Events December 12, 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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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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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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Events after December 12, 2017

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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Dec 16, 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 17, 2017
Caroling and Cider at Alstede Farms
12 - 2 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Take time out to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year by visiting Alstede farms. Caroling and cider provide the perfect combination for savoring the season and creating treasured memories with your loved ones. Caroling provided by West Morris Central High School acapella groups, the Lorelei's and the Noteworthy's from 12-2. Enjoy complimentary cider during caroling.


Visit with Santa Claus while he is here on the farm from 11am-4pm, and stop into our charming farm store for that perfect last minute gift or to order your holiday pie. For more information about this or other events at Alstede Farms please call 908-879-7189 or visit alstedefarms.com

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Dec 19, 2017
Champagne & Couture Holiday Party
5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Couture Traders, 30 Main Street, Chester, NJ

Join Couture Traders for our Champagne and Couture Holiday Wishlist Party on Tuesday, December 19th from 5-8pm.

Shop our pre-loved authentic handbags and finish up your holiday shopping for everyone on your list (or yourself...we don't judge).

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Dec 23, 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 26 - 31, 2017
Post Holidays Winter Sale
Varies - Check Individual HCBA Member Store Listings for Hours
Location: All Business Member Stores of the Historic Chester Business Association

No post-holiday blues for us, as all the great AFTER HOLIDAY SALES begin in our HCBA member stores on Tuesday, December 26th through to New Year's Eve (December 31st), 2017.

This is a great time to SHOP LOCAL and get holiday and inventory clearance items at reduced prices. 

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Dec 30, 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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Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2018
Descendants Dance! 6 Weeks ONLY!
4:30-5:30pm
Location: Art Of Dance Studio, 15 Seminary Ave. Chester NJ

We are excited to announce of 6 Week's of Descendants Dance! Come "Shake It Off" with us, as we learn Jazz & Hip-Hop routines from the Disney show! Class will run on Monday's from 4:30p -5:30pm with Ms. Allie Mennen for Ages 6 & Up! Come join us as we act "Rotten To The Core" in this NEW 6 week class! Only $119.25!

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Jan 11 - Feb 15, 2018
Adult Basic Beginner Tap 6 Week session
7:30pm
Location: Art Of Dance Studio, 15 Seminary Ave. Chester NJ

Join us for 6 weeks of Basic Beginner Tap for Adults! Thursday's 7:30-8:30pm Starting January 11th - February 15th. ONLY $119.25! With Allie Mennen YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD (or too young…unless your 2)To Learn To Tap! Yep it's true, adults absolutely do learn faster than children. They might not have the same energy a ten year old has but they do have more life experience and general intelligence both of which can be helpful when learning tap dance!

Yes you are coordinated enough. If you know how to walk and you know your left from your right foot then yes you are plenty coordinated enough to tap dance. Now no one is saying you're going to be as graceful as Gene Kelly or as smooth as Fred Astaire, but if you can walk, I promise you can tap dance. It’s not exactly rocket science, and in fact it's a lot more fun! And Before you ask.... YES!!! You do have rhythm, and we're going to make it even better!

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