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The Best Holiday Light Displays in New Jersey

The latest update for The Best Holiday Light Displays in New Jersey is written by Lindsay Podolak.

There are so many ways to get into the holiday spirit toward the end of the year. From hopping aboard a Christmas train ride, or by cutting down your own Christmas tree, there is no shortage of themed events and activities that encapsulate the most wonderful time of the year.

But for a winter activity that really dazzles, why not visit some of NJ’s biggest and best holiday light displays?

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot cocoa, and visit the most amazing light shows around the state. We promise they’ll delight even the family’s biggest Scrooge.

Quick Click Guide: Select an NJ Region below to find a Holiday Light display near you.
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North Jersey

various shapes made from christmas lights

Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
When: Weekends (November 22 to December 1); then nightly (December 6 – 31) from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (closed Christmas Eve & Day)
Price: Free
Details: More than 50 characters will light up the night at Turtle Back Zoo this year. Guests stroll through 100,000 lights in the shape of bears, tigers and elephants; as well as lights that resemble wooden soldiers, stars, and winter scenes. Take a selfie with Santa while Mrs. Claus reads a holiday story. Kids can mail a letter to the North Pole along with new activities each weekend. In addition, the zoo collects donations of non-perishable food, new toys, and gently used coats.
Why I like it: The train, carousel, reptile house, aquarium, and pony rides are open during the Holiday Lights Spectacular.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show

Where: Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta
When: Select dates and times from November 15 through December 30
Price: $20 per carload
Details: Stay warm and cozy in your car at this drive-through light show featuring two million lights across a one-mile course. This year, the show features a new bonus light tunnel! After your drive, check out the Outdoor Christmas Village, a winter wonderland featuring a skating rink, photos with Santa, hot food and drinks, games, and more. Shop from local vendors, meet costumed characters, and enjoy caroling and dance performances on select nights.
Why I like it: Take your picture with Champ, the village’s life-size polar bear statue. Maybe it will be good enough to be your holiday card photo!
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Central Jersey

Christmas Lights at the Nietzer’s

Christmas at the Nietzer’s

Where: 201 Hamilton Boulevard, South Plainfield
When: December 1 – January 1 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on weeknights and 5:00 pm – 9:30 on weekends
Price: Free
Details: Each night during the month of December (plus New Year’s Day!) watch the Nietzer family’s display of lights. They add new props and music every year. Walk up along the sidewalk or drive by and tune your radio to 89.3 FM to hear the musical program.
Why I like it: They accept donations for the Mission and Outreach Fund of First Baptist Church of South Plainfield.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Winter Wonderlights Spectacular

Where: Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick
When: November 30 – December 29 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Price: $7 for adults and $5 for children
Details: After 15 years of holding a Christmas light show at their Old Bridge home, the Apruzzi family has relocated its Winter Wonderlights Spectacular to the Middlesex County Fairgrounds. Spectators are promised a bigger and better light show with over 1 million lights.
Why I like it: To date, the Apruzzi family has raised over $20,000 for charity Homes for Our Troops; of course, they will accept donations again this year.
More info: Visit the Facebook page.

Jersey Shore

house with brightly colored christmas lights and decorations

Christmas in Cape May

Where: Cape May
When: November 22 to January 1
Price: Varies
Details: This popular shore town transforms into a Dickens village for the holidays, with fragrant green garlands and twinkling gaslights. Guests can participate in a variety of fun events like holiday trolley rides, lectures, house tours, themed dinners, and more. Tour the Physick Family Christmas House and see an authentic Victorian estate decked out for the holidays. If ghosts are more your thing, you’ll want to buy tickets for the Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Ride…spooky!
Why I like it: Embark on the Evening Yuletide Tour and you’ll enjoy a trolley ride through town; it goes past beautifully lit Victorian homes, a perfect nightcap after a day spent holiday shopping.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Holiday in the Park

Where: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson
When: November 16, then weekends and select days through January 1
Price: Special online prices starting at $62.99 each, $82.99 at the park
Details: Marvel at more than one million lights while enjoying holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, and Santa’s Village at Six Flags. Nearly 30 rides including The Joker, Carousel, Nitro, and Tea Cups run during the Holiday in the Park event. While there, guests can warm up with some flavored coffees, hot chocolate, cider, or seasonal soups; or indulge your sweet tooth with fried s’mores, candies, kettle corn, or other holiday treats.
Why I like it: On a date night? Have your photo taken under the mistletoe for a nice holiday keepsake.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Light Show in Historic Smithville

