Make the most of this holiday season by creating long lasting family memories! What better way is there to do that than taking part in one or more of these amazing must-do holiday experiences and top Christmas events. From drive-thru Christmas light spectaculars to local favorites, these activities in New Jersey are sure to get everyone in your family in the holiday spirit! Be sure to follow us on social media to get additional activity information.
DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express
Saturday, November 5-Friday, December 23, 2022
All aboard DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express! Experience a train ride through millions of Christmas lights, meet Santa and his elves in his workshop, chat with Mrs. Claus, and so much more.
Let It Glow: A Holiday Lantern Spectacular
Thursday, November 10-Sunday, January 15, 2023
The Bergen County Zoo is illuminated with holiday cheer in the evening all season long. Larger-than-life glowing lanterns have been installed, creating 30+ glowing scenes. See animals real and imagined laid out throughout the zoo.
Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show at Diggerland
Wednesday, November 16- Sunday, January 1, 2023
Diggerland shines this holiday season with a 1-mile drive-thru course covered in hundreds of twinkling lights. America’s only construction theme park is illuminated with holiday displays, and visitors can enjoy tasty treats. Stream its radio station to fill your car with holiday spirit.
Festival of Trees
Wednesday, November 16-Sunday, January 8, 2023
Morven’s annual winter exhibition, Festival of Trees, has become a must-see holiday tradition. Come enjoy the museum’s elegant galleries, mantels, and porches artfully decorated for the holidays by local businesses, garden clubs, and nonprofit organizations.
PNC Bank Arts Center Magic of Lights
Friday, November 18-Friday, December 30, 2022
Take a drive through this spectacular holiday light experience, which uses LED technology and digital animation. Tune your radio into a holiday soundtrack and wind past themed displays like “Christmas Around the World,” “Toyland,” “Nativity,” and more.
South Jersey Holiday Light Show
Friday, November 18-Saturday, December 31, 2022
Cruise through a mile-long route of dazzling, larger-than-life, holiday-themed displays. Visitors are welcome to bundle up in their car, pack a favorite snack or beverage, and tune their radio to enjoy the musically synced light performance.
Orchard of Lights
Select dates from Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, January 1, 2023
It’s that magical time of year when Demarest Farms is adorned with holiday lights. Take your car on a guided tour through 32 acres of brilliant holiday light displays. Then, visit Santa, warm up by the fire pit, and enjoy hot cocoa and treats in the retail farm market.
2022 Skylands Stadium Light Show & Christmas Village
Select dates from Wednesday, November 23-Friday, December 30, 2022
Sussex County’s favorite stadium hosts this dazzling winter wonderland, showcasing a mile-long drive-thru course glittering with displays and an enchanting Christmas Village full of fun activities, delicious treats, memory-making photo ops, and much more.
Holiday Light Show on Lake Meone
Thursday, November 24-Friday, January 6, 2023
Watch in wonderment as more than 100 Christmas trees magically float on Historic Smithville Village’s Lake Meone. Visit any day of the week between 5:30pm and 8:30pm to catch a choreographed light show synchronized to music.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Select dates from Friday, November 25-Sunday, January 1, 2023
Six Flags Great Adventure transforms into a holiday wonderland with millions of glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, and a little flurry of magic nightly. Visit the North Pole Village, and hop aboard many popular rides.
Cape May Seashore Lines Santa Express
Friday, November 25-Friday, December 23, 2022
Take a ride on the train at Cape May Seashore Lines with Santa on board during this holiday season. Board the train at Richland Village or Tuckahoe Village for a 35-minute ride.
Winter WonderLights Annual Holiday Light Drive-Thru
Friday, November 25-Sunday, January 1, 2023
The spectacular Winter WonderLights drive-thru boasts more than 1.5 million lights animated to favorite holiday tunes, with 12 trees, a tunnel of lights, a tribute to first responders, and stunning, larger-than-life, holiday-themed displays synchronized to music playing in your car.
Christmas Underwater at the Adventure Aquarium
Friday, November 25-Saturday, December 24, 2022
Scuba Santa swims through the Adventure Aquarium alongside sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays during Christmas Underwater. Kids can see the world’s tallest underwater Christmas tree amid submerged light displays.
Maplewood – FREE
Weekends from December 3-Saturday, December 17, 2022
The Dickens Village returns to Maplewood for the holiday season. The Christmas Carol-inspired houses are decorated with fireplaces, stockings, and antique toys. Other activities include horse and wagon rides, a petting farm, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Palmer Square Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Celebrate Hanukkah at Palmer Square’s annual menorah lighting ceremony. Enjoy music and activities in addition to the lighting.