The holidays are quickly approaching and you know what that means - tons of festive events going on in the Hub City! Grab an unwrapped toy and head on over to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center or enjoy a nice horse-drawn carriage ride this Sunday. Check out our full list of great events happening in New Brunswick below. 


Tuesday, Dec. 17

New Brunswick Jazz Project from 8 to 11 p.m.

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Where: George Street Ale House

The New Brunswick Jazz Project performs every Tuesday night at the 1749 Bar, with a new artist every week!

Show starts at 8 p.m. and the open jam session starts at 9:30 p.m. 


Wednesday, Dec. 18

Makerspace Sewing Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: New Brunswick Free Public Library

Stitch something special with local volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks this Wednesday at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, located on Livingston Avenue.

Registration is suggested: please call 732-745-5108 x20 to sign up. Minimum age to attend is 8 years old. Please arrive on time to participate.

Visit for more information about the NBFPL Makerspace. 


Thursday, Dec. 19

“Hysterical!” with Phil Hanley at 8 p.m.

Where: Stress Factory Comedy Club

Originally from Vancouver, Phil Hanley is a stand-up, actor, and writer who's a regular at NYC’s renowned Comedy Cellar and he’s coming to New Brunswick!

He has performed stand-up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show, The Pete Holmes Show, and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central.

Show starts at 8 p.m., the doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets, click here.


Friday, Dec. 20

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

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.