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The Best Kids & Family Events in New Jersey

Best of NJ works hard to create a statewide calendar full of fun things to do. But since there are so many types of events going on all year round, we’re breaking things up a bit. Below, you’ll find a list of The Best Kids & Family Events in New Jersey.

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Seasons Greeting lights
Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show & Village

Where: Skylands Stadium – 11/15/2019 - 12/30/2019: 5:00 pm
Details: Skylands Stadium's spectacular Christmas Light Show & Village is back! With more than two million dazzling lights on a mile-long drive-through course.


The Polar Express Whippany
The Polar Express

Where: Whippany Railway Museum – 11/16/2019 - 12/30/2019: 11:35 am
Details: The Polar Express at Whippany Railway Museum. Relive the magic of the classic story as you are whisked away for a magical one-hour trip to the North Pole.


Christmas in the Ballantine House
Christmas in the Ballantine House

Where: Newark Museum – 11/20/2019 - 01/05/2020: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Details: The 1885 Ballantine House Christmas depicts Christmas in late Victorian Newark. In these times, the English, German and Dutch holiday traditions merged.


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Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights

Where: Turtle Back Zoo – 11/22/2019 - 12/31/2019: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights. Take a nighttime stroll through the Turtle Back Zoo to see more than 50 illuminated winter scenes and animal characters.


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Christmas in the Country Trail at Four Sisters Winery

Where: Four Sisters Winery – 11/23/2019 - 12/24/2019: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Details: Enjoy Christmas in the Country Trail at Four Sisters Winery. Visit Wyckoff's Christmas Farm, Mackey's Orchard & Bakery, and Four Sisters Winery.


Model Railroad
62nd Annual Model Railroad Show

Where: Garden State Model Railway Club – 11/29/2019 - 01/05/2020: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Details: Come out to the 62nd Annual Model Railroad Show. Features a 1200 square foot HO layout, steam and diesel locomotives, Thomas and Friends, passenger trains.


Bergen County Winter Wonderland
Bergen County Winter Wonderland

Where: Van Saun County Park – 11/29/2019 - 01/05/2020: 4:00 pm
Details: Come out to the Bergen County Winter Wonderland. When the sun goes down, the lights come on in Van Saun Park for six weeks of wintertime fun.


Vernon Lights Festival
Vernon Lights Festival

Where: Vernon Lights Festival – 11/29/2019 - 02/02/2020: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: Vernon Lights Festival is a Wonderland of Lanterns and Light. Don’t miss this walk-through wonderland of family fun. See massive lighting displays.


Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green
Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green 2019

Where: Morristown Green – 12/01/2019 - 12/22/2019: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Join in the Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green. The event kicks off on Sunday, December 1st. See Santa’s arrival on North Park Place.


Chester Brass Works Quartet Ensemble
Chester Brass Works Quartet Ensemble

Where: Downtown Chester – 12/01/2019 - 12/15/2019: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Details: Come hear the Chester Brass Works Quartet Ensemble. A festive mix of classical and popular holiday music presented by the amazing Chester Brass Works.


Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show
Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show

Where: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum – 12/06/2019 - 12/15/2019: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Details: Come out to the 2019 Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show! new displays of hundreds of edible creations. Local crafters offering, completely handmade gifts


Chevys Fresh Mex Toy Drive
Chevys Fresh Mex Toy Drive

Where: Chevys Fresh Mex – Clifton – 12/06/2019 - 12/18/2019: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Chevys Fresh Mex is hosting a Toy Drive at its New Jersey locations in Clifton and Linden now until December 18. Guests can spread the joy of the holidays.


Farm to Table Brunch with Santa
Farm to Table Brunch with Santa at Alstede Farms

Where: Alstede Farms – 12/07/2019 - 12/15/2019: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Details: Farm to Table Brunch with Santa at Alstede Farms. December 1, 7, 8, 15. It's time to indulge in the season and enjoy a delicious farm to table brunch.


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Country Christmas with Santa at Alstede Farms

Where: Alstede Farms – 12/07/2019 - 12/24/2019: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details: Come to the Country Christmas with Santa at Alstede Farms. Snap some pictures with jolly ol’ Santa, explore the Christmas forest. Roast marshmallows.


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Santa's Comin' to Downtown Chester!

Where: Downtown Chester – 12/07/2019 - 12/21/2019: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Details: Santa's Comin' to Downtown Chester! Jolly Ol' Saint Nick will be spreading holiday cheer and giving good little boys and girls a chance to join him.


Free to Be You and Me
Free to Be You and Me - The Musical

Where: Civil War Drill Hall Theatre – 12/07/2019 - 12/15/2019: 7:00 pm
Details: Don't miss Free to Be You and Me. A beloved award-winning children’s musical. The play illustrates the value of one’s individuality. A landmark musical.


Breakfast with Santa’s Helpers
Breakfast with Santa’s Helpers and WOW the Cow

Where: Stew Leonard’s @ Paramus – 12/08/2019 - 12/15/2019: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Details: Families are invited to have breakfast with Santa’s helpers and their friends Wow the Cow and Cynthia Chick! A buffet-style breakfast.


