December is underway! Treat the family to a winter wonderland, a menorah lighting or breakfast with Santa. Or try a nature craft project, pet adoption fair or art exhibit.


Santa’s Christmas Wonderland
Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City
Thursday – Sunday
Start the holiday season in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable Christmas journey. You’ll be singing and dancing in your seat as you watch the performers and high-kicking chorus line.

Christmas Concert: Miraculous
Christ Church, Montclair
Thursday – Friday
The annual Christmas concert is an expression of music, dance and creative arts that will entertain the whole family.

Christmas Drive Thru Experience
Agape Farm, Great Meadow
Friday – Saturday
You’ll see the Christmas Story brought to life through multiple scenes with live actors as you stay in the warmth of your car. Once finished, join everyone around the fire for hot cocoa, coffee and refreshments while listening to Christmas carolers.

MUNICIPALITY OF PRINCETON / Princeton University Chapel

An Evening of Readings and Carols
University Chapel, Princeton
Friday – Saturday
Two evenings of holiday music and readings feature performances by Chapel Choir, Symphonic Choir, Jubilee Singers and the Westminster Choir.

Evergreen Walk & Craft
Hunterdon County Arboretum, Lebanon
Friday – Saturday
Do you know the difference between pines, spruces and hemlocks? Can you find five different shades of green? What’s the difference between a conifer and an evergreen? Find out the answers to these questions while exploring your local park. Collect some greens during the walk so you can assemble a wreath (on Friday) or swag (on Saturday) to use in holiday decorating.

Holiday Shopping Event
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, Short Hills
Friday – Saturday
Support local businesses including Handcrafters Unique Personalized Gifts, Srockert Studio, Ivory & Notes, Saavi Lifestyle Company and Mary Kay Cosmetics.

ROSALIE O’CONNOR New York Theatre Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

“The Nutcracker”
Florence Gould Hall, New York
Friday – Sunday
New York Theatre Ballet presents a special one-hour performance that is geared toward kids ages 3 and older.

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge
Kelsey Theatre, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor
Friday – Sunday
Mr. Scrooge has reverted back to his old ways! The charges include breaking and entering, kidnapping, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. He represents himself while on trial. What will become of his Christmas spirit?


“The Nutcracker ROCKS”
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park
Friday – Sunday
Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater dancers and local dance school students will perform this beautiful holiday classic, with music composed by NJ favorites The Gaslight Anthem.

Celebrate the Holiday Season Weekend
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Saturday – Sunday
Visit the barnyard animals, choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath, start your holiday shopping, check out the selection of gift baskets, warm up by the bonfire with hot chocolate or roast some marshmallows, take photos in the Winter Wonderland display, visit with Santa (from 12 – 3 pm Saturday), taste some wine or hot mulled wine (if you are of age) and listen to live music.

“The Nutcracker”
Princeton High School Performing Arts Center, Princeton
Saturday – Sunday
Princeton Youth Ballet will perform this classic holiday tale.

“Babes in Toyland” The Musical
Temple Beth Ohr, Old Bridge
Saturday – Sunday
The villainous Barnaby has fallen in love with sweet Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. If he can’t buy her love, then he’ll force her to marry him by threatening to foreclose on her mother, the poor Widow Piper. Mary already has her heart set on marrying Barnaby’s nephew Alan — but not if Barnaby can help it! Presented by Main Street Theatre Company.

Holiday Train Show
A. Paul Mallery Model Railroading Center, Union
Saturday – Sunday
Parents and kids can tour the trains and layout up-close and get an insider’s peek at the expansion that’s currently under construction. See how track is being hand-laid, how mountains and scenery are created, and find out about the planning and engineering that goes into the club’s bi-level corkscrew loop.

ROSEBUD PHOTOGRAPHY / Long Branch Holiday Bazaar

Long Branch Holiday Bazaar
Whitechapel Projects, Long Branch
Saturday – Sunday
The event will feature music, food and libations, kids’ craft workshops, and a selfie station with the Grinch, Elf on a Shelf and Frosty the Snowman.

A Celebration of Old Trees Art Show
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Saturday – Sunday
Thirty-four paintings and photographs by noted local artists will tell the story of the century-old apple trees at the original Terhune farm. The exhibit brings to light the effects of climate change and focuses on how trees act as a buffer against climate change. The art will be up for viewing in Barn Door Cafe.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Weekend
Sharrott Winery, Hammonton
Saturday – Sunday
Show up at any time on either day and show off your ugliest Christmas sweater to earn an entry into the prize giveaways. Must be 21 or over to enter. Plus, enjoy live music, wine tasting, food specials and more.

