Events November 21, 2017

Nov 11 - Dec 17, 2017
Experience Historic Chester this Holiday Season!
Location: Throughout Chester, NJ

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a Historic Chester Experience you will never forget!

Exciting holiday events, in-store events, holiday sales, and complimentary holiday treats will be offered at various merchant locations to enchant even the Grinchiest of bargain hunters.

Shop Small Business-Shop Chester 
and You could WIN during our 12 Days of Giveaways!

Every weekend from November 11th to December 17th, special "holiday helpers" will be strolling throughout Chester randomly giving away HCBA member-affiliated gift certificates and other prizes to unsuspecting shoppers. :)



*Manhattan Holiday Dickens' Carolers
No holiday celebration is complete without the stunning sights and sounds of Manhattan Holiday Dickens' Carolers - An a cappella caroling quartet. Performing a variety of traditional and contemporary holiday classics in beautiful hand-made Victorian-style costuming, these festive troubadours will be performing throughout downtown Chester on November 25th, December 2nd, 9th and 16th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm; and again at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center on Sunday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 10th.

*Sculpted Ice Works

Don't miss this holiday's crystal-clear performance by the amazingly-talented ice carvers from ICE WORKS.

An amazing and spectacular artistic talent not to be missed, come and see how they create dazzling sculpted ice displays right in Downtown Chester on Saturday, December 16th, 11am-3pm.

Sculpted Ice Works is a full-service event ice company specializing in a variety of wholesale ice blocks, custom ice sculpture designs and events. Their experiences and expert carving team takes pride in each sculpture and event they produce and their goal is to continually exceed customer expectations.

Ron Albanese
ELVIS the Elf!

Elvis the Elf is super excited to return back to Chester - his home-away from the North Pole. He always brings along his guitar - a gift from Santa Claus - to spread his holiday cheer singing songs with everyone! He also will have some fun giveaways, courtesy of the HCBA member businesses. Who will get these prizes? Look for him and say, 'Hey Elvis!,' and maybe it will be YOU!" This acclaimed, unique children's and family entertainment personality will be performing throughout Downtown Historic Chester on November 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th  from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

S.C.3. Presents 'Sounds of the Holidays'

S.C.3. Entertainment is Morris County's premier DJ and event company. Now you can see S.C.3. LIVE in Historic Chester for the Holidays as they play some of the BEST Holiday Classic Tunes to renditions by new artists. Stop by their Holiday Decorated Trailer (along Main Street).

Performing in Downtown Chester on November 26th and December 3rd, 12:00pm-4:00pm, and again at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center on Saturday, December 2nd, Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th

*Father Christmas Strolling through Chester

In the Spirit of a Dickens Tale, Father Christmas will be spreading holiday cheer throughout Downtown Chester on December 10th and 17th,12:00pm to 4:00pm and again at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center on Saturday, December 9th and Saturday, December 16th.

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Events after November 21, 2017

Nov 24 - Dec 24, 2017
Country Christmas With Santa at Alstede Farms
11:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Santa will be touching down here at Alstede Farms just in time for the perfect family portrait. He'll be checking his list while you happily check off your Christmas card photo opportunity from your list. Stop by his Country Christmas Corner to say hello and treat yourself to some warm cider or a seasonal ice cream while on the farm. Santa will be here on Friday 11/24, 11/25, 11/26 and every Sat. & Sun. until 12/24.

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Nov 25, 2017
*Official* Shop Small Business (Shop Chester) Saturday!
All Day!
Location: All Throughout Chester, NJ

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.

Amex has just announced the date of its annual post-Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday, which will be on November 25th this year.

The first Small Business Saturday took place in 2010, and since then, the day has joined the consumer-driven craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Instead of hitting up the big chain stores and online retailers, Amex's promotion drives business to mom-and-pop shops (including many restaurants) that help fuel local economies.

Last year, over 112 million people* came together to Shop Small® in their communities on Small Business Saturday®.

For details on enrollment for the American Express Statement Credit Cardmember Offer, please call Shop Small at 1-800-235-8916, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm EST.

Be sure to Shop Small Business - Shop Chester!!

