Volunteering Vacations

A trip will do you good. These trips can do good for others too.




Travel with an ulterior purpose doesn’t always work. Consider the sailor in the old song who joined the Navy to see the world. “And what did I see?” he sang plaintively. “I saw the sea.” Still, if glimpsing new places and helping others are both on your 2019 “to-do” list, you may be able to do both—perhaps even with the whole family. A growing number of “voluntourism” opportunities offer to take multigenerational travelers to exotic locations and give them altruistic ways to engage with local cultures and assist people—and animals—in need. Here are four tours worth exploring:

RESCUE ELEPHANTS IN KENYA

Take a digital detox and unplug to walk on the wild side in the heart of Africa. From safari to service project, every member of your clan will be awestruck and inspired during this once-in-a-lifetime trip organized by Elevate Destinations travel group. This off-the-grid holiday safari adventure boasts accommodations in secluded, family-friendly luxury lodges on the fringes of Nairobi National Park and an agenda packed with custom-designed activities for your family members’ needs and interests. Volunteer opportunities can include preparing and serving meals for children in need. Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation center to adopt one of these majestic—and arguably adorable—creatures. Then get close to the world’s tallest living terrestrial animals at the nearby Giraffe Center.

When your volunteer and educational excursions are over, explore the lively city of Nairobi, soak in the wonders of nature while exploring the endless plains of Laikipia and venture out into the bush on walking safaris guided by local Maasai warriors. Enjoy picnics set in the open wilderness, birdwatching, scenic sundown cocktail hours and night drives to spy on nocturnal creatures. The possibilities are as vast as the African landscape!

BUILD A SCHOOL IN MOROCCO

When your kids get back from this break, we bet they’ll ace their “What I did on my vacation” essays. Your Moroccan trip will be sure to earn them merit points if they’ve volunteered to help build a community classroom or library in a Berber village. The longest-established inhabitants of Morocco, the Berber people come from a feudal society that has proudly preserved its culture and traditions. In another tour organized by Hands Up Holiday, you’ll be working side by side with natives on this project—a true labor of love to educate local children and raise their standard of living.

During your free time, continue your quest for knowledge and adventure with private guided tours of magical Marrakesh and Fes, hikes on the Atlas Mountains, camel rides in the Sahara, kite surfing on the coast or a visit to the blue-washed walls of the city of Chefchaouen. Be sure to take the time to enjoy the famous Berber hospitality over a cup of mint tea.

PRESERVE BIRD LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND

This dreamy island nation has it all—mountains, beaches, geysers, lakes and wine country. It’s compact enough to explore in a couple of weeks but sufficiently diverse to keep you coming back for more. Taking an eco-centric luxury vacation to this bucket-list destination through the Hands Up Holiday tour company will be made even more memorable when you head out to the wops to help conserve habitats for native sea birds on the North Island or penguins on the South Island. But this tour isn’t all work and no play. If your brood is the adventure-seeking type, you can go sailing on the Bay of Islands, swim with dolphins, enjoy a private guided tour of geysers, explore hidden hot springs, take a helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of a live volcano and even heli-hike on a glacier!

FEED THOSE IN NEED IN GREECE

The chance to enjoy local fare is always an enticing travel lure; feeding your soul while doing so is priceless. And that’s just what you’ll gain through participating in International Volunteer HQ’s food outreach program in Chios, Greece. As part of your two-week experience, you and your family will not only enjoy Greek food, but help others in need do so too by providing daily meals to residents of nursing homes, public schools and special-needs care centers.

During the week, you’ll connect with local community members and savor the satisfaction of making and delivering food and smiles to local residents. On the weekend, you’ll explore Chios, the fifth largest island in Greece, where beautiful beaches, quaint medieval villages, breathtaking coastline views and historical sites abound. You can islandhop or take a day trip to nearby Turkey. If you want to stay longer or travel before or after the program, indulge your wanderlust further afield by visiting Athens and other great destinations throughout Greece to feast on the region’s rich history, culture and natural beauty.

“After my 12-year-old daughter read the book I Will Always Write Back, she asked my husband and me if she could forgo her bat mitzvah party, and instead go to Africa to do volunteer work with children. We decided this would be an experience we should have as a family and planned a trip to Kenya this past August through Elevate Destinations. The volunteering was our favorite part of the trip. The safari was amazing, but we wished we had planned more time for volunteer work.” —Toby Hirsch, Alpine

“There are ways to make doing good doable when traveling. Sprinkling in elements of service work with cultural immersions and fun activities allows multiple family members—from grandparents to young children—to work together while keeping everyone happy.” —Theresa Jackson, Mahwah resident and travel advisor for Enlightened Journeys Travel, Allendale

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Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat...

