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The 25 Best Christmas Towns in New Jersey

When most people think of Christmas they think of New England towns but few realize that their own state of New Jersey has so much to offer. Many towns in North, Central and South Jersey do elaborate lights and decorations. There are often events such as visits with Santa, hayrides, tree lightings, house tours and more. You don’t need to drive far to find Christmas towns in New Jersey near you.

Some NJ Christmas towns offer activities all month long. Others truly transport you into the pages of a Dickens novel. 

Best Christmas Towns in New Jersey

Our family loves to check out at least two different Christmas towns each year during the month of December since they truly help us feel full of Christmas cheer. 

For those who celebrate Hanukkah there are some towns on this list that also have Menorah lightings this year. Read on to see if your town made our list of the best Christmas Towns in New Jersey and to find somewhere new to visit this year. The towns are organized alphabetically within each section of New Jersey. 

New Jersey Christmas Towns in North Jersey

Whether it is attending a Victorian Christmas in Clinton or seeing live ice sculpting in New Brunswick, North Jersey has lots of Christmas towns where you can get into the Christmas spirit. 

Christmas Santa Land in Boonton, NJ

Come find out why Boonton is one of the best Christmas towns in New Jersey. Boonton is home to Santa Land in December. There are numerous activities such as a Santa Run, Christmas Parade and tree lighting. Come join in the fun! Be sure to check out the falls in Grace Lord Park while you are there. 

Holiday events that are part of Boonton’s Christmas town activities

The Boonton Christmas Parade is on November 27th along Main Street. For more details on how to watch or participate visit the link above. After the parade, there will be activities and treats at Santa Land at 3 pm. 

This will occur from 5 to 8 pm on December 2nd at Boonton Santa Land with an ice skating rink, carolers, gingerbread contest and more.

Boonton houses will be decorated and lighted by 6 to 9 pm on December 13, 2021, as Boonton residents compete for the best-decorated houses.

Winter at Brookhollow’s Barnyard is an experience you don’t want to miss! Visit the Barnyard this holiday season for a magical, illuminating walkthrough light experience! Opening Day is Saturday, November 27th!

Santa Land is a Christmas Town in North Jersey

Christmas Dickens Days, Winter Village and Festival of Trees in Clinton, NJ 

Clinton is a town that is well known for its Dickens Days, Winter Village, and Festival of Trees. You can visit with Ebenezer, take a horse-drawn carriage around town, or visit a German Christmas Market. 

Holiday events that are part of Clinton’s Christmas town activities

This year the events in Clinton include a tree lighting, winter village, Christmas parade, Candlelight night, Dicken’s Days and a visit from Santa. 

Clinton will have a tree lighting on Friday, November 26th, 2021 from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Designers and Decorators use their creativity, talent, and imagination to make a tree unique for the enjoyment of the public and the benefit of the museum.

These will be from November 26th to November 28th from 11 am to 8 pm. The whole town transforms into a Victorian Village. There are horse-drawn carriage rides around the village, carolers, role playing with Charles Dickens and Scrooge as well as visits with Father Christmas. 

This is an outdoor craft market that is heated with food trucks. The museum takes a $10 fee for entrance. There is also a Festival of Trees and 12 historic buildings on the grounds of the museum that can be toured. 

This will occur on December 3rd from 7 to 9 pm. Floats will begin on New and Center Street.

This will occur on December 16th from 6 to 9 pm. The downtown will be lit with luminaries while shoppers do their holiday shopping. 

Visit with Santa in Clinton on Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 1 to 3 pm. 

Hanukkah giveaways and crafts, free menorahs, singing, and hot latkes all make for a memorable Chanukah celebration in Downtown Clinton.

You can view the Clinton Calendar of events to see if any new events have been added.

Christmas in Madison, NJ

Visit Madison for its yearly Christmas parade and visits with Santa! It is also known as the Rose City since it sends millions of roses to New York every year. 

Holiday events that are part of Madison’s Christmas town activities

Appointments with Santa are made at the Madison Santa Village until November 26th for only Madison residents. After that Madison Santa Village is open to the public.

The Christmas Parade will take place on November 26th at 5:30 pm. After the parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree on Waverly Place will also take place. 

The Madison Rotary has its annual Christmas tree sale from late November through part of December at the Dodge Field Complex. 

Christmas Dickens Village in Maplewood, NJ

Maplewood is a great place to visit at Christmas time. There is free parking and a variety of shops and restaurants. Every year during the month of December the town is converted to look like the setting of A Christmas Carol.

Holiday events that are part of Maplewood’s Dickens Village activities

Maplewood sets up an entire Dickens Village every December. This is the perfect place to escape reality into a Christmas oasis. Kids adore peering into the small houses and going to special events there that can happen due to a huge host of volunteers. 

