Experience Holiday and Christmas events and attractions in New Jersey, whether it's jingle bells, Christmas tree lighting, carol singing, or just reenactments of past New Jersey Christmas events, The attractions during the Christmas season in NJ are always festive. Many of these events begin the day after Thanksgiving with the traditional start of the Christmas Holiday season
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.
Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.
Watch as Santa Claus appears in his chimney, waves his magic wand, and lights Storybook Land with over 1 MILLION lights! All rides and snack bars are open! Santa & Mrs. Claus are here until December 23rd.
Diggerland Drive thru Holiday Light Show
November 17, until Sunday, January 2, 2022; 5:30pm - 9:30pm
100 Pinedge Drive
West Berlin, NJ
This holiday event features a Drive a mile-length course through America's only construction theme & water park to witness hundreds of thousands of lights, tour our holiday displays, enjoy tasty treats, and listen to our very own radio station to fill your car with holiday spirit!
South Jersey Holiday Lights Show
Selected nights from November 18 until December 30, 2021; Opens at 5pm
83 Flood Gate Rd
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
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.
Cape May Seashore Lines Santa Express
Saturday, November 20 - Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Cape May Seashore Lines
Reading Ave. & Mill Road
The Santa Express operates every weekend from the Saturday before Thanksgiving until Christmas. Join us on a 75 minute trip departing from either Richland Village or Tuckahoe Village.
Wildwoods' Family Holiday Celebration
Weekends, November 20th – December 20th, 2021
Special Events Schedule:
Friday evening December 3 -- the celebrations continue with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees' Christmas Parade. The parade starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. with a new route and followed by a Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade Awards
7:30 p.m. at Byrne Plaza, Oak & Pacific Avenues, Wildwood, NJ. The rain date is Sunday December 5
Saturday December 4 keep the holiday spirit going on with additional holiday activities at the Winter Festival at Byrne Plaza.
Saturday December 11 the festivities begin with family fun, entertainment, pictures with Santa, movies and holiday bazaar. The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends with a tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center,
Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Underwater
November 25th until December 24th, 2021
1 Riverside Dr.
(Reservations are required to visit. Buy your tickets and reserve your desired time and date online)
This event features a fabulous underwater Christmas experience! discover an incredible world of seasonal under-the-sea fun! Scuba Santa is back in Ocean Realm, sharing Christmas cheer with kids (and animals!) of all ages! Explore even more holiday decor than ever before, including underwater light displays, festive new shows and the World's Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree!
Christmas Light Show
November 26th to December 23, 2021
Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Rd.
Medford, NJ 08055
This event features thousands of Twinkling lights attached to the wagons so that you are surrounded with at computerized light show set to the music of Christmas. Intensify your experience with a pair of 3D snowflake glasses that turn every light into a snowflake.
The Market is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with Gifts, Cookies, Christmas trees, Wreaths and all kinds of fun activities for the family. Obviously sitting on Santa's Lap is not an option in 2020. This year Santa will be doing drive by visits every hour. Santa will be on a red tractor pulling a wagon full of gifts. To complete your holiday experience we will also have a campfire going to roast marshmallows and make s' mores. Bring your own Camera for a great Photo op. Costs for activities vary.
Physick Family Christmas House Tour
November 26 until December 22, 2021; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ
Cost: Adults: $20; Children (3-12): $15
This 1879 Victorian house museum sparkles for the holidays with authentic Victorian decorations that invite you to step back into Christmas past! On the Physick Family Christmas House Tour, you will visit the Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style, for a unique living history experience with members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. Also see the "Old-Fashioned Christmas" exhibit at the Carroll Gallery at the Carriage House, a breathtaking Dept. 56 Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree.
Smithville Holiday Light Show On The Lake
Thanksgiving thru Jan 6th, 2021 (Free event)
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.
Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall
Multiple dates beginning December 4, 2021
Congress Hall Hotel
215 Beach Ave. (bet. Congress & Perry streets)
Cape May, NJ
This annual holiday spectacular celebrates our grand holiday offerings. It will include old favorites like Breakfast with Santa, Congress Hall Express rides, and Santa's Workshop activities, as well as Holiday Farm to Table dinners, and the beautiful outdoor dining Winter Igloos at Congress Hall.