Ugly Sweater Shuffle 5K
Ugly Sweater Shuffle 5K

Where: Saddle River County Park- Otto C. Pehle Entrance – 12/14/2019: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Details: Join in for the Inaugural Ugly Sweater Shuffle 5k to be held in the Saddle River County Park. a disposable chip-timed event. Festive dress is encouraged!


Dave & Buster’s Breakfast with Santa
Dave & Buster’s Breakfast with Santa

Where: Dave & Buster’s Wayne – 12/14/2019: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Details: Come join in Dave & Buster’s Breakfast with Santa - Wayne, NJ. Enjoy a Breakfast Buffet with Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes.


Paper Shapers (Origami) Meeting

Where: Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library – Main Branch – 12/14/2019: 12:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Come for any length of time. Adults and children are welcome. All children younger than 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Bring…


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A Christmas Carol: The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge

Where: Castle Theatre – 12/14/2019: 1:00 pm
Details: A Christmas Carol: The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge. A Classic tale of a miser's redemption geared towards Children! Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old geezer.


Photos with SantaPaws
Photos with SantaPaws

Where: Andover Animal Hospital – 12/14/2019: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Details: Come out to Andover Animal Hospital for photos with Dr. Harvey SantaPaws. All photos will be uploaded to their photo website for your download.


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Brunch with Santa at Kuba Restaurant

Where: Kuba Restaurant – 12/15/2019: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Details: Come out to Brunch with Santa at Kuba Restaurant. Enjoy delicious food, holiday shopping, cash bar, raffles, and photos with Santa himself!


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Brunch with Santa at The Shannon Rose Irish Pub

Where: The Shannon Rose Irish Pub – 12/15/2019: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Details: Enjoy Brunch with Santa at The Shannon Rose Irish Pub! Families are invited to enjoy Brunch with Santa in Clifton and Ramsey on Sunday, December 15.


Elvis the Elf
Ron Albanese as "Elvis the Elf" in Downtown Chester

Where: Downtown Chester – 12/15/2019 - 12/22/2019: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Details: See Ron Albanese as "Elvis the Elf" in Downtown Chester. Bring the kids for a great "Selfie" with Santa's Favorite Singing Elf - ELVIS! In Downtown Chester.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar ft Dream Snow & Other Eric Carle Favorites

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 12/15/2019: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The Very Hungry Caterpillar ft Dream Snow & Other Eric Carle Favorites


The Very Hungry Caterpillar ft Dream Snow & Other Eric Carle Favorites

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 12/15/2019: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The Very Hungry Caterpillar ft Dream Snow & Other Eric Carle Favorites


Dinner with Santa at Chevys Fresh Mex
Dinner with Santa at Chevys Fresh Mex

Where: Chevys Fresh Mex – Clifton – 12/16/2019: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Enjoy Dinner with Santa at Chevys Fresh Mex. Kids Eat Free promotion. Plus, cookie decorating and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus.


Dinner with Santa
Dinner with Santa at Quaker Steak & Lube

Where: Quaker Steak and Lube – 12/16/2019: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Quaker Steak and Lube is getting into the holiday spirit with its Dinner with Santa. Kids Eat Free promotion, and a photos with Santa Claus.


Winter Camp (5 days with 2 Adventure Days)

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 12/20/2019: All Day
Details: Winter Camp (5 days with 2 Adventure Days)


Christmas Cupcake Wreath
Parent and Me, Christmas Wreath at Polkadot Cake Shop

Where: Polkadot Cake Shop – 12/21/2019: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Details: Parent and Me, Christmas Wreath at Polkadot Cake Shop. Join in to create Christmas wreath cupcake cakes! 24 mini cupcakes and all materials.


Ridgefield Winter Wonderland
2nd Annual Ridgefield Winter Wonderland

Where: Ridgefield Community Center – 12/21/2019: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Come join in for a family fun event!! Enjoy open air ice skating, Santa's North Pole Dome and Workshop, and heated hospitality pavilion.


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Christmas Eve Dinner at Cafe 37

Where: Cafe 37 – 12/23/2019: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: Come to Christmas Eve Dinner at Cafe 37. They are taking reservations for Christmas Eve! Book now! Holidays Gift Certificates available!


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Christmas Eve Dinner at Cenzino

Where: Cenzino – 12/24/2019: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: Cenzino is serving Christmas Eve Dinner. Join in for a memorable Christmas Eve celebration! Call 201-337-6693 to make your reservations!


Christmas Eve Dinner
Christmas Eve Dinner at The Liberty House

Where: Liberty House Restaurant – 12/24/2019: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Celebrate Christmas Eve at The Liberty House. Enjoy a special four course menu of holiday favorites! 55-$70 per adult. $30 per child.


Pinocchio
Pinocchio at the Bickford Theatre

Where: Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum – 12/27/2019: 11:00 am
Details: Come see Pinocchio at the Bickford Theatre! Enjoy this new rendering of the timeless tale. Lovingly told and woven with spirited music and comic fun.


NJ New Years Eve
New Year's Eve Dinner at Cafe 37

Where: Cafe 37 – 12/30/2019: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: Enjoy New Year's Eve Dinner at Cafe 37. They are taking reservations for New Years Eve! Holidays Gift Certificates available! Call (201) 857-0437.


Pilsener Haus Kid's New Year's Eve
Pilsener Haus Kid's New Year's Eve - Day Party

Where: Pilsener Haus – 12/31/2019: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Details: Join in Pilsener Haus Kid's New Year's Eve - Day Party. There will be two Parties this year. Tuesday December 31st, 11:00am to 2:00pm or 3:00pm to 6:00pm.


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New Year's Eve Dinner at Arturo's Restaurant

Where: Arturo’s Restaurant – 12/31/2019: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Details: Enjoy New Year's Eve Dinner at Arturo's Restaurant. Open for New Years Eve! Seatings are: 4:00, 4:30,5:00, 5:30, 6:30, 7:00, 8:00, 8:30,9:00, and 9:15.


Happy New Year
New Year's Eve Dinner at Cenzino

Where: Cenzino – 12/31/2019: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Details: Enjoy New Year's Eve Dinner at Cenzino. Join in for an amazing New Year's Eve celebration! Two Seating Times: 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm - $125 per person


Story Time Boogie

Where: Shooting Star Dance Center – 01/08/2020: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Come join us for this all new collaboration with the Children’s Library and Miss Cheryl! During Storytime Boogie we will be bringing the books to…


Disney On Ice Parking

Where: Prudential Center – 01/16/2020: 7:01 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Disney On Ice Parking


Disney On Ice Parking

Where: Prudential Center – 01/18/2020: 11:01 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Disney On Ice Parking


Mariel’s Melodies
Mariel's Melodies at Bickford Theatre

Where: Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum – 01/20/2020: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Details: Come see Mariel's Melodies at Bickford Theatre. Enjoy some musical afternoon fun for the kids on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Story Time Boogie February - June 2020

Where: Shooting Star Dance Center – 02/05/2020: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Come join us for this all new collaboration with the Children’s Library and Miss Cheryl! During Storytime Boogie we will be bringing the books to…


Night To Shine Prom
Night To Shine Prom hosted by Liquid Church

Where: Liquid Church – Morris County – 02/06/2020 - 02/07/2020: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Night To Shine Prom hosted by Liquid Church. An unforgettable prom night experience designed especially for teens and adults 14+ with special needs.


Story Time Boogie February - June 2020

Where: Shooting Star Dance Center – 03/04/2020: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Come join us for this all new collaboration with the Children’s Library and Miss Cheryl! During Storytime Boogie we will be bringing the books to…


PuchiCon
PuchiCon

Where: Embassy Suites Secaucus – 03/07/2020 - 03/08/2020: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Details: Come vend & attend PuchiCon March 7th- March 8th! Yep, you heard it right, they are now a 2 day con! There will be fun for all ages.


The Cat in the Hat

Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center – 03/16/2020: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The Cat in the Hat


Story Time Boogie February - June 2020

Where: Shooting Star Dance Center – 04/01/2020: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Come join us for this all new collaboration with the Children’s Library and Miss Cheryl! During Storytime Boogie we will be bringing the books to…


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Central Jersey Kids & Family Events


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Santa Visits Kale's Garden Center

Where: Kale’s Nursery & Landscape Service – 11/30/2019 - 12/15/2019: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details: Make your way to Kale's Garden Center to visit with Santa this year. Lots of great locations for the best family/Santa photos you can take.


Model Train Show
Barron Arts Center Holiday Model Train Show

Where: Barron Arts Center – 11/30/2019 - 12/30/2019: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details: Barron Arts Center presents its Annual Holiday Model Train Show, featuring the set up and design of Mike Gelesky. The exhibit enchants visitors of all ages.


Chevys Fresh Mex Toy Drive
Chevys Fresh Mex Toy Drive

Where: Chevys Fresh Mex – Clifton – 12/06/2019 - 12/18/2019: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Chevys Fresh Mex is hosting a Toy Drive at its New Jersey locations in Clifton and Linden now until December 18. Guests can spread the joy of the holidays.


Christmas wreath
Marketspace at Westfield Holiday Weekends

Where: The Marketspace at Westfield – 12/07/2019 - 12/22/2019: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Details: The Marketspace at Westfield will be open during the first three full consecutive weekends in December. Complimentary photos with Santa.


Gingerbread House
First Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Where: Cafe Du Pain Bakery – 12/13/2019: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Details: Don't miss the First Annual Gingerbread House Competition at Cafe Du Pain Bakery. Each contestant will have the opportunity to build a gingerbread house.


Nutcracker
American Repertory Ballet Nutcracker

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 12/13/2019 - 12/15/2019: 8:00 pm
Details: American Repertory Ballet (ARB) returns to The State to perform the beloved classic Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, stunning sets, thrilling choreography, and a cast of…


Joe's Crab Shack
Breakfast with Santa at Joe's Crab Shack

Where: Joe’s Crab Shack – 12/14/2019: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Details: Breakfast with Santa. Come meet Santa at Joe's Crab Shack! Enjoy a buffet of breakfast favorites. Take your own photos with Santa. Enter to win prizes.


