Are you ready? The holidays are upon us! The bright twinkling lights, the hustle and bustle in the stores, the smell of peppermint fills the air and children are bursting with excitement. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. It can also be very overwhelming. Besides finding the right gifts, there is unspoken pressure to experience as much holiday magic as possible before it is all over. We want to see all the lights, visit Santa, go on hayrides, ride a holiday train and more. There is just so much to do in so little time.
To help make this season a little less overwhelming, I decided to put together a guide to holiday fun in NJ. This guide lists tons of holiday experiences and events throughout the Garden State, and it is broken down into categories to make finding what you want a little easier. This list is in no way exhaustive and it will be updated frequently as we find more exciting events so make sure to bookmark it. Plus, if you see something missing, just put it in the comments section below, and we will add it! Happy holidays!
The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Fun in NJ
Building, Crafting, Cooking…Oh My!
Meet and Greets with Santa:
Holiday Experiences and Shows:
Holiday Train Rides:
Brain Boosting Events to Celebrate The Holidays
In this section, you will find some fun brain boosting holiday events in NJ that did not fit into the specific categories listed above. Many are offered at nature centers, museums, farms and gardens!
Holiday Decorations: Begins November 21; Thursday – Sunday, tours leave from 12:15pm to 3:15pm at Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains.
Festival of Trees: November 21 – January 6 Wednesday- Sunday 10am-4pm at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton.
Festival of Trees: November 23 – December 8 at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton.
Country Christmas on the Farm: Every weekend November 23 – December 23 at Alstede Farms in Chester.
Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland: November 29-January 5 at Van San Park. (Check calendar for specific dates and times.)
Winter Village at the Festival of Trees: November 29-December 1 12pm-5pm at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton.
Horse Drawn Hayrides/Wreath & Sleighbell Sale: November 30 at Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville.
Holiday Open House: November 30-December 1 at Lusscroft Farm in Wantage.
Santa’s Tree Lighting Celebration at the Zoo: November 30-December 1 at 4pm-6pm at Cape May County Zoo in Cape May.
Christkindlmarkt: December 6-8 at Tuckerton Seaport.
Holiday Open House: December 7 10am – 4pm at Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains.
Christmas on the Farm: December 7 at Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville.
Currier and Ives Christmas: December 7-8 at Historic Speedwell in Morristown.
Santa at Van Vleck: December 7-8 at Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair.
Christmas Lantern Tour: Select dates December 7, 14 and 21 5pm – 8pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale.
Christmas at Allaire Village: December 8, 15 and 22 at Allaire Village in Farmingdale.
Holiday for the Birds: December 8 1:30pm-3pm at Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.
Crafting and Campfire: December 15 4pm – 5:30pm at Tenafly Nature Center.
Gingerbread House Decorating Bounce: December 13 at 6pm at Bounce U in Paramus.
Christmas Bird Count: December 14 7am-12:30pm at Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.
Also check out our holiday gift guide: