MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The "little houses" are back in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village, with a tree lighting and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus this Saturday, Dec. 2, and plenty more Dickens Village activities planned for Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16. There will be a menorah lighting on Monday, Dec. 18.

Breakfast with Santa happens on Saturday, December 9. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are on sale at Village Wine Shop for the St. James’s Gate location, at No. 165 for the Village Trattoria, and at Cedar Ridge Cafe, which is a new location this year.

Below is the full schedule of holiday events in Dickens Village:

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

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

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

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

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

3-4 p.m.  Story Hour readings by Amelia Butler, Children's Librarian

4:30 p.m. - Tree Lighting Program - The Christmas Carol by Library Director Sarah Lester; Traditional Holiday Reading by Mayor Vic DeLuca

TREE LIGHTING

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

8 a.m. -  Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Cedar Ridge Cafe

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

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

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

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

1:30-3:30 p.m. - Jack’s Petting Farm

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

STROLLERS CAROLING THROUGH THE VILLAGE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

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

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

1-4 p.m. - Horse & Wagon rides

1:30-3:30 p.m. - Jack’s Petting Farm

1:30-2:15 p.m. - Choral Presentation by Jefferson School students

2-4 p.m.- Craft & Story Program for children of all ages at Maplewood Memorial Library, Baker St.

3-3:45 p.m. - Choral Presentation by Jefferson School students

STROLLERS CAROLING THROUGH THE VILLAGE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18

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

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