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 throughout the state. 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! And for more holiday-themed fun, visit the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.
Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy with Lights (Egg Harbor Township)
November 20 - December 30, 2015
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.
Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show (Augusta)
November 20, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Don't miss the second annual Christmas Light Show at Skylands Stadium. The one-mile long drive-through show features breathtaking displays set to joyful holiday music. There will be over 2 million lights on display, including nativity scenes, twinkling snowflakes, skating penguins and jolly snowmen. Visitors are invited to stop by the Christmas Village afterward to enjoy holiday snacks, fun activities and photos with Santa.
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show (Galloway Township)
November 26, 2015 - January 6, 2016
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. FREE
Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo (West Orange)
November 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016
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. Donations of canned goods, unwrapped toys and winter coats are appreciated. FREE
Cranbury Christmas Lights (Cranbury)
November 28 - December 31, 2015
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 online schedule for the dates of choreographed lights, but the lights are on and viewable every night from 6pm to 9pm. FREE
The Christmas Light Show (Wall)
December 12, 13 & 19, 2015
Celebrate the holiday season with this festive light show, bigger and better than ever before! The event is free but donations will be collected to benefit Challenged Youth Sports. Please arrive early to allow ample time for parking and walking over to the show. FREE