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Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Cafe

Where: Rainforest Cafe – 12/14/2019 - 12/22/2019: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Details: Don't miss Breakfast with Santa at Menlo Park Rainforest Cafe. Join Cha! Cha! and Santa at Rainforest Cafe. Enjoy the Breakfast Buffet, Raffle & Prizes.


Nature Storytime for Sprouts 2019: Earth's Layers

Where: Duke Farms – 12/14/2019: 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers are invited to join us for a two hour nature-themed monthly program. Each month our “sprouts” will use…


Gingerbread House
Kind-n-Family Gingerbread House Build

Where: Cafe Du Pain Bakery – 12/14/2019: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Details: Kind-n-Family Gingerbread House Build at Cafe Du Pain Bakery! Build this adorable and delicious little gingerbread house in a class for the whole family.


Polar Express Pajama Party
Polar Express Pajama Party at Brook Arts Center

Where: Brook Arts Center – 12/14/2019: 5:30 pm
Details: The Polar Express Pajama Party at Brook Arts Center! Wear your pajamas and bring a comfy blanket. Cuddle up and enjoy this holiday film.


Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa at Autumn Lake Winery

Where: Autumn Lake Winery – 12/15/2019: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Details: Don't miss Breakfast with Santa at Autumn Lake Winery. Come join in for a fun morning with Santa! He has decided to stop by during this busy season.


gingerbread house
Gingerbread House Brunch at Maggiano's

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy – Bridgewater – 12/15/2019: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Details: Come out to the Gingerbread House Brunch at Maggiano's. A holiday gingerbread house is part dessert, part centerpiece and all fun.


Holiday Hackathon
Code Ninjas Hillsborough Holiday Hackathon

Where: Code Ninjas of Hillsborough – 12/15/2019: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Details: Enter the Code Ninjas Hillsborough Holiday Hackathon! Must have prior Scratch coding experience and be able to create a game unassisted to enter.


White Christmas
White Christmas – Movie and Sing Along

Where: Brook Arts Center – 12/15/2019: 2:00 pm
Details: White Christmas – Movie and Sing Along at Brook Arts Center. Gather your family and friends and experience this holiday classic on the big screen.


Alex Kalid
Holiday Family Jam with Alex and The Kaleidoscope

Where: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts/Arts Council of Princeton – 12/15/2019: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Details: Have fun at the Princeton Holiday Family Jam with Alex & The Kaleidoscope. Celebrate the season with local family favorite Alex & The Kaleidoscope!


Dinner with Santa at Chevys Fresh Mex
Dinner with Santa at Chevys Fresh Mex

Where: Chevys Fresh Mex – Clifton – 12/16/2019: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Enjoy Dinner with Santa at Chevys Fresh Mex. Kids Eat Free promotion. Plus, cookie decorating and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus.


Dinner with Santa
Dinner with Santa at Quaker Steak & Lube

Where: Quaker Steak and Lube – 12/16/2019: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Quaker Steak and Lube is getting into the holiday spirit with its Dinner with Santa. Kids Eat Free promotion, and a photos with Santa Claus.


Games Galore in Bridgewater

Where: Postal code 08807, US – 12/17/2019: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Sponsored by: Complete Care Green Knoll Minimum age: 17 Games Galore is a team of volunteers who assist the staff of a long-term care Senior…


Santa's Circus

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 12/18/2019: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santa’s Circus with an interactive show including everything that you love about Christmas. Meet and greet your…


Santa Fe Trail
Spaghetti Western Wednesday: Santa Fe Trail

Where: Hopewell Theater – 12/18/2019: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Spaghetti Western Wednesday: Santa Fe Trail. The film is about the abolitionist John Brown and his campaign against slavery prior to the American Civil War.


Night-Before-Christmas
Pajama Storytime with Gennady Spirin & Mrs. Claus

Where: Morven Museum and Garden – 12/20/2019: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Details: Come to the Pajama Storytime with Gennady Spirin & Mrs. Claus. Visit the Festival of Trees. Stories, music, and sing-a-long with Mrs. Claus.


Cookie Walk
The 2019 Metuchen Cookie Walk

Where: First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen – 12/21/2019: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Details: Join in the Metuchen Cookie Walk. The premise of the Cookie Walk is simple: bake, buy, give. Local families donate thousands of homemade cookies.


A Multicultural Holiday Extravaganza
A Multicultural Holiday Extravaganza at Brook Theater

Where: Brook Arts Center – 12/21/2019: 3:00 pm
Details: Join the Historic Brook Theater for their multi-cultural holiday celebration. This gala winter event is filled with music, dance and entertainment.


Pyrenesia
Pyrenesia Holiday Show + Special Dinner

Where: Hopewell Theater – 12/21/2019: 8:00 pm
Details: Pyrenesia - locally based artists, hailing from the river town of Lambertville, NJ. Spotlighting new and old holiday classics.


Cookies for Santa
Kids Holiday Class - Cookies for Santa

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy – Bridgewater – 12/22/2019: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Details: Don't miss the Kids Holiday Class for Cookies for Santa. Little chefs will make and decorate Christmas cookies, holiday crafts and other yummy treats


My Grandfather’s Coat
My Grandfather’s Coat: Immigrant Storytime

Where: Morven Museum and Garden – 12/22/2019: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Details: My Grandfather’s Coat, celebrates the clever recycling of a beloved coat that lasts four generations - from wedding coat until becoming this story!