Where: Lake Meone, Historic Smithville
When: November 28 to January 6 from dark to 8:30 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Get into the spirit as you listen to popular holiday songs synchronized with a dazzling Christmas tree light show. Over 120 Christmas trees made from more than 50,000 sparkling lights will magically float along Lake Meone. The lights dance and chase one another to the music as they reflect off the water’s surface. You can watch the show from the bridge or either side of the village. While you’re in town, stroll along the cobblestone paths and pop into over 40 different shops. Christmas train rides and story time with Mrs. Claus are also available.
Why I like it: It’s free fun for the whole family that can become a tradition for years to come.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Lights on Poplar

Where: 15 Poplar Avenue, Egg Harbor Township
When: November 28 to January 1 from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Price: Free
Details: Every holiday season, the Chew family lights up their house and yard for the delight of onlookers. Plus, they broadcast all your favorite Christmas songs! Follow them on Facebook so you don’t miss announcements about when Santa Claus is stopping by for a visit.
Why I like it: This light show not only entertains people, but also helps needy children during the holidays; in fact, the Chews have a bright red toy donation box in their front yard for your new, unwrapped toys.
More info: Visit the Facebook page.

Sea of Lights

Where: Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach
When: Select December dates from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Price: $14 for adults, $8 for children 3-12, free for children under 2
Details: The Jersey shore isn’t just for summertime! Jenkinson’s Aquarium gets lit up annually for this indoor holiday lights display. The Sweet Shop, aquarium, aquarium gift shop, and Pavilion Arcade will also be open. This event includes crafts, games, holiday treats, photos with Santa and friends, holiday gifts, and more.
Why I like it: Where else will you get to see a swimming Santa Claus underwater amongst the sea creatures?
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Storybook Land’s Christmas Fantasy with Lights

Where: 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township
When: November 16 to December 30 at various dates and times (closed November 28 and December 24 & 25)
Price: $28.50 per person, free for children under 2
Details: The holiday season is just a bit brighter at Storybook Land, where over one million lights illuminate the park. All rides, attractions, and snack bars are open during this time; guests can also see Santa, Mrs. Claus, and other holiday creatures. In addition, any family that brings a new, unopened toy to donate to Toys for Tots receives a special treat; one free hot chocolate and one free popcorn. Please note: Santa is only at the park until December 23.
Why I like it: With so many options, there’s no chance the kids will complain they’re bored at this spot.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

South Jersey

creamy acres logo reading "night of lights country christmas hayride"

Creamy Acres Night of Lights Country Christmas Hayride

Where: Creamy Acres Farm, 448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill
When: Fridays and Saturdays, November 29 to December 14, daily from December 16 to December 28, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Price: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 – 7, $12 for 65 and over
Details: The day after Thanksgiving, the Creamy Acres dairy farm transforms into a Christmas wonderland; full of sparkling light displays and a musical dancing tree light show, as well as lights galore. Take the family on a hayride while listening to Christmas songs, or tour the Barnyard Walk with its glowing lights. You can even get a photo with Santa, free of charge.
Why I like it: You can purchase refreshments, plus it’s never too cold for hand-dipped Creamy Acres ice cream!
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Light Show on the Lake

Where: Visit the website, 133 Church Road, Medford
When: November 29-December 23 (Fridays & Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sundays through Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
Price: $6.95 per person
Details: Visit the farm to witness thousands of twinkling lights on the lake and throughout the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm. Purchase a s’mores kit to roast marshmallows in the bonfire, visit with Santa Claus or take a hayride; you can even make gingerbread cookies and visit the Christmas Cafe for live music and hot food.
Why I like it: There’s no charge to get a picture of your youngster with Santa; just bring your camera and snap away!
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.

Hero (Top) Photo: © Six Flags Great Adventure / Facebook
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Skylands Stadium / Website
Christmas at the Nietzer’s / Website
Lights on Poplar / Facebook
Creamy Acres / Facebook