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Upcoming Christmas Events in NJ

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. Also, check out our list dedicated to the best Christmas Light Displays in New Jersey!


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Holly Walk 2016 Website | 973-631-5151
Events throughout Morris County, ,    Northern NJ
Holly Days Celebrations Northern NJ Christmas Attractions Morris County's Christmas Celebration! Holly Days Christmas Events in Morristown NJ
Morris County's annual Holly Walk Christmas celebration lets you and your family visit historic sites decorated specially for the holidays. This year, it will be held Saturday and Sunday December 3 and 4 from 11am to 4pm each day.

Participating sites for Saturday: Stickley, Macculloch Hall and Ford Mansion. Participating sites for Sunday: Macculloch Hall, Ford Mansion, Acorn Hall and Schuyler-Hamilton House. Tickets are available to purchase starting the beginning of November. Tickets purchased before November 26 are $25.00. Tickets afterwards cost $35.00. Click here for more details: https://www.morristourism.org/events/holly-walk-in-morristown-2016. Tickets available to purchase on the Morris County Tourism Bureau's website. Great Christmas Event for history buffs!

A Match made in Morristown - MCTB will be selling a holiday ornament that celebrates the romance between Alexander Hamilton and Betsy Schuyler who met and courted in Morristown, NJ in 1780. A donation of $10 is required and you can reserve your ornament by calling the MCTB on 973-631-5151.

December 3rd and 4th
The Clay Pot Website | 732-251-5112
290 Main Street, Suite 1, Spotswood, NJ 08884  Central NJ
The Clay Pot Creative Christmas Activities in Central NJ Where Imagination & Creativity Come Together The Clay Pot creative holiday events in Middlesex County NJ
Create a special holiday gift this year at The Clay Pot! Get a taste of the Potter's Wheel to make a bowl, vase or plate to gift to someone in your family. The Wheel Experience is also a great activity for families, friends and couples to do together! You can create and paint a piece in 1 or 2 visits or simply paint one of their already prepared bisque pieces.

On Saturday, December 10th and 17th from 12pm - 2pm Santa will be at The Clay Pot! You will be able to meet Santa, take a photo with him and tell him what you want for Christmas. You can make a gift on the Potter's Wheel or choose a holiday item to paint! Visit their website to book a Wheel Experience or for more information on pricing, gift certificates or available holiday themed pieces to paint.

Saturday, December 10th and 17th
Crayola Experience Website | 610-515-8000
30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042  Pennsylvania
Crayola Experience Family-Friendly Christmas Events outside NJ Discover the magic of color! The Crayola Factory family-friendly Christmas Attractions just outside NJ
Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience! Bursting with 26 exciting, hands-on attractions, Crayola Experience is the perfect place for a day of family fun! Bring your coloring page to life in a 4-D adventure, name and wrap your own Crayola crayon, star in your own coloring page, create melted wax souvenirs and so much more.

This December, give the gift of creativity with their custom crafts. From handmade ornaments to carefully colored gift boxes, Crayola Experience is the perfect place to create from-the-heart gifts for loved ones near and far.

ANNUAL PASS HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Live the magic of color all year long with Crayola Experience's Annual Pass! Through Jan. 15, 2017, buy a Family 4-Pack for just $99 ($40 savings!) Click for details: http://bit.ly/1JhcgT1

December 1st - January 15th
Spirit Cruises Website | 866-483-3866
Pier 62, Chelsea Piers, Suite 200, New York, NY 10011  New York City
Spirit Cruises Christmas themed Cruises in NJ Holiday Lunch & Dinner Cruises Spirit Cruises unique Christmas Events in NJ
Join Spirit Cruises and celebrate winter on New York Harbor! All holiday-long, they will be offering a daily Jingle Bells Lunch Cruise and Holiday Lights Dinner Cruise, which will include a delightful buffet, live entertainment and enchanting city skyline views. Their Christmas Eve Cruise will sail from 7 - 9:30pm, and will include a decadent dinner buffet.

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, and a New Year's Day Cruise where a DJ will be rocking the dance floor!

Visit their website for specific times and dates.

