January Events:
Our Top Picks To Plan Your Day Out in New Jersey

New Jersey January Events

Discover New Jersey's Best January Events: Uncover The Month's Top seasonal attractions, popular events, and hidden gems

The January Events calendar for 2022 is packed with exciting things to do in NJ. It includes concerts, theatre, festivals, sports,  and entertainment, that have appeal to people of all ages and interests

January is the coldest month of the year and a time for many indoor events, and for the more adventurous, there are some great outdoor winter fun activities like skiing, snow boarding, and skating.





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.

Northern NJ January 2022 Festivals and Themed Events

Let It Glow: A Holiday Lantern Spectacular
Friday, - Sunday, Until January 30, 2022; Every Thursday thru Sunday , 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07653
Website/Tickets
Cost: $15/adult, $7.50/child
Larger-than-life glowing lanterns have been installed creating 30+ glowing scenes. See animals real and imagined laid out throughout the zoo.
Let it Glow is a symphony of vivid glowing colors to tease your eyes and dazzle the mind. Come and enjoy an enchanting stroll throughout the zoo These larger than life lanterns are amazing in picture but stunning in person! With over 30 scenes, these hand-made artistic wonders are more breath-taking than the last! Its one of those things you need to see in person to truly appreciate. Online reservations are recommended. The ticket includes a train ride.

Hoboken Onesie Bar Crawl

Januaru 8th - 22nd, 2022
Various Citywide Venues
Hoboken, NJ
Website
201-420-0304
The weather is cold and you want to be comfy… what better way than to be boozin' in your onesie at Hoboken's 6th Annual and World's Most Comfortable Bar Crawl. Your wristband ticket includes: door cover charges waived, up to 50% off drinks and 25% off food, entrance to the kick off, LED Half Time and After Parties, themed drinks, and participation in the onesie costume contest.

63rd Annual Model Train Show
Saturday & Sunday, January 8, 9, 2022
Garden State Model Railway Club
North Haledon, NJ
Website
Cost: $8 adults, Children under 10 free with an adult.
Steam and diesel trains of all kinds on our 1200 square foot HO scale layout, including Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend.

Warren's Annual Winter Festival

January 8, 2022; 4 to 7 p.m.
Warren Municipal Baseball Fields
99 Bardy Rd
Warren, New Jersey
Website
This annual family winter festival features carnival rides, a petting zoo, horse and carriage rides, ice carving, carnival games, ice skating, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, fireworks, and more.

Light of Day Winterfest
January 7th - 17th, 2022
Asbury Park, Montclair, & Red Bank, New Jersey
Website /2022 Events schedule/Tickets
The annual Light of Day Winterfest, which raises funds and awareness in the fight against Parkinson's and related diseases, features many top performers. The venues hosting LOD WinterFest 2022 shows include: Asbury Park's Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, House of Independents, The Saint, McLoone's Supper Club, Langosta Lounge, Watermark, AP Yacht Club; The Vogel at The Count Basie Center; Montclair's Outpost In The Burbs, and Stony Point's Penguin Rep Theatre.
Light of Day has grown from a one-day event into a multi-day festival in the metropolitan area. More significantly, Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour, through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows have taken place around the world on three continents, with shows in Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Australia. Portions of the proceeds from each show are donated to a local Parkinson's organization.
Light of Day WinterFest performers have included Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny Lyon, Michael J. Fox, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Joe D'Urso, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Max Weinberg, LaBamba's Big Band, Jakob Dylan, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Suzanne Vega, Jake Clemons, David Bryan (Bon Jovi), David Bromberg, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Asher, Joey Molland (Badfinger), Garland Jeffreys, Lucinda Williams, Lisa Lowell, Linda Chorney, Nicole Atkins, The Smithereens, Mike Peters and Pete Yorn.

Winter Nature Walk at Teetertown
Saturday, January 15, 2022: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teetertown Preserve
For GPS: 40 Pleasant Grove Road
Califon, NJ
Note: Meet at the brown garage, (the first entrance from Sliker Road).
Website
(908) 782-1158
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Ages: All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist Class size: 14 participants Warm up in winter with a nature walk at beautiful Teetertown Preserve! We will look for signs of wildlife, see how plants are surviving the winter, and enjoy a walk around the fields and ponds at Teetertown. Dress to be outside for the duration of the program. Please note that the restroom facility consists of a portajohn.

Family Woodland Hike
January 16, 2021; 1pm - 3pm; Snow/rain cancels
New Jersey Botanical Gardens
2 Morris Rd
Ringwood, NJ
Website
973-962-9534
Cost: Free event
Join NJBG hike leaders on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants and animals around you on a hike designed to fit the group. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House.

Community Day: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 17, 2022:12:00 PM
The Newark Museum of Art
49 Washington St
Newark, NJ
Website/Registration
Free Event
Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with an afternoon of performances, tours, and activities that will bring to the forefront those who have worked behind the scenes to create unity and equality. Make your own dream mobile, stop by our photo booth, or try your hand at some trivia. Bring the entire family and join in for a day of remembering those who have fought for freedom and civil rights. Snacks & light refreshments will be provided by Eclectic Catering.

Monster Jam

Saturday, January 29 - Sunday, January 30, 2022
Prudential Center
25 Lafayette St
Newark, NJ 07102
800-345-3000
Website/Tickets
Cost: $25+
This action-packed motorsport event features some of the most famous trucks in the world, like Grave Digger -- driven by Krysten Anderson, Max-D, El Toro Loco, and others, competing in action-packed motorsports events





Central  NJ January 2022 Festivals and Themed Events

Jurassic Quest's Epic Indoor Event
Wednesday - Sunday, December 29, 2021 - January 2, 2022
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837
Website/Tickets
Tickets must be purchased online. Tickets are for timed entry.
Ticket Prices depend on options: from; $19 - $36
See over 100 life size animatronic dinosaurs including Apatosaurus, Spinosaurus, T-Rex and an incredible 50 foot long Megalodon. Jurassic Quest is the world's largest, most popular dino event on tour with unique and exciting experiences for the whole family. Meet our trainers, baby dinos and see our walking dinosaurs in live interactive show. You don't want to miss the dinosaur rides, giant fossil dig, animal art tattoo, inflatables, science stations, crafts, games & MORE!
Quest Packs are a great add-on to your Jurassic Experience! The Explorer Pack comes with 3 dinosaur surprises. The Tracker Pack comes with 3 dino surprises PLUS crafts and activities to do at home. The Trainer Pack is the best value and includes 6 Incredible Dinosaur Surprises PLUS crafts and activities to take and do at home.

Skating On The Square
Now unti February 27, 2022; Thursday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm & 4pm – 7pm (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)
Hulfish Street (behind the Nassau Inn Hotel)
Princeton, NJ
Website
Cost:$10 cash PER PERSON/ $12 +fees with credit card. Bring your own skates or borrow ours! (skate rental included in ticket price)
Start new traditions this holiday season at Palmer Square's "eco-friendly" outdoor synthetic skating rink!
Bring your own skates or borrow ours! (skate rental included in ticket price) ALL skaters/guardians must sign the electronic waiver to be eligible to participate! Please sign in advance for a contactless experience at the rink.

Six Flags Great Adventure Holiday in the Park - Drive-Thru Experience
On weekends and select days, Now through January 9, 2022
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Jackson, NJ 08527.
Website/Tickets
Enjoy Holiday in The Park Lights from the comfort of your car with the Drive-Thru Experience! Dazzling lights and holiday cheer aren't the only things on this Drive-Thru Experience! Say hello to all of your favorite holiday characters as you travel through 10 themed areas filled with thousands of colorful lights.
Once you've made it through the Drive-Thru Experience, extend your magical evening with the NEW Jolly Jamboree Walk-Thru Experience. There's so much to do for young and old, like getting to meet Santa and his jolly elves and toast some S'mores by the fireside. Grab the whole family and enjoy a delicious meal at the Holiday Feast, or shop for unique and memorable gift items for all of those who made the nice list.

Night Forms: dreamloop by Klip Collective
Now until February 27, 2022
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way,
Hamilton, NJ
609.586.0616
Website/Tickets
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.

First Day Hike
Saturday, January 1, 2022; 11:00 AM – 12:00
Forest Resource Education Center
495 Don Connor Boulevard
Jackson Township, NJ
Registration
Free Event
Start the New Year off in the fresh, frosty Pineland air. The hike is an easy 1.5 mile walk through their NJ Tree Farm and Sugar Bush. Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis. Accepting 15 people per hike. Registration is free.

The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show
January 6th - 9th, 2022
New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
(Raritan Center Expo Hall)
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ
Website/Tickets
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.

Light of Day Winterfest
January 7th - 17th, 2022
Asbury Park, Montclair, & Red Bank, New Jersey
Website /2022 Events schedule/Tickets
The annual Light of Day Winterfest, which raises funds and awareness in the fight against Parkinson's and related diseases, features many top performers. The venues hosting LOD WinterFest 2022 shows include: Asbury Park's Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, House of Independents, The Saint, McLoone's Supper Club, Langosta Lounge, Watermark, AP Yacht Club; The Vogel at The Count Basie Center; Montclair's Outpost In The Burbs, and Stony Point's Penguin Rep Theatre.
Light of Day has grown from a one-day event into a multi-day festival in the metropolitan area. More significantly, Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour, through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows have taken place around the world on three continents, with shows in Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Australia. Portions of the proceeds from each show are donated to a local Parkinson's organization.
Light of Day WinterFest performers have included Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny Lyon, Michael J. Fox, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Joe D'Urso, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Max Weinberg, LaBamba's Big Band, Jakob Dylan, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Suzanne Vega, Jake Clemons, David Bryan (Bon Jovi), David Bromberg, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Asher, Joey Molland (Badfinger), Garland Jeffreys, Lucinda Williams, Lisa Lowell, Linda Chorney, Nicole Atkins, The Smithereens, Mike Peters and Pete Yorn.

