6 Bergen Events To Kick Off The Holidays

We’re already looking ahead to Hanukkah and Christmas! These festive end-of-November events will start the season off right.
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Thanksgiving is great, but if we’re being honest, November is really about one thing—the countdown to the December holidays. And it seems like most of our community feels the same way, as there are already quite a few Hanukkah and Christmas events on the books for the last few days of November. It makes perfect sense for the Festival of Lights, because it begins earlier than usual this year—the first of eight nights is on Sunday, Nov. 28.

Check out the half-dozen FREE Bergen County events below to help you kick off the holiday season, from menorah lightings to Santa spottings and more.

  • Friday, Nov. 19. Help Westfield Garden State Plaza light up Big Santa who sits perched atop the mall at the 4th Annual Big Santa Lighting Event in Paramus. There will be food trucks, live performances, giveaways, music and more. Event runs from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 27. The Wallington Fire Department’s annual holiday parade was on hiatus last year, but it’s back and better than ever for 2021. Lit up floats and more than 250 decorated fire trucks from the tri-state area will weave through the streets of Wallington to spread holiday cheer. Parade starts at 6 p.m. at Centennial Field.
  • Sunday, Nov. 28. The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce hosts a community-wide menorah lighting at Memorial Park in Van Neste Square off of East Ridgewood Avenue. Event starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 29. On the second night of Hanukkah, the Glen Rock community gives to you…a candle-lighting celebration at Kilroy’s Wonder Market on Rock Road. One family favorite highlight is the 50-foot gelt drop, where the yummy coins will be dropped from the bucket of a tree truck. Event starts at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 29. Enjoy another menorah lighting one town over at Fair Lawn Borough Hall. Mayor Kurt Peluso will do the candle lighting honors, plus all attendees will enjoy chocolate gelt, jelly donuts, hot chocolate, music and more. Event starts at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30. The Grand Floral Menorah will light up the night at Closter’s menorah lighting at Borough Hall. Other highlights of the evening include donuts and latkes, hot drinks, dancing and gifts for the little ones. Event starts at 6 p.m.
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