The holiday season has officially begun, so what better time to capture the moment than with a keepsake photo with Santa Claus? Whether it’s with you, your children, or your beloved pet, Santa is ready to pose for a photo at MarketFair Mall. 

Pet photos with Santa will take place on December 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. Advance registration is required by visiting https://bit.ly/3B7AvW4. Pets and owners should enter through the main entrance by the clock tower and TGI Friday’s. All pets should be leashed while waiting for their photo to be taken. more

Philadelphia Zoo now presents Lumi Nature — a celebration of plants, animals, and the natural world highlighted by more than a million twinkling lights across 14 illuminated zones throughout the Zoo grounds, on view through January 7. Recognized as the brightest holiday show in the greater Philadelphia area, the Lumi Nature event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on select days. more

Can you imagine rowing through ice floes and then trudging through a blizzard in the middle of the night, with miles to go and only fragmentary remnants of shoes on your feet? This was no ordinary escapade. The fate of an entire country rested on these men’s shoulders and their pursuit of outsmarting and out battling the enemy.  more

Join Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) on Monday, December 5 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. Celebrate seasonal splendor in all its forms while strolling beneath the floral designs, festive trees, and bold poinsettias. There will also be botanically inspired light displays, festive treehouses, and floral shop window displays.  more

On Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township will host a festive Christmas on the Farm event. Holiday cheer will be in the air as guests wander the 130-acre county park, visiting the forge, horse barn, gift shop, barnyard, and horse-drawn bobsled used for sleigh rides.  more

Princeton’s beloved holiday tradition and kick-off to the Christmas season will take place on Friday, November 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. The annual lighting of the tree in downtown Palmer Square is accompanied by traditional musical performances and a whole lot of family fun.  more

The 47th Annual Apple Festival returns to Peddler’s Village in Bucks County, Pa., on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Peddler’s Village Apple Festival is a yearly favorite and draws crowds from throughout the tri-state area.  more

Vibrancy and imagination abound at the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. On view through November 13, visitors will observe thousands of carefully nurtured and trained flowers in Longwood Gardens’ Conservatory, including the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, a single plant bearing more than 1,000 fiery colored blooms on a single stem.  more

Join Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn in downtown Lambertville for the first annual Fall Fest on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free festival is open to all, rain or shine. 

Experience two days full of fall fun along the banks of the Delaware River. The Station’s Fall Fest community celebration will offer games, family activities, delicious food, a beer garden, and live music. more

Tyler Park Center for the Arts, located at 10 Stable Mill Trail in Richboro, Pa., will host the Crafts in the Meadow Juried Invitational Fine Art and Crafts Show on October 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $10 (free for members and children under age 12). Pets are not allowed. This event will take place rain or shine.  more

On Saturday, November 19 from 2 to 3 p.m., Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve presents a special event with French native and master falconer Gregory Wojtera. The program will introduce the audience to the history and significance of falconry as it relates to both the past and present. It will also touch on the biology and natural history of our native raptor species and their longstanding cohabitation and means of communication with humans.  more

The Mercer Museum’s annual fall fundraiser, Cocktails at the Castle, returns to Doylestown, Pa., on Saturday, October 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. for a night of culinary delights and cocktails, all in support of the Mercer Museum’s education programs, exhibitions, and community initiatives. 

Guests will enjoy a lively evening on the grounds of Mercer Museum with delicious food options from Bucks County culinary purveyors, along with craft cocktail creations and exceptional entertainment. more

Broadhurst is the 47th Bucks County Designer House & Gardens presented by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA). Proceeds from the Designer House benefit Doylestown Hospital and the mission of the VIA.

Guests will be able to tour more than 20 design areas throughout the house and gardens, and shop designer decor throughout the property and at the three boutiques.  more

Bloomingdale’s celebrates 150 years of fashion, firsts, and fun by looking back at some of the major milestones the company has achieved since debuting in 1872. The celebratory events in Manhattan include designer pop-ups at 59th Street, fashion exclusives, and discounts. The well-known 50th Street windows on Lexington Avenue will also come to life in innovative new ways with augmented reality and live performances.  more

Join author Clifford Zink on Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. for a walking tour outside Princeton University’s storied and majestic eating clubs. Learn about the architecture, origins, and development of the 16 Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928. There will be an opportunity to visit inside one of the eating clubs; masks will be required during this portion of the tour. Copies of Zink’s 2017 book, The Princeton Eating Clubs, will be available for sale at a discounted price at the tour.  more

Join The Watershed Institute for the 47th Annual Watershed FEST on October 1 at 6:30 p.m. FEST is the largest fundraising event of the year and supports The Watershed Institute’s mission of keeping water clean, safe, and healthy. Last year’s FEST was an evening to remember,  and the organization is hoping to beat last year’s amount of $140,000 raised. All funds support The Watershed Institute’s conservation, advocacy, education, and scientific research efforts.  more

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) presents its annual Oktoberfest fundraiser on October 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Avenue in Princeton, rain or shine. Attendance is $50 per person and tickets can be bought online here: https://bit.ly/3BzXD03.

