Christmas Events in New Jersey

The Best 2016 tree lighting, concerts, performances,
festivals, and more.

Christmas Events in New Jersey

Discover the popular Christmas events and attractions in New Jersey, whether it's jingle bells, Christmas tree lighting, carol singing, or just reenactments of past New Jersey Christmas events.

The attractions during the Christmas season in NJ are always festive. Many of these events begin the day after Thanksgiving with the traditional start of the Christmas Holiday season.



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.

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Northern New Jersey Christmas Events

Holiday Lights
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, November 18 until November, 27, 2016
Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ
Website
Come out and enjoy the lights, movies, demonstrations and other winter wonderland activities.
All Movies begin at 5PM and will run continuously in the Sea Lion Sound Exhibit. Come out and experience our themed weekends, where families can enjoy specialty displays, popular films, holiday music and crafts. Ice carving demonstrations will be held on Saturdays only. Hot chocolate and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Holiday Decorations at The Stickley Museum
Beginning mid November until end of December, 2016
Viewable on all tours! Tours run Thursday through Sunday at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
2352 Route 10 West
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
info@stickleymuseum.org
973-540-0311
Website
This event features the Log House festooned for the holidays in period style with a focus on Gustav Stickley's own ideas about the season. Using holiday greens, pinecones, and the home's forest palette, the decorations bring nature indoors and spotlight the Arts and Crafts movement's emphasis on finding beauty in simplicity and natural materials.
While at the Museum, also enjoy the Holiday Shop at Craftsman Farms, featuring an expanded line of lovely gifts, home decor, holiday decorations, candles, holiday candy, and more.

Swedish Christmas Fair
November 20, 2016; 10am - 4pm
Commonwealth Club
26 Northview Avenue
Upper Montclair, NJ
Website
This Swedish celebration features a great selection of food, crafts, and gifts. Swedish handicrafts like handmade Christmas decorations, linen, and wooden items and a variety of cheeses, herring and other Swedish delicacies as well as home baked goods (bread, cookies, and cakes) are available for you to buy. In the Swedish café, you can enjoy delicious Swedish open-faced sandwiches, waffles, coffee-bread, pastries, and a large variety of drinks. Glögg, a typical Swedish spiced holiday drink, is also being offered. There will also be raffles with wonderful prizes. You will also get the chance to enjoy the Lucia pageant and her choir singing and lightening up the holiday season, a beautiful and truly unique Swedish tradition Members dress up in traditional costume. Children from the Swedish School of NJ perform Lucia at 11am & 2pm. SWEA is a global non-profit organization promoting Swedish language, culture, history and tradition.

Feasting with Family & Friends
Christmas in the Ballantine House
Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 8, 2017
Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ
973.596.6690
Website
The Museum’s National Historic Landmark, the 1885 Ballantine House, offers visitors a taste of how Christmas was celebrated in late Victorian Newark, as English, German and Dutch holiday traditions merged into something not so very different from the way the holiday is celebrated in America today. This historically accurate installation offers the opportunity to step back in time to learn about 19th-century life and traditions. From the Christmas tree (a German tradition) to the wooden shoes by the hearth (a Dutch tradition) to the stockings on the chimney and plum pudding in the dining room (English traditions), visitors can get a sense of how Christmas evolved into a home-based secular holiday in the 19th century.

14th Annual Colonial Christmas - Jacobus Vanderveer House: Holiday Open House
Friday, November 25 – Sunday, November 27  & Friday, December 2 –  Sunday, December 4, 2016: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jacobus Vanderveer House
995 Route 202/206 South
Bedminster, NJ 07921
Website
The celebration begins with thr Tree Lighting on Friday, November 25 at 6 p.m. The Jacobus Vanderveer House and Knox Museum will be holding an open house featuring period furnishings and holiday décor; an exhibition of paintings by noted landscape artist John Phillip Osborne (courtesy of the Stringer Gallery, Bernardsville), boutique shopping; period music by The Enslows; re-enactors; Santa visits and more.

Jul Dans - Scandinavian Christmas Festival
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Viking Hall
Vasa Park
Budd Lake, NJ
Website
All night dancing around the Christmas tree with music provided by Jeanne Widman Anderson and Smorgasbandet with Walter Eriksson, Jr., on Nyckelharpa. Fresh ham dinner, Swedish meatballs and other traditional Scandinavian specialties. Candle-lit ceremony and pageant of Sankta Lucia. A visit from Santa. Cocktail hour begins at 5:00 p.m. with Jul Glogg and cash bar.