  • On December 2nd at 6:15 pm there will be a Menorah lighting at 6:15 pm in Ricalton Square.
  • On December 4th, 11th and 18th from 1 to 4 pm the village houses are open for visitors. Each of these tell the story with great attention to the details of that era including shingled roofs and foods you may see eaten. You might even see Tiny Tim and Scrooge in the houses!
  • On December 4th at 4:30 pm Santa will be visiting the village for socially distant photos and there will be a tree lighting in Ricalton Square. 
  • On December 5th there is a Winter Market from 11 am to 4 pm in Maplewood Village. Bakers Street also has a Makers Fair. 
  • From December 11th to the 18th there will be Horse and Wagon Rides as well as a Petting Farm from 1 to 4 pm and even some reindeer!

Christmas Festivals in Morristown, NJ

If you are someone who loves to celebrate Christmas from Thanksgiving onwards then visiting Morristown is for you! With activities on the Morristown Green every weekend there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Holiday events that are part of Morristown‘s Christmas town activities

This month-long festival starts on Sunday, November 28, 2021 when Santa arrives at North Park Place and the tree is lit. After that, every day brings new events such as crafts for kids, miniature train rides, Mayo Performing Arts Company performances, ice sculpting and gingerbread house making. For more information on this see the link above. Activities will be every Saturday and Sunday until December 18th from noon to 7 pm. They will also be on December 3rd, 10th and 17th from 3 to 7 pm. Everything is free aside from the $10 fee for photos with Santa. 

  • Christmas Shows at Mayo Performing Arts Center

Mayo Performing Arts Center performs Magical Cirque Christmas on December 4th and A Charlie Brown Christmas Meet and Greet on November 28th. For tickets visit mayoarts.org. 

Christmas Winter Wonderland in New Brunswick, NJ

New Brunswick is home to great theater performances and restaurants. At Christmas, it also turns into a veritable Winter Wonderland with various things happening every Friday to Sunday for the entire month of December. 

Holiday events that are part of New Brunswick’s Christmas town activities

New Brunswick turns into a Winter Oasis from December 3rd to January 2nd.

  • On December 3rd there will be a Holiday Tree Lighting in New Brunswick from 6 to 7 pm in Monument Square Park with various events occurring before and afterwards such as ice carving, carolers and Anastasia the musical.
  • On December 11th visitors will be able to Capture the Winter Spirit with Mickey and Friends on George Street from noon to 4 pm. There will be photobooth pictures from noon to 3 pm. Olaf, the Grinch and Mickey will all be in attendance. 
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides will be available through town on December 3, 17, 18, and 19, 2021. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • There will be live ice sculpture demonstrations at various locations on December 3rd, 10th and 17th.
  • Victorian Strolling Carolers will be strolling along the streets in the evenings on December 3rd, 17th, 18th and 19th. 
  • The American Hungarian Foundation will be having their 33rd annual Festival of Trees on December 5th from 2 to 5 pm. 
  • Holiday Performances at the State Theatre New Jersey

Christmas Winterfest & Downtown for the Holidays in Ridgewood, NJ

Ridgewood is a town you do not want to skip visiting in December. From events such as Winterfest and Downtown for the Holidays, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. In past years, many members of the town became carolers, storytellers, and played music. Many of the Historic District storefronts have kept their original facades. There is a mixture of architectural styles seen in the buildings such as Tudor, Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean Revival designs. 

Holiday events that are part of Ridgewood’s Christmas town activities

Visit Van Neste Square on Saturday, November 27th from 12 to 3 pm to see ice sculptures, hear storytelling, sip complimentary hot cocoa, and more! For more details visit the link above. 

The Ridgewood Menorah Lighting will occur on Sunday, November 28th in Memorial Park. 

This will occur on Friday, December 3rd from 6 to 8:30 pm. This will be a fun event with a trackless train, a search to find the Grinch, smores and more!

Santa will be greeting children and families through Ridgewood on December 4, 11, and 18, 2021.

You can view the Ridgewood Calendar of Events to see if any new events have been added.

Christmas Jubilee in Somerville, NJ

Walk down Main Street with the glow of streetlights and Christmas lights enveloping you. Each year the best time to visit Somerville around the holidays is during their Holiday Jubilee and Christmas Parade. Somerville closes out the best Christmas towns in New Jersey in North Jersey.

Holiday events that are part of Somerville’s Christmas town activities

On December 3rd everyone in Somerville will be exuberant during their Jubilee. At 5 pm there will be a tree lighting, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, Santa photos, free hot cocoa, and more.

On December 4th at dusk there will be a parade on Main Street. 

