The Best Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Central Jersey Family Festivals

These popular festivals occur at venues in all corners of NJ and have wide appeal with families with kids.

They feature events with special themes and are known for having good music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans and performers, fun activities, crafts, and more!

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.

November 2016 Central Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Early 19th Century Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 20, 2016@ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Allaire Village
4265 Atlantic Ave
Farmingdale, NJ
This event celebrates the end of the autumn season, and to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, the company of each other, and all the things that help to enrich our lives. Join in to come and celebrate a 19th Century Thanksgiving with our family at The Historic Village at Allaire. We have a special program in the chapel at 1pm

Disney Live: Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic
November 25, 26, 2016
State Theatre - NJ
New Brunswick, NJ

December 2016 Central Jersey Family Festivals And Events

A Christmas Carol
Friday December 2, 2016 8:00PM
Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ

Asbury Park Downtown Tree Lighting
December 3, 2016; @5 pm
Press Plaza
Cookman Ave. at Emory St
Asbury Park, NJ
This holiday event features the lighting of the 25 foot tall tree with carolers from Alphabets Preschool, members of the New Jersey National Guard, photos with Santa Claus, cookies and hot coca for all.

Christmas at Allaire
December 4, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
This event is a celebration of the joys of Christmas past.  Experience the sights and smells of an early American Christmas with hearth cooking,  singing, dancing, wagon rides and St Nicholas! This is a day full of fun interactive programs.  You can also bring your holiday cards to be sent from our historic post office located in the General Store.  Bring your addressed envelopes with a stamp.

Fire & Ice Benefit

December 10th, 2016; 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM 
Windows on the Water
931 Ocean Ave.
Sea Bright, NJ
Website - Purchase Tickets
This benefit event for Clean Ocean Action features over 300 ocean advocates coming out to enjoy an exciting night with live music, a beach bonfire, ice sculptures, gourmet food and more.

The Christmas Light Show
Satuday, December 10th, Sunday, December 11th, and Saturday, December 17th, 2016: 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM
Parking Address:
2744 Belmar Blvd
Wall Township, NJ
(Parking located at the North Wall Little League Field)
This Christmas Light Show is a family tradition at the Jersey Shore. The show is an impressive displays of lighting, fog, and pyrotechnics synchronized to powerful concert quality sound!
The event is free but raises money for local charities through donations from visitors. No ticket or fee is required for admission, however donations of $25 for a family of 4. and $10 for individual adults and couples are suggested.
Free food and drink are available and Santa usually makes an appearance!
Visitors are advised to come 40 minutes before the show to allow time to park and walk to the venue. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. show status information is available at the shows.
Please plan on arriving about 35-45 minutes prior to show time! Ample time is needed to park and walk to the show.

The Annual Christmas Delaware River Crossing Re-enactments
December 11, 2016; 10 AM to 4 PM, (actual crossing at 1 PM)
Washington Crossing
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA
This year's Re-enactment, will 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.

Jenkinson's Aquarium Sea of Lights Holiday Festival
December 18th, 19th, 26th, 27th and 28th, 2016; from 6 - 9pm
Jenkinson's Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant, NJ
Website (Tickets $7 per person)
This annual Holiday festival features the Aquarium done up with the holiday spirit with hundreds festive lights and decorations, plus make and take crafts, face painting, even a scuba diving Santa and other special guests from the coolest new animated movie.

New Years Eve Fireworks - New Brunswick
December 31, 2016; 11:30PM - Midnight
Monument Square
Livingston Ave, & George St.
New Brunswick
They'll be a DJ spinning some tunes to warm everyone up for the grand finale.
The count down to begin the new year with a spectacular fireworks display shot off the roof of The Heldrich Hotel. It will be visible for miles around! Many of New Brunswick's Bars an Restaurants will be open late for a post fireworks nightcap.

January 2017 Central Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Lambertville New Hope Winter Festival 2017
January 21 - 29, 2017
Downtown Lambertviille, NJ
This popular winter event features activities and events that provide a healthy, invigorating cold-weather experience in the river town communities of Lambertville and New Hope to demonstrate that that these communities are alive and well in the winter months with exciting and diverse activities raise funds and awareness for local non-profit organizations. These family events are held at a variety on venues in the two communities and includes live music, hikes & tours, ice sculptures, snow folk art and a parade

North Jersey Family Festivals

New Jersey Family Festivals

North  Jersey Family Festivals feature events with special themes, and music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans, and fun activities.
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South Jersey Family Festivals

South Jersey Family Festivals

South  Jersey Family Festivals feature events with special themes, and music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans, and fun activities.
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