Feeling cooped up in your house as the winter weather sets in? Don’t let frigid temperatures keep you away from all that the Garden State has to offer! From model train shows to beer festivals, this list will keep you busy all month long. Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Festivals for a great start to the New Year!

Fire & Ice Food Trucks & Fireworks

Where: Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
When: January 1 from 12 noon to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Kick off the New Year with a fun festival at Tuckerton Seaport, featuring live music, craft beer, food trucks and family activities. Explore the historic Captain’s House, take a hayride through the frozen woods and vote for your favorite decorated tree. The fireworks show will take place at 6:00 pm over the lake.
More info: www.tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868

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Bergen County Winter Wonderland

Where: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus
When: January 5-8 & 12-15 at various times
Price: $15 per person, free for kids 5 & under
Details: Walk into a Winter Wonderland at Van Saun Park’s festive winter celebration. Attractions include open-air ice skating, carousel rides, zoo entry, train rides and food trucks. Ticket provides access to all activities and skate rentals. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
More info: www.bergencountywinterwonderland.com

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59th Annual Model Railroad Show

Where: Garden State Model Railway Club, 575 High Mountain Road, North Haledon
When:
January 7 & 8 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Price:
$6 per person, free for kids under 12
Details: Behold the extensive collection of model trains featuring intermodal, mixed freight, coal and passenger trains at the 59th annual Model Railroad Show. Check out the special trains on display for children, including Thomas the Tank Engine and the Santa Claus Express. 
More info:
www.gsmrrclub.org

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NJCB Annual NJ Brewery Event

Where: Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
When:
January 17 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Price:
Free admission
Details: Taste the best craft beer New Jersey has to offer at this all-New Jersey event, the sixth of its kind since 2012. On tap are such notable Garden State breweries as River Horse, Flying Fish, Forgotten Boardwalk, Angry Erik, Twin Elephant and more. Stop by to enjoy great beer and great food with the NJCB crew!
More info:
www.newjerseycraftbeer.com

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january festivalsLunar New Year & Spring Celebration

Where: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills
When:
January 22 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Price:
$8 per person
Details: Welcome spring with exciting games, trivia, crafts and stories at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum’s second annual celebration. Follow the lion on a fun journey through the woods and welcome the Lunar New Year.
More info:
www.hartshornarboretum.org or call 973-376-3587


january festivalsFire & Ice Festival

Where: Main Street, Historic Mount Holly
When:
January 28 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Delight all your senses at the annual Fire & Ice Festival, which features cool ice sculptures and a hot chili competition. Sample the chili and vote for your favorite while enjoying live music, a craft beer tent, a cupcake decorating contest and fire engine rides.
More info: www.fireandicefestival.com or call 609-937-5700


WinterFest

Where: Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
When:
January 28 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Price:
Free admission
Details: Celebrate winter with the whole family at WinterFest! Try your hand at cross-country skiing, ice-skating or snowshoeing, then warm up with live music and delicious treats from the food vendors. Other activities include make & take crafts, wagon rides, living history displays and more.
More info:
www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000

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The Heldrich Craft Beer & Spirit Festival

Where: The Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
When:
January 28 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Price:
$40 per person
Details: Sample over 25 different craft breweries and spirits from NJ/NY area distributors at The Heldrich Hotel. Proceeds raised from this event will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties.
More info:
www.theheldrich.com or call 732-214-2206

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Asbury Park Beerfest

Where: Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
When:
January 28 & 29 at various times
Price:
$37.50 per person (in advance), $45 per person (at the door)
Details: Say “Cheers to beers!” at this Jersey shore beer festival. Beer connoisseurs gather to enjoy craft beers, ciders and retro beers, along with classic boardwalk food. There are two sessions on January 28 (12:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-10:00 pm) and one session on January 29 (12:00-4:00 pm).
More info: www.asburyparkbeerfest.com

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Wassailing the Apple Trees

Where: Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
When:
January 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Price:
Free admission
Details: Learn all about the ancient British tradition of wassailing at Terhune Orchards. Sing, dance and toast to the New Year with hot apple cider. Enjoy wagon rides and live music at this fun, family-friendly event.
More info:
www.terhuneorchards.com or call 609-924-2310

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