New Jersey Christmas Towns in Central Jersey

Whether it is seeing the tree lighting in Palmer Square or visiting the Winter Wonderland in Kuser Farm Park, Central Jersey is full of towns that make you feel like you are in a Hallmark Christmas movie. 

Christmas in Bordentown, NJ

Our first Central Jersey town to make our list of the best Christmas towns in New Jersey is Bordentown. Grab a delicious meal at one of the local restaurants and enjoy the large tree lit in the center of town. Then head towards the water to view the boats drifting by. Bordentown is a great place for a Christmas date night. If you do not want to drive here it is also a stop along the Riverline. 

Holiday events that are part of Bordentown’s Christmas town activities

On November 27, 2021, there will be a Christmas tree lighting. Santa will arrive on a fire truck and be available for pictures after the event. 

Enjoy chocolate treats as you stroll through the downtown businesses. Have your passport stamped at each location for your chance to win prizes

Registration for this free event can be done above. This event looks at the history of the stained glass in Bordentown on December 11th from 5 to 6:30 pm. 

Bordentown residents will have their doors decorated for the holidays for a contest that runs from between November 25 to December 21, 2021.

Bordentown is a great place to take a stroll near Christmas time. There are wreaths, bows, and lights everywhere you turn. Our family loves to spend a few hours here whether it is eating some freshly baked bread at Marcello’s or getting some takeout from Jester’s and having a picnic near the water. It can be quite magical.

Many places offer outdoor dining as well. All of the local business owners are friendly and helpful when you are searching for the perfect Christmas gift for someone. This year it does not appear that the trains will be open for visitors to view around the holidays but those are well worth a visit another year when they are running. 

Christmas Wonderland in Hamilton, NJ

Hamilton has some great places to visit. Sayen Gardens are free to visit and always have well kept landscaping with seasonal flowers. Kuser Park is great to visit around Christmas because of its wonderful lighted decorations. Be sure to check out the Martels Christmas Wonderland nearby after your visit which was previously a winner on the Christmas Light Fight show.

Holiday events that are part of Hamilton’s Christmas town activities

Head to Kuser Park on December 3rd and 4th for their annual Winter Wonderland event. Get a free family photo in front of their Christmas tree, go ice skating, see the petting zoo, warm up by the fire pits, and more.

Our family went to Kuser Park last year to look at the lights and the kids had a grand time even without going into the mansion. They were mesmerized by the lights on the large trees and loved the photo stand-ins. They also loved some of the Christmas figures they saw around the park such as the reindeer. 

  • Hamilton Tree lighting will be at 6 pm on December 3rd. 
A lighted house and pair of reindeer are part of the attraction of Hamilton Kuser Farm helping Hamilton become one of the best Christmas towns in New Jersey.

Christmas at the Jersey Shore – Point Pleasant & Point Pleasant Beach NJ 

Point Pleasant Beach is one of the best NJ beaches to visit if you love the boardwalk as well as the beach. Jenkinson’s is always doing various activities and events year-round that are fun for different ages and sometimes even for dogs as well! In the winter it is easier to find parking that is close by as well. There are often activities in both Point Pleasant Beach and the Borough of Point Pleasant as well as interesting businesses and restaurants to check out during your Christmas visit to the area. 

Holiday events that are part of Point Pleasant’s Christmas town activities

The Point Pleasant Christmas Tree Lighting will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on November 26, 2021. 

The Borough of Point Pleasant Borough Christmas Tree Lighting will be December 4, 2021.

The Point Pleasant Holiday Lights Spectacular will be on December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 26th, 27th, and 28, 2021 from 4 to 8 pm. The Aquarium, Sweet Shop, and Arcade will be open during this event and there will be strolling entertainment, pictures with Santa, crafts, a diving Santa in the aquarium, and more.

Our family has already been twice to the Christmas in July events and this promises to have many similar attributes. When we went my kids were entertained by strolling elves and magicians, they did Santa hat crafts, they saw a mini Christmas show on the beach and more. They were delighted that all of the entertainers interacted with them and they had a great time eating food near the ocean and playing in the sand as well. 

Christmas in Princeton, NJ

Princeton is our final Central Jersey town to close out the best Christmas towns in New Jersey. Princeton is a must see destination at any time of year but it is especially magical around Christmas time. There is something special about walking hand in hand around Palmer Square as snowflakes fall and time seems to still. It is home to numerous events throughout the season such as a tree lighting, Festival of Trees, the Nutcracker, and an ice skating rink. Be sure to also visit Lawrenceville nearby for some of its town’s yearly Christmas events. 

Holiday events that are part of Princeton’s Christmas town activities

Carolers, musicians and strolling Santa about the Square! Take in the twinkling lights and festive garlands draped over archways and join Princerton in spreading the holiday cheer all season long!