Bayshore Holiday Bazaar
Shore Casino, Atlantic Highlands
Saturday – Sunday
Family owned and operated for over 70 years, Shore Casino offers water views across from the Yacht Harbor Marina and On the Deck Restaurant. If you stop by the bazaar, you’ll be able to shop from local vendors, makers, designers, collectors and shops, plus try some delicious food and libations, and have fun in the holiday photo stations

Flounder’s Kringle Market
Carriage Farm, Hillsborough
Saturday – Sunday
There will be 30+ craft vendors curated by Marketspace Vendor Events, pictures with Santa in the brewhouse, Flounder’s Brass Band playing Christmas music, alcohol sales benefiting Steps Together, a tree lot by Central Jersey Nurseries Christmas and special drinks at Flounder Brewing and Bellemara Distillery.

Pet Adoption Event
MarketFair, Princeton
Saturday – Sunday
Check out the cute and cuddly cats, kittens and dogs that are available for adoption this holiday season.


Children’s Holiday Tours
Crane House & Historic YWCA, Montclair
On this family tour, you will learn how children celebrated the holidays in days gone by while enjoying the holiday decorations artfully designed by the Garden Club of Montclair. Join Education Manager Susanne Costa and Museum Coordinator Natalie Fontana-Rivera as you go through the rooms on the first floor of the Crane House and Historic YWCA sharing stories about how Christmas has changed over the years.

A Rockapella Holiday: A Legendary Tradition
SOPAC, South Orange
You probably remember the all-vocal magic of Rockapella from the PBS geography game show “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” Clap along to catchy original pop songs and contemporary revisions of Motown and Soul classics.


Celtic Angels Christmas
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
This celebration of traditional and contemporary Irish and holiday music is performed by the five-part harmonies of the Celtic Angels, the step dancing of the Celtic Knight Dancers and music by Trinity Band Ensemble.

Dessert & Wine Pairing Plus Gingerbread House Decorating
Dream Vista Cafe, Jersey City
Enjoy a 3-course dessert and wine pairing menu led by Live Life Uncorked while decorating your own gingerbread house. Must be 21 to attend.

holiday wreath arrangement and wine tasting

Holiday Arrangement & Wine Tasting
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Join owners Pam Mount and Reuwai Mount Hanewald for an evening of wine tasting while you make a festive holiday arrangement.

Blood, Sweat & Tears
Carteret Performing Arts and Events Center, Carteret
Blood Sweat & Tears has had many configurations over its 50-plus years of touring. They only perform about 60 shows a year so it’s a rare treat to see them live. Their latest vocalist Keith Paluso hails from the 2018 season of “The Voice.”

Night With Spirit
Tre Pizza Pasta Beer Garden, Brick Twp.
Join CFC Loud N Clear Foundation for a night of connection, memory and healing with spiritual medium Catherine McCall. There will be food and basket raffles in addition to the readings.


Grand Christmas Bazaar
Bell Works, Holmdel
Take part in a tree decorating contest, handmade crafts, face painting, vintage finds, a DJ playing holiday hits, delicious treats, live performers, activities for kids and free giveaways. Don’t miss the live bubble show, it starts promptly at 12 pm.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast With Santa
North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, North Brunswick
Watch as Santa comes to the firehouse off the fire truck and then take pictures while you eat breakfast with your family.

Santa Run 5K
Duke Island Park, Bridgewater
Wear your favorite holiday outfit and walk, run or dance across the finish line to collect your hot cocoa and cookies.

Kucheza! African Dance & Music
North Brunswick Public Library, North Brunswick
Dance Yourself Happy! Join Audrey Davis-Dunning for The African Dance Experience as you learn core movements of West African dance.

South Jersey Tuba Christmas
Woodstown Presbyterian Church, Woodstown
Tuba Christmas was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell. Now, around the world, tuba players convene to play Christmas carols and other songs altogether.

Holiday Concert
Readington Reformed Church, Readington
Whitehouse Wind Symphony will present “Carols, Candles and Cheer!,” a holiday concert that includes the band’s arrangements of classic Christmas carols as well as a medley of favorite holiday songs. This is one of three concerts being performed this month.

The Polar Express Holiday Event
Brooks Art Center, Bound Brook
Join a young boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole aboard The Polar Express. This classic Christmas story, inspired by the 1985 storybook, will be shown on the big screen. Wear your comfiest pajamas! Get your Golden Ticket and enjoy the movie, cookies and a sleigh bell for every child, given out by Santa himself.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” Radio Play
Center Playhouse, Freehold
The Classic Radio Road Show Company will present this staged radio play based on the beloved film by Frank Capra. The performance will be enhanced by costumes, sound effects, music, and the voices of specially trained actors. The event will include an “It’s A Wonderful Life” trivia game following the performance.

Never Forget Tribute Classic
Prudential Center, Newark
The Villanova Wildcats, coming off their third NCAA Final Four appearance since 2016, take on former Big East rival the Boston College Eagles.


Family Holiday Arrangement Workshop
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
You and your little one can create a festive holiday arrangement with greens, flowers, berries and other decorative items.

Holiday Made in Monmouth
Collins Arena, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
Made in Monmouth is free for both shoppers and vendors as a way to encourage the Shop Local movement. This special holiday event will feature hundreds of vendors selling gifts before the holidays.

