Lots of Christmas Cheer Found Around Claremont Towers


It’s the most magical time of the year as the holiday season has arrived. While the preceding months featured beautiful fall foliage, December brings the glow of the Christmas season where children ache for the morning that they run downstairs to see what Santa has brought them. Residents of the Claremont Towers luxury apartment complex in Hillsborough, New Jersey, can enjoy quite a bit of festive cheer by partaking of a number of local events and activities.

The township of Hillsborough, New Jersey, boasts an estimated population of 39,832 individuals, but it still manages to retain a small town atmosphere. (1) Those living at Claremont Towers can take a short train trip to New York City to catch the dizzying array of holiday-themed delights to be found in the Big Apple. However, there is a lot of holiday fun that can be found much closer to hand.

Christmas fun starts off early for residents of Claremont Towers. On Saturday, December 2nd, one can take the family down to the Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #3 and Auxiliary to have breakfast with Santa. There are two breakfast buffet sessions: the first at 8:15am and the second at 10:45am. (2) On December 9th, young children will enjoy getting to visit Santa’s live reindeer at the Belle Mead Animal Hospital. If one wishes to help out the less fortunate, a clothing drive will be held at the Hillsborough High School on December 9th.

Sunday, December 10th, finds a few holiday-themed events for locals and visitors to enjoy. The Central Jersey Regional Airport will see Santa flying in to give presents to local boys and girls. Proceeds are to benefit the Rotary Club of Branchburg. To find that special ornament or keepsake, residents of Claremont Towers can visit the Winter Craft Fair held at the Princeton Elks Lodge 2129. A popular event is the caroling concert held by the Raritan Valley Choral Society at the St. Joseph Church and Parish Center. Many classic favorites will be featured, and one can purchase a tin of fresh-baked cookies for ten dollars.

A short drive of just over thirty miles will bring one to the 2017 Holiday Train Exhibit. Nothing helps bring a smile to the faces of both the young and old than seeing a majestic model train diorama. There are numerous displays of running model trains throughout the America On Wheels Museum. Trains will be running from 10am to 4pm on Thursday through Saturday and from noon to 4pm on Sunday. Many individuals will also enjoy seeing the museum exhibit featuring the cars from the Transformers franchise. The 2017 Holiday Train Exhibit will chug along through December 30th. (3)

A popular destination for those living at the luxurious Claremont Towers is the Morven Museum & Garden. Christmas takes on a special feeling while being celebrated within the 18th century building. Families can enjoy the two Storytime at Morven events held in December. The first is held on December 7th and features The Trees of the Dancing Goats and Willowby’s Christmas Tree. The second takes place on December 28th and features Snowy Day and The Mitten. Also taking place at the Morven is the Festival of Trees, which is open through January 7th. (4) This annual event is a crowd-pleaser as the museum’s elegant porches, hallways, and galleries are filled with Christmas trees that have been artfully decorated by local groups and businesses.

Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers says, “There’s no better time of the year than the holiday season. I love visiting all the local shops and eateries to see the many festive decorations. Plus, nothing beats a wintry night than drinking a hot cider with friends. Our residents at Claremont Towers enjoy taking part in the many events and celebrations that are held in and around Hillsborough. There are several chances for the children to see Santa up close and even meet his reindeer. The caroling concert is always a popular choice for our residents. We have quite a few families that always make sure to see the Holiday Train Exhibit and see what new setups the organizers have come up with this year. One event that practically everybody attends is the Festival of Trees at the Morven Museum & Garden. Some of the Christmas trees are so beautifully decorated that it makes you just stand there in awe, not to mention wishing that you could do the same at home. Of course, many of those living at Claremont Towers make sure to attend one of the many religious services held to commemorate the real meaning of the season. I love attending the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service held at the nearby Gateway Church on Christmas Eve.” (5)

As one can see, there is plenty of holiday enjoyment to be had close by to the Claremont Towers apartment complex. Individuals and families have lots of options to make the Christmas season a joyous one, from visiting Santa to listening to some Christmas stories to feeling young at heart watching model trains race around the tracks.


1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_Township,New_Jersey#Census_2010

2) http://www.hillsborough-nj.org/events-calendar/

3) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-train-display-at-america-on-wheels-museum-tickets-39232256736?aff=es2

4) http://morven.org/events/event/festival-of-trees/

5) Quote from Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers