50 Holiday Parades, Festivals & Fairs in December


March in a festive Holiday Parade with neighbors through your home town, bundle up and gather around your town’s center for a Tree Lighting Celebration, or partake in other fun festivals and fairs including the Morris County Holly Walk, Ferry Merry Christmas in Cape May, or Camden’s Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration.

Here are 50 Holiday Parades, Festivals & Fairs in December:

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Holiday Parades:


Photo via blog.trover.com

1. Dec 2nd: Ship Bottom Annual Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade, Anchor Produce Market, 2012 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008
2. Dec 2nd: Ocean City Christmas Parade, Asbury Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226
3. Dec 3rd: West Cape May Christmas Parade, WCM Volunteer Firehouse, 732 Broadway, Cape May, NJ 08204
4. Dec 3rd: Somerville Holiday Lights Parade, Engine 1 Somerville Fire Department, 170 E Main St, Somerville, NJ 08876
5. Dec 3rd: Woolwich’s Tree Lighting & Parade, Locke Ave Park, 58 Locke Ave, Swedesboro, NJ 08085
6. Dec 3rd: Sandyston 12th Annual Santa Claus Parade, 133 Co Rd 645, Sandyston, NJ 07826
7. Dec 3rd: Cub Scout Pack 44 Moorestown Holiday ParadeMain St, Moorestown, NJ 08057
8. Dec 3rd: Salem City Magic of Christmas Parade, Ardagh/Anchor Glass parking lot, 4th Street, Salem, NJ 08079
9. Dec 4th: Millburn Snowflake Parade, Millburn Avenue between Holmes and Spring Streets, Millburn, NJ 07041
10. Dec 4th: Hunterdon Holiday Parade, Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
11. Dec 4th: Pine Hill 8th Annual Christmas Parade, Erial Rd, Pine Hill, NJ 08021
12. Dec 4th: Netcong Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting, Netcong Company #1 Fire House, 40 Maple Ave, Netcong, NJ 07857
13. Dec 9th – 10th: Wildwoods’ Family Holiday Celebration & Parade, Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
14. Dec 10th: 21st Christmas Parade of Lights, Mount Ephraim Fire Department, 200 Bell Rd, Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059
15. Dec 11th: Magnolia Holiday Lighted Parade: Warwick Road to Evesham Avenue, 08049

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Tree Lighting Celebrations:


Cape May, NJ, Photo via thehistorygirl.com

16. Dec 2nd: Toms River Tree LightingTown Hall Courtyard, Toms River, NJ 08753
17. Dec 2nd: Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland in MetuchenOld Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840
18. Dec 2nd: Boro In Lights: Glassboro’s Annual Tree Lighting, 220 Rowan Blvd, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
19. Dec 2nd: Cape May Tree Lighting Ceremony, Rotary Park Bandstand, 400-498 Lafayette St, Cape May, NJ 08204
20. Dec 2nd: Seaside Heights Christmas Tree Lighting, Borough Hall, 901 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
21. Dec 2nd: Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting, Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, N Central Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
22. Dec 2nd: Mount Holly Tree Lighting Celebration, High St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060
23. Dec 3rd: Asbury Park Downtown Tree Lighting, Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
24. Dec 3rd: New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Annual Tree Lighting, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, NJ 07733
25. Dec 3rd: Berkeley Heights Winter Walk & Tree Lighting, Peppertown Park, Plainfield Ave & Sherman Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
26. Dec 4th: Lebanon Tree Lighting, Visit from Santa & Parade, Lebanon Fire Department, 88 Main St, Lebanon, NJ 08833
27. Dec 4th: Colts Neck Holiday Festival Concert & Tree Lighting, Township Hall, 124 Cedar Drive, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
28. Dec 6th: Hoboken Tree Lighting, City Hall, 94 Washington Street, 07030
29. Dec 6th: Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration & Concert, Championship Plaza, 59 Edison Pl, Newark, New Jersey 07102
30. Dec 6th: Downtown Freehold Christmas Tree Lighting, Hall of Records, 1 E Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728
31. Dec 8th: Jersey City Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall, 119-158 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
32. Dec 10th: Clayton Tree Lighting, Borough Hall, 125 N Delsea Dr, Clayton, NJ 08312
33. Dec 11th: Gloucester Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, 1261 Chews Landing Rd, Clementon, NJ 08021
34. Dec 12th: South Toms River Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony19 Double Trouble Rd, South Toms River, NJ 08757


Even More Holiday Festivities:


Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights Festival, Photo via jenkinsons.com

35. Dec 2nd – 4th: Christkindlmarkt: Old Time Holiday Craft Market & Festival, The Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W Main St, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
36. Dec 2nd – Dec 11th: Bellmawr Christmas In the Park, 21 E Browning Rd, Bellmawr, New Jersey 08031
37. Dec 3rd: Historic Bridgeton’s Holiday House Tour & Festival of Lights, Main St, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
38. Dec 3rd: Dearborn Market’s Holiday Festival, Dearborn Market, 2170 RT-35, Holmdel, NJ 07733
39. Dec 3rd: Annual Dickens Festival, Lower Forge Brewery, 14 S Main St, Medford, New Jersey 08055
40. Dec 3rd: Holiday Festival with Friends of Lord Stirling Stable, Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
41. Dec 3rd – 4th: Morris County Holly Walk, Macculloch Hall (& Other Venues), 45 MacCulloch Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
42. Dec 3rd – 30th: Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration, Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103
43. Dec 4th: Union Township Annual Holiday Celebration, Town Hall, 1976 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083
44. Dec 10th: 3rd Annual Nog Off & Holiday Celebration, Rastelli Market Fresh, 710 Route 73 S, Marlton, NJ 08053
45. Dec 10th – 11th: Victorian Holiday Festival and House Tour, 45 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
46. Dec 16, 17, 26, 27, 28th: Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights Festival, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
47. Dec 17th: Christmas Celebration at the Farm, Allaire Community Farm, 2840 Allaire Rd, Belmar, NJ 07719
48. Dec 17th: Kwanzaa FestivalNew Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
49. Dec 18th: Ferry Merry Christmas, Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd, North Cape May, NJ 08204
50. Dec 19th – 23rd: Santa Around Collingswood, Collingswood Fire Department, 20 W Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

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Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq to show us how your family celebrates the holidays.


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Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!