A Night of Inspiration
Carnegie Hall, New York
Hear acclaimed composer, music director and producer Ray Chew — along with co-producer Vivian Scott Chew — lead an uplifting evening of music, dance and spoken word from diverse traditions. You’ll be impressed by a 64-piece orchestra and a 150-voice multicultural choir, culminating in a special tribute to gospel great Richard Smallwood.

Lights & Carols for a Claus
Heather Drive, Manalapan
CentraState Healthcare Foundation’s board holds a family-favorite event each year with The Rock N Roll Chorus. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy Dunkin’ coffee and hot cocoa and listen to live musical performances. Kids will receive candy canes and gifts.

Top of the World: Carpenters Tribute
Carteret Performing Arts and Event Center, Carteret
Fronted by singer Debbie Taylor, her Karen Carpenter vocal resemblance is backed by a seven-piece band whose members are all multi-instrumentalists and at times use three keyboards to recreate the complex arrangements created by Richard Carpenter. You will be singing along as they perform hits like “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Please Mr. Postman” and “Yesterday Once More” to name a few.

Iacoviello Wonderland
Sandpiper Drive, Manalapan
Jingle, mingle & twinkle during this second annual holiday season winter wonderland. Experience the lights and music, plus bring your letters for Santa because he’ll be making a special visit!

Holiday Candlelight Evening
The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway
Step back in time for an enchanting candlelit night of holiday merriment at Rahway’s own 227-year-old tavern. The entire building will be aglow with candlelight. There will be a crackling fire in the kitchen hearth. The taproom will be open and beer, wine and warm old-fashioned Swedish glogg will be available for guests 21 and over. Or, treat yourself to Ann’s famous colonial hot punch in the historic kitchen. Music will be provided by Linda Russell, historical balladeer.

Kwanzaa Vendor Fair
Herbert Hoover Middle School, Edison
Join the NAACP Metuchen-Edison Local Branch (MEAB) for photos with The Black Panther, music by DJ Sequence, a performance by East Side Dance Project, and choreography directed by Freddie Moore.

Holiday House Tours
Montclair History Center, Montclair
The Crane House and Historic YWCA will be beautifully decorated for the holidays. See the beautiful period decorations by Garden Club of Montclair. Self-guided tours let you explore this 225-year-old home at your leisure.

Once Upon a Nutcracker: The Wishing Tree
Dolan Performance Hall at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown
A non-traditional “Nutcracker” celebrates the joy and kindness that surrounds the season, featuring over 50 area Dance Innovations students ages 5-18 in a variety of dance styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, tap and musical theater.

Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
You will find wandering carolers dressed in Victorian attire, holiday activities for all ages, live entertainment, a Holiday Marketplace, ice skating, ice carving, art exhibits curated for the season, and, of course, Victorian Santa!

Small Explorers: Music/Drums
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
After reading “When Max Found Two Sticks” by Brian Pinkney you’ll see the drums of the Lenape and dance to the beat. Make your own instruments and try out your music and dance skills.

Holiday Paper Crafts Workshop
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison
Join METC and the Book Arts Roundtable for this holiday paper craft workshop. You and your kids (first graders and older) will craft an accordion book with pockets and tags for the pockets, card and tag making, a gift box made from playing cards and a simple paper ornament.

Hometown Holiday
Spiotta Park, South Orange
Come by for free photos with Santa, holiday games, crafts, winter treats, hot chocolate, music, a dance performance by Concepts Dance Academy and a holiday education station provided by the South Orange Public Library. Santa will lead the way to the annual tree lighting ceremony where there will be a special performance by the Columbia High School Choir.

Downtown Caroling
Downtown Metuchen
Join the Rise Up Chorus as they sing carols for the season. Open to the public.

SantaCon NYC
Midtown Manhattan, NY
This is the most serious Santa celebration around! Thousands of Santas will roams the streets of NY as they bar hop around midtown.


Guitarfishes from Rocks of All Ages
Virtual, presented by the New Jersey State Museum
During this final lecture of the Jaw Dropping World of Sharks series, learn how a shark gets turned into a swimming pancake! See some exceptional fossils that demonstrate the changes that occurred to make a batoid (skates, rays, guitarfishes and others). Learn about their anatomy and what it means for how these amazing animals eat, hide, swim (and nearly fly!)

Santa Reads “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Cedar Beans Coffee Joint, Cedar Grove
The Big Guy himself will read this classic Christmas story to kids young and old.

Brunch With Santa
Carpaccio, American Dream
Dine with Santa and then give him your Christmas list!

Ugly Sweater Office Party : Murder Mystery Dinner
Party on Pearl, Metuchen
It’s a classic case of who dun it? with a holiday twist! Grab your friends for this mystery night complete with a buffet by LouCas.

Army vs. Navy Watch Party
Battleship New Jersey, Camden
Veteran Alumni of Rutgers University is inviting all veterans and patriots to watch the game, which will be shown on the Battleship’s fantail (tented heated rear deck). Snacks will be available for purchase and bar service will be available. For a $20 donation you can add on a a self-guided tour of the Battleship prior to kickoff.

