The Best of the Holidays in South Jersey

1. December Weekend Events in Historic Smithville

When it comes to celebrating Christmas, no town does it quite like Historic Smithville. Throughout December, this old-fashioned town in Atlantic County is filled with tons of fun events, like Breakfast with Santa (December 20), Story Time with Mrs. Claus (every Saturday–Sunday through December 20) and the amazing annual Holiday Light Show (every Thursday–Sunday through December 27), where you can watch over 100 Christmas trees float on Lake Meone lighting up in sync with holiday music (pictured above).

2. Christmas Celebration at Adventure Aquarium

You may have taken the kids to Adventure Aquarium before, but trust us—you’ve never seen it like this before! During December, the aquarium transforms into an underwater winter wonderland, complete with holiday lights, Christmas trees and snow. Stop by every day for appearances by Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and, everyone’s favorite diver, Scuba Santa, plus the 8,500 animals that call the aquarium home.

3. Santa’s Trolley Ride in Cape May

Every Saturday through December 20, take the trip down to the Physick Estate in Cape May to get in the Christmas spirit with the jolliest couple around—Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Take a trolley ride through town with Mrs. Claus as your guide, storyteller and sing-along leader. When the ride comes to an end at the Carriage House, hop off for a meet-and-greet (and a sweet!) with Santa.

4. Sea of Lights Holiday Festival at Jenkinson’s Aquarium

If you’re closer to the shore than to Camden, this Point Pleasant spot offers its own under-the-sea Christmas spectacle. The Sea of Lights Holiday Festival at Jenkinson’s Aquarium runs from December 26–28, and they go all out decorating for the holidays—hundreds of lights, Santa appearances, you name it! But the real fun is just outside on Jenkinson’s Pavilion, so bundle up to the max and step onto the boardwalk for face painting, arts and crafts, games and more.

5. First Night 2015 Overnight Encampment

Have a unique New Year’s Eve experience aboard America's most decorated battleship! Eat dinner and breakfast in the galley, tour the ship, ride the 4D Flight Simulator and catch the best view of the Delaware River's New Year's fireworks show when the clock strikes midnight.

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