An array of holiday merchants, musical performances, family and children’s activities, are just a few of the highlights in store for visitors to the 17th Annual Colonial Christmas at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum.

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial home opens its wreath-clad doors Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8.  Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The popular fundraiser features: tours of the museum, which will be decorated for the holidays by The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, holiday shopping boutique merchants and artisans; live holiday music, re-enactors and crafters; military demonstrations by Lambs Artillery Company; Santa visits (including a book reading with Santa!);  and festive craft workshops for children and adults.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, December 6, 2019
Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cocktail reception – holiday libations, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, a wine pull raffle and shopping!

Patron Tickets $150 per person. Junior Patron Tickets (25 and under) $100 per person.


Registration Required.
For more information please call (908) 396-6053 or email info@jvanderveerhouse.org.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Museum Tours
  • Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters​
  • John Lambs Artillery Company Demonstrations
  • Holiday Shopping with  boutique artisans and merchants
  • The history of Mincemeat Pies with Susan McLellan Plaisted, Heart to Hearth
  • House Raffle

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Visits with Santa with readings of “The Night Before Christmas” at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

12 p.m.

  •  Holiday Ornament Craft Workshop

    Make your own Frosty the Snowman come to life at our Holiday Ornament Workshop. Learn how to make a needle felted wool snowman tree ornament or decoration with Kerstin Katko of Ducky’s Sheep Shack! This is parent/child activity for children ages 7 and older. With special felting tools provided, participants will create Frosty from scratch, complete with a carrot nose, scarf, and eyes made out of coal! Cost: $25 per child and adult partner includes  admission to Colonial Christmas house tour.


3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Music performance by Hickory Tree Chorus

4 p.m.

  • Adult Craft Workshop: Holiday Paint and Sip with Kait Roamer
    CYMERA_20191106_172555Adults are invited to create their own personalized 15″ rustic holiday entertaining tray with Kait Roamer, The Traveling Painter. Kait will teach participants how to design and paint (select from various stencils) and finish a rustic 15” wooden tray with metal handles as we sip the night away! Beverages provided! Must be 21 years of age or older to participate!
    Cost is $55 in advance, $60 walk-in.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Museum Tours
  • Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters​
  • John Lambs Artillery Company Demonstrations
  • Holiday Shopping with  boutique artisans and merchants
  • The history of the Plum Pudding with Susan McLellan Plaisted, Heart to Hearth
  • House Raffle

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Visits with Santa with readings of “The Night Before Christmas” at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

3 p.m. 

  • Children’s Craft Workshop: Build Your Own Polar Pal!

    Children and parents build their own Polar Pal with the help of Instructors from Cuddly Construction™
    Cost: $35 per stuffed animal, limited to one child and one adult per kit. Price includes one (1) accompanying adult admission to the Museum and one (1) child admission to the Museum. Stop in early to visit with Santa and enjoy a book reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Music performance by Hickory Tree Chorus

Admission Information

$10 admission per adult. Children 12 and under FREE. Free to Museum members.

For information about Colonial Christmas, workshops, and tickets to Friday’s cocktail reception, phone (908) 396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

Proceeds from Colonial Christmas benefit exhibit development, historical interpretations, and educational programs at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum.