Cue the Hallmark movie—you can find quintessential Christmas villages in NJ with glittery lights, traditional decorations, and lots of charm made even better after a fresh snowfall. From the Victorian delights of Cape May to the glittering lights of Smithville, these towns go all out for the holiday season and turn into a Christmas wonderland. Ready to fall into the charms of a Christmas village in NJ? Read on for eight ones to visit this season. If you want to keep the holiday spirit going, check out where to see Santa in NJ and don’t forget to find the perfect tree at a Christmas Tree Farm.
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8 Christmas Villages in NJ To Visit This Holiday Season
December in Smithville
All month long
From shopping and a beautiful light show on the lake to a holiday train ride and magic talking tree, the historic town of Smithville turns into a Christmas wonderland in December. Slow down, enjoy the magic of the season and shop around at this delightful Christmas village in NJ.
Historic Smithville, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ 08205
Historic Allaire Village
All month long
Step back in time and enjoy the simple pleasures of the holiday season at Historic Allaire Village. There will be Lantern Tours, a Holiday Kids Club, a Stocking Stuffer Sale, and so much more during December.
Allaire Village, Inc., 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Holidays in Collingswood
Now through December
Shop, dine, and enjoy the holiday season in adorable Collingswood. From singers and snow to shopping and tons of lights, visiting here with be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Events are happening now through the new year and are fun for the whole family.
Downtown Collingswood, Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Christmas in Cape May
November 19 to January 2
There’s no better place to feel like you’ve stumbled into a Hallmark Movie set than in Victorian-inspired Cape May. The downtown area transforms into a magical scene, with greenery, lights, tours, and more reminiscent of a classic Dickens village. You can stroll along the sidewalks at the Candlelight Christmas House Tours, take a trolley ride and shop at one of the many festive boutiques.
1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Christmas Light Show and Village
November 24 to January 9
Drive through a beautiful exhibit that twinkles with over two million dazzling lights first, but plan on spending lots of time in the village after. Kids will be able to visit Santa, go ice skating, dine on hot cocoa and s’mores, and play lots of festive-filled games.
Skyland Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822
Winter Village at The Red Mill Museum
November 26 to November 28
This three-day event is an annual tradition that is fun for the whole family. Complete with over 40 local craft artisans, activities and food trucks, this is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. There’s also a beautiful Festival of Trees with decorated trees and wreaths along with 12 gorgeously decorated historical buildings that you can tour and enjoy.
Red Mill Museum, 56 Main St, Clinton, NJ 08809
Thomas Sweet’s Holiday Village
November 26 to January 3
Stop by Thomas Sweet Chocolate for their annual Winter Village, a miniaturized winter scene in the store windows. You can gaze upon this gorgeous lit village for the entire holiday season. While you’re there, go skating on the square or enjoy the beauty of the Christmas tree.
Thomas Sweet Chocolate, 29 Palmer Square West, Princeton, NJ 08542
German Christmas Market
December 3 to December 5
Brighten up the beginning of the holiday season at the German Christmas Market at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. This annual tradition since 2001 is the largest yearly Christmas Market in the state of NJ and is an event you don’t want to miss. Filled with lights, holiday tunes, authentic foods, and vendors, add this Christmas village in NJ to your must-do list this season.
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822