South Jersey Christmas Events:
Best Holiday Events for 2018

Features Tree Lighting Celebrations, Festivals, Parades, and more

South Jersey Christmas Events

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.

South Jersey Christmas Events

Christmas Fantasy with Lights Parade
November 11 - December 30, 2018; (Closed 11/23, 12/24, 12/25)
Storybook Land
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 Tropicana Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Daily shows continue from Monday, November 16 through Thursday, December 27, 2018 (presented every hour starting at noon)
Tropicana Casino & Resort
Brighton Avenue and the Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
Tropicana makes the season bright with the official Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Musical Light Show in The Quarter. The free Holiday Musical Light Show features a 35-foot ornately decorated tree with festive lights synchronized to the sights and sounds of the season. Tropicana's partners delight Tree Lighting attendees with samples from A'dam Good Deli, A'dam Good Sports Bar, Broadway Burger Bar, Carmine's, Hooters, La Petite Creperie, Mrs. Field's Cookies, Zeytinia and more.

An Old Fashioned Christmas in Cape May

November 16, 2018  through January 1, 2019 (Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas )
Cape May, NJ
The wonders of the season come to life in "An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit: Holiday Traditions through the Years," at the Carroll Gallery in the Physick Estate Carriage House. Experience a breathtaking exhibit of holiday traditions complete with a giant Christmas tree, a Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos from Christmas past, and more!

Holiday Light Show

Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018 till January 6, 2019 (Holiday Light Show 5:30 – 8:30 pm)
Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd., #96
Smithville NJ,08205
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

Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration
From November 23, until December 30, 2018
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
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. Visit him in Ocean Realm as he speads the magic of Christmas to every child and animal and stops for underwater selfies with kids of all ages.

Christmas Light Show & Hay Ride
November 23 through December 23, 2018; 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.

Annual Christkindlmarkt at Tuckerton Seaport
Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1 & Sunday December 2, 2018; ( Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm)
Tuckerton Seaport
Tuckerton, NJ
Tuckerton Seaport rolls out the holly for the Annual Christkindlmarkt is 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.

Cape May Tree Lighting
November 30, 2018; @7pm
Rotary Park
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
Main Street
Medford, NJ
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
Main St
Bridgeton, NJ
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.
Beverly, NJ
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
Admission: Free
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
Theatre District
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
Camden, NJ
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.

Mays Landing Holiday House Tour and Scavenger Hunt
December 8, 2018; 5pm - 8pm
Hamilton Historical Society
49 Mill Street
Mays Landding, New Jersey 08330
Web Site
Contact: Cliff Melder, 609-909-0272, Email:
Event Cost: $12.00 / 15.00
This event features a festive tour of Mays Landing's Historic properties, beautifully decorated for the season. George May, after whom the village was named, built a shipyard and trading post here in 1756. From these humble beginnings later became an important part of Hamilton Townships Historic District. The architecture within the Mays Landing Historic District includes the buildings directly associated with the county government and the cotton mill. These include the government buildings, homes of attorneys, politicians, tradesmen, and mill workers as well as churches, schools, and commercial buildings that made up the community.
Large houses in Second Empire, Greek Revival, and other styles mix with smaller, less ornate vernacular Victorian houses, cottages, and bungalows.
Tour these beautifully restored and decorated homes, meet the owners and share in their stories of restoration and rejuvenation.

Breakfast With Santa Series
Saturdays from December 8, 15, 22, 2018 Two seatings, 10:00am & 2:00pm
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ
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.

Uncork Christmas
Saturday, December 8th, 2018; 11am - 6pm
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
600 S Railroad Ave.
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Website & Tickets
Admission: Free
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.

Holiday Glass in the Studio
Saturdays, December 8, 15, and 22, 2018; 11am - 4pm
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332
Web Site
Contact: Taral Thompson, Phone: 856-825-6800. Email:
This holiday event features their glass artists creating holiday-themed glass objects, large and small throughout the day! Visitors can see other holiday glass objects on display, including the record-breaking giant glass ornament, glass fruitcake, the world’s largest glass turkey drumstick, and a 5'7" tall glass menorah.

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