37 Festivals This Month In New Jersey


It’s officially the festive season, and you know what that means—a bunch of festivals this month to keep the holiday spirit going all through December. Enjoy beautiful decor inside and out at the Festival of Trees in Princeton, see Main Street transformed with holiday festivities at the Annual Dickens Festival in Medford, see a giant menorah lighting, play games and eat latkes at Hanukkah on The Green in Morristown, or see dancers, listen to storytellers and shop for unique goods at the Kwanzaa Festival in Edison. (Featured Photo Credit: iStock/Jacqueline Nix)

Jenkinson’s Aquarium Sea of Lights Holiday Festival
Select dates in December
Are you ready for a spectacular holiday lights display that will dazzle your little ones? This winter wonderland is full of treats, crafts, photos with Santa, holiday entertainment, and so much more.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar
Now-December 17: days may vary per location; check ahead
Step into a traditional Christmas market to shop, celebrate, and enjoy holiday decor and entertainment in Asbury Park at the Grand Arcade. There will also be music, workshops, and kids’ art classes.
Grand Arcade of Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

The Asbury Hotel, 210 5th Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Winter Lantern Festival
Now-January 2
Head to American Dream and check out all of the gorgeous Chinese lanterns at this exhibit. This unique world of light is full of family-fun activities, including making your own paper lantern, taking photos with life-size dinosaurs, and exploring the traditional display.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
American Dream, American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Festival of Trees 2023
Now-January 7
This must-see holiday tradition is one that the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy the museum’s galleries, mantels, and porches beautifully decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Morven Museum and Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

Pre-Kwanzaa Event
December 1 at 7 PM
Stockton University will commemorate the beginning of Kwanzaa for the 47th year with a pre-celebration open to everyone. The evening will include a libation ceremony—outlining the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa during a candle-lighting—and dance performances. 
Cost: Free 
Stockton University, Campus Center Room, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205

2023 Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas Market of New Jersey
December 1-3
Who says you need to fly to Germany to experience an authentic Weihnachtsmärkt? Sussex County Fairgrounds is home to the largest annual Christmas market in the state and the only German Christmas Market in the US, complete with a Biergarten, food trucks and vendors, a petting zoo, and tree lighting (proceeds are donated to local charities). Your littles will enjoy a special visit from St. Nicholas and Mrs. Claus.
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822

Winter Village
December 1-3
With over 45 artisans, you’ll find plenty of unique gifts for holiday shopping. There will be all kinds of goodies, including vendors, delicious food, drinks, and a visit with Santa Claus. This event is outdoors, so make sure you bundle up.
Cost: Free
Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809

Winter Wonderland & Holiday Village in Union Township
December 1-3
Shop, let the littles jump inflatables, take a trackless train, or make s’mores at the fire pit. Food trucks, children’s games, Santa’s workshop, and a Gingerbread House & Cookie Demo will also be there.
1300 Windslow Ave., Union Twp., NJ  07083

Winter Wonderland Festival
December 2 at 2 PM
Get in the holiday spirit at this fun and festive event. There will be the annual tree lighting, a bonfire, photos with Santa, iceless ice skating, and more.
Cost: Free
Mountain View Park, John F Kennedy Drive, Middlesex, NJ 08846

Annual Dickens Festival
December 2 at 4:30 PM
Each year, Main Street is transformed into a winter wonderland of traditional holiday festivities that bring the spirit of the season to life. There will be holiday carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Grinch mobile, Santa Claus, “A Christmas Carol” re-enactment, strolling entertainment, DJs, vendors, and food trucks. 
Cost: Free
Main Street, Medford, NJ 08055

Haddon Township’s Winterfest
December 2 at 11 AM
Ring in the holiday season with this family-friendly event featuring holiday music, activities with the kids, a special appearance by Santa, and lots of holiday shopping to get done.
Cost: Free
Haddon Square, 51 Haddon Avenue, Haddon Township, NJ 08108

Pop-Up Holiday Market Tenafly
December 2 
What’s better than an artisan market and community concert? This Tenafly market has a live concert, kids activities, festive food, and local vendors. 
Peace Plaza, 100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village
December 2 at 11 AM
The village will come alive with all things festive at this fun event. Buildings will be open, where you can enjoy live music, hot beverages, and holiday treats. Your little ones can also meet Santa.
Cost: $5 per adult and $3 for children
Historic Cold Spring Village, 733 Seashore Road, Cape May, NJ 08204

Holiday Festival
December 2 at 12 PM
Looking for a way to get some of your holiday shopping done and do it locally? Then head to this festival, where there will be over 20 local vendors with unique offerings (and ideas for everyone on your list). 
Cost: Free
Lacey Community Center, 15 E. Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731

Noyes Holiday Market and Gingerbread Village
December 2-3
The holiday bazaar is inspired by the traditional “Weihnachtsmarkts” in Germany. Throughout the two event days, there will be live music, arts and crafts activities, pictures with Santa, a Gingerbread contest, and shopping from local artists and makers.
The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, 2200 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

46th Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market
December 2-3
Bring the whole family to shop, snack on festive treats, shop for holiday gifts, and visit the man in the red suit. 
Various locations townwide, parking available at 407 Hope-Great Meadows Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825

Renaissance Christmas Fair
December 2-3
This 2nd annual Renaissance Christmas Fair, nicknamed “Naughty or Knights,” is fun for the whole family. This is a one-of-a-kind festival for the entire family with heroic knight battles, photos with Santa, over 30 vendors, and more.
Cost: $12 for ages 13+, Free for ages 12 and under
The Shoppes at Dragon Village, 97 Trench Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Winter Wonderland Weekend in Toms River
December 2 and 9
The courtyard at Town Hall in Downtown Toms River will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland Village where vendors will sell great gifts for the holiday season. Kid’s activities, a hot chocolate station, and holiday music will also be there. 
33 Washington St., Toms River, NJ 08753