Hungarian Christmas Market
Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation, New Brunswick
There will be beautiful handmade gifts, Hungarian food and outdoor activities. Plus, see the Christmas trees on display that represent various cultures and traditions from around the world.


Santa Hustle
Brighton Park, Atlantic City
Conjure up all your Christmas spirit for the first-ever Santa Hustle Atlantic City 5K (8:15 am), Half Marathon (8 am) and Kids Dash (7:30 am). You get a hoodie, Santa Hustle beanie and a Finisher Medal. Plus, there are other packages where you can get shirts, Mrs. Claus gear or a full Santa suit!

Nutcracker and Grinch Suites
Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum, Morristown
The Water Gap Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece big band that will make their Morris Museum debut with Duke Ellington’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker Suite and the new Grinch Suite written by WGJO Director Matt Vashlishan.

Snow Fest 2022
Historic Wicoff House Museum, Plainsboro
Kids activities include activity booklets, a new museum Scavenger Hunt, s’mores, snow cones under the falling snow (from a snow machine), wintery themed books read by a librarian and a museum light show. Santa, The Grinch and Olaf will visit, too! Drink hot chocolate and make crafts with members of the Plainsboro police and fire departments and the Plainsboro Rescue Squad.


A Very Darren Crissmas
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Award-winning actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss (from “Glee”) performs songs from his recent holiday album, “A Very Darren Crissmas,” with music ranging from big band Christmas classics to novelty tunes to modern-day folk-pop ballads.

Santa Fun Run
Proving Ground, Highlands
Costumes are mandatory for this family-friendly run. Santas, elves, reindeer, Grinches, ugly sweaters – wear your craziest holiday attire for the costume contest after the run. Come by early for Breakfast with Santa starting at 10 am or stay for the post-run celebration with food and drink specials.

Natural Winter Wreaths
New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation, Ringwood
You’ll learn methods for creating a wreath after collecting your own materials. The group will take an easy walk to explore local winter plants and gather materials, then return to the pavilion (with patio heaters) to create masterpieces while sipping hot chocolate.

SIMON PROPERTY GROUP / Pet photos with Santa at the Menlo Park Mall

Pet Photos With Santa
Menlo Park Mall, Edison
Bring lots of treats for this pet-friendly Santa experience that all of your favorite furry friends can enjoy!

Brunch With Santa & Mrs. Claus
Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center, Carteret
Sing along with the Carteret High School Varsity Choir during this light brunch and photo op session with Santa and the Mrs.!

Kidz Cook
Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island, NY
ShopRite Kidz Cook is a caregiver and me program that introduces children to a diversity of healthy foods, explains cooking concepts and helps build dexterity with cooking utensils. Young cooks will practice using kitchen utensils, measuring, chopping and mixing during this session, where they will make chocolate-covered snowflake pretzels.


Tuba Christmas
Rockefeller Center, New York
Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players, ages 8 – 80, will dress up themselves and their instruments to play holiday classics under the infamous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Holiday Flea Market & Gift Fair
Wayne PAL Building, Wayne
There will be more than 75 tables set up with gifts to shop for the holidays.

Pet Photos With Santa
MarketFair, Princeton
Bring your furry or not-so-furry (domesticated) animal pet to take photos with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick.

Chocolate Paint ‘n’ Sip
3B Distillery, Keyport
2 Chicks With Chocolate will host a chocolate and cocktail pairing for adults.

Holiday Bazaar
The Spring Club, Tenafly
The Holiday Bazaar features creative and one-of-a-kind handmade gifts from vendors Oras Herbal, Sunset Scribe, Transcendent Active, ST Hat Design, Clay Gurl, Color Street Nails, Love is Essentials, Sweet Lavender Boutique, Lana Platin Creative, Honors in Art, Silk-Ki Beauty, and more.


Candy Canes & Cocktails
Liberty Hall Museum, Union
Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16
Enjoy cocktails as you decorate a gingerbread house. Wear your best “Ugly Sweater” and win a prize. Holiday music will be playing while you enjoy wine, beer, a signature cocktail and light refreshments.

Holiday Markets
New Egypt Flea Market, New Egypt
Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16
Sip and Shop with Cream Ridge Winery. Try all of their year-round and seasonal fruit wine varieties.

The Embankment On My Mind
NJCU Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, Jersey City
Weekdays, through Dec. 16
The original art is inspired by a grassroots preservation initiative for transforming Jersey City’s treatment of open space and an emerging trail system. Sixteen botanical artists depicting local flora join 28 artists with wide-ranging responses to the site, a massive stone rail embankment in the downtown.

Candlelight Shopping
Downtown Haddonfield
Fridays, through Dec. 16
Shops will be open late on Fridays so you can bring the family to listen to carolers and other live music, sit for story time with Mrs. Claus, jump on a horse-drawn carriage ride, and shop ’til you drop!

