Take an enchanted journey on DiDonato's Magical Holiday Express. Photo courtesy of DiDonato's
Take an enchanted journey on DiDonato's Magical Holiday Express. Photo courtesy of DiDonato's

Must-Do Holiday Events and Drive-Thru Christmas Light Shows for NJ Kids in 2020

Make your list—and check it twice—we've got all the details you need for annual must-do holiday experiences and Christmas events in New Jersey. While this year's holiday season may not feel as festive as years past, there are still plenty of ways to lift your spirit and get in the holiday mood. 

From drive-thru light spectaculars, like Magic of Lights, to local favorites, like the Cape May Tree Lighting Ceremony, these 20+ Christmas events and holiday activities are sure to get everyone in the seasonal spirit over the next few weeks. 

Be sure to book your tickets soon, so you don't miss out on the magic. Many events are limiting capacity in 2020. Bookmark this page as we'll update it with fun new happenings as we learn about them. You can also stay up to date with all the family-friendly fun in our Event Calendar and find more Christmas events and holiday hoopla in our seasonal Holiday Guide for New Jersey Families.

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 maintaining an appropriate distance. 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. Keep in mind, reservations are required for many of these events, so plan your outings in advance, and be sure to click through to our listings for all the details, including address, time, and pricing.

Places featured in this article:


Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari

Pier Village Festival Plaza

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House

Centenary University Sitnik Theatre
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Natural Lands Trust - Nature Center - 10:30 AM Pick
Storytime with the Sheep
Cedar Gate Farm - 9:30 AM
Kids Art Classes at Hoboken Historical Museum
Hoboken Hisorical Musem - 10:00 AM
Outdoor Adventures at Van Vleck
Van Vleck Garden - 1:00 PM
After School Program: Weather and Climate Class
The Watershed Institute - 3:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides