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There are so many charming towns to visit during the holiday season in New Jersey. According to Reader’s Digest, the best place to visit during the extended holiday season is Lambertville.

New Hope, Pennsylvania, on the opposite side of the Delaware River, gets a lot of attention. It’s definitely Insta-worthy to go to the state line on the bridge between both towns and snap a picture of yourself with one foot in NJ and one foot in PA. But its “sister city” Lambertville has lots to offer, too. There are tons of shops, antique dealers, restaurants, art galleries, historic buildings and quaint B&Bs.

The towpath, which extends 60 miles, has gorgeous scenery for a walk or bike ride. You can roll a stroller along, too, and look for birds, turtles or other wildlife along the way.

Cavallo Park is home to the largest playground space in town and has a pavilion and outdoor fireplace.

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When it’s time to eat, Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn has beautiful views of the Delaware River; imagine sitting along the riverfront as the snow starts to fall. It’s also great for an overnight or weekend stay. Liv and Charlie’s …Real Food is a delicious spot for breakfast or lunch. For dessert, head to Owowcow Creamery which has unique flavors like cashew caramel, sweet honey cream, blueberry lemon, almond coconut chocolate chip, and honey lavender.

A Very Lambertville Holiday Celebration is set for December 20 at the Music Mountain Theatre. To close out 2023, Roxey Ballet and the Lambertville Historical Society put together a performance of holiday songs and dances by Roxey Ballet Company dancers and Mill Ballet School trainees.

If you can’t make it before Christmas, plan a day trip in January for the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival. There there will be music, inn and house tours, a chili cookoff and other winter weather events.

It’s also a great idea to head to nearby Peddler’s Village, which has a lot to offer as well. Coming up are everything from Christmas events to a gingerbread competition to the Giggleberry Fair.

There are more than 60 boutiques and specialty shops where you can find anything you need year-round, from clothes to accessories to home goods to fine art to handcrafted items to gifts and collectibles. More than 95% of the shops at Peddler’s Village are locally owned and/or small businesses.

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