German Christmas Market And More Area Holiday Events This Weekend

Dated: 11/30/2018

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Bigger and better, the 2018 Weihnachtsmarkt: 17th Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market hits Sparta this weekend, and Team Nest Builder has the scoop you need to know.  Want to have holiday fun this weekend but avoid those crowds? Team Nest Builder has you covered there, too!  Read on for lots of local holiday fun happening this weekend!

Check out all the area has to offer for holiday fun this weekend!

2018 Weihnachtsmarkt: 17th Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market

Lake Mohawk Country Club, 21 Lake Mohawk Country Club Boardwalk, Sparta

Ranked as “One of the Top Ten Things to Do in December in the State”, this market offers 150 vendors selling beautifully-crafted and unique gifts; delicious food & drink; live entertainment (from folk dancers to carolers to chainsaw wood carving); a pony ride & petting zoo; and, of course, St. Nicholas himself! Booths fill the Lake Mohawk Country Club  as well as Train Creative (the renovated Sparta Train Station at 30 Station Road) , and authentic wooden vendor huts line the boardwalk in front of beautiful Lake Mohawk.

Entry to the Market is FREE (although the mission is to raise funds for local charities so you’re encouraged to make a donation.) The Market opens to the public on Saturday, December 1st from 10AM to 9PM, and Sunday, December 2nd from 10AM to 5PM. (St. Nicholas appears from noon to 3PM both days.)

The 30,000 visitors make parking spaces rare, so Team Nest Builder recommends you take advantage of the FREE Park & Ride service, available from Sparta Middle School, 350 Main St.;  and the Sparta High School (70 West Mountain Rd) from 9:30AM-close both days. Due to the large crowds, pets other than service dogs not allowed.  For more information, please visit

Stanhope Tree Lighting

Borough Hall, 77 Main Street, Stanhope

Stanhope holds its tree lighting at 5:30PM, Saturday, December 1st, complete with Santa (who'll pose for photos), and a post-lighting dance party!

Walkill Refuge Winter Fest

Walkill River National Wildlife Refuge, 136 Owens Station Road, Vernon

Head to the Winter Fest from 1PM-4PM on Sunday, December 2nd where everyone can partake in marshmallow toasting and hot chocolate, adults can make an evergreen swag (suggested donation of $5.), and kids can enjoy other crafts and stories.  For more info, call the refuge at 973-702-7266.

Holiday Festival and Santa Visit

Pavilion at Station Park, 50 Station Road, Sparta

Join in the fun from 1PM-3PM, Sunday, December 2nd!  Take pictures with Santa, visit a game booth, write a letter to Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn, listen to live caroling and take in the display of emergency vehicles.  Cost for admission: a small unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item.

13th Annual Christmas in the Village

Various Locations, Jefferson

This huge holiday event takes place Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd and includes arts, crafts, vendors, live entertainment, museum tours, refreshments and a family gingerbread house contest. Free parking at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church (153 Milton Road), Milton United Methodist Church (316 Dover-Milton Rd), and Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1 (162 Milton Rd).  For specific event/activity times and locations, visit

Hopatcong Christmas Tree Lighting

Borough Hall, 111 River Styx Road, Hopatcong

Head to Hopatcong Sunday, December 2nd for a 6:30PM tree lighting, followed by Santa’s arrival.  The Hopatcong High School holiday ensemble performs at the Hopatcong Firehouse #3 where you’ll find free hot chocolate and cookies.

Rutherfurd Hall Holiday Events

Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 Allamuchy

Celebrate the Holidays at Rutherfurd Hall starting at Noon on December 1st. Visit the historical mansion while it is decorated for the holidays, enjoy family photo ops with Santa, music, holiday crafts and much more. On Sunday, December 2nd, high school a cappella groups perform at 1PM.  Both events are FREE (but donations are gladly accepted). For more info, visit

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show

Frelinghuysen Arboretum 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township

Beginning Friday, November 30th, Frelinghuysen Arboretum opens its doors to the 27th annual Gingerbread Wonderland Exhibit. Marvel at the creativity, skill and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming and ecumenical exhibit of hundreds of edible structures.  Visitors can vote for their favorites. The exhibition will be open from 10AM- 4:30PM daily (Fridays until 7:30PM) through Sunday December 9th. On December 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th from 10AM-4:30PM, visit the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show. This “handmade only” show features local crafters offering beautiful, affordable and completely hand- made gifts perfect for yourself or that special person on your list.  Cost for admission to both Wonderland and Show: $2. For more info, visit

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