Claus for celebration: Pascack Valley featuring holiday events from Dec. 1-3

There's plenty of fun holiday events throughout Pascack Valley this weekend to put a smile on your face. Don't miss out!

PASCACK VALLEY, N.J. — Holiday festivities have returned to the Pascack Valley, and this weekend is jam-packed with holly, jolly events.


Here’s what you need to know to make sure your weekend is merry and bright.

• River Vale’s annual Christmas tree lighting will be on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in front of town hall. A party will follow at the Ho-Ho-Holdrum School Old Gym. Enjoy treats and carols, and get a picture with Santa.

• Montvale’s 17th Annual Holiday Lighting and Gift Giving Ceremony on Memorial will be on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit with free hot cocoa and candy canes, and enjoy the sounds of the Memorial Elementary School and Fieldstone Middle School choirs. The borough will be collecting money to donate toward the Tri-Boro Family Care Fund, as well as new, unwrapped Christmas gifts for Davey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant toy collection for needy children.

• Westwood’s popular Home for the Holidays parade returns on Saturday, Dec. 2. Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m., with a performance by the Westwood High School Chamber Singers at the Veteran’s Park bandstand. The parade begins at 6 p.m., and will feature dozens of local scouts, organizations and marching bands, and Santa Claus, of course. After the parade, jingle all the way to Veteran’s Park for a tree and candle lighting ceremony, hot cocoa, photo booth igloo, treats and holiday fun.

• Get your family’s holiday photo this weekend! The Hillsdale Police Department is sponsoring their annual Family Photos with Santa event on Dec. 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in support of the Hillsdale Helping Hand Food Pantry. For a suggested donation of $10, get photos of your family, your children, your pet or yourself with jolly Santa. Children will also have the opportunity to directly and personally deliver their Christmas wish lists to St. Nick. Santa’s elf will also be there! The event will be held at the Hillsdale Train Station.

• Park Ridge’s Holiday Tree Lighting will be on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. at Depot Square. Bring your camera! Children may bring a natural ornament for the tree. Nonperishable food donations for the Tri-Boro Food Pantry are encouraged.

• Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland at Van Saun County Park is now open! Head to the wonderland, open on Friday from 4-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., for ice skating, train rides, carousel rides, a beer garden, a visit to the North Pole and more. More information is available here.

Holiday events continue into next week, including the First Annual Winter Wonderland presented by the Emerson Recreation Commission.