Bundle up and get ready for a weekend full of festive, family-friendly fairs, festivals, and celebrations. Take a holiday horse ride and decorate gingerbread houses at Christkindlmarkt Old Time Holiday Craft Market at The Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, sample sweets and collect as many stamps in your “Chocolate Passport” as you can at the Bordentown Holiday Chocolate Walk, or march with holiday cheer in the Millburn Snowflake Parade.
Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:
1. Christkindlmarkt: Old Time Holiday Craft Market
December 2 – 4, 2016 | Friday 4:00PM – 8:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM – 5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
The Tuckerton Seaport is proud to host the annual Christkindlmarkt this weekend with an abundance of family friendly holiday activities. In addition to 50 craft, gift, and gourmet vendors, you will find make-and-take family crafts, holiday horse wagon rides, festival of trees, gingerbread house decorating, hayride through the Frozen Woods, Laurita Hot Apple Cider Wine and Hot Mulled Sangria, and a food truck food court.
The Tuckerton Seaport
120 W Main St, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Cost: $5 Admission, Seaport Members are free. Frozen Woods Hayride is $3.
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2. Toms River Tree Lighting
December 2, 2016 | 6:00PM – 8:30PM
A perfect holiday family event with Christmas tree lighting performances from the Donovan Catholic Chorus, Youth Group, Amazing V Magician, Jersey Coast Youth Bands, and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Mrs. Claus. Santa arrives at 8:00PM and then will be happy to take photos with your little ones.
Town Hall Courtyard
33 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
3. Bordentown Holiday Chocolate Walk
December 2, 2016 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Stop by the Downtown Bordentown Association (DBA) tent on Farnsworth Avenue to purchase your Chocolate Walk Passport for $5 (all proceeds support the Downtown Bordentown Association). Stroll through the charming streets of downtown Bordentown and visit participating businesses for a sweet treat sample and receive a stamp in your passport. Return your completed passport to the DBA tent for a chance to win prizes.
Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown, NJ 08505
4. Boro In Lights: Glassboro’s Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2nd | 6:00PM – 9:00PM
This fantastic family tree lighting event is presented by Glassboro and Rowan University, and features a fire truck parade, horse and carriage rides, photos with Santa, ice sculpture demonstrations, Toys for Tots and canned food drive, and live performances as holiday characters come to life in the crowd of about 3,000 people.
220 Rowan Blvd, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
5. City of Cape May Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 2, 2016 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Visit Historic Cape May for an old fashioned holiday celebration. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the newly renovated Rotary Park Bandstand. The festive family program will include caroling, a presentation from the LCMR chorus and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Rotary Park Bandstand
400 block of Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
6. Christmas Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland in Metuchen
December 2, 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM
The charmingly historic Old Franklin Schoolhouse is home to this family friendly holiday celebration including visits with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa, and a tree lighting. Bring non-perishable food items and new children’s slippers to donate to the holiday drive.
Old Franklin Schoolhouse
491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840
7. New Egypt Speedway Swap Meet & Flea Market
December 3, 2016 | 7:30AM – 1:00PM
New Egypt Speedway is concluding its 19th season of dirt track thrills by hosting its annual Swap Meet & Flea Market in the pit area. This swap meet is open to all divisions of racing with Street Rods – Classic Cars and parts are welcome as well.
New Egypt Speedway
720 County Rd 539, New Egypt, NJ 08533
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8. FBAC Annual Arts and Crafts Show
December 3, 2016 | 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Browse and purchase unique arts and crafts created by local vendors, just in time for the holiday season. The FBAC selects a diverse array of vendors to offer you the best shopping experience this weekend.
618 Park Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728
9. West Cape May Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3rd | 5:00PM – 10:00PM
This annual parade is celebrating its 51st year. Starting at the WCM Volunteer Firehouse, the parade marches South on Broadway, winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May.
WCM Volunteer Firehouse
732 Broadway, Cape May, NJ 08204
10. Berkeley Heights Winter Walk
December 3, 2016 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Experience a night of fun, festivities and community as you visit our downtown businesses. This festive event kicks off with the Berkeley Heights Fire Department escorting Santa Claus to Peppertown Park for a tree lighting ceremony. Immediately following is the winter walk in the downtown area.
Plainfield Ave & Sherman Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
11. Somerville Holiday Lights Parade
December 3, 2016 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Join the Somerville Fire Departments in this 5th annual celebration. The parade starts at dusk (approximately 6:00PM) at Engine Company #1. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated trucks, floats, houses, and businesses along the route.
Engine 1 Somerville Fire Department
170 East Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
12. Dearborn Market’s Holiday Festival
December 3 – 4, 2016 | 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Take a photo with Santa at his Toy Workshop Scene, pick out a Christmas tree with assistance from the helpful staff, sample delicious foods from the Holiday Catering Menu, enjoy a personalized cup of hot chocolate with special toppings and decorations, visit the Children’s Wreath Making Table, and enjoy free face painting. Donate to the Bridges Children’s Coat Drive with laundered children coats, snow suits, and boots and receive a 12 oz. up of Dearborn’s Gourmet Coffee and an Apple Cider Donut.
2170 RT-35, Holmdel, NJ 07733
13. Shrewsbury Hose Co #1 Breakfast With Santa
December 4, 2016 | 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Join Santa Claus at the Shrewsbury Firehouse for a special pancake breakfast. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas list! Pictures with Santa and ornaments will be available for an additional donation.
Shrewsbury Hose Company
783 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
14. 4th Annual Jackson Liberty Lion Band Vendor & Craft Fair
December 4, 2016 | 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Support the Jackson Liberty Lion Band by visiting this giant vendor and craft fair to serve your holiday shopping needs. Vendors include Do Terra Essentials Oils, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Garden State Candle LLC, Mommy & Me Aprons, Jackson Woodcraft, and dozens more.
Jackson Liberty High School
125 N Hope Chapel Rd, Jackson, NJ 08527
15. Millburn Snowflake Parade
Sunday, December 4th | 1:30PM – 4:30PM
This Snowflake Parade and Family Fun Festival will be held on Millburn Avenue between Holmes and Spring Streets featuring professional bands, clowns, costumed characters, and refreshments after the parade.
Millburn Avenue between Holmes and Spring Streets, Millburn, NJ 07041
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