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Kale’s Garden Center with Christmas displays and St. Nick himself.

On November 20, 2021 to February 27, 2022, there will be skating in Palmer Square on their synthetic outdoor skating rink. 

At 10:30 am on November 26th Santa will arrive at MarketFair Mall to the fanfare of Mrs. Claus, his helpers, and musicians. There will be storytime, songs to sing along with, interactive live shows, and balloon sculpting as well. Arts and crafts will be given away to the first 150 people who register at the link above. 

The Princeton Christmas Tree Lighting will be on November 26, 2021. 

The Princeton Menorah Lighting will be on December 5, 2021. 

On December 9th, 16th and 23rd there will be virtual pajama storytimes at Morven. Each week will include a stroll through a different gallery as well as instructions to make a craft at home. Zoom links are provided after registration and payment via the link above. 

On December 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th, 2021, Terhune Orchards will be having their Kickoff the Holiday Season Weekends with fire pits, Holiday Winter Wonderland display, and visits with Santa from 12 to 3 pm. Be sure to go over to see their animals and have the kids play on their various tractors and ride on tractors while you are there as well. 

Our family visits Terhune Orchards regularly and our kids always enjoy the many activities they have to offer. Fewer people visit here after October so it is a great time to pay the farm a visit while still enjoying many of its amenities. The fire pits are a great way to warm up in between your other activities.  

This will be held on December 15th at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online. 

The Festival of Trees runs from November 27th to January 9th inside Morven. Reserve and pay for tickets online. 

American Repertory Ballet’s beloved production of The Nutcracker returns to theaters across New Jersey. This holiday favorite tells the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle toy soldiers and larger-than-life mice, and travel through a whirlwind of dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets.

Christmas towns in Cape May
Photo Credit Cape May MAC

New Jersey Christmas Towns in South Jersey

Whether it is going on a Christmas hayride at Johnson’s Corner Farm, touring the decorated Victorian Homes in Cape May, or walking down Main Street to visit Santa in Maple Shade, South Jersey is filled with towns that are likely to put you in a Christmas frame of mind. 

Christmas Winter Wonderland in Cape May, NJ

Our first South Jersey town to make our list of the best Christmas towns in New Jersey is Cape May. Many people do not realize that this beach town also has lots of events to offer in December. It celebrates Christmas to the max with events on many different days before Christmas. Recently it was number 19 on the list from PureWow of The Best Christmas Towns in the US. Be sure to check out the various tree lightings, Winter Wonderland, and various town tours during your visit. The Cape May Zoo is also a great place to see a variety of wildlife for free while you are in the area. 

Holiday events that are part of Cape May’s Christmas town activities

The celebration will include live holiday music by the John Walter Cape Community Band, an ice sculpture demonstration, the polar express train ride, bounce house castle & slide, character appearances, dance performances, free treats for all and a visit by the jolly man himself in the red suit.

This event occurs from 5 to 8 pm on November 27, 2021. It includes visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, witnessing the resort property transformed into a Winter Wonderland, live entertainment, and more. 

On November 26, 2021 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm the Washington Street Mall will display its lights at the Rotary Clock. There will also be music and a Victorian Santa there as well. Bring along donations for the local Food Closet. 

Check out Cape May’s various light displays or holiday houses with a tour.

On November 27, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm this free event occurs at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. There will be dancers, face painters, kids’ activities, free cookies, free hot chocolate, and more.

On December 1, 2021 there will be a grand opening of the Winter Wonderland. Congress Hall Lawn will have Congress Hall Express rides for Cape Resorts guests and Santa’s workshop running from 3 to 8 pm. There will be 12 igloos set up on the lawn as well for outdoor dining. On every Saturday and Sunday beginning on December 4th there will also be a Breakfast with Santa event at Congress Hall. Admission is $28 for adults and $16 for kids 4 and up with reservations needed to be made beforehand. Be sure to check the website to see which days and times the various events occur, fees, and to see who can attend.

There will be a tree lighting ceremony at Congress Hall on December 3, 2021.

On December 3rd there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting from 7 to 9 pm at Rotary Park with carolers and Santa joining in the fun as well.

From 5 to 8 pm on December 4th the WCM Community Christmas Parade starts at 5 pm. For more details on the parade route visit the link above.  

On December 11th at 7 pm there will be a free concert at the Cape May Convention Center featuring America’s Sweethearts. There will be light refreshments. 

This show runs from December 8th to December 30th. Tickets can be found at varying prices. 

The Carriage House on the Physick Estate has this free admission exhibit with a Dickens Village, model trains, decorated trees, and more. It is open daily from November 19th to January 2nd. 

