Is there a better season than winter? Sure, it’s cold out. But isn’t that just another reason to pour one more cup of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows? Yes, snow means having to perform our least favorite chore, shoveling. But isn’t it worth it to see children’s eyes light up while they’re building snowmen and igloos? Winter may be cold, but hot off the heels of Thanksgiving, winter holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day encourage us to celebrate the joy of being around loved ones.

At Best of NJ, we think there are a ton of reasons to love winter. Which is why we’ve put together this NJ Winter landing page, filled with original editorial content and statewide event listings for the entire season. From winter holidays to seasonal activities, we’ve rounded up all of our best winter-themed stories in one convenient place. Whether you’re just visiting for Christmas, looking for love on Valentine’s Day, or picking out the perfect way to spend a snowy day, you’ll find everything you need right here!

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Holiday NJ: A Complete Holiday Season Guide

Here at Best of NJ, we aim to provide the most comprehensive list of holiday features and events in New Jersey. 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…


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The Best of NJ Guide to New Year’s

Time flies fast, and a new year is already upon us. That’s why Best of NJ is putting together our ultimate guide to New Year’s. We’ve got a ton of original editorial and event listings to help you celebrate the countdown to midnight. From all of us at Best of NJ, we’d like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!


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The Best Winter Health and Safety Tips

Winter is the most bittersweet of seasons. Sure, it’s full of wonderful holidays that bring people together, but it’s also full of terribly cold weather and equally terrible head colds. To help you make it through the winter season as unscathed as possible, we’ve rounded up our best winter health & safety guides…


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General Winter Stories: Guests, Gifts & Gloves

Winter may be the coldest season of the year, but it’s also when we’re at our warmest as a community. Though it’s a season of special days, we don’t need holidays to get into the spirit of togetherness. That’s why we’ve created a roundup of winter stories that promote great activities for friends, families and loved ones!


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Black History Month – New Jersey

February isn’t just for snowstorms and Valentine’s Day, it’s also an important month for celebrating African American culture as part of Black History Month. Here at Best of NJ, we’re kicking things up a notch by offering the most extensive feature coverage of Black History Month in the Garden State…


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NJ Valentine’s Day: From Jersey with Love

Valentine’s Day is always a big deal here at Best of NJ, and each year we put together a huge listing of events, attractions (pun intended) and original features. Whether you’re searching for the most romantic restaurants with the best views or just looking for ways to survive the holiday while single, we’ve got you covered!


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The Ultimate Guide to Super Bowl Sunday

It’s the most official unofficial holiday in America. One of the most-watched broadcasts in America every year. No, we’re not talking about the season premiere of Game of Thrones; we’re talking about Super Bowl Sunday. The Super Bowl has been held every year since 1967…


Winter Events in New Jersey

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Advanced Jazz Workshop - Combo

New Jersey Youth Symphony: Sunday, October 9, 2016 - Sunday, May 14, 2017


Intermediate Jazz Workshop

New Jersey Youth Symphony: Sunday, October 9, 2016 - Sunday, May 14, 2017


Intro to Jazz Workshop

New Jersey Youth Symphony: Sunday, October 9, 2016 - Sunday, May 14, 2017


Project Healthy Bones

Baird Center: Monday, October 10, 2016 - Monday, April 24, 2017


Pathways to Piano (Fri 3:45 pm) 4.5-5 yrs-Year 1

Performing Arts School: Friday, October 14, 2016 - Friday, June 2, 2017


Pathways to Piano (Fri 6:30 pm) 7-8 yrs-Year 2

Performing Arts School: Friday, October 14, 2016 - Friday, June 2, 2017


Preschool/Daycare Open House

View map JumpinJax: Friday, October 14, 2016 - Wednesday, June 7, 2017
JumpinJax is a licensed year round preschool for children between the ages of 6weeks-Pre-K4 operating from 7am and 6pm. The …


All Good Gifts Great and Small, Handcrafted Holiday Gifts

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Be inspired and find something for everyone on your list at the …


Learn to Skate-Parent

Sussex Recreation Department: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Saturday, February 11, 2017


Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division

Mason Gross Extension Division: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Friday, August 11, 2017


2016-2017 25th Anniversary Season Subscription Offerings

Various Locations: Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Sunday, May 21, 2017
Purchase your 2016-2017 Greater South Jersey Chorus tickets in advance! Each level of subscription offers guaranteed seats to a number …


