NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Carriage rides, ice sculptures, caroling and more – New Brunswick is about to be transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

It all starts with Friday’s tree lighting ceremony at Monument Square Park and George Street.

The festivities start at 4:30 p.m.

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This year, there will be 12 tree lightings around New Brunswick’s downtown area, with large trees located at Monument Square Park, Paterson and George streets (near Indochine) and Albany and George streets (near Gong Cha).

The event, which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and Miller Lite, will also include holiday caroling from Spiced Punch, which will move from tree to tree after they are lit.

The public is invited to enjoy hot cocoa, hot pretzels and more for purchase from Maglione’s. Donations of non-perishable food items, toys and winter accessories will be accepted at each tree, throughout Winter Wonderland, to support local needs.

You can also watch the tree lighting from your home. It will be streaming on Facebook.

The other events and entertainment planned for City Center this holiday season include:

Live Music Weekends

Nov. 25-29, Dec. 3-6, Dec. 10 –13, Dec. 17-20, Dec. 23-27, Dec. 31-Jan. 3

Enjoy the entertaining sounds of New Brunswick as local musicians, DJs and performers keep you entertained while you dine.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m.-12 a.m.

Shop local and support your favorite small businesses in New Brunswick. Visit online to shop for gift cards to the best shops and restaurants in Central Jersey and take advantage of their special discounts and offers going all weekend.

Rutgers Football Citywide Game Watch

Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12

Watch the Scarlet Knights take on their Big Ten rivals Purdue (Nov. 28, 4 p.m.), Penn State (Dec. 5, Time TBD) and Maryland (Dec. 12, time TBD) in the comfort and convenience of your favorite sports restaurants in New Brunswick! Home or away, the games broadcast from big screen TVs each Saturday alongside food and drink special, thanks to Miller Lite.

Holiday Carriage Rides

Thursdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 6 p.m.-8:45 p.m., Monument Square Park and Hyatt Regency

Continuing with a New Brunswick holiday classic, City Center will host family carriage rides Thursday evenings. Please book in advance. $20 per carriage family. Rides will (delete)

Ice Sculpting

Dec. 4, 11 and 17 (rain dates the following day if needed), 5 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Paterson and George streets (near Indochine).

Local ice sculptors will be creating a little holiday wonder using small chainsaws and other tools to form figures out of ice. The event is sponsored by Boraie Development LLC and Investors Bank.

Holiday Selfie Locations

Nov. 27-Dec. 31 at various locations within downtown New Brunswick.

Have your photo take as you enjoy New Brunswick’s Winter Wonderland and share them with hashtag #NBWinterWonderland. You could be featured on City Center’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Shops are open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday and 9 a.m.-12 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Saint Peter’s Foundation Virtual Toy Drive

Through Dec. 31

Give the gift of happiness with just a click of your mouse. Help us raise funds to purchase toys and other items for young patients in The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital through the hospital’s Virtual Toy Drive.