Cost: One time introductory pricing of $450

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
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In celebration of the University Galleries’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition commemorates Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who was perhaps the most important social-realist artist to have emerged in...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Marybeth Zeman
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Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting,...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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The exhibition, Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, is organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Chinese Art at William...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Start off the holiday season at Historic New Bridge Landing as the Bergen County Historical Society celebrates Sinterklaas Day. All three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses will be open...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Historic New Bridge Landing
1201 Main Street
River Edge, NJ  07661
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Sponsor: Bergen County Historical Society
Telephone: 201-343-9492
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The Woman’s Club of Rutherford invites you to our perennially popular Holiday in Rutherford Afternoon Tea Fundraiser on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 2-5 pm at 201 Fairview Avenue.   Enjoy the...

Cost: $30

Where:
Woman's Club of Rutherford
201 Fairview Avenue
Rutherford, NJ  07070
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Sponsor: Woman's Club of Rutherford
Telephone: 201-893-6866
Contact Name: Sue
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Tom Yurasits uses his more than twenty years of experience to amaze and amuse you, using Magic, Music, Mind Reading, Comedy, Illusions and Audience Participation. Watch Tom and his lovely...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mahwah Public Library
100 Ridge Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Mahwah Public Library
Telephone: 201-529-7323
Contact Name: Mahwah Public Library
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Celebrate the holidays with “This Wonderful Life” –  Live on stage this Sunday only in Fair Lawn   A charming stage adaptation of the Frank Capra holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful...

Cost: $20-$29

Where:
George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation
10-10 20th Street
Fair Lawn, NJ  07410
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Sponsor: Skyline Theatre Company
Telephone: 800-474-1299
Contact Name: Sam Scalamoni
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The New Jersey Wind Symphony (NJWS) under the direction of Dr. Christian Wilhjelm continues their 37th season on Sunday, December 8th with a concert featuring the trademark sound of the NJWS and...

Cost: $7 Students/$15 Seniors/$20 Adults

Where:
West Side Presbyterian Church
6 S Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ  07450
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Sponsor: New Jersey Wind Symphony
Telephone: 201.493.9030
Contact Name: Beth Seavers
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Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat...

Cost: One time introductory pricing of $450

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
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In celebration of the University Galleries’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition commemorates Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who was perhaps the most important social-realist artist to have emerged in...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Marybeth Zeman
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Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting,...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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The exhibition, Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, is organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Chinese Art at William...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Join us for partially guided meditations every Monday afternoon from 1:10-1:45pm. Learn to mediate or expand your current practice. Come experience the benefits of meditation and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Krame Center
Telephone: 201-684-6855
Contact Name: Vijosa Hoxha
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Features all student performers.

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Shea Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat...

Cost: One time introductory pricing of $450

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
Website »

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In celebration of the University Galleries’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition commemorates Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who was perhaps the most important social-realist artist to have emerged in...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Marybeth Zeman
Website »

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Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
Website »

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Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting,...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
Website »

More information

The exhibition, Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, is organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Chinese Art at William...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Local artist Laura Bowman will be performing at the new David Burke Orange Lawn on December 10th from 6-9 pm in South Orange, New Jersey.    Chef David Burke has introduced a new, casual,...

Cost: $10 annual dining club enrollment fee

Where:
David Burke Orange Lawn
305 N Ridgewood Rd
South Orange, NJ  07079
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Celebrate the joyous holidays as the New Jersey Choral Society presents “Season of Light,” a concert of festive music, traditional carols and poetry inspired by the season.  This concert will...

Cost: $30 - adults and $25 - seniors & students

Where:
West Side Presbyterian Church
6 South Monroe St.
Ridgewood, NJ  07451
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Sponsor: New Jersey Choral Society
Telephone: 201-379-7719
Contact Name: Virginia Lincoln
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Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat...

Cost: One time introductory pricing of $450

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
View map »


Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
Website »

More information

In celebration of the University Galleries’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition commemorates Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who was perhaps the most important social-realist artist to have emerged in...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
View map »


Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Marybeth Zeman
Website »

More information

The exhibition, Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, is organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Chinese Art at William...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
View map »


Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
Website »

More information

Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting,...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
Website »

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Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Ben Shahn Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Jump start your kids’ Christmas celebration during the first Stew’s Treetacular at the new Stew Leonard's Paramus.   Children aged 12 and under  are invited to visit Christmas trees set up...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stew Leonard's
700 Paramus Park
Paramus, NJ  07652
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Sponsor: Stew Leonard's
Telephone: 201-649-0888
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Jump start your kids’ Christmas celebration during the first Stew’s Treetacular at the new Stew Leonard's Paramus.   Children aged 12 and under  are invited to visit Christmas trees set up...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stew Leonard's
700 Paramus Park
Paramus, NJ  07652
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Sponsor: Stew Leonard's
Telephone: 201-649-0888
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Join us for partially guided meditations on Wednesday evenings. Learn to mediate or expand your current practice. Come experience the benefits of meditation and practice in community....

