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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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Downtown Bordentown Association Website | 609-414-0818
200 Fansworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ 08505  Central NJ
Family Friendly Holiday Events for All! The Crayola Factory family-friendly Christmas Attractions just outside NJ
Downtown Bordentown is amazing all year round but these Holiday events are just especially awe inspiring for the season!

Shop Small on Saturday November 25th, and stop by the Downtown Bordentown Association Tent located in front of 223 Farnsworth Ave to get a chance to spin and win gift certificates, discounts, and gifts from participating DBA businesses on the Holiday prize wheel! Don’t forget to stick around for the Annual tree lighting to really kick off the season at 5pm with songs, Santa and of course, hot chocolate!

Come see the train displays located throughout Old City Hall for an amazing free family event every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 4 – 8pm, starting November 24th until January 7th, Closed Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Join them in their Annual Holiday Chocolate Walk and enjoy chocolate treats in every variety as you stroll through the downtown businesses and get your “chocolate passport” stamped and show a receipt for $20.00 or more dated 12/1, for a chance to spin and win again in their Holiday prize wheel. Make sure you purchase your “chocolate passport” online or in person the night of the event.

Other events include, but are not limited to: Tea Time with The Sugar Plum Fairy where you can meet the cast of The Nutcracker, Annual Carriage Rides where you can enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through historic Downtown Bordentown, or watch The Nutcracker presented by the central NJ Ballet Theater.

Check out their website here for their full Events Calendar and details!

November 24th - January 7th
Times Square Church Website | 973-234-5849
450 Howard Blvd., Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856  Northern NJ
Live Nativity Along with Family Fun! The Crayola Factory family-friendly Christmas Attractions just outside NJ
Join the Northern New Jersey Time Square Church for 2 nights of entertainment. There will be a musical production with live animals including the cutest donkey you have ever seen! There will be hot cocoa and other refreshments available. Each production will run 45 minutes and will feature traditional and contemporary Christmas music and of course, family fun.

Be sure to bundle up and bring your blankets and hand warmers. The productions are outsides and seating will be available. The event is free and has two shows on each day, December 9th and December 10th. Click here to visit their Facebook to see photos from last years event.

Performance Times:
5PM and 7PM Both Days

December 9th and 10th
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 28 exciting, hands-on attractions, Crayola Experience is the perfect place for a day of family fun! Solve colorful challenges with your tablet in the ALL NEW Adventure Lab, Bring your coloring page to life in a 4-D adventure, name and wrap your own Crayola crayon, star in your own coloring page, and so much more.

This December, give the gift of creativity with their Handmade Holiday 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 Sunday, January 14, 2018, buy a Family 4-Pack for just $99 ($40 savings!) Click Here for details!

December 1st - January 14th

Spirit Cruises Website | 866-483-3866
Lincoln Harbor Marina, 1500 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, NJ 07086  NJ and NY
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 and Dinner, 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! Click here for their New Years Eve Specials!


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.

Visit their web sites:
http://jenkinsons.com/onlinestore/ and https://casinopiernj.com/holiday-sale/.



November 18th - December 31st
Jenkinson's Aquarium Sea of Lights Festival Website | 732-892-0600
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, 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 15, 16, 22, 23 & 26-30 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 $8. Sea of Lights will be held on December 15, 16, and 22, 23, 26-30 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 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th - 30th

iPlay America Holiday Celebrations Website | 732-577-8200
110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728  Central NJ
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Experience the ULTIMATE in Holiday Fun: Have Breakfast with Santa at iPlay America! iPlay America Christmas Events in Monmouth County NJ
Santa's packing up his sleigh and jingling all the way to the City of iPlay America, his number one destination for FUN and EXCITEMENT! Skip the crowded malls and take the family to Breakfast with Santa this holiday season at iPlay America on Sunday, December 10, at 9:00 AM! Enjoy a hearty BREAKFAST BUFFET including assorted breakfast breads and pastries, an omelet station, mixed greens, granola and yogurt, fresh fruit, pancakes, scrambled eggs, buttermilk waffles and smoked bacon along with soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea.

Santa will visit with guests at their tables and Miss Sheri will be performing LIVE! The whole family can get in on the fun and dance and sing along! Then, gather the whole family together for a picture with Santa Claus taken by our professional photographer with a free digital download. New for this year, you can add on special gifts from Santa himself.

This event sold out last year so don't miss your chance to Get Inside the Fun and have breakfast with the Jolly Old Elf at iPlay America! All tickets include breakfast buffet, a picture with Santa and an iPlay America Holiday swag bag- kids tickets 12 and under are $15.95, adults are $29.95 and toddlers 2 and under are free. 'Tis the Season and there's no better reason than to see ear-to-ear grins on your kids' faces! So, make this the happiest of holidays, mark your calendar for Sunday, December 10 and get ready to spend quality time with Santa at everybody's favorite Winter FUN-DERLAND, iPlay America!

Don’t forget…iPlay America gift cards make a very special gift anytime and make plans to be at our New Year’s Eve Party. It’s the ULTIMATE in family fun!

iPlay America makes holidays brighter!

