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Best South Jersey Christmas Events

South Jersey Christmas Events

Your Guide to the top 2020 South Jersey Christmas Events Including 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

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

State of NJ

COVID-19 executive orders in effect apply to indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, effective November 23rd: Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 150 people
The following indoor gatherings are exempt and may continue under the current rules – limited to 25% of a room's capacity, up to 150 people:

  • Indoor performance venues, including concert venues
  • Restaurants with bars, and lounges that serve food and drink, however, must remove bar seating and close their indoor premises for business by 10 pm.

    With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.




Multi-date 2020 South Jersey Christmas Events

South Jersey Holiday Lights Show
Selected nights from November 19 until December 30, 2020; Opens at 5pm
Bridgeport Speedway
83 Flood Gate Rd
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
(856) 213-2838
Tickets - Tickets bought online are $23per car, Prices at the gate are $25 per car.
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.

Physick Family Christmas House Tour
November 20 until December 27, 2020; Friday, Saturday,& Sundays (Closed Christmas)
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ
Tickets
Cost: Adults: $15; Children (3-12): $8
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.

Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Underwater
Now until December 30, 2020
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ
856-365-3300
Website/Tickets
Admission: Adults $31.99, Ages 2 - 12 $21.99 (Reservations are required to visit. Buy your tickets and reserve your desired time and date online)
This event features a fabulous underwater Christmas experience! See Scuba Santa swimming in Shark Realm along with the World's Tallest Christmas Tree. Take a stroll through Caribbean Currents to see the World's Smallest Underwater Christmas trees. Christmas Underwater is included with your Daily Admission or Membership

DiDonato's Magical Holiday Express
Now until Tuesday, December 29, 2020
DiDonato's Family Fun Center
1151 S White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ
Website/Tickets
Cost: $14.95
This holiday event features a ride on an exciting train through millions of Christmas lights. The fun includes meeting Santa, a gift from Santa, a holiday movie, cookies, and a walk through the Holiday Village.

Diggerland Drive thru Holiday Light Show
Now until Sunday, January 3, 2021; 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Diggerland
100 Pinedge Drive
West Berlin, NJ
Website/Tickets
Cost: $29.95/car
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!

An Old Fashioned Christmas in Cape May
November 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021 (Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas )
Cape May, NJ
Website
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.
The Holiday season kick-off with the Holiday Tree Lghting Ceremony on Nevember 21st. followed by Physick Family Christmas House Tours, Holiday Lights Trolley Rides through Cape May's Historic District to see festively decorated inns and homes as guides talk about Victorian Christmas traditions, lead sing-alongs, and play Christmas music.

Smithville Holiday Light Show On The Lake
Every Thursday-Sunday in December, 2020; 5:30pm- 8:30pm (Free event)
Historical Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ 08205
Website
609-748-8999
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.

Christmas Light Show
November 27 to December 23, 2020; Fridays 2PM, 3PM, 4PM: Saturdays 2PM, 3PM, 4PM: & Sundays 2PM, 3PM, 4 PM
Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Rd.
Medford, NJ 08055
609-654-8643
Website
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.

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall
November 27, 2020 until January 2, 2021
Congress Hall Hotel
215 Beach Ave. (bet. Congress & Perry streets)
Cape May, NJ
Website
This annual holiday spectacular celebrates our grand holiday offerings for these times, complete with social distancing measures and enhanced safety protocols. It will include old favorites like Breakfast with Santa, Congress Hall Express rides, and Santa's Workshop activities, as well as new offerings like the beautiful new outdoor dining Winter Igloos at Congress Hall.

Holiday Lights & Architecture Walking Tour
December 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 2020
John Bull Monument
135 Farnsworth Ave
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Tickets
Cost: Adults (Ages 11+): $15 Child (Ages 10 and under): $10
This holiday walking tour features a cheerful jaunt through merry old Bordentown. They will take you downtown to see the best decorative holiday lights, highlight the beautiful architecture that gives this little city so much of its charm, and a share festive story or two from Bordentown's past.

Winter Wonderland at The Zoo
From Saturday, December 19 until Sunday, January 3, 2021 - except Christmas from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm (closing at 2:30 on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve).
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 U.S. 9, Middle Township
Middle Township, New Jersey 08210
Web Site
Contact: Jean Whalen, Phone: 609-465-5271, Email: info@cmczoo.com
Cost: Free admission - Donations requested
Participate in a Winter Loving Animals Scavenger Hunt and enjoy the many decorations throughout the Zoo. Many photo opportunities will be scattered among the animals. Special Guests are joining us with strolling live music provided by members of the John Walters Community Band on Saturday December 19 and Sunday, December 20. Unique and animal themed holiday gifts will be available for purchase at the Zookeepers Association tent in the courtyard on the weekends.
The Park and Zoo is requiring masks to be worn inside the Zoo at all times





2020 South Jersey Christmas Events

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 4, 2020; (4:30 p.m)
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard
1st & Central Avenues
North Wildwood, NJ
609.522.2955
Website
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!

Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
December 5, 2020 @1pm
On Long Beach Blvd. from 5th-25th Streets.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
609-494-1614
Website
stepping off at 1pm along Long Beach Blvd from 5th to 25th Streets. The Borough of Ship Bottom and their volunteer Christmas Parade Committee has made adjustments to reflect the COVID-19 guidelines of keeping parade participants and spectators safe.

West Cape May Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 5, 2020 @5pm
Cape May, NJ
609-884-1005
Website
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.

Cape May Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 5, 2020; @6pm
Rotary Park
400 block of Lafayette St.
Cape May, NJ
Website
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, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

Wassail Day & Winter Encapment
Saturday, December 5, 2020 11:00am-3:00pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 US 9, Cape May, NJ
609-898-2300
and entrance for the Village is only through Seashore Road gatehouse. 735 Seashore Road
Tickets - Admission for Wassail Day is $5.00 per adult, $3.00 for children, FREE for HCSV Members Timed tickets are available by pressing the red BOOK NOW button.
The Village paths come alive with the sounds and smells of the holidays at this holiday event!
Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy live music, hot beverages, and holiday treats served by historical interpreters in period clothing. Visitors can meet Father Christmas in the Country Store. The Country Store will be open and stocked with unique holiday gift ideas including traditionally-processed wool, artisan crafts for the home, books, jewelry, toys, and old-fashioned candy. Please understand due to Covid-19 restrictions that not all buildings on Village grounds will be accessible.
While at the Village we are requiring all guests to wear masks. Exception for children under 2 years of age. Please practice physical distancing (6 feet) and be mindful of other guests and Village staff. Public restrooms are available behind the Ice Cream parlor building.





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