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. And for more holiday fun, stop by one of the winter markets in NJ this season. (featured photo credit: @shawniemikes)
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 an enchanted 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 in this delightfully decorated historic village. In December, there will be Lantern Tours, a Holiday Kids Club, a Stocking Stuffer Sale, reenactments, and much more.
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 will surely put you in the holiday spirit. Events are happening now through the new year and are fun for the whole family, including a menorah lighting, tree lighting, Santa visits, a parade, and holiday shopping.
Downtown Collingswood, Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Christmas in Cape May
November 18 to January 1
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. For the ultimate Christmas Village Experience, plan to spend a few days in town.
1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Christmas Light Show and Village
November 23 to December 30
Drive through a beautiful exhibit that twinkles with over two million dazzling lights first, but plan to spend lots of time in the village afterward. Kids can 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 25 to November 27 and Saturdays & Sundays December 3 to 18
This event is an annual tradition that is fun for the whole family. Complete with over 45 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
Palmer Square Holiday Happenings
Starts November 25
The streets of historic Princeton will be dressed in their finest, and window shopping is a must to see the gorgeous displays of each store while sipping warm cups of cocoa. With strolling musicians, carolers, Santa sightings, a menorah lighting, and a dazzling decorated spruce at the center of the square, you can make your holiday visit a memorable one. End your day with Skating on the Square, where the whole family can glide on a synthetic ice rink under twinkling lights.
Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ 08542
German Christmas Market
December 2 to December 4
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
The North Pole Experience at Harbaugh Village
November 30 to December 30
Dubbed the North Pole of NJ, this is one of the Christmas villages in NJ that feels like a holiday movie come to life. Kids will love visiting Santa’s workshop, where they can make reindeer food with elves, write wish lists and meet with the big guy in red. After there’s plenty to do to get into the spirit—take a ride on the carousel, ice skate, play games, visit the sweet shop, cozy up to the fire pit, and shop for gifts in the vendor village. All proceeds benefit GeorgesHouse.org, a non-profit committed to providing toys and transitional housing for children and families in need.
Tickets are $19.95 a person; kids 2 and under are free, and some activities are an additional cost.
126 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Which Christmas Villages in NJ will you be visiting this year?
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