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
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400 block of Lafayette St.
Cape May, NJ
Information, call 609-884-9565
Enjoy some old fashioned holiday cheer when the City of Cape May officially kicks off the holiday season with a festive family program that will include caroling, a presentation from the Lower Cape May Regional High School choir, and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Atlantic City Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Claridge Hotel
123 South Indiana Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
The family-friendly event will take place outside of the hotel at the historic Brighton Park. Admission to the event is free, however guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City. The Winter Wonderland event will have a special appearance and photo opportunities with Santa Claus, a hot chocolate station, as well as a cookie decorating station. The Bass Pro Shop of Atlantic City will also be supporting the event by providing additional family-friendly activities aligned with the holiday season. The evening will conclude with the Claridge Hotel's annual tree lighting ceremony taking place at 7 p.m. featuring a live choir who will be performing leading up to the lighting and assist with the ceremony countdown.
Proceeds from this event will benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City.
Annual Dickens Festival
Saturday, December 1, 2018; 6pm – 10pm
Admission is free
This annual family event transforms downtown Medford into a Victorian-era Christmas wonderland. The name and playful atmosphere of the festival were inspired by Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol. The festival features many exciting attractions including music, food, stilt walkers, a magician, caricaturists, a story teller, jugglers, ice carvings, a live Nativity, a lighted house contest, horse drawn carriages, carolers dressed in mid 19th century garb, Santa's visit and the nativity reenactment by local churches.
39th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
December 1, 2018; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
On Long Beach Blvd. from 5th-25th Streets.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
Homemade floats and antique cars welcome, The parade will proceed along Long Beach Boulevard 5th Street to 25th Street
Annual Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 1, Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, 2018
North Wildwood Recreation Center
North Wildwood, NJ
The festivities begin Saturday December 1 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,
On Friday evening December 7 the celebrations continue with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees' Christmas Parade. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center (10th and Central Avenues). Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. and the parade starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. with a new route and followed by a Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade Awards at 7:30 p.m. at Byrne Plaza, Oak & Pacific Avenues, Wildwood, NJ. The rain date is Sunday December 9.
On Saturday December 8 keep the holiday spirit going on with additional holiday activities at the Winter Festival at Byrne Plaza. More details will follow.
Enjoy Breakfast with Santa before a day of splashing!
Saturday, December 1st, Saturday, December 8th, Saturday, December 15th, & Saturday, December 22rd, 2018: (10 am - 7pm)
Sahara Sam's Oasis
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Website & Tickets
Enjoy a breakfast buffet and the opportunity to snap photos with the jolly man himself. After that, Santa will join the kids in the waterpark. He will be puttin’ on his Santa Swimsuit and swimming until 1:00 PM each day of his visit.
Historic Bridgeton Holiday House Tour & Festival of Lights
Saturday, December 1, 2018
A close-up of some of the best of the best of a Historic District that contains over 2000 individual properties--New Jersey’s largest! 25 historic homes, churches, shops and public buildings conveniently located along a half-mile stretch of East and West Commerce Street.
Festival of Lights takes place from 4 pm to 8 pm at City Park.
Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 1, 2018; 1PM to 6PM
Old Well's Pharmacy building, aka the Beverly Library Annex
433 Cooper Street.
Call Linda 609-351-3532 for information and to reserve your tickets
Tour 14 historic and beautifully decorated homes in the Beverly and Edgewater Park area with a detailed map and balloons at each home out front.
West Cape May Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018, @5pm (Rain date - December 2nd)
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.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 7, 2018; (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard
1st & Central Avenues
North Weldwood, 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!
Scrooge the Musical
December 7 thru 23, 2018
The Ritz Theatre Co.
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
Information & Tickets
Starring Bruce Curless as Ebenezer Scrooge. Mr. Curless will be surrounded by an all new cast as they bring this holiday classic to life on stage. Bring your whole family to see this classic Dickens tale filled with music and dance. It's holiday fun for everyone!
Breakfast With Santa on the Battleship New Jersey
Saturday, December 8th, 2018; from 9:00 am -11:00 am
100 Clinton Street
For the Parking Garage: 1-99 South Delaware Ave., Camden, NJ. 08103.
Tickets are $18 for children 12 and under and $24 for adults. Active military families will pay just $10 per person,
For tickets, call 866-877-6262 ext. 108.
For an unforgettable holiday treat, come enjoy breakfast with Santa Enjoy a hot breakfast served at the chowline, tour the ship, win some prizes and meet Santa!
Holiday Open House at Paulsdale
Saturday, December 8, 2018: 2pm – 4pm
Alice Paul Institute
128 Hooten Rd.
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
This event is FREE. Donations are always welcome.
Get into the holiday spirit at our annual Open House event at Paulsdale. Enjoy the stunning holiday decor crafted by The Garden of Mount Laurel while celebrating the start of the holiday season with food, drinks, and warm conversation.
Saturday, December 8th, 2018; 11am - 6pm
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
600 S Railroad Ave.
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Website & Tickets
Have you ever wished there was a one-stop shop for all your wine and Christmas tree needs? Attendees will get to rnjoy live music, food, and holiday decorations, and of course some wine tasting. There will be a selection of live Christmas trees, and with wine in hand, when you find the one, take it home or they will tag it and have it ready for next-day pick-up at nearby Secluded Acres Farm & Garden Center. Bring the kids for a check-in with Santa so he can get those wish list requests before heading back to the North Pole to finish preparing for his big night (parents, bring your cameras!). Enjoy wine tastings and listen to live music with plenty of holiday tunes. They will also have a selection of wreaths, holiday decorations, gift baskets and more.