Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, November 17-19


Spend time with your little ones this weekend driving through the Christmas Light Show in Augusta, running on the Hoboken Waterfront at the Hoboken Turkey Trot, riding some rollercoasters at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Opening Weekend of Holiday In The Park, exploring the animal light displays at Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo, plus many more kid-friendly fairs and festivals in New Jersey this weekend.

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

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Tropicana Tree Lighting in Atlantic City. via

1. Tropicana’s Official Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday, November 17, 2017 | 1:00PM to 2:00PM

Bring your family to Tropicana’s official Holiday Musical Light Show/Tree Lighting. The show features a 35-foot tree synchronized to holiday music with daily shows every hour on the hour, from noon until 10 p.m beginning Friday, November 17, 2017 through January 2, 2018. This not-to-be-missed experience combines interactive lights with an inspiring array of beloved holiday musical selections. Adding to the festive décor is Tropicana’s famed 25-foot Poinsettia Tree located in Palm Walk.
Tropicana Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Cost: Free

2. Christmas Light Show at Skylands Stadium
Friday, November 17 – Saturday, December 30, 2017 | 5:00PM to 10:00PM (Days and Times Vary, Please click here to view specific days and times)

Christmas Light Show at Skylands Stadium is a spectacular drive-through Christmas Light Show and will be bigger and better than before. With more than 2 million dazzling lights on a mile-long course plus fantastic new features, it’s a must-see holiday attraction for your whole family.
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Pl, Augusta, New Jersey 07822
Cost: $20/Carload Fridays through Sundays, $17/Carload Mondays through Thursdays, You can save $3 by getting discounted tickets at Walgreens/Duane Reade or at the Skylands Stadium Box Office

3. Holiday Lights Spectacular
Friday, November 17, 2017 – Tuesday, January 2, 2018 | 5:00PM to 9:00PM Friday, Saturday, Sunday Only from Nov. 17 to Dec. 10; 5:00PM to 9:00PM Every Night from Dec. 11 to Jan. 2, 2018

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats. Different themed activities featured each December weekend makes visiting extra exciting!
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Cost: Free

Turkey Trot in Hoboken. via

4. Annual Hoboken Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 18, 2018 | 10:00AM to 1:00PM (9:30 1-Mile Fun Run)
Be part of the family friendly Annual Hoboken Turkey Trot 5K and 1 mile fun run. This event takes place along Hoboken’s picturesque waterfront with breathtaking view of Manhattan. It will starts with a 1-mile fun run at 9:30am followed by a 5K run at 10am. A portion of proceeds will benefit local charities in the City of Hoboken.
Pier A Park
100 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Cost: $38 Turkey Trot, $20 1-Mile Fun Run, Please click here to register)

5. Bordentown Turkey TROT
Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 7:00AM to 12:00PM

Come on out and support The Foundation for Bordentown Traditions at the Bordentown Turkey TROT. Your support will help keep community events alive, such as the Bordentown Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks.
Joseph Lawrence Park
317 Ward Avenue Bordentown, NJ 08505
Cost: $12 Child, $25 Adult, Please click here to Register

6. Holiday Lights Festival at Hackettstown Medical Center
Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 4:30PM to 7:00PM

Join Hackettstown Medical Center for their 1st Annual Holiday Lights Festival. All are welcome to attend, as they light up the campus to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Children’s activities will be hosted under a tent, including a very special arrival by Santa, arts and crafts, and snacks. A community reception will be held under another festive tent, with live musical entertainment, light refreshments and acknowledgement of everyone who contributed to the lighting of the campus. The grand lighting of the campus will take place at 6:30PM with a fireworks display immediately after.
Hackettstown Medical Center
651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840
Cost: Free

Holiday In The Park at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson. via

7. Holiday In The Park Opening Weekend
Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, November 19, 2017 | 1:00PM to 9:00PM (Holiday In The Park will run until Monday, Jan. 1, please click here to view specific Days and Times)

This winter, the Santa tracker leads right to Six Flags Great Adventure as this all-new holiday extravaganza — Holiday in the Park — debuts at the world’s largest theme park on November 18 and runs weekends and select days through January 1. Millions of glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s village and many popular rides magically transform the summer thrill destination into a winter wonderland.
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527
Cost: $46.99+, Tickets can be purchased here

8. Polar Express Event
Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 5:00PM to 8:00PM

The Brick Township Recreation Department is proud to present the Polar Express Event. Come celebrate the start of the Christmas season with a showing of the holiday favorite – The Polar Express. There will be popcorn and melted snow too! In addition, kids will make crafts, reindeer food and write letters to sants. There will be hot chocolate and snacks. Santa will be on hand too for pictures! (Professional photos will be available for an additional fee).
Brick Township Civic Plaza
270 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723
Cost: $5 Child, This event is open to Brick Township residents only, Please click here to register

9. Innovative Beads Expo
Saturday, November 18 – Saturday, November 19, 2017 | Saturday 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Innovative Beads Expo is one of the most unique events for crafty families this summer. This fantastic display celebrates 13 Years of Quality Beads around the Northeast. This event will include vendors who offer the latest styles in Beads, Kits, Books and Beading Supplies.
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison NJ 08837
Cost: $4 Admission

New Jersey Comic Expo in Edison. via

10. New Jersey Comic Expo
Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, November 19, 2017 | Saturday 10:00AM to 7:00, Sunday 11:00AM to 5:00PM

New Jersey Comic Expo is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At the New Jersey Comic Expo, your family will find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities.
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, New Jersey 08837
Cost: Free for Kids 10 & Under, $25 Saturday Only General Admission, $20 Sunday Only General Admission, Tickets can be purchased here

11. Holiday Jubilee Opening Weekend
Sunday, November 19 – Friday, December 22, 2017 | Times & Days vary by day, please check the full schedule here

Tropicana continues its tradition of celebrating the season with a spectacular holiday revue show designed to captivate audiences of all ages.
Tropicana Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Cost: $10 Child, $25 Adults, Tickets can be purchased here

12. Farm to Table Indoor Winter Market
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Join Duke Farms for their Farm to Table Indoor Winter Market. The Market provides a great opportunity to support local businesses and farms offering a variety of unique products and treats to get your family through the cold winter months. Featuring over 20 vendors, they will have a wide range of products and activities for your family to enjoy. There will also be a number of seasonal snacks, cooking demonstrations and door prizes which include gift baskets featuring items from the Farm to Table Market vendors.
Duke Farms
1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844
Cost: Free

The Laurie Berkner Bank at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. via

13. The Laurie Berkner Band Holiday Concert
Sunday, November 19, 2017 | 11:00AM, 3:00PM

The Laurie Berkner Band celebrates the season with traditional holiday songs, originals from her well-loved album A Laurie Berkner Christmas, Hanukkah music, and an array of Laurie’s greatest hits.
Mayo Performing Arts Center – MPAC
100 South St, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Cost: $19 – $39, Tickets can be purchased here

14. Early 19th Century Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 19, 2017 | 11:00AM to 3:00PM

The Historic Village at Allaire invites your to visit and celebrate a 19th Century Thanksgiving re-enactment. The event will include a special program in the chapel at 1pm.
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, New Jersey 07727
Cost: Free, Please register here

15. Asbury Park Vegan Pop Up Shop: Thanksgiving Edition
Sunday, November 19, 2017 | 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Visit the Convention Hall in Asbury Park for this special Thanksgiving Pop Up Shop. Plan to pick up your pies and soups and all things Thanksgiving to take with you wherever you go to celebrate.
Asbury Park Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Cost: $5 in Advance, $10 At The Door, Tickets can be purchased here





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