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

Fire & Ice Food Trucks & Fireworks

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Where: Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
When: January 1 from 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. Admission is free, but there will be collections of canned goods for the Tuckerton Food Pantry and new or gently used books for the Little Free Library.
More info: www.tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868


60th Annual Model Railroad Show

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Where: Garden State Model Railway Club, 575 High Mountain Road, North Haledon
When:
January 6 & 7 from 1:00 pm 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 60th 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


NJCB Annual NJ Brewery Event

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Where: Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
When:
January 16 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Price:
Free admission
Details: Taste the best craft beer the Garden State has to offer at this all-New Jersey event, the seventh of its kind since 2012. Stop by to enjoy great beer and great food with the New Jersey Craft Brew crew!
More info:
www.newjerseycraftbeer.com


january festivalsFire & Ice Festival

Where: Main Street, Historic Mount Holly
When:
January 27 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

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Where: Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
When:
January 27 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 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


The Heldrich Craft Beer & Spirit Festival

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Where: The Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
When:
January 27 from 5:00 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


Asbury Park Beerfest

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Where: Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
When:
January 27 & 28 at various times
Price:
$40 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 27 (Noon-4:00 pm and 6:00-10:00 pm) and one session on January 28 (Noon-4:00 pm).
More info: www.asburyparkbeerfest.com


Wassailing the Apple Trees

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Where: Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
When:
January 28 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


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


Statewide December Festival Events

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Craft Beer & Spirit Festival

Saturday, January 28, 2017: Join in January 28, 2017 from 4PM - 8PM at The Heldrich Hotel for a Craft Beer & Spirit Festival benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties. There …


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Laurita Winterfest

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Sunday, January 22, 2017: A family-friendly, winter wonderland event for all ages highlighted by ice sculptures, great wine, winter activities, fire pits, a variety of food and beverage offerings, and fireworks on Saturday night! …



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