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Holiday NJ: A Complete Holiday Season Guide

The holiday season has arrived! Here at Best of NJ, we aim to provide the most comprehensive list of holiday features and events in New Jersey. That’s why our Holiday NJ guide continuously updates all season long as new holiday content is published. Whether you’re looking for the hottest holiday gift ideas, the best spots for photos with Santa or in search of creative alternatives to traditional greeting cards this year, we’ve got all that and more.

Of course, New Year’s Eve is also right around the corner, so don’t forget to search through our events for upcoming New Year’s celebrations as well. But above all else, from all of us at Best of NJ, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Holidays!

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  1. Holiday Articles
  2. Holiday Gift Guides
  3. Featured Holiday Events
  4. Statewide Holiday Events Calendar


Holiday Features


The Best Limited-Time-Only Holiday Markets in New Jersey

As the holiday season takes hold, it’s time to think about buying the perfect presents for everyone on your list. But instead of heading to the usual big box stores, why not get into the holiday spirit and head to some of the most festive holiday markets in New Jersey? These limited-time-only markets won’t be around for long…

Simply Hanukkah: A Stress-Free Way to Embrace the Festival of Lights

The eight days of Hanukkah changes every year since it follows the Jewish calendar. (This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 12th and ends the evening of Wednesday, December 20th.) Because of this, Hanukkah seems to “creep up” on many parents who find themselves unprepared for the holiday…

The Best Holiday Tree Lighting Events in New Jersey

New Jersey kicks off the holiday season with brilliant tree lighting events throughout the state. These celebrations bring on the holiday cheer with fun and free festivities, such as Santa visits, live music, ice skating and carriage rides. From the cities of Northern New Jersey to the towns along the shore, there’s no brighter start to the holidays…

Christmas Celebrations at the Jersey Shore

Everyone knows that the Jersey shore is the best place to spend the summer. But did you know that the Garden State’s seaside towns are also the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season? Come December, these great towns come alive with unique holiday festivities, including house tours, holiday bazaars, Christmas parades…

10 Great Hanukkah Events for NJ Families

Break out the menorahs, dreidels and chocolate coins–it’s time to celebrate Hanukkah! December 24th marks the first night of the holiday and New Jersey is gearing up with menorah lightings, parties and festive celebrations throughout the month of December. The best part of these festivities? They’re all free to attend…

Holiday Gift Ideas Perfect for Preschoolers

Christmas and Hanukkah are less than one month away and NJ parents are busy searching for the perfect gifts for their toddlers and preschoolers. Think your kid already has everything under the sun? We’re here to help with some great ideas that will spark the imagination and bring a smile to their faces…

NJ Restaurants Open on Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that means; we’ve officially entered “the most wonderful time of the year.” But it’s also the busiest time of the year. Between gift shopping, attending parties and trying to keep up with daily activities, it can be difficult to save any energy for the big day itself…

The Best Nutcracker Performances in NJ

nutcrackerEvery holiday season, The Nutcracker comes to life on stages across the Garden State. The classic ballet tells the story of a young girl whose beloved toy nutcracker comes to life, taking her on a magical journey. This year’s productions include traditional full-length ballets, kid-friendly abridged versions and an unexpected hip-hop rendition…

The Best Holiday Cooking Classes in NJ

Making dough for a Christmas cookiesIt’s that magical time of year for season’s greetings — and season’s eatings. But you say you don’t know the difference between bake and broil — and the most adventurous dish you’ve ever made is cereal? No worries, there are dozens of holiday cooking classes taught by the finest culinary wizards in New Jersey available all month long…

8 Amazing NJ Holiday Light Displays

holidaylightshowsThere are so many ways to get into the holiday spirit this month. But if you’re looking for a winter activity that really dazzles, why not visit some of NJ’s biggest and best light displays? We promise they’ll delight even the family’s biggest Scrooge. Bundle up, grab some hot cocoa and check out these amazing light shows around the state…

Bakeries with the Best Holiday Treats

struffoliThere are a ton of wonderfully exclusive things to enjoy during the holidays. From pop-up shops and sales to nostalgic movies and jolly music on the radio, there’s no shortage of reasons to smile in December. But one of the greatest seasonal treats is the food. Here are a few of the best bakeries offering sweet holiday-only treats this season…

The Best Christmas Tree Farms in NJ

Sure, you can buy a Christmas tree at the closest store. But maybe you’d rather go directly to the source and cut down your own tree this year. It’s a great holiday outing the whole family can enjoy. New Jersey boasts many great farms where you can choose the perfect tree to showcase in your house this season…

The Best Holiday Shows for NJ Families

The holiday season is just not complete without a trip to the theater. New Jersey is home to some outstanding playhouses, many of which offer festive, seasonal shows sure to delight the entire family. From classics like A Christmas Carol and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to a new production of Frosty the Snowman…

