Winter may be the coldest season of the year, but it’s also when we’re at our warmest as a community. While it’s also a season of special days, not everyone needs a holiday to get into the spirit of togetherness. That’s why we’ve created a roundup of non-holiday, seasonal stories that promote great activities for friends, families and loved ones to do together.

Be sure to check back often to see what new features are added to this roundup. Even more importantly, when you’re ready to check out all our other great winter content — including our holiday features — remember to head back to our NJ Winter landing page.

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General Winter Features

Table setting for Christmas partyNJ Restaurants Open on Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. But 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. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate list of New Jersey restaurants open on Christmas day…

nutcrackerThe Best Nutcracker Performances in NJ

Every 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…

Making dough for a Christmas cookiesThe Best Holiday Cooking Classes in NJ

It’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…

Best Spots for Winter Hiking in NJ

No need to pack away your hiking boots just because the temperature has dropped. In fact, winter can be the most beautiful time of the year to hit New Jersey’s many trails. Frozen waterfalls and glistening piles of snow will turn your favorite outdoor destination into a winter wonderland… 

best-outdoor-ice-skating-and-pondsBest Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks & Ponds in NJ

You don’t need to Olympic-level skills to enjoy lacing up some skates and hitting the ice. And, of course, the best way to enjoy a day of winter ice skating is to skate outside — either via an outdoor rink or by visiting one of New Jersey’s natural ponds. Whether you slowly wobble on rented skates or gracefully zip around, it’s time to get out and skate!

Shore Towns That are Even Better When it’s Cold Out

When all of the fun of summertime in New Jersey passes us by, the colder weather brings an incredible peace and quiet to those same shore towns that were so chaotic just weeks before. And that means it’s the perfect time to plan an off-season getaway. Imagine a world where there’s no wait…

Cold Weather Survival Guide: The Best Indoor Places for Kids

The temperature drops, the last brightly colored leaf falls off the tree, and you can feel that nip of snow in the air. Winter in New Jersey can be beautiful — until it’s the third freezing-cold day in a row, and you and your kids are going stir crazy. If this sounds like what winter has in store for you…

Winter (Cocktail Season) is Coming

Forget what the weather forecast says: December 22 marks the official start of winter on this side of the planet, and there’s no time like the present to look forward to the things that make winter the coolest season of them all: snow, cozy sweaters, piping hot soups, the holidays, and of course, toasty winter cocktails to chase the chill away…

Creative Favors for Your Winter Wedding

New Jersey may be infamous for below-zero wind chills, but cold temperatures and snow-swept landscapes are exactly what makes The Garden State the perfect setting for a winter wonderland-themed wedding. So, rather than fretting about whether or not your guests will be snowed in…

Winter Styling Tips

Seasons come; seasons go, and so do styles. In the winter, we’re wearing more clothing, covering up our skin to protect it from the harsh environment so a well moisturized and made up face is even more important. Hair this season pumps up the volume. Whether it’s long and layered or sassy & short…

Winter Wedding Gowns for “Frozen” Brides

December is here and baby, it’s cold outside. More and more brides are choosing to celebrate amongst the silver snowflakes, white lights, and sparkling icicles on their special day. If you look at bridal fashions, you’ll see that designers are creating gowns that embody the winter wonderland…

Meet New Jersey’s Weather-Forecasting Groundhogs

Long ago, before weathermen made their way in front of digital screens with smiling suns and scowling storm clouds, people had to find their own ways to predict Mother Nature’s plans for the near future. The sun wasn’t just a way to stay warm and catch a tan; it was a guide groundhogs could use to predict the weather…

8 Easy Tips for Winterizing Your Garden

The crisp cold air means it’s time for New Jersey homeowners to start winterizing their gardens. Doing a little work before the deep freeze sets in and snow piles up on the lawn can help gardeners save money and time come spring. It’s also insurance that next year’s garden will be a winner. We’ve outlined eight easy tips…

family ice skatingThe 10 Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ

When was the last time you took the kids ice skating? It’s a super fun winter-friendly activity that the whole family can enjoy. It may be a bit cold inside the rinks, but it’s still not as frigid as it is outside. And rinks offer more than just public ice skating sessions, typically hosting ice skating or hockey lessons, group clinics and birthday parties…


General Winter Events

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall

Congress Hall: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Congress Hall brings the North Pole to the beach with festive décor and a variety of activities to create an …


The King’s Singers at Grunin Center For The Arts

Grunin Center for the arts: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy, and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work, synonymous with …


Bus Trip to See "Winter Wonderland"

Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit: Friday, December 2, 2016
Join us for a Bus Trip To the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA to see the 2016 Christmas Show …


Moorestown Library Winter Book Sale

Moorestown Library: Friday, December 2, 2016
Moorestown Library is holding their winter Book Sale. Something for everyone!!


