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.
Lights on Olmstead Lane
November 19th, 2022 Thru January 7th, 2023; Sunday - Thursday 5PM - 9:30PM, Friday & Saturday 5PM - 10:30PM
5 Olmsted Lane
Can't miss this one! They have their own radio station synchronized to the lights. Donations are raised to support Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Visit their website and make a donation to one of the charities they're supporting.
South Jersey Holiday Lights Show
Select dates November 19 - December 30, 2022; 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.
Wildwoods' Family Holiday Celebration
Weekends, November 19th – December 31st, 2022
The Wildwood's holiday celebrations features plenty of entertainment and activities to help Create Family Memories including, bonfires, parades, light shows, craft fairs, tree lightings, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and so much more. The events include:
November 19th - Gratitude Fest – FREE. 6111 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood Crest. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy an outdoor festival featuring artists, creatives and vendors of all kinds
November 25th - Family Holiday Beach Bonfire - Donations accepted. 2nd & Surf Ave., North Wildwood. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy family fun including music and free photo ops with Santa and other winter wonderland characters!
November 25th - 27th - Christmas in North Wildwood – FREE. Olde New Jersey Ave., & 100 block of East 17th Ave., North Wildwood. Fri. & Sat.: 4 p.m., Sun,: Noon. Enjoy outdoor firepits, hot chocolate, festive lights, decorations, scavenger hunt with prizes, and music.
November 28th - January 1st - Elks Window Decorating Contest – FREE. Walk or bike by the Wildwoods Convention Center windows to view the creative and festive holiday designs painted by local Wildwoods students.
December 1st - Wildwood Crest Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony – FREE
December 2nd - North Wildwood Tree Lighting Ceremony – FREE, and Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade – FREE, and Wildwood Business Improvement District Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – FREE
December 10th - Family Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony – FREE
And more until December 31st.
Smithville Holiday Light Show On The Lake
From Thanksgiving, until January 6th, 2023; Every day of the week, 5:30 to 8:30pm
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.
Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Underwater
November 25th until December 24th, 2022
1 Riverside Dr.
Discover an incredible world of seasonal under-the-sea fun! Scuba Santa will be 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 25- December 23, 2022
Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Rd.
Medford, NJ 08055
Cost; Varies with activities -
The Market is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with 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.
Their Musical Light Show Hayride that will take your family around the farm. You will be surrounded by a light show set to your family's favorite Christmas tunes. View the Farm with Decorated Barns, Tractors and Farmhouses.
Cape May Seashore Lines Santa Express
Saturday, November 26 - Friday, December 23, 2022
Cape May Seashore Lines
Reading Ave. & Mill Road
The Santa Express operates every weekend on Saturday's and selected Fridayas on a 75 minute trip departing from either Richland Village or Tuckahoe Village.
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. purchase.
Collingswood Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 26, 2022; beginning at 10 am.
Downtown, Collingswood, NJ
The parade will begin at Zane Avenue 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.
Santa's Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, November 26th, 2022; 3pm - 6pm
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 U.S. 9, Middle Township
Middle Township, New Jersey 08210
Contact: (609) 465-5271, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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.
Mullica Hill Lights on Main
Saturday, November 26, 2022; 6:30 PM 11:00 PM<
South Main Street
Mullica Hill, NJ
Christmas will officially begin when the 60 foot Christmas is lit. Come join in the revelry, festivities and laughter! Carriage rides along Main Street. Delicious refreshments and drinks. Activities for the kids. Christmas carols, and a visit from Santa.
Swedesboro Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 26, 2022; 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 with its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 26th at 1pm. The parade 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, Saturday, November 26, 6:30 pm. Refreshments will follow.
Atlantic City Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 1, 2022 @ 5pm
Atlantic City, NJ
The official kickoff event to the 2022 Atlantic City Tinseltown Holiday Experience will take place on the world-famous Boardwalk at Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. Trees throughout the city will be lit simultaneously.
Annual Congress Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 2nd, 2022; 6pm - 8:30pm
Congress Hall Hotel
215 Beach Ave. (bet. Congress & Perry streets)
Cape May, NJ
This holiday event features Live Music on the Congress Hall Lawn culminating with the tree lighting ceremony.
beginning @6pm with performers the Don Evans Trio, the HoneyHawks and the Cape May All-Star Jazz Quintet.
@ 7:30 PM: Concert and Sing-Along with the Congress Hall Festival Choir The Congress Hall Festival choir will take the stage to lead the crowd in festive song.
@8pm Tree Lighting Ceremony begins after the sing-along, we'll count down together and throw the switch!
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2, 2022; (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!
Ocean City Christmas Parade
Friday, December 2, 2022: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ocean City, NJ
Parade begins on Asbury Avenue from 6th Street and continuews to 12th Street
Somers Point Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2, 2022: @ 6pm
Somers Point, NJ
The annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting, starting at 6:00 p.m. The parade begins at Dawes Avenue and continues along Shore Road to City Hall, 1 W. New Jersey Ave. Somers Point. Volunteer Fire Companies 1 & 2 will escort Santa Claus to City Hall where the tree lighting will take place after the parade. Parade participants can include floats, vehicles, bands, and walkers
Annual Dickens Festival
Saturday, December 3, 2022;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
Atlantic City Winter Wonderland Parade
Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 12 p.m.
Atlantic City, NJ
The parade route will be along Atlantic Avenue from Albany Avenue to South Carolina Avenue.
Spectators can grab a spot anywhere along Atlantic Avenue or in Center City Park to enjoy the festivities. Following the parade, a meet and greet with Santa Claus and Mayor Marty Small, Sr. will take place at Center City Park on South Carolina Avenue and Bacharach Blvd. along with a drill team performance battle with the bands to conclude the event.
Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3, 2022 @1pm
On Long Beach Blvd. from 5th-25th Streets.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
The parade steps off at 1pm along Long Beach Blvd from 5th to 25th Streets, on their "A Shell of a Christmas" themed floats. On the same day, the Bellarine Theatre Company will be singing at Tucker's Tavern.
Atlantic City Holiday Bazaar
Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd & 4th, 2022: from 12-5 pm
Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University
2200 Fairmount Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
Event Cost: Free
Enjoy shopping in a beautiful arts & crafts-focused event space in the heart of Atlantic City this holiday season. The holiday bazaar is inspired by the traditional "Weihnachtsmarkts" held in Germany. Throughout the two event days, there will be nonstop live music, food and drink vendors, an indoor biergarten, arts and crafts activities for children and adults, pictures with Santa, and shopping from local artists and craftsmen.
Convenient event parking is available in the attached WAVE Parking Garage.
Wassail Day & Winter Encampment
Saturday, December 3, 2022 11:00am-2:00pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 US Rt 9
Cape May, NJ
Admission for Wassail Day is $3.00, FREE for HCSV Members
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 3rd, 2022 @5pm ( Rain date Sunday December 4th.)
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.