December 9 - December 15: Sweater Weather! - This Week In The HDSID
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December 9 – December 15: Sweater Weather!

We hope everyone enjoyed- at least a little bit- that mini snowstorm we had last week! We are truly entering winter with the cold and windchill! A huge thank you to all of the businesses that participated in Small Business Saturday and to everyone that supported your local businesses.

The blog this week features a wide array of great events that will surely make you venture outside even in the winter chill- the events are that great!


The Happy Holiday Market!


The Happy Holiday Market is back on Monday and Thursday this week. Shop and buy local for the holiday season! Start shopping for those gifts early so you don’t panic at the last minute. Debbie from the Artist & Maker Market has a great array of amazing vendors scheduled to attend.

The market is on the following dates:

December 9

December 12

December 16

December 21

December 22 and December 23


The following vendors are scheduled to attend on December 9th:





Photo: Albabuys                                                                                                                                                              Photo: Hot Lollies


Hudson Tea House


Stubborn Forge

Playful Event



Goodway Bakery

Ovando Salvi

Out of the Woods

Tias Place


Hot Lollies


And on December 12th, at the Market you’ll see:

                                                                                                             Photo: Segmented Lamps                                                                                                                                                Photo: Change Is…Vintage & More


Free Love Frames

Mama P LLC

Lily Lough Jewelry

Change Is… Vintage & More


Segmented Lamps

Myriad Mirage

Hudson Tea House

Eclectic Jewelry

Waited Collective LLC


City View Threads

Ling Chen Art

Goodway Bakery


Location: Grove PATH Plaza

Time: 4:00 – 8:00


Pizza & a Porta Tree!

Don’t forget about the amazing promo going on at Porta! 

Delicious food, wine, AND a tree! Porta for the win. Starting on November 29th, head on over to Porta and enjoy the Pizza & Porta Tree promotion! Receive two pizzas (Margherita or Marinara) a carafe of wine or a pitcher of beer, and a Fraser fir to take home for $50 only! C’mon, get in the holiday spirit with yummy pizza, wine, and a Fraser fir! This offer is available at Porta:

  • Sunday – Thursday, open to close
  • Friday and Saturday, open to 9:00 pm

Pizza and a tree- the duo we need this holiday season!



135 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony


The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District will have its Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the Pedestrian Mall on Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm!

Please join Mayor Steven Fulop and the HDSID in celebrating the holiday season as we light the Christmas Tree and Menorah.

There will be music by Dancing Tony/ (The) Rock-it Docket. Smile Preschool and Nursery will give out toys to children in need for the Holiday Season (while supplies last.) Busy Bee Organics will be on hand selling their famous hot cocoa and Stony Hill will be donating doughnuts (while supplies last)!

AND Santa is coming in on a fire truck to visit and say hello!

This is a free and fun event for all!

This event would not be possible without our generous sponsors:

Smile Preschool and Nursery


Date: December 10th 2019

Time: 6:00

Location: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall


Amazing Live Music at Pet Shop!

On Tuesday, December 10th head on out to Pet Shop and enjoy a night filled with great music courtesy of Joy Cleaner, Huffers, Field Goal, and Sweet Lillian! The event is free, for peeps 21 and over, dress to impress and the fun starts at exactly 7:00 pm.


Pet Shop JC

193 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


The Power of 3 by Acuworx Acupuncture Studio and Hypnotherapy with Leah Crescenzo

Was 2019 a stressful year? Is December giving you the blues? Looking to stabilize any internal imbalances you feel? Acuworx has you covered! On Wednesday, December 11th from 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm, enjoy acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and reiki. These practices will balance your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll enter a new headspace in no time! As per the organizers, all participants must arrive by 7:15, must bring a yoga mat, wear comfy clothes, be prepared to take off your shoes, and, sorry, this event is for adults 18 and over.

Get your tickets at


Acuworx Acupuncture Studio

190 Columbus Drive, Studio 3A, Jersey City, New Jersey


Queer Women’s Happy Hour at Six26

Ladies, listen up! The Hudson Pride Center, Lez Fest, and Six26 are hosting a Queer Women’s Happy Hour!

The beautiful Six26 will provide the backdrop for this great event. Ladies, join the organizers for a fun-filled time on Thursday, December 12th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm!



128 Christopher Columbus Drive, Jersey City, New Jersey  


Holiday Drop off & Shop at The Little Gym

Let’s face it- shopping with the little ones is not the easiest thing in the world: overtired, frequent bathroom breaks, picking up gifts for themselves…sometimes the shops, during the crazy holiday season, are not the ideal place for the kiddos. Fret no more- The Little Gym is coming to the rescue with their Holiday Drop off & Shop event! On Friday, December 13, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (prime shopping time) The Little Gym will provide pizza and fun activities for the little ones while the parents shop freely.

Hurry and book online for a spot:

You don’t need to have a membership at The Little Gym to enjoy this event. The price is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Call 201- 222- 6209 to inquire about sibling discounts.

Please keep in mind, as per the organizers, the kiddos must be fully potty independent.


The Little Gym of Jersey City

380 Newark Avenue, Units 101 & 102, Jersey City, New Jersey


How to Mindfully Taste Chocolate


Ok, full transparency here: chocolate is delicious and is a vital part of our existence as humans. Chocolate makes everything better! The rant is over. To learn how to mindfully taste chocolate here comes Chocotastery! On Saturday, December 14th at 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, grab your family and friends and head on over to Indiegrove to learn how to navigate the delicious world of chocolate. Is there a better way to spend a Saturday? We don’t think so!

Tickets are available on Eventbrite



121 Newark Avenue, Top Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey


Porta Holiday Pop-Up


Still, have a list of people to buy gifts for the holidays? Don’t want to schlepp to the mall with their impersonal stores? Porta has you covered! After you enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch, check out Porta’s Holiday Pop-Up on Sunday, December 15th! From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, shop from vendors selling vintage items to handmade goods and everything in between! Complete your holiday shopping in one stop- or at least buy something nice for yourself!  


Porta Jersey City

135 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302


Harry Potter Party Jersey City


It’s happening people! On Sunday, December 15th at 4:00 pm, FM and Wizard Fest are hosting a Yule Ball! It’s time to live the full Harry Potter fantasy in good ol’ Jersey. Enjoy a night with games, dressing in your house colors, trivia, prizes, butterbeer (which is for the 21 and over crowd only- the event is 18 and over) costume contest and more!

According to the organizers, participating wizards can expect: “trivia, interactive games, cosplay costume contests with cash & prizes, quidditch games, live DJ and dance party, potions” and more!


Tickets are available at

For more information please visit: or contact


Be prepared to have a wizardly good time!


FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge

340 Third Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


December Plans!

Looking to host a Holiday Party or a small get-together? Are you looking for a great time, with delicious drinks and yummy food? Well, Hard Grove has you covered!

For your party, Hard Grove only offers the best:

And their weekday specials are drool-worthy as well:

HardGrove Restaurant

284 First Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


Gift Idea!

Visit the office of Savoy, Siegel and Desai Optometry and get a gift certificate for that special someone who needs to enter 2020 with new specs!


Savoy, Siegel and Desai Optometry

127 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


*This Month! *

*The last day of the season for the Farmer’s Market is December 23rd!*
Monday & Thursday
4:00 – 8:00
Grove PATH Plaza

Have a great week and we hope to see you all at the Holiday Lighting Ceremony!
Stay warm!

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