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13 Things to Look Forward to in Hoboken in December

The last month of the year is here. December in Hoboken is filled with holiday cheer, wintry vibes and lots to do, despite the dropping temps. Mark your calendar for all of these upcoming events.

1. WFH Days

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If we learned anything from the early November snow storm, it’s that when there’s the slightest forecast for snow, you should always work from home. Holding conference calls from the couch while in your pajamas is a winter wish come true.


2. Holiday Craft Fair, Dec 1 & 2

Holiday Craft Fair

Shop local crafts and decor at Hoboken’s Holiday Craft Fair from 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday at City Hall.


3. Menorah Lighting, Dec 2


Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 2nd and ends December 10. Celebrate the holiday at the menorah lighting at City Hall starting at 5pm. Enjoy latkas, gelt, music and dancing.


4. Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec 4

Christmas Tree Lighting

Join Elvis the Elf in front of City Hall at 5pm on December 4th for the Christmas Tree Lighting to welcome the holiday season to Hoboken.


5. Winter Cocktail Menus

Winston winter cocktail
The tastes and smells of winter are some of the best: cinnamon, nutmeg, eggnog, cranberry, caramel, rosemary, and citrus. Your cocktails get an extra oomph of warm and cozy this month. For your fix, head to The Winston, Antique Bar & Bakery, City Bistro and Urban Coalhouse for their take on seasonal drinks.


6. SantaCon, Dec 15 

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Santas descend on Hoboken on December 15th this year. Head here for more information and tickets if you and your crew plan on donning your Santa suits this year.


7. Christmas Shopping Done Locally

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Hoboken is full of boutiques, specialty stores and unique vendors to appeal to everyone on your holiday shopping list. Skip Amazon this year and take a stroll around town to get your holiday shopping done while also supporting local businesses.


8. Jingle Bell 5k, Dec 15

Jingle Bell 5k

Fight off the holiday pounds by participating in the Jingle Bell 5k. Wear holiday costumes or tie jingle bells on your running shoes to get into the holiday spirit. New unwrapped toys will be collected on behalf of The Hoboken Rotary and donated to children in The Hoboken Boys and Girls Club. Sign up here.


9. Hoboken Girl Holiday Market, Dec 17

Hoboken Girl Holiday Market 2018

Get your gifting on at the Hoboken Girl Holiday Market, taking place at Birch from 6-10pm. Over 20 local vendors and boutiques will be present with unique gifts for everyone on your list. Learn more and get tickets here. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Hoboken’s Volunteer Ambulance Core.


10. HHH December Happy Hour, Dec 19

Winston Wonderland

Lock in your FREE RSVP and join us for our December happy hour and experience The Winston Wonderland holiday display. Drink cocktails from Christmas ornaments, and imbibe on the flavors of rosemary, cranberry, and egg nog.


11. The Shortest Day of the Year, Dec 21

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We all hate that it’s been getting darker earlier and earlier ever since Daylight Savings, but after December 21 that begins to change. It’s a slow march back to 8pm summer sunsets, but it’s something to look forwad to. On the 21st, the sun will rise at 6:49pm and set at 4:33pm. I think that calls for wine and takeout.


12. Christmas Day, Dec 25

Christmas Tree

Enjoy time with your friends and family on this joyous day. Hopefully Santa will be good to you!

13. New Years Eve, Dec 31

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Hoboken has a lot to offer on New Years Eve. Keep and eye out for our ultimate guide detailing specials, pricing and deals so you can ring in the new year right!

Written by Cat Shaw

Cat is a New Jersey native and super proud of it. Her love of Hoboken becomes apparent when anyone from across the Hudson tries to degrade the beloved Mile Square. When not out of town for her 9 to 5 travel industry gig, she can be found in downward dog at Asana Soul Practice, drinking a sour at Cork City, reading at Pier A, or—let’s be honest—devouring a Luca Brasi chicken parm sandwich while binge-watching Netflix.