Ice Carving Exihibition

January 15, 2022
Festival Plaza
Pier Village
Long Branch, NJ
Website
Four professional Ice Sculptors will create 14 sculptures in an elimination style "speed carving" format over a three hour period (12pm -3pm). Witness carvings formed in less than 30 minutes before your eyes. Competition will have staggered heats of live carving and will be emceed by an experienced carver to entertain you with bios of carvers, facts and information on the carving as well as facilitate spectator participation in selection of themes and judging of carvers to be eliminated in the perspective rounds.
This event also includes ice skating, food, libations and shopping from Pier Village retailers.

SEED MLK Commemorative Breakfast
January 15, 2022; 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $55
Tickets
Servants Endeavoring to Empower and Develop (SEED) Male Mentoring Program will host this year's MLK Commemorative Breakfast with the Honorable Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark being the key note speaker.
The mission of SEED is to prepare our youth for greatness as they make changes in their environment through self-awareness, social etiquette and individuality. Their vision is to cultivate the mindset of our youth and establish them as role models in their community through change.

Super Pet Expo
Friday Jan. 21, 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday Jan. 22, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
New Jersey Convention Center
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ
Website
This event features creatures as small as a butterfly and as large as an alligator, plus thousands of dogs and cats, will welcome pet lovers who join in.
The events include celebrity dogs performing Frisbee skills, stunts and gymnastics, as well as races for dachshund, corgis and mixed-breed pooches and the popular luring ring where dogs chase a make-believe rabbit. New to Super Pet Expo this year are a butterfly exhibit, tortoise encounter and alligator walk-through. Cats will be represented by a juried show directed by The United Cat Club.

Nature on the Move: Winter Days
Saturday, January 22, 2022: 3:00pm
Turkey Swamp Park
200 Georgia Road
Freehold, NJ
732-462-7286
Website
Age: All
Free event
This event features a 45-60 minute hands-on interactive program. Enjoy hot cocoa while exploring how nature survives the colder weather through fun games and activities.

Toms River Cabin Fever Comic Book Show
January 23, 2022; 10am to 4pm
Toms River Elks Lodge
600 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ
Website
Admission; $3, Kids 12 and under are Free with paying adult.
Break out of those winter blues and come out and join in for a warm fun filled day of Comics, Art, Super Heroes, Star Wars, and a fun filled day.
The event will feature Artists, Comics, Toys, Manga, Pokemon, Non-Sport Cards, Art, Star Wars, Saber Guild, Collectibles, and so much MORE.

The British Legends of Rock
Saturday, January 29, 2022; 8pm
Brook Arts Center
10 Hamilton Street
Bound Brook, NJ
Tickets
(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.

Wassailing the Apple Trees
January 30, 2022; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-924-2310
Website
Enjoy dancing and singing by the Molly Dancers and re-enactments of old English traditional rituals, as well as chanting and music making, toasts of hot cider and placing gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches while chanting the lively words of praise for the New Year. Top the evening off by a bonfire, complete with marshmallows , and live music by the Spiced Punch Quartet playing traditional music using violins and flutes of many kinds Join the fun. Bring noise makers — drums, whistles, bells, clackers, or put a few pebbles in an empty coffee can with a lid. These will make a joyful and worthy noise to drive away any and all spirits.





Southern NJ January 2022 Festivals and Themed Events

First Day Hike
Saturday, January 1, 2022: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Historic Whitesbog Village
120 West Whites Bogs Road
Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Registration
Free Event
There isn't a better way to start the year. Dress appropriately, bring water, and any snacks you want as we may pause to take in some views. Dogs are welcome, leashes required. Children are welcome with an adult. Bathrooms are available in the village for use. Migratory birds may be in the area so having a pair of binoculars might be a good idea.

Patcong Valley Model Railroad Open House

January 8, 9, 22, 23, 2022; 10AM - 3PM
Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club
Route 40 at Fir Avenue
Richland, NJ
Facebook page

Admission: Free
The event features highly detailed, museum quality, HO scale model railroad.

Brunch is a Drag - Disney Extravaganza!
Sunday, January 9, 2022; 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Elizabeth Baooromm
419 Highland Boulevard
Gloucester City, NJ
Tickets -- (Includes Show, Server Attended Brunch Buffet, First Cocktail)
Cost: $44.95
This magical Disney themed Drag Brunch is filled with performances and costumes that will have you thinking you're in the Most Magical Place on Earth! You're in store for an afternoon full of hilarious skits, side-splitting performances and whatever other absolute ridiculousness these Divas can come up with! The Tri-State Area's top Drag Queens combine with the DELICIOUS brunch selections at Elizabeth's Ballroom to bring you this One of a Kind Monthly Treat! From hilarious performances & dancing divas to delicious food and audience games.

Fire & Ice Festival
Saturday January 29, 2022; 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
downtown Mount Holly
Website
This free family friendly fun tradition features lots of icy artistic eye candy, and hear Suze & Watson play everything from show tunes to Springsteen from the Friant's display window on High Street. There will be about a dozen professional ice carvers from up and down the east coast, an equal number of professional chili chefs plus a wide variety of interesting entertainment for young, old and everyone in between. The ice carvers transform 300 pound blocks of ice into beautiful crystalline works of art, right before your eyes, throughout town.





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