Meet Scuba Santa at the Adventure Aquarium. Photo courtesy of the Aquarium
Meet Scuba Santa at the Adventure Aquarium. Photo courtesy of the Aquarium

20+ Awesome Santa Activities in New Jersey

Santa Claus is making his rounds throughout the Garden State, and we've rounded up more than 20 fun ways to see him this Christmas season. These Santa sightings are a far cry from sitting on his lap at your local mall. Instead, Jolly Old St. Nick can be found aboard holiday trains, lighting up small-town trees, riding a Christmas-red tractor across the farm, and stopping by dazzling light displays. You can even wave to him during a stunning holiday light drive-thru or see him swimming with sharks.

Read on for awesome Santa activities throughout the state this month, and find more seasonal festivities in our Holiday Fun Guide, including 20+ FREE holiday and Christmas events.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.

Places featured in this article:


Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House
2021 Saint Mary's Great Fair
Parish of Saint Mary's - 6:00 PM Pick
State Fair Meadowlands
State Fair Meadowlands - various times Pick
Field Station: Dinosaurs Reopens
Field Station: Dinosaurs - 10:00 AM
Virtual Playground Opera
virtual - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides