Find things to do this Christmas season in NJ! You will find a wide variety of upcoming holiday events NJ has to offer from train rides to tree lightings, holiday shopping and more! Enjoy fun NJ Christmas events your whole family will love. See below for a list of events sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas events in NJ for an entire month! Experience the magic that is Morristown's annual Christmas and Holiday celebrations. Santa arrives on the Green on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The fun continues until First Night Morris - our grand music festival on New Year's Eve. There are many participating sites offering free events as well as local historical sites and museums with special programming and admission fees.
Visit with Santa Claus on the historic Morristown Green or take in a performance of "THE NUTCRACKER" at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Stroll the streets of Morristown, Madison or Chester and do your holiday shopping. Visit the local museums decorated for Christmas and stop by their gift shops for unique presents.
Historic Village at Allaire State Park Christmas Lantern Tours celebrates old world traditions in our 1836 living history museum. Take a lantern lit guided tour through our village, and learn the different Christmas traditions and where they came from. French, English, Scottish, Irish, Swedish and Moravian traditions will be on display. Holiday music will be performed in the Allaire Chapel, and local choirs will be caroling around the fire. The tour takes around ninety minutes.
Stop in the General Store for some holiday shopping, and grab a snack or hot beverage at our bakery. Tours are on Saturday December 6th, 13th and 20th from 5 pm to 8 pm and admission is $12.50 per person and advanced purchase is highly recommended.
GPS: Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727. For more info or ticket purchase, call 732-919-3500 or www.allairevillage.org.
Creative and crafty Holiday events! This holiday season join TiaMarie Beading Studio in Montclair, NJ for three holiday themed beading parties! Make a holiday bracelet for yourself or as a special gift for someone else at Santa's Workshop. Also enjoy treats and take a photo with the special visitors from the North Pole.
On November 29 from 2 - 4pm and December 6 from 12 - 2pm Bruce the Elf makes his way to TiaMarie Beading Studio to kick off the holiday season! Mrs. Claus makes her special appearance on December 13 from 2 - 4pm and Santa Claus makes his appearance December 20 from 12 - 2pm. Call, email or visit the website to register today!
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Enjoy Christmas on the water! Join Spirit Cruises for one of their many holiday group events this year! Throughout December they will be offering a Jingle Bells Lunch Cruise which will include a magnificent lunch buffet, music and a great view of NYC. Their Christmas Eve Cruise will go from 7 - 10 pm and will include a decadent dinner buffet. A true wonder will be Spirit Cruises' Holiday Lights Dinner Cruise where guests will get dinner, entertainment from a live DJ and, again, wonderful NY views. The Eve of the Eve Dinner Cruise will take place on December 30th and holiday music will liven up the boat. The Gospel Lunch Cruise will feature a filling lunch and a live performance by Chapter VI.
Other holiday themed cruises include a New Year's Eve Family Lunch, a Lunch with Santa Cruise where kids will get to meet the ever-popular St. Nicholas, a New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise with a wonderful fireworks show, a Full Moon Cruise where guests will get to see the city while the moon is the brightest and even a New Year's Day Cruise where a DJ will be rocking the dance floor!
Check out their website for specific dates and times.
Perfect gift idea for Jersey Shore lovers! Need to grab a stocking stuffer for a Jersey Shore lover? Look no further than the Jenkinson's Boardwalk Bounce Booklet. Enjoy the beach, aquarium, mini-golf, fun house and rides all for one low price.
Just $42 for adults and $33 for children 12 and under, the Boardwalk Bounce Booklet includes 60 ride tickets, admission to the Aquarium, fun house, beach and a round of mini-golf at any one of the three boardwalk locations.
Both are available online through January 2nd at www.jenkinsonstickets.com. Purchase by December 19th for guaranteed Christmas delivery.
Jenkinson's Aquarium becomes a winter wonderland! Join Jenkinson's Aquarium in celebrating their annual Sea of Lights Holiday Festival on December 26th, 27th and 28th from 6 - 9pm.
The special all inclusive $6 per person admission is our gift to you!
Visit your favorite fish and animals while the Aquarium is decked out in the holiday spirit with festive lights and decorations, make and take crafts, face painting, even a scuba diving Santa and other special guests from the coolest new animated movie.
