To help attract customers to local businesses, Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken are once again launching an expanded Holiday Hop weekend service and free parking in garages on weekends through the end of the year. Both initiatives will begin on Small Business Saturday (Saturday, November 30). In addition, the City will be hosting family friendly events including a holiday craft fair, tree lighting event, and banding concert in December.
Holiday Hop: The City will be offering free Holiday Hop service on weekends from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. beginning Saturday, November 30, and continuing through Sunday, December 29. The Holiday Hop route will operate between Hoboken Terminal and 14th Street, generally along the NJ Transit 126 bus route. Riders will be able to track the real-time location of the Holiday Hop using the SmartTraxx app (available in Apple App Store and Google Play Store).
Free parking in garages: The City will be offering free parking in municipal garages B, D, and Midtown for up to four hours per day on weekends beginning Saturday, November 30 and continuing through Sunday, December 29. In order to redeem the free parking for up to four hours in municipal garages B, D, and Midtown, drivers will need to show the garage attendant a receipt showing purchase of at least $20 at Hoboken shopping or dining establishments, or the City Holiday Craft Fair on December 7 and 8.
Additionally, the City is hosting events throughout December to celebrate the holiday season.
On Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8 from 11-5 p.m., the Hoboken City Hall Craft Fair will take place at 94 Washington Street. Three floors of City Hall will be open to the public, featuring unique handcrafted gift items by local artisans. Treats and refreshments are provided by Baking Mama, and Mrs. Claus will offer face painting for children.
The Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting is Tuesday, December 3 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm in front of City Hall (94 Washington Street). The event features performances by:
• School of Rock students
• All Saints and Bold Arts
• 2019 U.S. Finals Champions Challenge Division Grand Champions Cheer Dynamics All Stars Tiny Twinkles and Junior Jemz
• Girl Scout Junior Troop 12563, Brownie Troop 10222 and Daisy Troop 10522
• High School Select Band and Chorus
• Middle School Chorus and flute Ensemble
• Wallace, Connors and Brandt School Chorus
• The HoliDates
• MC/Host: Dave Lambert (of The Fuzy Lemons)
• Special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus
The Holiday Banding Concert is on Sunday, December 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Elk’s Club at 10th and Washington. Local bands and musicians will perform holiday classics, including:
• Tom Vincent and The Hoboken Holiday Banding House Band
• Abbe Rivers
• The Lemons
• Jim Testa
• Ed Fogarty
• Deena & Jon of The Cucumbers
• Elevator Pitch
• Sensational Country Blues Wonders
• Las Vandelays
• Lloyd United
• Jack Skuller
• Gene D. Plumber
• School of Rock
• Adam Wade
Admission is $10. Proceeds go to support the Movies Under the Stars outdoor summer series.