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    A Happening Newark Holiday

    Holiday Traditions in Newark

    Another year is coming swiftly to a close, but winter fun is just heating up! During the holiday season in Newark, there are plenty of opportunities to hit the town and enjoy our history-rich city. Whether you want to take in a sparkling Christmas display, shop a festive holiday market or see a moving concert in a gorgeous cathedral, Newark has plenty of experiences that could turn into your family’s holiday tradition for years to come. 

    Ready to see why the holidays are a great time to fall in love with Newark? Check out your Glambassador’s Guide to Newark’s Annual Holiday Attractions and get ready for an unforgettable holiday season.

    The Christmas Tree at Championship Plaza

    The official start of the holiday season in Newark is marked each year by Newark Downtown District’s (“NDD”) Holiday Tree Lighting in Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza. In partnership with the New Jersey Devils, each year NDD adds a ton of sparkle to downtown Newark by lighting a forty-foot holiday tree in the plaza outside of Newark’s arena, “The Rock.” Make sure to visit the tree for a cute photo op with friends and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

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    The Nutcracker at NJPAC

    A perennial holiday favorite, The Nutcracker ballet at NJPAC is a must-see production for the whole family. Featuring 65 amazing dancers from the State Ballet Theatre of Russia, you’ll be enchanted by the gorgeous sets and costumes that add to this treasured holiday story. Don’t miss the December 16th performance full of authentic Russian choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s well-known score.

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    The Christmas Carol Sing at Cathedral Basilica

    Head to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark’s most breathtaking sacred structure, to experience the glory and the grandeur of the annual Christmas Carol Sing. A must-see concert experience, it features classical Christmas music sung by a world-class choir with organ and percussion accompaniment. An intimate candlelit ambiance and seasonal décor add to ambiance of the Cathedral, that is also home to the largest stained-glass window in the world.

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    Ballantine House Holiday Tour

    Get a taste of how Christmas was celebrated in late Victorian Newark at the Newark Museum’s historic Ballantine House during the holidays. Each year, the Ballantine House turns into a replica of a traditional home at Christmastime, with touches of English, German and Dutch traditions during Feasting with Family & Friends: Christmas in the Ballantine House. Visit this historically-accurate installation (on the National Register of Historic Places) to take a step back in time. 

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    Kwanzaa Festival and Marketplace

    Take a little time out to celebrate the culture of the African diaspora during NJPAC’s annual Kwanzaa Festival and Marketplace. This free festival features an artisan village, live music and cultural dance, making it the perfect outing for the entire family. As an added bonus, you can experience NJPAC’s state of the art amenities while you explore the roots and rhythms of African tradition. Happy Holidays!

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    Lauren Craig, also known as InaWordFab, is the Glambassador of all things fashion, art and entertainment in Newark. When she isn't busy practicing law or watching reality television, Lauren is devoted to inspiring others to live their most fab and fulfilling life...and world peace. Visit inawordfab.com for more and be sure to follow her life in the fab lane @inawordfab on Twitter and Instagram.