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November 30, 2014

New Jersey Leisure Guide Monthly Newsletter
December, 2014

You'll find lots of exciting things to do in New Jersey in December. December is a very festive month with the Christmas & Chanukah holiday season and the grand finale -- New Years Eve!

 This Edition's Contents...

  • Popular December Events and Things To Do
  • Seasonal Frequently Asked Question
  • This Month's Featured Restaurant

Popular December 2014 Events and Things To Do

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Holiday Lights Spectacular @ the PNC Bank Arts Center
Now until January 4, 2015
PNC Bank Arts Center
116 Garden State Pkwy
Holmdel, NJ
Rev up your holiday spirit with over 2.5 miles of holiday scenery and over 150 light displays. Holiday Lights Spectacular creates a magical winter wonderland in the heart of New Jersey.
For the first time this year the all new JCP&L Holiday Village will open at the end of the drive for more holiday excitement. With fun for everyone the holiday village is a heated area within the park where families can take pictures with Santa, kids can make their own gingerbread cookies and everyone can enjoy some festive holiday refreshments & snacks.
Hours: Sunday -Thursday: Dusk to 10pm, Friday & Saturday: Dusk to 11pm
Closed: November 24, 25, 26, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 31.
Admission for the Holiday Light Spectacular is $20 per car on weekdays and $25 per can on weekends. Van and Bus pricing also available. Every Tuesday is “2 for Tuesdays” and patrons can drive through the park a second time for free.

Christmas Spectacular on Main Street
Now until December 31st, 2014
128 North Main Street
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Come and see the 100,000 lights Dance! The shows are approximately 45 minutes long followed by all the lights on the last 15 minutes. Shows run every night through December 31st.
Along with over 100,000 Lights, On 20 nights you can watch them as they are choreographed to over 15 songs!!

Holiday Laser Light Show
Now until January 6, 2014; Every 1/2 Hour 2:00pm - 12:00am
Fiesta Plaza
The Quarter
Atlantic City, NJ
Free Event
This holiday event features the decking the halls of The Quarter with a holiday laser light show. The Havana themed Quarter is magically transformed from a Tropical Oasis to a Winter Wonderland complete with snowfall, bubbles, Over 100,000 lights, all synchronized to your favorite holiday music!Neil

Degrasse Tyson
Tuesday December 2, 2014 @ 7:30PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Newark, NJ

Slipknot & Korn
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 @7:00PM
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ
Susquehanna Bank Center

Mike Epps
Friday, December 5, 2014 @8:00PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Newark, NJ

New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals
Saturday, December 6, 2014 @ 7:00PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Cher, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Friday, December 12, 2014 @ 7:30PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Ocean City Holiday Spectacular
December 12th – 14th, 2014
Ocean City Music Pier
Moorlyn Terrace and boardwalk
Ocean City
This family event features a cast of professional singers and dancers putting on 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 .

Elf - The Musical
Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 7:00PM
Paper Mill Playhouse
Millburn, NJ

Lambertville - Chanukah Festival of Lights
Thursday, December 18, 2014; @ 7:30 p.m.
Corner of Union and Bridge Streets.
Lambertville NJ
There will be food, singing, and light. Advance registration is suggested for the event. This event is presented by the Chabad of Hunterdon County. Join Rabbi Eli Kornfeld of Chabad of Hunterdon County at the Menorah in Lambertville's City Square. Hear the story of Chanukah, enjoy singing, Chanukah Gelt, Latkes, and free Menorahs

American Repertory Ballet: The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 20, 21, 2014 @ 1:00PM
State Theatre
New Brunswick, NJ

Life In Color
Saturday December 20, 2014 @7:00PM
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Christmas Attic
Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 8:00PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Air Supply
Sunday December 21, 2014 @8:00PM
Atlantic City, NJ

The Annual Christmas Delaware River Crossing Reenactment
December 25, 2014
Washington Crossing
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA
On Christmas Day every year, re-enactors assemble at Washington Crossing State Park, Pennsylvania, and make their way across the Delaware River to New Jersey. The annual event commemorates the Christmas Day crossing made by Gen. George Washington and his troops in 1776. It was an historic undertaking that resulted in defeat of the Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton. You can attend this year's event in Washington Crossing State Park, Pennsylvania. Depending on the weather, the crossing will begin at 1 p.m. The event/village activities will occur from 11am to 3pm, with the crossing time occurring around 1:00 pm, beginning at the Pennsylvania side at Washington Crossing State Park. Those who cannot attend on Christmas can watch a full dress rehearsal on Dec. 7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (actual crossing at 1 p.m.).

The Burlesque Show
Friday December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 2014 @9:00PM
Borgata Music Box
Atlantic City, NJ

The Harlem Globetrotters
December 29, 30, 2014 @ 2:00PM
Izod Center
East Rutherford, NJ

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a Fireworks Dinner Cruise
December 31, 2014
Boards 9:00 PM - Cruises 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Spirit of New Jersey
Lincoln Harbor Marina
Weehawken, New Jersey
This four-hour event features a three-hour cruise and offers amazing views of New York City's sensational skyline, a delicious dinner buffet, a DJ for your dancing entertainment, with their talented wait staff singing solos, a premium open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Stunning views of the illuminating fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty sponsored by Spirit Cruises as synchronized music accompanies the show in perfect harmony.

This Months Frequently Asked Question

Question: We're going with my family to NYC this January and we want to visit a neighboring city. We are thinking about Jersey City and was wondering if it's worth spending a day or two with an overnight stay? If so, how do we get there, what is there to do, and can you recommend a hotel to stay at?

Jersey City, across the river from NYC is certainly worth visiting. Jersey City has a variety of attractions, and entertainment. It's many attractions include museums, a nationally recognized science learning center, and unbeatable, world class harbor views overlooking the New York City Skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Jersey City is very easy to access from the PATH rail system in NYC from either the 33rd Station or World Trade Center stations. In just 20 minutes you can get off at one of the three Jersey City stations --- Newport, Grove Street or Exchange Place. For more detailed information including hotels in Jersey City, visit Jersey City.

New Jersey Restaurant Reviews - New Jersey has over 23,000 restaurants and finding about them is often times a time consuming task. Check out our comprehensive ratings and reviews gathered from diners, critics, and personal visits by New Jersey Leisure Guide.

This Month's Featured Restaurant

Waterside Restaurant
North Bergen, NJ
A destination restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out directly across the river at the Manhattan skyline. One of the few non-Asian restaurants in northern NJ open on Christmas.
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For other top New Jersey Attractions, Events & Things to do:

Christmas Events - The top Christmas holiday events and activities in New Jersey

Top Things To Do in December - The top ten seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.

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