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 of NJ Guide to New Year’s

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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

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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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Karate for Families (ages 4 & up)

Oceola Community Center: Friday, December 2, 2016 - Friday, January 27, 2017


M/W/F Preschool Tuition - December

Bennett Recreation Center: Friday, December 2, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016


MCC Youth Basketball Clinic: 10-12 yr

Township Of Maplewood: Friday, December 2, 2016 - Friday, January 6, 2017


New Jersey Photography Forum to Exhibit at Bernardsville Library

Bernardsville Public Library: Friday, December 2, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to present "Contemporary Photography: Unique Perspectives," a juried show of fine art photographs drawn from …


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Somerset County's Festival of Trees

Somerset County Park Commission: Friday, December 2, 2016 - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center will present Somerset County’s most creative and beautiful winter spectacular, the 39th …


Adventure Aquarium Season of Giving Events

View map Adventure Aquarium: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
Christmas Celebration Returns (December 3 – 30)Scuba Santa returns! One of the region’s most unique holiday traditions returns to Adventure …


Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration

View map Adventure Aquarium: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Enjoy all the splendors of the season under the sea this December 3 through December 30 during our 8th annual Christmas Celebration, …


Cape May Seashore Lines: Santa Express, Santa Express Limited, Santa Starlight Express and Winter Express

Cape May Seashore Lines: Richland Train Station: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Tuesday, December 27, 2016
join Santa Claus for a train ride on the Cape May Seashore Lines, local trains depart from the Richland Station …


Christmas Celebration

Adventure Aquarium: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
features twinkling lights and holiday decorations, visitors may watch Scuba Santa in the Ocean Realm underwater exhibit; enjoy a Christmas …


High School Pick-up Basketball

South Orange Middle School: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, February 25, 2017


Middle School Recreation Basketball League

South Orange Middle School: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, February 25, 2017


Recreation Basketball, Grades 2-5 (NR)

So.Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, February 25, 2017


South Brunswick Recreation for Grades K-2 Saturday class

Woodlot Park: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, January 28, 2017


WeBop Saturdays (Ages 2 1/2 to 5 Years)

The Jazz House: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, February 11, 2017


Youth Basketball - 1st & 2nd Grade - Girls

Newton Recreation Commission: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, February 4, 2017


Youth Basketball: 5th Grade Boys

Maplewood Women's Club: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, March 4, 2017


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Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration

Adventure Aquarium: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Enjoy all the splendors of the season under the sea this Dec 3 - 30 during the 8th annual Christmas Celebration, featuring …


Futsal- Sunday Indoor League, Grades 3-5

South Orange Middle School: Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Sunday, February 5, 2017


Pop at the Pool: December Exhibit

Highland Park Public Library: Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Sam Caponegro is a local Jersey artist who taught in the Union Public School System for 37 years. After spending …


Soccer- Sunday Indoor League, Adults (over 30)

South Orange Middle School: Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Sunday, March 26, 2017


WeBop Sundays 10am (Ages 2 1/2 to 5 years)

The Jazz House: Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Sunday, February 12, 2017


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Passport to Art

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University: Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Sunday, February 5, 2017
Thess interactive workshops allow families quality time to be creative together; projects vary each month. Now free & no registration required. …


The Masterwork Chorus Subscription Series

Masterwork Subscription Series: Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Saturday, May 20, 2017
Holiday Concert of Carols Sunday December 4, 2016, 5:30pm Chatham United Methodist Church Chatham, N.J. Handel Messiah Saturday, December 18, …


‘BONJOUR LES AMIS’ WINTER FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM | 6-week after school language enrichment | Rutherford | NJ

Lincoln School: Monday, December 5, 2016 - Monday, January 30, 2017


Adapted Exercise Class - December

NRC Swimming Pool: Monday, December 5, 2016 - Monday, December 26, 2016


Karate 7+ Beginner - December

Township Of Maplewood: Monday, December 5, 2016 - Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Gift and Wine

Give the gift of LuNello for the Holidays!

: Monday, December 5, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
Share the magic of LuNello this holiday season. LuNello gift cards make the perfect gift for those loved ones or …


Beginner Pickleball Clinic

Township Of Maplewood: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Cardio - Fast & Furious - December - 1X per week

Newton Recreation Center: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Karate Advanced Beginner - December

Township Of Maplewood: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Tuesday, December 27, 2016


South Brunswick Recreation for Grades K-2 Tuesday class

Woodlot Park: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Tae Kwon Do (December) Family

Newton Recreation Center: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Thursday, December 29, 2016


Winter Wonderland Holiday Model Train Display

High Technology High School: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
In this year's Museum Holiday Exhibition entitled Winter Wonders, visual depictions of frozen scenery, holiday scenes and winter activities will …


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Art After Hours: First Tuesdays

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Stop by for Art After Hours: First Tuesdays in Dec, Jan & Feb. Enjoy curator-led tours, live local music and …


Shade Tree Commission

Fair Haven Municipal Building: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Thursday, December 7, 2017
Dec 07, 2016 07:30 PM - Thu, Dec 07, 2017 07:30 PM


WeBop Wednesdays (Ages 2 1/2 to 5 years)

The Jazz House: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Creative Calendar Making

Newton Recreation Center: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Thursday, December 22, 2016


WeBop Thursdays (Ages 2 1/2 to 5 years)

The Jazz House: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Thursday, February 16, 2017


NJ Holiday Lights

Free Candlelight Village Tours

Historic Smithville Park: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Dec 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 27, & 30 at the Visitor Center. The Smithville Village is fully …


New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker With the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Mayo Performing Arts Center: Friday, December 9, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
Nothing says “holiday magic” better than gathering up the family and spending an afternoon or evening visiting with Clara and …


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Magic Talking Tree

Historic Smithville And Village Greene: Friday, December 9, 2016 - Friday, December 23, 2016
Friday Dec. 9, 16, & 23 from 4 -8:30, Saturday Dec. 10, 17  from 12:00 – 7:00, Sunday December 11, …


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Bergen County's Winter Wonderland

Van Saun Park: Friday, December 9, 2016 - Sunday, January 15, 2017
Fri, Nov 25, 5pm – Sun, Jan 15,  8pm. When the sun goes down, the lights come on in Van Saun …


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New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker

Mayo Performing Arts Center: Friday, December 9, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker! This seasonal favorite enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, eye-popping special effects and a …


Basketball Classes - Youth Basketball

Township Of Pemberton: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Saturday, March 11, 2017


Children's Theater: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

Broadway Theatre of Pitman: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Thursday, December 22, 2016
features the classic story of the reindeer with the red nose, the elf who wants to be a dentist, a …


Gymnastics 1 - Intro: Saturday

Township Of Maplewood: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Saturday, January 28, 2017


Table Tennis League

Maplewood Women's Club: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Saturday, February 18, 2017


Tumbling Tots 2 - Beginner: Saturday

Township Of Maplewood: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Saturday, January 28, 2017


Disney High School Musical Jr.- Ensemble Cast

Hillsborough - SGI: Monday, December 12, 2016 - Monday, March 13, 2017


Step Aerobics AM

Kennedy Center: Monday, December 12, 2016 - Friday, January 20, 2017


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