This weekend get witchy at WizardCon in Newton, watch the glass team create huge holiday-themed glass objects at Big Glass Blast! in Wheaton, or catch a performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live! at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank.
Here are 13 kid-friendly festivals around New Jersey:
Now through Dec 30th
We know how much your kids love Diggerland, so why not take them to celebrate all the magic of winter during Diggerland’s Winterfest? Enjoy fun holiday events each weekend including a holiday hayride, a holiday parade, and ornament decorating. Diggerland’s Winterfest runs until Dec 30th.
West Berlin, NJ
Cost: $29.95 – $34.95
Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
November 23, 7PM – 9PM
Enjoy time with the family in Hasbrouck Heights at the holiday parade. Watch the fun holiday-themed floats go by and root for your favorites. Stay for the tree lighting and get a photo with Santa.
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Big Glass Blast!
November 23, 11AM – 4PM
Head over to the Glass Studio to watch the Glass Team design and create huge holiday-themed glass objects. You’ll see last year’s items on display and have a chance to shop for regular-size items too.
Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center
Princeton’s Annual Tree Lighting
November 23, 5PM – 6PM
32,000 lights on a Norwegian Spruce doesn’t really get much better…except when it’s in Princeton, New Jersey. Adorable downtown Princeton invites you to start your holiday season with them this weekend at their annual tree lighting on the Green at Palmer Square. Psst! We hear Santa might be there too.
Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ
Sea Isle City’s Holiday Extravaganza
November 23, 4PM – 9PM, November 24, 10AM – 3PM
Get into the holiday spirit with all of your seasonal favorites: ice skating, a tree lighting ceremony, caroling, hot chocolate, and gift shopping. Be sure to bring your camera, Santa is expected to make a stop.
Excursion Park, Sea Isle City, NJ
Avalon Turkey Trot 5K or Walk
November 23, 10AM
Burn off the Thanksgiving calories and guilt at a 5K the following day. Bring your kids and go as a team or as an individual. If you dress up in a festive holiday costume, you could win a prize. All proceeds benefit the Diller Blind Home.
Cost: $25 – $35
November 24, 1:30PM – 5:30PM
Bring your little witches and wizards to their paradise at WizardCon. All ages come together at this event to celebrate the books, movies, and characters that they love. Activities include potion classes, cosplay contests, scavenger hunts, photo booths, and quidditch lessons. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NJ.
Cost: $0 – $15
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live! at Count Basie Theater
November 24, 1PM, 4PM, 7PM
Your littles will love the classic Christmas story as it comes to life on stage in front of them. Bring them to the theater to hang with Charlie, Snoopy, and his friends before the holiday. At the 1PM and 4PM showtimes, you can get a VIP-experience with character meet & greets, photo-ops, and gifts.
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
Cost: $25 – $45
Christmas Light Show & Village at Skylands Stadium
Weekends November 16-30, 5PM – 10PM
Dec 1-30, Thurs & Sun 4:30PM – 9PM, Fri & Sat 4:30PM – 11PM
Don’t miss the Christmas Village, our indoor winter wonderland in which you can take photos with Santa, enjoy hot food and beverages, do arts and crafts, watch special caroling and dance performances (on select nights), and shop holiday gifts with local artisans.
Roxey Ballet’s, “The Nutcracker”
November 24 – 25, 2PM
Bring the family to watch everyone’s favorite Christmas story come to life through leaps and turns by the talented dancers of Roxey Ballet. It’s a holiday tradition to see the Nutcracker, so buy your tickets now.
TCNJ’s Kendall Main Stage Theater
Cost: $20 and up
Breakfast with Frosty
November 24 – 25, 9AM-11AM
Your littles will love having breakfast with their favorite snowman, Frosty. Bring them to breakfast at Coffee Talk and enjoy many other events in Stone Harbor this weekend such as scavenger hunts, tree lightings, a holiday parade, and more.
Coffee Talk, Stone Harbor, NJ
Lights on Main
November 24, 6PM – 9PM
Wander around historic Main Street with lots of food vendors, specialty shops offering special, and free pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Santa in Old Town Hall. Stick around for the tree lighting of the Township Christmas Tree at Old Town Hall.
Historic Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ
Holiday Open House at Swallow Hill Farm
November 23, 11AM – November 24, 4PM
Shop for homemade alpaca products and other holiday gifts at the Swallow Hill Farm Open House. You can watch weaving and spinning demonstrations, as well as meet the alpacas(We know it’s on your bucket list)!
Swallow Hill Farm, Hillsborough, NJ