Most Spectacular Holiday Light and Christmas Displays in New Jersey

Braun Terrace Houses Christmas Lights. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Braun Terrace Houses Christmas Lights. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

It may be hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means it's time to check out the amazing decked-out houses featuring stunning holiday light displays statewide. New Jersey really shines during the holidays, with many different ways to see Christmas lights—from walk-through spectacles at amusement parks to over-the-top drive-thru displays, plus private homes and entire towns that go all-out with holiday light installations!

These sparkling holiday spectacles—some of which feature more than a million lights—are sure to impress even the grinchiest member of your family. So bundle up the kids and head out to one of these illuminating local light shows before the sun sets on the Christmas season! Find even more ways to be merry in our Holiday Fun Guide.

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Camuso Family Christmas Display of Livingston​ nj holiday lights
The Camuso Family Christmas Display of Livingston has been a holiday draw for more than half a century.

Holiday Light Displays at Houses in North Jersey

1. Camuso Family Christmas Display of Livingston​ – Livingston

Robert Harp Drive
This walk-through display featuring lights, decorations, and motorized characters was first put up more than 50 years ago by Ernest Camuso, and families have enjoyed the holiday treat ever since. The Camuso family continues the tradition in Mr. Camuso's memory and accepts donations for the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation. FREE

2. Martorana Christmas House – Wayne

396 Fairfield Road
Continuing its annual tradition since 2013, 100+ holiday inflatables decorate the Martorana home along with tons of lights and other decorations. Inflatables are up 9am-midnight, and lights are turned on from 4pm-midnight. Follow the Facebook page for updates in case of inclement weather.​

3. Braun Terrace – Union

964 Braun Terrace
We dare you to try and take in the display at this house. Tons of lights, inflatables, and lawn decorations adorn this yard annually.

4. Fanwood's Famous Christmas House – Fanwood

83 Paterson Road
Fanwood's Famous Christmas House is a truly spectacular display featuring 30,000 lights and hundreds of figures. Monetary donations are accepted to support the NJ Institute for Disabilities.

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​Fleetwood Lights NJ Holiday Lights
Fleetwood Lights features an over-the-top lights display synchronized to music.

5. Fleetwood Lights – Rockaway

32 Fleetwood Drive
Nearly 19,000 lights synchronized to music illuminate this beautiful home display in Morris County. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food pantry.

6. Center Lights – Fort Lee

418 Center Street
This computerized holiday light show utilizes seven computers to control 6,000 individually addressable RGB pixels! Tune to 92.5 FM to listen to the music in sync with the lights.

7. Vargo Christmas Light Show – Cedar Grove

601 Pompton Avenue
There are 30,000+ Christmas lights that play to music at this over-the-top display. Donations are collected for Toys For Tots. Bring a toy to donate or make a monetary donation.

8. Morris Holiday Lights – Mine Hill

3 Indian Falls Road
Stop by this display—hosted by Mayor Sam Morris and his family—and be mesmerized by 40,000 lights programmed to holiday music.

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The Gress House Holiday Light Spectacular in Mountainside, N.J.
The Gress House Holiday Light Spectacular supports "Decorations For Donations" to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network of Mountainside, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of the family

Holiday Houses and Christmas Light Displays in Central and South Jersey

9. The Gress House Holiday Light Spectacular – Union Beach

14 Johnson Avenue
This home, featured on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight, has thousands of dazzling lights, hundreds of plastic figures, inflatables, and more to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network of Mountainside, N.J. No parking is allowed on Johnson; try Broadway and walk to the display. This spectacular light display will be running for 2022, however, due to a recent facebook hack they are having difficulty promoting their display. 

10. Forrest Trail Circle Holiday Light Show – Toms River

Forrest Trail Circle
Interesting and familiar animations are projected onto this home in this unique and popular display set to music.

11. The Christmas Light Show – ​Wall Township

The Christmas Light Show returns for the 2022 Christmas season in a new location: Belmar Plaza on the Connelly-Campion-Wright Building. Show dates are slated for Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. Each show runs for approximately 20 minutes. The show is free, but suggested donations are $25 for a family of four and $10 for an individual. Donations support RallyCap Sports, a charity that sponsors sports programs for children with disabilities.​

12. Bayville Christmas Light Show – Bayville

30 Tioga Avenue​
Watch more than 70,000 lights dance to 11 different songs. Food donations are welcome and benefit St. Barnabas Church.

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Johnny's Hazlet's Holiday Lights are spectacular
Johnny's Hazlet Holiday Light Extravaganza lights up the neighborhood at Christmastime. Photo courtesy of the venue via Facebook

13. Johnny's Hazlet Holiday Lights – Hazlet

3 Bauer Avenue
This show draws tons of fans every year to see two dozen inflatable decorations and more than 75,000 lights. Cars must park on side streets and walk to the display. Viewers can walk through the walkway back to the street.

14. Liam’s Spectacular Christmas Display – Middletown

13 Garrett Place
Take it all in! There are lots of lights and lighted figures to lift your spirits and usher in some holiday cheer at this two-story house that's practically wrapped in Christmas lights. 

15. Hagerty Family Christmas Lights – Pitman

134 North Avenue
Pitman resident Frank Hagerty has been transforming his property into a Christmas wonderland every holiday season for more than 30 years. Visitors are welcome to walk through the scenes of animatronic dolls, cartoon characters, Santa and his reindeer, and more. At this time there are no updates about the annual light display on the event's facebook page, so be sure to check before heading over. 

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The Martin's Christmas Corner. nj holiday lights
The Martin's Christmas Corner overflows with festive inflatables and Christmas cheer.

16. The Martin's Christmas Corner – Hazlet

11 Hudson Avenue
This cheery corner has tons of lights and inflatables, many of which are larger than life including enormous Blues Clues characters and a 30-foot-tall SpongeBob!

17. Christmas at the Nietzer's – South Plainfield

201 Hamilton Boulevard
Set to 30 minutes of music, this house glows with a rainbow of lights and highlights the Christmas Story. The show runs from 5-9 pm except on Fridays and Saturdays when it runs until 10 pm. Tune your radio to 89.3 FM for the full effect. Visitors are asked to stay in their cars this season. Donations are accepted to support the First Baptist Church of South Plainfield, where Jesse Nietzer works.

18. The Cook's Christmas Lights – Jackson

1 Carlson Court
This home has more than 30,000 dancing lights and four singing Christmas trees. All the lights are synchronized to six songs for a show that is about 20 minutest long. The homeowners collect donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.​​​

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The Koenig family mounts a holiday light show synchronized to music
The Koenig's Family Holiday Light Spectacular is a pixel-animated light show. Photo courtesy of the family

19. Koenig's Family Holiday Light Spectacular​ – ​Bayville

11 North Island Road
Tune your radio to 87.9 FM, and check out this awesome display with tons of light synched to a diverse soundtrack of 14 songs starting nightly at 6 pm.

20. Andrew's Christmas Wonderland – Middletown

12 Snyder Lane
There will be sparkling lights everywhere you turn at this display and its figures upon figures create a magical scene.

21. Ferone Family Christmas Light Show – Tom's River

184 Yellowbank Road
Lights dance to the music at this whimsical, magical display, nightly until 9 pm through December 27th. Every Tuesday night, Disney songs take center stage. Donations are accepted in the silver mailbox and go to The Children's Hospital. 

22. Crazy Christmas – Old Bridge

55 Valley Vale Drive
Grab your sunglasses for this one! More than 50,000 lights, animated figures, blow molds, Christmas trees, and more are part of this amazing display. Starting December 1st and running through New Years Day from 5-10 pm. Bring a donation for Toys for Tots.

23. Depford Dazzling Lights – Depford Township

105 Branchwood Drive
December 1st through January 1st drive by for what is meant to be a stay in your car light show with 200,000 pixels designed to light up to the music. 

This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated since.

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