Central Jersey Family Festivals: Discover The Best Themed Events

Your Guide to The Best Central Jersey Family Festivals: Features Family Oriented Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

The Central Jersey family festivals feature festivals and events with special themes and are known for having good music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans and performers, fun activities, crafts, and more!

Note: 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.

Multi-Date, Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center
November 13th - January 2nd, 2022; Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10 pm. Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm.m.
PNC Bank Arts Center
Exit 116
Garden State Parkway
Holmdel, NJ
This popular Holiday event features more than a mile of festival and vibrant light displays celebrating the joy of the holidays. Experience the drive-through from the comfort of your car! At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations. Multiple holiday themes come to life with hundreds of sparking lights.

Night Forms: dreamloop by Klip Collective
November 26th until February 27, 2022
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way,
Hamilton, NJ
Experience this rare opportunity to explore Grounds For Sculpture at night through more than a dozen site-specific works, including an illuminated tree-lined path. Night Forms, crescendos between order and chaos, with unexpected twists and "glitches" heightening the shared experience along the way. Enter sumptuous worlds never explored, this is the awe and wonder of Night Forms.
Night Forms is a unique synthesis of video projection, light and sound as a bridge between technology and storytelling. Digital projection mapping is designed to create a dialog with sculptures in the collection, offering new perspectives and turning the act of viewing into immersive event. Sculptures shrouded in the winter landscape become beacons to remembering a long-forgotten ritual.

New Brunswick's Winter Wonderland for the Holidays
December 3, 2021 to January 2, 2022
New Brunswick City Center
Monument Square Park
New Brunswick, NJ
Starting with the Ice Carving Demonstrations, The Victorian Strolling Carolers, and Tree Lighting at Monument Square Park on Friday, December 3rd, and every day through until the New Year, the season will be filled with multiple activities celebrating the holidays creating a Winter Wonderland of festivities in New Brunswick!
Enjoy live ice carving demonstrations while Hub City Sounds provides musical entertainment before the tree lighting ceremony and bask in the glow of the holiday tree as we flip the switch amongst carolers and friends. Make your plans to join in on the fun and make a night out with shopping, beauty services, fine dining, and entertainment!

November 2021 Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events 

Greenberg's Great Train & Toy Show
November 27-28, 2021; 10am-4pm
New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave
Edison, NJ
Adult Admission is $11 Saturday or $10 Sunday (on-site ticket sales cash only) Kids 11 and under are admitted free 
This show features Hundreds of Tables of Trains for Sale Exhibitors from Across the Country Huge Operating Model Train Displays Including: Free Workshops and Demonstrations Free Test Track – Test Run Your Trains at the Show On-Site Train Repairs Free Door Prize Giveaways Plus Much, More! Adult Admission is $11 Saturday or $10 Sunday (on-site ticket sales cash only)

December 2021 Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events 

Christmas on the Farm
Saturday, December 4, 2021; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530
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. Children are invited to join the fun of cutting and decorating the tree before St. Nick arrives to hear their Christmas wishes and give out cookies and coal as the case may be. Throughout the day there will be farmhouse tours, live music, wagon rides, and a children's craft program. In the Visitor Center, there is hearty lunch fare, a gift shop featuring the farm's own honey, maple syrup and popcorn ... and a 2-seater sleigh perfect for taking family portraits. Parking & Admission are free.

Historic Allaire Christmas Lantern Tours
Saturdays, December 4th, 11th, & 18th, 2021; Starting at 5pm
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, NJ
"Starts @ $30 pp.
This event features a 60-minute evening lantern tour with a period dressed interpreter that leads visitors to six historic buildings; warm by the fire pit outside the Carriage House; enjoy the ambiance of a candlelit village.

Car Menorah Parade for Seniors 
Sunday, December 5th, 2021; @2:30pm
Leaving from Chabad of the Shore
620 Ocean Ave
Long Branch, NJ
Free event
Leaving from Chabad of the Shore 2:30pm Ending at Shrewsbury's Public Menorah Lighting Shrewsbury Borough Hall - 419 Sycamore Ave, Shrewsbury, NJ
Bringing joy to 5 local senior citizens centers.
Hanukkah car flags & magnets provided.

Ring in the New Year at Pier Village

December 31. 2021
Pier Village
Long Branch, NJ
Ring in the New Year at Pier Village with a magnificent fireworks spectacular and Ice Skating under the Stars. Firework Show starts at 9PM.
The new oval skating rink features festive drinks and food from the Pier Village retailers,and a robust live entertainment schedule.

January 2022 Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events 

The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show
January 6th - 9th, 2022
New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
(Raritan Center Expo Hall)
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ
This event provides a forum for the entire family and the next generation of the outdoor enthusiasts. The 38th Anniversary Show kicks off with a Pro Staff Fishing Demonstration on the world famous Hawg Trough, 5000 Gallon Aquarium, Check out the latest in boats, outboards, RVs, powersports,fishing tackle,and hunting gear all featured on the expo floor. Schedule your time appropriately as there are 4 days of seminars, multiple entertainment events; starting with the spectacular Chics with Axes, kids zone, 3D archery tournament, endless shopping and much more.

The British Legends of Rock
Saturday, January 29, 2022; 8pm
Brook Arts Center
10 Hamilton Street
Bound Brook, NJ
(732) 469-7700
Cost: $30-35
The British Legends of Rock is a standout and unique musical experience! These talented musicians faithfully and meticulously reproduce the golden age of British rock note for note just like the original recordings. Performing a powerful rock show celebrating the two undisputed greatest decades of British rock music.

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