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.
Santa's Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, November 25th, 2023; 3pm - 6pm
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 U.S. 9, Middle Township
Middle Township, New Jersey 08210
Contact: (609) 465-5271, Email: [email protected]
Cost: Free admission
The Ceremony and Lighting of the Tree will be at 5:00 P.M. Vendors with collectibles and crafts for sale including unique items from the Cape May County Associations of Zoo Keepers will be available from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The Zoo will be open from 10 am to 3:30 pm. The celebration will include live holiday music by the John Walter Cape Community Band, bounce house castle & slide, character appearances, free treats for all and a visit by the jolly man himself in the red suit. Also don't miss the performance of "Elves Gone Wild."
Swedesboro Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 25, 2023; 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, @ 6:30 pm. Refreshments will follow.
Showboat Atlantic City Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday November 28, 2023: 4:30pm - 9pm
Atlantic City, NJ
This event features the lighting up of the city's iconic boardwalk with a 50-ft Christmas tree for the holiday season.. Bring your family and friends to this in-person event and experience the joy of the holiday season. Enjoy live performances by local artists, indulge in delicious seasonal treats, and participate in fun activities for all ages.
Atlantic City Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2023 @ 5pm
Atlantic City, NJ
The official kickoff event to the 2023 Atlantic City 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.
Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, holiday treats and more! Get in the holiday spirit by donating a new unwrapped toy to our Toys for Kids toy collection or a cash donation to 177th FW Spouse Foundation.
Ocean City Christmas Parade
Friday, December 1, 2023: 6:00 PM
Ocean City, NJ
Parade begins on Asbury Avenue from 6th Street and continues to 11th Street
Renault Winery Tree Lighting
Friday, December 1, 2023; 4pm - 8pm
Renault Winery Resort
72 N Bremen Avenue
Egg Harbor City, NJ
Tree lighting at 6:30pm
Grand Opening of Vintner Wonderland! Be part of a cherished tradition as we illuminate our magnificent Christmas tree made from historic barrels, casting a warm and festive glow over this historic estate. This joyous occasion marks the official beginning of their vintner wonderland festivities. Photos with Santa and Ice Skating will be open for all in attendance!
Somers Point Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Friday, December 1, 2023: @ 6:30pm
Somers Point, NJ
The annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting, starting at 6:30 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 2, 2023; 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 2, 2023: 10:00am - 12:00pm (rain date Dec 9th)
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.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 2, 2023; (5 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!
Noyes Holiday Market & Gingerbread Village
Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd, 3rd, 2023: from 12-5 pm
Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University
2200 Fairmount Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
This family friendly event features a premium selection of vendors display and sell handmade items at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University. Santa will be flying in for photos! From noon to 2:00 p.m., families and children are welcome to have a FREE portrait taken with Santa by a professional photographer. Craft kits and make-and-take activities will be available.
Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2, 2023 @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.
Wassail Day & Winter Encampment
Saturday, December 2, 2023 11:00am-2:00pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 US Rt 9
Cape May, NJ
Admission for Wassail Day is $5.00, 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.
Live music will be provided by Ministers of Apollo.
West Cape May Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 @5pm ( Rain date Sunday December 3rd.)
Cape May, NJ
the parade marches through town beginning at the West Cape May Volunteer Firehouse heading South on Broadway, turning East on Perry, and finishing its route through to the end of Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May. Each year a small group of volunteers assemble creating an unforgettable hometown memory, made possible by the donations received through out the year by the Community and its guests!
Saturday, December 9, 2023; 1 PM - 7 PM
Historic Smithville Park
803 Smithville Road
This family event features a elebration of all things winter that will warm your heart. It's a magical setting on the grounds of Historic Smithville Park. You will find wandering carolers dressed in Victorian attire, holiday activities for all ages, including live entertainment, a wine and mulled cider tent, a Holiday Marketplace, ice skating, ice carving, art exhibits curated for the season, and, of course, Victorian Santa!