Ugly sweaters, puppies and karaoke: 5 unique holiday weekend events in northern NJ

Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner! If you’re looking to add a new twist to your holiday weekend, here are some fun ways to begin in northern New Jersey.

Bring out your best ugly sweater
Cellar335 in Jersey City is hosting an ugly sweater party on Christmas Eve. The three ugliest sweaters will win a prize! Happy hour runs Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight and a DJ will be spinning from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Still need an ugly sweater? Here’s our ugly sweater shopping guide.

Adopt a furry friend
Everyone dreams of getting a fluffy pet over the holidays, so why not make that dream come true? Hudson County Animal League hosts adoptions in Bayonne at PetValu and Jersey City at Fussy Friends from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

Demarest Farms Christmas Spectacular
Every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., there will be hayrides with Santa, a petting zoo and plenty of delicious food at the Demarest Farms Christmas Spectacular.

Sing your heart out
The Iron Monkey in Jersey City is kicking karaoke off at 10 p.m. Saturday night. The winner gets a $50 Iron Monkey gift card!

First Night of Hanukkah Chinese Food Feast
To celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood is hosting a celebration complete with a Chinese food buffet dinner, dreidel spinning contests, a movie and more.

Happy holidays!