Don't miss this special holiday family experience! December 26th, 27th and 28th
Merriment at Allaire State Park Christmas at Allaire celebrates old world traditions in our 1836 living history museum. Saint Nicholas will be strolling about, and horse and wagon rides will put you in the Christmas mood! Our villagers will be dancing and singing in the Allaire Chapel, our hearth cooks will be creating a feast and our tradesmen will be making holiday items.
Mr. Allaire's home will be open for touring, with music courtesy of Bonnie Leigh. Stop in the General Store for some holiday shopping, and grab a snack or hot beverage at our bakery. On Sunday December 7th and 14th from 12 - 4 pm admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
GPS: Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727. For more info or ticket purchase, call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org. December 7th - 31st
Spectacular Holiday lights show! The entire family will be in awe as they gaze at the brilliantly lit-up historic village of Smithville. Over 100 trees will light up on Lake Meone in various musical patterns, creating dazzling illusions and wonderment for children and adults alike.
The Holiday Lights Show, which takes place in Galloway, NJ, has been a tradition at Historic Smithville for many years and each year is made better than the last. Don't miss the amazing light show and the Victorian-style Christmas decor around the village! Bring the whole family and all your friends for this merry attraction! The event runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5pm - 8:30pm.
This Christmas you can also meet the Magical Talking Tree, a figure that wakes every weekend just to have a conversation with the young visitors! There will also be a Train Ride that runs daily and allows you and your family to take in the truly whimsical Smithville Village. Little ones may find Story Time with Mrs. Claus fun and entertaining. Come out to the Christmas Cottage and listen to Mrs. Clause read stories of the holiday season!
December 6th will be Hospitality Night and all are welcome to attend! From 6 - 8 pm the town will be overflowing with generous merchants offering food samples, discounts and drawings. Don't miss out on the fun!
Holiday fun for the whole family! Come out to Schaefer Farms during the month of December for countless hours of winter and holiday fun! Due to popular demand, our farm will be bringing back our Holiday Lights on the Farm display for the 2014 season. Opening on December 22, you can bring your whole family to the farm and enjoy a peaceful drive through our magnificent light display!
During the holiday season, we look to bring joy and happiness to all! There aren't many people who dislike looking at Christmas and holiday themed lights, right? Well, we have thousands of brightly colored lights and holiday displays for you and your family to enjoy! Stop by the farm anytime between Thanksgiving and New Year's to be a part of our holiday fun!
Besides the holiday lights, which will be on display towards the end of the month, our farm has all of your holiday needs. We have countless trees, wreaths, crafts, decorations and so much more, all to make your holiday more festive! The kids will be given a chance to meet Santa on December 4th - 6th, 12th - 14th and 19th - 21st. Don't forget to stop by the farm stand on Wednesday's and Thursdays for fresh produce!
A NJ Christmas light display that benefits charity Cranbury Christmas Lights is New Jersey's Number One Christmas Display for charity. It also features the largest Christmas Tree in New Jersey, a tree that stands at over 36 feet tall with 46,000 Dancing lights!
This display features over 120,000 lights dancing to 18 songs. The show is free to watch and parking is also free. Donations from those who are financially able are accepted and all proceeds benefit local food banks.
Our Christmas Display will light up from 6:00pm and will turn off at 9:00pm starting November 28th through December 31st. For a list of the 20 nights the lights will dance to the music see the schedule on the website.
Dress warm this is an outside event. Handicap parking available. This Christmas display is a must see for everyone in NJ!
A NJ holiday tradition! The Christmas Light Show is a Free world class computerized lighting and pyrotechnic show. Over the past 8 years this incredible event has become an area tradition. The show is very much like attending a Disney World concert, featuring pyrotechnics, fog, color changing effects, and thousands of lights synchronized to music broadcast over a concert quality sound system. Don't miss this one of a kind event!
The show benefits a local charity through donations from its viewers. Please consider making a donation to Challenged Youth Sports, Inc. when you attend. We recommend a donation of $20 for a family of 4. Challenged Youth Sports (CYS) runs top quality sporting leagues and builds facilities for children with disabilities. Their support helps these children live healthy lives through physical activity. CYS Inc. is local and is a nationally recognized 501-c-3 charity. They are 100% volunteer based.
