Enjoy your November in New Jersey celebrating the arts scene at Art All Day in Trenton, watching glass makers create giant glass ornaments at The Big Glass Blast! in Millville, or get ready for the Christmas season with the Annual Tree Lighting in Princeton(and many other towns).
Here are 25 free NJ events in November:
Bell Works Fresh Farmers & Makers Market
November 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2PM – 6PM
A farmers and makers market is always a great opportunity to bond with the kids and expose them to new things. Shop over 20 local farmers, artists, and food makers. Your littles will love to watch the food demos, play the many kids activities, and visit the animal rescue.
Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ
Historic Smithville’s Fire on the Lake
November 10, 6PM
Hang out by a bonfire floating on Lake Meone. Historic Smithville’s Fire on the Lake offers not only a comforting bonfire beneath the fall foliage, but the favorites of Smithville too. 60 shops, 7 eateries, carousel rides, train rides, paddleboats, an arcade, and on-site lodging at the Colonial Inn.
Historic Smithville Village, Smithville, NJ
Salem Community College Holiday Craft Fair
November 10, 9AM – 2PM
Bring your family and friends to the annual Holiday Craft Fair for a day of shopping through a fine selection of unique handcrafted items from over 100 local craftsmen and artists. Purchase your Christmas presents early and have them wrapped at our Gift Wrap Station while you sit down to enjoy scrumptious fall comfort foods at our concession stand.
Salem Community College – DuPont Field House
460 Hollywood Avenue, Carney’s Point NJ
Geek Flea 16
November 10, 10AM – 5PM
Geek Flea 16 is here to help you unleash your inner geek. Munch on delicious snacks while you browse over 50 tables of toys and collectibles, knickknacks, videogames, crafts, art and more. Get ready for the holidays with the coolest geeks in North Jersey with raffles to win the dorkiest things you can imagine.
663 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, NJ
53rd Annual Apple Festival
November 10, 12PM – 4PM
The Apple Festival celebrates the fall harvest and everyone’s favorite fruit during fall: the apple. This event features crafters, local vendors, re-enactors, handmade apple pies and other apple goodies.
Old Bridge Civic Center, Old Bridge, NJ
November 11, 12PM – 5PM
Lavender Koi Yoga is hosting an event featuring 17 unique vendors, live music, and food trucks. Shop dozens of items for the yogi in your life including jewerly, clothing, pottery, yoga mats, essential oils, crystals, macrame, candles, and herbalism. Enjoy live music and stop by the Berlin Brewery for a beer or two.
Lavender Koi Yoga 220 S. White Horse Pike, Suite C, Berlin, NJ
Voorhees Town Center Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 16 at 6:30PM
Come on out to the Voorhees Town Center Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to watch the tree sparkle and to see Santa arrive in style escorted by the Voorhees Township Police and Fire Departments.
Voorhees Town Center, 2120 Voorhees Town Ctr, Voorhees Township, NJ
Cape May Holiday Preview Weekend
November 16 – 18
Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings, ghost tours, holiday lights, and trolley rides. Visit the free Carroll Gallery exhibit, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, and capture the feeling of Christmas past with model trains and a Dept. 56 Dickens Village beneath the Christmas tree (through Jan. 1, 2019). Visit the Estate on Saturday at 7PM as Santa arrives to flip the switch for the tree-lighting ceremony. Visitors are encouraged to share in the holiday spirit and bring a non-perishable food item for the Cape May Community Food Bank. Your littles will love Santa’s Trolley Rides and a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself.
1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ
Holiday Bazaar for The English School at Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church
November 17, 10AM – 4PM
The English School is a community of adult immigrant students, teachers, and volunteers working together to improve lives through affordable English language learning. Spread the holiday cheer and shop the Holiday Bazaar for original artwork, handmade jewelry, handmade signs and home decor, pet themed items, soy candles, handmade soaps, handbags, skincare, cosmetics, nail art, air plants, knit items, and therapeutic items. Bonus: There’s cupcakes too.
1039 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ
37th Annual Fall Craft Fair
November 17, 10AM – 4PM
Augusta’s Annual Fall Craft Fair is back and better than ever with over 100 tables of artists and crafters selling handmade items, holiday decor, and everyday items. Many crafters will accommodate custom design orders to meet your individual gift and personal needs. Shop a large selection of home baked goods, including the school’s famous homemade apple pies. Food concessions will be available all day providing homemade soups, chili, nachos, hot dogs, beverages and freshly baked desserts.
Sussex County Fairgrounds; 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ
Holiday Lights Festival at Hackettstown Medical Center
November 17, 5PM – 7PM
Join Hackettstown Medical Center for their 2nd Annual Holiday Lights Festival. All are welcome to attend, as they light up the campus to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Children’s activities will be hosted under a tent including a very special arrival by Santa, arts and crafts, and snacks. A community reception will be held under another festive tent, with live music and light refreshments. The grand lighting of the campus will take place at 6:30PM with fireworks to follow.
Hackettstown Medical Center
651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ
Ocean City Horse & Carriage Rides
November 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25, 12PM – 3PM
Throughout November, your family can enjoy free horse and carriage rides throughout downtown Ocean City. Shop and dine along Asbury Avenue before and after your ride for a relaxing day with the fam.
