If you're looking for something fun, entertaining, or educational to do in Central New Jersey, you've come to the right place. 

Our Weekend Guide is packed with an eclectic variety of things to do. If you're looking for something to keep the little ones engaged or searching for fun and unique activities to enjoy this weekend, we have our favorite events to share with you!

If you're looking for a few houses to check out, we've also provided a comprehensive open house guide for 17 surrounding towns! You won't want to miss these.

1. Live Animal Christmas Pageant Christmas Eve at Community Church

When: Dec 24, 10:30 am

Where: Community Congregational Church 200 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills, NJ 07078

It will surely be a unique Christmas this year when you come to join us and experience a truly one of a kind Christmas Pageant! Children who attend morning worship are encouraged to join in the fun of the Live Animal Christmas Pageant. Come early at 8:30 am for a short rehearsal before the 10:30 am worship service. Stay after the pageant to join in community fellowship and a petting zoo! Don't forget to sign in advance here www.CommunityChurch.org.

2. Christmas Eve Services at Renaissance Church

When: Dec 24, 3 pm

Where:  Renaissance Church 2 Kent Place Blvd, Summit, NJ 07901

Instead of the usual one Sunday morning service, the Renaissance Church will be having a number of special Christmas Eve services at 3 pm, 4:30 pm, 7 pm then at 10 pm and everyone is welcome to join the Christmas festivities of songs, music, inspirational messages and performances by the Renaissance Church band. Officiated and lead by Pastor Christian Andrews, the afternoon of the eve of Christmas will be one sure to warm everyone's hearts with the promise of hope. 

3. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

When: Dec 24, 11 am

Where: Stonecrest Community Church  11 Technology Drive North, Warren, NJ 07059

Join and fellowship with the congregation of the Stonecrest Community Church this weekend and enjoy 3 separate candlelight services featuring the festive music of the season. The message of the service will be centered on a meaningful takeaway that will inspire. Make sure that you share this wonderful day of joyous festivities with your family and friends! 

4. Christmas Eve Service At Gateway Church

When: Dec 24, 7 pm

Where: Gateway Church 324 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater, NJ 08807

The congregation, as well as lead pastors Claire and Shawn White of Gateway Church, are cordially inviting one and all for an hour-long Christmas  Eve Candlelight Service this Sunday. Christmas carols will be sung and stick around for the inspirational message that will give a reminder of the real meaning of Christmas. 

5. Family Christmas Eve Service

When: Dec 24, 5 pm

Where: Millington Baptist Church 520 King George Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

In preparation for the birth of Christ, two Christmas Eve services will be held at the Millington Baptist Church. Regular Sunday morning service begins at 10 am and will be followed later in the afternoon by a contemplative 5 pm candlelight service. Nursery church will be provided for children aged 3 and up. For more info, click here http://www.millingtonbaptist.org/christmaseve

6. Christmas Eve Service

When: Dec 24, 9 pm

Where: 17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit, NJ 07901

If you are more the somber type and would prefer to have a more traditional worship service to ring in the birthday of the Christ Child join The United Methodist Church of Summit and enjoy a solemn, classical celebration. Nothing of the joyous celebration is taken away from the festivities. 

7. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills Sunday Service

When: Dec 24, 10 am

Where:  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills 123 East Cliff Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

Celebrate the season amongst a compassionate group of people within the liberally religious community of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills. Providing caring service regardless of sex, spiritual beliefs, sexual identity, creed, race and cultural background. Be embraced by the loving welcome of this possible new worship home this Christmas and celebrate with like-minded folks. 

8. Weekend Open House List 

If you're looking for some inspiration regarding decor or renovations or beginning the process of buying a home, open houses are a great way to start. 

We've created the ULTIMATE guide to open houses this weekend in 17 Central New Jersey Towns including: 

Central NJ Weekly Open House List

Warren ~ Watchung ~ Bridgewater (Martinsville) ~ Basking Ridge ~ Greenbrook ~ Long Hill (G...

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