This holiday season, enjoy light shows all around New Jersey. Visit the animals and Turtle Back Zoo’s Holiday Light Spectacular in West Orange, step into a magical story at Christmas Fantasy with Lights at Storybookland in Egg Harbor Township, or stop by Jenkinson’s for the Sea of Lights Indoor Holiday Lights Spectacular in Point Pleasant.
Here are the best light shows in NJ this holiday season:
Magic of Lights New Jersey
November 16 – December 30
Bring the family to everyone’s favorite Christmas event: Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center. Drive through over 1 mile of Christmas lights, trees, and decorations to get you in the holiday spirit. Your littles will love the merry maze, pictures with Santa, the holiday village, and holiday movies and music.
PNC Bank Arts Center
Cost: $25 per car (Mon-Thurs) and $50 per car (Fri-Sun)
Sea of Lights Indoor Holiday Lights Spectacular
December 14, 15, 21, 22, 26-28, 6PM – 9PM
Head over to Jenk’s this holiday season for a fun indoor lights show. The winter wonderland includes treats, crafts, pictures with Santa, the Aquarium, the Sweet Shop, and more.
Point Pleasant, NJ
Cost: $8, Kids 5-11 $3, Under 5 free
Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular
Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 10-December 10, 5PM-9PM
Every night December 11-January 1 5PM-9PM
Stop by to drop your letter to Santa in his mailbox at the North Pole, and take your photo with the man himself. If you want a special souvenir to remember the occasion, there will be professional photographs available for purchase.
Turtle Back Zoo
West Orange, NJ
Christmas Light Show & Village
Weekends November 16-30, 5PM-10PM
Dec 1-30, Thurs & Sun 4:30PM-9PM, Fri & Sat 4:30PM-11PM
Don’t miss the Christmas Village, our indoor winter wonderland in which you can take photos with Santa, enjoy hot food and beverages, do arts and crafts, watch special caroling and dance performances (on select nights), and shop holiday gifts with local artisans.
Christmas Light Show Hayride at Johnson’s Corner Farm
November 23 – December 23, Sunday – Thursday 5PM – 7:30PM, Friday & Saturday 5PM – 8:30PM
Your littles will love taking a festive hayride on the farm with Santa! Enjoy a fun light show hayride that will get you in the holiday spirit.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
Holiday Lights Trolley Rides
November 17 – December 31, For days and times click here.
Ride through historic Cape May as the guide talks about Victorian Christmas traditions and leads sing-alongs with plenty of Christmas music. You can also check out Santa’s Trolley Rides, where he greets children with a sweet.
Cape May, NJ
Cost: Adults $12, Kids (ages 3-12) $10
Christmas Fantasy with Lights at Storybookland
November 17 – December 30 (closed Nov 22, Dec 24 & 25)
Journey to your favorite place to jump into a story: Storybookland! Marvel at the millions of lights that decorate the park for the holiday season. Santa will be there lighting the park with his magic wand. All rides and attractions are open.
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Cost: General Admission ticket is $27.50
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show
November 22 – January 6, From dark to 8:30PM Thursdays – Sundays
Visit historic Smithville to hear your favorite holiday tunes synchronized with a holiday Christmas tree light show to get you in the holiday spirit. Over 120 Christmas trees magically float atop the lake.
Historic Smithville Village
Light Show on the Lake
November 23 – December 23
If you’re heading to Johnson’s Corner Farm for the Christmas Lights Hayride, why not check out lights in the Discovery Barnyard, which features a beautiful light show on the lake with thousands of dazzling lights and fire pits for roasting marshmallows.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
Holiday in the Park
November 17 – January 1
Enjoy your favorite theme park completely decked out it thousands of dazzling lights in all different colors. Take a walk through the “The Peppermint Path” to see fun peppermint-inspired trees, make s’mores, and meet fun holiday characters.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Cost: Single-day tickets $50