December 1st - January 1st
Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Water Park Holiday Sale Website | 732-892-0600
Point Pleasant Beach, and Seaside Heights, NJ   
Jenkinsons Holiday Sale Christmas Festivities in Ocean County NJ Perfect gift idea for Jersey Shore lovers! Christmas Events and Attractions in NJ
Need to grab a unique stocking stuffer for a Jersey Shore lover?

Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Water Park will be offering gift cards for the holidays.

Purchase at the Ocean County Mall now through Christmas Eve or visit their web sites:
http://casinopiernj.com/holiday-sale/ or http://jenkinsons.com/onlinestore/



November 21st - December 31st
Jenkinson's Aquarium Sea of Lights Festival Website | 732-892-0600
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant, NJ 08742  Central Shore Region NJ
Jenkinsons Aquarium Sea of Lights Christmas Events in Central NJ Jenkinson's Aquarium Winter Wonderland! Jenkinsons Aquarium NJ Sea of Lights Christmas Display
Join Jenkinson's Aquarium on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach for the annual Sea of Lights Holiday Festival on December 16, 17, 26, 27 & 28 from 6 pm - 9 pm.

Join Jenkinson's in Point Pleasant Beach as they light up the Boardwalk during Jenkinson's Sea of Lights. This Indoor Holidays Lights Spectacular inside Jenkinson's Aquarium is a real gift to your family at the special admission price of only $7. Sea of Lights will be held on December 16, 17, and 26-28 from 6 pm until 9pm.

The Sweet Shop, Aquarium Gift Shop, and Pavilion Arcade will be open! Crafts, Holiday Treats, Photos with Santa & friends, Games, Holiday Gifts and more! Click here for more information.

December 16th, 17th, 26th, 27th and 28th

Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration Website | 856-365-3300
1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103  Southwest NJ
Adventure Aquarium Kids Christmas Activities in Southern NJ Camden County's most unique Christmas attraction! Christmas Celebration at Adventure Aquarium in Camden County NJ
Christmas Celebration is here once more! From December 3 - December 30, experience the magic of the holidays at Adventure Aquarium's 10th annual Christmas Celebration. The celebration will feature larger-than-life decorations, twinkling lights, glowing trees, and gently falling snow - not to mention 8,500 animals and two million gallons of underwater fun. Festivities include exciting live shows, daily appearances by Scuba Santa in the Ocean Realm exhibit, character appearances, and more!

Guests of all ages are invited to ring in the New Year at Adventure Aquarium during their 5th annual New Year's Eve Splash on December 31st. The family friendly event will feature a Countdown to Dance Party Extravaganza with Gill, fireworks and more making this the best New Year's event in the region. You won't want to miss it!

December 3rd - 31st
iPlay America Holiday Celebrations Website | 732-577-8200
110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728  Central NJ
iPlay America family friendly Christmas celebrations in Monmouth County NJ Get Inside the Fun: Meet Santa at iPlay! iPlay America Christmas Events in Monmouth County NJ
This holiday season make plans to visit Santa at iPlay America! Get Inside the FUN and get into the holiday spirit at the number one indoor family theme park in New Jersey! Why go to the MALL when iPlay America has it all? There are rides, games, amusements, great food, and Santa, that jolly Old Kringle himself, will be on hand for families to enjoy!

Santa will arrive at iPlay America on Friday, November 25! Mark down these dates: Friday, November 25; Saturday, November 26; Sunday, November 27; Saturday, December 3; Sunday, December 4; Saturday, December 10; Saturday, December 17; and Sunday, December 18. Each day Santa will be setting up shop from 11 AM - 6 PM. iPlay America is a Winter FUNderland and the best place to see Santa this season!

Breakfast with Santa 2016
iPlay America presents Breakfast with Santa 2016 on Sunday, December 11! Bring the whole family to iPlay America to enjoy a scrumptious hot BREAKFAST BUFFET with the Jolly Old Elf himself on Sunday, December 11! Bring your cameras to take pictures with Santa as he visits tables during breakfast! This year there will be two breakfast buffet event times to accommodate demand: 9 AM and 11 AM. Children attending receive a complimentary iPlay America bucket with a candy cane, raffle tickets for prizes, a special iPlay America GIFT and a downloadable, professional photo taken with Santa to share with friends and family! Admission is just $24.95 for Adults and $14.95 for Children 12 and under. Children 2 and under are FREE! iPlay America is a Winter FUNderland of joy and excitement for the whole family! Make reservations NOW at iPlayAmerica.com/Santa-Breakfast.

