Here is my official Holiday and Christmas Lights in New Jersey Guide. My goal this season – to see as many Christmas light displays as possible! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @NewJerseyIsntBoring to see even more awesome light shows! If you find any and post them, use the #njisntboring so I can see them. This list will be updated regularly!
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NJIB’s Christmas Lights in New Jersey List:
Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration (Camden)– Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration will feature larger-than-life decorations, twinkling lights, glowing trees, and gently falling snow – not to mention 8,500 super cool animals and two million gallons of fun. Festivities include exciting live shows, daily appearances by Scuba Santa in our Ocean Realm exhibit, character appearances, and more!
Dates: December 2 through December 30, 2017
Address: Adventure Aquarium; 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
All Aboard DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express (Hammonton) – All aboard a magical train ride through an enchanted Holiday Town. Guests of all ages can enjoy an outdoor train ride through a magical Christmas village with millions of lights. Santa and his elves have a special gift for all the children when you visit his workshop. More lights and more surprises are planned for this year’s experience.
Dates: Select Dates November 10th – December 31st, 2017
Address: DiDonato Family Fun Center; 1151 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton, New Jersey
Cost: $14.95 per person
Christmas Ice Caverns (Fairfield) – The “Christmas Ice Caverns” are an Animated children’s display that children walk through and see dozens of storybook displays in a Christmas Themed setting. You can see Disney characters sleigh riding in the snow, Santa’s candy factory, Santa’s reindeer feeding barn, toy story figures, a life-size Nativity, and much, much, more.
Dates: Select Dates November 11th – December 26th, 2017
Address: 437 US Highway No 46 West, Fairfield, NJ
Christmas Light Show Hayrides (Medford) – Thousands of twinkle lights to create a Holiday Wonderland in the Discovery Barnyard and Animal farm. To complete your holiday experience they will also have a campfire going to roast marshmallows and make s’ mores. Plus, lights on the lake! Select Dates: Select Dates: November 24th – December 23rd, 2017
Address: Johnson’s Farm; 133 Church Rd. Medford, NJ
Cost: $5.95 per person(child or adult), under 12 months Free; COMBO TICKET for Light Show Hayride and Fire and Lights $9.95 per person
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show (Smithville)- Enjoy popular songs of the Holiday Season synchronized with a dazzling Christmas tree light show sure to get you in the Holiday spirit.
Dates: November 23rd , 2017 – January 7th, 2018
Address: 615 East Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ
Sea of Lights at Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Point Pleasant) – Join Jenk’s for an indoor light spectacular and tons of other familiy fun. $7 Aquarium Admission, Make & Take Crafts, Visits with Singing Princesses, Scuba Santa, Games and MORE.
Dates: December 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2017 6-9pm.
Address: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk; 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Holiday Lights Trolley Ride (Cape May)– Take a trip down to the Historic District of Cape May to see some of the most beautifully decorated houses and inns in New Jersey! Take a trolley ride through the Historic District to see the Victorian-style houses and inns decorated for the holidays. Tours begin at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street. Purchase tickets at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, at the Carriage Horse or at Hill House Office. Check their website for dates and times. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 to purchase advanced tickets.
Dates: Select Dates November 18th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018
Address: 1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ
Cost: $12 Adults, $10 Kids
Holiday in the Park (Great Adventure, Jackson) – Holiday In the Park will run November weekends and select days through January 1, 2018. Millions of glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s village, animals and many popular rides will magically transform the summer thrill destination into a winter wonderland, and will be included with all season passes and active memberships. Stunning light shows, illuminated, towering trees, the iconic smell of fresh pine and crisp peppermint filling the air and festive street vendors offering sweet and savory treats will provide a multi-sensory journey of winter delights. Kids can join Santa in his workshop for a fun photo opportunity. A new entertainment program will feature a tree lighting spectacular, grand stage production, live carolers and a nightly awe-inspiring finale. Regardless of the weather forecast, a touch of magic will ensure that snowflakes fall gently every evening.
Dates: Select Dates November 18th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018
Address: 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ
Cost: See Website
Ride the Ferry to Winter Wonderfest (Cape May, Cape May County) – Ride the Ferry to the Lewes Terminal for Winter Wonderfest! The Christmas Village returns to the Lewes Terminal this holiday season bigger and brighter! Packed with indoor & outdoor fun for the whole family, the Christmas Village includes an Ice Rink, Santa’s Workshop, games, pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, nightly entertainment and new this year, the Lodge, a heated tent serving bites & beverages. The Ferry offers shuttles to the Spectacular Light Show in Cape Henlopen State Park!
Dates: Select Dates November 17th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018; 5-9pm
Address: Departs from Cape May Ferry Terminal – 1200 Lincoln Blvd, Cape May NJ 08204
Cost: Many packages available
Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show (Augusta)– Experience a spectacular Christmas Light Show at Skylands Stadium! Drive through a 1-mile course of breathtaking displays set to joyous holiday music. They will have more than 2 MILLION LIGHTS for your viewing pleasure.
