Top Ten New Jersey Events for Thanksgiving Weekend

Gobble Gobble! Looking to get out of the house this weekend? Here are my Top Ten New Jersey Events for Thanksgiving Weekend 2017:

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Links and additional information for events are in the Titles. New Jersey Events are listed in date order.

Top Ten New Jersey Events for Thanksgiving Weekend 2017:

Rahway’s 2017 Winter Wonderland – November 24th
Presenting the 4th Annual Winter Wonderland in downtown Rahway!The theme for this year’s event is The Force is Happening and is sure to bring out the Jedi in you this holiday season! Join for a family-oriented fun night of entertainment which will include outdoor ice skating, music, pictures with Santa, carriage rides, food, drink and many other activities at locations throughout the City.
Date: Friday, November 24th, 2017; 1-6pm
Address: City Hall Plaza, Rahway, New Jersey
Cost: Free

BACK to Back to Black: entire AMY Winehouse album w/ a 15pc band – November 24th
REMEMBER JONES, the bombastic and soul-stirring vocalist and entertainer presents on Black Friday, November 24th no less, a reprisal of last years “packed to the walls” Stone Pony performance “back to BACK TO BLACK”, a live performance and tribute to the ENTIRE classic AMY WINEHOUSE album “Back to Black”, with an arranged 15 piece band and chorus.

Featuring 17 songs including the hit singles “Rehab”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, “You Know I’m No Good”, “Love is a Losing Game”, and the title track, “Back to Black”, Remember Jones and company recreates the Grammy award-winning and critically acclaimed 2006 album with a horn section, strings, a backing choir and other guests. This is a ONE OF A KIND EVENT celebrating the music that will not be heard “live and lush” anywhere else. The band includes musicians from some of the most acclaimed funk and soul bands in New York, Philadelphia, and Asbury Park’s music scenes. Remember Jones will play an opening set as he did last year featuring material from his original recordings!
Date: Friday, November 24th, 2017; 7pm
Address: The Stone Pony; 913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey
Cost: Tickets

Madison Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting – November 24th
The annual Madison Christmas Parade is one of the most beloved Madison holiday tradtions. Each year throngs of people gather on the route down Main Street to enjoy the parade and tree lighting sponsored by the all-volunteer Madison Christmas Committee.
Date: Friday, November 24th, 2017; 5-8pm
Address: Downtown Madison, NJ
Cost: Free

Holiday Extravaganza – November 24th & 25th
Kick off the holiday season in style with two days of fun events at Excursion Park. Featuring ice skating, a tree lighting ceremony, caroling and refreshments, this event is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Get some holiday shopping done during small business Saturday as the kids enjoy various activities at Excursion Park. Santa will even make a special appearance as he gears up for his busy holiday season. Shop Local During Small Business Saturday! Customers who spend $20 at participating businesses on Small Business Saturday will be entered into a raffle drawing during Holiday Extravaganza to win a big screen TV
Dates: November 24th & 25th, 2017; Friday 4-9pm and Saturday 10am-3pm
Address: Excursion Park, Sea Isle City, NJ
Cost: Free

Holiday Wine Trail Weekend – November 24th – 26th
After hosting a house full of company or traveling for hours to get to your family, this Thanksgiving stay local for the weekend and come out and visit a New Jersey winery as part of the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s annual Holiday Wine Trail Weekend, starting Friday November 24 through Sunday, November 26 at wineries throughout the state. Starting Black Friday and continuing throughout the weekend, wineries from Sussex County to Cape May will be hosting their own special entertainment inside their tasting rooms.Once again, participating wineries will give away holiday grapevine wreaths and decorative ornaments to dress the wreath with. Wine trail travelers will receive a wreath and ornament at their first winery stop of the weekend, and then additional ornaments from each participating winery visited thereafter Friday through Sunday. Wreaths and ornaments are available only at participating wineries and a limited supply exists.
Dates: November 24th – 26th, 2017
Address: At Participating NJ Vineyards
Cost: Priced Per Location

Collingswood Holiday Parade – November 25th
The 2017 Collingswood Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, November 25th beginning at 10 am running along Haddon Avenue beginning at Zane Avenue. Named Best Main Street Experience by South Jersey Magazine, the parade features lively seasonal entertainment, including marching bands, dancers, holiday characters, giants on stilts, floats, mummers, live music—even sports mascots like the Phillie Phanatic.
Date: Saturday, November 25th, 2017; 10am
Address: Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
Cost: Free

Downtown Millburn Shop Hop – November 25th
Join Downtown Millburn for a unique celebration of small business! On November 25th, join Downtown Millburn for a guided experience through downtown shops and eateries! There will be two guided Shop Hops leaving the Downtown Millburn Mural on November 25th. The first tour will leave the Millburn Mural at 11am and the second tour will leave at 2pm. We will then hop from shop to shop through our downtown together – meeting the people behind some of Millburn’s most unique shops. Your FREE ticket will give you access to discounts and delicious bites throughout the Shop Hop! Millburn is accessible by both train and car. Downtown is walkable from NJTRAN’s Millburn Station. There are lots and structured parking downtown and certain pay station and metered parking are free for holiday shopping.
Date: Saturday, November 25th, 2016; 11am to 1pm
Address: Millburn Mural, 358 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ
Cost: Free

Jersey Shore Comic Book Show – November 26th
Featuring vendors, artists, writers, costume groups. The Marine Corps will be collecting toys to benefit Toys for Tots. Special appearance by Santa Claus.
Date: Sunday, November 26th, 2017; 10am to 4pm
Address: Flemington Elk’s Lodge; 165 State Route 31, Flemington, NJ
Cost: $3.00 Children 12 and under Free. Receive $1.00 off admission when you bring and item for Charity.

Merry Marketspace in the Park – November 26th
Here is your chance to support local crafters and businesses this holiday season! Visit on Black Friday Weekend for a craft and direct sales vendor fair across from high-end, top 10 largest mall in NJ, Menlo Park Mall.
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017; 10 AM – 3 PM
Address: 35 Roosevelt Dr, Edison, NJ
Cost: Free

Christmas Festival – November 26th
The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green, presented by Morristown Partnership, officially opens on Sunday, November 26 at 5pm and will light up the downtown well into the New Year. Santa will also be in attendance!
Date: Sunday, November 26th, 2017; 5pm
Address: North Park Place, Morristown, NJ
Cost: Free

Other Awesome New Jersey Events:
November 25th – Haddon Township Turkey Trot (Haddon Twp, Camden County)
November 25th – Snowfest Saturday (Avalon, Cape May County)
November 25th – Flounder Brewing Co.’s 4th Anniversary (Hillsborough, Somerset County)
November 25th & 26th – Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar (Asbury Park, Monmouth County)
November 25th – December 3rd – Roxey Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker (Lambertville, Hunterdon County)
November 26th – Bridgeton Holiday Parade “A Moment in Time” (Bridgeton, Cumberland County)

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