November 25th - December 18th
Hugs for Brady Holiday Light Show Website | 732-659-5119
DeVry Campus, 630 Route 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902  Central NJ
Hugs for Brady Holiday Light Show Christmas Events in Middlesex County NJ New Jersey's premier holiday event starting in 2016! Hugs For Brady Holiday Light Show Christmas Events in Central NJ
The Hugs for Brady Foundation is hosting a 35 day light show and festival featuring food trucks, over 100 merchant vendors in large heated tents, glow-in-the-dark face painting, roast your own s'mores, holiday photography and much more!

Around the 180,000 square foot arena you will experience larger-than-life custom fabricated light structures including a 3-story walk-through ornament, an animatronic talking snowman and a life-sized holiday light princess coach with 8 horses for holiday photos. Two to three a night will be a 20-minute animated musical light show that features a 3-story high magical stage scene, a jumbotron and artificial snow machines to create holiday magic! This is the only large holiday light show in New Jersey and an event they hope will become a family tradition for many years to come. Visit the website for specific times.

November 25th - December 30th
Princeton Tour Company Website | 1-855-743-1415
116 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542  Princeton NJ
Princeton Tour Company unique Christmas events in Mercer County NJ Trolley Tours and Santa Tours! Princeton Tour Company Christmed trolley tours in Mercer County NJ
Princeton Tour Company is the #1 tour company in New Jersey. They offer walking tours, ghost tours, team-building events, holiday trolley tours and more! Every Saturday between Thanksgiving and the New Year, Princeton Tour Company offers Holiday Trolley Tours throughout the quaint and festive streets of Princeton, NJ. Instead of being cooped up in a mall, make your winter shopping much more enjoyable and unique! Hop on their trolley and see Princeton like you've never seen it before. As the trolley slowly drives down the decorated streets, take in the holiday spirit, and of course the unique sites! These one hour tours allow you to see the homes and hangouts of Albert Einstein, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John F. Kennedy, Nancy Drew and more! To register for a Holiday Trolley Tour, see the schedule and book your trip today.

Is your child fascinated by Santa? Of course they are! Princeton Tour Company's Santa's Helpers Walking Tour, designed by their best and brightest guides, allows children 4 - 6 years old and their parents or grandparents to experience the magic of the holiday season. The slow-paced, one hour walk is guided by Santa's ambassadors who will dish all of the secrets of life on the North Pole, where Santa spends the off-season, reindeers' favorite snacks and much more! The ambassadors will also ensure the children's letters arrive to Santa safely. Bring your camera, as Santa has been known to make a guest appearance during these tours! Click here for the schedule and to register.

Saturdays, November 26th - December 24th
Cranbury Christmas Lights Website |
128 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512  Central NJ
Cranbury Christmas Lights Free Holiday Events in Central NJ NJ's #1 Christmas Light Display! Cranbury Christmas Lights Best Christmas Light Displays in New Jersey
Cranbury Christmas Lights is New Jersey's Number One Christmas Display all for charity. It features the largest amount of lights on any Christmas Tree in New Jersey and New York (including the Rockefeller Center Tree!) It stands over 36 feet tall and has over 50,000 Dancing lights! This year a 7,000 Light Pixel tree has been added that will absolutely amaze you, it is like a TV in the shape of the Christmas Tree! They have also added pyrotechnics this year! In total there are over 135,000 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. Last year over $20,000 was raised and donated to food banks, come out this year to double that!

The Christmas Display will light up at 6:00pm and will turn off at 9:00pm starting November 26th through December 30th. 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. VIP Tours and parking is also available, check the website for more information.

Reading parking in instructions on their website is a must before going. This Christmas display is a must see for everyone in NJ, NY AND PA!

November 26th - December 30th
Christmas at The Olde Mill Inn Website | 908-221-1100
225 Route 202, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920  Central NJ
Christmas at The Olde Mill Inn Christmas Events in Somerset County NJ Celebrate the Holidays at The Olde Mill Inn
The Grain House Pub has twice been named one of the coziest places for a drink in New Jersey. There is no place like the Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant in Basking Ridge, NJ 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 in the Childs Dining Room and in the Grain House Coppertop Pub.

