NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The holidays are here and Christmas decorations line the streets of New Brunswick. Grab your coat and gloves and check out what’s happening around town this week.

Monday, November 27

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign is winding down for a close, but there’s still a chance to be part of the fun. Drop in for open gym basketball, 6 to 8 p.m. at the gym of the McKinley School at 15 Van Dyke Avenue.

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Tuesday, November 28 

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is coming to the State Theatre New Jersey! This animated television classic will come to the live stage and feature all your favorite characters from the Peanuts gang. The show starts 7 p.m. and runs 90 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets are between $35 and $100 and can be bought online

Wednesday, November 29

Teens and tweens are invited to stop by the New Brunswick Free Public Library for afternoon game time, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Test your skills and challenge your friends with one of the many video games at the library, located at 60 Livingston Avenue.

Learn how to sew at the New Brunswick Free Public Library’s annual Makerspace event. Local sewing expert Pam Brooks will be on hand to help you craft your winter scarf, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees must be at least 8 years old. The library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue.

​Think you are funny? ​The Stress Factory  Comedy Club is calling all local comedians to show off their material at its Open Mic Night. Amateur comedians will get three minutes to get the crowd going. Doors open at 7 p.m.​;​ sign-ups are available between 7 and 7:45 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Make sure to tell your friends and get them to come to. The club is located at 90 Church Street in New Brunswick.

Thursday, November 30

Come to the College Ave Student Center for the university’s largest head-shaving contest ever; Battle of the Bald! Every head shaved will raise funds research and awareness of childhood cancer, with the proceeds going towards St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The event is 7 to 9 p.m. at the Main Lounge of the College Ave Student Center, 126 College Avenue. Registration is available online.

The New Brunswick Fire Department is still looking for donations for its disaster relief shipment drive, and this Thursday is the last day to donate. Items to be donated include batteries, personal items, baby items and canned goods. Donations can be brought to 93 Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

Friday, December 1

Celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree lighting at Monument Square, 5 to 7 p.m. Now in its 25th year, this Hub City tradition includes a cook-off, live performances, a craft market and a visit from Santa. The tree-lighting is at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 2

Come and brave the cold with thousands of other runners for the renowned Big Chill 5K. Walk or run through the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus and win a Big Chill t-shirt! Online registration is open through November 28, and race-day registration will be accepted space permitting. The entrance fee is a toy donation, or $15. Check-in is 8 to 9:30 a.m. and kick-off is 10 a.m. 5K sponsorships are also available.

Stop by the State Theatre New Jersey and listen to some of America’s most treasured folk songs with a performance by local musician Spook Handy. He’ll play old timey classics like “This Land is Your Land,” “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” and “She’s Been Coming ‘Round the Mountain.” Tickets are $3 and can be bought online. Recommended audience are children ages 3 to 8, a great way to introduce them to live theatre. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and noon, and the theatre is located at 15 Livingston Avenue.

Sunday, December 3

Families and folks of all ages are invited to the Zimmerli Art Museum’s monthly “Art Together” workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. at 71 Hamilton Street. Children, parents, grandparents and guardians will work side by side to make great works of art. Sessions are led by Mason Gross MFA students and teaching artists. This is a free drop-in program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Stop by the Ale n' Wich Pub after 6 p.m. for the Bloustein Graduate Student Association's fundraiser for the Hurricane Maria recovery effort in Puerto Rico. A $5 donation gets you shot and beer at the pub, and an admission wristband to enjoy live music, comedy, poetry and open mic. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. The pub is located at 246 Hamilton Street. Donations can be made online or at the door. Proceeds will go to Unidos Por Puerto Rico to support the hurricane relief effort. 

Reporter Daniel J. Munoz,