Guide: Tree Lightings & Holiday Events in New Jersey

Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? Whether it is a tree or menorah lighting or a winter festival, here is a guide to some fun, holiday events. Check before heading out, as times and dates are subject to change.

Ongoing Events:
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Nov. 17-Jan. 1

Location: Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari
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Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show & Village
Nov. 16-Dec. 30

Location: Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ
Time: Times vary depending on date; usually 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; or 11 p.m. in December on select dates.

Price: $20 per carload for the light show; Admission to the Christmas Village and parking is free.
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Ice at the Pier
Nov. 22 - Feb. 18
Location: Pier Village, 50 Chelsa Ave., Long Branch, NJ
Time: Thursdays - 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays - 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturdays - 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays - 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Holiday times vary.
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Wintertime Holiday Trolley Tours
Nov. 24-Dec. 22

Location: Princeton Tour Company, 116 Nassau Street
Time: Every hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $18 per person
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Santa Meet-and-Greet
Nov. 29-Dec. 20

Location: Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, Route 17N, 1 International Blvd
., Mahwah
Time: Thursdays from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Price: Free

Holiday Model Train Show 2018
Nov. 30-Dec. 30

Location: Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge
Time: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Free, donations welcome
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Holiday Lights Spectacular
Dec. 7-31

Location: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25
Price: Free
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Strolling Holiday Quartet
Dec. 1-Dec. 22

Location: Pier Village, 50 Chelsa Ave., Long Branch, NJ
Time: Saturdays from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
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Upcoming Events:
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Dec. 31

Location: Pier Village, 50 Chelsa Ave., Long Branch, NJ
Time: 9 p.m.
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Westfield Tree Lighting
Nov. 25

Location: Westfield Train Station
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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Holiday Lighting Xchange at Secaucus Junction
Nov. 25

Location: Secaucus Junction on Riverside Station Blvd.
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Tree Lighting & Victorian Yuletide Carolers Concert
Dec. 1

Location: Historic Jersey City Cemetery & Cultural Heritage Park, 435 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Time: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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Hoboken City Hall Holiday Craft Fair
Dec. 1-2

Location: Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Holiday Lighting at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Dec. 1

Location: New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, 1 Memorial Lane
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Car Menorah Parade
Dec. 2
Location: 1925 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Price: Free

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Gingerbread Wonderland 2018
Nov. 30-Dec. 9

Location: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Price: $2 per person, free for children under 2 years old
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Festival of Trees
Dec. 1-8

Location: 100 North Rd. Chester, NJ 07930
Time: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $10 per person, $5 for students and seniors
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Holiday Candlelight Tour
Dec. 6

Location: Kip's Castle Park, Verona
Time: 7 p.m.
Price: $10 per person, Tickets must be purchased in advanced
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Hoboken City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 6

Location: 94 Washington St., in front of City Hall

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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Chanukah on Ice and Menorah Lighting
Dec. 6

Location: Pier Village, 50 Chelsa Ave., Long Branch, NJ
Time: 4 p.m.
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Kwanzaa Family Festival
Dec. 15

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: Free

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