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

New Jersey November Events

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

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.

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Northern NJ November 2021 Festivals and Themed Events

Heaven Hill Farm's The Great Pumpkin Festival
Now until through Sunday, November 7, 2021
Heaven Hill Farm
451 State Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462
Web Site
Contact: Phone: 973-764-5144, or Email:
The Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the largest fall festivals in Northern NJ. Your admission includes over 40 fun-filled
activities: Pig Racing, Hay Maze, Spider Web Crawl, Maggie The Milking Cow, Monster Sling Shots, Barnyard Sports Ball-cade, Post Pounders, Hay Crawl, Corn Boxes, Bee Barn with Glass Bee Hive, Farm Animals, Boo Barn, Chicken Little Show, Chick Barn, Dancing Robot Show, Duck Racing, Vortex Tunnel, Obstacle course, Tether ball, Poly Pong, Lincoln Log Cabin builder, Giant Sand Box and the “Pirate Treasure Corn Maze Adventure” and the Fabulous Finger find maze game for your young corn maze adventurers. --- plus for additional nominal fees: Carnival Rides, Food, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Gem Mining and more.

The Hoboken Coffee Festival
November 7, 2021: @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ
Cost: Tickets are $10 with pre-registration.
Features purveyors of some of Hoboken's finest brewed beverages, as well as author talks and coffee demonstrations. Enjoy browsing the local vendors' offerings in our walkway, but if you'd like to learn more about the art and cultural traditions behind brewing the perfect cup, make sure to reserve a ticket for one or more of the following talks that will be held in the Museum space.

Art Fair 14C
November 12, 13, 14, 2021
The Glass Gallery at Mana Contemporary
10 Senate Place
Jersey City, New Jersey
Cost: $25.00
This event features New Jersey’s only art fair, providing support and growth opportunity for artists and small and medium sized galleries, will feature more than 80 exhibitors and over 120 artists. The annual fair provides a showcase for artists from New Jersey, New York and around the world, giving area art lovers exposure to a wide variety of visual artworks, in all media and for all budgets.

New Jersey Vegan Food Festival

Saturday & Sunday Nov 13, 14, 2021
Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $15 – $30, Kids 13 & under are free
This event features a two-day celebration with yummy vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs, as well as vegan products, plant-based fashion, live music and good times. All welcome!
Bring a printed copy of your Vaccine Card, Vaccine Record, or Negative COVID-19 test along with your ID

Thanksgiving Celebration- Big House Ceremony
November 17, 2021: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Rd
Mendham, NJ
Cost: $10 – $15
This event features an afternoon filled with fun, friendships and adventure as we walk the steps of the indigenous people who lived here long ago whose culture and customs closely followed the rhythms of nature, and they too celebrated this post-harvest time of year with a "Big House Ceremony" which had several characteristics very similar to our Thanksgiving traditions!
Visit the LENAPE! Shelter building, animal tracking, making coil clay pots and playing games Lenape children played are just a few of the many things children will enjoy as we discover the Lenape way of life! This is a drop-off program for children ages 5-10 (K-4th)

Surati Diwali Festival
November 20, 2021; Noon - 10pm
Exchange Place
Jersey City, NJ
Free event
S​urati's mission is to create and present performing arts and cultural experiences that globalize themes rooted in Indian culture, conveying the universal messages of equality, inclusion, and unity in diversity, through, Staged Productions, Arts-in-Education, Community Events, and Workshops Come shop a variety of wares in their outdoor heated tent at this family friendly event. Your children will love the Rangoli & Diya decorating workshops or listen to the Story fo Diwali or just hang out at the Kids Corner. Get a Henna decoration on one hand and enjoy a wide variety of food and beverages with the other, brought to you by Local Vendors while you shop... including a Cash Bar. And if that's not enough, there will be ample entertainment including Live performances.

Skylands Christmas Light Show & Christmas Village
November 24th until January 9th, 2022
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Pl.
Augusta, NJ 07822
Light Show: $29 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.
Christmas Joy is coming back to Sussex County…Bigger, and Better than Ever. This Winter, Skylands Stadium will be Dazzled with Lights on a Mile Long Drive-Thru course that now goes ON THE FIELD. Plus a NEW & EXPANDED Outdoor Village & Winter Carnival. It's a Must-See Holiday Attraction for the Whole Family. The event is Safe, Spacious, and Distanced.

Central NJ November 2021 Festivals and Themed Events

Beers on the Boards
Saturday, November 6th, 2021
Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk
308 Boardwalk
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Cost: All beer and all food is included in the ticket price and at $60
2 Sessions – 12:30PM-4:00PM | 6:00PM-9:30PM
This event features Craft beer from over 30 breweries! Gourmet all-you-can-eat buffet!

Cider Making

Saturday, November 6, 2021; 10:00–4:00 p.m
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Hopewell Twp., NJ
Fresh apple cider awaits those who help make it! To earn a taste, all you have to do is turn the crank of the cider press...and then help re-fill the hopper with the Macs, Cortlands and Red Delicious apples that make for a perfect blend. In the farmhouse kitchen, apple pie is in the oven and applesauce is on the stove.

Holiday Craft Show @ The Historic Village at Allaire

Saturday, November 13, 2021; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
The Historic Village at Allaire State Park
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
Admission is $5 per person 6 years old and up. All proceeds of the day to benefit the educational programming at the Historic Village at Allaire!
This Christmas and Holiday Craft Show with Historic Demonstrations throughout the village will feature local artists demonstrating their work. Paintings, pottery, textiles, and more! There will be craft demonstrations at the Carpenter, Blacksmith, and Tinsmith shops! General Store, Bakery, Food Truck - Pilsen Gourmet will be open throughout the day!
It includes over 80 crafters, Allaire artisans, floral exhibits, historic demonstrations, and more.

Holiday Wine Fest
November 13 & 14, 2021
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Jackson, NJ
Tickets - All tickets MUST be pre-purchased online
This event features a sampling from 14 New Jersey wineries, get a head start on your holiday shopping and enjoy a tasty treat from our Holiday Feast!
Holiday Wine Fest event ticket plus a Theme Park Admission or Season Pass/Membership is required by all guests to access the festival.

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.

Veteran’s Day Celebrations at Model Railroad New Jersey
November 13, 2021; 12pm - 4pm
Northlandz The World's Largest Miniature Wonderland
495 US-202
Flemington, NJ 08822
Website/Tickets - Use CODE VET when ordering your tickets online
Contact: Julie Parker, 908 310 8098
Event Cost: $25 to $30
This event features an impressive WWI & WWII museum collection by Matt Susko and Dominick Ragno at the Largest Model Railroad in New Jersey. 
All Vets and their family get 40% off the Northlandz largest model Railroad in New Jersey tour that day!
Cookies will be provided by the StarThrower Group!
And..there will be a Fly-over by 2 famous pilots in their WWII planes!
Enjoy this very special event with the whole family and feel free to bring army jeeps/vehicles to display outdoors.

Skating On The Square
November 20, 2021 - 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
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.

Annual Beach Bonfire Beach
Friday, November 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
On the Beach
Bradley Beach, NJ
Always such a great time filled with friends and community!

Dickens' Days
November 26th - 28th, 2021
Main St.
Clinton, NJ
This annual family event will transform Clinton into a Victorian Village. Take a trip back in time to Victorian Clinton and celebrate the season with Clinton's festive activities including horse and carriage rides, carolers, and more! There is no better place to experience the magic of the season than downtown Clinton during Dickens Days!

Polar Express
Trips run November 26, 27,28 December 3,4,5,10,11,12,13,17,18,19, 2021: Friday 6 & 8 pm, Saturday 2,4,6,& 8 pm, Sunday 2,4,6 pm
Lehigh Junction
99 Elizabeth St.
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Cost: Child $32.00 ( ages 2 to 12), Adult $42.00
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.

Winter Village at the Red Mill Museum
Friday, November 26th through Sunday, November 28th, 2021 from 10am - 4pm
Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main Street
Clinton, NJ
Tickets - $10
This event features over 40 artisan crafters, specialty foods and craft beer set inside the bucolic Red Mill Museum Village made even more special with holiday lights and decor throughout the museum grounds.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Red Mill Museum Village, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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)

Southern NJ November 2021 Festivals and Themed Events

South Jersey Holiday Lights Show
Selected nights from November 18 until December 30, 2021; Opens at 5pm
Bridgeport Speedway
83 Flood Gate Rd
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
(856) 213-2838
The South Jersey Holiday Light Show is the only drive-through holiday light spectacular in Southern New Jersey! Featuring dozens of dazzling, larger-than-life holiday themed displays to delight the entire family! Visitors are welcomed to bundle up in their car, pack a favorite snack or beverage and tune their radio to enjoy the synced light performance as they travel the more than 1 mile route through the holiday light show!
The show is approximately 20-25 minutes long.

An Old Fashioned Christmas in Cape May

November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022 (Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas )
Cape May, NJ
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 variety of fun tours and events.

Smithville Holiday Light Show On The Lake
From Thanksgiving, every Thursday-Sunday until in January 6th, 2022; 5:30pm- 8:30pm (Free event)
Historical Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ 08205
Over 120 Christmas Trees made from over 50,000 Christmas lights, magically float on Lake Meone in the center of Historic Smithville. The moment darkness falls, an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. The lights seem to dance and chase each other to the music all the while reflecting of the water's surface. This show can be seen from either side of the village as well as the bridge.

Collingswood Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 27, 2021; beginning at 10 am.
Downtown, Collingswood, NJ
The parade will begin at Zane Avenue at 10 am and continue to West Linden Avenue, through the heart of historic Collingswood.
The parade features lively seasonal entertainment, including marching bands, dancers, holiday characters, giants on stilts, floats, mummers, sports mascots and live music.

Newton Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 27, 2021; beginning at 10 am.
Spring Street
Newton, NJ
The parade includes themed floats hosted by local organizations, bands playing live music, and community groups marching in celebration of the holidays. The final act is the guest of honor himself — Santa arriving in Newton! After the parade, children are invited to visit with Santa and tell him their holiday wishes.

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