15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ 12/25 – 12/27


Attend Christmas in Cape May, travel through Magic in Toyland, or check out Six Flags Holiday in the Park. Shoot lasers at the NJSM Planetarium, visit Santa Claus at the Storybook Land Festival, or watch A Christmas Story The Musical at the Papermill Playhouse.

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1.Magic in Toyland
Saturday, December 26 2015 at 10 am & 2 pm
Sunday, December 27 2015 at 10 am & 2 pm¨
The wicked Mr. Barnaby is plotting to close down the Toyland forever! Join Papa Gepetto as he uses all the magic of the season to stop Mr. Barnaby’s plan and save Toyland. Magic in Toyland is filled with magic tricks, larger than life characters, and lots of laughs for the little ones. Attendees of Magic in Toyland will receive a free beverage from our new Coca-Cola Freestyle Dispenser! Find your favorite combination of soda and sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
The Broadway Theatre of Pitman
43 S. Broadway
Pitman, NJ 08071
Cost $9

2.Christmas in Cape May
Friday, December 25 2015
Saturday, December 26 2015
Sunday, December 27 2015
This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a seemingly endless variety of fun and tasty events.
Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: FREE
3.Holiday Light Spectacular
Saturday, December 26 2015  from  5 pm to 9 pmSunday,December 27 2015 from  5 pm to 9 pm
Take a winter stroll through the Zoo under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters illuminated throughout the Zoo. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave,
West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: FREE
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4.A Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 26 2015 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 27 2015 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
This holiday season, celebrate McCarter’s critically-acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol one last time. After this December, we will be renewing the tradition by welcoming a reimagined version of Dickens’ immortal tale in 2016.
Mc Carter Theater Center
91 University Pl, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $25+

5.Christmas Night Show and Village
Saturday, December 26, 2015  at 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 27 , 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.Festival of Trees
Friday, December 25 2015
Saturday, December 26 2015
Sunday, December 27 2015
Come where the treetops glisten! Morven´s annual Festival of tress has become a must ‘see Princeton holiday tradition. Visitors enjoy the museum´s elegant galleries, hallways and porches artfully decorated for the holidays by local businessm garden clubs and non-profit organizations.
Morven Museum of Garden
55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $10  family of 5 $35
7.Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM & 12:30PM & 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

8.Story Book Land Festival
Sunday, December 27 2015 from 2:00PM to 9:00PM
Monday December 28,2015 from 2:00PM to 9:00PM
Tuesday December 29, 2015 from 2:00PM to 9:00PM
Come experience holiday magic right before your eyes!
Be here by 5:00PM when Santa Claus appears in his chimney, waves his magic wand, and lights the park with over one million lights for the holiday season! All of our rides, attractions, and snack bars are open!
Storybook Land
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322)
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Cost: $24.95
9.Laser Holiday Magic
Saturday, December 26 2015 at 1:00PM & 3:00PM
Sunday, December 27 2015 at 1:00PM & 3:00PM
The NJSM Planetarium invites you to celebrate this magical holiday season with its most spectacular show ever! Our new full-spectrum laser beams dance along with dazzling animated laser effects set to popular holiday music such as Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman and many more. Enjoy a unique, festive experience under the stars at New Jersey’s largest planetarium.
Museum & Auditorium Galleries
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ
Cost: $7 adult $5 child
10.Friday Night Skate 
Friday, December 25 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10.00 PM
Looking for something exciting to do this Friday Night? Then come to Mennen Sports Arena and skate the night away to the tunes of a DJ! Have a blast with your friends while the DJ plays the newest hits and some of your favorite throw-backs all with the bonus of theme-nights, giveaways, shout outs, and disco lights. Meet up with your friends or gather your family on the ice every Friday night for skating, arcade games, and great eats from the snack bar.
Mennen Sports Arena
161 E Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $8 admission, $3.50 skate rental

11.Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 26 2015 from 9:00AM to 3:30PM
Sunday, December 27 2015 from 9:00AM to 3:30PM
Head over to the arboretum for this special scavenger hunt: “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”. Bring your camera or cell phone as well as a good set of observant eyes. Find most of the items on the list and take home a prize for the entire family. There’s a lot going on out in the gardens during the winter. You just have to look for it.
Haggerty Center
Morris Township, NJ 07962
Cost:$10 per family

12.Holiday Show
Friday, December 25 2015
Saturday, December 26 2015
Sunday, December 27 2015
Come to see great exhibitions of Trains, Planes, and Automobiles . They will also have a movie night featuring “The Polar express”.
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Cost: $8.00


13.Holiday in the Park
Saturday, December 26 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 27 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great Adventure is filled with enchanting experiences to help create those special family fun outings during this magical time of the year. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Gather with your loved ones to enjoy sparkling lights, glamorous decorations, festive scents and seasonal treats, playful activities, hair-raising rides, and heartwarming shows.
Six Flags Great Adventures
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527
Cost: $69.99

14.New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 1:00PM & 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+


15.A Christmas Story The Musical
Friday ,December 25 , 2015 at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 1:30pm & 7:00pm,
Sunday, December 27,2015  at 1:30pm & 7:00pm.
A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Straight from Broadway‚ this musical is based on the classic 1983 movie
Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Drive
Millburn, NJ 07041
Cost: $37+


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