10 Must Know Christmas Tree Lightings in NJ

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It’s time to ring in the holidays with family events across New Jersey. In these highly celebrated holiday tree lighting events, enjoy your favorite holiday carols and sweetest treats, take photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and countdown as the town sparkles and lights up around you.

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are 10 Must Know Holiday Tree Lightings in NJ:

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1. Princeton Tree Lighting

Palmer Square Tree Lighting in Princeton, NJ. Photo via palmersquare.com

Friday, November 25th at 5:00PM
Kick off the Season with our Tree Lighting Spectacular!
Our 65-foot Norwegian Spruce is adorned with over 32,000 lights and will be lit with the help of Santa Claus. Plus, great musical performances by Princeton High School Choir and Bob Denson’s Blues.
Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ 08542
For more information, click here.

2. Red Bank Holiday Express Concert & Town Lighting

Friday, November 25th at 7:00PM
Town Lighting & Santa Express
Kick off the season with the annual Holiday Express Concert & Town Lighting. Now in it’s 24th year, Holiday Express will be rocking the streets with all of your favorite tunes plus plenty of special guests. The holiday lights will be lit for the first time this season during the concert. The Red Bank Fire Department will be on hand with free hot chocolate. And don’t miss the LIVE countdown to light the town with News 12! Free parking throughout town.
Broad Street at Canal Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
For more information, click here.

3. Asbury Park Holiday Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 26th at 6:00PM
The annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is back at the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Join us as we light up our three story high tree inside The Grand Arcade at Convention Hall. Doors open at 6 PM and the festivities begin shortly after. Hosted by Rich Robinson of area radio station 90.5 The Night. Be sure to take a photo with Santa while you’re here. With live musical performances from The Weeklings, The Ocean Ave Stompers, Yawn Mower, Nervous Triggers, and DJ Foggy Notion, all playing special holiday sets. It’s an annual tradtion you won’t want to miss, and everyone is welcome. As always this event is free.
The Grand Arcade at Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
For more information, click here.

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4. Long Branch Tree Lighting at Pier Village

Sunday, November 27th from 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Join us for a Great Night of Family Fun. There will be a Meet & Greet with Santa and Friends. The Ice at the Pier Rink will be open. Performance by Tim McLoone and the Shirley’s.
Festival Plaza at Pier Village, 50 Chelsea Ave, Long Branch, 07740
For more information, click here.

5. Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green

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Sunday, November 27th at 5:00PM – December 18th
This month-long celebration will feature Santa visits and activities every weekend.
Morristown Green, North Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960
For more information, click here.

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6. Westfield Annual Tree Lighting with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Sunday, November 27th at 5:30PM
Annual Tree Lighting with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Westfield Train Station, 821 S Ave W, Westfield, NJ 07090
For more information, click here.

7. Jersey City Holiday Lighting Ceremony

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Thursday, December 8th from 5:00PM – 8:00PM
The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District presents its Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony. Please join Mayor Fulop and Santa in celebrating the holiday season. Plus, music by Matty Dee! Free cookies for kiddos sponsored by HDSID!
Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall, 119-158 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
For more information, click here.

8. Toms River Tree Lighting

Friday, December 2nd from 6:00PM – 8:30PM
A perfect holiday family event with Christmas tree lighting performances from the Donovan Catholic Chorus, Youth Group, Amazing V Magician, Jersey Coast Youth Bands, and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Mrs. Claus. Santa arrives at 8:00PM and then will be happy to take photos with your little ones.
Town Hall Courtyard, Toms River, NJ 08753
For more information, click here.

9. Hoboken Tree Lighting

Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00PM
Local school children & performers singing favorite Christmas songs with Host & MC, Elvis the Elf, The Hoboken Fire Dept, and a visit by Santa Claus.
City Hall, 94 Washington Street, 07030
For more information, click here.

10. Cape May Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Friday, December 2nd from 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Enjoy some old fashioned holiday cheer when the City of Cape May officially kicks off the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 7 p.m. with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the newly renovated Rotary Park Bandstand located on the 400 block of Lafayette Street. The festive family program will include caroling, a presentation from the LCMR chorus and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Rotary Park Bandstand, 400-498 Lafayette St, Cape May, NJ 08204
For more information, click here.

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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Chelsea is an Editorial Assistant at NJMOM and resides in Ocean Grove, NJ with her husband. She earned her BA in English Literature from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with two minors in Cinema Studies and Organizational Leadership. Chelsea’s experience as Office Manager at Lakehouse Music Academy left her with insight into the ever growing, kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. In her spare time Chelsea can be found around Asbury Park watching live music with a beer in hand, or reading for her local book club. She looks forward to her weekly video chats with her mother who lives in Sweden, and enjoys playing in a local church handbell choir.

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