1048 Washington St,
Cape May, NJ 08204
Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings. Enjoy a free performance of holiday classics by the Atlantic Brass Band as we join Santa in lighting the tree! Dawn's Delights will be serving hot chocolate and baked goods for purchase.
Santa's Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, November 27th, 2021; 3pm - 6pm
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 U.S. 9, Middle Township
Middle Township, New Jersey 08210
Contact: (609) 465-5271, Email: email@example.com
Cost: Free admission
The Ceremony and Lighting of the Tree will be at 5:00 pm.
The celebration will include live holiday music by the John Walter Cape Community Band, an ice sculpture demonstration, the polar express train ride, bounce house castle & slide, character appearances, dance performances, free treats for all and a visit by the jolly man himself in the red suit.
Collectibles and crafts for sale by the Cape May County Associations of Zoo Keepers from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The Zoo will be open from 10 am to 3:30 pm.
Swedesboro Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 27, 2021; Parade @ 1pm. Lighting @6:30 pm
Swedesboro Borough Hall
1500 Kings Highway
Kings Highway will be alive with Christmas cheer as Swedesboro celebrates the start of the holiday season.
The parade @ 1pm will take place on Kings Highway at Walter Hill School and will continue all the way through the downtown where it will end at Church Street.
The annual Christmas tree lighting and caroling at the Swedesboro Borough Hall, will be at 6:30 pm
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 3, 2021; (4:30 p.m)
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard
1st & Central Avenues
North Wildwood, NJ
Festive ceremony will take place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard. The Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, free tour of lighthouse and Santa Claus!
Annual Dickens Festival
Saturday, December 4, 2021;4:30pm - 9pm ( Rain or Shine )
Admission is free
This annual family event transforms downtown Medford into a Victorian-era Christmas wonderland. The event features:
Holiday Carolers * Great Food * Hot Chocolate * Magic, Comedy, Juggling * Live Presentations * Free Admission * Free Parking
Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 4, 2021 @1pm
On Long Beach Blvd. from 5th-25th Streets.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
The theme for 2021 parade is "Comfort & Joyful Christmas"
The parade steps off at 1pm along Long Beach Blvd from 5th to 25th Streets.
Wassail Day & Winter Encampment
Saturday, December 4, 2021: 11:00am-3:00pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 US Rt 9
Cape May, NJ
The Village paths come alive with the sights and sounds of the holiday season at this event!
Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy live music, hot beverages, and holiday treats served by historical interpreters in period clothing.
West Cape May Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 4, 2021 @5pm
Cape May, NJ
Start your holiday season with the best Christmas Parade in Cape May County! Over three hours of family fun and entertainment. Parade start time is 5:00PM. Parade starts at the West Cape May Fire Hall, proceeds south on Broadway to West Perry and to the Washington St. Mall, Cape May.
Atlantic City Holiday Bazaar
December 4, 5, 2021; 12-5PM
Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University
2200 Fairmount Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
Event Cost: Free
Join in for the first-ever Atlantic City Holiday Bazaar at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University in Atlantic City. This event will be produced in partnership with Asbury Park Bazaar.
The event 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. The event will also feature live music, holiday photo stations, craft workshops, and beautiful décor.
Enjoy an indoor Biergarten all weekend long featuring beer provided by Cape May Brewing Co. and food from Atlantic City's Rhythm & Spirits.
The holiday market is inspired by the traditional "Weihnachtsmarkts" held in Germany. While you shop, enjoy delicious food and libations from local purveyors in the Arts Garage café.
Saturday, December 4, 2021; @2pm
Burlington County Library Auditorium
5 Pioneer Blvd
Event Cost: Free
The Essence of Harmony Choral Society a relatively new community music organization welcomes in the 2021 year-end holiday season with a presentation of Handel’s Messiah. The oratorio was composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel and will be presented with a 12-piece orchestra. In addition, they will be joined by 4 professional soloists from the Tri-State area: Soprano Silky Carter, Counter-Tenor Andrew Darling, Tenor George Johnson, and Bass Cyrus Fitzgerald. The choir is conducted by Cherisse R. Bonefont.
THE MESSIAH is a musical rite of the holiday season. G. F. Händel composed the Messiah in just three and four weeks in August and September 1741. "He would literally write from morning to night," noted the Handel Museum House in London. The piece was originally designed for the Easter season, but soon became a Christmas favorite for singers and audiences.
Admission is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Covid protocols are in place and all those attending the concert must wear a mask while in the building.