The Weekender: Winter Wonderland Market at Grove Plaza, Holiday Craft Fair at Lincoln Park

Grove Plaza is getting a holiday makeover. Whether you’re shopping for crafts or eats, the entire plaza is being transformed into a winter shopping village for all your holiday needs. Plus, don’t miss the opening of the new planetarium at Liberty Science Center and a special prix fixe dinner at The Cliff.

What: The Cliff 3-Course Dinner
When: Friday, December 8 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm
Where: 38 Congress Street
Neighborhood cafe The Cliff is offering a special 3-course prix fixe dinner tonight. Priced at $45/pp, the dinner includes entrees like gorgonzola walnut ravioli, seafood soup with Atlantic char and halibut, and more.

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What:  Luna de Papel Holiday Cards Class
When: Friday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Where: 321 Communipaw Avenue
Learn to make your own holiday greeting cards at Luna de Papel’s DIY Holiday Cards class. You’ll be stamping, embossing, and decorating up to 10 cards total during the class. All materials are provided and the event is BYOB.

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What: Liberty Science Center Debuts Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium
When: Saturday, December 9 from 11:15am
Where: 364 Marin Boulevard
Today the LSC will debut the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the Western hemisphere’s largest planetarium. It boasts a resolution of over 88 million pixels, can display over 281 trillion colors, and can pump out 30,000 watts of sound. The planetarium will open Saturday with a 45-minute signature show, Wonders of the Universe.

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What: Holiday Winter Wonderland
When: Saturday, December 9 from 12pm to 6:30pm
Where: Grove Street Plaza
Midnight Market and the Artist and Maker Market are teaming up to create a downtown winter village complete with an indoor heated tent. The shopping village will be located right at Grove Plaza and it’ll include local vendors selling art, jewelry, home accessories, clothing, and more just in time for the holidays. You can’t shop on an empty stomach so Midnight Market is flexing its foodie muscle and bringing vendors such as Eemas Cuisine, Moffle Bar, C Bao Asian Buns and Bubble Tea, Canteen Desi Dhaba, Sisig City, Baking Mama, Angry Archie’s, Stella’s Empanadas & Argentine Grill, L’atelier du Chocolat, and Waffle de Lys. Plus, you’ll be able to warm yourself up with holiday cocktails by Left Bank Burger Bar, which will be serving up a special holiday coquito.

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What: JC West Side Holiday Craft Fair
When: Saturday, December 9 from 12pm to 6pm
Where: Gallo Center at Lincoln Park
The holidays are in full swing in Jersey City and downtown isn’t the only neighborhood with a winter village. Head to the Gallo Center at Lincoln Park for the JC West Side Holiday Craft Fair. Vendors include Hi-FiBar, But-A-Cake, The Guac Spot, Bambina di Cioccolato, and more. (You can checkout the full vendor list for both days here).

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What: JC Families Holiday Party
When: Saturday, December 9 from 3pm to 6:30pm
Where: Harborside Atrium
Mack-Cali and JC Families are turning the Harborside Atrium into a winter wonderland the whole family can enjoy. The festivities begin at 3pm with keyboard performances, magic shows, dance performances, a kids’ fashion show, and much more. The event is free for all to attend.

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(Photo: Left Bank Burger)