In a few more days, we’ll reach the Winter Solstice (December 21), after which, the days will be getting longer, not shorter! That’s cause for celebration, unless you hate sunlight. There are plenty of festivities this week, which spans the length of Hanukkah and precedes Christmas Eve and Christmas. Head to one of the many community celebrations, and take your pick of firehouse breakfasts this Sunday. Happy holidays!

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Hanukkah. At 6 pm every night this week until December 23, the New Hope Free Press is sponsoring a Community Menorah Lighting on the Delaware at the foot of the free bridge between New Hope and Lambertville (right in the center of town).

Tonight, Wednesday, December 17, the Hanukkah Songfest Celebration will take place starting at 7 pm at the corner of State and Hamilton Streets in Doylestown. The even will be hosted by Rabbi Mitchell Delcau of Temple Judea of Bucks County and the Live at Judea Band. Sing along, grab a “goodie bag” of dreidel and gelt, and watch the lighting of a handmade menorah.

Kehilat Hanahar is having a Chanukah Celebration tonight, Wednesday, December 17,  from 6 to 7:30 pm. Everyone is invited to bring their Chanukah menorah and candles. There will be special learning and fun activities for adults and children, followed by the group lighting of all of the menorahs at once, which creates a spectacular glow in the room. The celebration will continue with the singing of Chanukah songs, with live music from Deva Troy and other congregants. There will also be latkes and sufganiot (doughnuts)! The event is open to the community.

Friday night, December 19, head to Central Bucks Ambulance at 6:30 pm for a Shabbat Latke Dinner to enjoy traditional Latkes with applesauce; photo courtesy of slashfood.comtreats like kiddush, challah and latkes. It’s free, too! Donations are, of course, always appreciated.

Guy’s Night Out. This one’s new. Ladies Nights are a dime a dozen, but Shaving Grace of Doylestown is mixing it up with a Doylestown Men’s Shaving Grace LogoShopping Night. About 15 of the stores from around Doylestown will be set up with gifts to sell, which men can peruse while enjoy free food and beer. Good idea; spread the word!

Breakfast. Breakfast lovers, rejoice. It’s that weekend of the month again, where a whole bunch of community breakfasts occur simultaneously on Sunday, December 21. Depending on your location, you may be within a mile radius in any direction from pancakes, hot off the griddle. At the Perkasie Fire Company, enjoy an All-you-can-eat Breakfast with Santa from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. Riegelsville Fire Company is serving up breakfast from 8 am to 12:30. Silverdale Fire Company’s Breakfast begins at 8 am and runs until 1 pm.

Riegelsville Fire Company breakfast

In case you forgot…. Next Wednesday and Thursday, December 24th and 25th, are Christmas Eve and Christmas! There aren’t many events planned on those days but there are plenty of options for dining out on both days. Check out our post: 2014 – Going out for Christmas.

To market, to market. Getting your hands on local produce is still possible during the winter. The Wrightstown Winter Market happens on the second and fourth Saturday of every month through April. The Indoor Farmers Market happens every Thursday throughout the winter season at the Event Center by Cornerstone (formerly the Eagle Fire Hall) and the Princeton Winter Market happens once monthly, starting this Thursday, December 18. The Stockton Farmers Market, the Stangl Factory Farmers Market and the Quakertown Farmers Market are open year round.

Here’s what you’ll find at area farmers’ markets:  Apples (Keepsake, Braeburn, Fuji, Gold Rush, Pink Lady, Stayman Cabbage BGF_300x225Winesap), beets, butternut squash, carrots, celeriac, celery root, cheese pumpkins, collard greens, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, micro-greens, mushrooms, napa cabbage, onions, potatoes, rutabaga, salad greens, strawberries (frozen), sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tatsoi, turnips, watermelon radishes, wheatgrass.

