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The Newark Museum hosts Winter Festival of Lights

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Thanksgiving only ended a few days ago, but everyone is already getting into the Christmas spirit. At The Newark Museum, December kicks off an impressive list of fun, family-friendly events and exhibitions, but its the museum’s Winter Festival of Lights (December 5, 2013) that’s sure to ‘wow' the crowd.

An endless list of workshops, performances, shows, and tours set the stage for this one day, four-hour event that begins in Engelhard Court at 4 pm and ends at 8:30 pm.

Activities include:

  • Candle-making workshops
  • A gallery tour celebrating Kwanza
  • A reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Ceremonial lighting event of the Hanukkah menorah
  • Samples of potato latkes
  • Chocolate samplings from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

At the Horizon Plaza: The Jubilation Choir, LLC sings holiday songs followed by a candle lighting ceremony and a special hot chocolate bar tasting.

In the legendary Ballantine House, a buffet of traditional holiday treats from around the world pay homage to the museum’s love of an open, multi-cultural atmosphere. Led by Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator of the Decorative Arts department, a candlelit tour of the Ballantine House follows.

And, throughout the evening, the planetarium will be showing, every hour on the hour, Seasons of Light and the museum shop will be offering 20% off everything in the store for the duration of the festival.

Free, open to the public and jam-packed with things to do, The Newark Museum’s Winter Festival is the perfect way to kick off the holidays.

Visit their website for more information.

Also at The Newark Museum:

Feasting with Family and Friends: Christmas in the Ballantine House: The historic, 1885 Ballantine house decks the halls with impressively convincing decor that depicts Christmas as it was in the 19th century. Outfitted with plum pudding, a sprawling Christmas tree and stockings hung with care, visitors get to experience late Victorian Newark as well as German, Dutch and English Christmas traditions.

On view: Through January 5, 2014.

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