Holiday Festival (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
December 3, 4, 2016: 10am – 4pm
Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge
908 766-5955
Website
Take a hayride to see Santa Claus, ride a pony, decorate ornaments, and enjoy many other activities. Find that perfect gift at the Silent Auction, which benefits the School Horse Retirement Fund. Fees vary; admission, parking, hayrides & pony rides are free.

Annual Holiday Celebration - Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea
Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ
Website & Tickets
The beloved Father Alphonse Stephenson provides humorous and personal anecdotes, perfectly tuned to the occasion. His 42-piece orchestra skillfully performs holiday classics with passion and precision that makes this a spectacular evening, not to be missed. Be sure to order your tickets today for this annual sell-out event!
Now in their 28th year of making music, the Orchestra of St. Peter is one of New Jersey's premier music organizations. A student of the late George Schick of the Metropolitan Opera and Dr. Robert Abramson of the Juilliard School, Father Alphonse has been guest conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic, Delaware Valley Philharmonic, Metro Lyric Opera, the Greater Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Key West Pops Orchestra.

Festival of Trees "Deck The Halls"
December 3 -10, 2016
The Barn at Highlands Ridge Park (The building is handicapped-accessible)
100 North Road
Chester, NJ. 
Website
908-879-2202  
Hours of operation are: Saturdays 10 – 5, Sunday Noon - 5, Monday & Wednesday 10 – 6, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10 – 8. 
The Festival of Trees is a community celebration featuring a spectacular display of holiday trees in a winter-wonderland setting. The trees are individually decorated by families, businesses, and civic organizations and enjoyed by hundreds of people. The majority of the trees are offered for silent auction during the week-long event. Local musical talents entertain Festival attendees while touring the spectacle. Proceeds from the Festival support the activities and programs of the Senior Resource Center.

Santa at Van Vleck
Saturday, December 3 @ 10 am - noon,and Sunday, December 4, 2016 @10am - 12:30pm
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck St.
Montclair, NJ
Website
973-744-4752
Come take a fun family selfie with Santa or have our photographer take that perfect holiday shot. This might be the perfect photo for your annual holiday card. There will be arts & crafts along with writing that special letter to the man in red! Advance ticket purchase required. Tickets: $30/Family, Members of Van Vleck; $35/Family, Non Members

Pompton Lakes Annual Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 3, 2016; 5 PM - 8 PM
Wanaque Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ
Website
This family event features a " Holiday Stroll" and parade along Wanaque Avenue.
The Tree lighting at 5 PM at the library will kick off the events that include entertainment, crafts, vendors, games, food, music, giveaways and a free photo with Santa.

State Ballet Theatre of Russia: Cinderella
Sunday December 4, 2016 3:00PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Newark, NJ
Tickets

The Snowflake Parade
Sunday, December 4, 2016: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Millburn, NJ
Website
Along Millburn Avenue from Holmes to Spring Streets Professional bands, clowns, marching bands and Santa arriving on Millburn Fire Truck Free Refreshments in The Courtyard (behind Dunkin Donuts) where Santa will pose for pictures.

Newark Annual Tree Holiday Lighting Celebration
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016; from 4 pm-8 pm (Tree lighting @ 6pm)
Prudential Center's Championship Plaza
25 Lafayette Street
Newark, NJ
(street and lot parking options are available)
(973) 622-2002
This family Holiday celebration will feature a free concert by R&B sensations Blu Cantrell and Sunshine Anderson, free pictures with Santa including a special holiday gift, a bouncy house, a NJ Devils synthetic ice skating rink, a trackless train, numerous carnival games, children’s characters and Victorian carolers. Lighting of Newark's 40-foot holiday tree (one of the largest in NJ) will begin at 6pm, followed by R&B soul singers Blu Cantrell and Sunshine Anderson will perform a free concert for the crowd. The artists are known for R&B hits “Hit ‘Em Up Style” by Blu Cantrell and “Heard It All Before” by Sunshine Anderson.



Central New Jersey Christmas Events

The North Pole Express
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from November 19 until Sunday, December 18, 2016
(Except Fridays Dec 9th & 16th)
80 Stangl Road
Flemington, NJ
Website
This is an exciting holiday fun family train ride to North Pole Station to visit Santa and Mrs Claus! Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, singing along with the elves, a chance to tell Santa your Christmas wish, and much more. This is a special experience that the entire family won't forget. The train operates rain or shine. The North Pole Express runs as listed: All trains depart Flemington Station and operate round-trip. Allow approximately two hours for your trip.

Festival of Trees
November 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, New Jersey
Website
The holiday event features the museum’s elegant galleries decorated for the holidays and adorned with trees artfully decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations. This year’s Festival of Trees exhibitors include: Arts Council of Princeton, The Farmhouse Store, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Barbara L. Mulea, McCarter Theatre Center, Contemporary Garden Club, Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop, Dogwood Garden Club, and Stony Brook Garden Club of Princeton. Festival of Trees is open to the public during regular museum hours. No reservations are required.

23rd Holiday Express Concert, Tree Lighting, & Activities
From November 25 until December 24, 2016
Red Bank, NJ
Website
November 25 Town Lighting & Santa Express Santa Express Train from Little Silver to Red Bank, Parade from Red Bank Train Station down Monmouth Street to Holiday Express concert on Broad Street for annual Town Lighting, Holiday Express concert begins at 7:00pm. Canal Street will be closed from Clay to Broad from 1:00pm until the end of the concert. Broad Street will be closed from Peter's Place to Monmouth Street from 4:00pm through end of concert. Monmouth Street briefly closes for the parade.
Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides
Saturdays, November 25 through December 24th; 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Classic Horse & Carriage rides through the business district.
Two locations: 26 Broad Street (The Robinson Ale House) and 11 Bridge Avenue (Danny's Steakhouse).
Holiday Harmonies
Saturdays, November 25 through December 24th; from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Musical entertainment on the sidewalk at various locations in the Red Bank Business District.

Princeton Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 25, 2016; 4:45pm - 6:00pm
On the Green
Downtown Princeton, NJ
Website
This family event will feature live music and a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. The tree will be a 65-foot Norwegian spruce decorated over 32,000 lights.


Polar Express
November 25,26,27, December 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18, 2016
Lehigh Junction
99 Elizabeth St.
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
877-872-4674
Website
Train Ride departs from Lehigh Junction located in the Historic Main Street area of Phillipsburg. On the train you will re-live the experience of the little boy in The Polar Express. The story focuses on a little boy who has been told by his friends that there is no Santa Claus. Unwilling to believe this, he lies awake in his bed on Christmas Eve, waiting for the sound of Santa's sleigh. Instead, he hears the hissing steam and squeaking metal of the Polar Express as it stops outside his window, ready to take him and other children to the North Pole. During your ride you will listen to this wonderful story, every child will be served hot chocolate and cookies Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas.

Cranbury Christmas Lights Spectacular on Main Street
November 26th through December 30th, 2016; Starting 6:00pm and with turn off at 9:00pm
128 North Main Street
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Website
Cranbury Christmas Lights is one of NJ's Number top Christmas Display's for charity. The tree 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 in 2016. 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. 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.

Cook's Christmas Lights
Beginning on Saturday, November 26, 2016, shows will run nightly, Sunday - Thursday, 6pm-10pm; and Friday - Saturday, 6pm-11pm.
1 Carlson Ct.
Jackson, NJ
Facebook page
14,000 lights plus a 1008 bulb RGB pixel matrix synchronized to music.
Donations are accepted to benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
MS is a disease that is very near to to the Cook's family, having affected one of their children.

Spring Lake Spring Lake Holiday/Christmas Kick-off
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Website

An event for the whole family. There will be tons of activities for kids and adults to enjoy. Join in all the fun with a visit to Santa’s Workshop and hayrides around Spring Lake

Tree Lighting in Highlands
November 25, 2016; 6 pm
Christmas Parade on December 3, 2016
Huddy Park
Highlands, NJ
732-291-4713
Website
The eventys feature music performances, along with free hot chocolate, candy canes and a visit by Santa Claus.

Annual Asbury Park Boardwalk Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 26, 2016; @ 6pm
Website
Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park
Thus event features the lighting of the three story high tree inside The Grand Arcade at Convention Hall. Doors open at 6 PM and the festivities begin shortly after. Hosted by Rich Robinson of area radio station 90.5 The Night. With live musical performances from The Weeklings, The Ocean Ave Stompers, Yawn Mower, Nervous Triggers, and DJ Foggy Notion, all playing special holiday sets. Be sure to take a photo with Santa

Bradley Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, November 27, 2016 @4 pm
Riley Park
Bradley Beach
732-776-2999
Website
Santa will arrive by Fire Truck Horse and wagon rides Bradley Beach. Refreshments & Entertainment and Santa Claus.

The Annual Long Branch Tree Lighting in Pier Village
Sunday, November 27, 2016; from 4-6 pm
Festival Plaza
Pier Village
Long Branch, NJ
Website
This family fun event features a performance by Tim McLoone and the Shirley’s and the annual tree lighting. The Ice at the new Pier Rink will be open.

Asbury Park Downtown Tree Lighting
December 3, 2016; @5 pm
Press Plaza
Cookman Ave. at Emory St
Asbury Park, NJ
Website
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 on the Farm
December 3, 2016; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530
609-737-3299
Website
Revisit the 1900 era on a horse drawn wagon to help shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. Visitors can participate in planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops, to care for our animals, to sweep the barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future.

Annual Holiday Lighting at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
December 3, 2016, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
1 Memorial Lane
Exit 116, Garden State Parkway (on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center)
Holmdel
Website
The ceremony includes the lighting of a Christmas tree and Menorah, and a reading about Kwanzaa.

Christmas at Allaire
December 4, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
Website
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.

Colts Neck Holiday Festival Concert & Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 4, 2016 @ 3PM, Tree Lighting @3:45pm
Colts Neck Town Hall
124 Cedar Drive
Colts Neck
732-462-5470
Website
The program features a holiday Festival concert followed by the lighting of the Township Christmas Tree, candy canes for children and hot chocolate and dough nuts for all.  The highlight of the program will be an appearance of Santa Claus, who will visit with each child.

Metuchen Holiday House Tour
Sunday, December 4, 2016; Noon -5pm
Metuchen, NJ
Information
Tour 6 beautifully decorated homes, enjoy complimentary seasonal refreshments and visit the artisan's bazaar and raffle at The Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen NJ.

Downtown Freehold Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 6, 2016; 5 - 7pm; Rain Date - Wednesday, December 2nd, 5-7 pm
Hall of Records Plaza
1 East Main Street
Freehold, NJ
(732) 462-3584
Website
The annual Christmas tree lighting marks Santa's arrival in the borough! FRESH 102.7 will be here with a prize wheel. Listen and hear the announcements about Downtown Freehold's Tree Lighting

Ocean Grove Victorian Holiday Festival & House Tour
December 10th & 11th, 2016
Ocean Grove, NJ
Website
Step back in time in Historic Ocean Grove for this special two-day Holiday event. Children under 12 not admitted to the House & Inn Tours.

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
Website
(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.

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 11, 2016; two seating times at 9:00am and 11:00am
iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ
Website
This event features a hot breakfast buffet that includes an omelet station, assorted breakfast breads, yogurt and granola, pancakes, and fresh fruit, while Santa walks around and visits with guests at their tables. Then, gather the whole family together for a picture with Santa Claus taken by their professional photographer.

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
Website
215-493-4076
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
732-892-0600
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.


Southern New Jersey Christmas Events

Christmas Fantasy with Lights Parade
November 12, 2016; 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Rain date November 13th)
Storybook Land
6415 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609)-646-0103
Website
This celebration features a parade followed by the holiday lighting of the park.
Visit the park along the parade route to see some of your favorite storybook characters on beautifully decorated floats. Parade begins at 4:30 PM. The parade concludes with the arrival of Santa Claus and his magical lighting of the park.

An Old Fashioned Christmas in Cape May
November 18, 2016 through January 1, 2017
Cape May, NJ
Website
What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May? This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a seemingly endless variety of fun and tasty events. From trolley rides to wine tastings, from house tours to themed dinners, there is something for everyone!
The Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate becomes a Christmas wonderland this time of year. It's all about the wonder of Christmas morning with model trains and toys beneath the tree. You can actually stand under our tree and marvel at the intricate layout of dozens of Dickens Village houses, people and accessories that make the village come to life. Kids can write a letter to Santa and leave it in his special mail box.

Atlantic City Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Monday, November 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Tropicana Casino & Resort
Atlantic City, NJ
Website
Featured guests include Mayor Don Guardian along with Santa Claus as the traditional 35-foot holiday tree is is turned on to begin the celebration of the holiday season with a free Holiday Musical Light Show in The Quarter.

Christmas Light Show Hay Ride
November 25 through December 30, 2016
Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Rd.
Medford, NJ 08055
609-654-8643
Website
This event features thousands of Twinkling lights attached to the wagons so that you are surrounded with at computerized light show set to the music of Christmas. Intensify your experience with a pair of 3D snowflake glasses that turn every light into a snowflake.
The Market is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with Gifts, Cookies, Christmas trees, Wreaths and all kinds of fun activities for the family. Visit with Santa and his Reindeer. To complete your holiday experience we will also have a campfire going to roast marshmallows and make s' mores. Bring your own Camera for a great Photo op. Costs for activities vary.

Mullica Hill Lights on Main
Saturday, November 26, 2016; 6-10pm
Old Town Hall
Main Street
Mullica Hill
Website
Christmas will officially begin when the 60 foot Christmas is lit. Come join in the revelry, festivities and laughter! Carriage rides along Main Street. Delicious refreshments and drinks. Activities for the kids. Christmas carols, and a visit from Santa.

Swedesboro Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 26, 2016; Parade @ 1pm. Lighting @6:30 pm
Swedesboro Borough Hall
1500 Kings Highway
Swedesboro,NJ 08085
(856) 467-0202
Website
Kings Highway will be alive with Christmas cheer as Swedesboro celebrates the start of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Parade at 1pm. The parade will take place on Kings Highway at Walter Hill School and will continue all the way through the downtown where it will end at Church Street. The Parade will be conclude with an appearance by Santa. Immediately following the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children in the Woolwich Fire House until 4pm. The day’s events will wrap up at 6:30pm, with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and caroling at Borough Hall.

Holiday Light Show
From Thanksgiving November 27, 2016 thru January 6, 2017;
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd., #96
Smithville NJ,08205
609.748.8999
Website
Watch in awe as over 100 Christmas Trees, magically floating on Lake Meone, light up to the music around you. It is an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. Admission: Free

Annual Christkindlmarkt at Tuckerton Seaport
Friday, December 2, 2016; 4-8pm
Saturday December 3 , 2016; 10am – 5pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 10am – 4pm
Tuckerton Seaport
Tuckerton, NJ
Website
This Christmas celebration features a true Christmas village atmosphere with a European style holiday market outdoors and under huge heated tents with Santa (of course!), craft & gift vendors, fabulous food court, horse drawn cart rides, kiddie rides, trackless train, make & take crafts, hot Gluhwein, rolling chair sleigh rides on the boardwalk, entertainment and lots of holiday fun. The Festival of Trees will be open for viewing. Free parking onsite or off-site with free shuttle.

Christmas at Seaside Heights
December 2nd, 3rd, and 10th, 2016
800 Ocean Terrace
Seaside Heights, NJ
732-793-6488
Website
The celebration kicks off on Friday, December 2nd @ 5pm for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting outside Borough Hall.
On Saturday, December 3rd, the Casino Pier Holiday Party will take place in the arcade from Noon to 3pm. Wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater for their contest to win a prize! Bring your creative minds for our arts & crafts that include creating your own Olaf Sock Snowman, Bird Feeder & Santa Beard! We will be making cards and special pictures and sending them to our Service Members!
On Saturday December 10th, from 12pm to 5pm, the Christmas Parade will take place along the Boulevard in Seaside Heights. The Parade ends with a special Santa's send-off with live entertainment as the town lights Santa's way back home to the North Pole.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2, 2016
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard
1st & Central Avenues
North Weldwood, NJ
609.522.4520
Website
Christmas tree lighting, Santa Claus and refreshments. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Admission: Free

Downtown Toms River Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2, 2016
Town Hall Courtyard
Washington Street
Toms River, NJ
732-341-8738
Website
Annual Tree Lighting and the arrival of Santa Clause! Ceremony runs from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 3, 2016; 1PM to 6PM
Cooper St. and Route 130
Beverly, NJ
Website

Call 609-874-3892 or 609-387-4975 for information and to reserve your tickets
Tour 14 historic and beautifully decorated homes in the Beverly and Edgewater Park area with a detailed map and balloons at each home out front.

Annual Dickens Festival
Saturday, December 3, 2016; 6pm – 10pm
Main Street
Medford, NJ
Website
Admission is free
This annual family event transforms downtown Medford into a Victorian-era Christmas wonderland. The name and playful atmosphere of the festival were inspired by Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol. The festival features many exciting attractions including music, food, stilt walkers, a magician, caricaturists, a story teller, jugglers, ice carvings, a live Nativity, a lighted house contest, horse drawn carriages, carolers dressed in mid 19th century garb, Santa's visit and the nativity reenactment by local churches.

Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
December 3, 2016; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
On Long Beach Blvd. from 5th-25th Streets.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
609-494-1614
Website
Homemade floats and antique cars welcome, The theme for 2016 is "A Shell of a Christmas"

Historic Bridgeton Holiday House Tour & Festival of Lights
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Main St
Bridgeton, NJ
Website
A close-up of some of the best of the best of a Historic District that contains over 2000 individual properties--New Jersey’s largest! 25 historic homes, churches, shops and public buildings conveniently located along a half-mile stretch of East and West Commerce Street.
Festival of Lights takes place from 4 pm to 8 pm at City Park.

Breakfast With Santa Series
Saturdays from December 3, 10, 17, 2015 , Two seatings, 10:00am & 2:00pm
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ
856-365-8733
Website
The arrival of Santa, brunch with Santa and more.
Children’s tickets include: Brunch, Printed picture with Santa, Complimentary ride on both the Garden carousel and train, holiday crafts Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required.

West Cape May Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Cape May , NJ 08204
609-884-1005
Website
Start your holiday season with the best Christmas Parade in Cape May County! Over three hours of family fun and entertainment. Parade start time is 5:00PM. Parade starts at the West Cape May Fire Hall, proceeds south on Broadway to West Perry and to the Washington St. Mall, Cape May.

Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration
From December 4 until December 31, 2016
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
856-365-3300
Website
This annual celebration features twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow, and the return of the man in a red wetsuit – Scuba Santa. Visitors will get to see Scuba Santa and his elf swim alongside rare sharks, gigantic sea turtles and stingrays in the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit. Festivities also include interactive “I Believe in Scuba Santa” live shows, meet and greets with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and more.

Annual Family Holiday Celebration
December 9, 10 , 2016; (rain date is Sunday, December 11th)
Wildwoods Convention Center
Wildwood, NJ
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The festival begins Friday evening following the parade, with the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Then crowds gather inside the Wildwoods Convention Center to warm up with hot chocolate and cookies and acknowledge the parade and the business decorating and lighting contest winners at the Award Ceremony. The celebration continues all day Saturday with family fun, pictures with Santa and holiday bazaar.). Lineup begins at 5:30pm and the parade starts promptly at 6:00pm.

Breakfast With Santa on the Battleship New Jersey
Saturday, December 10th, 2016; from 9:00 am -11:00 am
100 Clinton Street
Camden, NJ
For the Parking Garage: 1-99 South Delaware Ave., Camden, NJ. 08103.
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Tickets are $18 for kids under 12, and $24 for adults. Members of the Battleship can receive 20% off the Breakfast. Active military families can buy a ticket for just $10.00 per person! To reserve your tickets, call 1-866-877-6262 ext. 107, or email: groups@battleshipnewjersey.org.
Kids (and their families) will go through the same chow lines that BB62’s sailors used and eat breakfast in the Crew’s Mess. Following breakfast, Santa will be sliding down the ladders to spend some time hearing last-minute requests. All kids will have a chance to have a photo taken with Santa, which is presented as a keepsake in a commemorative USS New Jersey holiday card.

Holiday Open House at Paulsdale

Saturday, December 10, 2016; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Alice Paul Institute
128 Hooten Rd.
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
856-231-1885
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A holiday event that showcases Paulsdale, the home of Alice Stokes Paul. Join us for entertainment, refreshments, and guest speakers. See the new Alice Paul: In Pursuit of Ordinary Equality exhibit, enjoy refreshments, shop for gifts in our gifts shop, and view the Quaker influenced, natural holiday decorations, provided by the Mount Laurel Garden Club.

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