New Jersey Leisure Guide Monthly Newsletter
The month of November is the beginning of the winter holiday season with Thanksgiving, and the holiday festivals and events that begin as early as the Friday after Thanksgiving
. This Edition's Contents...
- Popular November Events and Things To Do
- Seasonal Frequently Asked Question
- This Month's Featured Restaurant
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Popular November 2019 Events and Things To Do
GSJ Fall Fest 2019, Wine in the Pines
November 2, 2019; 10AM (Rain or Shine!)
134 North Grove Street
Berlin, NJ 08009
Website / Registration
This family event will features Jeep vendors, craft vendors, a selection of wineries on hand for tasting and purchasing, beer for purchase, a variety of food trucks, live entertainment, as well as a family fun area.
Registration is limited to 600 Jeeps for the show. Each registration will receive 1 complimentary
wine tasting ticket, an event T-shirt & glass from GSJ. To participate in the show all registrants must be parked in their designated class location by 12PM, judging will begin at 12:30pm. Trophies will be awarded for each class
This year all proceeds will again benefit Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey! They will also be on site collecting donations for care packages to send to our troops overseas!
November 2, 2019; 6PM - 10PM
500 Rahway Ave
Cost: $60 - $70
This event features over 100 styles of craft beer & cider samples, great music from Mr. Lovejoy, access to great food, vendors, games & merchandise.
Annual Exit Zero Jazz Festival
November 7, 8, 9, 10, 2019
The festival is held in Multiple Venues Throughout Cape May, NJ
Cape May, NJ
Website (Line-up, Tickets)
Cape may comes alive this weekend
with more than 40 popular jazz performances taking place in multi-venue festival.
Laurita Veteran's BBQ & Chili Weekend with Food Trucks & Fire Pits Too!
November 9 & 10, 2019: Saturday 11AM – 9:45PM and Sunday 11AM – 8PM
85 Archertown Rd
New Egypt, NJ
Website / Tickets
Cost: 20 and under Free, $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Laurita Veteran's BBQ & Chili Weekend with Food Trucks & Fire Pits Too. Food and wine lovers will
converge at Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks and Fire Works weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine and enjoying a seat to watch the Fire Works! Live music and good friends will make this day special!
Skylands Christmas Light Show & Christmas Village
November 16th until December 30, 2019
94 Championship Pl.
Augusta, NJ 07822
Light Show: $20 per carload (all tickets to be purchased at drive-thru entrance or box office, there are no online ticket sales) Save $3! Buy Advance Sale tickets at the box office (Monday–Thursday, 9–2 PM)
Outdoor Village: FREE admission
With more than two million dazzling lights on a mile-long drive-through course PLUS a new
outdoor village, it's a must-see holiday attraction for your whole family.
The attractions include:
Walk-Thru Lights: Experience their brilliant walk-through light displays, Santa's Workshop Come inside to take photos with Santa, Skating Rink presented by Pompton Sports Center with skating on a 20′ x 40′ outdoor rink, an 8′ Polar Bear Statue: Take cool photos with Champ, our lovable life-size polar bear, Yuengling's Ice Cream Shop and Hot Chocolate Bar with scrumptious ice cream and custom hot chocolate drinks, a S'mores Station with Roast marshmallows over a fire pit and make delicious s'mores snacks. Carnival Games, Concessions with hot food and beverages, including French bread pizza and craft beers, and vendors with hHoliday shopping with local artisans,
Please dress warmly to enjoy the new outdoor village activities. Warming stations will be located throughout the Pavilion.
Holiday in the Park
November 16, 2019 and runs weekends and select days through January 1, 2020
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Jackson, NJ 08527
Website & Tickets
This event features a holiday season with stunning light shows, illuminated, towering trees, the iconic smell of fresh pine and crisp peppermint filling the air and festive street vendors offer sweet and savory treats providing a multi-sensory journey of winter delights. Kids can join Santa in his workshop for a fun photo opportunity. Regardless of the weather forecast, a touch of magic ensures that snowflakes fall gently every evening.
Atlantic City Annual Tropicana Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Daily shows begin Thursday, November 21
through Friday, December 27, 2019; Presented every hour on the hour starting at noon.
Tropicana Casino & Resort
Brighton Avenue and the Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
Tropicana makes the season bright with the official Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Musical Light Show in The Quarter. The free Holiday Musical Light Show features a 35-foot ornately decorated tree with festive lights synchronized to the sights and sounds of the season.
An Old Fashioned Christmas in Cape May
November 22, 2019 through January 1, 2020 (Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas )
Cape May, NJ
The wonders of the season come to life in "An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit: Holiday Traditions through the Years," at the
Carroll Gallery in the Physick Estate Carriage House. Experience a breathtaking exhibit of holiday traditions complete with a giant Christmas tree, a Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos from Christmas past, and more!
Whiskey & Beer Dinner
November 23, 2019; 7PM - 10PM
The Palace at Somerset Park
333 Davidson Avenue
Cost: $75 per person
This event features a night of good food, drinks and fun. The Chef has curated a menu to compliment New Jersey's best whiskey & beer. All Points West Distillery & Jersey Cyclone Brewing will guide you through this amazing event explaining all the finer points of Jersey's best whiskey & beer.