Show times are: December 13th, 14th, and 20th 2014 at 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM each night. Arrive at least 30 minutes early!! For more information, directions, and show status please visit: www.TheChristmasLightShow.com.
Parking at: 2744 Belmar Blvd., Wall Township, NJ 07719. For parking and walking directions click here.
Numerous Christmas events in Central NJ! There is no place like the Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant in Basking Ridge during the holiday season!
Throughout December, the entire property is adorned with beautiful holiday decorations inside and outside.
The Grain House Restaurant is located in a building dating back to 1768, and is handsomely trimmed with beamed ceilings and rich woods, offering cozy fireside dining both in the Childs Dining Room and in the Grain House Coppertop Pub.
Grain House Holiday Events for 2014 include:
Sunday, December 7th: Gingerbread Brunch (10am - 2pm). Decorate our giant Gingerbread Cookies. Great family fun for all ages! Sunday, December 14th: Santa Brunch (10am - 2pm). Visit with Santa, have a free family photo taken, and attend a holiday craft party. Monday-Friday, December 15th-19th: Holiday Lunch Buffet (11:30am - 2:30pm). Sunday, December 21st: Caroler Brunch (10am - 2pm). Carolers from Ridge High School will serenade with joyful holiday music. December 24th: Christmas Eve Buffet (4pm - 8pm). December 31st: New Year's Eve Dinner (5pm - 10pm).
Christmas fun in South Jersey The Flanders Hotel is hosting a Holiday Weekend of Events on Dec. 20-21st, starting with our delicious breakfast buffet with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 20th from 8-11am. Our elaborate buffet menu includes many delicious breakfast favorites such as Brioche French Toast, Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Fresh Fruit and more.
On Sunday, Dec. 21st come out and enjoy our Annual Gingerbread House Contest Official Judging Ceremony filled with fun, treats and prizes awarded to the winners (entries can be dropped off until Dec. 20th). Our Special Guest Judges will begin selecting the winners at 1pm. At 1:30pm bring the entire family to The Operafest International Company's live performance of the children's story Hansel and Gretel. Tickets are $5 per person.
Join us for an elegant Holiday High Tea Event served in our Candlelight Ballroom at 3pm Sunday, Dec. 21. Enjoy live Charles' Dickens Christmas Carolers and gourmet tea sandwiches, homemade scones, decadent desserts, fresh brewed tea and more. Make your reservations for this limited seating event.
Celebrate with us for New Year's Eve, First Night & New Year's Day. We offer a New Year's Eve/First Night Package with all the bells and whistles to bring in the new year. We also host a delicious New Year's Eve Dinner in Emily's Ocean Room. Join us New Year's Day for an Ocean City Tradition, our lavish breakfast buffet served in our ballrooms.
Celebrate New Year's on the beach in Seaside Heights NJ! If you're looking for a family-friendly NJ event to spend New Year's Eve, then come down to the Seaside Heights Boardwalk for their second annual First Night with Fireworks. From 11am - 5pm enjoy jugglers, face painting, balloon twisters, caricature artists, boardwalk food and more!
Bracelets for the day time event are $5 each and will be available for purchase in the Ocean County Mall beginning November 27th.
You can enjoy the free fireworks show on the beach at 5:00 pm. Bring the whole family out to Seaside Heights and bring in 2015 together!
Christmas Eve Dinner with Santa Make the night before Christmas with friends and family even more magical at the all new Waters Edge! With special greetings from Santa himself, delight your loved ones with a special Christmas Eve cuisine that is as enticing as our waterfront views. Our AAA Four-Diamond Award Winning Chefs have crafted a special menu that caters to carnivores, seafood lovers, gluten-free and vegetarian diners delights.
Dinner specials include a Turkey Dinner entree with perfectly smooth buttermilk mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, homemade stuffing and cranberry sauce, seasonal vegetables and apple or pumpkin pie for dessert. Other menu options include a Short Rib Pot Roast entree with braised boneless beef short rib over buttermilk mashed potatoes, asparagus and apple braised red cabbage. For our complete Christmas Eve Dinner menu visit www.WatersEdgeOnTheBay.com.