The 2022 Oktoberfest promises to be better than ever. Enjoy local craft beer, hard cider, Jammin’ Crepes sweet and savory crepes, and live music. The covered terrace of Mountain Lakes House will be available for socializing outdoors. more

Did you know that Happy Day Farms in Manalapan is one of the top-tier corn mazes in all the United States? Located at 106 Iron Ore Road, Happy Day Farms has been recognized for numerous past designs including Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary, four New Jersey celebrities, superheroes, New Jersey athletes, and more. Last year’s Super Mario theme was a big attraction for kids and young families. This year’s corn maze theme is “10 Years of Happiness” to honor the farm’s 10th anniversary.  more

On Saturday, September 24, join Monmouth Museum staff and New Jersey DEP’s lead environmental educator, Marc Rogoff, on a fossil frolic through Big Brook, one of the premier late Cretaceous fossil localities in the eastern United States. The Cretaceous period was a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and New Jersey was submerged beneath a shallow inland sea. more

The annual Hightstown Harvest Festival returns on October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hightstown Memorial Park, North Main Street in downtown Hightstown.

Free to attend, the festival features food trucks, live music, autumn attractions, and more. Held rain or shine, this is the festival’s 17th celebration. The business district will also be decorated to fit the fall season and to encourage visitors to shop local and support small businesses. Crafters, great food, and children’s rides will make this a fun event for the whole family!

When the temperature begins to drop in New Jersey after a long, hot summer, some people might think to reach for a glass of hard cider. What they may not know is that Burnt Mills Cider Company is serving up some of the best cider around and they are also proudly based in Bedminster. more

For over 60 years, the Newcomers & Friends at YWCA Princeton have welcomed people to the Princeton community. These newcomers come from around the world, nation, and state. The YWCA group currently represents 24 states and 14 unique countries. more

Go the distance for all youth in the HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon on November 13. In-person, virtual and youth run options means that there is a race for everyone. The 13.1-mile course starts and finishes at Paul Robeson Place. The Victory Village will be stationed at Princeton YMCA and all racers will receive a commemorative medal, shirt, and bib. Participants cannot exceed a 14-minute mile and the field of racers is limited to 1,800. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time at https://bit.ly/3Qp5DpC. Registration is $100 until the race sells out. more

On October 15 from 12 to 4 p.m., join Washington Crossing Historic Park for an Autumn Market and Encampment, a chance to travel back in time and experience life in a Revolutionary War camp. 

Costumed Colonial townspeople will gather at the marketplace to show off their crafting skills and goods. Soldiers will also be on-site to drill and perform 18th century military tactics, and the fife and drum corps will stage performances throughout the day. With crafts, cooking demonstrations, and one-on-one interactions with Colonial reenactors, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fall day outdoors with the entire family. more

The 2022 Surf & Turf Seafood Festival at Monmouth Park will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Presented by 107.1 The Boss, Thunder 106, and Kona Brewing, the Jersey Shore’s freshest seafood festival features lobster rolls, crab cakes, calamari, and more. Expect live music from 12 to 4 p.m. and lots of family friendly activities and entertainment. Participating food vendors include Cousins Maine Lobster, Four Boys Concessions, Kiersten’s Creations, Highway Ohana, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Point Lobster, Green Dog Mobile, Playa Bowls, Star of the Sea Seafood, Sweetpepper Venezuelan Specialties, L’Acquario Seafood Italiano, and Wild Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda. more

It’s all about peaches at Terhune Orchards’ Annual Just Peachy Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Partake in the summer bounty with a full weekend of family fun. Try peach treats in the form of fresh fruit, icy drinks, and crumble pie while the kids visit with the farm animals and play on the tractors. Hands-on aspects include the Discovery Barn and Junior Mechanics Barn.  more

The Somerset County 4-H returns on August 10 through 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at North Branch Park in Bridgewater. The largest under tent 4-H fair this side of the Mississippi, the Somerset County 4-H is a celebration of New Jersey’s agricultural spirit and heritage. Like any true fair, this one includes mouthwatering food, live music, local artists, go-karts, exhibits, and large and small animal contests.  more

With locations in Red Bank, Summit, Montclair, and Hoboken in New Jersey, Woodhouse Day Spa is a great way to treat yourself to some end-of-summer pampering. 

In addition to year-round bridal packages, Woodhouse offers facials, massages, body treatments, nails, sculpting, and more. Their “ritual” treatments incorporate mood-enhancing aromatherapy oils as part of exfoliation, dry brushing, and deep tissue massage. The Happy Mama package includes a mother-to-be-massage and holistic rejuvenation pedicure.  more

The Ocean City Sailing Foundation, located at 520 Bay Avenue in Ocean City, offers sailing instruction to beginners who have no experience on a sailboat, to experienced sailors who want to develop their skills, to potential racers who want to learn the basic elements of sailing competition.  more

Get ready for Rutgers Homecoming 2022!

Current, former, and future Rutgers students, faculty, staff, and fans are welcome to partake in Scarlet Knights pride during Homecoming Weekend on October 20-22. Rutgers football will be facing Indiana and the matchup should be a heart-thumping event.  more