MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The "little houses" are back in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village, with lots of Dickens Village activities planned throughout the day for the next three Saturdays, December 5, December 12, and December 19, and a menorah lighting on Tuesday, December 8.

Here's the full schedule:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

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1 p.m. - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive escorted by the Maplewood Fire Department.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Dickens Village Houses open for viewing.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.- Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Santa's Reindeer visit Ricalton Square.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Story Hour readings by Erin Lundstrom, Toymaster of Shenanigan's Toys.

4:30 p.m. -  Tree Lighting Program:

  • The Christmas Carol
  • Traditional Holiday Reading by Mayor Vic DeLuca
  • Tree Lighting

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8

6:15 p.m. - Menorah Lighting in Ricalton Square.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

9:30 a.m. - Breakfast with Santa at St. James Gate and the Village Trattoria.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. -  Dickens Village Houses open for viewing.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Horse & Wagon rides.

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Jack's Petting Zoo.

2 to 2:45 p.m. - Holiday reading for children at Words Bookstore.

Throughout the day, strollers caroling through the Villages.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Horse & Wagon rides.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Dickens Village Houses open for viewing.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

1 p.m. - Maplewood Community Music Holiday Concert - Burgdorff Center & Maplewood Concert Band, Silvertones Flute Choir, Swing Town Big Band

1:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m. - Jack's Petting Zoo.

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Craft & Story Program for children of all ages at Maplewood Memorial Library, Bake Street.

Throughout the day, strollers caroling through the Villages.

Dickens Village is sponsored by the Maplewood Village Alliance and other community benefactors. Some events are weather permitting, updates available at MaplewoodDickensVillage.com.