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.

Friday, Dec. 20

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Community Volunteer Fire Department (Sta. 25) 

Santa Run from 7 pm to 9 pm throughout District 3 (rain date Dec. 21 9 am to 12 noon). CVFD will also host "Pictures with Santa" Dec. 21 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 710 Hamilton Street. You can bring a gift for Santa to give to your child. Donate a non-perishable food item, and it will go to the Franklin Food Bank.

Paint Nite: Holiday Wishing at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub

Grab your friends and unleash your inner artist at Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub on Church Street on Friday night and create a festive painting! To register, click here.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department - Station 44

Come join Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department with our annual Santa In the Firehouse event! Bring your kids, yourself, or your pets and come see Santa! We are located at 21 Olcott St, Somerset, NJ 08873. Hope to see you there! TAP here for details. 

Ugly Sweater Party Starting at 9 p.m.

Where: George Street Ale House

Grab your ugliest holiday sweater and come to George Street Ale House to receive a complimentary glass of eggnog with rum! 

A gift card will also be awarded to the best ugly sweater. Featuring music by Mix Master Nice.

Sunday, Dec. 22

Men’s Basketball Game at 1 p.m.

Where: Louis Brown Athletic Center

Are you sick of basketball? Because we’re not! Grab all the red gear you got and head on over to the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Scarlet Knights will be playing against the Lafayette College Leopards, starting at 1 p.m. For tickets, click here.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides from 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Neilson Street

Take in the sights on a horse-drawn carriage ride in New Brunswick's City Center this holiday season! 

Pick-up location: Neilson Street at The Hyatt Regency. The rides are free but the City Market is requesting donations of unwrapped toys for each ride. All rides offered are on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, click here. 

Somerset County Tourism’s Weekend Top 10: 

Weekend Top 10: 12.20 to 12.24 

1. Family Holiday Party, Branchburg Sports Complex

2. Indoor Holiday Market, Duke Farms

3. “Echoes of the Season” Concert featuring Peter Mayer, Somerville United Reformed Church

4. Just in the Nick of Time, Villagers Theatre

5. Fiddler on the Roof, State Theatre New Jersey

6. Winter Wonder Lights, RVCC Planetarium

7. Cookies for Santa – Kids Holiday Class, Maggiano’s Little Italy

8. Christmas Eve Dinner, Verve

9 .Christmas Eve Buffet, Grain House

10. Christmas Eve “Inn Style”, The Bernards Inn

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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