2nd Annual Winter Wonderwalk

This opens on November 19th at the Emlen Physick Estate with free admission to the grounds.

Find more Cape May events on their calendar.

Christmas at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum near Cape May
Photo Credit Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Christmas in Collingswood, NJ

Collingswood has a downtown that is fully loaded with delicious restaurants and spectacular magic around the holidays. In December there are extended shopping hours on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as free parking downtown. Many retailers sell Holospex glasses to see the lights in a whole new way. Collingswood also has a House Decorating contest so be sure to look at the map and see some beautifully decorated houses before you return home.

Holiday events that are part of Collingswood’s Christmas town activities

Visit with Santa at Extraordinary ED

Santa will be at Extraordinary ED for visits every weekend in December for free. For more details on hours visit the link above. Letters can also be dropped into Santa’s mailbox that is located in front of Borough Hall starting on November 26th. On December 12th there will be a Sensory Friendly Santa Experience for kids with special needs. 

Santa descends from atop Borough Hall by way of the Collingswood Fire Department’s ladder truck – just in time for the Borough’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Carolers will be out on Friday and Saturday evenings in December. Location details are provided at the link above.

There will be a Menorah lighting on December 2, 2021 at the Lumberyard Garden. There will be music, latkes, choco-gelt and more!

Collingswood DecemberFest Holiday Pop-Ups

The Decemberfest Holiday Pop-Up will be from 5 to 8 pm on December 4th, 11th, and 18th, 2021. Each night will feature various outdoor fun such as games, a viewing of Elf near the fire, a market, and more. View the link above for more details. 

On Saturday, November 27th at 10 am this parade will start and contain people on stilts, floats, dancers, and more! Visit the link above for parade route details. 

On December 3, 2021, there will be a parade of lights with trucks from fire companies and other organizations competing to win. Visit the link above for parade route details.  

The Nutcracker will be performed on December 17th, 18th and 19th. Come and enjoy this Christmas classic. Free parking is next to the theater and tickets are still available. 

Find more Collingswood Events.

Christmas in Delran, NJ

Delran is home to a great Christmas Festival each year with a lot of freebies. Be sure to also check out the downtown in Riverton and the decorated Christmas Trees at Smithville Park nearby during the Christmas season as well. Jake’s Place is a great new playground to visit while you are here. Check the Delran Fire Department’s Facebook page in December to find out when Santa will be heading out to see everyone around town. 

Holiday events that are part of Delran’s Christmas town activities

On Black Friday go to Lake Lonnie in Delran for an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. Our family did an outdoor geocaching event at Lake Lonnie earlier this year and had a blast hiking here and ran into a few turtles along the way. Use #OptOutside when taking photos and tag @sustainabledelran. 

On December 10, 2021, Delran will have its Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Festival. We went last year and it was filled with kid crafts, games for kids with prizes, giveaways, pictures with Santa, and more. It was a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy. 

This store is filled with artificial Christmas trees and other decor. They offer multiple Winter Wonderland events throughout the season that are great for kids. We went to one last year where we met with Paw Patrol characters and saw some petting zoo animals. On November 27, 2021 Santa and Olaf will be there from 11 am to 3 pm for free pictures. On November 28, 2021 there will be a petting zoo from 11 am to 3 pm. 

Santa on a fire truck is one of the highlights of the Christmas town activities in Delran, NJ

Christmas in Haddonfield, NJ

Haddonfield is known for its picturesque downtown as well as being the location where the Hadrosaurus was found. Be sure to visit this holiday season during its Candlelight Shopping for some holiday festivities while enjoying the shops and restaurants downtown as well. 

Holiday events that are part of Haddonfield‘s Christmas town activities

This will occur at Library Pointe at 6:30 pm followed by a parade with Santa to King’s Court. Afterward, there will be entertainment all evening. 

Candlelight Shopping is from 6 to 9 pm on November 26th to December 17th with another night on December 23rd as well. This is a great way to finish up your holiday shopping while getting to see luminarias, lights, and more holiday decor. There will also be Santa, carolers, and carriage rides. 

  • Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble Christmas Concert

There will be two concerts on December 12th by this talented ensemble featuring everyone’s favorite tunes and carols. Although tickets are free there is a minimum donation of $10 at the door. 

Find more Downtown Haddonfield Events.

Christmas in Hammonton, NJ

Hammonton is well known for its blueberries but few people realize that it is full of holiday fun the entire month of December. Their downtown is always hosting fun events throughout the year that cannot be missed. 

Holiday events that are part of Hammonton‘s Christmas town activities

Operation Santa’s Helpers

Operation Santa’s Helpers is from December 1st to 16th, 2021. Visitors start at the Toy Market and find digital clues using QR codes to find Santa. Clues are in Spanish and English. Help the elves find Santa’s blueberries at 9 locations around town and you can find all 9 you can enter to win a prize. 