Christmas Wonderlands Website | 732-851-4400
525 Route 9 South, Manalapan, NJ 07726  Central NJ
Christmas Wonderlands Christmas Event In New Jersey
Fun Christmas Event for All Ages! The Crayola Factory family-friendly Christmas Attractions just outside NJ
Come explore Christmas Wonderland’s first Christmas of bringing Holiday cheer to Manalapan!

Relive Christmas as it was in the 1960's to 70's. You will see over a dozen animated scenes that were once displayed in large department stores such as Macy's.

You will see in the scenes Christmas Critters, mickey mouse and his gang, Santa's workshop as well as his working elves and all their duties in the North Pole. At the end Santa will be waiting for you in the magical Santa room for photos.

A magical experience for both Adults and Children!

Open Everyday!
Ice King's Holiday on Ice Website | 732-927-3593
4045 New Jersey 33, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753  Central Jersey

The Newest Unique Family Holiday Event in NJ! The Crayola Factory family-friendly Christmas Attractions just outside NJ
When you walk into Ice King’s Holiday in Ice, the atmosphere is transformed into an absolute winter wonderland! Your Holiday Spirit will be quickly ignited as you experience the 12 days of Christmas walking through their sparkling, intricate ice sculptures created by a world record winning sculpture artist.

Come and bring the whole family for awe inspiring Holiday fun, enjoying the local vendors to your avail and pose with an ice sculpted Santa at the end of the displays. The facility is maintained at 15 degrees, so make sure you bundle up!

Holiday Ice is open on weekends only, from November 24th to December 30th, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Fridays - 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturdays - 1:00PM - 10:00PM
Sundays - 1:00PM - 7:00PM

Purchase tickets Here!

November 24th - 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 in December, 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.

Available Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
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! The Crayola Factory family-friendly Christmas Attractions just outside NJ
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 2018 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 2018 with a bang!

December 23rd - January 1st
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 2017 include:

Sunday, December 3rd: Grain House Cookie Brunch (10am - 2pm). Decorate Christmas cookies with the whole family and make Christmas greeting cards for hospitalized veterans.
Sunday, December 10th: Santa Brunch (10am - 2pm). Visit with Santa, have a free family photo taken, and attend a holiday craft party.
December 13th - 20th: Holiday Lunch Buffet (11:30am - 2:30pm - Except weekends). A cozy fireside lunch in the historic Grain House Restaurant for the whole family!
Sunday, December 17th: 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).

The Full Buffet and Dinner Menu will be Available on OldeMillInn.com!

Reservations for all events strongly recommended: 908-696-2315

December 3rd - 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 2017 season. The festivities will begin with a Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Show on Sunday, December 17th. 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.

Also on December 17th A Holiday High Tea… Start a new holiday tradition; enjoy a freshly infused pot of tea with savories, sandwiches and sweets, live music and a gift for each guest. Reservations are required, call 609-399-1000.

Their annual Gingerbread House Contest begins December 1st to December 31st, 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.

For more information follow The Flanders Hotel on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

December 17th - 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
Newark Museums Holiday Events Website | 973-596-6550
49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102  Northern NJ

An Event For Every Member of the Family!
Late Thursdays: Light it Up
Thursday, December 21
Doors Open for gallery viewing: 5 pm
Program: 6-9 pm
Free admission for Late Thursdays is made possible through the generosity of Prudential.
A global mash-up of holiday-themed activities, performances, and art from the Museum’s collection celebrating all things sparkly, shiny, and bright.

HOLIDAY FUN:
A Kwanzaa Dance and Drum Experience
Sunday, December 17, 2-3pm
Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Newark Museum with a dance and drum workshop presented in collaboration with NJPAC.

MakerSPACE:
Saturdays & Sundays, 1-4 pm.
Made possible in part by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
Get messy with clay and paint and found materials. Great creative with blocks and digital and computer tools. December Theme: Global Holiday Fusion
December 16: Paper Lantern: Mod Podge
December 23: Keepsake Box
December 30: Candle Holders

Themed Family Celebrations:
December 16, Creative Play – 10am & 11am: Paper Lanterns – Japan Gallery
                                     Pop Up – 2pm: Memory Drawing – Seeing America
December 23, Pop Up-2pm:  Construction-Constructing Art- Seeing America: Louise Nevelson
December 30, Pop Up – 2pm: Story Telling in the Ballantine House

December vacation week (Holiday Fun Days):
December 27 – Pop-Up Poinsettias. Make a 3D pop-up poinsettia card that symbolizes the good cheer and celebration of the season! 
December 28 – Winter Wonderland Watercolor: Using stickers, tape, salt and watercolors to create amazing winter wonderland scenes!
December 29 – Twisted Trimmings: Deck the Halls!  Build your own coiled ornament inspired by the beautifully bejeweled Ballantine House! 
December 30 – Crazy Quilt. Taking inspiration from Alice Ballantine’s bedspread, design your own paper crazy quilt!
December 31 – Seasonal Stained Glass. Compose a unique stained glass-esque scene to express your seasonal story.

December 16th - 30th

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) Website | 609-770-8311
405 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204  Southern Shore Region NJ
Cape May Stage Christmas Themed Plays in Southern NJ Holiday play in Cape May NJ! Cape May Stage Christmas Plays in Southern NJ
When a big storm shuts down the Garden State Parkway, the three presenters are forced to present a very ambitious Christmas show at Saint Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. They have booked acts from across the globe like the Cleveland Castrato Choir, Confederate Christmas Carolers, Cirque du Sleigh, and even Patrick Stewart’s One-Man Christmas Carol from London as well as the North Piddle and Happy Bottom Panto Players from Dorset and Worcestershire, England. They do all of the acts themselves.

This silly, slap-stick pastiche is the perfect way to usher in the holidays or stay in the spirit through New Year’s Eve! “The Boston Globe” wrote “They tell me vaudeville died some time ago, but… the knockabout, anything for a laugh spirit of the ancient genre is alive and well.” Age Guide: 16+

**This production features adult humor and contains mature content. The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is an equal opportunity offender.**

Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm.

Adult Tickets $40.00 | Senior Tickets $35.00 | Student & Military $24.00 |
Preview & Best Value Show $28.00| Opening Night $53.00
(all tickets have a $2.50 processing fee per ticket)


Special dates as follows:
November 15 Best Value Preview
November 16 Official Opening Night with Party
November 18 Pay-What-You-Wish Matinee
December 15 Talk-Back
December 23 Best Value Matinee

Cast is JEREMY KONOPKA, Curt Foy, and Matthew Hardy. Directed by Roy Steinberg. Photo credit Aleksey Photography.

November 15th - December 30th
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. Tickets are $35 per adult and $20 per child (ages 3-12) and reservations fill up fast. Buy your tickets today!

December 2nd, 9th and 16th
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 25 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 25th - New Year's Day
Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show & Christmas Village 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
Certain sights, sounds and smells remind us of the holiday season: Shimmering lights dancing to holiday music, ice skating outdoors, sipping hot cocoa and toasting marshmallows. This year, only one place offers all of those wonderful holiday experiences and more. Make Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ your holiday destination! Bring your loved ones to the Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show, running from November 17 to December 30. Their magnificent one-mile drive-through Christmas Light Show is bigger and better with a brand new layout and the addition of an All-New Walk-Thru Light-Fest. Skylands Stadium outdoor pavilion features a NEW outdoor 20′ x 40′ Skating Rink that can be enjoyed in warm and cold weather. 

After skating enjoy the outdoor BBQ and S’mores fire-pit. The indoor Christmas Village is a must-see holiday attraction for the entire family. Visit Santa, meet and greet costumed characters such as Frosty, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Herbie the Miner. This winter wonderland features hot food and beverages, arts and crafts, carnival games, shopping, and more. Special weekend performances of carolers, dance troupes and acting performances are scheduled at the pavilion and village.  

They are open rain or shine. The drive-through light show will open on Friday, November 17. The walk-through light show, the skating rink and the Christmas Village will open on Friday, November 24. The Christmas Village will run through December 23, but the drive-through show, walk-through show and skating rink will all stay open through December 30. Please check their website or visit their Facebook for all dates and times.

Cost: Entry is $20 per carload, discount tickets available. Entry and Parking to the Walk-thru Light-fest and Christmas Village is Free; donations will be accepted to benefit the American Heart Association at the Walk Thru Light-Fest.

$17 Discount Tickets are available Monday through Thursday at the Box Office (9am to 2pm) and at 150 Walgreens/Duane Reade stores anytime. They are also available at the gate Monday through Thursday, cash only.

November 18th - December 30th  

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
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 22nd - January 7th
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
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
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 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
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
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 2017 season kicks off on Saturday, November 25th, 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 10th 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, The 27th Annual Holiday Model Train Exhibit, Gingerbread Decorating Contest and Pictures with Santa. Visit the website for specific dates and times and for more information.

November 25th - December 30th
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 3rd, 10th and 17th 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 3rd, 10th and 11th
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
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
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
A Christmas Carol Website | 609-525-9300
550 Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226  Southern Shore Region NJ
A Christmas Carol Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company Tis the season!
A Christmas Carol 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 event. 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 Christmas Carol takes place at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Purchase tickets online at their box office: www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

December 8 at 7:30 PM
December 9 at 7:30 PM
December 10 at 2:00 PM
December 15 at 7:30 PM
December 16 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM
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.

Weekends Until December 10th Then December 11th - January 1st Every Night.
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," Ocean City, New Jersey. Not just a summer shore town, Ocean City hosts great family-friendly holiday activities throughout December. The season kicks off Dec. 1 with the town's Christmas Parade on Asbury Avenue starting at 6 p.m. 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, a musical version of “A Christmas Carol” and more. Ocean City’s non-alcoholic First Night celebration includes more than 75 different shows and activities on New Year’s Eve. First Day fun includes a 5K run and a polar plunge. Visit www.oceancityvacation.com for specific dates, times and address for the individual events. 

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