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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The Best Winter Health and Safety Tips

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General Winter Stories: Guests, Gifts & Gloves

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Black History Month – New Jersey

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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

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Winter Events in New Jersey

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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


Christmas Fantasy with Lights

Storybook Land: Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Santa will light the park at 5 p.m. each night the park is open through Dec. 23; and Christmas Fantasy …


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Rago Arts and Auction Center: Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Sunday, January 29, 2017


USSI First Play Tennis (NR)

Baird Center: Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Saturday, March 11, 2017


USSI Tennis Squirts (NR)

Baird Center: Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Saturday, March 11, 2017


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MCHS New Exhibit

Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall: Sunday, November 20, 2016 - Sunday, January 29, 2017
Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008: Wed/Thur: 11 am-4 pm & Sun: 1-4 pm. More info: …


Karate for Kids (ages 4 - 14)

Oceola Community Center: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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Festival of Trees

Morven Museum and Garden: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017
Come to where the treetops glisten! Morven’s annual Festival of Trees has become a must-see Princeton holiday tradition. Visitors enjoy …


Karate for Adults & Teens (ages 14 & up)

Oceola Community Center: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Karate for Families (ages 4 & up)

Oceola Community Center: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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Christmas Tree Light Show

Historic Smithville And Village Greene: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
From dark to 8:30pm Thursday through Sunday...Enjoy popular songs of the Holiday Season synchronized with a dazzling Christmas tree light …


Christmas Tours at Liberty Hall Museum

Liberty Hall Museum: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Our annual holiday tour begins today! Liberty Hall will transform the first floor of the museum into a time machine …


Country Christmas with Santa

Alstede Farms: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
Come visit with Santa from 11 AM to 4 PM every Saturday and Sunday as well as Friday after Thanksgiving!


Feasting with Family and Friends: Christmas in the Ballantine House

Newark Museum: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017
Each year, the Museum’s National Historic Landmark, the 1885 Ballantine House, offers visitors a taste of how Christmas was celebrated …


One Christmas Carol

Cape May Stage: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016


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Santa’s Workshop

Congress Hall: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017
Santa’s elves work hard all year making toys in his magical workshop at the North Pole. Stop by and make …


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Christmas Wine Trail

Four Sisters Winery: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
Visit three of Warren County's most unique farms, all within 5 minutes of each other. $5 purchase at each farm …


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59th Model RR Show

Garden State Model Railway Club: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017
Founded 1953, the GSMRRClub opens its 1200 square foot HO layout annually. 11/25-27,12/3-4,10-11,1/7-8/17 1-5PM. Kids under 12 Free w/Adult.


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Night of Lights Country Christmas Hayride

Creamy Acres Greenhouses: Friday, November 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
Creamy Acres has transformed it's dairy farm into a Christmas Wonderland filled with huge sparkling displays! Enjoy fun for the …


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Holiday Model Train Show

Barron Arts Center: Saturday, November 26, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Mon – Fri 11am-4pm Sat & Sun 2-4pm. Train Show Reception & Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday Dec 2,  5-7pm. The …


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This Wonderful Life

Congress Hall: Saturday, November 26, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Thurs - Sat: 7:30 PM | Sun: 3 PM. A live theatrical version of Frank Capra’s Classic. A heart-warming celebration …


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MCHS Holiday Event

Morris County Historical Society: Sunday, November 27, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017
Christmas Through the Centuries at MCHS/Acorn Hall. Wed/Thur: 11 am - 4 pm & Sun: 1-4 pm. Closed 12/25 & …


BYSA 2017 Registration

Soccer Fields: Monday, November 28, 2016 - Monday, May 1, 2017


Citizenship/Civics ESL High School Equivalency

Jersey City Public Library: Monday, November 28, 2016 - Thursday, December 22, 2016


Oceanic Library for Preschoolers

Oceanic Free Library: Monday, November 28, 2016 - Monday, February 6, 2017


Camp FIT 5:30 AM - 12-week Fitness Challenge

Newton Recreation Center: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Thursday, February 16, 2017


Cardio Kickboxing 6:30-7:30pm (November-January)

Township Of Pemberton: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Friday, January 20, 2017


Daddy Long Legs -- A Musical Romance

George St. playhouse: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
A witty and winsome young woman’s wishes are answered when an anonymous gentleman she nicknames Daddy Long Legs gives her …


Musical Theatre Company(Fall)-Honk,Tue.5:45pm

Performing Arts School: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Sunday, June 18, 2017


Musical Theatre Workshop (Fall)Tues.4pm

Performing Arts School: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Pilates Strength & Yoga Stretch

Township Of Pemberton: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Friday, January 20, 2017


Go Nuts for the Holidays in New Brunswick

New Brunswick City Market: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
There’s no place like New Brunswick for the Holidays! From family favorites to new traditions, there’s something for everyone during …


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Daddy Long Legs

George Street Playhouse: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
This heartwarming new musical has charmed audiences of all ages from London to New York. Based on the classic novel …


A Child's Christmas in Wales

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017


Momentum-Tues PM Session 8 (Courtney)

Maplewood Women's Club: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Adult Co-Ed volleyball (ages 18 & up)

Howell Area Parks & Rec: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Friday, March 10, 2017


Fitness Bootcamp - December

Newton Recreation Center: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016


Howell Rainbow Winter Session

Rainbow Child Care Center Howell: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Thursday, February 2, 2017


Introductory Private 4 Lesson Package - 30 minutes

Performing Arts School: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, July 1, 2017


Karate for Kids (ages 4 - 14)

Oceola Community Center: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Friday, January 27, 2017


MCC Youth Basketball Clinic: 4-6yr

Township Of Maplewood: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Friday, January 6, 2017


Menage a Sept

Miele Princeton Design Center: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016


Monthly Aftercare - December 2016

HoLa Lower School: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Oceanic Library for Grades K-2

Oceanic Free Library: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Thursday, January 26, 2017


T/TH Preschool Tuition - December

Bennett Recreation Center: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Thursday, December 29, 2016


Take Control With Exercise - Dec - 1X per week

Newton Recreation Center: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Thursday, December 29, 2016


THURSDAYS SUNNYFIELDS

SUNNYFIELDS: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Thursday, January 19, 2017


Yoga - December

Newton Recreation Center: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016


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Happy Holidays at LuNello's

: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
Celebrate the Holidays at LuNello's! LuNello is offering a number of seasonally-themed items. Be sure to stop in before they're …


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