Historic Smithville Christmas ~ A South Jersey Christmas Tradition

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by

Historic Smithville Christmas


Historic Smithville Christmas


Historic Smithville Christmas ~ Enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus

One of the places I love to visit with my children around the holidays is Historic Smithville. This quaint shopping area offers a day packed with fun for the whole family, especially at Christmas time! We like to arrive in Smithville in the early afternoon, where the kids can visit Mrs. Claus for Storytime in the old arcade building. It is always decorated in a vintage holiday style, as is the entire village at this time of year. Mrs. Claus is available for stories on weekends only, between the hours of 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.



Listening to stories with Mrs. Claus


Historic Smithville Christmas ~ A Talking Christmas Tree

After we’ve visited Mrs. Claus, the kids head over to the talking Christmas tree! This large, decorated tree sits just past the train tracks, and children can take turns stepping up to share Christmas wishes, ask questions, or just have a chat! This can be a magical experience for the smallest visitors, and one we make sure not to miss. The Christmas talking tree is available on Friday December 8, 15, and 22 from 4:00 – 8:30 pm; Saturday December 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 12:00 – 7:00 pm; and Sunday December 3, 10, and 17 from 12:00 – 6:00 pm.



Here we are, getting ready to meet the Talking Tree in Historic Smithville


By this time, we are usually ready for a bite to eat, so we stop in one of the Historic Smithville restaurants located in Historic Smithville before heading back out for a carousel ride and of course a train ride! The carousel is a beautiful antique featuring the classic ponies, of course, as well as an elephant, an ostrich, a bunny, and the one my kids all “need” to ride during our annual holiday visit, the reindeer! Just steps away, the miniature train travels along the tracks surrounded by holiday décor and lights. These attractions are both open daily in accordance with the Village hours, and cost $2 per person per ride.



It’s not a Historic Smithville Christmas unless you take a ride on the train!


Historic Smithville Christmas ~ Christmas Light & Music Show

Last but certainly not least, after getting some hot cocoa, we head over to the lake to enjoy the Historic Smithville Christmas light show. Over 120 lighted Christmas trees on the lake blink and flash along with classic holiday music while reflecting off the water’s surface. This beautiful sight is not to be missed. The light show can be seen from either side of the Village. Our favorite viewing areas include the bridge and the gazeebo, and we can never leave until we’ve heard “Christmas Time is Here”, from A Charlie Brown Christmas, our personal favorite. This year, the Historic Smithville Christmas light show runs from every Thursday through Sunday in December, between the hours of 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm.


Watch a previous Historic Smithville Christmas light show video we’ve recorded.


Want to see the Historic Smithville Christmas Light Show Live on Facebook?

Tune into or Facebook page on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 7 pm where we’ll bring you live coverage of the Christmas Light Show in Smithville.


Historic Smithville Christmas ~ Breakfast with Santa

In addition to these “mostly” free events during Historic Smithville Christmas events, a Breakfast with Santa will be held on December 10th and 17th, 2016 at Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern in Smithville Village. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as they usually sell out! Contact the restaurant directly if you are interested.


Historic Smithville is located at 615 E. Moss Mill Road, in Galloway Township, NJ.


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