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Craft Show, Tree & Menorah Lighting at Trailside, Dec. 5

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to present the 27th annual Holiday Nature Craft Show at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The craft show is being held in conjunction with the Union County Menorah and Tree Lighting Celebration. Admission is an item of dry or canned food or a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed through local charities.

With a large selection of handcrafted items, you will certainly be able to check some names off your list at the Holiday Nature Craft Show at Trailside. More than 40 vendors will be selling handcrafted items such as natural wreaths, ornaments, handmade gift baskets and hand-painted or stenciled home décor. Crafters and artisans will also offer unique children’s toys, jewelry, stained glass and gift items with wildlife, gardening and nature themes. Light refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Children will be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Trailside auditorium. Free children’s coloring and face painting offered on the upper level of the Visitor Center will keep the little ones entertained. The day will culminate at 4:45 p.m. with the Union County Menorah and Tree Lighting.

“While shopping at the Nature Craft Show for unique, one-of-a kind gifts for friends and family, visitors will be treated to a festive afternoon of activities,” said Freeholder Vice Chairwoman Deborah Scanlon. “Adding to the holiday atmosphere, carolers will entice visitors to join them in sing-alongs and decorated trees will be displayed throughout the Visitors Center. Trees are decorated by staff from various County departments and all trees, ornaments and gift cards collected will be distributed to Union County families in need.”

Visitors are encouraged to stop by each tree and then cast a vote for their favorite tree. The Department of Parks and Community Renewal would like to offer a special thank you to the ShopRite of Clark for their generous donation of candy canes and assorted items for this holiday event and charity drive.

For additional information about the Holiday Nature Craft Show please call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or go Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


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