Sea of Lights
Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant Beach
Fridays – Saturdays, Dec. 9 – 16 (plus Dec. 27 and 28)
Visit the sea creatures at the aquarium but stay for a dazzling holiday lights spectacular at night. On select dates you can meet Santa, or even watch him dive into a tank! There will be treats, games, crafts and holiday entertainment.

JEREMY MOSS/Dickens Village in Maplewood

Dickens Village
Ricalton Square, Maplewood
Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17
Dickens Village brings to life various scenes from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in miniature houses arranged in Ricalton Square. Peek inside and you will see fireplaces, stockings and antique toys. Each little house reveals something unique and different. The festivities include horse and wagon rides, a petting farm, tree lighting and menorah lighting.

Christmas Lantern Tours
The Historic Village at Allaire, Farmingdale
Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17
Take a guided walking tour of the Historic Allaire Village by lantern light. Within each historic building, patrons will find what it was like during Christmas in the 19th century, featuring hearth cooking, singing, blacksmithing, historic demonstrations, treats in the bakery and gift shopping available in the General Store. Open to adults only.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” : A Live Radio Play
Wharton Arts Black Box Theater, Berkley Heights
Select dates, Dec. 9 – 18
This holiday classic comes to life as a surprising, exciting 1940s radio broadcast presented by Wharton Community Players. A fun, quirky ensemble of minor celebrities brings a few dozen characters to the stage to tell the tale of idealistic George Bailey, as he considers the ultimate sacrifice one fateful Christmas Eve.

Victorian Christmas
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood
Fridays – Sundays, through Dec. 18
View the Ringwood Manor decorated for the holidays! It will be an open house format with self-guided brochures and informational signage.

Christmas Festival
Morristown Green, Morristown
Fridays – Sundays, through Dec. 18
Visits and photos with Santa, holiday crafts, ice sculpture demonstrations, a vintage-style rocking horse and rides on a miniature train will delight families on weekends in December.

The Land of Forgotten Toys
Fridays – Sundays, through Dec. 18
Follow the tale of Grace, a young woman with big dreams and a passion for astronomy, who is stuck at a dead-end job at a toy store three days before Christmas. Christmas is in trouble—and it’s up to Grace and her crew of forgotten and broken toys to save it Christmas!

Brunch with Santa
Alstede Farms, Chester
Saturdays – Sundays, through Dec. 18
The atmosphere inside Harvest Hall will be festive, with featured guest Santa and his helpers coming around the room for pictures while your family enjoys a casual family-style buffet meal.

Winter Wonderland & Marketplace
Papaianni Park, Edison
Saturdays – Sundays, through Dec. 18
As part of a huge winter event, meet Santa at various times on the weekends. Also, enjoy a tree lighting, menorah lighting, ice skating, gingerbread house contest, sweater costume and pet costume contest on certain days.

HDSID Holiday Market
Newark Avenue, Jersey City
Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 18
There will be more than 50 unique artists and makers, lots of food and hot cocoa around town, live music, iceless ice skating at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall (Dec. 10 and 11) and a human-sized snowglobe.

Open House Train Shows
New York Society of Model Engineers, Carlstadt
Saturdays – Sundays, through Dec. 18
The show features two massive model railroad layouts covering more than 5,000 square feet. Many of the models are one-of-a-kind and were handmade by society members. Adults will appreciate the “O” and “HO” scales, and kids will love seeing Thomas the Tank Engine. Also on display is the society’s collection of historic railroad memorabilia.


Christmas at Allaire
The Historic Village at Allaire, Farmingdale
Sundays, through Dec. 18
Santa, crafts and the holiday atmosphere greet patrons throughout the day along with the Villagers as they prepare for the holidays in the 1800s! Come by for a magical day with various entertainment for families.

Santa’s Arrival
iPlay America, Freehold Twp.
Sundays, through Dec. 18
Santa returns to iPlay for fun and games and meet-and-greets.

Weihnachstmarkt European Holiday Market
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Asbury Park
Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 18
Bundle up and head to the rooftop for this special European holiday market, which will include artisanal gifts, handcrafted toys, hot holiday drinks, Christmas carolers and pictures with Santa.

ROSEBUD PHOTOGRAPHY / Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar

Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar
Convention Hall and the Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park
Weekends, through Dec. 18
There are two parts to this festive holiday market. Every Sunday stop by the Asbury Hotel. The Grand Arcade of Convention Hall will be filled with holiday spirit on Black Friday (Nov. 25) plus every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 26 – Dec. 18.

AWA Pawliday Market
Animal Welfare Association, Voorhees
Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 18
Every Saturday and Sunday, shop from different vendors that cater to the special pet in your life.

Family Fun Sundays
Casino Pier, Seaside Heights
Sundays, through Dec. 18
While the adults cheer on their favorite football team, the kids can get their face painted and meet their favorite costumed characters. The planned schedule is Red & Blue Patrol Pups on Nov. 13, JJ & Melonhead on Nov. 20, Ice Sisters on Nov. 27, Isabella and Mirabel on Dec. 4, Australian Pups on Dec. 11, and Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 18.

