The Best 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.
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.
1- Enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner in a New Jersey Restaurant
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.
2 - Take in the Winter Village -- Festival of Trees at the Historic Red Mill Museum in Clinton
Winter Village -- Festival of Trees
November 25th - 27th, 2022
The Red Mill
56 Main St.
Tickets starting at $10
This Annual Holiday Festival features a beautiful display of decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces that are available to win through our raffle. Experience over 40 artisan crafters, specialty foods and craft beer set inside the bucolic Red Mill Museum Village made even more special with holiday lights and decor throughout the grounds of the Red Mill Museum Village, amid the historic buildings.
3- Enjoy a Thanksgiving Getaway at a Charming 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.
4 - Celebrate The Start of the Holiday Season
at a Holiday Lighting Festival
Skylands Christmas Light Show & Christmas Village
November 23rd until December 30th, 2022 (closed Thanksgiving Chrismas & selected days)
94 Championship Pl.
Augusta, NJ 07822
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 18th - December 30th, 2022; Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10 pm. Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm.
PNC Bank Arts Center
Garden State Parkway
The Magic of Lights, a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience, is bigger and brighter than before with more than a mile of spectacular light displays that bring to life your favorite holiday scenes and characters. Don't miss the larger-than-life sparkling Christmas Barbie™ display, the supersized Bigfoot® Monster Truck, and life-sized dinosaurs of Prehistoric Christmas! Pile everyone into the car and experience more at the same low price! One carload, one price for the entire family.
South Jersey Holiday Lights Show
Selected nights from November 18 until December 31, 2022; Opens at 5pm
83 Flood Gate Rd
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
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
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.
6 -Visit Atlantic City - The Crown Jewel of the Jersey Shore
Take in the casinos, great restaurants, hotels, clubs and concerts. Some of the top acts appearing
7 - Visit Princeton: A charming Village to
Enjoy During the Holiday Season
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, 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
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
10 - Take The Kids to The Liberty Science Center For
fun & Education
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ
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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