12 Jolly Holiday Celebrations In NJ
From day to night, north to south and east to west, New Jersey is your home for the holidays this December with a host of tree lightings, house tours, sweet treats, fun parades and so much more. Download our handy infographic and hang it on your refrigerator so you don't miss a single note of the uplifting sounds and sights of this holiday season.
Basking in the glow
If there was ever a city custom-made for the most wonderful time of the year, it's none other than charming Cape May. Plan a picture-perfect winter getaway illuminated by magical festivities—from the city's official tree lighting in Rotary Park on December 2 to Candlelight Tours of Cape May's stunning Victorian homes, inns and churches on December 3, 10 and 17, plus so much more.
Dazzling, decked halls
Don’t let your green thumb go dormant this season. Feel your spirits bloom with this year's Holiday Open House, A Gardener's Holiday at Skylands Manor in Ringwood, December 1-4. You'll enjoy a self-guided tour of the immaculately decorated estate that promises delightful new surprises every year. (Please note that strollers are not permitted in the Manor.)
Sweet tooth treats
Download your free passport and take a decadent journey through Downtown Bordentown for the city's Annual Holiday Chocolate Walk on December 2. Local businesses will treat you to chocolate confections and stamp your passport as a memento of this unique seasonal celebration.
30 years ago, Clinton hosted its first Christmas Parade, which has now become a beloved annual tradition. So go grab dinner, then find a premium spot along the route to enjoy the festive procession with your family and friends on December 2.
Browse the wares of over 50 crafters and vendors (a perfect way to check off that holiday wish list!), sip hot cider or mulled wine, take a horse-drawn carriage ride and find even more ways to get into a fun and festive mood at Tuckerton Seaport's Christkindlmarkt, December 2-4.
Spicing it up
If you're a fan of structures rendered in cookies and sweets, you cannot miss Gingerbread Wonderland: 25 Years of Wonder at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, December 2-11. Past years' masterpieces have included Notre Dame Cathedral, Hanukkah menorahs and Japanese temples.
Burlington City turns up the glow with their annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting on December 3. It's an ideal way to get in the spirit of the season. Plus, kids love sharing cookies and hot chocolate with Santa after the festivities.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, you can kick off your holiday at Trailside Nature & Science Center's Menorah & Tree Lighting in Mountainside on December 4. You'll even have the chance to buy some unique seasonal gifts at the event's nature craft show.
An army of Nutcrackers
You have your choice of dates and venues to watch Clara's wondrous holiday adventures this season. December 7-10, the American Repertory Ballet presents the Nutcracker at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. The New Jersey Ballet performs the seasonal classic with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, December 9-24. The Atlantic City Ballet offers performances on December 16 & 17 in the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City. And the New Jersey Youth Ballet puts on the Nutcracker in the Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, December 16-18.
Making spirits bright
There's always one house on the block that goes all out with their holiday lights. But the world-famous Christmas Light Show House in Wall Township outshines them all. Treat your family to an eye-popping seasonal display of lights, fog and pyrotechnics on December 10 & 11. The event is free but donations are suggested, with all proceeds going to Challenged Youth Sports.
History comes to life at Liberty Hall Museum in Union. And this season, the holidays come to light on the first floor of this 50-room Victorian mansion for a luminous Candlelight Tour followed by hot chocolate and doughnuts on December 17. Advance registration is required—visit the museum website to purchase tickets.
In search of a perfect fresh-cut tree and the holly-jolly seasonal spirit? Celebrate Christmas on the Farm at Oasis Family Farm in Robbinsville each weekend, December 3-18. The kids can visit with Santa and everyone's favorite snowman while the whole family enjoys holiday music and glittering light displays.