Looking for something festive to do with the family this month? There are plenty of New Jersey festivals to keep you busy, including holiday light shows, shopping bazaars (which are perfect for picking up those last-minute gifts!) and historical celebrations. As if your holiday schedule wasn’t packed enough, we’ve put together a list of ten awesome festivals taking place in the Garden State this December you won’t want to miss!

Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green

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Where: The Morristown Green, North Park Place, Morristown
When: November 25 to December 23, hours vary
Price: Free admission
Details: Morristown’s annual holiday celebration began with Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Green on November 25 at 5:00 pm. Activities vary from weekend to weekend, so be sure to check the website for each day’s agenda. Featured events include photos with Santa Claus, miniature train rides and ice sculpting demonstrations, as well as gingerbread house making.
More info: Visit morristown-nj.org or call 973-455-1133


Festival of Lights

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Where: Cohanzick Zoo, 45 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton
When: November 29, 30 & December 1 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Price: $3 admission
Details: The Bridgeton Department of Recreation’s annual Festival of Lights is a community favorite. Enjoy gorgeously lit holiday decorations, food vendors, crafts and music, in addition to holiday train rides. Guests can also stroll through the zoo and stop by for a visit with Old Saint Nick.
More info: Visit www.cityofbridgeton.com or call 856-453-1675


Hometown Holiday

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Where: Main Street, Hackettstown
When: November 30 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Kick off the holiday season with the 13th annual Hometown Holiday in downtown Hackettstown. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through town, then enjoy live music plus a performance of Annie: The Musical at 8:00 pm. Next, grab a treat at the dining tent and stop by the Holiday Shopping Bazaar for the perfect gift. Also, don’t miss the Santa Parade, Tree Lighting and Santa Selfie Station!
More info: Visit hackettstownbid.com or call 908-850-5004


Christkindlmarkt

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Where: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
When: November 30 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, December 1 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and December 2 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: $5 admission
Details: Decorate gingerbread houses, delight in the Festival of Trees or take a holiday horse wagon ride during Tuckerton Seaport’s Christkindlmarkt. This annual event features a holiday market, a craft fair, food vendors and children’s rides, as well as live entertainment on the grounds of the historic seaport.
More info: Visit www.tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868


Winter in the Pines

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Where: Historic Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton
When: December 2 from noon to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission, fees for certain activities
Details: Stroll through Historic Batsto Village for its annual holiday gathering. Check out live music, demonstrations or experience a carriage ride through the village. Guests can also tour the Batsto Mansion in all its holiday splendor and listen to seasonal tunes as sung by local choirs.
More info: Visit www.batstovillage.org or call 609-561-0024


Wildwood’s Family Holiday Celebration

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Where: North Wildwood Recreation Center, 900 Central Avenue, North Wildwood
When: December 1, 7 & 8, hours vary
Price: Free admission
Details: The 11th annual Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration starts on December 1 with the Holiday Bazaar, an event filled with face painters, holiday shopping, crafts for children, a stocking-making table and holiday movies, in addition to a tree lighting at 4:30 pm. The following Friday night is the parade, awards and a second tree-lighting, before wrapping up with more holiday activities on Saturday.
More info: Visit wildwoodholiday.com or call 609-729-9000


Seaside Heights Santacon

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Where: All throughout Seaside Heights
When: December 15 at noon
Price: Donation suggested in order for participation
Details: Throw on that Santa suit and get ready to spread holiday cheer throughout Seaside Heights during Santacon. This year, all net proceeds will again benefit Chive Charities. Participants are asked to bring one unwrapped toy as well as two non-perishable food items for donation to participate. Those who donate $25 will receive a commemorative patch, beer mug and raffle tickets in addition to entry into the poker run.
More info: Visit www.santaconshnj.com


Christmas in Roebling

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Where: Roebling Museum, 100 Second Avenue, Roebling
When: December 8 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Visit with Santa and taste cider and donuts, in addition to enjoying music, crafts, toy-making and holiday fun galore at the Roebling Museum. Guided Village Walking Tours are also available for a small fee. There is no admission fee to attend, but donations are accepted.
More info: Visit roeblingmuseum.org or call 609-499-7200.


Winter Holiday Festival

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Where: Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge
When: December 1 & 2 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The 20th annual Holiday Festival will make you feel as though you’re in a winter wonderland. Kids can take a hayride through the forest to see Santa at his house or play games and make crafts in his workshop. Both a horse show and a drill team competition will entertain the crowds while you peruse the offerings at the Silent Auction.
More info: Visit www.flss.org


Holiday Celebration

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Where: Alan M. Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
When: December 2 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Bring a canned food donation and enjoy all the best seasonal fun in downtown Scotch Plains. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, caricatures and carolers, in addition to painting and cookie decorating. There’s also a petting zoo! Don’t miss visiting with Santa or the tree lighting, either.
More info: www.scotchplainsnj.gov or call 908-322-6700


Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.


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