Holiday Greetings from Woodbridge: The Best Town Around

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Celebrating Our 350th Sesquarcentennial Anniversary 1669 ~ 2019

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Happy Holidays from the Woodbridge E-News!!!  It’s our hope that everyone is ‘Home-For-The-Holiday’s’ and able to share the merriment of the season with family and friends. We’ve put together a spectacular line-up of Festive events that will keep everyone – residents and visitors alike – entertained throughout the Holiday season.  Explore the Holiday Train Show (the largest train display in Central Jersey) at The Barron Arts Center.  Hike the Ernie Oros Wildlife Preserve in Avenel.  Shop the very best Woodbridge Buy Local stores.  Stay-tuned to the WB E-News for all of the upcoming 350th Sesquarcentennial Anniversary events.     

Visit us at:
www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for everything Woodbridge!!!

See You Around Town
Mayor John E. McCormac

           Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Festival Tonight
                    Fri., Nov. 30 at 5:00 PM


Town Hall just received a special news bulletin from the North Pole announcing that Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Woodbridge TONIGHT… FRI., NOV. 30 AT 5:00 PM just in time to ‘light-up’ the official Woodbridge Township Christmas Tree at the Barron Arts Center (582 Rahway Avenue).  The annual tree lighting and holiday ceremony features seasonal holiday selections performed by the award-winning Woodbridge High School Choir and the Woodbridge High School Marching Band.  Following the tree lighting program, the Barron Arts Center opens to the region’s largest holiday train show and exhibit.  The holiday train display has become the singular stop for the ‘Season-of-Giving’ food drive.  This year, the Barron Arts Center holiday train display is ‘on track’ until December 30 (closed on Christmas Day - Dec. 25.)  If you’re stopping by to see the incredible train exhibit, plan to drop-off a food donation at the holiday express.  Visit the Township web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for all of the Woodbridge Township holiday events, programs and happenings

‘Season of Giving’ Food Drive Highlights WB Holiday Season


The ‘Season of Giving’ food drive is underway at all of the WB holiday events, concerts and programs.  More than ever, we are seeking food donations for the Woodbridge Township food pantries that provide for the hungry throughout the holiday season and into the New Year.  We have set a goal to collect at least 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food for the ‘Season of Giving’ holiday food drive by the end of the year - food that will be distributed by our local food pantries as they work to ensure that Township residents receive much needed supplies.  We are once again encouraging our always generous Township residents and visitors to donate a can… or two… or three… of non-perishable food to help neighbors and families experience a healthy and happy holiday.

Home for the Holidays... Check Out the WB Holiday Event Calendar


The 58th Annual Woodbridge Township Holiday Parade steps-off on Sun., Dec. 2 at 1:30 PM from Woodbridge High School.  The parade marches down Amboy Ave. to Main Street… concluding at the reviewing stand at Town Hall.  Join in this year’s parade as more than 75 contingencies, including unique holiday-themed floats, high school marching bands, holiday choirs, community organizations, student and veterans groups and surprise guests join Santa and Mrs. Claus in welcoming the holiday season to Woodbridge. 

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The Annual Colonia Business Community’s Holiday Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Thurs., Dec. 6, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Evergreen Center (400 Inman Ave., Colonia).  Santa arrives at 6:30 PM to light the tree!  Meet Herbie the Camel and his friends at the holiday petting zoo!!! Holiday carolers.  Pictures with Santa.  Refreshments.  And More!!!  The CBC is collecting donations for Toys for Tots and non-perishable food items for the ‘Season of Giving’ food drive

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The 3rd Annual Holiday Fords Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting – sponsored by the Fords Business Community – is set for Sat., Dec. 8, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Fords Public Parking Lot located at 555 New Brunswick Avenue (next to Olsen Towers).  Stroll & Shop the ‘Buy Local’ businesses on New Brunswick Avenue.  Photos with Santa.  Holiday entertainment.  Food.  FREE Grand Prize Drawings!!!  The Christmas tree lighting ceremony takes place at 6:00 PM. 

The Woodbridge Township Season of Giving’ food drive continues at the following Woodbridge Township holiday events:


Dec. 7:  Barron Arts Center Presents: Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert - The Jazz Lobsters Big Band: An Evening of Traditional Standards & Holiday Favorites.  The Theater at Woodbridge Middle School.   7:30 PM.

Dec. 8:  Recreation Department Presents: Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Decorating at Parker Press Park.  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Dec. 15:  Woodbridge Recreation Department Presents: Pictures with Santa. Parker Press Park. 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

Dec. 15:  Woodbridge Community Choir Presents: Journey Into the Winter Sky… A Winter Concert.  St. Anthony of Padua Church, Port Reading.  7:30 PM – FREE Admission.

Dec. 19:  Woodbridge High School (WHS) Choir Holiday Concert.  St. Andrews Church, Avenel.  7:30 PM.

Dec. 25:  Annual Christmas Friendship Dinner will be served from 1:30 to 3:30 P.M. on Christmas Day at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Father Milos Parish Hall, 436 Port Reading Ave., Port Reading.  All are Welcome.  Please call St. Anthony’s Church at 732-634-1419 to confirm a seat at the table.