Ice at the Pier

Pier Village: Friday, December 2, 2016
NEW THIS WINTER! Family fun at the beach in Long Branch! Located on Festival Plaza in beautiful Pier Village, visitors …


Nature's Gifts

Duke Farms: Friday, December 2, 2016
 Come learn how trees and plants provide food for the animals of Duke Farms as they prepare for the coming …


ShockWave and Orphan Sporks Winter Concert

Van Dyck Hall: Friday, December 2, 2016
Shockwave and Orphan Sporks are collaborating in a joint concert for the world to see! Please come out and see …


George Winston

George Winston: Winter Show

South Orange Performing Arts Center: Friday, December 2, 2016
Inspired by the seasons and topographies, George Winston’s concerts feature a variety of styles including melodic folk piano, New Orleans …


KRUSH Live at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City

Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina: Friday, December 2, 2016
Join the Golden Nugget Atlantic City as Flashback Fridays continues its winter lineup with KRUSH, the three piece tribute band …


Winter Festival Tree Decorating Contest

Township Of Pemberton: Saturday, December 3, 2016


Cocoa, Crafts, and Bird-friendly Ornaments!

NJ Audubon Lorrimer Sanctuary: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Bring the family and friends to the Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary for a little winter nature break. Grab a cup of …


Ice at the Pier

Pier Village: Saturday, December 3, 2016
NEW THIS WINTER! Family fun at the beach in Long Branch! Located on Festival Plaza in beautiful Pier Village, visitors …


Woodbridge Pop Up Library Story Time

250 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge, NJ 07095: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Services at the Woodbridge Center Mall Pop Up Library will include library guest cards that will give visitors instant access …


59th Annual Model Railroad Show

Garden State Model Railway Club: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Founded in 1953, the Garden State Model Railway Club has been in North Haledon since 1957. We open our doors …


Wreath Decorating and Winter Containers (Workshop)

Hort Farm No. 1 - Log Cabin: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Campus: George H. Cook Contact Name: Debbie Henry Contact Phone: (732) 932-8451 Description: Looking for techniques on how to decorate …


Hoboken Pub Crawl Ugly Sweater 2016

Hoboken Venue: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Hoboken is a city that doesn't get as much merit as it deserves for its entertainment scene. Sure, New York …


Ugly Sweater Hoboken Bar Crawl

Hoboken PubCrawl: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Hoboken is a city that doesn't get as much merit as it deserves for its entertainment scene. Sure, New York …


Winter Walk Around Tasting

The Pluckemin Inn: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Winter Walk Around - Featuring a Selection of Wines Perfect for the Holiday Season -  December 3, 2016 from 2:30 pm …


Winter Wonderland: Favorite Holiday Songs

Long Branch Public Library: Saturday, December 3, 2016
It’s the most wonderful time of the year - time again to be dazzled and delighted with first rate musical …


Cocoa, Crafts, and Bird-friendly Ornaments!

NJ Audubon Lorrimer Sanctuary: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Bring the family and friends to the Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary for a little winter nature break. Grab a cup of …


59th Annual Model Railroad Show

Garden State Model Railway Club: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Founded in 1953, the Garden State Model Railway Club has been in North Haledon since 1957. We open our doors …


Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 3

Duke Farms: Sunday, December 4, 2016
 Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior …


Monmouth Museum Wine Club

High Technology High School: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Celebrate the holidays with Monmouth Museum's Wine Club in the Main Gallery where the Winter Wonders exhibition is! Our People's …


SHIAMAK USA WINTER FUNK 2016 (Different Eras of Dance)

Montclair State University: Sunday, December 4, 2016


Homemade Holidays with Essential Oils Workshop

Alysa's House: Monday, December 5, 2016
Come join us as we prepare for the Holidays by making some beautiful Homemade gifts using Young Living's Essential Oils …


12 Sprays of Christmas

Madison Community House: Monday, December 5, 2016
"It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!" In this holiday workshop, you'll have fun making 12 different holiday scent …