On December 4, 2021 there is a tree lighting with a music show from 6 to 7 pm. At 7 pm Santa arrives and there will be carriage rides at the Family Success Center. There is also a Mistletoe Mart mini village with crafts and vendors as well as a Living Nativity skit. This will occur on Central Avenue. 

On December 11, 2021, there will be “An Out of This World” Fire Department Christmas Parade

On December 16th from 5 to 8 pm there will be a Jingle, Mingle and Kringle downtown. Enjoy the sparkling, holiday shimmer of the season as the Downtown lights up with food, art, shopping, music & more.

From November 27th to December 11th, stroll throughout the downtown and see twelve decorated wreaths and enter to have a chance to win one.

Be sure to purchase tickets in advance as this is a well-known Christmas extravaganza in South Jersey. There is a walk-through holiday village, train ride through the lights, stories with Mrs. Claus, a holiday movie tent, and more.

Find more Downtown Hammonton Events.

Downtown Hammonton is one of the best South Jersey Christmas towns.
Photo Credit Downtown Hammonton

Christmas in Maple Shade, NJ

As it gets dark earlier, Maple Shade is a place that will be sure to help combat winter blue with its plethora of holiday lights. Be sure to also check out its gazebo in the center of town. 

Holiday events that are part of Maple Shade’s Christmas town activities

Maple Shade will be having its 2nd Annual Home Decorating Contest this year. Be sure to drive around town to see all of the decor and enter to participate if you live in Maple Shade. Be sure to check closer to Christmas on their Facebook page to see the list of houses for 2021. 

Visit with Santa in his workshop at the Train Station! Come Join Troop 28 for their 7th Year of Visits with Santa!

The Maple Shade F.D. Craft Show will be on November 28, 2021 from 10 am to 2 pm. Santa will also be appearing from 12 to 1:30 and people can take their own pictures with him. 

The Mark Reno Elvis Show will be on Friday, December 10th. This is a Christmas Dinner Show. For ticket information visit the link above. 

There will be a Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting at Gazebo Park on December 3, 2021. There will be vendors, food trucks, music and Santa!

The Municipal Building will have a Breakfast with Santa on December 11th from 9 am to 11 am. Tickets are $5 for kids and $12 for adults.

Santa is going to the Happy Hour Club with free entry on December 12th. Doors open at noon and he arrives at 1 pm. Hot dogs and soda are provided and kids can enter for a chance to win a bike. 

The New Jersey Christmas town of Maple Shade offers many holiday activities.
Photo Credit Optimum Exposure

Christmas in Medford, NJ

Medford is a unique place to visit during Christmas time with its farms as well as its Dickens Festival. With its downtown area as well as its more rural side of town there are festivity options for different kinds of people to enjoy. 

Holiday events that are part of Medford’s Christmas town activities

On December 4th Main Street will be a whole new place for its annual Dickens Festival. There will be carolers, hot chocolate, magicians, live presentations, free admission, free parking and more. Do not miss out on this well-loved event. 

Visit Santa and the alpacas on the farm for some great and unique Christmas photos. While there is only one date, December 16, 2021 available that still has tickets for this, the farmette can also be contacted to schedule a visit with their friendly alpacas another time. My two young kids were thrilled with their visit to the farm and being able to come face to face with a few different alpaca’s. They also offer some items for sale there and there are some outdoor kid toys as well. 

While many have experienced hayrides this is one that gives you a whole new experience of them. These Christmas “light show” hayrides take place at night and each light show hayride is covered with lights itself, Christmas music playing and also holiday lights and decor to take in as you go around the farm. This is a family activity we really enjoy. There is a light show on the lake, fire pits for marshmallow roasting, and visits with Santa.

Enjoy an enriching holiday experience for the whole family as Main Street Medford celebrates Chanukah. Stop by local vendors for exciting Chanukah Festivities.

Christmas at Johnson's Farm in Medford New Jersey Burlington County, makes Medford one of the best Christmas towns in New Jersey.

Christmas Whoville in Mount Holly, NJ

Mount Holly is a town that undergoes a transformation at Christmas time. We went two years ago and Mill Race Village was decorated like Whoville and the Grinch was outside of the stores. They also had crafts for kids in a cafe. There was a large tree lit up as well in the center of town. Each year they have multiple Christmas events for which they go all out. 

Holiday events that are part of Mount Holly’s Christmas town activities

This year Mount Holly has a tree lighting on December 3, 2021 on High Street along with visits from Santa and Christmas music.

