New Jersey Holiday Events



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with holiday events in full swing across New Jersey!
Aside from cooking meals, wrapping gifts, mailing cards, and decorating, the Garden State is full of festive holiday activities. Below are just a few of the many, many, options for good times and good cheer:
Candlelight Christmas Inn Tour 
Several Spring Lake bed and breakfasts are opening their beautiful doors to revelers on Saturday, December 6th from 3:30 to 7 pm. Begin your tour with afternoon tea then make your way round to all the participating inns. The tour is one of the area’s most celebrated  holiday events. Tickets cost $25. Details at http://visitspringlake.com/pages/candlelight_tour
23rd Annual Gingerbread Wonderland
The gingerbread extravaganza open this year at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown on Friday, December 5th and runs through Sunday December 14th from 10 am to 4:30 pm daily (Fridays till 7:30 pm). The 10-day exhibit features hundreds of edible structures. In the past, the show has displayed everything from the Notre Dame Cathedral to grand pianos to the Eiffel Tower and the Jersey Shore. Over 15,000 guests kick off their holiday celebrations with a visit to this charming exhibit. Tickets cost $2; children 2 or younger are admitted free. Details at http://www.arboretumfriends.org/images/2014-04Fall/2014_GBW_flyer.pdf
Holiday Event at Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Enjoy an old fashioned family Christmas in West Orange and visit Thomas Edison’s 1880 Victorian estate, Glenmont, decorated just as it was for the holidays. You’ll hear stories of how the Edison family celebrated Christmas and see a 12-foot tree in the den during a guided tour. Kids can play a “Hide a Santa” game. Entrance to Thomas Edison’s famous “Invention Factory” in included. The event runs November 28th, 2014 through January 4th, 2015 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am till 3:30 pm. Tickets for Glenmont are first come first served – so arrive early in the day. Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street. Admission is $7.00, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children 15 and under are free. http://www.nps.gov/edis/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=308249-232573


Come and see the largest Christmas tree in New Jersey plus about 120,000 holiday lights in Cranbury from November 28 through December 31st, 2014. Dancing light shows last approximately 45 minutes. Shows run every night through December 31st. Find more details and a holiday schedule at:

Whippany Railway Museum’s 23rd Annual Santa Claus Special
Enjoy the spirit of the season with a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland and back! Climb aboard the fully decorated trains as Santa makes his way through the crowd. Santa’s helpers follow along, giving the kids a special gift. The train ride is available on Sunday, November 30th, Saturday, December 6th, Sunday, December 7th, Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th.  Tickets are going fast. Costs vary. Visit https://www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/wrym/index.cfmfor details.
Christmas Spectacular on Main Street 
For additional holiday activities across the state visit:
To find a nearby place to stay, locate great inns by city and extend your holiday merriment:

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