Christmas Eve – Library Closed

Where: Kenilworth Public Library – 12/24/2019: All Day
Details: Christmas Eve – Library Closed|The Kenilworth Public Library is closed on December 24, 2019 for Christmas Eve.


Holiday ornament
Christmas Eve at Pluckemin Inn

Where: Pluckemin Inn – 12/24/2019: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Come to Christmas Eve at Pluckemin Inn. This Christmas Eve, enjoy a special dinner with your family and friends and leave the cooking to Pluckemin Inn!


Christmas plates
Christmas Eve Dinner at The Ryland Inn

Where: The Ryland Inn – 12/24/2019: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Take the family to Christmas Eve Dinner at The Ryland Inn. Celebrate & enjoy a holiday menu! $79 for Adults, $30 for children 12 years and under.


Christmas Day – Library Closed

Where: Kenilworth Public Library – 12/25/2019: All Day
Details: Christmas Day – Library Closed|The Kenilworth Public Library is closed December 25, 2019 for Christmas Day.


Battles of Trenton
Battles of Trenton Reenactment

Where: Old Barracks Museum – 12/28/2019: 11:00 am
Details: The Old Barracks Museum annually hosts two reenactments on the same day in December: The Battle of Trenton and The Battle of the Assunpink.


Children’s Puppet Show
“The Trouble with Trenton” Children’s Puppet Show

Where: Warren Street Plaza – 12/28/2019: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Details: “The Trouble with Trenton” Children’s Puppet Show. Get the children involved first-hand with Washington’s victory in Trenton. This "mini" historical look.


New Year's Eve Dinner at The Ryland Inn
New Year's Eve Dinner at The Ryland Inn

Where: The Ryland Inn – 12/31/2019: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Details: Enjoy New Year's Eve Dinner at The Ryland Inn. Ring in 2020 & enjoy a holiday menu! $99 Per Person. For Reservations Call: 908-534-4011.


Frenchtown Inn
New Year's Eve Dinner at the Frenchtown Inn

Where: The Frenchtown Inn – 12/31/2019: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Details: Enjoy New Year's Eve Dinner at the Frenchtown Inn. New Years Eve Menu—Will include One Choice of Six Appetizers, One Choice of Six Entrees.


New Years Eve Fireworks in New Brunswick!
New Years Eve Fireworks in New Brunswick!

Where: Monument Square Park – 12/31/2019 - 01/01/2020: 11:30 pm - 12:30 am
Details: New Years Eve Fireworks in New Brunswick! Grab a hot cocoa, bundle up and grab your spot at the annual Fireworks Display over Monument Square Park.


Mr. Pennygaff
Mr. Pennygaff's Sideshow Cirkus Spectacular

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 01/11/2020: 10:00 am
Details: Mr. Pennygaff's Sideshow Cirkus Spectacular Milk & Cookies! Mr. Pennygaff takes you on a tour of American popular entertainment. Juggling, feats of daring.


Star Wars concert
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 02/09/2020: 3:00 pm
Details: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert performed by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In the spectacular climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga,…


Masters Of Illusion
Masters Of Illusion

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 02/28/2020: 8:00 pm
Details: Fun for the whole family - but can you figure it out? Masters of Illusion® includes grand illusions, levitation, escapologists, comedy magic, sleight of hand,…


MasterChef
MasterChef Junior Live!

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 03/08/2020: 7:00 pm
Details: MasterChef Junior Live! brings MasterChef Junior directly to fans and foodies alike…live! The family-friendly stage show features cooking demonstrations.


Dinosaur World Live
Dinosaur World Live

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 03/15/2020: 3:00 pm
Details: Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for all the family! Grab your compass and join…


Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

Where: CURE Insurance Arena – 03/26/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment


Sugarloaf Craft Festival

Where: New Jersey Convention & Expo Center – 11/13/2020: All Day
Details: Friday: 10am – 6pmSaturday: 10am – 6pmSunday: 10am – 5pm



Jersey Shore Kids & Family Events


Piazza DiRoma Sweet 16 dining room
Celebrate the Ultimate Sweet Sixteen at Piazza di Roma

Where: Piazza di Roma – 07/01/2019 - 12/29/2019: All Day
Details: Piazza Di Roma creates the music, the memories, and the magic. Let them provide the perfect space to bring your sweet sixteen vision to life.


Christmas Exhibit
An Old Fashioned Christmas Exhibit

Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 11/22/2019 - 01/01/2020: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit at the Physick Estate Carriage House. Including a giant Christmas tree, a Dickens Village, model trains, and more.


Mrs. Claus
Santa's Trolley Rides at Emlen Physick Estate

Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 11/23/2019 - 12/21/2019: 12:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Bring the kids to the Emlen Physick Estate on weekends for a ride around Cape May. Enjoy stories and songs led by Mrs. Claus. Santa will greet children.