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Nov 25, 2017
Drop-in Art and Minecraft at The Hive
Location: The Hive, Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206, Chester NJ

Are you wondering how you are going to get all of your shopping and last minute errands done in a day? Drop your child off at the Hive located at the Chester Springs Shopping Center (next to Shop-Rite) for our Saturdays Drop 'n Shop program! Let the children have fun at the Hive while you get your errands done efficiently. We offer: Drop In Art (ages 4-12) Drop In Minecraft (ages 6-12) Cost: $5 per hour per child online ($8 at door); $10 per 2 hours online ($15 at door) Questions? Contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or

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Nov 25, 2017
Art of Dance - Small Business Saturday
9am - 4pm
Location: The Essential Dance Shop, 15 Seminary Ave. Chester NJ

The Art of Dance, Chester NJ, knows that there is so much to be grateful for this time of year. For over 20 years their "Holiday" Travel Troupe has performed in several local nursing homes throughout Chester, Mendham, Long Valley and Hackettstown during the holiday season. The troupe consists of Art of Dance dancers ages five and up, who come together to sing, dance and entertain with the purpose of wanting to bring joy to others and give back to their local communities.

This is a great way to teach their young dancers the value of community, giving back and the joy of making the holiday season a bit brighter for others. These young dancers meet on Friday afternoons for 5 weeks to create a holiday show through dance and song. Many of the elderly they visit are unable to leave their communities for the holidays, so this performance is one that they look forward to every year! The joy on the faces of the audience and the dancers is priceless!

The Essential Dance Shop (a dance & active-wear boutique adjacent to the Art of Dance), will be uniting their community by being Neighborhood Champions for Small Business Saturday, November 25th from 9am - 4pm. Come shop this fun, fully stocked boutique for holiday gift giving with the hottest styles in dance and activewear and gift items for everyone on your list. With 20-50% off storewide, discounts through Facebook and extra “Spin The Wheel” giveaways at the register, they are sure to make a big impact for a small local business. They invite you to stop by and enjoy sips, snacks and prizes and to kick start your holiday shopping.

Gift certificates for the Art of Dance studio and Essential Dance Shop store are also available as wonderful gift ideas! Small businesses all across New Jersey help ensure local economies stay strong and vibrant.

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Dec 1 - 16, 2017
SOC "Elf on the Shelf" Photo Scavenger Hunt & Holiday
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Location: The Streets of Chester Shopping Center, 270 Route 206 South, Chester, NJ

Beginning December 2nd through December 16th, mischievious holiday fun is in full swing at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center (SOC).


Participating stores at The SOC will display an "Elf on the Shelf" toy for shoppers to HUNT, SNAP, & POST on the SOC's Facebook and Instagram pages. (All posts must include the hashtag: #SOCElf). THE TOP POST WITH THE MOST LIKES EACH WEEK WINS A $200 HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE TO THE SOC. Contest rules listed below.

Participating stores include: Charming Charlie, Corbo Jewelers, Country Curtains, Dean's Natural Food Market, Fast Frame, Gap, Gymboree, J. Jill, Justice, Olympia Sports, Papyrus, Plow and Hearth, Talbots, and Woof Gang Bakery and Pet Grooming.

In addition, the following amazingly talented holiday entertainers will be strolling throughout the SOC stores during the month of December:

*Manhattan Holiday Dickens Carolers (Sundays, December 3rd and 10th from 12:30pm-4:30pm)
*Visit from Father Christmas (Saturday, December 2nd and 16th from 12:00pm-4:00pm)
*S.C.3. DJ Outdoor Entertainment (Saturday, December 2nd, 16th and Sun. Dec. 17th from 12:00pm-4:00pm)
and a *Visit from Santa's Head Elf (Sat. December 2nd from 11:00am-3:00pm, with balloons for the kids)

Entering the SOC Elf on the Shelf Contest is as easy as 1-2-3!

1) Post a photo of the Elf on the Shelf at participating The Streets of Chester Shopping Center stores on the official SOC Facebook and Instagram pages during the dates of December 2-16.

Week 1: Saturday, December 2 - Saturday, December 9
Week 2: Sunday, December 10 - Saturday, December 16

(Contest runs from 12:00 a.m on the start day to 11:59 p.m. on the final day of each contest week)
- For Facebook: Post directly to the SOC Page Feed.
- For Instagram: Tag The SOC Instagram Account @streetsofchestershoppingcenter

2) Include the contest hashtag #SOCElf on your submission and indicate in which store you found the elf. In addition, be sure to share or repost the official contest announcement on your own Facebook or Instagram accounts.

