been extended to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Winning bids may be picked up at the Jacobus Vanderveer House that evening between 4 to 5:30 p.m., or by appointment.

Ticketholders to be contacted regarding refunds

Pre-sale admission ticketholders will be contacted regarding refund, according to the Friends organization.
Details on continuing updates will be posted on

The announcement thanked the public for years of loyal support for the historic House and Museum.

"Because of you, its preservation helps provide education about our nation’s early founding and the importance this site played under the military direction and leadership of General Henry Knox during 1778-79," the Friends group added.

The announcement noted that 2021 events will begin to be announced. "We certainly hope to be able to see you at the House next year!

The announcement concluded, "We wish you and yours a joyous Christmas and holidays celebrating in ways meaningful to you."