December GoList: 25 Best Things to Do in New Jersey for the Holidays

family friendly holiday activities New Jersey December 2015

Now that the turkey has been consumed, it’s time to look forward to Christmas, and Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve and all the fun that comes with them. The holiday season is already in full swing, and New Jersey kids have so many activities and events to choose from; the only problem is having enough time to get to them all! So get your calendars out and choose something fun from our 25 favorite 2015 holiday activities in NJ.

  1. Step back in time and experience a colonial Christmas at the Jacob Vanderveer House
  2. Catch a classic in musical form at a fave MP venue: A Christmas Story at Paper Mill Playhouse.
  3. Add a little light to your Christmas music, with the Laser Holiday Magic show at the NJ State Museum.
  4. Celebrate at a Chanukah Carnival.
  5. Marvel at the workmanship at the 200+ structures at Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Gingerbread Wonderland
  6. Watch the NJ Ballet's Nutcracker at Mayo Performing Arts Center
  7. Pick one of the fab FREE holiday events in NJ this year
  8. Enjoy the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre in a Kwanzaa Celebration
  9. Eat a Big Buffet Breakfast with Santa at iPlay America
  10. See Santa turn on the lights at Storybook Land
  11. Choose your tree at one of NJ's wonderful Christmas Tree Farms
  12. Get into the spirit of Christmas with a lantern tour of historic Allaire Village
  13. Experience the 38th Annual Festival of Trees
  14. Treat the family to a performance of The Nutcracker at the Algonquin Arts Theatre
  15. Check out the holiday activities at Camden’s Adventure Aquarium
  16. See a holiday light show at the Turtle Back Zoo
  17. Give back: Volunteer with your family.
  18. Bring your best buddy to Reeves-Reed Arboretum for their annual Teddy Bear Tea
  19. Experience a horse and carriage ride around Red Bank
  20. Attend an excellent performance of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theater
  21. Learn to make a gingerbread house at the Liberty Hall Museum in Union
  22. Hear the Definitely Dickens Christmas Carolers in beautiful downtown Chester
  23. Dance at A Perfect Winter Princess Ball
  24. Bounce around with Santa and his elves
  25. Celebrate the last day of December (and 2015) with your kids!

So many wonderful activities…so little time…happy holidays!