Grain House Holiday Events for 2016 include:

Sunday, December 4th: Cookie Decorating and Food Bank Sharing Brunch (10am - 2pm).
Sunday, December 11th: Santa Brunch (10am - 2pm). Visit with Santa, have a free family photo taken, and attend a holiday craft party.
December 12th-16th and Dec. 19th-21st: Holiday Lunch Buffet (11:30am - 2:30pm).
Sunday, December 18th: Caroler Brunch (10am - 2pm). Carolers from Bernardsville High School will serenade with joyful holiday music.
December 24th: Christmas Eve Buffet (4pm - 8pm).
December 31st: New Year's Eve Dinner (5pm - 10pm).

Reservations for all events: 908-696-2315

December 4th - 31st
The Flanders Hotel Website | 609-399-1000
719 East 11th Street, Ocean City, NJ 08226  Southern Shore Region NJ
The Flanders Hotel Christmas Events in Southern NJ Christmas Activities in South Jersey The Flanders Hotel Holiday Activities in Ocean City NJ
The Flanders Hotel is hosting many fun and festival holiday events for the 2016 - 2017 season. The festivities will begin with a Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Show on Sunday, December 11th. Santa is coming to down with his favorite Elves: Holly & Jolly to host a delicious breakfast buffet. Take pictures with Santa, then burn off your breakfast calories by singing and dancing into the early afternoon. Call 609-399-1000 for reservations.

Their annual Gingerbread House Contest begins November 25th to December 30th, inquire about taking part in the event or come out daily to see the new houses on display. On Friday, Jan. 1st come out and enjoy their Annual Gingerbread House Contest Official Judging Ceremony filled with fun, treats and prizes awarded to the winners.

Celebrate with The Flanders Hotel for New Year's Eve & New Year's Day. They offer a New Year's Eve/First Night Package with all the bells and whistles to bring in the new year. They also host a delicious New Year's Eve Dinner in Emily's Ocean Room. Join them New Year's Day for an Ocean City Tradition, their lavish breakfast buffet served in the elegant ballrooms.

December 11th - January 1st
The Christmas Light Show Website |
2702 Wooley Rd., Wall Township, NJ 07719  Central NJ
The Christmas Light Show Wall NJ Holiday Attractions A Monmouth County NJ holiday tradition! The Christmas Light Show Popular NJ Holiday Events
The Christmas Light Show is a free, world class computerized lighting and pyrotechnic show. Returning for its 11th year, 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 Christmas event in Monmouth County, NJ!

The show benefits a local charity through donations from its viewers. Please consider making a donation to Challenged Youth Sports, Inc. when you attend. They recommend a donation of $25 for a family of 4 and $10 for individuals and couples. 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 10th, 11th, and 17th 2016 at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM each night. Please arrive about 35-45 minutes early! For more information, directions and show status due to weather please visit: www.TheChristmasLightShow.com.

Parking at: 2744 Belmar Blvd., Wall Township, NJ 07719.
For parking and walking directions click here.

December 10th, 11th and 17th
Martell's Waters Edge Website | 732-269-3000
125 Bayview Avenue, Berkeley Township, NJ 08721  Central Shore Region NJ
Waters Edge Holiday Events in Central NJ Christmas Eve Dinner with Santa Waters Edge Ocean County NJ Christmas events
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 their waterfront views. Their 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 their 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 Thursday, 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 Martell's Waters Edge.

December 24th
One Christmas Carol Website | 609-770-8311
405 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204  Southern Shore Region NJ
Cape May Stage Christmas Themed Plays in Southern NJ Family-friendly holiday play in Cape May NJ! Cape May Stage Christmas Plays in Southern NJ
From November 25th through December 31st head down to the Cape May Stage to see the East Coast premiere holiday production One Christmas Carol written by Douglas H. Baker. This one-man show, starring Gary Marachek, features over 35 distinct characters! The entire family will love this intimate and spirited evening at the theatre. Appropriate for ages 6 years and older. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling their box office at 609-770-8311.

Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:30pm.


