Holiday Break in New Jersey: 25+ Things To Do Between Christmas and New Year's Eve

Take a stroll through the Twinkle Tunnel at Six Flags Great Adventure's Holiday in the Park. Photo courtesy of Six Flags
Take a stroll through the Twinkle Tunnel at Six Flags Great Adventure's Holiday in the Park. Photo courtesy of Six Flags

The upcoming holiday break may be the best time to take part in New Jersey's family-friendly, must-do holiday activities—especially if your kids have already moved on from their presents. From spectacular light displays to cold-weather fun, there's plenty to do during days off from school.

Most New Jersey schools are closed from Monday, December 26, through Sunday, January 1, 2023, allowing plenty of time to experience the holiday highlights you may have missed in the hectic run-up to Christmas. It's also the perfect time to plan a winter day trip, visit an enchanting Christmas town, bundle up for a visit to a theme park, and party into the new year.

Be sure to check out our Family Activity Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide for more great ideas.

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Places featured in this article:


New Jersey Convention & Expo Center

Avalon Free Public Library

Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park

South Jersey Museum of American History

Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey

Hoboken Historical Museum

Hoboken Fire Department Museum

Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum

GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center

Mercer County Skating Center

Roosevelt Park Family Ice Rink

Van Saun County Park- Ice Rink

Warinanco Ice Skating Center

Camuso Family Christmas Display

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House

Fleetwood Lights - A Christmas Lights House Display

Gress House Holiday Light Spectacular

Forrest Trail Circle Holiday Light Show

Johnny Hazlet Holiday Lights

Liam's Spectacular Christmas Display

Hagarty Family Christmas Lights

The Martin's Christmas Corner

The Cook's Christmas Lights

Koenig's Family Holiday Light Spectacular

Andrew's Christmas Wonderland

Scout's Coffee Bar + Mercantile
Kids Art Classes at Hoboken Historical Museum
Hoboken Historical Museum - 10:00 AM Pick
Tot Walks: Groundhogs
Echo Hill - various times Pick
Scavenger Hunt February: Love is in the Air
Frelinghuysen Arboretum - 8:00 AM
Barnes & Noble Storytime in Livingston
Barnes & Noble Livingston - 10:00 AM
There & Back: The Journey to Vietnam and Home
New Jersey Vietnam Veteran Memorial Foundation - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides