Thanksgiving Weekend Events in New Jersey
Top 10 Things to do in 2016 on Thanksgiving Weekend
Thanksgiving occurs on the last weekend in November in the fall season when the weather is mild enough to enjoy an outdoor activity or to get a head start on the holiday season.
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1- Enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner in a New Jersey Restaurant
Looking to get out to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner without the bother of meal shopping, cooking and clean-up? Here are some of our favorite restaurants open for Thanksgiving that are noted for their outstanding food and holiday ambiance.
2 - Take the Kids to a Disney Show
Disney Live: Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic
November 25, 26, 2016
State Theatre - NJ
New Brunswick, NJ
3- Enjoy a Thanksgiving Getaway at a Charming Bed & Breakfast
Discover the popular New Jersey destinations with attractive inns and B & B's for travelers looking to make their getaway trip extra special. From charming Victorian Inns in scenic shore towns to the Western and Northern New Jersey historic towns with rolling hills and mountains, there is information and listing available for all travelers needs for a romantic or relaxing short trip.
4 - Celebrate The Start of the Holiday Season at a Holiday Lighting Festival
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
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.
23rd Holiday Express Concert & Tree Lighting
Red Bank, NJ
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.
Annual Dickens Festival
Saturday, December 3, 2016; 6pm – 10pm
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.
5- Plan a Day Trip To A New Jersey Museum
New Jersey Museums offer a wide variety of exciting arts and natural science treasures and programs that are educational, fun, and adventuresome. A great day trip for people of all ages to experience treasures of art, a real floating battleship, historic buildings, hands-on interactive science programs, and educational exhibits.
5 -Visit Atlantic City - The Crown Jewel of the Jersey Shore
Take in the casinos, great restaurants, hotels, clubs and concerts. The top acts appearing Thanksgiving weekend include:
Friday November 25, 2016 8:00PM
Resorts Atlantic City - Superstar Theater
Saturday November 26, 2016 8:00PM
Trump Taj Mahal - Blue Velvet Theater
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
Saturday November 26, 2016 8:00PM
NJ Borgata Music Box
Herman's Hermits & Peter Noone
Saturday November 26, 2016 8:00PM
NJ Resorts Atlantic City - Superstar Theater
Atlantic City Ballet: It's A Shore Holiday
Sunday November 27, 2016 4:00PM
Caesars Atlantic City
Atlantic City Visitors Guide
Popular Jersey Shore destination with casino gaming, top entertainment venues, restaurants, a beach & boardwalk, and more.
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6 - Visit Princeton: A charming Village to Enjoy During the Holiday Season
Tree lined streets with upscale boutique shops, restaurants, museums, theatre, and a prestigious Ivy League university.
Take in the Princeton
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 25, 2016; 4:45pm - 6:00pm
On the Green
Downtown Princeton, NJ
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.
7 - Visit Historic Mullica Hill
Mullica Hill, located in Gloucester County, was established in the late 17th century by English and Irish Quakers. Today Mullica Hill is an historic village listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places. The village has an attractive Main Street boutique shopping area featuring antiques, jewelry, furniture, fine art, crafts, restaurants and coffee houses.
Have dinner and stay on for the Christmas festival
Mullica Hill Lights on Main
Saturday, November 26, 2016; 6-10pm
Old Town Hall
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.
8 - Before the Weather Gets to Cold, Take in an Outdoor Acrivity
With forests, mountains, lakes, an ocean, marshlands, beaches and more, NJ has a variety of outdoor activities that include hiking, biking, canoing, skiing, fishing, hunting, and more.
New Jersey having a very diverse geography and climate with mountains, forests, 127 miles miles of ocean coastline, rivers, lakes and four seasons, provides the outdoor enthusiast with a variety of out door fun throughout the year.
9 - For An Active Fun Filled Weekend, Take the Family to Crystal Springs Resort
The luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge and family-friendly Minerals Hotel, two of their six sresort locations, offers guests great overnight accommodations with plenty of fun filled activities for all ages.
Every Thanksgiving, families flock to Crystal Springs Resort, leaving the cooking and cleaning to their staff. After all, with the kids out of school, it can be the best opportunity for a long, laid-back weekend getaway at an extraordinary value. They offer full overnight and weekend packages including Thanksgiving dinner offerings to make this Thanksgiving unforgettable! Guests can choose from one of their six resort locations.
Crystal Springs Resort
1 Wild Turkey Way
10 - Take The Kids to The Newark Museum For a Planetarium Show
Black Holes Planetarium Show
Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays at 2 pm; Saturdays at 2 & 4 pm
Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of the black hole. They lurk in the universe like cosmic dragons; unseen voids with the energy of a million suns.Recommended for adults and children ages 10 and up, 35 minutes
49 Washington Street