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Family Datebook
December 2017

by Lauren Kubiak

DECEMBER 1-17

Hop into a time machine to witness Christmas 50 years ago as The Broadway Theatre of Pitman puts on the original masterpiece, One Unforgettable Christmas. The holiday musical is something everyone in the family can appreciate with the comfort of popular holiday songs like “O Holy Night” and “Where Are You Christmas,” and a warm-hearted, holiday message. Dates and times vary, The Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, TheBroadwayTheatre.org

DECEMBER 2

Sensational Songs
“You Light Up My Life” is just one song singer Debby Boone will perform at her evening concert. The three-time Grammy Award winner will be getting the audience into the holiday spirit by performing some of her hits along with a special tribute to her mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Investors Bank Performing Arts Center, 519 Hurffville Crosskeys Road, Washington Township, Twp.Washington.nj.us

A Charles Dickens Christmas
Visit Medford on the first Saturday in December to watch Main Street transform from modern day to merry old England for its 28th annual Dickens Festival. Santa Claus will arrive by horse-drawn carriage so don’t forget to ask for the one toy you’ve been wanting all season. Stick around for the live music, food, crafts and a celebratory tree-lighting ceremony. 6-9:30 p.m., Downtown Historic Medford Village, 1 Main St., Medford, MedfordSunriseRotary.org

DECEMBER 9

Sharing Good Tidings
The Alice Paul Institute holds on to tradition with an invitation to their Holiday Open House to see the beautiful holiday decorations supplied by The Garden of Mount Laurel. The institute that focuses on the life of Alice Paul—an advocate for women’s equality—showcases the beginning of the season bringing the community together with conversation, food and beverages. 2-4 p.m., Alice Paul Institute, 128 Hooten Road, Mount Laurel, AlicePaul.org

DECEMBER 10

Give a Gift
Santa will be handing out presents early this year to children on the nice list (see website for details). Get in the holiday spirit at the Special Needs Holiday Party for special needs children, their families and friends. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share while crafts, pizza, beverages and a DJ will be provided to get the crowd in good spirits. 1-3:30 p.m., Moorestown Church Street Recreation Center, 111 W. 2nd St., Moorestown, Moorestown.nj.us

DECEMBER 16

Chanukkah On Ice
Hanukkah might be halfway over, but the fun is just starting. Celebrate the Hanukkah season on ice by skating to contemporary Jewish music and Hanukkah songs with friends and family. The event includes doughnuts, hot latkes, crafts and the lighting of a 5-foot tall ice menorah. 7-9 p.m., Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, TheChabadCenter.org

DECEMBER 19

Festival of Lights
Wrap up the end of Hanukkah by dancing the night away at Katz JCC’s Festival of Lights. Spin dreidels, eat latkes and enjoy music with friends and family in the Jewish community. The party will conclude with a representation of Judah Maccabee lighting the big menorah on the facility’s roof. 6-8 p.m., Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, KatzJCC.org

DECEMBER 31

Ring in the New Year
Haddonfield celebrates First Night Haddonfield’s 20th anniversary with a New Year’s Eve celebration. Come out to the family-friendly party and enjoy a night on the town showcasing musicians, comedians, magicians, a petting zoo and the Comcast KidZone. The Duprees, The Trammps and Galupha!, among others, will be headlining the annual event. End the spectacle with a dazzling fireworks show to welcome 2018. 5 p.m. to midnight, Downtown Haddonfield, 200 Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, FirstNightHaddonfield.org

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 9 (November, 2017).

 

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