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Before you start your holiday shopping be sure to download the Woodbridge NOW APP for all of the best shopping deals, rewards and specials!!!  The Woodbridge NOW APP is FREE!!!  And, it’s the best source for what’s happening in Woodbridge.    And, it’s the best source for what’s happening in Woodbridge.  Stay connected with just one touch.  Visit www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.

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It’s All Happening at The Club

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The Club at Woodbridge is now part of the Woodbridge Township Recreation Family – and we’re offering an incredible menu of health, wellness, fitness and entertainment programs, events and happenings to members and guests!!!

The Club is the perfect complement to the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) right across Main Street.  Both facilities have a pool, running track, cardio rooms, weight rooms, concession areas and child care functions. Both run summer camps for kids and personal training and other amenities. The Club has racquetball and badminton, while the WCC has a hockey rink, roller rink, mini-golf course and batting cages. 

Explore all The Club has to offer at: www.theclub.org


WCC   ‘Stocking  Stuffer’ Membership  Special


Looking for that perfect ‘Stocking-Stuffer’ gift!!!  Stop by the WCC and explore the special Holiday Membership packages.  Check out the Family Membership or an Individual membership for that special someone.  Join in December and receive a FREE WCC gift with your new membership!!!  We’re betting that you’ll discover that the WCC is the perfect place for family fun, fitness and connection.


DID YOU KNOW???  The WCC is at the leading edge of what’s hot in the health, wellness and fitness industry –WCC members are going strong and getting in shape with the popular LesMills Group Effect exercise classes and personal training program.  The WCC also offers a full aquatics program with swim lessons for all ages, a competitive swim team, roller and ice skating lessons, ice hockey, open skate sessions, weight and aerobic center, personal training & fitness programs, a full-court gymnasium, basketball court, indoor track, and so much more.  Perfect your swing – baseball or softball - at the 3-cage batting center.  And, after taking batting practice, tee-off at SkyLine Mini-Golf... the best and most challenging mini-golf course in Central Jersey.

The WCC hosts Corporate/Office outings and Birthday, Anniversary, Project Graduation, or any party for that special occasion.  Your special event party comes with the full-service, in-house WCC Café and catering.  Contact our Membership Services Coordinator at 732-596-4196.  Visit our webpage at: www.njwcc.com.  See us on Facebook.  Or stop-by the WCC at 600 Main Street, Woodbridge.  You’ll be glad you did!!!

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WB Events & Happenings


SAT., DEC. 1
Iselin Business Association (IBA) Presents:  Holiday Tree Lighting.  Oak Tree Road School #29 (Corner of Route 27 & Middlesex Ave.)  3:00 – 6:00 PM.


FRI., DEC. 7
Holiday Cookies & Cans.  Annual  ‘Hometown Heroes’ event sponsored by the Corner Newspaper.  Cookies and holiday non-perishable items are shipped to service men and women serving oversees.  Price of Admission:  Four Dozen Cookies.  6:00 to 9:00 PM at VFW Post #6061, Inman Ave., Colonia.  Contact Councilwoman Debbie Meehan at 732-382-0273.

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Woodbridge Township Addiction Services & Road to Hope Presents:  Holiday Fundraising Dinner.  Live Music.  Raffle & Prizes.  Support our recovering community.  Tickets:  $20.00 Advance.  $25.00 Door.  6:00 to 10:00 PM.  Avenel Knights of Columbus.  109 Morrisey Ave., Avenel.

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SAT., DEC. 15
WREATHS Across AMERICA.  Join American Legion T. Nulty Post #471, the Vietnam Veterans of America and Mayor John E. McCormac and the Township Administration in placing more than 200 wreaths on the graves of Veterans (Revolutionary War to the Present) at the First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge (Old White Church).  600 Rahway Ave.  Wreath placement at 11:00 AM.  Program at 1:00 PM.

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SAT., DEC 15
The Main Street ‘Holiday Stroll’ returns with all-new and exciting holiday events… including horse-drawn carriage rides.  Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Ice Skating on Main Street.  Ice Sculptors.  Holiday Carolers.  Special Performances.  DJ Entertainment.  4:00 to 6:30 PM.  Main Street in Woodbridge.


School News & Events

There are many events, programs and happenings every day that focus on our schools, students and extra-curricular activities.  The WB E-News encourages residents, parents, students and visitors to support the various school-related activities - without community sponsorship, many of the student programs, events and activities would not be able to take place.  Plan to attend.


FRI., NOV. 30
CMS PTO Presents:  First Annual Tricky Tray.  Doors Open at 6:00 PM.
Colonia Middle School
(100 Delaware Ave., Colonia)

Mawbey Street School #1 Presents:  Winer Concert.  6:00 PM.  275 Mawbey Street.


John F. Kennedy Memorial High School National Honor Society Blood Drive.  8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  JFK HS Auditorium.

Colonia High School Presents:  Winter Concert & Art Festival.  6:30 PM.

Ford Avenue School #14 Presents:  Winter Concert.  7:00 PM.
SAT.,  DEC. 8
John F. Kennedy Memorial High School Hosts:  Breakfast with Santa.  9:00 AM to Noon.

Colonia High School Presents:  Holiday Winter Wonderland.  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

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