Brain Boosting Events to Celebrate The Holidays in New Jersey

It’s that time of year again! The turkeys are in the oven, the stores are lined with toys and holiday decorations are everywhere you turn!

Before Halloween was wrapped up, Christmas decorations already permeated and overtook spaces in the stores. Some people feel that as soon as the door closes on the last trick-or-treater, we breeze through Thanksgiving to land in the overwhelming madness of preparing, shopping, decorating and enjoying Christmas or Chanukah or Kwanzaa.

I know we are all tempted to see Santa’s first arrival and explore the holiday lights in action, but I am here to say that there is so much more to the holidays than just the traditional activities! After reviewing events all across NJ, we have compiled a list of some of the best brain boosting events your family can enjoy during the holidays. Please check back to this list often as we will be updating it frequently!

Brain Boosting Events to Celebrate The Holidays

Santa Arrives: November 25 1pm – 4pm at Camden Children’s Garden.

Horse Drawn Hayrides/Wreath & Sleighbell  Sale: November 25 at Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville.

A Christmas Carol: December 1 5pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale.

Snow Globe Cookies – December 1 4pm-8pm at Chef It Up in Mount Olive.

Christkindlmarkt: December 1-3 at Tuckerton Seaport.

Holiday Open House: December 2 11am – 4pm at Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains.

Teddy Bear Tea Party: December 2 at Morris Musuem in Morristown.


Gingerbread Wonderland: December 2-10 10am – 4:30pm at Frelinghuysen Aboretum in Morristown.

A Civil War Christmas: December 2-3 at Historic Speedwell in Morristown.

Christmas on the Farm: December 2 at Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville.

Santa at Van Vleck: To be announced at Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair.

Holiday Open House: December 2-3 at Lusscroft Farm in Wantage.

Christmas Lantern Tour: December 2 5pm – 8pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale.

Holidays in the Log House – Candlelight Tours: December 8-9 5:30pm at Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains.

Breakfast with Santa: December 9 9am-11am at Battleship New Jersey in Camden.

Breakfast with Santa: December 9 10am – 2pm at Camden Children’s Garden.

Santa’s Family Workshop at the Zoo: December 9 at 11am-2pm at Cape May County Zoo in Cape May.

Crafting and Campfire: December 9 4:30pm – 6:30pm at Tenafly Nature Center.

Breakfast with Santa: December 9-10 at Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill.

Strolling Santa: December 10 in Historic Downtown Chester.

Christmas at Allaire Village: To be announced at Allaire Village in Farmingdale.

Holiday with the Animals: December 10 at Bergen County Zoological Park in Paramus.

Christmas Bird Count: December 16 7am – 12:30pm at Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

Breakfast with Santa: December 1610am – 2pm at Camden Children’s Garden.

Sculpted Ice Works: December 16 11am-3pm in Historic Downtown Chester.

Strolling Santa: December 17 in Historic Downtown Chester.

Santa’s Jingle Bounce: To be announced at Bounce U in Paramus.

Ongoing Holiday Events

Santa's Make Shop

Santa's Wonderland Inspires Children at Bass Pro Shop

Delight in the Light: Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights


Christmas Ice Caverns

Mall Santas in NJ

Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration

Holiday Decorations: Begins Mid-November; Thursday – Sunday, tours leave from 12:15pm to 3:15pm at Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains.


Festival of Trees: November 22 – January 7 Wednesday- Sunday 10am-4pm at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton.

Manhatten Holiday Carolers: November 25, December 2, 9 and 16 12:30pm – 4:30pm in Historic Downtown Chester.

Festival of Trees: November 24 – December 10 at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton.

Country Christmas on the Farm: Every weekend November 25 – December 24 11am – 4pm at Alstede Farms in Chester.

Holiday Train Rides

Holiday Trains in NJ






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