New Jersey Christmas Family Fun With Kids

Posted on: November 20th, 2019 by

Our guide to Holiday and Christmas Family Fun in New Jersey was originally published in 2014. We update this annually and frequently throughout the holiday to bring you the best information on New Jersey Christmas Family Fun. To advertise on this page contact Jennifer Auer,


Celebrating Christmas in New Jersey with New Jersey Christmas family fun…!


If your family is anything like mine though, December can be hectic, very hectic. We’re trying to squeeze in family time, tree decorating, Christmas card sending, holiday movie watching, baking, Santa visits, gift shopping and more.  We’re here to help you eliminate the mom guilt over not doing enough New Jersey Christmas family fun activities with our kids. We can help you have New Jersey Christmas family fun with just a few clicks around our website! Just take a look at our ideas below and click over to our ways to celebrate a New Jersey Christmas with kids. Merry Christmas!


New Jersey Christmas Family Fun


14 Ways to Have New Jersey Christmas Family Fun with Kids

Drive from neighborhood to neighborhood to see these New Jersey Christmas Lights Displays

Twinkle twinkle little lights, oh how children love Christmas lights so bright. Old fashioned or modern, all white or a rainbow of colors, New Jersey holiday lights will make your heart flutter.


In New Jersey, we have Christmas lights at zoos, parks, neighborhoods and family attractions. Some charge admission, but many are free. Every year, our listing of New Jersey Christmas lights displays is one of our most popular guides to Christmas family fun in New Jersey. Our listing helps you find Christmas light attractions in North Jersey, Central Jersey, and South Jersey. Not only that but this year we are making it even better with the addition of videos. As part of our Friday Night Lights series, we are visiting New Jersey Christmas attractions with Christmas lights. We’ll record live videos for Facebook and YouTube. You can then watch those videos and find a local New Jersey Christmas Light Display in our New Jersey Christmas Lights Displays blog post or as part of our YouTube playlist of the best Christmas lights in New Jersey.


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Make a date to attend one of these New Jersey Christmas Events

Looking for New Jersey Christmas Events for kids? Read our list of New Jersey Christmas Events including Free and almost FREE NJ Christmas events. parades, concerts, tree lightings, and more. Many are already on our Calendar of EventsComing soon our listing of the best New Jersey Christmas events.


New Jersey Christmas Events


Watch one of the Holiday Parades in New Jersey

Scouts lead a color guard. Marching bands march down Main Street. Dancers perform their latest routine. Businesses toss candy from their floats. And everyone waits in joyful anticipation of the guest of honor, Santa. It’s a Christmas parade and many New Jersey towns have one. We help you find your local holiday parades in New Jersey with our holiday events with parades linked together here New Jersey holiday parades. There’s a lot so make sure you keep scrolling and clicking from page to page to find the holiday parade near you.


Holiday Parades in New Jersey


Be part of a community celebration with a NJ Christmas tree lighting.

It seems every town has a tree just right for lighting! When they flip the switch there’s usually a fun New Jersey holiday event to go with it. Don’t miss out on carolers, hot chocolate in the park, Santa and other characters and more. We’ve got the details on must visit New Jersey Christmas Tree Lightings.


NJ Christmas tree lightings


Find Santa Claus in the most unique places with our Where and How to Get Unique Santa Pictures in New Jersey

We have an extensive list of where to find Santa in New Jersey for Santa photos, and it goes way beyond the mall! Find him on a train, in a park, on the farm and on the ice … can you imagine a swimming Santa? We have it all and you MUST check it out! Great for taking photos with Santa for Instagram or Christmas cards! Check out our list by clicking the image below.


Where and How to Get Unique Santa Pictures in New Jersey (1)


Get jolly at New Jersey Christmas Attractions

Looking for some thrills along with the holiday cheer? Many New Jersey theme parks and zoos offer holiday events like light displays, Santa and special shows. Check out our listing of New Jersey Christmas Attractions listed by region and then county. Coming soon.

  • Six Flags Great Adventure Holiday in the Park Activities for Families


Shop for a real Christmas tree at these New Jersey Christmas Tree Farms

At these local New Jersey Christmas Tree Farms you can tag your own tree or buy one fresh cut from the farm. Some Christmas tree farms have wagon rides, Santa, smores and more! We’re sharing where the New Jersey Christmas Tree Farms are by county. We can help you find local Christmas Tree Farms in New Jersey.


New Jersey Christmas Tree Farms


Dine out with Santa with these Meals with Santa Events in New Jersey

Is dining with Santa on your holiday bucket list? We hear he loves pancakes, but not just pancakes! Santa loves dining out for lunch and dinner too. This holiday season you can find breakfasts with Santa, lunches with Santa, and even dinner events with Santa ALL over New Jersey. Check out our great list at the link below!

