Best Holiday Lights Displays in NJ
Hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means holiday shows, visiting Santa, snowy sleigh rides and of course, checking out the amazing light displays. Many towns in New Jersey have their own tree lighting celebrations but we've rounded up the biggies here. These spectacular displays are sure to wow even the Scrooge in your family. Bundle up the kids and head out to one of these illuminating shows soon! For more holiday fun, visit the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.
Holiday Lights Spectacular (Holmdel)
November 20 through January 4, 2015
After several years away, the Holiday Lights are back at the PNC Bank Arts Center this year! Featuring more than 150 light displays spread over 2.5 miles, this is a magical place to visit during the holiday season. New this year is a Holiday Village, a heated area where families can enjoy refreshments, take photos with Santa and decorate gingerbread cookies. There will also be a skating rink and snow luge for additional winter fun. Open Sunday-Thursday from dusk to 10pm and Friday & Saturday from dusk to 11pm. Admission is $20 per carload Monday-Thursday and $25 per carload Friday-Sunday and holidays. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy with Lights (Egg Harbor Township)
November 22 through December 30
Kicking off with a parade on November 22nd, Storybook Land hosts this fabulous holiday celebration, with Santa himself illuminating the lights. This magnificent display features over one millions lights! Children can visit Mr. & Mrs. Claus until December 23rd, when it’s time for them to return to the North Pole. All rides, attractions and snack bars are also open during this time. The park is open weekends only in November and seven days a week in December. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Admission is $24.50 per person. Children under 2 years are free.
Schaefer Farms Holiday Light Show (Flemington)
November 26 through January 1, 2015
Grab a hot cocoa and bring your family to Schaefer Farms for this wonderful seasonal tradition. From the comfort of your car, enjoy thousands of colorful farm and holiday themed lights in the drive-through display. And don’t forget to stop by their farm stand for Christmas trees, wreaths, decorations and more. Santa Claus will be visiting the farm Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in December for photo opportunities with the children. Holiday Lights on The Farm is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:30-9pm. Cost is $12 per carload, $17 per passenger van and $27 per busload. Season passes also available.
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show (Galloway Township)
November 27 through January 6, 2015
Watch as an orchestrated show of lights and music transforms historic Smithville in this beautiful holiday show. Over 100 Christmas trees will float along Lake Meone, lit up in harmony with the music playing through the night air. In addition to the light show, you can enjoy the myriad of shops and restaurants throughout the decorated village. The Holiday Light Show is held Thursday through Sunday evenings from 5:30-8pm. Admission is free.
Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo (West Orange)
November 28-30, December 5-7, December 12-January 4, 2015
Stroll through the zoo after dark to see the animals frolicking under the incredible light displays. Animal and holiday-themed figures, including wooden soldiers and stars, will illuminate the zoo and delight your little ones. Myrtle the Turtle, the zoo’s mascot, and other costumed characters will be on hand to greet visitors. Photographs with Santa and Rudolph are also available. The Holiday Lights Spectacular is open on select dates from 5-9pm. No lights on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is free. Donations of canned goods, pet food and unwrapped toys are suggested.
Cranbury Christmas Lights (Cranbury)
If you're looking for something a little smaller but still incredibly cool, the Shaw home in Cranbury is aglow with 120,000 lights all dancing to holiday tunes. It's free to see the lights but donations to the local food bank are appreciated. Check the schedule for the dates of choreographed lights, but the lights are on and viewable every night from 6pm to 9pm.