9 Must-See Light Shows in NJ This Holiday Season

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Get ready to light up your nights: From littles to adults, everyone will feel merry, bright, and festive after a stop at one or two of these spectacular light shows in NJ. Whether you check them out on a shimmering lake, find them at your favorite amusement parks after dark, or see millions of twinkling animated displays, it’s the most wonderful and dazzling time to spend with your family this season. And while things look a little different this year, you can still embrace the holiday cheer safely—most of the events are drive-through or have accommodated for social distancing—and have a merry good time. 

Featured image via Historic Smithville 

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Here are the best light shows in NJ this holiday season:

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Embrace the magic of lights at PNC Arts Bank Center via @jsovs

Magic of Lights New Jersey
Now through January 2, Sunday-Thursday 5PM-10PM, Friday and Saturday 5PM-11PM (closed December 31)
This year, experience the dazzling lights display entirely from the comfort of your car. Set your radio to their light show station, and then enjoy festive music as you drive through a merry arrangement of Christmas lights, trees, and decorations that will surely put your whole crew in the holiday spirit.
PNC Bank Arts Center
116 Garden State Pkwy
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Cost: $25 per car if bought in advance, $30 per car at the gate.

South Jersey Holiday Light Show 
Now through December 30th, select dates beginning at 5PM
Get in the festive spirit at this drive-through holiday light show that features dozens of dazzling displays and scenes that celebrate everything your family loves about this season. Pack a snack and turn on the car radio to a station that syncs the light show with holiday tunes as you drive among the twinkling lights on the mile-long route.
Bridgeport Speedway
83 Flood Gate Road
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Cost: $25 per car; tickets must be purchased in advance

Christmas Fantasy with Lights
Now through December 30, dates and times vary (check calendar at the link above for full details)
The magic of Christmas has taken over Storybook Land for one of the most unforgettable light shows in NJ. Santa Claus is ready to wave his magic wand and light the park with over one million lights for the holiday season. Your littles will love seeing the park glow after dark, as well as be thrilled to go on rides and attractions (all open at night) during this magical time. Unfortunately, Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade is canceled this year, but Santa can still meet with your kids in a safe, socially-distant manner.
Storybookland
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40/322)
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Cost: $26.95 per person if bought in advance, $29.95 per person at the door.

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An aerial view of the Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show via @SkylandsStadium

Christmas Light Show & Village
November 20-January 3, dates and times vary (check ticket schedule for full details)
Drive through a beautiful exhibit that twinkles with over two million dazzling lights: Your littles will be amazed by all the sparkle and shine on this mile-long course. The displays include two light tunnels, a wreath arch, skating bears, and more. Afterward, head to the village to spot Santa, go ice skating, dine on hot cocoa and s’mores, and play lots of festive-filled games. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance.
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Pl
Augusta, NJ 07822
Cost: $29 per car.

Holiday Light Show on the Lake
November 26-January 3, Thursday to Sunday 5:30PM-8:30PM 
Visit Historic Smithville to hear your favorite holiday tunes synchronized to a unique light display: Over 120 Christmas trees, constructed from 50,000+ Christmas lights, magically float atop Lake Meone in the center of the village. When the sky is dark, an orchestrated show of lights dances across the water to Christmas music. The show can be seen from either side of the village as well as from the bridge.
Historic Smithville Village
615 E Moss Mill Rd
Smithville, NJ 08205
Cost: Free

The Christmas Light Show
Dates and times to be released on the ticketing website.
One of the most popular holiday light shows in NJ returns this Christmas season with a new location and revamped show that features more lights than ever before set to holiday music. While this spectacular showcase of lights is free to the public, a suggested donation of $25 will benefit RallyCap Sports, a charity that sponsors sports programs and builds facilities for children with disabilities. Reservations required.
Exact location to be released on the ticketing website.
Wall Township, NJ
Cost: Free

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Kick-off the holiday fun at Six Flags Great Adventure via @sfgradventure

Holiday in the Park
Now through January 3, Saturday and Sunday 1PM-9PM and select weekdays (times and dates vary – check the calendar for full details). Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Hit your favorite theme park at night to see it completely decked out in colorful lights and mingle with special guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Ride the roller coasters—there are plenty of smaller ones perfect for your kiddos—and enjoy the street entertainment that happens all over the park. Finish the night with a festive treat—like a cup of hot chocolate, yummy cider, and fried s’mores. Reservations required.
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd
Jackson Township, NJ 08527
Cost: $19.99 per person for a one-day ticket if bought online, $69.99 at the gate.

Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience
November 30-December 17, Monday to Thursday 6PM
Six Flags Great Adventure is also hosting its first-ever drive-through lights show so you can experience the magic safely from the comfort of your car. There are 12 immersive scenes, including the Jolly Jamboree with live entertainment, the North Pole with Santa’s house and Nutcracker guards,  and Deck the Halls with brightly-lit trees and oversized gifts. And make sure your kiddos keep an eye out for Santa and Mrs. Claus. Reservations required.
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd
Jackson Township, NJ 08527
Cost: $14.99 per person

Light Show on the Lake
November 27-December 23, Monday to Thursday 5PM-8PM, Friday to Sunday 5PM-9PM
Gather ’round the fire pits at Johnson’s Corner Farm’s Discovery Barnyard to roast marshmallows and watch the lake light up in this breathtaking display. Be sure to hop on the Christmas “Light Show” Hayride to see more of the farm lit up for the holidays. 
Johnson’s Corner Farm
133 Church Rd
Medford, NJ 08055
Cost: Monday to Thursday — $6.95 per person. Discovery Barnyard/Light Show Hayride combo ticket is $11.95 per person. 
Friday to Sunday — $7.95 per person. Discovery Barnyard/Light Show Hayride combo ticket is $13.95 per person.

Light shows in NJ not happening in 2020:
Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular
Sea of Lights Indoor Holiday Lights Spectacular

 


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