Events November 22, 2017

Nov 11 - Dec 17, 2017
Experience Historic Chester this Holiday Season!
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Location: Throughout Chester, NJ

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a Historic Chester Experience you will never forget!

Exciting holiday events, in-store events, holiday sales, and complimentary holiday treats will be offered at various merchant locations to enchant even the Grinchiest of bargain hunters.

Shop Small Business-Shop Chester 
and You could WIN during our 12 Days of Giveaways!

Every weekend from November 11th to December 17th, special "holiday helpers" will be strolling throughout Chester randomly giving away HCBA member-affiliated gift certificates and other prizes to unsuspecting shoppers. :)

No purchase necessary. CLICK HERE TO SEE CURRENT WINNERS!

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Events after November 22, 2017

Nov 24 - Dec 24, 2017
Country Christmas With Santa at Alstede Farms
11:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Santa will be touching down here at Alstede Farms just in time for the perfect family portrait. He'll be checking his list while you happily check off your Christmas card photo opportunity from your list. Stop by his Country Christmas Corner to say hello and treat yourself to some warm cider or a seasonal ice cream while on the farm. Santa will be here on Friday 11/24, 11/25, 11/26 and every Sat. & Sun. until 12/24.

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Nov 25, 2017
*Official* Shop Small Business (Shop Chester) Saturday!
All Day!
Location: All Throughout Chester, NJ

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.

Amex has just announced the date of its annual post-Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday, which will be on November 25th this year.

The first Small Business Saturday took place in 2010, and since then, the day has joined the consumer-driven craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Instead of hitting up the big chain stores and online retailers, Amex's promotion drives business to mom-and-pop shops (including many restaurants) that help fuel local economies.

Last year, over 112 million people* came together to Shop Small® in their communities on Small Business Saturday®.

For details on enrollment for the American Express Statement Credit Cardmember Offer, please call Shop Small at 1-800-235-8916, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm EST.

Be sure to Shop Small Business - Shop Chester!!

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Nov 25, 2017
Drop-in Art and Minecraft at The Hive
2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: The Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206, Chester NJ

Are you wondering how you are going to get all of your shopping and last minute errands done in a day? Drop your child off at the Hive located at the Chester Springs Shopping Center (next to Shop-Rite) for our Saturdays Drop 'n Shop program! Let the children have fun at the Hive while you get your errands done efficiently. We offer: Drop In Art (ages 4-12) Drop In Minecraft (ages 6-12) Cost: $5 per hour per child online ($8 at door); $10 per 2 hours online ($15 at door) Questions? Contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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Nov 25, 2017
Art of Dance - Small Business Saturday
9am - 4pm
Location: The Essential Dance Shop, 15 Seminary Ave. Chester NJ

The Art of Dance, Chester NJ, knows that there is so much to be grateful for this time of year. For over 20 years their "Holiday" Travel Troupe has performed in several local nursing homes throughout Chester, Mendham, Long Valley and Hackettstown during the holiday season. The troupe consists of Art of Dance dancers ages five and up, who come together to sing, dance and entertain with the purpose of wanting to bring joy to others and give back to their local communities.

This is a great way to teach their young dancers the value of community, giving back and the joy of making the holiday season a bit brighter for others. These young dancers meet on Friday afternoons for 5 weeks to create a holiday show through dance and song. Many of the elderly they visit are unable to leave their communities for the holidays, so this performance is one that they look forward to every year! The joy on the faces of the audience and the dancers is priceless!

The Essential Dance Shop (a dance & active-wear boutique adjacent to the Art of Dance), will be uniting their community by being Neighborhood Champions for Small Business Saturday, November 25th from 9am - 4pm. Come shop this fun, fully stocked boutique for holiday gift giving with the hottest styles in dance and activewear and gift items for everyone on your list. With 20-50% off storewide, discounts through Facebook and extra “Spin The Wheel” giveaways at the register, they are sure to make a big impact for a small local business. They invite you to stop by and enjoy sips, snacks and prizes and to kick start your holiday shopping.

Gift certificates for the Art of Dance studio and Essential Dance Shop store are also available as wonderful gift ideas! Small businesses all across New Jersey help ensure local economies stay strong and vibrant.

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Dec 1 - 16, 2017
SOC "Elf on the Shelf" Photo Scavenger Hunt & Holiday
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Location: The Streets of Chester Shopping Center, 270 Route 206 South, Chester, NJ

Beginning December 2nd through December 16th, mischievious holiday fun is in full swing at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center (SOC).

*THE ELF ON THE SHELF PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT CONTEST*

Participating stores at The SOC will display an "Elf on the Shelf" toy for shoppers to HUNT, SNAP, & POST on the SOC's Facebook and Instagram pages. (All posts must include the hashtag: #SOCElf). THE TOP POST WITH THE MOST LIKES EACH WEEK WINS A $200 HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE TO THE SOC. Contest rules listed below.

Participating stores include: Charming Charlie, Corbo Jewelers, Country Curtains, Dean's Natural Food Market, Fast Frame, Gap, Gymboree, J. Jill, Justice, Olympia Sports, Papyrus, Plow and Hearth, Talbots, and Woof Gang Bakery and Pet Grooming.

