15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ 12/18 – 12/20


Meet Scuba Santa at Adventure Aquarium, watch a performance of the Nutcracker, visit the Christmas Carnival or watch the Christmas Night Show and Village.

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1.Rhino Christmas Musical
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Come join this great musical performance, where you will create great memories.
Rhino Theater
247 Wanaque ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Cost: Adult $24  Child $16

2.The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Last season’s holiday sensation returns! Rap legend Kurtis Blow is special guest Mc for his hip-hop holiday mash-up for the whole family
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
Cost: Varies


3.New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 4:30PM & 6:00 PM
The 45th anniversary of this annual tradition features orchestral accompaniment by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra! This seasonal favorite enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $29 +

4.Sea of Lights
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Indoor Holidays Lights Spectacular inside Jenkinson’s Aquarium with a special admission price!
Jekinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost :$6


5.Christmas Night Show and Village
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015  at 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 20 , 2015  at 4:30PM
Experience our spectacular Christmas Light Show at Skylands Stadium! Drive through a 1-mile course of breathtaking displays set to joyous holiday music on WSUS 102.3 FM. We will have more than 2 MILLION LIGHTS for your viewing pleasure.
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
Cost: FREE

6.The Christmas Express
Friday, December 18, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
A Holiday Tradition for over 30 years and a sellout every year! So popular that they had to add more trains to the schedule! Santa rides the Christmas Express and talks to all the children.
New Jersey Museum of Transportation
4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township, NJ 07727
Cost: $6

7.Kwanzaa Festival
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Come to the 17th year celebration of Kwanzaa Children’s festival and Marketplace. Create and participate in the Arts and Crafts Village, dance, sing and explore the rhythms of the African tradition.
1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: FREE


8.Scuba Santa
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Get up close looks at Scuba Santa as he delights children of all ages by diving in the Aquarium’s 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm and swimming along with a great hammerhead shark, sea turtles and stingrays!. You can also catch there Scuba Santa’s live show
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: Adult $25.95 Child $18.95

9.Christmas Carnival
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
There will be carnival games, crafts and music.
St. Thomas The Apostle School
333 Route 18, Old Bridge NJ 08857
Cost: FREE admission

10.Dreaming of an Alpaca Christmas
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM
You won’t want to miss a trip to the farm to visit the alpacas during this magical time of year! Join us for wassail punch and maybe even feed some treats to the alpacas! And Santa will be there too!
Bluebird Farm Alpacas
44 Willow Avenue, Peapack, NJ 07977
Cost: FREE

11.Santa Heights SantaCon
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Come dress up in your favorite Christmas costumes and join the big parade. Help raise money for charities, collect toys for the Marine foundation Toys 4 Tots, and collect non-perishable food for local food banks.
Casino Pier
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Cost: FREE

12.Tropicana’s Musical Light Show
Friday, December 18, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Sunday, December 20 , 2015
Tropicana’s traditional 35-foot holiday tree is back to celebrate the holiday season featuring a free Holiday Musical Light Show in The Quarter. Families will love the stunning holiday décor, indoor Snow and music, with the marvelous 35-foot tree in the center of it all. Adding to the festive décor is Tropicana’s famed 25-foot Poinsettia Tree located in Palm Walk.
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Cost: FREE

Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM & 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM & 4:30 PM
A tradition since it first premiered in 1964, American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for your entire family. Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, performed by a live orchestra, joins ARB’s professional dancers with students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl and how a mysterious gift brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes
State theater
15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

14.Visit with Santa
Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20 from 12-3 p.m.
Come to Longstreet Farm and enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas. Children can visit with Santa and take photos (bring your camera), then take a walk to the farmhouse and have a cup of cider.
Historic Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Road,
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Cost: FREE

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15.Christmas With the Claws
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 12:00PM to 6PM.
Santa Claus will take pictures with kids. The Blue Claws will also have fresh-cut Christmas trees available for purchase in a variety of sizes. Additionally there will be vendors, crafters, music and hot drinks.
The Lakewood BlueClaws
2 Stadium Way,
Lakewood, NJ 0870
Cost: FREE


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