Christmas House Tour
Lamplighter Christmas House Tour at Emlen Physick Estate

Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 11/29/2019 - 12/31/2019: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Details: The Lamplighter Christmas House Tour. Take a self-guided evening tour of four of Cape May’s finest Bed and Breakfast inns or private homes.


Santa
Breakfast with Santa at Congress Hall

Where: Congress Hall – 11/30/2019 - 12/22/2019: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Details: Come to Breakfast with Santa at Congress Hall. This breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, buttermilk pancakes, and much more.


Santa & Mrs. Claus
Santa & Mrs. Claus at Laurita!!

Where: Laurita Winery – 11/30/2019 - 12/22/2019: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Details: Santa & Mrs. Claus are back at Laurita!! Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies during the visit. Imagine the look on the children’s faces! Cameras are encouraged.


Annie
Annie at Algonquin Arts Theatre

Where: Algonquin Arts Theatre – 11/30/2019 - 12/15/2019: 7:30 pm
Details: Come see Annie at Algonquin Arts Theatre. Annie follows an optimistic young orphan living in New York City on her quest to find her parents.


Hayride
Holiday Hay Rides at Laurita

Where: Laurita Winery – 12/07/2019 - 12/29/2019: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Details: Enjoy Holiday Hay Rides at Laurita! Every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4:30! Hay rides will run continuously, weather permitting! Admission is free!


Strolling Dickens’
Strolling Dickens' (Manhattan Holiday) Carolers

Where: Downtown Chester – 12/07/2019 - 12/14/2019: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Details: Strolling Dickens' (Manhattan Holiday) Carolers. No holiday celebration is complete without the stunning sights and sounds of Manhattan Holiday's a cappella


Candlelight
Christmas Candlelight House Tours

Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 12/07/2019 - 12/28/2019: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Details: Join in the Christmas Candlelight House Tours. Experience the high point of Cape May’s holiday season during these self-guided walking tours.


The Christmas Light Show
The Christmas Light Show

Where: The All New McCann’s – 12/07/2019 - 12/14/2019: 6:30 pm
Details: The Christmas Light Show returns for the 2019 Christmas season for its 12th year. The show is being moved to a new location at “The All New McCanns”


Christmas at Allaire
Christmas at The Historic Village at Allaire

Where: The Historic Village at Allaire – 12/08/2019 - 12/22/2019: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details: Enjoy Christmas at The Historic Village at Allaire. Create new family traditions by celebrating the traditions of an Old World Christmas.


Storytime with Mrs. Claus
Storytime with Mrs. Claus at Turtle Back Zoo

Where: Turtle Back Zoo – 12/13/2019 - 12/22/2019: 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Details: Come Turtle Back Zoo for Storytime with Mrs. Claus. Light refreshments and a holiday cookie included with ticket. For children ages 12 and younger.


Wildwood Winter Wonderland
Wildwood Winter Wonderland

Where: Holly Beach Park – 12/13/2019 - 12/14/2019: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: The all-new Wildwood Winter Wonderland event will be held at Holly Beach Park. Enjoy pictures with Santa, food vendors, free movies, and more.


Sea of Lights
Jenkinson's Sea of Lights

Where: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk – 12/13/2019: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Join Jenkinson's for an Indoor Holiday Lights Spectacular. This winter wonderland includes treats, crafts, pictures with Santa & friends, games & more!


holiday cookies
Bellview Winery Holiday Cookie Swap

Where: Bellview Winery – 12/13/2019: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Join in the Bellview Winery Cookie Swap. To help get into the Holiday spirit and maybe cut down on the baking time Bellview Winery is hosting a cookie swap!


The Wag’s Christmas Spectacular
The Wag’s Christmas Spectacular at Laurita Winery

Where: Laurita Winery – 12/13/2019: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Enjoy The Wag’s Christmas Spectacular at Laurita Winery. This holiday show features their take on your favorite classics. Along with some fun surprises.


Lights, Camera, Christmas
Ocean City Theatre Company's Holiday Spectacular

Where: Ocean City Music Pier – 12/13/2019: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Details: Ocean City Theatre Company presents Lights, Camera, Christmas : 2019 Holiday Spectacular. Come "rock around the Christmas tree"


‘Pinch the GrYnch’ Boardwalk 5K Run
‘Pinch the GrYnch’ Boardwalk 5K Run

Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 12/14/2019: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Details: ‘Pinch the GrYnch’ Boardwalk 5K Run! This holiday boardwalk 5K run and 1 mile walk is fun for all ages! Event starts at 10 am – rain or shine.


Santa
Wildwoods' Family Holiday Celebration

Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 12/14/2019: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Details: Join in Wildwoods' Family Holiday Celebration. Enjoy a family-friendly event at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Features free admission.


Cheerleading Festival
Spirit Brands Cheerleading Festival

Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 12/14/2019: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Details: Come to the Spirit Brands Cheerleading Festival. Competition features performances choreographed to music and sound effects.


Cookie Wars at Bay Village
5th Annual Cookie Wars at Bay Village

Where: Bay Village – 12/14/2019: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Details: The 5th Annual Cookie Wars at Bay Village. Taste Gingerbread cookies from participating stores in Bay Village & Schooners Wharf. Vote for your favorite!


Frozen Tales

Where: Count Basie Center for the Arts – 12/14/2019: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Anna and Elsa are off on another adventure! Students discover their potential to make a difference while learning about ecology and the environment. Participants are…


Cookies For Santa
Kids Create Cookies For Santa at The Asbury Park Bazaar

Where: Asbury Park Convention Hall – 12/14/2019: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Details: Kids Create Cookies For Santa at The Asbury Park Bazaar. Learn to create a variety of holiday cookies with a Food Network, Cake Wars contestant.


FROZEN JR
FROZEN JR Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company

Where: Ocean City Music Pier – 12/14/2019: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: FROZEN JR Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company. Features Students in 3rd - 8th Grades. The enchanting modern classic from Disney.


Brunch with Santa at Annata Wine Bar
Brunch with Santa at Annata Wine Bar

Where: Annata Wine Bar – 12/15/2019: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Details: Don't miss Brunch with Santa at Annata Wine Bar. Arrive anytime between 10-11am to allow time for brunch and meeting with Santa.


Notre Dame de la Mer Parish
A Prelude to Christmas Christmas Concert

Where: St. Ann Church – 12/15/2019: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: Come enjoy A Prelude to Christmas. A Christmas Concert and Holy Nativity. Features The Notre Dame de la Mer Parish’s Adult Choir.


Christmas House Tour
Cheery Cherry House Christmas Tour

Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 12/16/2019 - 12/19/2019: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Details: The Cheery Cherry House Christmas Tour boasts more than a dozen beautifully decorated rooms. All throughout this 167-year-old, privately-owned home


Dinner with Santa
Dinner with Santa at Quaker Steak & Lube

Where: Quaker Steak and Lube – 12/16/2019: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Quaker Steak and Lube is getting into the holiday spirit with its Dinner with Santa. Kids Eat Free promotion, and a photos with Santa Claus.


Cape May Evening Yuletide Tour
Cape May Evening Yuletide Tour

Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 12/19/2019 - 12/30/2019: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Details: Evening Yuletide Tour. Revel in the sparkly lights of Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes. Decorated for Christmas on this Holiday Lights Trolley Ride.


The Nutcracker ROCKS
The Nutcracker ROCKS at Axelrod Performin Arts Center

Where: Axelrod Performin Arts Center – 12/20/2019 - 12/22/2019: 12:00 am
Details: Come to Axelrod Performin Arts Center for The Nutcracker ROCKS: A Holiday Classic with a Jersey Twist! A holiday event for the whole family.


Cookie Sale
Zion's Annual Cookie Sale

Where: Zion United Methodist Church – 12/20/2019 - 12/21/2019: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details: Zion's Annual Cookie Sale! A wide variety of homemade cookies to choose from. You pick the cookies you want!! Perfect for a gift your holiday parties!


Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa at Blend

Where: Blend – 12/22/2019: 9:15 am
Details: Come have Breakfast with Santa at Blend. Santa will be there on Sunday, December 22nd. Santa will visit every table and take as many pictures as you like.


Merry Christmas
New Hope Fellowship Family Christmas Celebration

Where: Pine Lake Park Clubhouse – 12/22/2019: 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Details: Come to the New Hope Fellowship Family Christmas Celebration. Join in for their annual holiday party. Features DJ Greg Nice Food and Fun for Everyone.


Santa's Slime Kitchen
Santa's Slime Kitchen

Where: Peach Pit Cafe – 12/23/2019: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Details: Santa's Slime Kitchen. WeCool Toys of Point Pleasant's will send The Compound King GooTruck with free slime for the first 100 children.


Christmas Buffet Dinner
Christmas Dinner in The Ballroom

Where: Congress Hall – 12/25/2019: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Details: Leave the cooking to Congress Hall. A beautiful Dinner in the Ballroom. Christmas Dinner can be booked as a Stay Enhancement with room reservations


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Gilda's Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival

Where: Lake Lenape Park East – 07/12/2020: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details: Join in at the 5th Annual Gilda's Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival! This event features dragon boat races, Brews for Dragons beer tasting, food…



South Jersey Kids & Family Events


SantaHQ
Santa HQ at Deptford Mall

Where: Deptford Mall – 11/06/2019 - 12/24/2019: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Details: Deptford Mall partners with HGTV to present “Santa HQ.” Families can explore the wonder of Santa in the digital age. A custom photo opportunity with Santa.


Christmas Underwater
Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

Where: Adventure Aquarium – 11/29/2019 - 12/30/2019: 9:30 am
Details: Christmas Underwater! Celebrate the season at Adventure Aquarium. You'll see Scuba Santa swimming alongside sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays.


Christmas in the Park
Christmas in Pitman

Where: Uptown Pitman – 11/30/2019 - 12/21/2019: 5:00 pm
Details: Enjoy Christmas in Pitman! Christmas Parade. Visits with Santa at Ballard Park. Trolley Rides. Winter Village. Dec. 7 and Dec 14.


WheatonArts Holiday Glass in the Studio
WheatonArts Holiday Glass in the Studio

Where: WheatonArts – 12/07/2019 - 12/21/2019: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details: Venture down to the Glass Studio and be amazed as the glass artists create holiday-themed glass objects, large and small!


