Top 15+ {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, December 15-17


This weekend get in the holiday spirit by spending time with your family at Oasis Family Farm’s Candy Cane Holiday Lane, at the indoor holiday lights spectacular, Sea of Lights at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, riding through a Christmas village on the Magical Holiday Express in Hammonton, or supporting the Highlands Fire Department’s Toys For Tots program at the Winter Wonderland Run. 

Here are 15+ Things To Do This Weekend in NJ:

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oasis family farm

Candy Cane Holiday Game at Oasis Family Farm

December 16, 2017 | 5-7PM
Oasis Candy Lane Holiday Game is back and bringing families together for a fun-filled night of holiday cheer on the farm. Families will walk through a decorated pathway, known as Candy Lane to play a festive, fun-filled game which concludes with a gift from Santa. Enjoy snowball hot chocolate, fresh baked S’mores, hand-dipped chocolate marshmallows, and more!
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Drive
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Cost: $10 per participant

Storybook Land

Christmas at Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township. via

1. Christmas at Storybook Land
Now – Saturday, December 30, 2017 | Monday – Friday 4:30PM to 9:00PM, Saturday & Sunday 2:00PM to 9:00PM

This weekend, take your little ones to experience the Christmas magic at Storybook Land. Ride all the rides, enjoy all the attractions, and snack on some yummy food at the snack bars. Then, around 5pm, Santa will appear in his chimney, wave his magic wand, and illuminate the park with over one million lights.
Storybook Land
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322), Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Cost: $23.50 General Admission, Tickets can be purchased here

2. 40th Festival of Trees
Now – Friday December 29, 2017 | 9:00AM to 4:30PM

The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated trees that were created and adorned by various local groups and individuals. Make sure you visit on on the weekends because there’s a greater chance your family will be able to experience Environmental Education Center’s live holiday music. Cozy up in the Snowflake Café and grab a delicious treat (open on Saturdays & Sundays).
Environmental Education Center
190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
Cost: Free

3. Daily Holiday Light Walk at Crystal Springs
Now – Monday, January 8, 2018 | Dusk to 10:00PM

Join the community of Crystal Springs for their spectacular Winter Light Walk dotting the 18 holes of the Grand Cascades Natural-Grass Putting Course. Duck past dragons and slip by candy canes (without taking a lick) at the area’s most sensational holiday light show complete with fantasy light displays and holiday music.
Grand Cascades Lodge Natural Grass Putting Course
3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419
Cost: Complimentary

Magical Holiday Express in Hammonton. via

4. Magical Holiday Express
Now – Sunday, December 31, 2017 | Daily from 5:00PM to 9:00PM

The DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express is a Christmas experience for the whole family. Guests of all ages can enjoy an outdoor train ride through a magical Christmas village with millions of lights. But shh, Santa and his elves have a special gift for all the children when they visit his workshop.
DiDonato Family Fun Center
1151 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton, New Jersey 08037
Cost: $14.95 General Admission, Tickets can be purchased here

5. Historic Smithville’s Holiday Light Show
Now – Sunday, January 7, 2018 | Thursdays – Sundays Dusk to 8:30PM Only
Enjoy popular songs of the Holiday Season synchronized with a dazzling Christmas tree light show sure to get your little ones in the Holiday spirit. 120 Christmas Trees decorated with over 50,000 Christmas lights, magically float on Lake Meone in the center of Historic Smithville. The moment darkness falls, an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. The lights seem to dance and chase each other to the music all the while reflecting off the water’s surface. This show can be seen from either side of the village as well as the bridge, make sure you get a good seat!
Historic Smithville – Lake Meone
615 E Moss Mill Rd, Smithville, New Jersey 08205
Cost: Free

6. Santa’s Wonderland
Thursday, December 14 – Saturday, December 16, 2017 | Thursday & Friday 5:00PM to 8:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM to 7:00PM

Bring your family out to Santa’s Wonderland and walk through a fully immersive holiday experience as you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make a Christmas Craft in Santa’s workshop and snack on delicious sweets & hot cocoa. Grab your perfect Christmas picture as you pose with props at the Elfie Selfie Station.
700 Main St, Toms River, NJ 08753-6518, United States
Cost: Free

Sea of Lights in Point Pleasant Beach. via

7. Sea of Lights
Friday, December 15 – Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Join the community of Point Pleasant Beach for their annual Sea of Lights event at the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. This family fun packed affair will feature games, crafts, gifts, and even a photo opportunity with Santa and his friends. The Aquarium, Sweet Shop, Aquarium Gift Shop, and Pavilion arcade will be open so make sure leave yourselves enough time to visit these spots.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742
Cost: $8 General Admission

