Several holiday events in Red Bank. Please note certain activities take place on select dates.
Traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz & blues musicians bring holiday tunes to the sidewalks of Red Bank! Musicians are stationed at various locations throughout the business district from 12pm to 3pm.
12.06.14 | 12pm to 3pm
12.13.14 | 12pm to 3pm
12.20.14 | 12pm to 3pm
Free Classic Horse and Wagon Rides
Take a FREE horse and wagon ride through the Red Bank Business District and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. You can board the horse & wagon at one of two Locations: 11 Bridge Avenue (in front of Danny's Steakhouse) & and 26 Broad St (near Robinson's Ale House). Sponsored by Pauline Poyner.
12.06.14 | 1pm to 5pm
12.13.14 | 1pm to 5pm
12.20.14 | 1pm to 5pm
Photos with Santa
The Galleria, 2 Bridge Avenue
This annual event pleases kids and adults alike! Come out and meet Santa and have your picture* taken. Sponsored by The Galleria & TSS Photography. Every Saturday & Sunday from 12pm-4pm in the Galleria at 2 Bridge Avenue. *Picture packages are available for purchase.
11.29.14 - 12.21.14 | 12pm-4pm
Red Bank Menorah Lighting
12.17.14 | 6:00PM
Red Bank Train Station
Join us for the annual Red Bank Menorah Lighting for the lighting of the candles, prayers and songs. Presented by Rabbi Sultar of B'Nai Israel in Rumson.
Sunday, December 14, 2:00 to 4:00
Miller-Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ
A celebration of Italian Christmas traditions, including a short presentation, children's activities, and preparation of Italian holiday recipes over the Miller-Cory House Museum's open hearth.
Admission is $3 age 13 and older; $2 ages 3-12 and free age 2 and under.
908-232-1776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendar and save the date for Santa’s visit to the Cape May County Park and Zoo! Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders invite the public to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus during “Santa’s Family Workshop” on Saturday, December 14th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
This free, family event, hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, will also include crafts, education stations, entertainment and treats.
After telling Santa your wish list for Christmas, stroll through the zoo and see the more than 500 animals that call the Cape May County Zoo home – including our new snow leopard cubs, giraffe and bison.
Freeholder Hayes said, “This free holiday event is a way for us to share the joy of the season with our residents and visitors to the Cape May County Zoo.”
So take your camera and the entire family to the Cape May County Zoo for a day of holiday fun.
The Cape May County Zoo is located at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House (Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway). The free Zoo is open, weather permitting, 364 days a year – closed on Christmas Day.
For additional information please call 465-5271 or visit capemaycountygov.net.
New Brunswick City Market is hosting their 21st Annual Tree lighting and chili cookoff competition on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The festivities will be in front of theatres at Monument Square by the Heldrich Hotel.
The Christmas Tree lighting in New Brunswick includes live performances from many local bands, live entertainment, the chili cookoff competition, a scavenger hunt, free horse drawn carriage rides and a visit from Santa Claus!
New Brunswick City Market FREE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES
Fridays, December 6th, 13th, & 20th * 6 PM - 9 PM
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides throughout downtown New Brunswick. Pick up location at the Hyatt Regency, 2 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Bring your little ones to share their holiday wish list, and get your annual Santa photos. Check here for hours until December 24.
Or Tuesdays, November 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17
Starting at 6:00 PM
Start a new tradition and visit Santa in your pajamas. Bring your child's favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book and capture a magical and memorable moment, sure to be remembered for years to come.
Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and create a memorable moment for a deserving child in our community too. And with a $3 donation for Toys for Tots, you can receive a customized email letter from Santa on Christmas Eve.
You can enter your photo for a chance to win a Most Memorable Santa Photo Contest to win a $500 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card. Visit SantaPhotoContest.com to view your photos with Santa and enter!
Annual Tree Lighting & Arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus
December 1, Sunday, 5:30pm at the North Ave. Train Station
The tree lighting is sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation, with hot chocolate, hot cider and entertainment by the Community Band of Westfield. Come greet Santa & Mrs. Claus as they arrive for the annual tree lighting on the fire truck at 5:30pm.
Note: A collection box will be available at the Tree Lighting for the Girl Scouts Annual Mitten Tree Project. Franklin Junior Troop #645 will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks for needy families throughout New Jersey. Donations will be distributed as gifts during the holiday season to local charities.
The Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill will host several holiday celebrations in December. Kids can enjoy a buffet-style Breakfast with Santa and songs and stories from 10 am to 12:30 pm on December 10. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $8 for members and $15 for non-members (plus tax). Space is limited. Other events at the museum include:
Don't miss the Winter Holiday Spectacular at the New Jersey Children's Museum in Paramus. Each exhibit will be festively decorated and on December 10, 11, 17 and 18, kids can listen to holiday songs, special stories and watch puppet shows - and meet Santa. Admission is $14.99 per child and $10 per adult and for additional fees, kids can participate in special activities including meet-and-greets with princesses and a holiday craft. Check their website for more information.
Historic Smithville has some holiday fun for families including the Holiday Light Show, an orchestrated show of lights and music played out across the lake 5:30 - 8 pm, running until Jan. 2.
Each weekend in December, Smithville also offers a Christmas Train ride to see the decorated village, a Magical Talking Tree and a free story time with Mrs. Claus in her Christmas Cottage from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
On December 10 and 17, families can go to Fred and Ethel's Lantern Light Tavern for a buffet breakfast with Santa. There also will be a chance for a picture with Santa. For more information, call 609-652-0544.
Holiday events in Clinton include the Annual Christmas Parade at 7 pm Dec. 2 with more than 40 floats, live performances and Santa's arrival. On December 15 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, enjoy shopping and the festive atmosphere of the historic district with horse and carriage rides (for a small fee), caroling, and luminaries lining the streets for that special holiday glow. On December 18, Santa is back in town from 1 pm to 3 pm on Main Street.
To see our complete event listings please visit our event calendar here.