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The Best Thanksgiving Weekend Events in New Jersey

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in New Jersey

Your guide to the top 10 New Jersey Thanksgiving weekend events and festivals

Thanksgiving occurs on the last weekend in November in the late fall season when the weather is mild enough to enjoy an outdoor activity or to get a head start on the holiday season.






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.

1- Enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner in a New Jersey Restaurant

Thanksgiving Dinner
Looking to get out to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner without the bother of meal shopping, cooking and clean-up? Here are some of our favorite restaurants open for Thanksgiving that are noted for their outstanding food and holiday ambiance.
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2 - Take in a 19th Century Thanksgiving "Day of Thanks"

19th Century Thanksgiving
19th Century Thanksgiving Village "Day of Thanks"
Saturday, November 21, 2020 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Allaire Village
4265 Atlantic Ave
Farmingdale, NJ
Website/Tickets
Celebrate an early 19th Century Thanksgiving with the villagers of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company! The historic homes, craft shops, and retail buildings will be open to welcome you for a special "Day of Thanks."
Starting at 11:30am, special program at the historic chapel, craft demonstrations (Blacksmith, Tinsmith, Carpentry, Leather-Making and more), cooking at the Manager's House over its 18th century open hearth, and other special activities for adults and children. Bakery, General Store, and Enameling Building's Museum Store open for early holiday shopping. Additional early 19th century period cooking and other activities to "give thanks" will be spread throughout the village!
COVID-19 VISITOR RULES • ALL VISITORS MUST WEAR A MASK inside the historic buildings and throughout the village grounds.

3- Enjoy a Thanksgiving Getaway at a Charming Bed & Breakfast

NJ Bed & Breakfast
Discover the popular New Jersey destinations with attractive inns and B & B's for travelers looking to make their getaway trip extra special. From charming Victorian Inns in scenic shore towns to the Western and Northern New Jersey historic towns with rolling hills and mountains, there is information and listing available for all travelers needs for a romantic or relaxing short trip.
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4 - Celebrate The Start of the Holiday Season at a Holiday Lighting Festival

Skylands Christmas Light Show & Christmas Village
November 20th until January 3, 2021
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Pl.
Augusta, NJ 07822
Website
973-383-7644
Cost:
Light Show: $29 per carload (all tickets to be purchased at drive-thru entrance or box office, there are no online ticket sales) Save $3! Buy Advance Sale tickets at the box office (Monday–Thursday, 9–2 PM)
Outdoor Village: FREE admission
With more than two million dazzling lights on a mile-long drive-through course PLUS a new outdoor village, it's a must-see holiday attraction for your whole family.
Christmas Joy is coming back to Sussex County…Bigger, and Better than Ever. This Winter, Skylands Stadium will be Dazzled with Lights on a Mile Long Drive-Thru course that now goes ON THE FIELD. Plus a NEW & EXPANDED Outdoor Village & Winter Carnival. It's a Must-See Holiday Attraction for the Whole Family. The event is Safe, Spacious, and Distanced.
Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center
November 13th - January 2nd, 2021: Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10 pm. Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm.
PNC Bank Arts Center
Exit 116
Garden State Parkway
Holmdel, NJ
Website/Tickets
Cost: $25-$35, standard vehicle
This popular Holiday event features more than a mile of festival and vibrant light displays celebrating the joy of the holidays. Experience the drive-through from the comfort of your car! At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations. Multiple holiday themes come to life with hundreds of sparking lights.
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, 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.

5- Plan a Day Trip To A New Jersey Museum

NJ Museum

New Jersey Museums offer a wide variety of exciting arts and natural science treasures and programs that are educational, fun, and adventuresome. A great day trip for people of all ages to experience treasures of art, a real floating battleship, historic buildings, hands-on interactive science programs, and educational exhibits.
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6 -Visit Atlantic City - The Crown Jewel of the Jersey Shore

Take in the casinos, great restaurants, hotels, clubs and concerts.
The top acts appearing Thanksgiving weekend include:

Atlantic City

Atlantic City Visitors Guide -
Popular Jersey Shore destination with casino gaming, top entertainment venues, restaurants, a beach & boardwalk, and more.
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7 - Visit Princeton: A charming Village to Enjoy During the Holiday Season

Princeton, NJ

Tree lined streets with upscale boutique shops, restaurants, museums, theatre, and a prestigious Ivy League university.
Princeton Visitors Guide

8- Visit Historic Mullica Hill

Mullica Hill, NJ

Mullica Hill, located in Gloucester County, was established in the late 17th century by English and Irish Quakers. Today Mullica Hill is an historic village listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places. The village has an attractive Main Street boutique shopping area featuring antiques, jewelry, furniture, fine art, crafts, restaurants and coffee houses.
Mullica Hill Visitors Guide

9 - For An Active Fun Filled Thanksgiving Weekend, Take the Family to Crystal Springs Resort

A Weekend Stuffed with Holiday Fun! Every Thanksgiving families flock to Crystal Springs Resort, leaving the cooking and cleaning to the staff!
With the kids out of school, it can be the best opportunity for a long, laid-back weekend getaway at an extraordinary value. Join in for a weekend stuffed with holiday fun, entertainment and more!

Crystal Springs Resort
1 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, NJ
855-218-5431
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10 - Take The Kids to The Liberty Science Center For fun & Education

Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center  
222 Jersey City Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ
201-253-1310
Website
LSC's newest premium exhibition, Angry Birds Universe: The Art and Science Behind a Global Phenomenon, is now open! Based on the popular games, the exhibition takes guests of all ages into the world of Angry Birds for interactive adventures, both physically challenging and mentally stimulating. Explore different concepts in science, tech, engineering, arts, and math in an extreme hands-on environment!





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