Thanksgiving Weekend Events in New Jersey

Top 10 Things to do in 2018 on Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in New Jersey

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

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. 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

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 the Kids to a Charlie Brown Christmas Show

A Charlie Brown Christmas
November 23 & 24, 2018
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Englewood, NJ

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 & Village
November 16 - December 30, 2018 (The Christmas Light Show & Village will be open rain, snow, or shine on select dates and time)
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
(973) 383-7644
Tickets: Light Show: $20 per carload
Tickets can be purchased at the gate and box office only.
This awesome Christmas light show features more than 2 million dazzling lights on a mile-long drive-thru course. It's a must-see holiday attraction for your whole family. On your drive, tune in and listen to festive holiday music on WSUS 102.3 FM. After your drive, stop by the free Christmas Village at the Event Center. Santa will be on hand to take a photo, play games and indulge in hot beverages and snacks.

Holiday Express Concert, Tree Lighting, & Activities
Friday November 23, 2018 @ 7pm
Red Bank, NJ
Santa rides the NJ Transit train into Red Bank for the annual Town Lighting & Holiday Express concert. Join Santa on the train in Little Silver or meet him at the Red Bank train station when he arrives. There'll be festivities before and after the train arrives with the Kathryn Barnett dancers and the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch. Once in Red Bank, Santa will board a firetruck and lead the parade to Broad Street for the Holiday Express Concert & Town Lighting.

Holiday Light Show
Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018 till January 6, 2019 (Holiday Light Show 5:30 – 8:30 pm)
Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd., #96
Smithville NJ,08205
Watch in awe as over 100 Christmas Trees, magically floating on Lake Meone, light up to the music around you. It is an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. Admission: Free

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:

John Legend
Fri Nov 23 8:00PM
Borgata Events Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
Fri Nov 23 9:00PM
Borgata Music Box
Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City Ballet: It's A Shore Holiday

Sat Nov 24 7:00PM
Atlantic City, NJ
Whiskey Revival
Sat Nov 24 7:00PM
Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ

Il Divo
Sat Nov 24 8:30PM
Borgata Events Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Home Free Vocal Band
Sat Nov 24 9:00PM
Atlantic City, NJ

Sat Nov 24 9:00PM
Borgata Music Box
Atlantic City, NJ

Motor City Live - A Motown Tribute Sound Waves
Sun Nov 25 2:00PM & 7pm
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ

A Magical Holiday Spectacular

Sun Nov 25 7:00PM
Tropicana Showroom at Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City, NJ
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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Atlantic City Restaurants

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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

Princeton Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 23, 2018; 4:45pm - 6:00pm
On the Green
Downtown Princeton, NJ
This family event will feature live music and a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. The tree will be a 65-foot Norwegian spruce decorated over 32,000 lights.

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

Have dinner and stay on for the Christmas festival

Mullica Hill Lights on Main
Saturday, November 24, 2018; 6-10pm
Old Town Hall
Main Street
Mullica Hill
Christmas will officially begin when the 60 foot Christmas is lit. Come join in the revelry, festivities and laughter! Carriage rides along Main Street. Delicious refreshments and drinks. Activities for the kids. Christmas carols, and a visit from Santa.

9 - For An Active Fun Filled Holiday  Take the Family to Crystal Springs Resort

The luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge and family-friendly Minerals Hotel, two of their six sresort locations, offers guests great overnight accommodations with plenty of fun filled activities for all ages.
Every Thanksgiving, families flock to Crystal Springs Resort, leaving the cooking and cleaning to their staff. After all, with the kids out of school, it can be the best opportunity for a long, laid-back weekend getaway at an extraordinary value. They offer full overnight and weekend packages including Thanksgiving dinner offerings to make this Thanksgiving unforgettable! Guests can choose from one of their six resort locations.

Crystal Springs Resort
1 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, NJ

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
Kids have plenty of room to burn off steam while enjoying 100s of exhibits, rock climbing, a suspended maze , live demonstrations (volcano pictured), a mini zoo, films, and shows --- including the biggest Planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! . They even offer special exhibits and programs for kids ages 2-5. There's so much to do that most visits last 4 hours. Try the famous Touch Tunnel maze, see tiny live monkeys, and dodge a sneeze from the Big Blue Nose. Learning has never been so much fun.

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