20+ Free Winter Events and Activities in New Jersey for Families

Celebrate the ancient British tradition of Wassailing the Apple Trees at Terhune Orchards this winter. Photo courtesy of the orchard
Celebrate the ancient British tradition of Wassailing the Apple Trees at Terhune Orchards this winter. Photo courtesy of the orchard

If your budget is in recovery mode following the holiday season, we've found more than 20 ways to have fun without spending a dime this winter in New Jersey. Our list of free winter activities includes one-time events like a Fire & Ice Festival, outdoor fun at nature centers, and even local attractions and zoos with free admission deals.

Read on for our list of the best free winter events and activities in New Jersey all sure to please the whole family. For more seasonal fun, bookmark our list of 30 things to do in the Garden State this winter, plus our jam-packed Guide to Winter Fun.

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Be sure to check with each venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event; some events are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge, so always confirm details before departing.

Places featured in this article:


Cheesequake State Park

National Parks - Multiple Locations

Forest Resource Education Center

Willie McBride's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Leonard Gordon Park

Van Saun County Park

Cheesequake State Park - Nature Center
Kids Art Classes at Hoboken Historical Museum
Hoboken Historical Musem - 10:00 AM
Antique Toy Train Show
South Jersey Museum of American History - 10:00 AM
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Blue Cross RiverRink - 11:00 AM
Storytime at Monmouth Museum
Monmouth Museum - 11:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides