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.

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…


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