Monday

Christmas carols

Bring the family to the Riverton Free Library, 306 Main St., Riverton, for a evening of carols with singer/storyteller Jonathan Clifton. Beyond singing, folks will learn about "crackers," an English Christmas tradition. Light refreshments will be served after the sing-along. Registration is requested. Free. 7 to 8 p.m. 856-829-2476 or

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Cookie workshop

Learn to make delicious cookies from Santa's Favorite Cookie Workshop at Kitchen Kapers, East Gate Square, Moorestown. The class is open for ages 6 to adult, and the instructor is none other than Santa Claus himself. $35. 6 to 8 p.m. 856-778-7705 or

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Wednesday

Senior nature hike

Feel winter up close and personal during a Winter Hike for Seniors at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Route 73 North under the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. The hike's theme is insects in winter. Participants will search for insect dwellings and learn about the unique ways some insects survive the season. Reservations are required. 9 to 11 a.m. $8 per person; $4 for park members. 856-829-1900, Ext. 263 or

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Silk flower ornament

Stumped over what to buy that special someone for the holidays? Make a silk flower ornament at the Pemberton Community Library, 16 Broadway, Browns Mills. The event is presented by Helen Whitby. Registration is requested. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 609-893-8262 or

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This Month

Smithville Mansion

The Smithville Mansion in Eastampton is dressed in its holiday finery this month. A bevy of angels will welcome visitors who stop by to tour the historic property until Dec. 30. Hosted by the Friends of the Mansion at Smithville, the tours have been held annually at the 1840 Greek revival mansion, which was once the home of entrepreneur Hezekiah B. Smith and is now part of the county parks system. A "Wings" art exhibit complements this year's "angels" decorating theme. The art exhibit will be on display in the Mansion Annex Gallery until Jan. 6. Smithville Mansion is in Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Road, Eastampton, three-quarters of a mile off Route 38. The Victorian Christmas Tours will run until next Sunday and again Dec. 26-30. $6 adults and $5 seniors and students. Tours are conducted at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The Victorian Christmas Candlelight tours run today, Friday and Dec. 28. Reservations are required. $10 adults; $7 seniors and students. 609-265-5068 or 856-778-8052. The "Wings" art exhibit will be on display in the Mansion Annex Art Gallery and may be viewed during the paid admission to the Smithville holiday tours. Admission to the Smithville Mansion Annex Art Gallery is free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment.

- Jennifer Wichterman