10+ Beer & Wine Festivals in December (Kid-Friendly!)


The holidays are upon us, the snow is falling (once), and celebration is everywhere. Kick off the holiday season at Terhune Orchards with some shopping and hot mulled wine, or head over to Willow Creek Winery where you can save animals while sampling vino. Check out our kid-friendly beer and wine festivals list below for ideas to celebrate the holiday cheer all season long. 

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

Here are 10+ kid-friendly beer and wine festivals around New Jersey:

Christmas in the Country Trail at Four Sisters Winery
Now through December 24, 10AM – 6PM
Visit three of Warren County’s most unique farms all within 4 minutes of each other: Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm, Mackey’s Orchard & Bakery, and Four Sisters Winery. With a $5 minimum purchase at each farm, you will receive a stamp from each farm. At your final stop, you will receive a beautiful pair of Christmas in the Country Trail embossed wine glasses.
783 North Bridgeville Road (County Route 519)
Belvidere, NJ
Cost: free

Santa and Mrs Claus Visit Laurita Winery
December 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23,  1PM – 4PM
Bring your littles to the beautiful Laurita Winery for a fun visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be listening to dozens of holiday wishes. Sip your favorite wine while your littles snack on hot cocoa and cookies. Be sure to bring your camera to snap photos of the visit.
Laurita Winery
New Egypt, NJ
Cost: free to attend

Paws & Pinot 2018
December 1 – 16, 12PM – 3PM
How can we help animals and drink wine? At Paws & Pinot! Drink wine and help rescue animals at beautiful Willow Creek Farm while listening to the sweet sounds of Nancy Malcun Music. This is a pet-friendly multi-rescue event so bring your furry family out for pictures with Santa Paws.
Willow Creek Farm & Winery
West Cape May, NJ
Cost: free to attend

The Referend 2nd Anniversary
December 1, 2PM – 8PM
The Referend is celebrating two years of business with special drafts, casks, and bottles. Bring the family for a relaxing afternoon at this peaceful brewery in Pennington. 
1595 Reed Rd, Unit 2
Pennington, NJ
Cost: free

4th Annual Lighting of the Leg & Notafingah! Release
December 1, 6PM – 10PM
Everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story” comes to life at this annual event that attracts over 1000 people, including bagpipers and Rockettes. This event coincides with Village Idiot’s winter warmer beer release at 6PM, appropriately named “Notafingah”! All are encouraged to dress-up as favorite characters from the film, and can expect to see the deranged Easter bunny, the old man, Ralphie, and Scut Farkus! The night won’t be complete until someone gets their tongue stuck to the light pole! Stick around for the Lighting of the Leg at 7PM. 
Village Idiot Brewing Company
Mount Holly, NJ
Cost: free to attend

Kick Off the Holiday Season Weekend at Terhune Orchards
December 1 – 2, 10AM – 5PM
Enjoy wine, choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath, start your holiday shopping, and spend time with your family. Choose from a unique selection of gift baskets, with Terhune Orchards fruit, baked goods, and even wine – perfect for anyone on your list! From 12PM – 3PM, visit with Santa in the barnyard and enjoy a seasonal wagon ride. In the wine tasting room from 12PM – 5PM, try award-winning wines and warm up with hot mulled wine. On Sunday, enjoy live music from 1PM – 4PM in the winery.
Terhune Orchards
Princeton, NJ
Cost: free to attend

Pints, Pups, and Pawtraits with Santa
December 2, 1PM – 5PM
After you get a pawtrait with your furry friend, Santa, and the kids, hang around and grab a beer. Meet adoptable dogs from the Home Free Animal Rescue. 
Bradley Brew Project
Bradley Beach, NJ
Cost: $15 for pet photo with Santa – digital copy only

Uncork Christmas at Hawk Haven Winery
December 8, 11AM – 6PM
Wishing for a one-stop shop for all your wine and Christmas tree needs? Attendees will enjoy favorite holiday tunes, food, holiday decorations, wreaths and gifts to shop for, and wine tasting. The event features a selection of live Christmas trees, and with wine in hand, when you find the one, take it home or tag it and it will be ready for next-day pick-up at nearby Secluded Acres Farm & Garden Center. Bring the kids for a check-in and photo with Santa, bring your own camera. 
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
Rio Grande, NJ
Cost: Free

6th Annual Sip & Shop “Holiday Love Drive”
December 8 & 9, 11AM – 5PM
Sip and sample great local wines and sangrias while shopping and supporting local Cape May businesses, artists, jewelers, designers, photographers, authors, bakers, and crafters. These vendors are donating to local food banks and you can too! Bring non-perishable food items, pet food for local animal shelters, and toys for Toys for Tots. Bring the family out to find the true meaning of the holidays: giving back. 
Willow Creek Winery
West Cape May, NJ
Cost: free to attend

Rinn Duin Brewing’s Celtic Christmas
December 9, 12PM – 5PM
Rinn Duin is hosting their 4th Annual Celtic Christmas; a celebration of the Christmas season and a time for coming together to help those less fortunate than us. Please bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy to benefit the local food banks and Toys for Tots. A $5 donation will be asked with a food item/toy, and $10 donation will be asked if you forget to stop at the store. All donations will receive a complimentary beer token. Santa will be at the brewery from 1PM – 4PM for photos and Christmas wishes.
1540 Route 37 W Unit B-5
Toms River, NJ
Cost: $5 donation with toy or food item, $10 without

Common Sense Brewing’s 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Making Event
December 9, 1PM – 5PM
Common Sense Brewing is hosting their 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Making Event. Bring your own kit or purchase your own from the brewery. Mom and dad can sip fun brews while the kids build and play with gingerbread. 
102 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown, NJ
Cost: free to attend

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


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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.