17 Must-See Light Shows in NJ This Holiday Season

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Get ready to light up your nights—from littles to adults, and 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. Scroll down to where you can find bright nights and a merry good time. 

Featured image Photo Credit: Historic Smithville 

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

DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express
November 12-December 30
Have your crew go all aboard a train ride through millions of Christmas lights and then do a meet and greet with Santa and his elves in his workshop. Don’t miss the Holiday Movie tent and take a photo with your favorite snowman as well as the Toy Market and Walkthrough Holiday Village.
Cost: 12 months and younger are free, $17.95 online, $19.95 at the door, there is a discount after December 26
1151 South White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037
(609) 561-3040

Christmas Fantasy with Lights
November 13-December 30, dates and times vary 
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.
Cost: $26.95 per person if bought in advance, $29.95 per person at the door.
Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40/322), Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 646-0103

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Kick-off the holiday fun at Six Flags Great Adventure. Photo Credit: Linda Weisenstein/Six Flags Great Adventure

Holiday in the Park
November 13-January 2, select dates
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.
Cost: $24.99 and up, reservations required.
Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson Township, NJ 08527
(732) 928-2000

Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience
November 15-January 9, select dates
Six Flags Great Adventure is also hosting its drive-through lights show again so you can experience the magic from the comfort of your car. There are 10 immersive scenes, including the Jolly Jamboree with live entertainment and the new Merry Market Place Walk-Thru Experience.  And make sure your kiddos keep an eye out for Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Cost: $14.99 per person, reservations required.
Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson Township, NJ 08527
(732) 928-2000

Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show at Diggerland
November 17-January 2
Drive-thru America’s only construction theme and water park and enjoy the lights, tunnels, holiday displays, and more. Don’t forget to tune into Diggerland USA’s radio station to get into the holiday spirit.
Cost: $29.95; priority will be given to tickets bought online.
Diggerland USA, 
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091
(856) 768-1110

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Embrace the magic of lights at PNC Arts Bank Center. Photo Credit: @jsovs

Magic of Lights New Jersey
November 19-January 2
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.
Cost: $25 per car if bought in advance, $30 per car at the gate
PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Pkwy, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 203-2500

South Jersey Holiday Light Show 
November 19 through December 30, date and times vary
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.
Cost: $25 per car; tickets must be purchased in advance
Bridgeport Speedway, 83 Flood Gate Road, Swedesboro, NJ 08085
(856) 467-4407

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular
November 19-December 31, select dates

Grab your winter coat and get ready to stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to see over 50 winter and animal characters. The event will feature weekend Santa visits, a train, carousel, reptile house, aquarium, and Essex Farm and Pony rides.
Cost: Donation recommended
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-5800

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 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. 
Cost: $25 donation is appreciated; reservations required.
Exact location to be released on the ticketing website,
Wall Township, NJ 

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An aerial view of the Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show Photo Credit: @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.
Cost: $29 per car; tickets must be purchased online and in advance.
Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Pl., Augusta, NJ 07822
(973) 383-7644

Orchard of Lights at Demarest Farms
November 23-January 9
Start your engine and explore 32 acres of holiday light displays at Demarest Farms. You can also warm up by the fire pit with s’mores, enjoy hot cocoa and treats in the retail farm market, and take pictures with Santa while listening to Santa’s reindeer singing.
Cost: $35 per car
Demarest Farms, 
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ 07642
(201) 666-0472

Holiday Light Show on the Lake
November 25-January 6
Visit Historic Smithville to hear your favorite holiday tunes synchronized to a unique light display. There will be over 120 Christmas trees, constructed from 50,000+ Christmas lights, magically floating 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.
Cost: Free
Historic Smithville Village,
615 E Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ 08205
(609) 748-8999

Light Show on the Lake
November 26-December 23
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. 
Cost: $6.95 and up
Johnson’s Corner Farm,
133 Church Rd., Medford, NJ 08055
(609) 654-8643

Creamy Acre Farms Night of Lights
November 26-December 24, select dates

Drive through a dairy farm transformed into a Christmas Wonderland filled with huge light displays, a Musical Dancing Tree light show, and lights as far as the eye can see. Bring the family for an old fashioned hayride while listening to all your favorite Christmas songs or stroll through our Barnyard Walk with lights a glow. There will also be concessions, a country store, and fire pits.
Cost: $30 per vehicle
448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
(856) 223-1669

The Winter WonderLights
November 26-January 2 
New Jersey’s largest animated holiday light show drive-thru will dazzle your whole family. Over 1.5 million lights will dance to your favorite holiday music. The trees, the 200′ tunnel, and a tribute to first responders are just a sample of what you will see on the half-mile drive.
Cost: $27 per car or $100 season pass per car; guests are encouraged to buy their tickets online.
655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(800) 951-3770

Brookhollow’s Barnyard
Late November, more info to come
Explore the farm and see all of the lights for the holiday season. More information to come, this is one of those holiday light shows in NJ that you won’t want to miss.
Cost: Information coming
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton, NJ 07005
(973) 917-3060

Sea of Lights Indoor Holiday Lights Spectacular
December 10-28, select dates
Where else can you see an actual diving Santa Claus, but at Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach? The Indoor Holiday Lights Spectacular also includes treats, crafts, pictures with Santa, games, entertainment too.
Cost: $9 and up
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(732) 892-0600

Where do you love to see light shows in NJ?

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