Christmas Eve Dinner with Santa Claus will be served from 4:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, December 24th. Reservations are recommended, call 732-269-3000 today to make your Christmas Eve a very special one. Excite Your Senses at the All New Waters Edge.
Hilarious one-man holiday show! From November 28th through December 30th head down to the Cape May Stage to see the hilarious one-man show, The Santaland Diaries written by David Sedaris and directed by Roy Steinberg. A struggling young writer takes a job as a Christmas elf at Macy's in New York City, and offers a sardonic, witty, irreverent accounting of elf training, bad Santas, abusive customers, and humiliating conditions. Go deep into the heart of Christmas as it exists in our consumerized world and get your holiday in high gear with this hilarious one-man show. Show times: Thursday - Saturday 7:30pm, Sundays 3pm.
Merry Melodies: A Holiday Celebration Celebrate the holidays at Cape May Stage with a brand new musical revue, filled with all your favorite holiday songs and carols. Merry Melodies is a delightful way for families to take a break from the usual hustle and bustle and spend time together celebrating love, warmth, and all that makes the season sparkle. Show times: Thursday - Saturdays 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. November 28th - December 30th
Celebrate the new year at a water park! Countdown to 2015 at Sahara Sam's with a night of fun, FOAM and family! Splash the night away on our indoor water attractions, meet Sahara Sam himself, join in on fun contests for a chance to win various prizes, take part in a game of limbo, or jump in on the park wide Congo line!
Enjoy tasty appetizers, hot dinner, and an awesome dessert buffet. Ring in 2015 with a toast, party hats, noisemakers, and a FOAM Party at Midnight! (Toast is champagne for over 21/sparkling cider for under 21).
Tickets only $59.95 per person. Children 2 and under are free. This is a special holiday event in Southwest NJ. Not free to members. Offers, promotion coupons, discounts and group admission are not valid for this event. Splash and Dash tickets or vouchers cannot be used for this New Year's event. Get your tickets early because this event often sells out!
Holiday events in Woodbridge, NJ Keeping with the town's tradition, Baron Arts Center will be offering NJ residents two fabulous holiday activities. Christmas is a time to bring everyone together and Baron Arts Center, along with the town of Woodbridge, NJ, does just that with a spectacular holiday concert as well as a model train show.
For the 2014 holiday season, New Jersians can anticipate the concert to take place on December 12th at 7:30 pm. The star vocalist, filling St. Andrew's Church with beautiful melodies, will be Cynthia Holiday. As a star jazz performer, Holiday will be performing numerous Christmas classics and putting everyone in the holiday spirit.
2014 will also mark the 24th year of Baron Arts Center's model train show. Lasting from November 29th through December 28th, visitors of all ages are welcome to come and view the expertly set up and designed display of trains.
Trolley rides through Victorian Cape May! Take a trip down to the Historic District of Cape May to see some of the most beautifully decorated houses and inns in New Jersey! Take a trolley ride through the Historic District to see the Victorian-style houses and inns decorated for the holidays.
During the trolley ride you will learn all about Victorian Christmas traditions, have sing-alongs and enjoy your favorite Christmas songs. Rides last about 30 min. This is a great way to spend a romantic night in Cape May and great for a family night out.
Tours will begin at one of three places: Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street, at the Carriage Horse or at Hill House Office.
Check their website for dates and times. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 to purchase advanced tickets. November 22nd through December 31st
Tour beautiful Victorian Cape May NJ! Bring the whole family down to Cape May, NJ for the 41st Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour, the main attraction of Cape May's holiday season! The self-guided tour features homes, inns, hotels and churches fully decorated for the holidays. There will also be caroling, strolling musicians and genuine holiday cheer!
Throughout your tour make sure you stop at the various hospitality centers to warm up with complimentary beverages and homemade treats. Tickets also include admission to the Physick Estate and the Carriage House Gallery's Old Fashioned Christmas exhibit. The tours run from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. After your tour, take a heated trolley ride throughout Cape May for an additional charge. Tickets are $25 per adult and $20 per child (ages 3-12) and reservations fill up fast. Buy your tickets today! December 6th, 13th and 27th
Rockin' NJ New Year's Eve celebration for the family! If you're looking for a rockin' celebration without the overcrowded NYC streets... you've found it. From an out of this world open bar bash in the Tropical Biosphere Pool Complex to exquisite dining and 'fun-for-all' festivities, we've got the venue and party to suit your style. Plus our overnight packages are ideal for those looking for the ultimate New Year's Eve experience!