On December 11, 2021 from 3 to 8 pm Mount Holly will have Holiday House tours. There is a $15 donation for tickets if purchased beforehand or a $20 donation if they are purchased the day of the tours. Tour guide booklets are picked up at the Bistro at Vincent’s Ice Cream. The tour continues to homes and historic locations around town that are gorgeously decorated for the season. 

There will be a Victorian Holiday celebration at Smithville Park on December 5th from 1-5 pm where they have a Holiday Express train, real reindeer, synthetic ice skating rink, Santa visits and carolers. We went two years ago and my kids loved the train ride, lights around the village and the carolers strolling across the ground. 

Mount Holly holiday house tours are part of the attraction of this New Jersey Christmas town.
Photo Credit Mount Holly Hoiday House Tours

Christmas in Moorestown, NJ

Moorestown is a picturesque downtown with events always happening at the Community Center and along Main Street. Christmas is a great time to visit to also see many wreaths and lights around town as well. 

Our family loves to visit Moorestown. Moorestown Mall is always hosting different characters that kids love to visit with and they often have kid crafts and dance parties as well. Downtown Moorestown is home to the Moorestown Community House which is always having great events. There are often kid crafts, music (such as by DJ Blake) and more. They have a plethora of shops and restaurants. Some of our favorite places to go are La Vita’s for a slice of pizza, Passariello’s for their sandwiches and the Cubby Hole for their breakfast.

The Burlington County Agricultural Center is a breathtaking farm backdrop that is a great place for its markets on various Saturdays. They are a great place to pick up some produce, gifts or other yummy treats. 

Holiday events that are part of Moorestown’s Christmas town activities

On November 29th at 5:30 pm join Fox29 in front of the Moorestown Community House for the lighting of the Christmas Tree and a Menorah. There will be hot cocoa, musical entertainment and Santa. Kennedy’s Cause will collect new and unwrapped toys, books and crafts for local hospitals and MooreKids will be collecting granola bars and cracker packs for MTPS schools. 

Join the Moorestown Jewish Association and Rabbi Kahan of Chabad of Camden & Burlington Counties to light the community menorah! Enjoy some traditional Hanukkah songs performed by the Moorestown Madrigals and fun holiday surprises.

On December 4, 2021 there will be horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa visits, a holiday village, music and special offers from shops. 

Photos with Santa can be taken at Moorestown Mall in HomeSense Court from November 5th to December 24th. For hours and reservations find more details at the link above. 

Pet Photos with Santa can be taken from November 8th to December 20th in HomeSense Court. 

On Tuesdays from November 23rd to December 14th from 4 to 7 pm, Santa and his friends will be there for pictures with Woody, Frosty and Spiderman.

On December 4, 2021 from 10 am to noon in the Moorestown Mall Santa will be joined by Jovie and Buddy the Elf in Home Sense Court along with a DJ, crafts, snacks and more. For tickets please visit the link above for information. 

Fresh Live Green Wreath Workshop

On December 2nd at 6 pm come to the Burlington County Agricultural Center for this workshop where all supplies will be provided. To sign up and purchase tickets please visit the link above. 

Holiday Market

On December 4, 2021 from 10 am to 2 pm there will be a Holiday Market at the Burlington County Agricultural Center. Our family always loves going to their Market days and their Holiday one will offer live music, seasonal baked goods and vegetables.

Christmas in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City is a summer resort town that knows how to have a lot of fun yearround. During the month of December there are weekends full of events, visits with Santa, performances and horse and carriage rides. 

Holiday events that are part of Ocean City’s Christmas town activities

Photos with Santa at the Ocean City Music Pier.

On weekends there will be visits with Santa at Soifer Park.

There will be horse and carriage rides on many weekend days. For dates and times visit the link above. 

There are multiple musical and theater performances in Ocean City throughout the month of December.

On November 26th from 12 to 3 pm from noon to 5 pm there will be carolers, performers, discount shopping and Santa Visits. There will be free horse and carriage rides from noon to 3 pm. At 5 pm Santa will help light City Hall and the Christmas Tree. 

The train show will be on December 4th and 5th with free admission at the Music Pier. 

Find more Ocean City Events.

Christmas Winter Village in Pitman, NJ

Pitman is busy with various events the whole month of December including a Santa parade, winter village, holiday shopping and a sing along. Be sure to visit some of their shops and see the Hagerty Family’s light display while you are there!

Holiday events that are part of Pitman’s Christmas town activities

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting on December 2nd until December 23, 2021, Santa can be found in Pitman’s Ballard Park.

On December 4, 2021 in Ballard Park visit different stores, play games and stop by to see Santa. There is a transformation into a Victorian christmas. 

On December 9, 2021 at 5 pm there will be a shopping night in downtown Pitman. 

