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The Best Public Light Displays in NJ

Lit up houses are great, but you haven’t felt holiday spirit until you take a gander at these huge professional displays.


Courtesy of Historic Smithville


Lit up houses are great, but you haven’t felt holiday spirit until you take a gander at these huge professional displays. 

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

 11th to 13th Avenues from 83rd to 86th St in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn


​Check out this festive NYC neighborhood, which has tens of thousands of lights (displayed until the New Year) and is visited by over 100,000 people each year. Tours are also offered.

Historic Smithville’s Floating Trees 


609-652-7777; historicsmithvillenj.com

Take a trip back in time to historic Smithville—a charming town with a quaint New England feel. The star attractions are the beautiful, illuminated trees that float in Lake Meone—the displays are synced to holiday music so they look like they’re dancing on the water once the sun sets. During the day, kids can hang out with a talking tree (your lil' guys will find this hysterical), ride a train and even sit with Mrs. Claus and listen to a Christmas story.

Holiday in the Park

1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson

732-928-2000, sixflags.com

This amusement park usually shuts down after Fright Fest in October, but Great Adventure is staying open through the end of the year. Ride the coasters (bundle up!) and enjoy the park decked out for the holidays—it promises life size ornaments for the perfect photo op, fire pits to roast your own s'mores and more. Be sure to look out for carolers, stage shows, Santa meet and greets and New Year's Eve fireworks.

Holiday Lights Spectacular 

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange

973-731-5800, turtlebackzoo.com

Take a special winter trip to the zoo this year to see Turtle Back’s fantastic holiday display, including 50 animal and winter characters. Don't forget to bring donations of non-perishable foods, new toys and gently used coats.

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA
215-968-1670; shadybrookfarm.com

This epic drive-thru light show incorporates more than three million bulbs, including a tunnel transformed to look like stars in the night sky. If you're not up to drive, take a horse-drawn wagon ride along the same route (weather permitting). There’ll be hot cocoa and a bonfire afterward to warm you up and Santa will take time out of his toy-making schedule for photos.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show

Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Pl., Augusta
973-383-7644; skylandsstadium.com/christmas-light-show

Pile in the car with the fam and head to this gigantic one-mile-long drive through a wonderland, featuring more than two million lights. Think big displays set to festive music you hear as you drive. Plus, the layout is different every year so if you've seen them before you can expect something new, like an new ice-skating rink and walk-thru lightfest. There's also a Christmas village, where you can hop out of the car, take pics with Santa and grab a mug of hot cocoa. 

Night of Lights

Creamy Acres Farm
448 Lincoln Mill Rd., Mullica Hill
856-223-1669; nightoflightshayride.com

Hop on an old fashioned hayride and check out the huge, sparkling light displays. Snuggle under a blanket with your lil' ones, ride through the Nativity scene and sing along to your favorite Christmas songs.

St. Monica's Angel Lighting Extravaganza

679 W Veterans Highway
Jackson, NJ 08527
732-928-0279; facebook.com/events

Stop by to watch the lighting of the church’s two-story angel, sing along to Christmas carols and sip on hot chocolate.


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