A dinner reservation is required for all venues at Crystal Springs Resort. We welcome everyone to join us for the New Year's Eve celebrations but recommend you call 844-358-7311 ahead of time to ensure you have a spot!
The Philadelphia region's most unique Christmas attraction! Meet and take photos with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster. Watch their team of elf-fish prepare for the arrival of SCUBA Santa! Dance the afternoon away at Gill's Holiday Dance Party.
The whole family will be blown away by the transformation of the aquarium into an underwater winter wonderland with larger-than-life decorations, twinkling lights, lit-up trees and gently falling snow. Beginning Dec. 1 watch SCUBA Santa dive into the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit! Christmas-Celebration at Adventure Aquarium is a family tradition you'll want to relive year after year!
At the 2014 Christmas Celebration there will be 8,500 animals of all shapes and species, awesome live performances and character appearances from Scuba Santa and others!
Holiday hours: Christmas Eve: 10am - 3pm Christmas Day: 11am - 3pm New Year's Eve: 10am - 3pm November 28th - January 1st
A Christmas concert in Hamilton, NJ Holiday themed music is a staple for anyone in the Christmas spirit. Sometimes it isn't enough to simply listen to the music in your home, sometimes you want to see a live concert. The Boheme Opera NJ will be at Grounds for Sculpture on December 12th and will be performing Christmas Memories of Bygone Years: A Holiday Carol and Song. To mark their third year performing at Grounds for Sculpture, Boheme Opera invites everyone in the Hamilton, NJ area to celebrate the holiday season with them.
The talented troupe will be dressed in turn of the century outfits and will be performing vintage holiday songs. All genres of holiday music will be covered at this NJ concert: everything from English carols to American songs. The ensemble will bring joy and warmth to everyone's hearts and the group may even have a surprise for the audience. The concert starts at 7 pm, don't miss it! December 12th
A Princeton NJ holiday tradition! Bring the whole family down to the Morven Museum in Princeton NJ for their annual Festival of Trees, which has become a Princeton holiday tradition! The museum's thirteen galleries are beautifully and elegantly decorated for the holidays. The galleries are filled with trees decorated by local businesses, garden clubs and non-profit organizations. Spend the day enjoying lovely holiday decorations!
The 2014 display will include exhibitors from Art Council for Princeton, The Farmhouse Store, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Barbara L. Mulea, McCarter Theatre Center, Keris Tree Farm and Christmas Shop and many more! Come see the trees glisten and support the local community! The Festival of Trees is open to the public during normal museum operating hours and no reservations are required. November 26th through January 4th
Tis the season! 2014 Holiday Spectacular Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company. An enchanting cast of professional singers and dancers will present a high-energy, family-oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays, directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Through dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit in all of us as the magic of the season comes to life in a brand new musical journey through seasonal favorites.
The 2014 Holiday Spectacular takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier on December 12 at 7:30, December 13 at 2:00 and 7:30 and December 14 at 2:00. Tickets range $15-$18 and they can be purchased by calling 609-525-9300 or visiting www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
Musical Christmas event the whole family will enjoy!
Christmas at a NJ zoo! Every year Turtle Back Zoo sets up an unforgettable Holiday Lights Spectacular at their West Orange, NJ location. The zoo is illuminated with over 100,000 bulbs, 40 displays and sights that will leave everyone in awe!
While the zoo is in Northern NJ, they invite EVERYONE to come and enjoy the light display. Visitors walk the zoo and enjoy not only the lights, but also the shapes of animals! Combining the popular Christmas activity with the well-known outlines of animals is a great way to engage the children, get them into the Christmas spirit and ultimately enjoy all features of the zoo.
Turtle Back Zoo also allows guests to host a party at their Holiday Lights Spectacular! Whether it be a corporate event or a family party, they can accommodate up to 100 guests and will guarantee a wonderful party. During these parties the holiday spirit will come to life and lasting memories will be made among the numerous displays of lights.