Get ready for some amazing holiday lights as New Jersey prepares for the upcoming season. These sparkling lights make for great family fun. They will leave both kids and adults dazzled and delighted. Check out our list of places guaranteed to make you feel warm and bright. Please check dates and times as they are subject to change.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR AT TURTLE BACK ZOO
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange NJ, 973-731-5800
November 17, 2017-January 2, 2018
FREE ADMISSION. 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. Please donate non-perishable food, unwrapped new toys or winter coats.
CHRISTMAS FANTASY WITH LIGHTS AT STORYBOOK LAND
6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township NJ, 609-641-7847
November 11, 2017-December 30, 2017 (Closed 11/24, 12/24, 12/25)
Experience the holiday magic! Santa Claus appears at 5pm in his chimney, waves his magic wand, and lights the park with over one million lights for the holiday season!
CHRISTMAS ICE CAVERNS IN FAIRFIELD
437 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield NJ, 973-808-5639
Starting mid-November 2017
Animated children’s display that children walk through and see dozens of storybook displays in a Christmas Themed setting. See Santa, reindeer, nativity scenes and much more!
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
1 Riverside Drive, Camden NJ, 844-474-3474
Month of December 2017
Enjoy a magical winter wonderland under the sea. Aquarium will be decorated with sparkling lights, glowing trees, and falling snow. See Scuba Santa swimming around.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT THE MORRISTOWN GREEN
North Park Place, Morristown NJ, 973-455-1133
November 26, 2017-December 22, 2017 Weekends
Activities & day time entertainment on the Green include: visits & photos with Santa in the Santa House, Goody Bags, miniature Electric Train with rides around the Green, Ice Sculpting, hands-on activities include Gingerbread House making. At night, see all the lights sparkle in the park on the Green.
CRANBURY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
128 North Street, Cranbury NJ
Thru December 2017
FREE. Come and see over 135,000 lights at this Cranbury house! The lights dance to music on select dates.
FESTIVAL OF TREES AT THE RED MILL MUSEUM VILLAGE
56 Main Street, Clinton NJ, 908-735-0914
November 24, 2017-December 10, 2017
Showcase of beautiful decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and centerpieces.
FESTIVAL OF TREES AT MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN
55 Stockton Street, Princeton NJ, 609-924-8144
Starting November 22, 2017
Holiday event features the museum’s elegant galleries decorated for the holidays and adorned with trees artfully decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations. Open to the public during regular museum hours.
HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR AT ESSEX COUNTY KIP’S CASTLE PARK
Crestmont Road, Verona NJ, 973-202-8519
December 2-30, 2017, 7PM
Spend an evening taking a guided castle tour during the holidays.
HOLIDAY IN THE PARK AT SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson NJ, 732-928-2000
November 18, 2017-January 1, 2018
Six Flags is transformed into a winter wonderland. The park becomes a visual feast with millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, illuminated towering trees, and Santa’s village.
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW IN HISTORIC SMITHVILLE
615 E. Moss Mill Rd, Smithville NJ, 609-748-8999
November 23, 2017-January 7, 2018, dark to 8:30PM
Watch in awe as over 120 Christmas Trees from 50,000 lights, magically floating on Lake Meone, light up to the music around you. Orchestrated show of lights and music played out across the lake.
HOLIDAY LIGHT WALK AT CRYSTAL SPRINGS
Crystal Springs Resort, Sussex NJ, 855-977-6473
November 24, 2017-January 1, 2018, Dusk to 10PM, Complimentary
Spectacular Winter Light Walk on the 18 hole Grand Cascades Natural Grass Putting course. See sensational lights and holiday displays.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS TROLLY RIDES IN CAPE MAY
Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May NJ, 609-884-5404
November 18, 2017-December 31, 2017, 5:15-8:30PM
Cape May is transformed into a village of lights. Ride through the Historic District to see beautifully decorated inns and homes as guides talk about Victorian Christmas decorations.
HOLIDAY MUSIC LIGHT SHOW AT THE TROPICANA
2831 Boardwalk Atlantic City NJ, 800-843-8767
November 17, 2017-January 2, 2018, 12-10PM
FREE Daily. Hourly holiday light show synchronized to holiday music. Colorful array of lights along with famed Tropicana 25ft Poinsettia tree.
HOLIDAYS AT JOHNSON’S FARM (MEDFORD)
133 Church Rd, Medford NJ 609-654-8643
Starting November 2017
See thousands of twinkling holiday lights on the lake every evening. Ride a Musical light hayride, decorate gingerbread cookies, and make s’mores over a fire pit.
SEA OF LIGHTS AT JENKINSON’S BOARDWALK
300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach NJ
December 15-30, 2017, 6-9PM
The Jersey Shore comes alive as holiday lights brighten up Jenkinson’s Boardwalk this season.
SKYLANDS STADIUM CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW AND VILLAGE
94 Championship Place, Augusta NJ, 973-383-7644
November 18, 2017-December 30, 2017
FREE. Spectacular light show at Skylands. Drive through a 1-mile course of breathtaking holiday displays. More than 2 MILLION LIGHTS for your viewing pleasure! Fabulous Walk-Thru Lightfest. Christmas Village featuring indoors winter wonderland and photo-op with Santa.
WINTER WONDERLAND AT VAN SAUN COUNTY PARK
216 Forest Ave, Paramus NJ, 201-336-6000
November 24, 2017-January 1, 2018
Bergen County’s spectacular Winter Wonderland with decorative holiday lights, ice skating, train rides, carousel rides, zoo entry, Santa workshop, and plenty of kids activities & games.