In addition, the following amazingly talented holiday entertainers will be strolling throughout the SOC stores during the month of December:

*Manhattan Holiday Dickens Carolers (Sundays, December 3rd and 10th from 12:30pm-4:30pm)
*Visit from Father Christmas (Saturday, December 2nd and 16th from 12:00pm-4:00pm)
*S.C.3. DJ Outdoor Entertainment (Saturday, December 2nd, 16th and Sun. Dec. 17th from 12:00pm-4:00pm)
and a *Visit from Santa's Head Elf (Sat. December 2nd from 11:00am-3:00pm, with balloons for the kids)

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Entering the SOC Elf on the Shelf Contest is as easy as 1-2-3!

1) Post a photo of the Elf on the Shelf at participating The Streets of Chester Shopping Center stores on the official SOC Facebook and Instagram pages during the dates of December 2-16.

Week 1: Saturday, December 2 - Saturday, December 9
Week 2: Sunday, December 10 - Saturday, December 16

(Contest runs from 12:00 a.m on the start day to 11:59 p.m. on the final day of each contest week)
- For Facebook: Post directly to the SOC Page Feed.
- For Instagram: Tag The SOC Instagram Account @streetsofchestershoppingcenter

2) Include the contest hashtag #SOCElf on your submission and indicate in which store you found the elf. In addition, be sure to share or repost the official contest announcement on your own Facebook or Instagram accounts.

3) The photo with the most "LIKES" by 11:59 P.m. EST on the last day of each contest week will be our Grand Prize SHOPPING SPREE WINNER!

*To be eligible to win, all entries must "LIKE" or "FOLLOW" The Streets of Chester Shopping Center's Social Media Accounts. Likes must be authentic and not purchased through a third-party vendor. CONTEST RULES are posted on the SOC Facebook page: See left hand side panel under "Home, About, Notes"...select the "Elf on the Shelf" page.

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Dec 2, 2017
Pet Photos with Santa Paws at Woof Gang Bakery & Pet Groomin
1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Woof Gang Bakery & Pet Grooming, The Streets of Chester Shopping Center, 270 Route 2076 South, Chester, NJ 07930

Look Who's Coming To Town! And just in time for your Holiday Greeting Cards. Bring the Fur Kids and the Family...It's sure to be a fun filled day as we support our Partner - Eleventh Hour Rescue!

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Dec 3, 2017
30th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Chester
Starts at 5:00 pm
Location: Gazebo / Municipal Field on Main Street in Chester, NJ

The 30th Annual Tree Lighting and Visit with Santa will take place on Sunday Dec. 3rd at the Gazebo on Main Street in Chester.

The tree lighting marks the official start of the holiday season in Chester. Musical Entertainment will be provided by the West Morris Mendham HS Saxophone Quartet, Brass Choir,​ and chorus beginning at 5:00pm.

Santa arrives via firetruck courtesy of the Chester Volunteer Fire Company at approximately 5:20pm. Children are invited for individual visits with Santa to share their holiday wish lists. All from the community are welcome to join us for this free event.

These activities are sponsored by Chester Recreation with gratitude to the Chester Garden Club for running the event for 25 years. This is an evening of fun for all ages, not just those with little ones! Please come out and join your neighbors for a special way to start the holiday season. For more information please contact recreation@chesterborough.org

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Dec 3, 2017
Breakfast With Santa at Alstede Farms
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Come out for a festive breakfast and visit with Santa Claus to celebrate the start of the most joyous season. You will be greeted with hot apple cider at check in and then have a choice to ride the wagon to harvest hall or opt for the heated shuttle bus if more your speed. Event includes all-you-can-eat breakfast and a visit with Santa for your perfect photo opportunity (bring your camera!)

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Dec 5, 2017
Paint & Wine at The Hive
7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: The Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206, Chester NJ

Sip your wine or drink (BYOB) while you create your very own version of this painting. No previous experience needed! We will teach you everything you need to know. Come early to meet and greet, find your seat, get your paint, apron & drink. Meet and greet is from 6:30-7pm. Painting is from 7 - 9:30pm The price includes all materials, instruction, aprons and a 16x20 take-home canvas! Alcohol consumption is permitted only for adults over 21. Have a great night out by yourself, with friends, or with a club or group. Private events also available; contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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Dec 7, 2017
Holiday Open House at Chester Country Furnishings
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Chester Country Furnishings, 60 Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930

Don't miss this special "Holiday Open House' evening that will include Christmas Sangria, nibbles and sweets, along with discounts and a drawing!
Please RSVP call (908-879-4288), message or email.

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Dec 9, 2017
Open Mic Night at The Hive
7:00-11:00pm
Location: The Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206, Chester NJ

Calling all musicians, poets, fans! Artists of all genres are invited to step up to the stage at The Hive. Come on out and perform or just enjoy and watch the show! Spoken word artists, musicians, comedians, dancers or actors are welcome to create memorable performances. The atmosphere is very supportive. The focus is the stage and the person(s) performing. With the help of many talented artists and an inspiring atmosphere, performer feel free and safe to grow as artists and as people. Visit our Facebook page at CHESTER OPEN MIC NIGHTS to get updates and latest pictures. Questions? sarah@mcartsworkshop.com or 908-883-0159

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Dec 9, 2017
Drop-in Art and Minecraft at The Hive
2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: The Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206, Chester NJ

Are you wondering how you are going to get all of your shopping and last minute errands done in a day? Drop your child off at the Hive located at the Chester Springs Shopping Center (next to Shop-Rite) for our Saturdays Drop 'n Shop program! Let the children have fun at the Hive while you get your errands done efficiently. We offer: Drop In Art (ages 4-12) Drop In Minecraft (ages 6-12) Cost: $5 per hour per child online ($8 at door); $10 per 2 hours online ($15 at door) Questions? Contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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Dec 10, 2017
Princess Anya's Winter Wonderland Party at iKandi Images
12:00pm-3:00pm
Location: iKandi Images Portrait and Party Studio, 125 Main Street, Chester, NJ

Portraits with Santa Claus and Princess Belle! Receive High Resolution Digital Images. Hot Chocolate and Sweet Treats. Cookie decorating inspired by The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe. Crafts Music and Dancing as well!

Cost: $45 per family ($50 day of event)
To register visit: http://www.ikandiimages.com/store/event-registrations

100% of proceeds go to DKMS

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Dec 14, 2017
Paint & Wine at The Hive
7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: The Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206, Chester NJ

Sip your wine or drink (BYOB) while you create your very own version of this painting. No previous experience needed! We will teach you everything you need to know. Come early to meet and greet, find your seat, get your paint, apron & drink. Meet and greet is from 6:30-7pm. Painting is from 7 - 9:30pm The price includes all materials, instruction, aprons and a 16x20 take-home canvas! Alcohol consumption is permitted only for adults over 21. Have a great night out by yourself, with friends, or with a club or group. Private events also available; contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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Dec 16, 2017
Manhattan Holiday Carolers
12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Strolling throughout the Historic Downtown District on Main Street, Chester, NJ

No holiday celebration is complete without the stunning sights and sounds of Manhattan Holiday Dickens' Carolers - An a cappella caroling quartet. Performing a variety of traditional and contemporary holiday classics in beautiful hand-made Victorian-style costuming, these festive troubadours will be performing throughout Hiistoric Downtown Chester (along Main Street) on Saturday, December16th, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

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Dec 16 - 17, 2017
Father Christmas strolling through Chester
12pm - 4pm
Location: The Streets of Chester Shopping Center, 270 Route 206 South, Chester NJ (Sat. December 16th)
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Throughout the Historic Downtown Shopping District on Main Street, Chester, NJ (Sun. December 17th)

In the Spirit of a Dickens Tale, Father Christmas will be spreading holiday cheer throughout Chester!

Old Saint Nick will be strolling through the stores at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center on Saturday, December 16th (from 12pm-4pm), and then strolling through the shops in the Historic Downtown District on Main Street on Sunday, December 17th from 12pm-4pm.  

THIS IS A GREAT 'SELFIE-PHOTO' OPPORTUNITY FOR THE KIDS. DON'T MISS IT!

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Dec 16 - 17, 2017
S.C.3. Entertainment presents "Sounds of the Holidays"
12:00pm-4:00pm
Location: The Streets of Chester Shopping Center, 270 Route 206 South, Chester, NJ

S.C.3. Entertainment is Morris County's premier DJ and event company. Now you can see S.C.3. D.J. Chris LIVE at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center. Chris will spin some of the BEST Holiday Classic Tunes to renditions by new artists on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Be sure to stop by their Holiday Decorated Trailer to say hello, which will be located in the SOC's parking lot.

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Dec 16, 2017
Sculpted Ice Works Holiday Ice Carving Demonstration
11am to 3pm
Location: Infront of Boehs Cabinet Shop, 85 Main Street, Chester, NJ

Don't miss this holiday's crystal-clear performance by the amazingly-talented ice carvers from ICE WORKS.

An amazing and spectacular artistic talent not to be missed, come and see how they create dazzling sculpted ice displays right in Downtown Chester on Saturday, December 16th, 11am-3pm.
(Demonstration will be in front of Boehs Cabinet Shop, located at 85 Main Street in Chester)

Sculpted Ice Works is a full-service event ice company specializing in a variety of wholesale ice blocks, custom ice sculpture designs and events. Their experiences and expert carving team takes pride in each sculpture and event they produce and their goal is to continually exceed customer expectations.

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Dec 16, 2017
The SOC's Holiday Gift Wrap Fundraiser
11am-7pm
Location: The Streets of Chester Shopping Center - Plow and Hearth Store, 207 Route 206 South, Chester, NJ 07930

GET YOUR GIFTS WRAPPED & SUPPORT A WORTH CAUSE!

On Saturday, December 16th, Volunteers from the non-profit organization "FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS OF ALLAMUCH" will be at the SOC (in the Plow & Hearth Store) offering gift wrapping services to customers in exchange for donations.

Volunteers will be wrapping from 11am to 7pm, so come on out, get all gifts beautifully wrapped and support this wonderful organization.

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