This Weekend In Caldwells: Tree Lighting, Holiday Fair And More

Check out what's happening in and around the Caldwells this weekend.

The weekend is final here and this is your one-stop shop for all things Caldwells. Below is a list of upcoming events and programs happening this weekend. 

If you know of something happening in or around the Caldwells this weekend that is not listed here, then let people know about it by posting something in the comment section below. 

Free Parking In Caldwell 

Caldwell is encouraging residents to shop local this holiday season with free parking along Bloomfield Avenue. 

Parking meters on and near the main thoroughfare will be bagged through Jan. 1, so forget the pocket change at home and don't worry about feeding the meters. 

But don't think you can keep your car parked on Bloomfield Avenue all day for free. There is a three-hour parking limit for all bagged meters. 

Caldwell Tree Lighting On Saturday

Caldwell’s tree lighting will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. on the Town Green in Caldwell. The Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department will welcome the arrival of Santa Claus with his helpers, and there will be a sing-a-long of holiday songs, provided by DJ Joe Garamella, before the lighting of the holiday tree. 

Open Houses 

Get a rundown of open houses in and around the Caldwells. 

Upcoming Yard/Garage/Estate Sales

Get ready for your weekend garage/yard/estate sale by filling out this easy (and free!) form. Patch will use the information build an interactive map for people to find your weekend sale. 

Caldwells Christmas Walk

It's that time of year again for the annual Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex Christmas Walk. 

The local club and more than 80 volunteers are putting final touches in place for this Saturday's Christmas Walk featuring three restored 19th-century homes on two historical sites. 

In addition, shops noted on the ticket will offer discounts or special gifts for shopping as well as noted restaurants giving discounts to those holding Christmas Walk tickets.

Tickets may be purchased at Caldwell Flowerland, at 329 Bloomfield Ave. in Caldwell.

Light refreshments will be available at Caldwell Flowerland during the event. 

For more information call: 973-228-4067 or send an email to Kiwanis006@aol.com. 

JCHS Holiday Fair On Saturday

The James Caldwell High School swim team is sponsoring a holiday fair on Saturday in the high school cafeteria between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Proceeds from the fair will help go toward scholarships for high school seniors.

Shop from a wide variety of vendors plus that day and bring your unwanted gold jewelry and get cash on the spot! Various Chiefs merchandise will be available, in addition to poinsettias, baked goods, fake tattoos for the kids, hourly giveaways and more! 

Holiday Sale

The First Presbyterian Church, at 326 Bloomfield Ave., will hold a holiday bake sale starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. If you don't like to bake, need a gift for that special neighbor or friend, or just have an insatiable sweet tooth, don't miss this event. 

The church will have a room filled with many different varieties of home baked cookies and breads. Pick as much or as little as you need!

There will also be raffle tickets on sale for a cookie castle and a cookie house. They would make the perfect centerpiece to set the festive holiday atmosphere!

West Caldwell Tree Lighting On Sunday

West Caldwell’s tree lighting will take place on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the gazebo in Crane Park. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 5:15 pm. Pictures with Santa will follow at the Civic Center, located on the corner of Fairfield Avenue just off of Bloomfield Avenue. 

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour

The Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour has been expanded to include 17 historic sites around the county. 

The tours will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8., at the following locations. Click here for the full schedule, locations and times. 

Animal Shelter Holiday Fair

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter will hold its 36th annual holiday fair at the shelter, located at 194 State Route 10 West East Hanover, on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Thousands of new, donated items priced at least 50-percent off retail will be available, toys, games, books, CDs, housewares, leather goods, cosmetics, jewelry and even gifts for your pet! 

Your purchases enable the shelter to care for the homeless cats and dogs in their care. Come shop till you drop for homeless animals!

For more information, call Abby Berenbak at (973) 386-0034.

Have a question or news tip? Contact the editor Michael D'Onofrio by sending an email to mike.donofrio@patch.com or find the Patch on Facebook and Twitter. To get news right in your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.


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