Home for the Holidays? Take A Look at all the different things to do in New Jersey with your family.
Christmas is a magical time of year. You get to turn off from the daily grind and spend time with old friends, family, and kids. If you are home in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, or Atlantic City we have compiled a list of activities for you to do.
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Keep scrolling to see the unique holiday traditions of various places near New Jersey. Email us or DM us on our Instagram for more suggestions.
Jersey City, New Jersey
Food lovers will enjoy their stay in New Jersey during Christmas time as the Roman Catholics abstained from meat enjoy the Feast of Seven Fishes. They incorporate more unfamiliar finds from under the sea, like grilled eel or octopus in the meal to make it more unusual.
Camden, New Jersey
If you are bored listening to the old story of Santa Claus and his reindeers, then visit Adventure Aquarium to get amazed. Here you will find Santa ready to take a deep dive wearing scuba suit to meet his aquatic friends' shark, sea turtle, and stingray in the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit. It features the world's tallest underwater Christmas tree too.
Morristown, New Jersey
History buffs will love to travel back in time to the Civil War era for a Christmas celebration that features attendance at an officer's ball, complete with period music, costumes, and dancing. Visitors can also walk through a soldier's camp and interact with costumed re-enactors.
Newark, New Jersey
If your kids are tired spending the Christmas monotonously, then visit Newark’s Kwanzaa Festival. Your kids will adore you even more as this festival allow your kids to be a part of African culture. Let your children participate to enjoy the arts, music, dance, and rhythms of African tradition.
Smithville, New Jersey
Every Christmas, Smithville Village treats families to holiday activities. You can take a train ride around the alluringly decorated village, and after dark, watch Christmas trees created from more than 50,000 lights float on Lake Meone as holiday music plays in the background.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
Skip the overcrowded Times Square and enjoy the holiday in a calmer environment, on the “Brooklyn Bridge Walk.” Guided by a trained historian and tour guide, savor New Year’s celebrations from an iconic NYC landmark, where fireworks will light up the city skyline.
Harlem, New York City
Explore the city like a native, and make your way to Harlem’s the iconic Apollo Theater to burst the hunger of music. Every year, The Apollo gets into the spirit with “Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration,” where attendees can relish an afternoon of soulful holiday gospel featuring Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Choir.
Manhattan, New York City
Located at Central Park’s southwest corner is historical Columbus Circle where a medium-sized market is an excellent place for shopping freaks to stop by after skating in Central Park’s iconic Wollman Rink. Treat yourself to hot cocoa and gingerbread while browsing the stalls. It is the exclusive market with a stand that serves hot mulled wine (Gluhwein) and beer.
Dilworth Park, Philadelphia
The heart of Philly is full of holiday pop-ups, including the nightly KLIP collective creation, Deck the Hall Light Show at Dilworth Park, etc. Those who are fond of white winter will adore this place as the outdoor ice rink and cabin offers ice skating, skate rentals, twinkling lights, and indoor space to warm up and fill up on snacks, cocktails, beer and hot drinks.
Franklin Square, Philadelphia
The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show makes this historic park twinkle, with free shows every night. The main attraction of this show is the series of 75,000 bulbs that illuminate the giant kite. Other festivities showcase rides on the holiday train and carousel, comfort foods, local beer and hot beverages, and mini-golf.