Winter Wonderland Concert: Performed by Dave DeLuca

Colts Neck Public Library - Day meetings: Friday, December 9, 2016
Be dazzled and delighted with first rate musical merriment as Dave DeLuca performs the very best holiday favorites. "Winter Wonderland" …


NJMOM Winter Wonderland! (Holiday Party)

Urban Jungle Play 1140 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken NJ: Friday, December 9, 2016
Join us for NJMOM's annual Winter Wonterland! This event is appropriate for kids ages 9mths-9years. Live entertainment, open play, arts …


Wine and cheese

RV Choirs Sticky Bun Sale

Rancocas Valley Regional High School: Friday, December 9, 2016
Orders will be delivered to our Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. and will be distributed that …


GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN'S WINTER WONDERLAND

The Water Club: Friday, December 9, 2016
Cozy up with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s signature Hot Cocktails paired with delectable dishes all while fueling your holiday senses …


Jefferson Jingle 5k Run/Walk...

Arthur Stanlick School: Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Jefferson 5K Jingle Run/Walk is a family course certified event. T-shirts & Jingle Bells will be given to adults …


Winter Clinic

Bedford Field: Saturday, December 10, 2016


Marist HS 4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

1241 John F. Kennedy Blvd: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Come join us for our 4th Annual Holiday Fair at Marist High School! Free Parking! Free General Admission! Hot Concession! …


59th Annual Model Railroad Show

Garden State Model Railway Club: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Founded in 1953, the Garden State Model Railway Club has been in North Haledon since 1957. We open our doors …


Winter Wonderland Hike at Plainsboro Preserve

Plainsboro Preserve: Saturday, December 10, 2016
FAMILY ADVENTURESEducational and fun, each of the Family Adventures is designed for beginning Naturalists ages 7 through adults.  Join us …


Eyes of the Wild - Winter Animals (all ages)

Hillsborough Library: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Eyes of the Wild will bring many animals that uniquely adapt to winter conditions to talk about habitats and survival …


The Wizards of Winter

Scottish Rite Auditorium: Saturday, December 10, 2016


Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 3

Duke Farms: Sunday, December 11, 2016
 Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!During this …


59th Annual Model Railroad Show

Garden State Model Railway Club: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Founded in 1953, the Garden State Model Railway Club has been in North Haledon since 1957. We open our doors …


Holiday Lights

Greenwood Lake Public Library: Sunday, December 11, 2016
“HOLIDAY LIGHTS” featuring Vocalist Francine Evans and Pianist Joel Zelnik is a festive, timely and engaging performance for winter holiday …


YOEC

Youth Orchestras of Essex County: Winter Concert

South Orange Performing Arts Center: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Come see what ninety skilled young musicians from all over Essex County, led by outstanding conductors and coaches, have been …


S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder

Ocean County Library: Monday, December 12, 2016
The Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus presents "S.A.D.", a discussion on seasonal affective disorder. Have …


Winter Concert

Seton Hall University Winter Concert

South Orange Performing Arts Center: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Seton Hall University Winter Concert features the University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, and Concert Band in an annual winter …


Music at CLUB28 - A Winter Jazz Holiday Concert, David Leonhardt Trio

Raritan Valley Community College: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Classic holiday music with a jazz beat! With a swinging take on seasonal favorites, this internationally acclaimed trio will have …


Delta Rae

Delta Rae – Winter Acoustic Tour

South Orange Performing Arts Center: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Delta Rae has played pretty much every festival under the sun, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Voodoo, and are …


Joe Taino: Live in the Parlour

Fox & Crow: Friday, December 16, 2016
Joe Taino, left his mark early on down south as a Rock n’ Roll, and Blues extraordinaire during the 70s.He …


Storytime with Mrs. Claus: Friday, December 16

Turtle Back Zoo: Friday, December 16, 2016
Friday, December 16 ~ 5:30pm and 7:30pm Come enjoy two festive stories read by Mrs. Claus and meet one of …


WINTER BIRD OPEN HOUSE

Township Of Maplewood: Saturday, December 17, 2016


Peters Valley Gallery Winter Open House and Trunk Shows

Peters Valley Gallery: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Celebrate the holidays in a unique way with fine American crafts. Two floors full of beautiful handmade gifts for everyone …


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Winter Enrichment Day

Cape May County Park/Zoo: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Watch the Zookeepers as they share special treats and activities with the animals throughout the day. Many unique items created by the animals will …


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