Up Close with Radio City Rockette Katie Hamrah

Christmas is a time of traditions, family, joy and more. Speaking of traditions, a world famous one is gearing up to perform on 50th Street to kick off the holiday season. The Rockettes are an internationally known dance troupe, famous for their high kicks and the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

The Best Holiday Train Rides in New Jersey

With Christmas just around the corner, New Jersey families with young children are on the lookout for magical ways to celebrate the season. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by climbing aboard a holiday-themed train. New Jersey is home to several great train rides that feature beautiful holiday music and decorations…

Holiday Wedding Cakes: Q&A with Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

When you hear the words ‘holiday’ and ‘wedding cakes’ in one sentence, you might picture Santa’s sleigh flying down three tiers of white frosted snow. Or perhaps you imagine tons of red and green icing, looping around the edges of your cake. Maybe you’re thinking the cake has to be — shudder! — a fruitcake…

Craft Show: Walking Through a Gingerbread Wonderland

Gingerbread HouseIf you’re looking for a sweet way to celebrate the wonder of the season, be sure to visit Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s 24th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show. From traditional houses and cabins to lavish castles and even high-tech gadgets, the show is a family-friendly treat for all ages. You have to see this…

The Definitive Guide to the Best Santas in NJ

Santa PhotoThe cold is finally coming to New Jersey, the holidays are around the corner, and for all you parents and guardians with young kids, it’s time to get your game face on. There are presents to be bought, milk and cookies to be devoured, and, perhaps the trickiest part of it all, Santa photos to be taken. Smile while you continue reading…

Holiday Etiquette: How to Mind Your Ps and Qs

Holiday EtiquetteIn the midst of seasonal nuttiness, it can be all too easy to forget the importance of good manners. So who better to ask about minding our manners and holiday etiquette than noted author and spokesperson Daniel Post Senning from The Emily Post Institute? Would you please read more…

The Ultimate NJ Holiday Experience: Gifting Without the Gifts

Holiday ExperienceEveryone you know and love has too much stuff. They’re editing down; they’re decluttering. They want to use their garage for, you know, their cars. So how can you possibly give them presents for the holidays? Simple: Don’t give them things – give them experiences. Experience it for yourself now…

Creative Ideas for Holiday Greeting Cards

Holiday GreetingsSending out holiday greetings is a tradition for many. But the number of holiday cards we find in the mailbox has seriously dwindled. People no longer want to waste paper and postage on cards. With that in mind, here are some fun, creative, and interactive greeting ideas for the holidays to replace your typical greeting cards…

Morven Museum Hosts Holiday Festival of Trees

MorvenMuseumIf you’re looking for a festive way to spend your weekends in Central New Jersey this holiday season, take a trip over to Princeton’s Morven Museum & Garden. Until January 3rd, the museum is hosting a Festival of Trees every Wednesday through Sunday during regular museum hours…


Holiday Gift Guides


Best of NJ Gift Guides

Handcrafted GiftsThe holiday season is all about spreading good cheer… and GIFTS! Sweet, sweet gifts. No matter if you’re shopping for friends, family, or a significant other, our Best of NJ Gift Guide series has everything you need and more. From handcrafted one-of-a-kind presents to goodies for foodies, you don’t want to miss this…

Holiday Gifts for Homebodies

Do you know someone who prefers takeout over dining out? A person who would prefer to  watch movies at home instead of at the theater? Perhaps they drink most of their coffee in the kitchen, instead of at the local shop? If these questions describe someone you know, they’re a homebody through and through…

Presents for the Chef in your Life

If you’re a tried and true chef, you already have kitchen basics like aprons, dish towels and spatulas. But what about the items that make cooking and hosting easier? Or ones that enhance the presentation of a meal? For holiday shoppers looking to find a gift the chef in their life will love, picking something can be tough…

Holiday Tech Gift Guides

TV ShoppingGeek is chic, and now that your home is filled with gamers and techies (whether they realize it or not), it’s time to start learning about pixels and ports. But don’t fret! The Best of NJ Holiday Tech Gift Guide series is here to help! If it’s a new video game console, camera, or TV you’re after, we’ve got all that and more…

Jersey Pride Gift Guide

Jersey PrideWhether you were raised here or recently moved to New Jersey, there’s plenty to love about the Garden State. Right now, there’s no better time than the holiday season to show your Jersey pride with gifts that highlight the state’s best features, from city to shore. Check this out…

Best of NJ Gift Guide: Geek Edition

Geek GiftsBeing a geek is finally cool, and taking pride in your geekiness is even cooler. If you’re shopping for a geek in the family or friend circle this holiday season, we recommend some of these great gifts. After all, there’s nothing worse than buying a sonic screwdriver for someone who wanted a vibranium dagger…


Featured Events


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Statewide Holiday Event Listings


Here’s a full list of all the Holiday and New Year’s events we’ve curated from throughout NJ! We hope you find some fun activities to make your holidays even more enjoyable.

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