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Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Carolers and Stories of Holidays Past Await Visitors to County’s ‘Seasonal Traditions’ Celebration

Horse and carriage rides at the Historic Village Credits: Middlesex County

Nothing brings the holiday season to life like annual traditions, especially when they’re shared with family, friends and neighbors. The Middlesex County Office of Arts and History invites you to share in holiday music and fun at the “Seasonal Traditions” holiday program at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway.

“Our residents are invited to take a trip back in time, from the sight of the Village’s beautifully decorated historic buildings to the feeling of a horse-drawn wagon ride,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Children will love the crafts, and everyone can embrace different traditions through song and story. Bring your families and friends and join the celebration.”

These special events, all free of charge, will be held at the Village from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

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“This event is a great chance to escape the high-stress planning of the holidays and spend time with those you care about,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “Take a stroll through the village and enjoy the timeless fun that comes from live entertainment.”

Ongoing Events taking place throughout the Village from 12 to 5 p.m.

New Jersey Field Music Group

The Hearts of Oak Independent Militia Company

Children’s Crafts

Colonial Crafts

Christmas Carols performed by the Piscataway Girl Scouts         

Wagon Rides through Johnson Park


Events taking place inside the Indian Queen Tavern


Founders Day and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony: 1 to 2 p.m.

Please join us as we link our past and future by recognizing all who have contributed to the history of the Raritan Valley.


Songs of Chanukah performed by Mary Roth: 2 to 3 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Mary Roth will perform songs related to Hanukah and other aspects of Jewish culture. Roth is an accomplished musician who will incorporate the dulcimer and the bouzouki in her performance. Roth will sing in Hebrew, Yiddish and English.


Christmas and midwinter stories told by Dave Emerson: 3 to 4 p.m.

Enjoy winter stories on the center green, including anecdotes about the origins of holiday customs, the popularity of the Christmas tree, the Victorian "invention" of modern Christmas and tales about "the most wonderful time of the year."


Traditional Christmas Carols performed by vocal quartet Spiced Punch: 4 to 5 p.m.

The vocal quartet Spiced Punch will perform traditional Christmas carols, while costumed in reproduction 19th-century garb. The group performs on strings, recorders, tin whistles and concertinas.


Free event and parking. No registration. Limited seating.


Text CULTURE to 56512 for event information and to explore everything arts, history and culture.



East Jersey Old Town Village is located at 1050 River Road in Piscataway inside Johnson Park.


For more information, call 732-745-3030, ext.310.


Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. In case of inclement weather, call 732-296-8966.


An Assistive Listening System will be in use during programs.  An American Sign Language Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request.


The event and Founder’s Day Ceremony are being sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Piscataway Township and Piscataway Girl Scouts.


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