‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, and there’s nothing better than seeing the joy through your kids’ eyes at Christmas tree lightings in NJ. A favorite moment every year? Watching those little eyes light up when the tree begins to sparkle and glow. Towns across New Jersey are decking their trees for the holidays, and we’ve rounded up some of the best and brightest. So bundle up the fam, grab your hot cocoa, and plan to make your way to one of these upcoming events. And don’t miss the Drive Through Christmas Lights and Must-See Light Shows in NJ this holiday season. (featured photo credit: Istock/utah778)
20 Christmas Tree Lightings in NJ
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30th Annual Town Lighting & Holiday Express Concert in Red Bank
The most magical day in Red Bank, this 30th annual event, is one you won’t want to miss. Start the day shopping on Broad Street, followed by pre-show activities and then a Holiday Express concert, followed by the main event—the lighting of the Red Bank Christmas tree.
Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Palmer Square Tree Lighting
November 25 at 5 PM
Come down to Palmer Square for their annual tree lighting ceremony. Featuring traditional Christmas music, live performances, and even a visit from Santa, this event is a wonderful way to kick off the holidays as all 32,000 lights are lit for a dazzling display.
Palmer Square Green, 40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Festival of Trees and Winter Village
November 25-27, December 3-18
It’s an outdoor holiday market with over 45 unique craft artisans ready to help you wrap up your seasonal shopping. The opening weekend coincides with the first weekend of The Festival of Trees. After visiting the German-style holiday market, step back into the Victorian era in Downtown Clinton with Dickens Days.
56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Collingswood Holiday and Menorah Lighting Events
November 25-December 22
Spend the season celebrating, starting with a Holiday Tree Lighting on November 25, a Holiday Parade on November 26, and the Community Menorah Lighting On December 2. Make sure you get your list to Santa (he’ll be around every weekend) and spend the night of December 10 watching live performances, listening to live music, and strolling along the sidewalk admiring the festive lights.
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Santa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at Cape May County Zoo
Can you keep a secret? Rumor has it that the zebras at the Cape May County Zoo brought Rudolph and his crew in through the back gates. Come see for yourself, and while you’re there, take your photo with the jolly man in the big red suit and ride aboard the holiday train. Catch a holiday performance, check out the ice sculpture demonstration, free treats, and so much more.
Cape May County Park & Zoo, 707 US 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Woodbridge Township Winterfest and Light Parade
November 26 at 4 PM
Kick off the holiday before the big event with s’mores, ice skating, kids’ crafts, a light parade, ice sculpting, and a live DJ. At dusk, the tree gets a glow up and a visit from the big guy.
Cost: Free to enter
Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Bordentown City Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 at 4:30 PM
Sing along to music and holiday songs before Santa arrives on a firetruck to light the tree when the sun sets.
Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ 08505
Long Branch Tree Lighting at Pier Village
November 27 at 4 PM
Kick off the holiday season this year at this festive holiday tree lighting at Pier Village. There will be so many fun activities, including ice skating, a performance by the Long Branch High School Marching Band and Dance Team, and a special visit from Santa Claus. After the tree is lit, enjoy shopping while you look at the window displays and take in the festive cheer.
Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Westfield Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 at 5 PM
It’s a festive evening with holiday cheer and community to kick off the season. The DJ will be spinning holiday tunes, and there will be cookies, Hanukkah Gelt, and dreidels. Santa will also be arriving by fire truck to light the Christmas Tree with Mayor Brindle, and then the kiddos can take pictures with Santa on stage.
North Avenue Train Station, Westfield, NJ 07090
Lighting Up Morristown
Come down to The Morristown Green and take in the magic of the season. Bring the family to welcome Santa to Morristown with help from the Town of Morristown Fire Department, Morristown Police and Morristown Partnership, and Town of Morristown officials who will be on hand to light up the Morristown Green officially.
The Morristown Green, 10 N. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960
Wildwood Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1 – Wildwood Crest, December 2 – Greater Wildwood Jaycees Downtown, North Wildwood Tree Lighting, Wildwood Business Improvement District
Welcome in the holidays in a variety of locations around Wildwood. There are four tree lighting ceremonies to attend all around town.
A variety of locations in Wildwood, NJ
Downtown Toms River Tree Lighting
December 2 at 5 PM
Come down to the Downtown District of Toms River for some holiday fun. Starting with live entertainment at 5 PM, Santa will arrive on a fire truck to light the tree at 7 PM, followed by photos with the big guy.
Courtyard of Toms River Town Hall, Toms River, NJ 08753
Fireman’s Park Tree Lighting in Asbury Park
December 2 at 5:30 PM
Kick off the holiday season with a visit from Santa, festive music, holiday treats, and hot chocolate. This is one of the shore Christmas tree lightings in NJ that you won’t want to miss.
Fireman’s Park, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Holiday Jubilee in Somerville
December 2 at 5:30 PM
Enjoy music by Base Entertainment and ice skating on a 40×50 artificial ice rink. Then at 7 PM, there will be live entertainment featuring music, carolers, dancing, and a visit from Santa himself. Following Santa’s arrival and the holiday tree lighting, enjoy more holiday fun, including free carriage rides, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, holiday crafts, and more.
Downtown Somerville, NJ 08876
Boro in Lights
December 2 at 6 PM
See over 19,000 lights light up the night on the Glassboro tree. There will also be photos with Santa, The Grinch, and Buddy the Elf, horse and carriage rides, free cookies, ornament decorating, live performances, and more for the whole family.
Glassboro Town Square, High Street West, Glassboro, NJ 08028
Christmas Parade and Lighting Event in Somers Point
December 2 at 6 PM
Get in the holiday spirit with this Christmas parade and lighting event. Santa will attend the lighting to visit with all the little ones.
City Hall, Somers Point, NJ 08244
December 2 at 6 PM
Celebrate a successful harvest at Renault Winery with a charming and festive experience for all ages. Kids will love the ice skating, tractor rides, and live entertainment while you enjoy gourmet dining and wines. Come dressed in your holiday best when Santa Claus comes to town on December 2 to light the famous Wine Barrel Christmas tree and pose for holiday photos.
72 Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Westwood Home For The Holidays
December 3, Parade begins at 6 PM
Get ready for the holiday season with the return of Westwood’s beloved Home For The Holidays celebration, which features a tree lighting. The parade will begin at 6 PM and will include a visit from the big guy in red.
Downtown Westwood, NJ 07675
Holiday Market in the Park in Hopatcong
December 10 at 3 PM
The tree lighting and a visit from St. Nick will be happening in the evening, but come earlier to explore what the holiday market has to offer. Grab a bite to eat and do some shopping at the craft vendors. They’re selling various goods, from fashion accessories to soap to holiday gifts. And, of course, holiday music will be playing throughout the event.
Modick Park, 28 Hopatchung Road, Hopatcong, NJ 07843
Christmas Village at Veterans Park Gloucester
December 11 at 3 PM
This open-air holiday market will sell Christmas décor, gifts, Christmas trees, jewelry, and more at Veterans Park, with live music and food trucks too. Santa will also be on the premises for you to take a quick holiday photo, and free rides on the Carousel and Dizzy Dragons will be available for the little ones. The Mainstage choir will perform at 6 PM, followed by the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 PM.
Veterans Park, Clementon, NJ 08021
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