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!
Winter Solstice Celebration
When: Fri, December 19, 7pm – 8pm
WhereGreat Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ, United States (map)
DescriptionAges 6 & Up. Join a woodland gathering around the campfire to experience the historical and ceremonial aspects of the winter solstice. Enjoy hot cider and roasted marshmallows. Cost: $8 per person. Registration is required, to register, or for more information, please call 973.635.6629.
Westfield Holiday events:
Please join with the Choral Art Society of New Jersey and the choirs of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield in singing Handel's beloved masterpiece "The Messiah" on Sunday afternoon, December 14, 2014, 3:00 P.M. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, corner of East Broad Street and Mountain Avenue. This annual event is a highlight of the Christmas season enjoyed by singers and listeners alike. Conducting will be Martin A. Sedek, musical director of the Choral Art Society of New Jersey, with Ed Alstrom, organist and choir director of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, at the organ. Soprano and tenor soloists will join the audience in recreating this classic. Bring your own score or borrow one of ours for the occasion. A donation of $10. is requested.
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 email@example.com
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).
This December marks the 22nd Annual Gingerbread Wonderland. What started as a small display of gingerbread houses has now become an incredible 10-day exhibit of over 200 edible structures. We’ve seen everything from the Notre Dame Cathedral, grand pianos, Chinese pagodas, and Hanukah menorahs to Santa’s workshop, the Eiffel Tower and the Jersey Shore. Over 15,000 guests kick off their holiday celebrations with a visit to this charming and ecumenical exhibit. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skill and sense of optimism that characterizes each entry. Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation to visit by calling 973-326-7601. Check out pictures from last year in our Photo Gallery: Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland
Fri Dec 6, 2013 through Sun Dec 15th 10:00a - 5:00 pm daily; Fridays until 8:00 pm.
Last admittance 30 min. prior to closing.
Two special treats are in store for visitors this year. Each Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm the folks from Sculpted Ice Works will be here demonstrating their ice carving skills outside in the Cottage Garden. Each Sunday, The Hickory Tree Chorus will greet you at the front entrance singing carols from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Holiday shopping is easy at our Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its fourth year. You’ll find local crafters offering beautiful hand-made, affordable gifts perfect for that special person on your list. It’s one-stop shopping for one-of- a-kind gifts. Dates:
Cost: $2 donation per person gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland
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.
On December 7
From 11am-3pm, visit Santa today at Yogurt Oasis, a photographer will be on hand, a $5 suggested donation.
Then at 6pm Somerville's Annual Fire Truck Holiday Light Parade will travel through downtown Somerville. The Somerville Fire Department proudly announces its 2nd annual Holiday Lights Parade, starting at 6 pm.
Prizes will be given out for the best decorated fire and emergency vehicles, personal floats and vehicle, and best decorated houses and/or business along the parade route.
To see our complete event listings please visit our event calendar here.