35+ Christmas and Holiday Events for NJ Toddlers and Preschoolers

Go on a hayride to see sparkling Christmas lights at Johnson's Corner Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
Go on a hayride to see sparkling Christmas lights at Johnson's Corner Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

Sometimes they're naughty, sometimes they're nice, but no matter the mood, the holiday season is always a magical time for toddlers and preschoolers. New Jersey is home to dozens of jolly holiday events geared toward the younger set. Get wowed by animal-shaped Christmas lights at the stroller-friendly Turtle Back Zoo. Indulge in cookies and cocoa on a Polar Express train ride. And give your wish list to Santa Claus himself at a local meet and greet or catch his visit to Imagine That.

So, take a break from wrapping gifts and hiding elves on shelves to enjoy one of these 35+ preschooler-friendly Christmas activities guaranteed to put little ones in the holiday spirit. For more holiday fun, bookmark our Guide to Christmas for New Jersey Families.

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Places featured in this article:


Downtown Chester

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House

Garden State Model Railway Club

South Jersey Museum of American History

Countryview Farm Nursery

Downtown Chester

Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre
Jenkinson's Movies on the Beach
Beach across from Jenkinson's - various times Pick
State Fair Meadowlands
State Fair Meadowlands - various times Pick
Let's Learn Circuits
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Spanish, Italian, or French Language Day Camps
GainVille Learning Center - 9:00 AM
Kids Art Classes at Hoboken Historical Museum
Hoboken Historical Musem - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides