On Thursday nights in December holiday lights, horse drawn carriages, vintage fire truck rides, visits from Santa and the famed "Paw Patrol" and live music will take center stage in Flemington. "Thursday Night Holiday Lights" a program sponsored by Flemington Community Partnership (FCP) with help from dozens of community volunteers and organizations, will make the historic area glow with the holiday spirit.
"Historic Flemington will be the place to be on Thursday nights in December for family fun, a night on the town with friends, and discovering fabulous finds in one of our many unique shops" said Ann Meredith, director of FCP. "Our business community and volunteers are working together like Santa's elves to create magical holiday memories while enjoying some of the best shopping, dining, and holiday fun the region has to offer."
Flemington's Thursday Night Holiday Lights will be held December 7, 14, and 21 from 6 - 8 p.m. on Historic Flemington's Main Street, Mine Street, Stangl Road, and Turntable Junction.
Historic Flemington will be bedecked with beautiful decorations and aglow with holiday lighting and hundreds of luminaria that will line the streets of one of New Jersey's most quaint Victorian-era towns. Dozens of shops, many competing in a borough-wide holiday window decorating contest, are also rolling out the red and green carpet for visitors and shoppers to enjoy.
There will be free horse-drawn carriage rides, antique fire truck rides, visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Paw Patrol. The Hunterdon Harmonizers, St. Magdalene's Roman Catholic Church Hispanic Ministries musicians, and performers from the Salvation Army will be among the groups delighting visitors with the sounds of the season on the Historic Courthouse steps. The Flemington United Methodist Church will hold a live nativity scene. There will be crafts and games as well - from writing down a wish to include on the community Wishing Tree, to ornament-making, a menorah lighting, and dreidel playing.
Many businesses throughout Flemington are extending shopping hours to 8 p.m. and offering an array of activities, special discounts, and treats for shoppers. Below is a snapshot of the fun that Flemington has in store for Thursday Night Holiday Lights. All activities are from 6 to 8 p.m., and free unless otherwise noted.
Flemington United Methodist Church – December 14 – Living Nativity with animals, wise men, shepherds, and angels looking on at a baby Jesus
Horse and Carriage Rides: Down Main Street, Stangl Road, and Turntable Junction
Vintage Fire Truck Rides by the Flemington Fire Department - 6 to 8 p.m. Down Main Street, Stangl Road and Turntable Junction
Photos with Santa Claus: Photos - 6 to 8 p.m. - Dec. 7 at Black Lab Studios; Dec. 14 in The Kiln at Factory Fuel/Stangl; Dec. 21 - Photos with Pets: Barkley's Gourmet Marketplace
Meet Skye and Chase of the Famed Paw Patrol:Main Street - December 7; Stangl Road and Turntable Junction - December 14; Main Street - December 21
Music Performances and Sing-a-longs on the Courthouse StepsPerformances by The Hunterdon Harmonizers, St. Magdalene's Roman Catholic Church Hispanic Ministries musician, and performers from the Salvation Army
The Community Wishing Tree - Historic Courthouse:Create your own "wish" for our community tree; ornaments and markers provided
Menorah Lighting, Dreidel Making, Gelt and Games - December 14 - Flemington DIY Center (first 70 children)
Mrs. Claus: Reading holiday stories to children - 6 to 8 p.m. - December 7 - In the Kiln, Factory Fuel/Stangl
The Doric House: December 14: Hunterdon County Historical Society's Doric House will be open for visitors to view their collections and holiday decorations
Flemington Free Public Library: Dec. 7 - Story Time in Spanish at 7 p.m.; Dec. 14 - make a repurposed craft for the holidays; Dec 21 - making holiday bookmarks
Special Merchant Offerings and Events
39 Mine - Champagne spritzers, free gifts with purchase of special sale items
Attachments - Pick a gift from Santa's grab bag with any purchase and sweet treats
Barkley's Gourmet Marketplace: Dec. 7: Pet photos with Santa
Black Lab Imaging - Dec. 7, photos with Santa in conjunction with Kries Jewelers (next door) - free hot cocoa, apple cider, and cookies. Discounts available for the following Dec. 7, 14 and 21: 30% off traditional photo greeting cards; 30% off in-stock frames; 25% off shoebox print scanning - 100 prints scanned for $21.75 (sale price); 4x6 digital prints only 15 cents each; 30% off photography classes
Camp Flemington Antiques - 15% off all regular priced items
CHIRP Marketplace - Offering "Make a Reindeer" for kids-$12 per reindeer; ornament making; free North Pole Mailbox all season long
Echelon Studio - Dec. 7 hair braiding; Dec 14 - photo ops and goodie bags; Dec 21 temporary tattoos and nail art
Jersey Community Acupuncture - Dec. 7-like them on Facebook and pick up your free first acupuncture gift card; Dec 14: $75 gift card for $60; Dec. 21: 20% off eco-friendly and locally made gifts
Kries Jewelers - Dec. 7, photos with Santa in conjunction with Black Lab Imaging (next door) - free hot cocoa, apple cider, and cookies. Discounts available for the following Dec. 7, 14 and 21: Buy a $100 gift certificate for $70; Free watch engraving with watch purchase; 20% off all in-stock watches
Lone Eagle Brewing - Free hot chocolate for kids
N'Joy Yourself - Free goat's milk soap sample with purchase; free hot cider and cookies
Sage - Holiday ornament making for children and sweet treats
Skis & Tours - Free hot cocoa and candy canes
Teaberry's Boutique - 10% off purchases
Twice Told Tales - 10% off purchases
Spotlight Music - Buy four music lessons get the fifth free.
Ye Old Antique and Curiosity Shop: Free popcorn and popcorn stringing for kids More activities and events will be added to this lineup.
For additional information and updates, visit www.exploreflemington.com.
The Flemington Community Partnership, a non-profit corporation, is dedicated to creating a thriving business community for all to enjoy.