Christmas Magic Show
Morley’s Magic Theater, Butler
Fridays – Sundays, through Dec. 18
When the elves take an early vacation, it is up to the toys to save Christmas! The Morley Family creates theatrical themed magic shows with illusions, live music, comedy, lights, costumes and lots of audience helpers.

Meet Santa
iPlay America, Freehold Twp.
Sundays, through Dec. 18
Tell Santa your wish list, then run toward the arcade or boardwalk-style rides for a full day of fun.

Holiday Farmers Market
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Sundays, through Dec. 18
Select produce, milk, meat, cheese, eggs, flowers and more from local farmers and business people.

Holiday Drive-In Movies
Dalton Farms, Swedesboro
Select dates, through Dec. 23
Check out the schedule of weekly Christmas movies you can watch from the comfort of your car, like “Elf,” “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Home Alone.”


North Pole Express
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Fridays – Sunday, through Dec. 23
Gather at Laurita Central and take a train ride down Candy Cane Lane. Your destination is a magical North Pole portal that will transport you to Santa’s Reindeer Barn. Have a special visit with Santa and receive a magical gift that will help guide Rudolph to your house. Upon return, you can visit the winery’s Christmas Cookie Bar, enjoy sights and sounds of the holiday season, and enjoy plenty of Christmas cheer.

World’s Largest Dreidel / Christmas Light Spectacular
Allaire Community Farm, Wall Twp.
Select dates, through Dec. 23
Take in the twinkling lights surrounding the farm as seen from a tractor-pulled holiday wagon, making sure you keep your eyes peeled for a 30-foot-tall dreidel. Christmas plants, baked goods, hot chocolate, hot cider and more will be available for purchase inside the market.

Holidays at Johnson’s Corner Farm
Johnson’s Corner Farm, Medford
Through Dec. 23
Have your camera ready for pictures with Santa; hop on the Christmas “Light Show” Hayride; visit the Fire and Lights in the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm for the “Light Show on the Lake” featuring thousands of twinkling lights and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows; indulge in hot chocolate, hot cider, hot cider, hot dogs and chili at the Christmas Café; decorate gingerbread men and cookies; and make your own s’mores or roast marshmallows.

Forever Forest
Forever Forest, Egg Harbor City
Select dates, through Dec. 23
Get ready for the Magic of Christmas Barn with magician Nate Unsworth, a selfie station barn, visits and photos with Santa Claus, a Magical Tree Trail Trolley Ride, Head Elf Mancini’s Santa Workshop with arts and crafts and toy testing, Grinch & Whoville Walking Trail, outdoor Christmas-themed activities and the Christmas Tree Walking Trail of Wonder.

“A Christmas Carol”
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
Every day, through Dec. 24
A McCarter tradition returns! Come to the theater to see the classic Christmas tale in person.

Christmas Underwater
Adventure Aquarium, Camden
Every day, through Dec. 24
Visit Scuba Santa, who’s diving daily in Ocean Realm; check out the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree; walk through the new and improved Snowtunda, covering the heart of the aquarium in snow-like flurries; sit down for the “Merry Fishmas, Boris” puppet show, and write letters to Santa.

Artist Winter Chalets
Hinds Plaza, Princeton
Every day, through Dec. 24
The Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist Chalet Winter Village is a central place where artists and makers sell their unique, handmade gifts for everyone on your list. On Dec. 1, 8 and 22 from 5 – 6 pm there will be live entertainment.

Christmas Village 
LOVE Park and City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Every day, through Dec. 24
The city will transform into an authentic German Christmas market. Expect more than 110 local and international vendors selling unique ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Come hungry and enjoy European foods, sweets and drinks. Take a ride on the historic carousel or Ferris Wheel or Christmas Kids Train and watch the Schuhplattler dancer perform. Don’t miss the festive Käthe Wohlfahrt tent which features popular Christmas gifts from Germany.

Santa Photo Experience
Menlo Park Mall, Edison
Every day, through Dec. 24
Sign up for photos with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole. Other events during the month include Caring Santa photos for kids with special needs (Dec. 4), pet photos on Dec. 11 and story time every Tuesday.


Santa at the Commons
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
Every day, through Dec. 24
Visits with Santa Claus filled with holiday magic await everyone in the family!

The Village at Anne Ellen
Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm, Manalapan
Wednesdays – Sundays, through Dec. 30
Your night begins with a hayride through the Christmas tree fields. You will be dropped off at the start of a series of immersive walking trails. Inside the village you will find many unique displays, from mesmerizing lights to incredible photo-ops. You will also find an array of interactive exhibits such as the post office where you can write and send your letters to Santa, plus a massive interactive wall of lights. Don’t forget to check out the life-sized gingerbread house and igloo. Next weekend, a special Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas event takes place on the farm!

DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express
Select dates, through Dec. 30
Kids of any age can experience a train ride through millions of Christmas lights. Walk through a holiday village, meet Santa and his elves in his workshop, chat with Mrs. Claus, listen to stories, take lots of photos, receive a present from Santa, stop by to see everyone’s favorite snowman, snack on cookies and visit the toy market.

Magic of Lights Holiday Lights Drive Through
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel
Every night, through Dec. 30
There will be a “tremendous amount” of lights and displays sparkling throughout the arena grounds.

Christmas Fantasy with Lights
Storybook Land, Egg Harbor Twp.
Select dates, through Dec. 30
Storybook Land will be covered by 1 million lights! Plus, you’ll get to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on select nights.

Holiday Model Train Show
Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge
Every day, through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 25 and 26)
The show will be designed and set up by Mike Gelesky, now in its 32nd year.

Skylands Stadium Light Show & Christmas Village
Skylands Stadium, Augusta
Select dates, through Dec. 30
Sussex County’s favorite stadium will once again host this dazzling winter wonderland, showcasing a mile-long drive-thru course glittering with displays and an enchanting Christmas Village full of fun-filled activities, delicious treats, memory-making photo ops and much more.

Winter Wonderland
Downtown New Brunswick
Every day, through Dec. 31
There is a whole month filled with activities, such as a tree lighting, caroling, horse-drawn carriages, ice sculpture demos, donation drives and shopping specials. Check out the holiday shows at the State Theatre New Jersey, too.


Holiday Lights Spectacular
Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange
Select dates, through Dec. 31
This special event throughout the zoo includes an evening stroll outdoors through light displays and photo ops with friends and family, featuring some fun seasonal activities such as a s’mores station, Grinch weekend and photos with Santa.

South Jersey Holiday Light Show
Bridgeton Speedway, Swedesboro
Select dates, through Dec. 31
Bundle up in your car, pack your favorite snack or beverage and tune your radio to enjoy a synced light performance as you travel more than 1 mile to see larger-than-life displays.

Whippany’s Polar Express
Select dates, through Dec. 31
Relive the classic story “The Polar Express” on a one-hour trip to the North Pole. Conductors in costumes will punch your golden tickets, and hosts will serve cookies and hot cocoa while you hear the classic tale. Santa boards the train during the ride and gives each guest a silver sleigh bell to commemorate their ride.

Gold in Motion
Hall des Lumières, New York
Every day, through Dec. 31
This digital art center showcases entirely new, custom-curated experiences based on the work of different world-renowned artists, starting with the debut exhibition, Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion.

Weekend Wine Tasting
Weekends, through Dec. 31
Tomasello Winery, multiple locations
Plan a relaxing evening sipping wine at any of their five locations in the South Jersey region. Choose from a wide variety of award-winning wines and bubblies, accompanied by assorted cheese boards and truffles. Wine Tastings are available every day, but reservations are strongly recommended for a weekend wine tasting.

Deck the Hall – Festival of Trees
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Every day, through Dec. 31
Walk through the lobby to see beautifully decorated trees that have been sponsored by residents, businesses and local organizations.


Holiday in the Park
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
Select dates, through Jan. 1, 2023
You and the family will love viewing millions of dazzling lights throughout this magical wonderland as the theme park is transformed for the holidays. There will be festive treats, a full lineup of holiday entertainment, visits with Santa and lots of photo ops.

Winter WonderLights Holiday Light Show Drive-Thru
Middlesex County 4-H Fairgrounds, East Brunswick
Every day, through Jan. 1, 2023
Celebrate the wonderful winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali and Kwanzaa with a 1/2-mile holiday lights drive through. There will be more than 1.5 million lights animated to some of your favorite holiday tunes.

Shimmering Solstice
Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island, NY
Select dates, through Jan. 1, 2023
The walk-thru lights show offers guests the chance to see a series of magical light displays as they walk an approximately one-mile path through the Walled Garden, the Rose Garden, South Lawn and Allée.

Holiday Adventure
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Select dates, through Jan. 1, 2023
Oh what fun awaits your family at LSC! Find your way through the outdoor Snowflake Maze, take a spin on the Sock Skating Rink, rock out at the Holiday Dance Party, get tickets to Laser Wonderland, hop aboard the Holiday Train (starting Dec. 15) or visit any of the other great exhibits on hand.

A Very Furry Christmas Celebration
Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
Select dates, through Jan. 1, 2023
Sesame Place will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Take your photo with Santa, stop by the huge Christmas tree, play in the Christmas Family Fun Zone and join in on the holiday party.

The Big Apple Circus: Dream Big
Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Every day, through Jan. 1, 2023
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Big Apple Circus’s first performance under the big top in 1977. This year’s show features five new acts as well as returning fan favorites Ringmaster Alan Silva, comedic daredevil Johnny Rockett and highwire legend Nik Wallenda and family. There are also several new acts joining this year, including 12-year-old dog trainer Veranica from Florida, The Kiriku Brothers from Ethiopia, TanBA the Japanese clown and many more. If you get a VIP package, you can meet the multi-talented performers and learn some circus tricks of their own.