City Hall, 9th & Asbury Ave, Ocean City, NJ
The Big Glass Blast!
November 23, 11AM – 4PM
Come down to the Glass Studio and be amazed as the Big Glass Blast Team designs and creates large holiday-themed glass objects throughout the day. Visitors see previous years objects on display as well, including the record-breaking giant glass ornament, glass fruitcake, and the world’s largest glass turkey drumstick.
Wheaton Arts, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ
Rahway’s 2018 Winter Wonderland
November 23, 1PM – 6PM
Join for a family-oriented fun night of entertainment featuring outdoor ice skating, live music, pictures with Santa, carriage rides, food, drink and many other activities at locations throughout Rahway. It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit!
City Hall Plaza, Rahway, New Jersey
Princeton Annual Tree Lighting
November 23 at 5PM
Kick-off the holiday season on the Green at Palmer Square and watch as 32,000 lights light up atop the 65-foot-tall Norwegian Spruce(that was a mouthful?). Take a walk around downtown Princeton and catch the nightly musical performances and an appearance by the one and only, the jolly, Santa.
Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ
Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
November 23, 7PM – 9PM
At 7PM, Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Parade starts at Williams Avenue and proceeds up to the traffic circle where the tree lighting will take place. Floats will be judged and awarded prizes in the following categories: Original, Artistic, Creative, Unusual or Funniest. Bring the kids to root for their favorites and for pictures with Santa after the parade.
Williams Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Sea Isle City Holiday Extravaganza
November 23 & 24 | Friday 4-9PM and Saturday 10AM – 3PM
Kick off the holiday season in style with two days of fun featuring ice skating, a tree lighting ceremony, caroling and refreshments. Get some holiday shopping done during small business Saturday as the kids enjoy various activities at Excursion Park. Santa will make a special appearance as he gears up for his busy holiday season. Bonus: customers who spend $20 at participating businesses on Small Business Saturday will be entered into a raffle to win a big screen TV.
Excursion Park, JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ
Stone Harbor Island Holiday
November 23 & 24, 10AM – 9PM
There’s so much to do this weekend in Stone Harbor! Watch your furry favorites at the annual pet parade, shop merchants on Friday night, shop Small Business Saturday, and participate in a scavenger hunt with the family(Friday & Saturday). Stick around for the Annual Christmas Parade Saturday at 6:30PM.
Stone Harbor Downtown Shopping District; 212 96th St., Stone Harbor, NJ
Collingswood Holiday Parade
November 24, 10AM – 2PM
The 30th Annual Collingswood Holiday Parade will include string bands, sports mascots, school marching bands, decorated floats, dance groups and, of course, Santa.
Haddon Avenue, Downtown Collingswood NJ
Annual Train Display at the First Baptist Church of Collingswood
November 24, 10AM – 3PM
Got a little train lover? Bring them to the Annual Train Display at First Baptist Church of Collingswood. The South Jersey S-Gaugers will display their model train downstairs in Collings Hall. There will be a special Kids Zone, open to all ages, with model trains, legos and crafts. Cookies, coffee and pretzels will be served.
First Baptist Church of Collingswood, 23 Frazer Ave, Collingswood, NJ
Small Business Saturday and Tree Lighting in Downtown Highland Park
November 24, 12PM – 9PM
All day throughout downtown Highland Park, shop local businesses on Small Business Saturday. Shoppers are encouraged to “shop small” and patronize downtown bricks-and-mortar businesses. At 6PM, join in on the fun at the municipal lot next to Main Street Highland Park’s office for the annual tree lighting – complete with music, hot chocolate, candy canes, and Santa.
Main St, Highland Park, NJ
Bridgeton Holiday Parade “Cartoons of Christmas”
November 24 at 4PM
The Bridgeton Holiday Parade has been a staple in the Bridgeton Community for many years. Celebrate the Christmas season with this warm community and the “cartoons of Christmas” theme. Your littles will enjoy face painting and live music to dance to.
Bridgeton Main Street Association, 31 W Commerce St, Bridgeton, NJ
Christmas Festival on the Green – A Morristown Partnership Event
November 24, 5PM – 7PM
Morristown is the place to celebrate the holidays from Thanksgiving up until Christmas; this month-long family event kicks off on the Sunday after Thanksgiving with Santa’s rooftop arrival and welcome ceremony. Family activities and entertainment on the historic Morristown Green, add to the dazzling “Lighting of the Green” ceremony with brilliant lights and wreaths adorning streetlights town-wide – a 100+ year tradition!
Morristown Green, Morristown, NJ
4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Toy Drive
November 29, 6PM – 8PM
Head to Whitehouse Station for the 4th annual holiday tree lighting celebration at the Ryland Inn. Bring the kids for horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday cookies, music, carolers and a visit from Santa. Make sure to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
The Ryland Inn, 115 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse Station, NJ
12th Annual Hometown Holiday
November 30, 5PM – 9PM
Hackettstown’s annual Hometown Holiday starts at Centenary University with a grand illumination of the Centenary tree, carriage rides through the historic streets of town, lively musical entertainment along Main Street corners, late-night shopping, and delicious food in the Holiday Bazaar Tent on Moore Street. Santa parades along Main Street to the gazebo and lights the Christmas tree.
Moore St., Hackettstown, NJ