South Jersey Christmas Events:
Best Holiday Events for 2017
Features Tree Lighting Celebrations, Festivals, Parades, and more
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: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. 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.
Christmas Fantasy with Lights Parade
South Jersey Christmas Events
November 11 - December 30, 2017 (Closed 11/24, 12/24, 12/25)
6415 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Come experience holiday magic right before your eyes! Be here by 5:00PM when Santa Claus appears in his chimney, waves his magic wand, and lights the park with over one million lights for the holiday season! All of our rides, attractions, and snack bars are open! (Santa is in his home and lights the park until December 23.) Christmas Fantasy With Lights - A South Jersey Tradition for over 25 years!
Atlantic City Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Recurring Holiday Musical Light Show
Friday, November 17, 2017 through January 2, 2018 presented every hour on the hour, from noon until 10 p.m.
Tropicana Casino & Resort
Atlantic City, NJ
The tree lighting Ceremony includes refreshments and food sampling. The free Holiday Musical Light Show features a 35-foot tree synchronized to holiday music. This not-to-be-missed experience combines interactive lights with an inspiring array of beloved holiday musical selections. Adding to the festive décor is Tropicana's famed 25-foot Poinsettia Tree located in Palm Walk.
An Old Fashioned Christmas in Cape May
November 17, 2017آ through January 1, 2018
Cape May, NJ
What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May? 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 seemingly endless variety of fun and tasty events. From trolley rides to wine tastings, from house tours to themed dinners, there is something for everyone!
The Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate becomes a Christmas wonderland this time of year. It's all about the wonder of Christmas morning with model trains and toys beneath the tree. You can actually stand under our tree and marvel at the intricate layout of dozens of Dickens Village houses, people and accessories that make the village come to life. Kids can write a letter to Santa and leave it in his special mail box.
Holiday Light Show
November 23 – January 6, 2018 :
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
615 E. Moss Mill Rd., #96
Watch in awe as over 100 Christmas Trees, magically floating on Lake Meone, light up to the music around you. It is an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. Admission: Free
Christmas Light Show Hay Ride
November 24 through December 30, 2017; Friday and Saturday evenings from 5PM to 8:30 PM. Sunday thru Thursday evenings from 5 PM to 7:30 PM.
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. Visit with Santa and his Reindeer. 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.
Mullica Hill Lights on Main
Saturday, November 25, 2017; 6-10pm
Old Town Hall
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 25, 2017; 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 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 Parade will be conclude with an appearance by Santa. Immediately following the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children in the Woolwich Fire House until 4pm. The day’s events will wrap up at 6:30pm, with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and caroling at Borough Hall.
One Unforgettable Christmas
Friday, Saturdays & Sundays beginning December 1 until December 23, 2017 @8:00PM
Broadway Theatre of Pitman
Annual Christkindlmarkt at Tuckerton Seaport
Friday, December 1, 4-8pm,
Saturday December 2; 10am – 5pm, &
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10am – 4pm
Tuckerton Seaport rolls out the holly for the Annual Christkindlmarkt isُ؟ a true Christmas village atmosphere! This is a European style holiday market outdoors and under huge heated tents. Craft and gift vendors, fabulous food court, kiddie rides, Santa, rolling chair sleigh rides on the boardwalk, horse and wagon rides, demonstrations, great entertainment and holiday fun! Come jump start your holiday shopping, get in the holiday spirit with a horse drawn wagon ride and let the kids make their own Christmas crafts.
Holiday Jubilee: Sounds of The Season
December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 2017 @ 9:00PM
Tropicana Casino - Tropicana Showroom - NJ
Atlantic City, NJ
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 1, 2017
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard
1st & Central Avenues
North Weldwood, NJ
Christmas tree lighting, Santa Claus and refreshments. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Admission: Free
Annual Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration
Friday, December 1 & Saturday, December 9, 2017; (rain date is Sunday, December 3)
North Wildwood Recreation Center
North Wildwood, NJ
The festivities begin Friday evening 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
The celebration continues all day Saturday December 9 with family fun, entertainment, pictures with Santa, movies and holiday bazaar. The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends with a second tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration
From December 2 until December 30, 2017
1 Riverside Dr.
This annual celebration features twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow, and the return of the man in a red wetsuit ُ؟ُ؟ Scuba Santa. Visitors will get to see Scuba Santa and his elf swim alongside rare sharks, gigantic sea turtles and stingrays in the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit. Festivities also include interactive “I Believe in Scuba Santa” live shows, meet and greets with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and more.
Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
December 2, 2017; 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 theme for 2017 is "Deck the Hulls".
Annual Dickens Festival
Saturday, December 2, 2017; 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.
Enjoy Breakfast with Santa before a day of splashing!
Saturday, December 2nd, Saturday, December 9th, Saturday, December 16th, & Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sahara Sam's Oasis
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Website & Tickets
From 9 AM – 10 AM, 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 2, 2017
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 2, 2017; 1PM to 6PM
Cooper St. and Route 130
Call 609-874-3892 or 609-387-4975 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 2, 2017
Cape May , NJ 08204
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.
Breakfast With Santa on the Battleship New Jersey
Saturday, December 9th, 2017; 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 under 12 and $24 for adults. 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!
Breakfast With Santa Series
Saturdays from December 9, 16, 23, 2017 Two seatings, 10:00am & 2:00pm
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
The arrival of Santa, brunch with Santa and more.
Children’s tickets include: Brunch, Printed picture with Santa, Complimentary ride on both the Garden carousel and train, holiday crafts Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required.
Holiday Open House at Paulsdale
Saturday, December 9, 2017; 2pm ق 4pm
Alice Paul Institute
128 Hooten Rd.
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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
The Polar Express
Saturday December 9, 2017 11:00AM
Meet SANTA after the show!
Saturday, December 9th, 2017; Noon - 5pm
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.
Atlantic City Ballet: The Nutcracker
Saturday December 16, 17, 2017 7:00PM
Caesars Atlantic City
Atlantic City, NJ
Breakfast and Story time with Santa & Mrs. Claus!
December 16, 2017; Seatings: 9am and 10:30am
Cape May Ferry Terminal
1200 Lincoln Blvd
Cape May, NJ
Cost: Ages 13+:$21
Children 2 & under:FREE
Reservations Required. To Book: Call 800.643.3779
Before loading his sleigh and starting his fast jaunt around the world, Santa has graciously agreed to stop at the Ferry terminal for a special breakfast with some of his favorite Cape May County children!
Stop by the terminal for a buffet breakfast, “meet and greet” with Santa, and Christmas Storytime!
The Ritz Holiday Spectacular!
One Night Only: December 17, 2017, @ 7:00pm
The Ritz Theatre Co.
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
Information & Tickets
The Ritz Holiday Spectacular will be an exciting, fast paced one-night-only holiday extravaganza suitable for the entire family! This pulsating variety show will feature the best local and international talent, including a striking fifteen piece big band The Stan Maltz Big Band, the intricate choral harmonies of ChildrenSong of NJ, classic balletic choreography from Cooper River Ballet, a Heavenly Harpist, a Christmas Angel, a sprinkling of British 'Pantomime,' and excerpts performed from the classic drama Scrooge by Charles Dickens, as well as a very special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!
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