On December 11, 2021, there will be a Holiday Sing Along at the Grove Auditorium. 

On November 27, 2021, Pitman isn’t hosting your typical Christmas parade. For 2021, the Pitman Santa parade will include a “quiet zone” for adults and children who are adverse to loud noises.

Christmas in Historic Smithville, NJ

Smithville is a place known for its Christmas and Halloween traditions. It has many shops, cobblestone pathways and beautifully landscaped grounds. There is also the serene Lake Meone with its breathtaking Holiday Light Show.

Holiday events that are part of Historic Smithville’s Christmas town activities

Over 120 Christmas trees are made out of 50,000 lights. They are constructed so that they float over Lake Meone for a dazzling Christmas tree light show set to music as soon as it turns dark. The show is Thursdays-Sundays from November 25th to January 6th. 

At this two day event there will be a free musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol performed along with a carol sing-a-long on the portable outdoor stage. Riddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company will have shows on November 27th and November 28, 2021. All of the restaurants and shops will be open and the Smithville Train and Carousel will be running as well. There is free parking and guests are invited to stay till the evening to see the Holiday Light Show as well. 

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday people can purchase a small s’mores kit to make these delicious desserts at the fire pits at the Greene. 

On December 4, 2021, from 6 to 8 pm the shopping hours are extended and treats can be enjoyed while shopping as well. 

Every weekend in December from 1:30 to 4:30 Mrs. Clause will be available to tell stories and take pictures at the antique arcade. 

For some holiday shopping with friends there will be happy hour specials, refreshments while shopping and extended shop hours until 9 pm on December 9th. 

Another one of New Jersey Christmas towns is hosting a Dickens Fest.
Photo Credit Riddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company

12 Days of Christmas in Tuckerton, NJ

Last but not least on our list of the best Christmas towns in New Jersey is Tuckerton. Tuckerton is known for its lighthouse, seaport and museum exhibits. While many people visit in the summer few realize that there are still many things to do there other times of the year as well. This Christmas it will be holding the 12 Days of Christmas and this would be a great time to check out the Seaport. In 2009 it was named one of the “Top Tri-State Regional Attractions.”

Holiday events that are part of the Tuckerton Seaport’s 12 Days of Christmas activities

Starting on December 1st there will be 12 days of Holiday Creek Boat Tours on Tuckerton Creek complete with stories about holiday happenings in the area. Stop by the lighthouse to get information for the outdoor reindeer scavenger hunt. There will be a pop-up Holiday gift shop and Sinfully Delicious will decorate your own gingerbread cookies for $5 on the weekends. Reindeer games and the scavenger hunt is exclusively outdoors. Boat capacity is capped at 20 people. There will be a Make-and-Take-Craft area. Everyone who donates a toy towards the toy drive also has a chance to win a gift basket from Jersey Family Fun.

Our family recently visited the Seaport in November for a Creek tour and their outdoor scavenger hunt. My kids were captivated by all of the wildlife seen on the boat ride such as seagulls and blue herons. They loved the outdoor playground area, surfboard exhibit, many crafts there, the blacksmith demonstration and doing the outdoor scavenger hunt as well. The Union Market also had outdoor dining with delicious sandwiches. 

an inflatable snowman greets guests at the Tuckerton Seaport

Vendors, train rides, nativity scenes are all part of the Tuckerton Borough Ye Olde Christmas on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

No charge for this Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 12, 2021, but donations are accepted to support Lodge Charities and Programs. Cash or donation checks can be made to: “Cervetto Craftsman Club”. Serving Pancakes, egg, Sausage, (NEW) Pork Roll, OJ, Coffee, Tea. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. For more information call 609-296-9221

Take time to visit the holy family and the animals. The walkway starts on the north entrance of our sanctuary to visit the miniature Christmas village, the Christmas tree with trains, and the relaxing sounds of a crackling fireplace. Then continue to the south side of the church to enjoy the nativity and the animals.

Tree lighting is at 7:00 pm sharp on Thanksgiving! But come early! At 6:00 pm come to the parking lot of Stewart’s Root Beer and enjoy hot chocolate, and Christmas carols performed by Michael Corliss as frank Sinatra. Conversation with family, friend and neighbors. Be sure to bring your cell phones for a fun surprise. At 7:00 sharp the Tree on the Lake will be lite, so let’s fill the boardwalk and enjoy the start of the Holidays with the spirit of friendship!!

Be sure to check out some of these NJ Christmas towns this year. They may be closer to your house than you realize and they all have a lot to offer. Our family makes it a night by bringing along a thermos full of hot cocoa and seeing the best New Jersey Christmas Lights and Holiday Displays nearby. After visiting some of these places you will likely become so enchanted that you will start some new holiday traditions for your own families. 

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