2016-2017 Maple Shade Street Hockey

Maple Shade Street Hockey Rink: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Thursday, March 2, 2017


Basketball- Suburban League Travel Teams (NR)

So.Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Elementary Basketball 4th girls North

Hillsborough - SGI: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Tuesday, February 21, 2017


November 2016- Emergency Drop off

HoLa Lower School: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016


Pickleball - Parent

Sussex Recreation Department: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Thursday, January 19, 2017


Total Buns and Abs

Wildwood Crest: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Exhibit: Annual Holiday Shoppe

Gallery 50: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
features unique gifts by more than 70 artists and crafters on exhibit and for sale, through Dec. 30. (856) 575-0090. …


Full Body Balance

Wildwood Crest: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Mom & Tot / Pop & Tot

Wildwood Crest: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Thursday, December 22, 2016


Shade Tree Commission

Fair Haven Municipal Building: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Thursday, November 2, 2017
Nov 02, 2016 07:30 PM - Thu, Nov 02, 2017 07:30 PM


Fitness Classes - Power Hour

Wildwood Crest: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Thursday, December 22, 2016


TOP Soccer - Indoor Program

Township Of Pemberton: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Sunday, March 19, 2017


Fitness Event - Yoga Thursday

Wildwood Crest: Friday, November 4, 2016 - Friday, December 23, 2016


Middle School Basketball 8th Boys

Hillsborough - SGI: Friday, November 4, 2016 - Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Men's 30 & Over Basketball (Session 1)

Howell Area Parks & Rec: Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Saturday, February 18, 2017


Boot Camp Beginner

Kennedy Center: Monday, November 7, 2016 - Friday, December 23, 2016


Tennis Event - Women's Volleyball

Howell Area Parks & Rec: Monday, November 7, 2016 - Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Wrestling Event - Youth Wrestling

Kennedy Center: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - Wednesday, February 22, 2017


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Calandra's Italian Village Trivia Thursdays

Calandra's Italian Village: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Thursday, December 29, 2016
Join in for Trivia Thursdays at La Taverna Bar & Lounge from 8 – 10 PM every Thursday! Not only are …


Men's Basketball League - Lower

Newton Recreation Commission: Friday, November 11, 2016 - Friday, January 27, 2017


MSO Cougar Youth Wrestling Club (NR)

So.Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Saturday, March 4, 2017


Visits and photos with Santa

Cumberland Mall: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 23, and 9 …


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Christmas Fantasy With Lights

Storybook Land: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Experience holiday magic right before your eyes! At 5pm, Santa Claus appears in his chimney, waves his magic wand and lights …


Jaguar Track- Indoor (NR)

So.Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs: Monday, November 14, 2016 - Saturday, April 1, 2017


Middle School Dome League Grades 5 - 8

Bridgewater Dome: Monday, November 14, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017


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The Art of Contrasts

Gallery 13 North: Monday, November 14, 2016 - Saturday, January 14, 2017
Solo Exhibition by Robert M Baum. On view now until Jan 14, 2016. Info


Volleyball Event - Men's Volleyball

Maplewood Women's Club: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Youth Volleyball Clinic: 6-8yrs TUESDAYS

Township Of Maplewood: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Lion fish- Lessons

Howell Area Aquatic Center: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Queen Angel fish- lessons

Howell Area Aquatic Center: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Sea Otter/Swordfish combo- lessons

Howell Area Aquatic Center: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Thursday, December 22, 2016


Star fish- lessons

Howell Area Aquatic Center: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Swimming Event - Parrot Fish-lessons

Howell Area Aquatic Center: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Youth Volleyball Clinic: 9-11yrs TUESDAYS

Township Of Maplewood: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Holiday Lights Spectacular

Turtle Back Zoo: Friday, November 18, 2016 - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over …


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Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show

Skylands Stadium: Friday, November 18, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017
Christmas Light Show Open: Friday, November 18, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017 Select Days; Open 4:30 to 11pm - …


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Holiday Lights Spectacular

Turtle Back Zoo: Friday, November 18, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Holiday Spectacular program is returning this winter. Take a winter stroll through the Essex County …


Basketball Youth 15-19

Kennedy Center: Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Basketball Youth 5-7 Insrtuct

Kennedy Center: Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Tuesday, February 28, 2017


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