Guide: Holiday Events in New Jersey

Whether it is a tree or menorah lighting or a winter festival, here is a guide to some fun, holiday events.

News 12 Staff

Dec 1, 2022, 9:30 AM

Updated 454 days ago

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Guide: 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.
NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please follow all health restrictions and guidelines. 
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ONGOING EVENTS

Ice at the Pier
Nov. 25-Feb. 28, 2023

Pier Village
Centennial Drive
Festival Plaza
Long Branch
Time: Thursdays - 4 p.m.-8 p.m..; Fridays - 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturdays - 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays - 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Holiday times vary.
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PAST EVENTS

5th Annual Big Santa Lighting and Spectacular Drone Show
Nov. 18
Westfield Garden State Plaza
Parking Lot adjacent to Nordstrom and Design Within Reach
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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Holiday Light Show
Nov. 24 - Jan. 6, 2023
Historic Smithville Village
Smithville
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
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Red Bank Annual Town Lighting and Holiday Express Concert
Nov. 25
Downtown Red Bank
Broad Street at Canal Street
Time: 7 p.m.; Lighting at 8 p.m.
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Holiday Greenhouse Tour
Nov. 25-26
Well-Sweep Herb Farm
205 Mount Bethel Road
Port Murray
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Reservations Required - Free
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Annual Long Branch Tree Lighting
Nov. 27
Pier Village
Long Branch
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
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Holiday Dickens Fest
Nov. 27-28
Historic Smithville Village
Smithville
Time: 1 p.m.
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Gloucester Premium Outlets Annual Tree Lighting
Dec. 2
Gloucester Premium Outlets
Town Square
Blackwood
Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
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Flowerland Merry Green Up Weekend
Dec. 2-3
Flowerland Growers LLC
568 County Road 519
Belvidere
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German Christmas Market
Dec. 2; 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dec 3; 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dec. 4; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Well-Sweep Herb Farm
205 Mount Bethel Road
Port Murray
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Make Your Own Evergreen Wreath
Dec. 8
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Well-Sweep Herb Farm
205 Mount Bethel Road
Port Murray
Reservations Required - $40
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Annual Festival of Trees
Dec. 8
Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
410 Route 31 South
Washington
Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
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Holiday Paint Night
Dec. 8
Rutherfurd Hall
1686 Route 517
Allamuchy
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Phone: (908) 280-3654
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Cinderella: Family Holiday Spectacular 
Dec. 1-11
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center
715 Grand Ave.
Hackettstown
Times Vary
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Make Your Own Evergreen Christmas Tree
Dec. 10
Time: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Well-Sweep Herb Farm
205 Mount Bethel Road
Port Murray
Reservations Required - $48
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Make Your Own Holiday Centerpiece
Dec. 10
Well-Sweep Herb Farm
205 Mount Bethel Road
Port Murray
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Reservations Required - $39
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Pier Village Holiday Market and Winter Village
Dec. 10
Festival Plaza
Long Branch
Time: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
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Wreaths Across America 
Dec. 14
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
1 Memorial Lane
Holmdel
Time: 12 p.m.
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A Wicked Christmas Carol
Dec. 2-18
Somerset Valley Players
689 Amwell Road
Hillsborough
Time: Weekends at various times
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Christmas at Country Gate
Dec. 10-18
Country Gate Players
114 Greenwich St.
Belvidere
Time: Dates and Times vary
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Flowerland Under the Lights
Dec. 16
Flowerland Growers LLC
568 County Road 519
Belvidere
Time: 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
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NJCYB: The Nutcracker
Dec. 16-18
Sitnik Theatre: Lackland Performing Arts Center
715 Grand Ave.
Hackettstown
Times Vary
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Winter Festival of Shows: Young Performers Workshop at Centenary Stage Co.
Dec. 16-18
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center
715 Grand Ave.
Hackettstown
Times Vary
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The Hip-Hop Nutcracker
Dec. 17
NJPAC
1 Center St.
Newark
Time: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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The Nutcracker
Dec. 18
NJPAC
1 Center St.
Newark
Time: 3 p.m.
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Long Branch Menorah Lighting
Dec. 19
Pier Village
Long Branch
Time: 6 p.m.
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Smithville Winter Wonderland
Dec. 1-23
Historic Smithville Village
Smithville
Time: Varies
Magical talking tree and a Christmas train ride are available
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Gingerbread Competition and Display
Dec. 5-28
Hunterdon County Library
Flemington
Deadline for Entry Forms: Nov. 19
Creation Drop off Dates: Dec. 3-4
Gingerbread Houses will be on display Dec. 5-28
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Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
Nov. 18-Dec. 31
560 Northfield Ave.
West Orange
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dates: Fridays-Sundays from Nov. 18-Dec. 4; every night Dec. 9-31 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Price: Free
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Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show
Nov. 23-Dec. 30
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta
Time: Varies; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
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Holiday Model Train Show
Nov. 26 - Dec. 30 (CLOSED DEC. 25  AND  DEC. 26)
Barron Arts Center
Woodbridge
Time: Various times - Reservations Needed
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Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Nov. 25-Jan. 1, 2023
Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Jackson
Time: Varies
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Let It GLOW! A Holiday Lantern Spectacular
Bergen County Zoo
Runs until Jan. 15
Every Thursday to Sunday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (closed Christmas)
Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite.   
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular
Dec. 31
Festival Plaza
Long Branch
Time: 9 p.m.
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