Most markets will also have: eggs from free-range chickens, grass-fed and pastured meats, preserves, specialty foods, baked goods like breads, cakes, cookies and pastries, cheese and yogurt, cider and juice, sauces locally roasted coffee, and interesting crafts from local artisans. For a list of all farmers’ markets in Bucks and nearby, go to our food guide here.

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Who says you can’t go out for Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day for that matter? Many local restaurants are offering great meals for the holiday, including the traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes. Scroll all the way down and you’ll also see who is offering holiday meals to bring home.

If I’ve missed any, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

Christmas Eve

Here are restaurants offering Christmas eve dinners, in alphabetical order, with details:

The Brick Hotel (Newtown) Dinner from 4 to 9 pm. Call them at 215.860.8613 to reserve.

The Black Bass Hotel (Lumberville) is offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner served 4:30 – 9:30 pm for $95 per person. See their website for the full menu and to make a reservation.

Bowman’s Tavern (New Hope) will be open their usual  for Christmas Eve. They’ll be serving their regular menu with a few special editions. Contact them at 215.862.2972. Bob Egan’s entertainment will begin at 8:30 pm.

Caleb’s American Kitchen (Lahaska) will be serving a 3-course prix fixe dinner for $48 per person, including many choices for the non-meat eater (see the menu here). Reservations are from 4 – 8 pm. BYOB. Contact them at 215.794.8588.

Centre Bridge Inn (New Hope) will be open for Christmas Eve. For reservations, contact them at 215.862.9139.

Fisher’s Tudor House (Bensalem) will be open Christmas Eve until 7 pm. They are also doing Christmas dinner (details here) to be picked up Christmas eve including Roast Turkey and/or a Spiral Cut Baked Ham, with cranberry relish, stuffing, choice of 2 soups, 3 side dishes and Apple Crisp or Pecan Pie.

The Golden Pheasant Inn (Erwinna) will be serving dinner 3 pm to 8 pm with an a la carte menu featuring the best, local seasonal offerings (click here for the menu). Golden Pheasant_fieldstone_with_fire_landing_editedThey will also have harpist, Darcy Fair playing traditional holiday music. Fully decorated for the holidays, including real wood burning fireplaces, the Golden Pheasant offers a stunning location to enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve in the country. Contact them at 610.294.9595 or reserve a table online.

Hamilton’s Grill Room (Lambertville) is offering a special menu for the evening and will be open from 5 pm to 8 pm. See the details here. Contact them at 609.397.4343. BYOB.

The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (Buckingham) will be open their normal hours on Christmas Eve for dinner. You can reach them for reservations at 215.794.5104.

Martine’s River House (New Hope) will be open on Christmas eve from 11:30 am – 8 pm. You can reach them at 215.862.2966.

naBrasa (Horsham) The Brazilian rodizio (steakhouse) will be open from 3 to 8 pm. Dinner is $44.95 per person. Reservations are recommended. Call 215.956.0600.

Piccolo Trattoria (Newtown & Pennington) is offering the Feast of the Feast of the Seven FishesSeven Fishes all day, from 11 am to 10 pm. Regular menu will also be available and take-out as well. See their website for each location’s phone number and address. BYOB.

Pineville Tavern (Pineville) is open on Christmas Eve from 11 am to 10 pm. Contact them at 215.598.3890.

Riegelsville Inn (Riegelsville) will be serving their regular dinner menu until 8 pm. Contact them at 610.749.0100.

Trattoria Rosa Bianca (Yardley) will be serving a 3-course Feast of the Seven Fishes for $40 per person on Christmas Eve. Contact them at 267.392.5738. BYOB. christmas eve dinner

The Vintage Grille (Fountainville) will be open all day on Christmas Eve, serving breakfast from 8 am to 2 pm, lunch from 11 am to 4 pm, and dinner from 4 to 8 pm (last seating). They’ll be serving a shortened version of their a la carte menu, with some special Christmas Eve editions. Contact them at 215.348.4850.

The Washington Crossing Inn (Washington Crossing) will be serving lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm, and dinner from 3 pm until 8 pm on Christmas Eve. You can reach them at 877.882.1776.

The Washington House (Sellersville) will be serving a 3-course prix fixe Christmas Eve luncheon for $25, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Contact them at 215.257.3000.

The Yardley Inn Restaurant and Bar (Yardley) will be serving Christmas Eve brunch from 10 am – 3 pm. See the full menu here. For reservations, call: 215.493.3800.

Christmas Day

Ah, but where can you go on Christmas Day if you’ve got the family but not the cooking skills?

The Pineville Tavern (Pineville) will be open on Christmas Day from 10 am to 7 pm serving a buffet feast including mussels, a standing rib roast, roast turkey breast, honey-baked ham and all the trimmings. Also on the menu…homemade cheese ravioli and jumbo lump “Bawlmer” crabcakes. For $39 per person, and $15 for kids under 12 years old. Call them at 215.598.3890.

naBrasa The Brazilian rodizio (steakhouse) will be open from 3 to 8 pm. Dinner is $44.95 per person. Reservations are recommended. Call 215.956.0600.

The Washington Crossing Inn (Washington Crossing) will be serving brunch on Christmas Day from 10 am – 5 pm. You can contact them at 877.882.1776.

One of our readers commented that the Japanese restaurant, To-Yo, in Doylestown will be open on Christmas Day. I then gave myself a “dope slap.” Of course! How could I have overlooked this? There’s an old joke: “How do Jews celebrate Christmas? Chinese food and a movie!” When I was growing up movie theaters and Chinese restaurants were the only places open on Christmas Day. That’s changed somewhat but if you are not in the mood for turkey or ham, give your favorite Asian restaurant a call to see if they are open.

Interested in Christmas-Dinner-to-Go? Here’s a few places that are offering holiday meals with all the fixings:

Fisher’s Tudor House (Bensalem) has a Christmas Dinner Turkey orders taken until December 19 at 6 pm. Any other food items may be ordered until 3 pm on December 24. (Subject to availability. Pick-up until 6 pm on Christmas Eve. For the full menu, see their website for ordering and information.

Gross’ Gourmet Foods (Doylestown) offers just about anything you’d want for the holidays. All kinds of entrees including chicken, fresh turkeys, roast beef, filet mignon, hams, pasta and fish, and all the traditional sides. All is cooked to order in their kitchen. Delivery is available too. Give them 2-3 days notice and reach them at 215.345.1721. You can see their full menu here and their website here.

jamie hollander holiday HD 2013Jamie Hollander’s Gourmet Foods (New Hope) has a full holiday menu for take-out that includes ready-to-roast Filet Mignon and Filet of Salmon. Everything else on their menu is fully prepared and ready to heat and serve, with simple instructions provided. The Crown Roast of Pork is not only delicious but serves as a stunning focal point to a holiday table. The Pineapple-Glazed Smoked Ham is all-natural and raised in PA. You can see the full menu for sides, hors d’oeuvres, party platters, salads, and baked goods – including herb and cheese biscuits and a selection of holiday desserts here. Orders are due by 3 pm on Friday, December 19. They also have holiday specials in their prepared foods case, but amounts are limited and usually sell out quickly. They close at 3 pm on Christmas Eve. For guidance in planning a menu, or to order, call 215.862.9809.

Max Hansen Catering is offering a full a la carte take-out menu for the holiday out of the Carversville General Store. Call them at: 215.297.5353. The store is at 6208 Fleecy Dale Rd in Carversville.

Tabora Farm & Orchard (Chalfont & Lansdale) offers holiday dinners for $19.99 per person. Don’t forget the pie! Tabora makes nineteen types of pies, most for $11.99. See their website for complete information.

And from all of us at Bucks County Taste, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Look for Bucks County Taste on Facebook and Twitter!

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