Jersey City Wine Fest
November 23, 2019; 7PM – 10:30PM
Entrance on Christopher Columbus Dr - Hudson River Waterfront walkway next to PATH station
Jersey City, NJ
This event features an opportunity to try wines from both local and abroad. Travel the world of wine at Harborside's waterfront property. Guests will enjoy wine samples for the session paired with live entertainment, food and interactive games.
Early 19th Century Thanksgiving
Sunday , November 24, 2019 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
4265 Atlantic Ave
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. Starting at 11 am, special program at the historic chapel, craft demonstrations (Blacksmith, Tinsmith, Carpentry, Leather-Making and more), cooking at the Manager's House over its 18th century open hearth, and other special activities for adults and children. Bakery, General Store, and Enameling Building's Museum Store open for early holiday shopping. Additional early 19th century period cooking and other activities to "give thanks" will be spread throughout the village!
(Please note that this is a demonstration only; dinner is not being served.)
Asbury Park Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 30th, 2019 11 am - 10 pm! (Tree lighting at 7 pm)
Asbury Park Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Contact: Jenny Vickers, Email: [email protected]
Event Cost: Free, all ages, and pet friendly!
The tree is scheduled to light up the Grand Arcade at 6:45pm preceded by live music, holiday cheer and followed by continued festivities and a visit from the man with the big white beard, Santa Claus himself— who will be at the tree for photos every Sunday thereafter until Christmas from 12pm-3pm.
This is is held along with the Holiday Bazaar that will feature a curated roster of the best local and regional artists, vendors, and shops selling the cutest and coolest vintage, handmade, art, jewelry, home goods, foodstuffs, and more.
Get all of your holiday shopping done while enjoying special musical performances, Photos with Santa Sundays, holiday photo booth pictures, a 30 foot Christmas tree, fireplace lounge, and beautiful
holiday decor. Check out our seasonally-inspired menu and holiday drinks at the Anchors Bend and Asbury Oyster Bar. Feeling creative? Join us for kids art classes and holiday craft workshops.
The holiday markets are inspired by the traditional "Weihnachtsmarkts" in Germany. So be sure to stop by our hot drink bar to enjoy traditional glühwein (hot mulled wine), hot chocolate or hot cider while you shop! Bring a toy or gently used coat for the AP Toy & Coat Drive or donate what you can and you will receive a 4x6 print of your Photo with Santa on Sundays, along with copies of your photos emailed to you.
Thanksgiving Hayrides, Wreath & Sleigh Bell Sale
Saturday, November 30, 2019; 10am - 4pm
Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Revisit the 1900 era on a horse drawn wagon. Sleigh bells will ring when the Farm holds its annual Thanksgiving program featuring free horse drawn hayrides, a wreath and sleigh bell sale, and a special children's craft program. Horse drawn hayrides (or sleigh rides!) will be offered throughout the day. There is no charge for the rides, but everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food stuff to donate to local area food banks as a thank you for the wagon ride. Monetary donations to the food bank are also welcome.
Seasonal Frequently Asked Question:
Question: We need to be in
Atlantic City for a business trade show during the winter off season and since we are not Casino people, we would like to take the kids with us. Are there activities or things for kids to do the AC?
Answer: Atlantic City is becoming a family destination with plenty of year round activities and things to do for kids. Some of the popular Winter kids things to do are:
Atlantic City Aquarium - Get to see more than 100 species of fish and other marine creatures.
The Marine Mammal Center -
Located in neighboring Brigantine. They are an organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles that wash ashore on NJ beaches.
Haunted Tales -
On the Boardwalk. This is a ghostly Adventure with a special effects theatre where people can get to hear about the Jersey
Devil and pirates who still haunt the Jersey shore.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! - Located on the Boardwalk. Exhibits a collection of weird and unusual relics and rare treasures.
IMAX Theater. Located at the Tropicana. Has a 5-1/2 story screen with the newest Hollywood films and IMAX 3D releases.
Family Fun Station - Located in the Tropicana. An arcade with lots of games and prizes.
Placade Amusements. Located on the Boardwalk. Open daily, year round. An arcade with a huge selection of games and prizes.
Skate Zone - Located on North Albany Ave.
Offers public ice skating and rental skates
Rainforest Café - Located in the trump Plaza hotel. It’s a great place to eat with kids. A tropical rain forest with
cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation, animated wildlife and live tropical fish. They have a kids menu with a special treat for dessert!
For More information, visit Atlantic City Kids Activities
New Jersey Restaurant Reviews - New Jersey has over 23,000 restaurants and finding about them is often times a time consuming task. Find a restaurant in a town of your choice with comprehensive restaurant reviews.
This Month's Featured Restaurant:
Grain House Restaurant
At the Olde Mill Inn
Basking Ridge, NJ
Open for Thanksgiving, tthis historic building dates back to the 18th century and was
used as storage for the Continental Army in the winter of 1779. The ambiance is historic with a fireplace in the main dining room, and comfortably spaced tables. Walls are adorned with historic pictures of George Washington.
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