Cost: Free

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Krame Center
Telephone: 201-684-6855
Contact Name: Vijosa Hoxha
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Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat...

Cost: One time introductory pricing of $450

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
View map »


Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
Website »

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Join us for partially guided meditations every Monday afternoon from 1:10-1:45pm. Learn to mediate or expand your current practice. Come experience the benefits of meditation and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
View map »


Sponsor: Krame Center
Telephone: 201-684-6855
Contact Name: Vijosa Hoxha
Website »

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The BergenStages theatre troupe presents its second production of the season, “Much Ado About Nothing,” a comedy written by William Shakespeare opening on Friday, December 6 at 7:30...

Cost: $15 with discounts offered to senior citizens, faculty, staff, and students

Where:
Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ  07652
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Telephone: 201-447-7428
Contact Name: Ticket Box Office
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WP's music program presents Concert Band.

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Shea Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat...

Cost: One time introductory pricing of $450

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
View map »


Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
Website »

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‘Tis the season of giving and gathering and City Place in Edgewater is the Gold Coast’s one-stop shopping and dining destination this holiday season and beyond. Join its retailers and eateries...

Cost: Free

Where:
City Place
225 River Road
Edgewater, NJ  07020
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Telephone: 212-993-5815
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Sketches are written and performed by WP students in a fun-filled evening of laughter. If you like Saturday Night Live, then this is the show for you!  For information contact WP...

Cost: Free

Where:
William Paterson University Hamilton Hall
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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The BergenStages theatre troupe presents its second production of the season, “Much Ado About Nothing,” a comedy written by William Shakespeare opening on Friday, December 6 at 7:30...

Cost: $15 with discounts offered to senior citizens, faculty, staff, and students

Where:
Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ  07652
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Telephone: 201-447-7428
Contact Name: Ticket Box Office
Website »

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Research is showing that self-compassion is correlated with greater happiness and wellbeing, decreased anxiety and depression, as well as healthier lifestyle habits. Participants learn how to treat...

Cost: One time introductory pricing of $450

Where:
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Krame Center for Mindful Living
Telephone: 201-684-6855
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TIS THE SEASON TO SHOP! HCA Christmas Craft & Vendor Expo Find Last-minute Holiday Gifts! Come see a wide variety of hand-crafted items, Clothing, accessories, toys, books, home decor, and so much...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hawthorne Christian Academy
2000 State Route 208
Hawthorne, NJ  07506
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Contact Name: Tina Tatum

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Creating with Clay is a therapeutic pottery program where participants use their creative mind while working their body, to create a beautiful piece of pottery. Upon completion of the class,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bogota Public Library
375 Larch Avenue
Bogota, NJ  07603
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Telephone: 201-488-7185
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‘Tis the season of giving and gathering and City Place in Edgewater is the Gold Coast’s one-stop shopping and dining destination this holiday season and beyond. Join its retailers and eateries...

Cost: Free

Where:
City Place
225 River Road
Edgewater, NJ  07020
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Telephone: 212-993-5815
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Tis the season for hilarity! When the tour guides for Worldwide Tours get separated at holiday time, a worldwide adventure awaits. As they travel around the world in search of each other, these...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
William Paterson University Shea Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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If the hustle and bustle, the tinsel and glitter of a 21st century Christmas makes you long for a simpler day, then join the Bergen County Historical Society for their 36th Annual Colonial...

Cost: $34 non-members, $27 BCHS members. Tavern fare is an additional cost

Where:
Historic New Bridge Landing
1201 Main Street
River Edge, NJ  07661
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Sponsor: Bergen County Historical Society
Telephone: 201-343-9492
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Share in the laughter as William Paterson students from the introduction stand-up class take their final exam by performing live at one of New York City’s premier comedy clubs! Please call...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gotham Comedy Club
208 W 23rd St
New York, NY  10011
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 212-367-9000
Contact Name: Mary Beth Zeman
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We are very excited to showcase our students at our First Annual Holiday Solo Show. Our students and staff have been working hard to put together an amazing show for you.

Cost: $15 to $35

Where:
Northern Valley Regional High School
150 Knickerbocker Road
Demarest, NJ  07627
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Sponsor: EMG Dance Studios
Telephone: 201-660-8484
Contact Name: Patricia Mui
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The BergenStages theatre troupe presents its second production of the season, “Much Ado About Nothing,” a comedy written by William Shakespeare opening on Friday, December 6 at 7:30...

Cost: $15 with discounts offered to senior citizens, faculty, staff, and students

Where:
Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ  07652
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Telephone: 201-447-7428
Contact Name: Ticket Box Office
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Scot Bruce, recognized as the country’s preeminent Elvis performer, and his amazing rockin’ band, meticulously and respectfully recreate the high-energy musical and visual excitement of...

Cost: $30-$35

Where:
William Paterson University Shea Center
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
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Sponsor: William Paterson University
Telephone: 973-720-2371
Contact Name: Phillip Sprayberry
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