First Christmas in London
First Christmas in London Musical

Where: Laurel Hill Bible Church – 12/13/2019 - 12/15/2019: 7:00 pm
Details: Enjoy the First Christmas in London Musical. Laurel Hill Bible Church presents an original musical to celebrate the Christmas season. A heart-warming story.


Elf N Cocoa Run
Elf N Cocoa Run

Where: Riverwinds Community Center – 12/14/2019 - 12/15/2019: 8:45 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Elf N Cocoa Run! Awesome New Swag and Sweet Hot Cocoa! 8K and 5K Runners get a custom knitted Pom Pom Hat by BOCO Gear.…


Santa on Battleship New Jersey
Breakfast with Santa at Battleship New Jersey

Where: Battleship New Jersey – 12/14/2019: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Details: Breakfast with Santa at Battleship New Jersey! Enjoy a hot delicious breakfast served from the Chow Line. Mingle and have a picture taken with Santa.


Snowflake Social
Snowflake Social at the Cherry Hill Mall

Where: Cherry Hill Mall – 12/15/2019: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Details: Snowflake Social at the Cherry Hill Mall! Rudolph welcomes his "besties" with surprise guest performances! Meet & greet with your favorite movie characters.


Spaghetti with Santa at Di Paolo's
Spaghetti with Santa at Di Paolo's

Where: Di Paolo’s Italian Restaurant – 12/15/2019: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Details: Come have Spaghetti with Santa at Di Paolo's! Each family will receive a complimentary 5x7 photo and a gift from Santa. $15 per child, $25 per adult.


Teddy's Toy's for Camden Kids
Teddy's Toy's for Camden Kids

Where: Adventure Aquarium – 12/17/2019: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Annual Teddy's Toys for Camden Kids. Join Mayor Frank Moran & First Lady Ivette Moran. Free toys for the 1st 500 City of Camden NJ child(ren) registered.


Christmas Tree Lighting
Carols by Candlelight & Christmas Tree Lighting

Where: Riverview Live – 12/20/2019: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Details: Carols by Candlelight & Christmas Tree Lighting. Come for the carolers, stay for the s’mores & hot chocolate! Riverview Live is spreading Christmas cheer.


special needs Holiday Celebration
Special Needs Friendly Holiday Celebration in Cherry Hill

Where: First Children Services – 12/21/2019: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Details: Come out to the Special Needs Friendly Holiday Celebration in Cherry Hill. Photo opportunities with Santa and Frosty the Snowman!


Breakfast with Santa
Maggiano's Cherry Hill Breakfast with Santa

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy – 12/22/2019: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Details: Come to Maggiano's Cherry Hill for Breakfast with Santa. Delicious Breakfast Buffet. $30 for Adults & $25 for children 3-12.


Holiday Brunch
Holiday Brunch at The Mansion on Main Street

Where: The Mansion on Main Street – 12/22/2019: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Details: Enjoy a Holiday Brunch at The Mansion on Main Street. Entertainmentfor all. But best of all, Santa will be there! Adults: $49.95, Children 3-10: $17.99.


Christmas Dinner
French Christmas Dinner Extravaganza

Where: The Little Hen – 12/22/2019: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: French Christmas Dinner Extravaganza at The Little Hen. Enjoy a 7 course prix fixe dinner. $125 pp. Reservations required through the restaurant.


Fireworks from The Battleship
New Year's Fireworks from The Battleship

Where: Battleship New Jersey – 12/31/2019: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Watch New Year's Fireworks from The Battleship New Jersey! Guests can watch the 6 pm or Midnight SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.


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New Year's Eve Overnight on The Battleship

Where: Battleship New Jersey – 12/31/2019: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Families can spend the First Night of 2020 aboard the Battleship New Jersey! Their award-winning overnight program will be available for families.


Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud at Appel Farm

Where: Appel Farm Arts & Music Center – 02/20/2020: 10:00 am
Details: Appel Farm hosts the New Jersey Region 2 Competition of Poetry Out Loud. Contestants will present their poetry in the intimate Clare Rostan Appel Theatre.


Mother Daughter retreat
Appel Farm Mother Daughter Art Retreat

Where: Appel Farm Arts & Music Center – 03/13/2020 - 03/15/2020: 6:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Details: Join Appel Farm Arts and Music Center for a weekend packed with intentional opportunities for connection. Guests will sleep in cozy, heated dorm-style bunks


Crafty Campout at Appel Farm
Crafty Campout at Appel Farm

Where: Appel Farm Arts & Music Center – 04/03/2020 - 04/05/2020: 12:00 am
Details: Crafty Campout at Appel Farm. Brownies and Juniors are invited to join in for an overnight camp experience. The curriculum is designed to teach girls.


Family Arts Camp at Appel Farm
Family Arts Camp at Appel Farm

Where: Appel Farm Arts & Music Center – 05/16/2020 - 05/17/2020: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details: Family Arts Camp at Appel Farm. Join Appel Farm for a weekend of camp fun for the whole family! Spend the weekend with your family in a dorm-style bunk.


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