Dates: Select dates November 17th through December 30th, 2017
Address: Skylands Stadium; 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $20 per carload Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Monday–Thursday (Discount Nights): $17 per carload
Storybook Land’s Christmas Fantasy with Lights (Egg Harbor Township) – Storybook Land hosts this fabulous holiday celebration, with Santa himself illuminating the lights. This magnificent display features over one millions lights! Children can visit Mr. & Mrs. Claus until December 23rd, when it’s time for them to return to the North Pole. All rides, attractions and snack bars are also open during this time.
Dates: Select dates November 11th – December 30th, 2017
Address: 6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322), Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Cost: $22.50 in advance, $25.50 per person, free for children under 2
Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights (East Orange) – About 50 animal and holiday-themed figures will light up the winter night in Turtle Back Zoo and the surrounding Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. Over 100,000 lights will illuminate figures of bears, tigers and elephants, along with holiday lights designed to look like wooden soldiers, stars and winter scenes. Several animal exhibits will be open, including the Sea Lion Sound, Essex Farm, Tam-ring Gibbons Reserve, Tropical Currents Aquarium and the Reptile Building. Myrtle the Turtle, the mascot of Turtle Back Zoo, and several of his winter friends will be on hand to greet visitors at the Zoo. “Selfies” with Santa Claus and a mailbox where children can send letters to Santa Clause at the North Pole will be available each night until December 23rd.
Dates: November 17th, 2017 – January 2nd, 2017
Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange NJ
Cost: Admission is free. Donations of canned goods, pet food and unwrapped toys are suggested.
The Winter Light Walk at Crystal Springs Resort (Hamburg) – Join us at the area’s most sensational holiday light show where you’ll experience a walk-through winter holiday fantasy featuring breathtaking displays, joyful holiday music and complimentary hot chocolate. While on property, be sure to visit the all new Gingerbread Village featuring the New York City skyline. Experience the holidays like never before at Crystal Springs through January 2018.
Dates: November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Address: Crystal Springs Resort; 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ
Cost: Call (973) 827-4467 for details
Houses that Love to Get in on the Fun:
Lights and Carols for a ‘Claus (Manalapan) – The Iantosca Family invites the community to enjoy their incredible lights display to kick off the holiday season. This event is fun for the whole family and is for a great cLause! In addition to the lights and decorations on the front lawn, Joe and Joanne Iantosca will be joined by Howell HS Rebel Yell and the Rebellettes and most importantly Mr. & Mrs. Claus all the way from the North Pole!
Date: Sunday, December 17th, 2016; 7-9pm
Address: 43 Heather Drive, Manalapan, NJ
Cost: Free, but there will be opportunities to support Pediatric Services at CentraState Healthcare System.
Community Christmas Event – December 23rd
Family friendly event. Accepting donations that go towards American Cancer Society. Decorations, hot chocolate. Santa, live holiday music.
Date: Saturday, December 23rd, 2017; 5PM – 8:30PM
Address: 311 Harrison Ave, Blackwood, New Jersey
Cranbury Christmas Lights (Cranbury) – This house, which is located on Main St in Cranbury, also has their own radio station that syncs up with lights. Speaking of lights, they have over 120,000 lights which can be some from space. This house is free to visit, but they are also accepting money for charity so please consider donating if you can. They play their music outside, and have fire pits to people can stay for a while. Check them out on Facebook!
Dates: Select Dates November 25th – December 28th, 2017
Address: 128 North Main St, Cranbury, NJ
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Kloos Family Lights (East Brunswick) – This house was definitely cool to check out. Their lights are synced to their very own radio station! The light show is free to view, but they are currently raising money for charity so please donate if you go to visit (and be respectful of their neighbors) . Check them out on Facebook!
Address: 13 Sterling Court, East Brunswick, NJ
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T & A Sprinklers Light Show (Old Bridge) – This house was recently on the show The Great Christmas Light Fight and if you come by the house, you’ll see why! The Apruzzi family of Old Bridge puts on an amazing light show every year. It’s free to check out as well!
Address: 18 Central Ave, Old Bridge, NJ
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Cook’s Christmas Lights (Jackson) – 5th Annual Christmas light show that consists of over 20,000 lights, 4 singing faces, and a 1,008 bulb pixel matrix all synchronized to 7 songs. The entire show takes 22 minutes. The show is free but donations are greatly appreciated. All donations go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The show operates daily from 6pm-10pm until January 1st, 2017
Address: 1 Carlson Ct., Jackson, NJ
Additional Houses to Check Out:
Central Jersey & Jersey Shore
Bayville Christmas Light Show (Bayville)
Weber Family Lights (East Brunswick)
Martel’s Winter Wonderland (Hamilton)
Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Light Extravaganza (Hazlet)
Bilancione Light Show (Jackson)
Szotak Christmas Spectacular (Middletown)
Dano Lights (Monroe)
MacCary Christmas Light Display (Ocean)
Crazy Christmas Lights in Old Bridge (Old Bridge)
Sisti Family Christmas Lights (Spring Lake)
Sims Holiday Lights (Spring Lake Heights)
Russso’s Christmas Light Display (17 George Street. South Plainfield)
Gress House Lights (Union Beach)