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience
Pier 36, New York, NY
Through Jan. 1, 2023
Travel back 3,300 years to learn the story of King Tut and walk through nine different galleries that discuss his rule as a child pharaoh, his family, the discovery of his tomb, the mysteries surrounding his early death and his journey to the afterlife. This celebrates the 100th anniversary of King Tut’s tomb discovery, which was on Nov. 4, 1922.

Kids Ride Free on NY Waterway
Ports in NJ and NY
Through Jan. 1, 2023
Kids 12 and under will ride free on NY Waterway cruises this holiday season, so head to NY for shopping, entertainment and great holiday shows.

Bergen County Winter Wonderland
Van Saun Park, Paramus
Select dates, through Jan. 2, 2023
Bergen County’s premier winter event features ice skating, a heated hospitality tent, pictures with Santa, carnival style games, ice carving and an array of Christmas trees. Your Winter Wonderland ticket also gains you access to Van Saun’s zoo, carousel and train.

Christmas House
Paramus Park Mall, Paramus; and Menlo Park Mall, Edison
Every day, through Jan. 7, 2023
This unique 10-room, walk-through holiday attraction was designed by Hollywood pros. Walk through the North Pole where it’s actually snowing. Stroll down the aisles of a Christmas-themed Blockbuster Video store. Take a selfie with a dancing Santa or lie down on a couch in the Christmas living room. There’s also an indoor Christmas light show and a Christmas gift shop.

Festival of Trees
Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation, New Brunswick
Through Jan. 7, 2023
The trees on display will represent several countries and cultures and traditions from around the world.

Festival of Trees
Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton
Wednesdays – Sundays, through Jan. 8, 2023
Walk through three floors of the museum to see beautifully decorated Christmas trees and mantles – and then vote on your favorite one!


NYC Winter Lantern Festival
Staten Island, Queens, Long Island, NYC
Various select dates, through mid-January
Each location has a different variation of the festival but features more than 10,000 LED lanterns created by more than 100 artists, along with live performances and on-site food vendors. Some of the LED lights can reach up to 30 feet high across a total of 60 acres!

Let It Glow: A Holiday Lantern Spectacular
Bergen County Zoo, Paramus
Select dates, through Jan. 15, 2023
More than 30 lanterns will be handcrafted in the shapes of your favorite zoo animals. While you’re there, take the train ride, too, which is also covered in beautifully lit lanterns.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Exhibit
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Through Jan. 16, 2023
Known as the “heroes in a half-shell,” Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello will share life lessons and team-building skills with their crime-fighting tactics in “Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer.” You’ll be transported to the underground home of the Turtles where you’ll get to see what happens in their secret hideaway. There will be lots of STEM-type activities to challenge your kids.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Yorktown, Westchester, NY
Through Jan. 22, 2023
Fans can walk along a lit trail as they take in sights and sounds inspired by the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series. It’ll feel like you’re walking through a movie set. Make sure you try the steak and ale pie and sausage rolls, Aragog’s Lair Cupcake and Deathly Hallows Sugar Cookies for dessert and wash it all down with Butterbeer.


Newark Winter Village
Mulberry Commons Park, Newark
Wednesdays – Sundays, through Jan. 31, 2023
This much-loved holiday tradition transforms downtown Newark into a winter wonderland. Come to the park for ice skating, Go-Karts, games and activities, an open-air holiday marketplace featuring local vendors, and cozy heated private igloos to enjoy hot cocoa and treats. There will be many “Instagram-worthy” photo-ops available throughout the village.

Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Select dates, through Feb. 4, 2023
To celebrate PAW Patrol kids can join their favorite animated K9 rescue team in different themed sections that include interactive games, activities and crafts based on the show.

Stand Up! 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change
Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick
Through Feb. 12, 2023
Celebrate the debut picture book of “Stand Up!” by Brittney Cooper, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University, with illustrations by Cathy Ann Johnson. The exhibition features illustrations of all the images in the book, as well as preparatory materials, by Johnson, on public view for the first time. “Stand Up!” is on view in the Zimmerli’s Duvoisin Gallery, dedicated to showcasing original artwork for children’s books.

Skating on the Square
Hulfish Street, Princeton
Thursdays – Sundays, through Feb. 26, 2023
Bring your own skates or rent them so you can spend time skating on the synthetic ice skating rink in the middle of Palmer Square.

Trail Riding Program
Mercer Meadows Equestrian Center, Pennington
Saturdays, through mid-May 2023
Kids (and adults) 12 and up can go on a leisurely 45-minute horseback trail ride around the Mercer Stables property. No riding experience is necessary.

Night Forms: Infinite Wave
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Twp.
Select dates, through April 2, 2023
This after-hours, multi-sensory light and sound experience uses projection mapping that enhances the art and sculpture park, creating a dynamic show to stimulate the senses.

If you are looking to plan a weekend away, either now or during Winter Break, there are lots of magical places in the NJ area to take the family away for a few days!