Meals with Santa Events in New Jersey


Get inspired with these New Jersey Holiday Train Shows with Christmas Train Sets on Display

It’s the time of year for some elaborate and festive Christmas train display shows! Let us show you where your family can see and fall in love with Christmas train sets on display. We have a list of where you can find these Christmas trains throughout New Jersey. Our listings include details, picture, schedules, and admission prices on New Jersey Holiday Christmas Train shows all across New Jersey. Click over for more details.



Ride a train with these New Jersey Christmas Train Rides

The glow of all of the holiday lights, the smell of cookies baking in the oven and of course the anticipation for the arrival of the man of honor-Santa Claus! New Jersey train rides with Santa are just another way to celebrate the wonder of the season. With surprise destinations to the North Pole, amazing visitors such as Santa and his elves and delicious on board refreshments, you are bound to have an adventure that will amaze your entire family. Click over to our listing of New Jersey Christmas Train Rides for the details on New Jersey Holiday Trains: Santa Express, Polar Express, and other NJ train rides with Santa we think your family will enjoy during the holidays.


New Jersey Christmas Train Rides


Visit A Local New Jersey Festival of Trees

Do you love seeing different Christmas trees and how they are decorated? Do you need inspiration for your own Christmas tree? You need to visit a local Festival of Trees! These festive and creative Christmas events will be one of your new favorite holiday outings for Christmas family fun in New Jersey. Our listing of New Jersey Festival of Trees helps you find a display of Christmas trees near you.


New Jersey Festival of Trees



Remember the Reason for the Season at a Live Nativity Scenes in New Jersey

Jesus is the reason for the season. If your children need a reminder or they would love to see a biblical story acted out visiting a live nativity scene is a beautiful way to do that. Across New Jersey we have local church congregations that come together to recreate the event of the nativity. They are often outside and at night, and many have multiple scenes and live animals and refreshments. Our listing of New Jersey Live Nativities helps you find a Live Nativity near you.





Make a trip across a bridge to explore more local Christmas Family Fun.

We support family fun in New Jersey but sometimes there’s no comparison to what our nearby cities can offer. Both Philadelphia and New York City offer some amazing holiday displays, events, and Christmas attractions. We have your information on how to make a day of Christmas in the City! Click on any of the links below for more details.





The Best Free Things to Do in Philadelphia with Kids This Christmas (Twitter)


10 Things to Do in NYC with Kids This Christmas


Keep the incredible family experiences going all year long with our Gift Them Experiences Gift Guide ~ Amazing Experience Gifts for Kids in New Jersey

All year long we encourage family experiences over things and the holidays are no exception. This year why not gift tickets, memberships, or season passes. Click below for some of our favorite offers from local attractions that your family will love.


Gift Them Experiences Gift Guide NJ


10 MORE Ideas for Christmas Family Fun with kids

Even if your kids are older and some of the magic is gone, there are still plenty of ways to have some Christmas family fun that will make everyone smile! Here are some of our favorites – scroll down to find resources for them:

  • Watch Christmas TV specials and movies
  • Read Christmas books
  • Bake or cook up some Christmas treats
  • Look at some Christmas light displays
  • Find the perfect Christmas present
  • Try some Christmas crafts


Watch Christmas TV Specials  & Holiday TV movies with your kids.

Tis the season for family traditions, and one of them that so many of us enjoy is holiday movies for Family Movie Night. Check out our picks for the top 20 holiday movies for your next family movie night.


20 Holiday Movies for Family Movie NightJersey Family Fun’s listing of the best Christmas TV Specials for kids includes descriptions and a tv schedule for holiday movies, shows, and specials.


The Best Christmas TV Specials for Kids


Read one of the Best Children’s books about Christmas



Decorate the Kids’ bedrooms for the holidays. 


How to decorate a child's bedroom for the holidays Boscov's Home Decor



Elf on the Shelf ideas & inspiration

Is your scout elf one of your favorite parts of the Christmas season? Or is it a hassle that you need help with? We have your ideas on where to find him every day, and reasons you should welcome an elf into your home.

Elf on the Shelf ideas


Dress your elf elf on the shelf outfits


Cook up some yummy Christmas desserts.


Create Christmas Crafts to get into the spirit.



Make a new Christmas ornament.


Take up a new Christmas tradition.

Christmas family picture at Woodloch Resort Dining Hall


Plan a Christmas Family Vacation with these resorts with Christmas attrations


Gaze in wonder at Christmas lights without leaving your home.

Maybe it’s too cold outside. Maybe you don’t know where to go in your neighborhood to see Christmas lights. Don’t worry. We have you covered. Take a look at our 3 fun ways to see Christmas lights from anywhere.

3 Fun Ways to See Christmas Lights





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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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