3) The photo with the most "LIKES" by 11:59 P.m. EST on the last day of each contest week will be our Grand Prize SHOPPING SPREE WINNER!

*To be eligible to win, all entries must "LIKE" or "FOLLOW" The Streets of Chester Shopping Center's Social Media Accounts. Likes must be authentic and not purchased through a third-party vendor.



1. To enter the photo contest, you must post a picture of the Elf on the Shelf at one of the participating Streets of Chester Center (SOC) stores on EITHER the official SOC Facebook page or Instagram page Instagram page. Photo must include the hashtag #SOCElf, as well as which store you found the elf in.

2. Sweepstakes begins 12:00AM EST on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and ends at 11:59pm EST on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

3. Two (2) Grand Prize Winners will be selected from the photos with the most "LIKES" of all eligible entries received at the end of each week.

4. (2) Grand Prizes of $200 worth of gift cards from SOC stores will be awarded. Prize is non-transferable: no substitutions or cash redemptions.

5. Winner Selection and Notification.

1st Week Winner will be chosen based on number of LIKES to their post beginning at 12:01am on Saturday December 2nd and ending at 11:59pm on Saturday, December 9th, 2017.

2nd Week Winner will be chosen based on number of LIKES to their post beginning at 12:01 on Sunday, December 10th and ending at 11:59pm on Saturday, December 16th, 2017.

Winners will be notified via either Facebook message or direct message via Instagram of their award and will have 24 hours to respond back to confirm. If no reply is received by a winner after 24 hours, that winner will hereby forfeit their prize and the next post with the most LIKES will be selected as an alternative winner with the same requirement of responding within a 24 hour time frame...and so forth and so on...until a winner acknowledgement is received and confirmed.

Awarding of prizes will take place at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center. Date and time to be arranged by the promote with each winner.

Contest is sponsored by The Streets of Chester Shopping Center.

Note: Only authenthic interactions/likes will be considered as part of the contest. Any attempt to purchase interactions/likes through a third-party sources are ineligble for entry, and will result in immediate disqualification from the contest.


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Dec 3, 2017
Breakfast With Santa at Alstede Farms
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Come out for a festive breakfast and visit with Santa Claus to celebrate the start of the most joyous season. You will be greeted with hot apple cider at check in and then have a choice to ride the wagon to harvest hall or opt for the heated shuttle bus if more your speed. Event includes all-you-can-eat breakfast and a visit with Santa for your perfect photo opportunity (bring your camera!)

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Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2018
Descendants Dance! 6 Weeks ONLY!
Location: Art Of Dance Studio, 15 Seminary Ave. Chester NJ

We are excited to announce of 6 Week's of Descendants Dance! Come "Shake It Off" with us, as we learn Jazz & Hip-Hop routines from the Disney show! Class will run on Monday's from 4:30p -5:30pm with Ms. Allie Mennen for Ages 6 & Up! Come join us as we act "Rotten To The Core" in this NEW 6 week class! Only $119.25!

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Jan 11 - Feb 15, 2018
Adult Basic Beginner Tap 6 Week session
Location: Art Of Dance Studio, 15 Seminary Ave. Chester NJ

Join us for 6 weeks of Basic Beginner Tap for Adults! Thursday's 7:30-8:30pm Starting January 11th - February 15th. ONLY $119.25! With Allie Mennen YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD (or too young…unless your 2)To Learn To Tap! Yep it's true, adults absolutely do learn faster than children. They might not have the same energy a ten year old has but they do have more life experience and general intelligence both of which can be helpful when learning tap dance!

Yes you are coordinated enough. If you know how to walk and you know your left from your right foot then yes you are plenty coordinated enough to tap dance. Now no one is saying you're going to be as graceful as Gene Kelly or as smooth as Fred Astaire, but if you can walk, I promise you can tap dance. It’s not exactly rocket science, and in fact it's a lot more fun! And Before you ask.... YES!!! You do have rhythm, and we're going to make it even better!

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