South Jersey Family Festivals:
Discover The Best Themed Events

Your Guide to The Best South Jersey Family Festivals: Features Family Oriented Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

They feature festivals events with special themes and are known for having good music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans and performers, fun activities, crafts, and more!

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.

Multi-Date Southern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

DiDonato's Magical Holiday Express
November 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, December 1-23, 2022; Hours: 4:45 pm - 9:00 pm
DiDonato's Family Fun Center
1151 S White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ
Cost: $19.95 + per person online, Children 12 months and younger are free.
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
Wednesday, November 16, until Sunday, January 1, 2023; 5:30pm - 9:30pm
100 Pinedge Drive
West Berlin, NJ
Cost: $34.95/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 their 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 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023 (Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas )
Cape May, NJ
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 kicks off with the tree lighting ceremony on November 19, 2022. Other events include Christmas Candlelight house tours, Santa's Trolley rides, and more!

South Jersey Holiday Lights Show
Select dates November 18 - December 30, 2022; Opens at 5pm
Bridgeport Speedway
83 Flood Gate Rd
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
(856) 213-2838
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.

Smithville Holiday Light Show On The Lake
From Thanksgiving, until January 6th, 2023; Every day of the week, 5:30 to 8:30pm
Historical Smithville
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.

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.

December 2022 Southern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

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.

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
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.

Ocean City Train Show
Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Historic Music Pier
Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace
Ocean City, NJ
For more information call 609-399-6111
Admission is Free.
Large model train displays are featured every holiday season at this resort's popular Train Show and Sale.
The show features colorful working displays that delight children and adults alike plus vendors who sell trains, parts, accessories and memorabilia suitable for year around and holiday exhibits. The stage of the Music Pier will highlight a working exhibit of Gauge 1 railway trains by thy South Jersey Garden Railroad Society. The exhibit is a favorite of children, as they can sit on stage and watch large models circle through colorful foliage and forest settings. Members of the Society will discuss outdoor garden exhibits and youngsters will be permitted to take the controls of the display.

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.

First Night Ocean City
December 31, 2022
Ocean City, NJ 08226
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The non-alcoholic, family friendly event features a complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. For the 30th Anniversary of First Night, two headliners will be entertaining crowds, Brass Transit and STAYIN' ALIVE! Brass Transit, The Musical Legacy of Chicago brings together accomplished and award-winning musicians for the sole purpose of paying tribute to the decades-long, multi-platinum songbook of CHICAGO. STAYIN' ALIVE offers audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list, singing all the blockbusters hits. The Civic Center will also feature a new band, sure to be a crowd pleaser; The Captain Jack Band will provide the Ultimate "LIVE" Billy Joel Tribute Band experience. The Sensational Soul Cruisers will be providing the ultimate dance party with the best of Motown and Disco hits in the Hughes Performing Arts Center at the High School

Sea Isle City -- New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31, 2022
JFK Blvd. at the Beach
Sea Isle City, NJ 08243
This celebration features a spectacular Fireworks display on the beach @ 8pm.

January 2023 Southern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Historic Whitesbog Village
120 West Whites Bogs Road
Browns Mills, NJ 08015
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Free Event
There isn't a better way to start the year. Dress appropriately, bring water, and any snacks you want as we may pause to take in some views. Dogs are welcome, leashes required. Children are welcome with an adult. Bathrooms are available in the village for use. Migratory birds may be in the area so having a pair of binoculars might be a good idea.

Patcong Valley Model Railroad Open House
January 7, 8, 14, 15, 2023; 10AM - 3PM
Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club
Route 40 at Fir Avenue
Richland, NJ

Admission: Free
The event features highly detailed, museum quality, HO scale model railroad.

Fire & Ice Festival
Saturday January 28, 2023; 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
downtown Mount Holly
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This free family friendly fun tradition features about a dozen professional ice carvers from up and down the east coast, an equal number of professional chili chefs plus a wide variety of interesting entertainment for young, old and everyone in between. The ice carvers transform 300 pound blocks of ice into beautiful crystalline works of art, right before your eyes, throughout town.

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