With December just a day away, River Dell is already getting ready for the holidays and a myriad of monthly activities to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in town.
The River Edge Recreation Commission will host a Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 1, 4pm at Borough Hall. Following Hurricane Sandy, the annual event was moved from Veteran's Memorial Park to Borough Hall. In case of inclement weather, the tree lighting will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 4pm.
Residents of all ages are asked to gather in front of the Library at 3:45pm and walk and sing carols together down Tenney Avenue to the Borough Hall. Leading the way will be Girl Scouts and special holiday guests. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served in the Fire House along with the opportunity to visit with special holiday guests.
Oradell's Tree Lighting event will continue to be held in Schirra Park as a new tree is being planted over the weekend. The former evergreen that was located in the park was removed after discovering it was diseased. Santa Claus will hitch a ride from the North Pole to Oradell on a borough fire truck and will be joined by several surprise guests. This year's tree lighting is scheduled for Dec. 7, 7:30pm.
Musician and funnyman Matty Roxx arrives at Temple Avodat Shalom on Dec. 9, the second night of Hanukkah for "Hot Hot Hanukkah" with activities for children age 2-5 at 12pm and the concert following at 1pm.
Hot Hot Hanukkah is a 45-minute music filled celebration featuring a mix of classic and silly Hanukkah songs. Along wih live music and instruments, there will be bubbles, crafts and snacks available.
Both the River Edge PBA 201 and Pascack Valley PBA 206 will once again be collecting new unwrapped toys this holiday season. The toys, which will be collected at each police station through Dec. 17 will be donated to military families, Hurricane Sandy victims and underpriviledged youth.
Oradell resident Heather Corrigan is hosting a Holiday Ball on Dec. 1, 7:30 to 11:30pm at the Oradell Veteran's/Senior Building with all proceeds from ticket sales and rafflers to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $35 pe person and include drinks, food, dancing all night to a live DJ and raffle tickets. Contact Corrigan at 917-440-3767 for more information.
Ballet Arts will present its winter favorite "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 14, 7:30pm and Dec. 15, 2pm at River Dell Middle School. Ryan Rankin returns from Australia to once again dance the role of the Prince while Maddie Ricca of Oradell and Chiara Ferrari Wong of Westwood will split the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door) and can be reserved by calling (201) 265-8740.
"Kids Christmas NJ" returns on Saturday, Dec. 15, 8pm to 12am at the Blauvelt Mansion. All proceeds from the event will benefit local families suffering from Hurricane Sandy. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by mailing a $65 check, payable to"Kids Christmas NJ" to PO Box 35, Oradell, NJ or $70 payable at the door. Ticket prices include food, dancing and cocktails. A 50/50 raffler will also be held. Gift cards to local food stores are also being collected to share with the Bergen County Center for Food Action.
Santa Sunday returns to Oradell on Dec. 23, 12:30pm as Santa Claus and the Oradell Fire Department travel throughout the borough handing out candy canes to children and collecting used coats for the homeless.
Know of a holiday event in River Dell we missed? Let us know in the comments.