County offers holiday craft fair on Dec. 6

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation are pleased to present the 32nd Annual Holiday Nature Craft Show at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. Usher in the holidays with the sights and sounds of the season on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The price of admission is an item of dry or canned food or a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed through local charities.

“If you are looking for a unique gift for a family member or friends, the Nature Craft Show is the place to check out while enjoying a festive afternoon of activities, including greetings from Santa and Mrs. Claus,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh.

Staff from various Union County departments and community organizations will decorate trees in the Trailside Visitor Center. All the trees, ornaments, and gift cards collected will be distributed to Union County families in need. Visitors are encouraged to stop by each holiday tree and vote on their favorite decorations theme for this year.

With a large selection of handcrafted items available at the show, you will certainly be able to check some names off your gift list. More than 40 vendors will be selling nature-themed items such as photography, knit and crocheted items, ornaments, home décor, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, recycled items, and much more. Light refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day, sponsored by the Watchung Junior Hunt Club.

Children will be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from noon to 4:30 p.m., and free children’s face-painting will be offered to keep the little ones entertained.

The day’s activities in Trailside’s auditorium will include illuminating seasonal lights of the Union County tree and menorah at 4:30 p.m.

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