It’s time to light up your weekend with some of Garden State’s most spectacular light shows! Watch a real big Santa light up on Friday. Spend Saturday learning how to make a wreath, don ice skates, or watch the Cape May tree lighting. The cheerful spirit of the season is definitely in the air, so get outside and make some memories with the family!
THE WHOLE WEEKEND
The Polar Express whip
1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany
All aboard the Polar Express! Experience the magic of the Polar Express on a 1-hour trip to the North Pole with the whole family. Experience the sights and sounds of the family’s favorite movie while enjoying hot chocolate, Walker’s shortbread, story time, and a silver sleigh bell surprise.
Spectacular Christmas light
Allaire Community Farm, Wall Twp.
Spend the evening with family and friends, marveling at the twinkling lights around the farm, seen from our holiday hay wagon. Hayrides depart quickly depending on the time of the ticket. Please allow extra time to arrive.
Off the Wall Holiday Market
Arts from around the world, MarketFair, Princeton
The Off the Wall art exhibition expands into a new space, Whole World Arts at MarketFair Mall. There will be artist demonstrations and on-site shopping assistance.
Holidays in the park
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
Take a ride on your favorite Six Flags rides surrounded by twinkling lights. There will be shows, rides, food and even a Wine Fest for adults. The Drive-Thru experience begins November 15, so get ready for a ride full of holiday cheer and explore the magic of the season.
Diggerland, West Berlin
Head to Diggerland where the whole family can spend the day operating all the fantastic machines while enjoying live music, the famous Parade of Machines, food specialties, cart rides, and games and entertainment. Celebrate all winter with photos with Santa, a candy cane hunt, fire truck rides and more.
Winery Weekend Music Series
Orchards of Terhune, Princeton
Have a glass of one of Terhune’s award-winning wines, sit back, relax and enjoy live music from local artists. Styles range from jazz and blues to folk and rock. The music is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Spectacular Holiday Light
Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange
Take a winter walk through Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the twinkling lights of over 50 winter characters and animals. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing in donations of non-perishable food, new toys and lightly worn coats.
Holiday light show
Shady Brook Farm, Yardley, Pennsylvania
This spectacular Holiday Light Show features over 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland. Meet whimsical exhibits and familiar characters as you drive in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the spectacle on an open-air cart ride (weather permitting).
DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express
DiDonato Family Entertainment Center, Hammonton
Take a train journey through millions of Christmas lights, meet and greet Santa and his elves in his workshop. Listen to stories and take photos with Mrs. Claus. The event ends with a gift from Santa Claus!
Wine and biscuit pairings
Tomasello vineyard, Hammonton
Spend the afternoon sipping delicious drinks expertly paired with deliciously decadent treats. Menu
includes the Biscuit Blaufränkisch & Pecan Nuts with Brown Butter 2020; Chocolate chip cookie with red raspberry wine or muscat and raspberries; Shore House White Sugar Vanilla Cookie. One must reserve.
Dashin ‘through the lights
Shady Brook Farm, Yardley PA
This is a fun 3 mile family run / jog / walk through the spectacular Holiday Light Show. Create vacation memories with your gang and bring some light to the local community with this fun and unique way to see the lights before the show opens to the public!
Big lighting of Santa Claus
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
From the 1950s to the 1980s, the 50-foot Big Santa perched atop a chimney in the mall’s parking lot and was seen for miles. For generations of Bergen County residents, the arrival of Father Christmas marked the official start of the holiday season. Westfield Garden State Plaza is excited to continue the tradition and celebrate the 4th annual lighting of the iconic, updated Big Santa, in partnership with bergenPAC.
Girls’ night !
Tomasello vineyard, Hammonton
You and your girl gang will enjoy music, dancing, shopping, and more! Make sure you’re hungry as Chef Pete will be serving his famous gourmet pasta bar alongside a fully stocked cash bar with specialty cocktails.
Virtual Holiday Greeting Card Making Workshop
Learn how to use a combination of papers, stamps, stickers, embellishments, and other art supplies to create your own collection of special Christmas and winter themed cards. Each participant can create up to 6 cards. Perfect for gifting your loved ones, friends, family, classmates, colleagues and more!
Golden Oldies Show
New Jersey State Theater, N. Brunswick
The Golden Oldies return to the State Theater for the annual concert of the year featuring some of your favorite musical legends including Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone (“I’m Henry VIII, I’m” “I’m into something good “); Jay and the Americans (“Come a Little Bit Closer,” Cara, Mia “,” She Cry “) and more.
