Updated for 2018!
When you think Christmas, the first thing that pops in your head is definitely NOT summer! Christmas in July, however, has been growing in popularity in NJ (and beyond) allowing for holiday fun to be enjoyed in the warm weather too! Each summer I see more and more events and experiences that celebrate Christmas in July. From taking pictures with Santa to making holiday crafts to eating Christmas treats, there are a variety of ways to bring the holiday spirit to summer break. To help plan out our holiday fun, I put together a list of Christmas in July events in NJ that the entire family will LOVE!
Christmas in July Events in NJ
Christmas in July at Van Bunschooten Museum – July 13-15: For over 18 years, this hidden gem of a museum has been celebrating Christmas in July with fun and educational activities. Complimentary tours will be available!
Christmas in July Week at Sea Pirate Campground – July 16-22: Head down to West Creek, NJ for a swashbuckling good time at Sea Pirate Campground. Holiday activities include ornament making, caroling, holiday crafts, site decorating contest and more!
Christmas in July at Storybook Land – July 21 12pm-4pm: Spend the day with Santa and Mrs. Clause at Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township.
Flotilla of Lights – July 21 8:30pm-9:30pm: Celebrate Christmas in July by decorating your boat than participating in a boat parade at Nolan’s Point on Lake Hopatcong. Winners for Best Decorations will be awarded!
Christmas in July with Santa Claus in Wildwood – July 21: Beginning at 1pm, families can head to the beach in North Wildwood at the 2nd Avenue inlet area through 26th Avenue for holiday fun including rides with Santa, holiday music and delicious candy canes.
Christmas in July at Waterloo Village – July 21 11am-5pm: Families can go back in time as they stroll through Waterloo Village. Guests will enjoy a Civil War Encampment, Food Trucks, photos with Santa and more! It is only $5 for parking.
Mini Golf with Mr. and Mrs. Claus – July 22 4pm-8pm: Play a round of mini golf the the big man himself at Lake Hopatcong Golf Club! Kids can also make a holiday themed craft. Children 12 and under are FREE!
Holly Shores Christmas in July Celebration: July 23-29: Pack up the tent and camping gear and enjoy a weekend full of Christmas in July activities at Holly Shores camping resort between Cape May and Wildwood. Activities include a cookie exchange, cookie decorating, caroling, pictures with Santa and more!
Christmas in July at Cape May Lighthouse – July 25 10am-2pm: Enjoy music, food and family friendly events at Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park
Christmas in July at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk – July 25-26: Families will enjoy strolling entertainment, photos with Santa, crafts and more!
Cocktails and Carols – July 27 7pm-9pm: Enjoy a relaxing boat ride around the lake on Miss. Lotta while listening to the amazing Bell Choir.
Yogi’s Best Christmas Ever Weekend – July 27-29: Head to Elmer, NJ this July for a weekend filled with camping and holiday spirit! Enjoy fun holiday themed activities for the entire family!
Christmas in July Weekend at Triple Brook Camping Resort– July 27-29: Celebrate the holidays all weekend while camping at this Blairstown camping resort.
5th Annual Christmas in July in South Plainfield: July 28 10am-3pm: Families can enjoy a fun and FREE event to celebrate the holidays in the summer.
Know of more Christmas in July events? Please share them in the comments section below!