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)
The Snowflake Parade
Millburn Avenue between Holmes and Spring Streets Sunday, December 4, 2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Snowflake Parade and Family Fun Festival will be on December 4th at 1:30pm. The parade will be held on Millburn Avenue between Holmes and Spring Streets. There will be professional bands, clowns, costumed characters, and refreshments after the parade. For more information, contact 973-379-2341.
December 24th. Every year Santa has scheduled a stop at the Princeton Airport to distribute gifts for area children. Airport Manager, Kenneth Nierenberg, has confirmed Santa’s arrival time to be 11:00 A.M.
If you wish to have your children participate in the event, please bring a wrapped gift for each child with the name in large print to the lobby of the airport. If you have several children, wrap the gifts in the same paper and tie them together to expedite the distribution. Gifts should be not larger than 12" to accommodate Santa.
On the day of the event adults are advised to bring the children prior to 11:00 A.M. and wait in the maintenance hangar.
You must also bring an equal number of unwrapped gifts for NEEDY children. In the lobby there will be two chimneys to receive the respective gifts. Get your gifts in early, as Santa dispenses them in the order we receive them. (Collection starts Nov. 26th until Dec. 16)
These gifts are being collected and distributed through the Mercer County Board of Social Services. Although toys are a common donation, items such as scarves, mittens, and other articles of clothing are welcome.
The airport has set a deadline for the collection of both the gifts for area children and the needy of December 16th in order to enable county workers to arrange for the best matches for the needy. The gifts can be deposited in the "chimneys" in the lobby at the airport between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. In fairness to all, Santa will distribute the gifts in the order in which they are received at the airport. Usually the distribution of the gifts is completed by 1:00 P.M. when Santa will continue his journey.
There is no charge for the event.
For further information, call 609-921-3100 or www.princetonairport.com.
Sat., Dec 10, 2016, 10:00 A.M.
Sun., Dec 11, 2016, 10:00 A.M.
Sat., Dec 17, 2016, 10:00 A.M.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!!!
Join Imagine That! Museum for a holiday visit from Santa himself!
Come have a magical breakfast with Santa Claus. Children can visit with Santa and his elves, enjoy a breakfast snack then stay and play all day! Each child receives a special gift from Santa! Don’t forget to bring your wish-list for him to see! Parents remember your camera for photo ops with Santa!
Our jolly and experienced Santa knows who has been nice! Join us, share your wishes with Santa and enjoy the magic of this holiday season.
Price for adult: $14.99*
Price for child: $16.99*
*If you pay at the door, seats are not guaranteed and pricing is $17.99 per child and $15.99 per adult. Price includes a breakfast snack. This is a special event, no Groupons, coupons or discounts can be applied. These tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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.
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 Westfield Area Y is hosting Lunch with Santa from 12:30 pm to 2 pm on December 11. Enjoy lunch, sing Christmas Carols and have your photo taken with Santa.The cost is $8 per person in advance, $10 per person at the door. Children under 2 are free. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended because this event often sells out. Proceeds will benefit the Y Strong Kids Campaign. Call the Welcome Center at the Main Y Facility at (908) 233-2700 for more information.
For the 19th year, the Tri-State Railway Historical Society will be offering Santa Train Rides on Dec. 10. Trains run from the Hackettstown, Mount Arlington, Netcong and the Dover stations. Each child will have the opportunity to meet Santa so parents should bring their cameras. Wherever you choose to board, you will ride a full round trip lasting about one hour. Your fare - $13 for adults and $9 for kids under 12 (2 years and younger are free) - includes an activity book and a little toy for every child. See the website for specific departure times for each station.
The Christmas Express is running days and nights at Allaire State Park this December. Santa rides the Christmas Express and talks to all the children. The train leaves every half hour from 11 AM to 4PM on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18.
On December 9, 10, 16 and 17, trains leave every half hour from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Each person planning to ride the train requires a paid ticket for this event and when you buy tickets, $6 per person, you are purchasing for a trip on a SET day and time. This event sells out every year so advance purchases are suggested. Tickets must be purchased in person at the station by cash or check only.
To see our complete event listings please visit our event calendar here.