Crown making workshops
New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Ringwood
In these two workshops, you will learn how to assemble and decorate wreaths to spruce up your home, using a variety of fresh and dry materials. As you learn, you will make a wreath to take home with you. Material provided; bring clippers and any special ribbons or decorations you may wish to use.
Creative game: Mini Zoo edition!
The Newark Art Museum, Newark
From October to December, come have fun with our friends at Turtle Back Zoo. We will have a story hour and a presentation of live animals. This is a program specially designed for children aged 3 to 5 and their guardians.
Twilight Tour: Battleship New Jersey
62 Battleship Pl., Camden
Experience an “adult-oriented” tour during the evening hours. This adult tour, led by the Battleship Conservation Team, will include stories about some of the most gruesome events that took place aboard the ship. Guests can enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or soft drink after the tour on the main deck on the port side and watch the sunset over Philly.
Indian Lake Holiday Shopping Boutique
93 E. Shore Road, Denville
Visit the Indian Lake Holiday Shopping Store to find all the handmade crafts for the holiday season. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission.
Newport Skates opens for the 2021-2022 season
Skates Newport, Jersey City
Newport Skates, the only outdoor ice rink in Jersey City skating ice rink, is delighted to open for the 2021-2022 season on Saturday. Skaters can again enjoy a magnificent view of the New York skyline while circling the ice rink. Online ticketing is available via the Newport Skates website.
Logging and cutting of firewood
Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Township.
While farmers use horses to haul logs out of the woods and transport firewood to sap in preparation for maple sugar season, visitors can chop and chop firewood, split logs locusts into fence rails and make real barn stakes for use in barn frames. around the farm! At the sawmill, farmers will cut planks for horse stalls, fences and a new pigsty.
Cape May Tree Lighting Ceremony
Washington St., Cap May
Santa and his elves decorated the Physick estate with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations. Enjoy a free performance of the holiday classics by the Atlantic Brass Band as we join Santa in lighting up the tree! Dawn’s Delights will serve hot chocolate and baked goods for purchase.
Natural dyes for beginners
Lorrimer Sanctuary, Franklin Lakes
Join a naturalist from the Lorrimer Sanctuary for a hands-on demonstration of natural dye, made from local Pokeberries. Have fun dyeing yarn or fabric, mashing berries to make ink, and making your own quill pen for writing.
Boyz II Men
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Boyz II Men remain one of the most iconic R&B groups in the history of music. The band redefined popular R&B and continue to create timeless hits that appeal to fans of all generations. And the reason is very clear: Over the past two decades, Boyz II Men has offered fans a rich catalog of hits filled with mellow harmonies and enduring themes such as “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love. to You “,” One Sweet Day “,” Motownphilly “and many more.
Hoboken Annual Turkey Trot
Pier A Park, 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken
This race starts at Pier A Park in Hoboken and runs along the Hudson River with breathtaking views of Manhattan. Runners, joggers, walkers and strollers are welcome.
Audubon: Autumn nature walk
New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Ringwood
The Bergen County Audubon Society will lead a walk through the gardens and fields in search of migratory birds in late fall and resident species that will winter here in New Jersey. Meet at the Maison des Carrosses. Rain or snow cancels. To free.
245th Anniversary of Retirement to Victory at Historic New Bridge Landing
Landing of the historic new bridge, River Edge
Join the Bergen County Historical Society and the Brigade of the American Revolution as they celebrate the 245th anniversary of the Retreat to Victory. At 10:30 a.m., after completing their retreat from Fort Lee to New Bridge, the brigade troops dressed in authentic costumes will engage in a battle for the bridge during a tactical weapons demonstration depicting the action taking place. ‘occurred when British troops forced the Continental Army out of the region and captured this vital crossing point on the Hackensack River.
City Green Thanksgiving Market
City Green Farm Eco-Center, Clifton
Join City Green for the third annual Thanksgiving Farmers Market from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. This very special farmer’s market event will feature fresh fall produce from the City Green farm as well as local vendors and artisans. The Thanksgiving Market is City Green’s last market of the season – you won’t want to miss it! Guests can purchase a wide variety of local and organic fruits and vegetables as well as seasonal specialties.