8. Parade of Lights
Friday, December 15, 2017 | 7:00PM to 8:00PM

This weekend is Pennsauken Township’s first Parade of Lights. The parade will feature Fire Trucks and Emergency Service Vehicles decorated with bright lights and festive embellishments. It will take place on Browning Road between Witherspoon and Maple Avenues. Make sure you wait until because you wouldn’t want to miss Santa in a shiny red fire truck.
Browning Rd, Pennsauken Twp, NJ 08109, United States
Cost: Free

9. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Bring your family to Princeton Garden Theater for this Christmas classic. Watch how a Macy’s department store Santa brings Christmas cheer to all the shoppers and watch him convince the most skeptical of shoppers that he is the real Kris Kringle and that Christmas is the best time of year.
Princeton Garden Theater
160 Nassau St, Princeton, New Jersey 08542
Cost: $5 General Admission, Tickets can be purchased here

Winter Wonderland Run in Shrewsbury. via

10. Winter Wonderland Run
Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 12:00PM to 7:00PM (11:00AM Registration)

Winter Wonderland Run is hosted and sponsored by Windansea. There will be a post-run celebration with costume contests, live music and food and drink specials. Make sure to give back by bringing toys and canned goods/non-perishable donations that will be accepted by the Highlands Fire Department’s Toys For Tots program and the food pantry.
56 Shrewsbury Ave, Highlands, New Jersey 07732
Cost: Free but please register here

11. Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten’s Weihnachtsmarkt
Saturday, December 2 to Saturday, December 23, 2017 | 12:00PM to 7:00PM

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten’s Weihnachtsmarkt is a Rooftop Europmean Holiday Market featuring over 25 vendors and live music. Travel through the market stopping to see the artisanal gifts, specialty foods, handcrafted toys. Santa will be there to take pictures from 2pm to 5pm.
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
527 Lake Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: Free

12. Holly Jolly Weekend
Saturday, December 16 – Sunday, December 17, 2017 | Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM to 5:00PM

Make it a Holly Jolly Weekend by decking the halls and enjoying fresh baked Christmas sweets, holiday music and an array of artisan vendors. If you have any last minute shopping this is the place to be!
Valenzano Winery
1090 Route 206, Shamong, New Jersey 08088
Cost: $10 General Admission

Christmas at Allaire Village in Farmingdale. via

13. Christmas at Allaire
Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Celebrate the joys of Christmas past at the Historic Village at Allaire Experience the sights and smells of an early American Christmas with hearth cooking, singing, dancing, wagon rides and St Nicholas! Enjoy a day full of fun interactive programs. You can also bring your holiday cards to be sent from their historic post office located in the General Store. Bring your addressed envelopes with a stamp, and they will receive a special Allaire postage stamp showcasing a historic building.
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, New Jersey 07727
Cost: $5 Child, $7 Adult. Additional $5/Child and $7/Adult for Horse and Wagon Rides

14. Annual Holiday Crafts Fair
Saturday, December 16 – Sunday, December 17, 2017 | Saturday & Sunday 12:00PM to 5:00PM

The Museum Holiday Crafts Fair will take place the last weekend before Christmas (December 16 and 17) inside the museum. Come by for jewelry, household items, knitwear, children’s items, historic prints, and more. They will have handmade items by local artists and artisans, including Jennifer Place’s jewelry. Pick out items for those left on your list. From handblown glass, gemstones, and mixed metals, to Christmas ornaments from recycled materials you’ll be sure to find a gift for that perfect someone.
Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson St, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Cost: Free

15. Santa & Winter Hayrides
Saturday, December 16 – Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 8:00AM to 6:00PM

Get into the Christmas spirit at Secor Farms with free photos with Santa in his workshop. Other fun Christmas activities at Secor Farms include winter hayrides and s’mores by the open fire. All activities are weather permitting. Santa will be in his workshop from 1:00- 3:00 and hayrides will run from 12:00- 4:00 on Saturday & Sunday December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17.
Secor Farms
85 Airmont Ave, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
Cost: Free Admission, $4/person Hayride, $6/4-Pack S’Mores

16. Santa Day
Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 11:00AM to 5:00PM (Rain or Shine)

Santa will be taking a break before his big night to visit Verona, NJ to spread holiday cheer, substituting his sleigh for a fire truck. The Verona Fire Department will visit every street in Verona, playing holiday music and handing out candy canes to all children! When you hear sirens and music, come out to say hi and receive holiday cheer.
Township of Verona, NJ – Government
600 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, New Jersey 07044
Cost: Free


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