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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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


Tumbling Tots 1 - Intro: Monday

Township Of Maplewood: Monday, December 12, 2016 - Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Gymnastics 2: Monday

Township Of Maplewood: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Senior Strength Training Mini-Session 8

Maplewood Women's Club: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Step Aerobics PM

Kennedy Center: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Saturday, January 21, 2017


Tumbling Tots 1 - Intro: Tuesday

Township Of Maplewood: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Tumbling Tots 3 - Advanced: Monday

Township Of Maplewood: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Broadway Theatre of Pitman: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
Christmas Eve at Mr. Malcom's house is a bit unsettled. Will good ol' Saint Nick save the day? This holiday …


Mission Holiday Lights

Mission Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - Sunday, January 15, 2017
Mission Holiday Lights has 16,000 Christmas lights with 9 years of experience. From December 7 to January 15 between 6:00pm …


Film: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story IMAX 3D

Tropicana Casino and Resort: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Thursday, January 19, 2017
the film focuses on a group of unlikely heroes who, in a time of conflict, band together on a mission …


Gymnastics 3: Wednesday

Township Of Maplewood: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Thursday, January 26, 2017


Momentum-Thurs PM (Cara) Mini-Session 8

Maplewood Women's Club: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Friday, January 6, 2017


Tumbling Tots 3 - Advanced: Wednesday

Township Of Maplewood: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Thursday, January 26, 2017


Gymnastics 1 - Intro: Thursday

Township Of Maplewood: Friday, December 16, 2016 - Friday, January 27, 2017


Kettlebell Mini-Session 8

Maplewood Women's Club: Friday, December 16, 2016 - Friday, January 6, 2017


Tumbling Tots 1 - Intro: Thursday

Township Of Maplewood: Friday, December 16, 2016 - Friday, January 27, 2017


Holiday Lights

Sea of Lights Holiday Festival

Jenkinson's Aquarium: Friday, December 16, 2016 - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
This Indoor Holidays Lights Spectacular inside Jenkinson’s Aquarium with a special admission price! $7 Aquarium Admission. Sea of Lights will …


Lego Brick Art at The Morris Museum

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship: Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Sunday, February 26, 2017
The LEGO brick has sparked the imagination of artists near and far. Join us this winter to explore how this …


WOTC Men & Women's Holiday Challenger

West Orange Tennis Club: Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Thursday, December 22, 2016


Holiday Trains

Annual Holiday Train Exhibit

Roseland Free Public Library: Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Roseland Free Public Library welcomes back Bill "Mr. Conductor" Cinque and his amazing trains! The Community Room will be transformed into …


Disney's High School Musical Jr. - Main Role

Hillsborough - SGI: Monday, December 19, 2016 - Monday, March 13, 2017


Night of Lights Country Christmas Hayride

Creamy Acres Farm: Monday, December 19, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
a new holiday event which features an old fashioned hayride through the farm, complete with holiday lights, a nativity scene …


Board of Adjustment Meeting

Clifton City Hall Recreation Department: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The regular meetings of the Board of Adjustment of the City of Clifton will be held on the following dates …


Chris Morrisy

The Downtown: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Wednesday | 12/21Downstairs: Chris MorrisyHigh-energy blues/rock/funk/alt-country from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Seen regularly in Asbury Park, NJ and throughout the northeast. …


Holiday Goodies

Newton Recreation Center: Wednesday, December 21, 2016


New Brunswick Housing Authority Board Meeting

Schwartz Robeson Village Community Room: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The New Brunswick Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold a meeting in the Community Room at Schwartz Robeson Village. …


New Brunswick Parking Authority Board Meeting

Gateway Village Building: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The New Brunswick Parking Authority Board will hold a meeting in the conference room of the New Brunswick Parking Authority …


Recycle Pick Up

Manville: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 13


December Monthly Meeting: Vision Board Meeting: Create Your Vision for the New Year

Central Unitarian Church: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Vision Board Meeting: Create Your Vision for the New Year   Join us to get inspired!  We will create vision boards …


Find Out About Health Insurance via The FoodBank; Headquarters Branch (Manalapan), Monmouth County Library System

Headquarters, Monmouth County Library System (Manalapan): Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Do you need health Insurance you can afford? Don't get caught paying a penalty this year! The staff of the …


Mobile Meals in Newark

Postal code 07112, United States: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Sponsored by: Community FoodBank of New Jersey Minimum age: 14 Serve the hungry from a mobile pantry by providing the …


Mini Makers Playtime

East Orange Public Library: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Age Group(s): Toddlers (0 - 3 yrs.), Juniors (Pre-K - 2nd grade) Start Time: 11:00 AM End Time: 1:00 PM …


Literacy Tutoring

East Orange Public Library: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Age Group(s): Adults Start Time: 12:30 PM End Time: 2:30 PM Teaching reading and writing to Adults Library: Main Branch …


An Afternoon Musical Interlude featuring Sandy Sasso, Ocean Township Branch, Monmouth County LIbrary System

Ocean Township Branch, Monmouth County LIbrary System: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Join us for an hour of live music by Charlie's Band featuring a variety of musicians, instruments, and song selections …


Short & Sweet - A Short Story Book Club

Marlboro Branch, Monmouth County Library System: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Dead Men’s Path” (1962) by Chinua Achebe A young idealistic man is sent to an underperforming village school in Nigeria …


Wednesday Afternoon Tea

Liberty Hall Museum: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
In the grand tradition of Mary Alice Kean, the last lady of the house, join Liberty Hall for its exquisite …


Lego Robots Enrichment Program Grades K-3 (6 week session)

Lester C. Noecker School: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Brainy Robots will introduce your child to LEGO Robotics!  Engineers in grades K-3 will build and program LEGO projects that …


Tech Time at the Library

Kenilworth Public Library: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tech Time at the Library|Join us on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 4:30 pm, for exciting tech and design events. Topics will …


Vincent Talarico

Resorts Atlantic City - Superstar Theater: Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Vinnie Talarico

Resorts Atlantic City - Superstar Theater: Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Vinnie Talarico

Resorts Atlantic City - Superstar Theater: Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Barnes & Noble Welcomes Artie Bennett

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Howell: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Barnes & Noble Howell is pleased to welcome back Artie Bennett, author of Belches, Burps, and Farts-Oh My!, Peter Panda …


Boxing for Fitness Program

North Camden Gym: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Boxing for Fitness ProgramFor more information, call 856-757-7096


Cover to Cover Book Group

Princeton Public Library: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
This group for readers of chapter books meets the third Wednesday of every month during the school year to discuss …


Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Extends Weekday Happy Hour

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The best Happy Hour in town just got better! Enjoy Bar Bites and Drink Specials, Monday -- Friday from 4:00PM-7:00PM!


Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Extends Weekday Happy Hour

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The best Happy Hour in town just got better! Enjoy Bar Bites and Drink Specials, Monday -- Friday from 4:00PM-7:00PM!


Grove Film Festival 2016

Sanai's Restaurant and Lounge: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Grove Film Festival was created to offer a fun relaxed festival atmosphere, showcasing quality independent films in a fun upbeat …


Holiday Gift Gallery at the Monmouth Museum Opens

High Technology High School: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
In this years Museum Holiday Exhibition entitled Winter Wonders, visual depictions of frozen scenery, holiday scenes and winter activities will …


Mommy & Me: Holiday cookie decorating workshop

Gymboree Play & Music: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Please join us for a special "Mommy and me" holiday cookie decorating workshop taught by Ritzy Bakes. At this fun …


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