Special dates as follows:
November 25 Official Opening Night with Party (no preview)
November 26 Small Business Saturday Special
November 27 Half-Price Senior
December 4 Pay-As-You-Wish
December 10 buy 1 adult get 1 child for free
December 16 Talk-Back

November 25th - December 31st
Christmas Candlelight House Tours Website | 609-884-5404
1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ 08204  Southern Shore Region NJ
Christmas Candlelight House Tours Fun Christmas Events in Southern NJ Tour beautiful Victorian Cape May NJ!
Bring the whole family down to Cape May, NJ for the 43rd 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 $30 per adult and $20 per child (ages 3-12) and reservations fill up fast. Buy your tickets today!

December 3rd, 10th and 17th
The Cook's Christmas Lights Website |
1 Carlson Court, Jackson, NJ 08527  Central NJ
The Cooks Christmas Lights Upcoming Christmas Events in Central NJ Free Christmas Light show! The Cook's Christmas Lights free Christmas light show display in Ocean County NJ
The Cook's Christmas Lights display returns for its third season to raise money for the National MS Society. This year's display features over 17,000 lights and 1,008 bulb pixel matrix, playing through 7 Christmas-themed songs and runs for about 25 minutes. Pull up to this marvelous display, turn your radio to the designated station and watch the magical light show from the comfort of your vehicle.

The show will start November 26 and run through New Year's Day. The Light Show can be seen Sunday through Thursday 6pm to 10pm, as well as Friday and Saturday 6pm to 11pm. The Cook's Christmas Lights display is free, but donations are greatly accepted and 100% of proceeds are donated to the National MS Society. Last year $5,800 was raised and this year they hope to double that! Like them on Facebook before you head out to the show.

November 26th - New Year's Day
Skylands Christmas Light Show Website | 973-383-7644
Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822  Northern NJ
Skylands Christmas Light Show in Sussex County New Jersey Drive-thru Christmas light show in Sussex County NJ
The Skylands Stadium will host a larger-than-life drive-through Christmas Light Show from November 18 - January 1. This year features a brand-new layout and more than 2 million twinkling lights on the mile-long drive. Just a few attractions you'll pass through include a huge train display, light tunnel, wreath and many holiday displays, greeting signs and much more. During your drive, tune your radio to channel 102.3 to listing to festival holiday music! This is a must-see Christmas attraction for families in Sussex County, New Jersey. Afterwards, head over to the huge Christmas Village where you can walk around and take in the awe of this indoor winter wonderland. Take photos with Santa, sip on hot chocolate, grab a light snack and partake in many games and activities. Lastly, be sure to bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots to help provide children and families in need with presents. Visit the website for a full, more specific schedule.

November 18th - January 1st
Holiday Lights Trolley Rides Website | 609-884-5404
1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ 08204  Southern Shore Region NJ
Holiday Lights Trolley Rides Southern NJ Christmas Events Holiday Trolley rides through Victorian Cape May, NJ!
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 minutes. This is a great way to spend a romantic night in Cape May and great for a family night out.

Tours begin at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street. Purchase tickets at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, 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 25th - December 31st
Christmas Ice Caverns Website | 973-808-5639
437 US Highway 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004  Northern NJ
Christmas Ice Caverns Holiday Traditions in Northern NJ A 40 year Christmas tradition in NJ!
Taking place at Jody's Silk Florist and Patio Center, The Christmas Ice Caverns will be celebrating its 44th year of operation. This animated children's display has brought the story of Christmas to life for many generations.

Families walk through a Christmas setting and given a chance to SEE the stories their parents have told them. Numerous characters will be on display at the 2016 Christmas Ice Caverns in Essex County, New Jersey. Families can expect to see Santa's reindeer, life-sized toy figures and even a life-sized nativity!

Everyone in NJ and the tri-state area are welcome to come and see this Christmas display! Having been around for 40 years, Jody's Silk Florist finds that families return year after year and they are now bringing the 3rd generation to see this awesome holiday attraction in Fairfield, NJ.

