Middlesex County is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season right through New Year’s Eve!

Whether you’re looking for a great night out with the family, enjoy a classic ballet performance or experience traditions from different cultures, events throughout Middlesex County will help get you into the spirit of the season.

Event details, including dates and times, can be found by texting CULTURE to 56512 from your smartphone.

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Here is a sampling:

Holiday Fun at the State Theatre: This beloved theater in New Brunswick is offering some of the best in family-friendly entertainment for the holidays. A popular favorite is the “Nutcracker” performance by the American Repertory Ballet. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” provides a great introduction to live theater for kids. Later in December, celebrate 23 years of a Middlesex County tradition with Plays-in-the-Park’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Cultural Traditions: Middlesex County’s East Jersey Old Town Village once again offers its “Seasonal Traditions” holiday program, featuring live music and stories from different cultures, as well as activities such as horse-drawn wagon rides. If you want to learn more about different ways to celebrate, take in a performance of the Italian folk musical 'La Cantata Dei Pastori' (The Shepard's Cantata) at the Middlesex County Vocational-Technical High School in East Brunswick. 

Fun for the Whole Family: The Annual Model Train Show will once again delight children of all ages at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge. Tour historic homes in Perth Amboy decked out in their holiday finest. Take photos with Santa for free at the United Methodist Church in New Brunswick. Come out to downtown New Brunswick for New Year’s Eve Fireworks to be set off from the top of the Heldrich Hotel at 11:30 p.m.

“Middlesex County is a great place to spend your holiday season,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Many of the County’s sponsored events, like our “Seasonal Traditions” program, are free of charge, and all of them offer the opportunity to spend time with family and experience live entertainment close to home.”

“The holiday season is the perfect time to introduce a child to musical theater or dance, or to create something special for your home, so make your holiday plans soon,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.