There’s a magical winter wonderland tucked away in the woods of Manalapan and it’s total holiday spirit #goals and a must for every Hallmark movie fan!
Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm is known for its 50 acres of 50,000 Christmas trees its owners have been growing for 80 years, as well as its beautiful market and gift shop, but for the past three years it has gained huge popularity for The Village, a concept created by the owner’s 23-year-old son.
It has become a must-see Christmas attraction in New Jersey for the third straight year and with good reason. The holiday lights alone make it well worth the visit! After taking a quick hayride through the farm, you’ll see 400,000 lights shining amidst the trees.
Once you climb off the wagon, you’ll walk through a path of holiday displays, homes and attractions. You’ll walk on gravel and grass so wear comfortable shoes and bundle up. Take a leisurely stroll at your own pace for about an hour and you’ll see gigantic glowing snowmen, Santa on the lake, a manger, a hot air balloon, elves and nutcrackers, and lots of glowing snowflakes.
Favorite returning activities include stopping by the post office to send Santa a letter and dropping coins into a wishing well – and of course, taking a photo with Mr. Claus himself.
New this year: You and your crew can take a piece of coal from the coal mine and shoot air-soft pellets at lit-up targets. You’ll also get a sweet and personal explanation of how maple sugar is made.
There are also displays of a train set and dolls making gingerbread cookies. You can use an iPad to write a message in lights, play a video game and pop your head into life-sized cutouts.
If all that walking makes you hungry, order a funnel cake or fried Oreos and wash it down with specialty hot chocolate flavors like candy cane or s’mores.
The paths are accessible to strollers (you’ll have to fold them up on the hayride) and there are plenty of places to sit down. It’s very well-lit, and you can buy glow sticks at the gift shop, too.
Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm is located at 114 Daum Rd., Manalapan.
The Village at Anne Ellen is open Wednesdays through Sundays, now through December 30, from 5-10 pm. The shops remain open during the duration of The Village.
Tickets range from $12 for kids aged 3-12, to $22 for adults. You must purchase a timed ticket in advance, online only. You will not be allowed to enter before your given time, but the line can take 15-30 minutes to go through so get on line early. Parking is free, but limited, so if you’re coming with a group it’s best to carpool.
Cash only is accepted inside The Village at the snack shops.
You can take a photo with Santa or book a private photo shoot for an additional cost.
The Tree Farm is open from 9 am to 8 pm every day through January 1. The cut-your-own fields close at 4 pm. You do not need a reservation to visit the farm or shops. Email email@example.com or call 732-786-9277 for more information.
Check out our Instagram page to see the gorgeous lights display!
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