December 1st - 31st
Christmas in Ocean City, NJ Website | 609-399-6111
Several locations, Ocean City, NJ 08226  Southern Shore Region NJ
Christmas Activities in Cape May County New Jersey Holiday Celebrations in Ocean City, NJ!
Celebrate the holiday season in "America's Greatest Family Resort" town, Ocean City, New Jersey. It's not just a summer shore town, they host great family friendly holiday activities happening throughout the month of December. The season kicks off December 2nd with the town's Christmas Parade on Asbury Avenue starting at 6:30pm. Other fun, and inexpensive, holiday activities include a Train Show, Free Horse & Carriage Rides through the beautifully decorated streets, Photos with Santa, Breakfast with Santa, Santa's Frosty Follies play and A Very Ocean City Christmas holiday extravaganza. New Year's Day affords several activities as well including 5K Boardwalk Run, First Day at the Beach and New Year's Day Shopping Extravaganza! Visit the website for specific dates, times and address for the individual events.

December 2nd - January 1st
Midnight at the Oasis Website | 856-767-7580
535 North Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091  Southwest NJ
Midnight at the Oasis Holiday Fun for Kids in Southwest NJ Celebrate the New Year at Sahara Sam's!
Countdown to 2017 at Sahara Sam's with a night of fun, FOAM and family! Splash the night away on their 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 2017 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 $64.95 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!

December 31st
A Very Ocean City Christmas Website | 609-525-9300
550 Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226  Southern Shore Region NJ
A Very Ocean City Christmas upcoming Christmas Events in Southern NJ Tis the season!
A Very Ocean City Christmas Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company. An enchanting cast of professional musicians, singers and dancers will present a high-energy, family-oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays. 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.

A Very Ocean City Christmas takes place at the Ocean City Tabernacle on December 16th at 7:30pm, December 17th at 2pm. Tickets range in price from $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for kids 12 and under. Purchase tickets online at their box office: www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

December 16th and 17th
Christmas in Woodbridge, NJ Website | 732-634-0413
Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095  Central NJ
Holiday Celebration and Activities in Middlesex County NJ Holiday events in Woodbridge, NJ
Keeping with the town's tradition, Woodbridge, New Jersey will be offering residents several fabulous holiday activities throughout the season. Christmas is a time to bring everyone together and the town of Woodbridge, NJ, does just that with a spectacular holiday stroll, musical production, parade and more!

The 2016 season kicks off on Saturday, November 26th, with an interactive musical production for children and families, "This ain't no Oz." The performance begins at 2:30pm and admission is free! Afterwards, head over to Main Street for the 9th Annual Holiday Stroll. Partake in Small Business Saturday by purchasing gifts and items from the various small businesses that line Main Street. Other activities throughout the day include horse-drawn carriages, carolers, special performances, crafters, pictures with Santa and more! Other holiday events include the Woodbridge Holiday Parade, Gingerbread Decorating Contest and Pictures with Santa. Visit the website for specific dates and times and for more information.

November 26th - December 17th
Old Fashion Christmas at Smithville Website | 609-748-8999
615 E. Moss Mill Road, Galloway, NJ 08205  Southern Shore Region NJ
Christmas Tree Light Show Christmas Events in Historic Smithville NJ Spectacular Holiday lights show!
The entire family will be in awe as they gaze at the brilliantly lit-up historic village of Smithville. Over 120 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 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 Thursday - Sunday from 5:30pm - 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 3rd is 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!

November 24th - January 6th
Christmas Celebrations at Allaire Website | 732-919-3500
4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727  Central NJ
Allaire State Park Unique Christmas Celebrations in Central New Jersey Christmas at Allaire in Allaire State Park
Celebrate the holiday season at the Christmas at Allaire celebration, exploring old world traditions in an 1836 living history museum. Greet Saint Nicholas who will be strolling the village or take a wonderful horse and wagon ride through the woods. Participate in a musical program in the historic chapel. There will be silhouette cutting and you can send your Christmas cards through the traditional post office with a special holiday cancellation stamp.

Stop in the General Store for some holiday shopping, and grab a snack or hot beverage at the bakery. Christmas at Allaire will take place on Sunday December 4th and 11th from 11am - 4 pm admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Visit the website or call for a full list of activities happening around the Village.

