Best Holiday Lights Displays in NJ
Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, which means holiday shows, visiting Santa, going for sleigh rides and of course, checking out the amazing holiday light displays. Many towns in New Jersey have their own tree lighting celebrations but we've rounded up the biggies for you. These five holiday light 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!
Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy with Lights (Egg Harbor Township)
November 23 through December 30
Kicking off with a parade on November 23, Storybook Land hosts this wonderful holiday tradition, with Santa himself illuminating the lights. This spectacular display features over one millions lights! Children can visit Mr. & Mrs. Claus until December 23, 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 and Christmas Day. Admission is $23.50 per person. Children under 2 years are free.
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show (Galloway Township)
November 28 through December 29
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 in the area before taking the Christmas train ride around the decorated village. Children can enjoy Story Time with Mrs. Claus in her Christmas Cottage too. The Holiday Light Show is held Thursday through Sunday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm. Admission is free.
Schaefer Farms Holiday Light Show (Flemington)
November 28 through January 1
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 their 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 from 6-8pm, and photo opportunities with the big guy are available. Holiday Lights on The Farm is open Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 5:30-9pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30-10pm. Cost is $12 per carload, $17 per passenger van and $27 per busload.
Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo (West Orange)
November 29 through December 1 and December 6 through January 1
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 daily 5-9pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable food, winter coats and unwrapped new toys are suggested.
Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton)
November 30 through December 29
This is a spectacular destination anytime of year but it's truly a magical place to visit during the holiday season. Wander through the park after sundown and view the sparkling light displays. Holiday tram rides are also available--hop aboard a specially decorated tram and listen to holiday melodies while driving through the grounds. Special holiday-themed workshops, such as cookie decorating, are scheduled on select weekends for an additional fee. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-17. Children 5 and under are free.