Jersey City Lighting
December 7 at 5 PM
The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District will combine a Menorah and Christmas Tree Lighting. Don’t miss the hot chocolate and cookies. 
Cost: Free
Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall, 134-158 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Medford Hanukkah Village Walk
December 7 at 5 PM
Take a Hanukkah village walk, visit vendors, and see the Grand Menorah Lighting. A trackless train, latkes, candle-making, crafts, and activities will also be there.
Cost: Free 
Medford Village Park and Main Street & Allen, Medford, NJ 08055

Happy Holiday Market
December 9-10 and 16-17

Last-minute gifting is inevitable, so why not stop by for live music, food, and gifts made by local artisans? You’ll find that and more at this festive market in historic Jersey City, offering a unique opportunity to shop directly from emerging new makers and established artists to find one-of-a-kind items and meet the people who made them. 
Grove Street PATH Plaza and The Ashford Rooftop, 
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Holiday Wonderland and Christmas Market 
December 9
This winter festival in NJ has everything from vendors to fire pits. There will be live entertainment and shopping, and don’t forget to take a family photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 
Heritage Park, 49 West Bay Ave., Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Festival of Trees and Storytime
December 9 at 10 AM
Bring the entire family for a memorable holiday morning with the Festival of Trees, followed by the Princeton Storytelling Circle. The morning will start with a self-guided visit to the 2023 Festival of Trees, activities, treats, and a fun storytime.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

Voorhees Hanukkah on Ice
December 9 at 7:30 PM
Head to Flyers Skate Zone for a night of Hanukkah-themed fun. All ages can enjoy gelt, giant menorah lighting, festive music, and refreshments. Admission includes doughnuts, a skate rental, and drinks.
Cost: $15
601 Laurel Oak Avenue, Voorhees, NJ 08003

Kwanzaa Festival
December 9 at 12:30 PM
Celebrate Kwanzaa with a festival that includes dance and musical performances, spoken word, a Kwanzaa marketplace, a photo booth, and memories made with the whole family.
Cost: Free
Edison Job Corps, Athletic Center, 500 Plainfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08817

Holiday Craft Festival
December 9-10 at 10 AM
This is such a fun event for every member of the family. There will be handmade crafts, refreshments, photos with Santa, a running train display, and a gingerbread contest.
Cost: Free
Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Miltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Festival of Trees
December 10 at 11 AM
You will want to put this outdoor winter festival on your calendar. There will be arts and crafts, games, stories, music, and the chance to hang out with the Big Guy from the North Pole.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901

Little Falls Public Hanukkah Celebration
December 11 at 7:30 PM
Come to Wilmore Park to celebrate Hanukkah in Little Falls with a public menorah lighting, music, latkes and donuts, and fun. 
Cost: Free
Wilmore Road, Little Falls, NJ 07424

Woodland Park Public Hanukkah Celebration
December 12 at 7:30 PM
It’s the year of Hakhel, which means gathering. Bring the whole family to celebrate in Woodland Park with latkes, donuts, and festivities. 
Cost: Free 
Dowling Gardens, 2 Dowling Parkway, Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Hanukkah on the Morristown Green
December 13 at 5 PM
Bring everyone in the family to the annual Hanukkah Candle Lighting on Morristown Green. This festive event will have doughnuts, hot drinks, gelt, prizes, music, and more. 
Cost: Free
Morristown Green, Morristown, NJ 07960

Kwanzaa Community Celebration Montclair
December 16 at 12 PM
Celebrate the Seven Principals of Kwanzaa with traditional presentations, live entertainment, and programs that illustrate the historical elements of Kwanzaa—shop at the Ujamaa Winter Market, featuring local vendors from Montclair and its surrounding communities. There will be balloon twisting, dance, and music.
Cost: Free
50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Countdown to Christmas in Hopatcong
December 16
With 50-plus vendors, free admission, and 50/50s, get in the holiday spirit and shop until you drop.
40 Maxim Drive, Hopatcong, NJ 07843

Christmas Bazaar
December 17 at 10 AM
Shop for gifts featuring unique Ukranian artisans offering holiday treats and gifts. There will also be Ukranian food and festivities. 
Cost: Free
Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, 60 N Jefferson Road, Hanover, NJ 07981

A Very Lambertville Holiday Celebration
December 20 at 7 PM
Get ready for the big day with a fun event filled with live holiday music and performances from local artists and bands. The magic of the holidays will come alive.
Cost: Free
Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 NJ-179, Lambertville, NJ 08530

Asbury Fresh Pop-Up at Porta
December 21, select dates
Experience a warm and toasty holiday market season in good ol’ Asbury Park. Shop locally curated vendors and enjoy food and festive drinks.
Porta, 911 Kinsley Ave., 
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Kwanzaa Family Festival and Marketplace 
December 23 at 9 AM
Celebrate Kwanzaa at this lively festival for the whole family. There will be dance classes, storytelling, face painting, a Kwanzaa candle-lighting ceremony, live performances, traditional foods, and a marketplace to shop for one-of-a-kind items. 
Cost: Free
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

KWANZAA 365 Celebration
December 27 at 4:30 PM
Join performers, dancers, and speakers at this lively all-day celebration, which ends with a Kinara lighting ceremony (it will also be streaming live). There will also be events throughout the day, including arts and crafts, a gaming station, local storytelling, and giveaways. 
Cost: Free
Harambee Circle, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ, 08608

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