Say goodbye to November because December is here! Head downtown to enjoy the annual tree lighting or to burn off some Thanksgiving calories with laughter at the Stress Factory. ‘Tis the season of festive events in the Hub City.


Monday, December 2

English Conversation Cafe at 6:30 p.m.

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Where: New Brunswick Free Public Library


The Conversation Café is an informal conversation group held at the New Brunswick Free Public Library for adult language learners.

Participants engage in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Conversation Facilitators discussing a variety of topics. Conversation Facilitators are prepared to facilitate intercultural conversations through academic courses and professional development offered by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Participants must be age 18 or older.

All levels welcome.

For more information, click here.


Tuesday, December 3

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

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, December 4

Ice Age Late Night at the Museum from 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Rutgers Geology Museum 


Visit the Rutgers Geology Museum on Wednesday, December 4th, and learn about mastodons, saber-tooth cats, and the many other creatures that roamed this planet during the Ice Age!

Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event and people are welcome to come and go as they please. No registration is required and events are free.

For more information about the late-night events, click here.


Thursday, December 5

Mike Vecchione featuring Justin Silver at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Stress Factory Comedy Club


Mark your calendars for another great show at the Stress Factory Comedy Club. Come see stand up comedian Mike Vecchione featuring Justin Silver on Thursday, Dec. 5

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.


Friday, December 6

New Brunswick Annual Tree Lighting at 5 p.m.

Where: Monument State Park


The New Brunswick City Center invites the entire community to celebrate the holidays in New Brunswick this season. Join them for the annual holiday festivities and lighting of the 26-foot Tree, Friday, Dec. 6 at Monument Square Park on Livingston Avenue.

Admission is free and there will be face painting, a photo booth, holiday music, cook-off competition, giveaways, the Howl-day Pet Costume Pageant and more. Santa Claus will even make an appearance.

For more information, click here.


Saturday, December 7

Wine & Wings at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Above Art Studios


Join Above Art Studios on Morris Street for a networking event you don't want to miss! Come enjoy some delicious wine and tasty chicken wings (vegan options available) seasoned to perfection By Celebrity Chef Freddie C.

Live music by Dj Kiss Me I'm Famous. Come meet, greet and eat!

For more information and tickets, click here.


Free Photos with Santa from 12 to 4 p.m.

Where: Houlihans 


Stop by the Houlihans on US-1 and make sure to bring your kiddies for a free photo with the big guy in red!

Houlihans will even throw in a keepsake frame. No purchase necessary. For more information, click here.

Santa will be visiting all NJ and NY Houlihan’s on Sat, Dec. 7 from 12 to 4 p.m.


Sunday, December 8

Annual Traditional Event - Yule Log at 4:45 p.m.

Where: Voorhees Chapel


Please join Dean Jacquelyn Litt, Dean of Douglass Residential College and Douglass Campus for the annual Yule Log Ceremony. 

This tradition began in December 1918 when the first Douglass class stood with candles on the beautiful winding staircase in College Hall and sang Christmas carols. Just as they did 100 years ago, students will be holding candles, singing songs and reading passages that highlight our Douglass community and the advent of the winter season. 

For more information, click here.