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 4th and 11th
European Holiday Market Website | 732-997-8767
527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712  Central Shore Region NJ
European Holiday Market Unique Christmas Events in Monmouth County NJ Authentic European Holiday Activities!
Weekends from November 26 through December 24 come out to Asbury Park for the 2016 Rooftop Weihnachtsmarkt, an authentic European Holiday Market! From 12-7pm, weather permitting, shop various items from 30 curated vendors. Items for sale include artisanal gifts, specialty foods and handcrafted toys. You will be sure to find unique items for everyone on your Holiday and Christmas lists! On December 10, the outdoor market will host a Children's Choir "Hlas" from 1-4pm. As this is an outdoor event, call in advance to make sure they will be open.

On Saturday, December 10 at 11am come out to the Asbury Festhalle Biergarten for a Gingerbread Cookie Workshop. You will learn how to make delicious and authentic Austrian gingerbread cookies, then decorate your cookie to your liking! Afterwards, kids will receive a free lunch! All supplies included in cost. Register by calling or click here for more information.

The Asbury Festhalle Biergarten is also collecting gifts for the Asbury Park Toy Drive from December 1 - 16. Drop off a toy to help families in the community in need. Toys needed for ages 0-15. When you donate, you'll receive 10% off of your bill!

November 26th - December 24th
Festival of Trees at Morven Museum Website | 609-924-8144
55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540  Central NJ
Festival of Trees at Morven Museum Christmas Events in Mercer County NJ 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 2016 display will include exhibitors from the Contemporary Garden Club, Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop, VanDerveer Design, McCarter Theatre, Jazams 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 23rd - January 8th
Lantern Tours at Allaire Website | 732-919-3500
4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727  Central NJ
Allaire State Park Lantern Tours Christmas Events in Central New Jersey The Historic Village at Allaire in Allaire State Park
Join the village for Christmas Lantern Tours celebrating old world traditions in the 1836 living history museum. Take a lantern lit guided tour through the village and learn the origins of their beloved Christmas traditions and how Christmas was celebrated throughout Europe. Buildings are decorated according to different traditions including French, English, Scottish, Irish, Swedish and Moravian.

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 the bakery. Tours are on Friday and Saturday December 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th from 5pm to 8pm. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Admission is $14.50 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.

Weekends, December 3rd - 17th
Christmas Festival at Morristown Green Website | 973-539-4900
North Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960  Northern NJ
Christmas Festivals in Morris County New Jersey Family-Friendly Christmas Festival in Morris County NJ
From November 27 through December 18, Morristown Green will be hosting a plethora of family-friendly Christmas and Holiday activities. Santa arrives on November 27 for the annual lighting if the Morristown Green, photos available from 6:30 - 8pm.

Every Saturday and Sunday from December 3-18 and again from December 21-23 enjoy photos with Santa, Ornament Painting with Pinot's Palette, Ice Sculpting demonstration, gingerbread house making, holiday carolers, a dance party, mini train rides and more. Times and dates vary, please visit the website or call before attending any of these events. New for 2016, The Chocolate Bar dessert tasting and holiday dance party on Friday, December 16 and 23. Enjoy delicious chocolate treats, then burn off the calories on the dance floor! All Christmas Events at Morristown Green are family-friendly and appropriate for all ages!

November 27th - December 23rd
Holiday Week at Crystal Springs Resort Website | 844-537-3413
1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419  Northern NJ
Crystal Springs Resort Holiday Events in Sussex County NJ Christmas and New Year's Eve Celebration!
Crystal Springs Resort comes alive with the excitement of the holiday season. Spend time away during this magical time of year and enjoy amazing Christmas Eve and day menus. Plus, discover their special holiday-themed activities, including Elf story time, gingerbread house decorating, dinner and a show as well as other great activities during Crystal Springs Resort's Holiday week!

The countdown is on for 2017 and this year, Crystal Springs is pulling out all the stops! They've got the hottest parties around and they'll be selling out fast. Don't miss out on an outrageous, rockin' celebration without the overcrowded NYC streets. From an out-of-this-world open bar bash in the Biosphere Pool Complex to exquisite dining and family fun, Crystal Springs Resort has the venue and party to suite your style. Let's bring in 2017 with a bang!

December 23rd - January 1st
Holiday Lights at the Zoo Website | 973-731-5800
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052  Northern NJ
Holiday Lights at the Zoo Outdoor Christmast Events in Northern NJ Outdoor Christmas Light Display!
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, 50 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.

November 18th - December 31st
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