Holiday shows this December for families to enjoy at the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College.
The Alien Who Stole Christmas
Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 3:00 pm
Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets need presents too, you know! (recommended for ages 6-10)
Winter Wonder Lights
Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18 at 4:00 pm
Saturdays, Dec 3, 10, 17 at 8:00 pm
Listen to holiday hits such as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominic the Donkey.” (recommended for ages 6-adult)
The Wildwoods 9th Annual Family Holiday Celebration begins Friday evening December 9 with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees’ Christmas Parade. Registration begins at 5:00pm at the North Wildwood Recreation Center (10th and Central Avenues). Lineup begins at 5:30pm and the parade starts promptly at 6:00pm. The rain date is Sunday December 11.
The festival begins Friday evening following the parade, with the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Then crowds gather inside the Wildwoods Convention Center to warm up with hot chocolate and cookies and acknowledge the parade and the business decorating and lighting contest winners at the Award Ceremony. The celebration continues all day Saturday with family fun, pictures with Santa and holiday bazaar.
Schedule of events:
Fri., Dec. 9
6:00 p.m.Shopping Bazaar opens at the Wildwoods Convention Center
6:00 p.m.Christmas Parade (click here for more information about the parade)
7:15 p.m.Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
8:00 p.m.Parade award ceremony in the lobby of the Convention Center.
Sat., Dec. 10 (9 am to 4 pm)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Face Painters
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Shopping Bazaar, Children’s Craft Making Table, Stocking Making Table & Holiday Movies
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Balloon Twisting
9:00 a.m.Margaret Mace Choir
9:30 a.m.Cape Trinity Catholic Choir
10:00 a.m.Art of Gymnastics & Cheer
10:30 a.m.Wildwood Catholic High School
11:00 a.m.Santa arrives!
11:30 a.m.Ken Northridge – Magician
12:30 p.m.Glenwood Choir
12:50 p.m.Wildwood Middle School Choir
1:10 p.m.Wildwood High School Choir
1:30 p.m.Avalon String Band
2:30 p.m.Crest Memorial School & Choir
Meeting Room 3
10:30 a.m.Frosty the Snowman
11:30 a.m.Santa Claus is Coming to Town
12:30 a.m.Mr. Magoos’ Christmas Carol
1:30 p.m.Grinch (cartoon)
2:00 p.m.Charlie Brown Christmas
2:30 p.m.Polar Express (G)
Celebrate Christmas in Warren and visit a local home in Warren Township that is super festive for the holidays!! There are 30,000 LED Christmas lights synchronized to music using over 3000 digitally controlled channels. The light controllers are all home made as are many of the lights and other features. Each light is individually programmed to display a number of effects using Vixen Software.
The lights run nightly 5-10PM weather permitting, from Dec 1 - Dec 31.
Come visit the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo with your family and friends during our Holiday Lights Spectacular! *A Frozen Princess Ball (5:30pm - 8:00pm) Featuring Elsa and Anna every night!
Come meet and greet some of your favorite Princess characters when you visit the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo during select nights of our Holiday Lights Spectacular. Featuring Elsa and Anna every night! Located at the Picnic Pavilion. Princesses sponsored by Perfect Princess Parties NJ (perfectprincesspartiesnj.com) Professional photos available for purchase.
*SANTA! at gazebo by Bear House. Come take a photo with Santa and drop off your letter in our North Pole mailbox. Professional photos available for purchase.
*Ice Sculpture on the amphitheater stage from approximately 5 - 6:30pm
*S\'mores station by Sea Lion Sound
*Face Painting in Touch Tank
*Warm up and see some animals in our indoor exhibits like the Reptile House or Touch Tank
*Donation Drop off is located in the parking lots before you enter Holiday Lights
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 18 – December 11
Every Night: December 12 – January 2, 2017
Closed: December 24 & 25
5pm to 9pm
Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats. Different themed activities featured each December weekend makes visiting extra exciting!
Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township is where Santa comes up his chimney to wave his magic wand to light the spectacular display of thousands of lights for the Holiday Season. At 5 pm, through December 23, Santa will light the Park and he and Mrs. Claus will be in their chalet to greet children (weather permitting). The display of more than one million lights will be open to visitors through December 30 (weather permitting).
There will be a Parade of Lights starting at 7:30 pm December 9 in Collingswood. Fire trucks and floats decorated with lights will start at Zane Avenue and head to Homestead Avenue. Santa will be on the last truck to greet children and spectators. Hotsy Totsy will be strolling the Avenue singing from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Winter Wonder Lights at the Raritan Valley Planetarium
Saturday, December 3 (Dec 3 sold out)
Sunday, December 4
Saturday, December 10 (Dec 10 sold out)
Sunday, December 11 (Dec 11 sold out)
Saturday, December 17
Sunday, December 18
show starts at 3:00 p.m.(Recommended for ages 6 - adult)
Listen to songs such as "Wizards in Winter," "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree," and "Jingle Bell Rock" while lasers dance on the dome overhead.
Holiday Lights on the Farm at Schaefer Farms in Flemington. Bring your family for a drive through light display. View thousands of colorful farm and holiday themed lights from the comfort of your own vehicle. Twinkling and glowing for your enjoyment from Thanksgiving through New Years. Holiday Lights on The Farm is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 5:30 until 9:00pm and Fridays & Saturdays 5:30 until 10:00pm. The cost is $12.00 per carload, $17.00 per passenger van, and $27.00 per busload. Purchase a season pass for $45.00 per car load and enjoy the show again and again.
Santa Claus will be visiting the farm from 6:00 - 8:00PM Fridays and Sundays, and 6:00 - 9:00PM Saturdays the first three weekends in December, with an additional appearance on December 23rd. Photos with Santa available. Bring your family to visit him so he knows what they want under your tree.
Experience Turtle Back Zoo in the winter as 100,000 bulbs and 40 lit displays illuminate the zoo this holiday season!
Admission is free.
Help keep the gift of giving alive! Turtle Back Zoo will be collecting non-perishable food, winter coats and unwrapped new toys for the needy each evening of holiday lights. Help the lights shine a little brighter this year with your donation.
Sponsored by: Covanta, Essex County Parks Foundation, McCloone's Boathouse, Prudential Financial, PSE&G, & the Zoological Society of NJ
Admission is free for 2010.
Sponsored by: Prudential Financial, PSE&G, Verizon & the Essex County Parks Foundation.
Come see the lights 5 to 9 pm on Nov. 25-27; Friday through Sunday 5 to 9 pm the first three weekends in December and 5 pm to 9 pm December 19-23, December 26-31 and January 1.
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, New Jersey, 07052
Main Phone Number: 973-731-5800
Dec 4, 2011
Chester Christmas Tree Lighting
Location: Gazebo Park (Municipal Field)
Main Street, Chester, NJ
Santa's pre-Christmas trip to Chester at Gazebo Park! Performance by the local high school band as they ring in the season with Christmas carols. Cookies and hot drinks will be served as we wait for Santa to arrive on a Chester Fire Engine.
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