Best of December: 15 Things To Do in New Jersey with Kids

Dasher's Lightshow makes for a brilliant outing in Newark. Photo courtesy of the event
Dasher's Lightshow makes for a brilliant outing in Newark. Photo courtesy of the event

Looking for the best things to do in New Jersey in December? Christmas lights and holiday activities are among our top picks this month. 

The last month of 2022 boasts full-on holiday fun in the Garden State, and we can't wait to see the holiday lights at drive-thrus like Dasher's Lightshow and walk-throughs like Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights and Let It Glow: A Holiday Lantern Spectacular. Santa Claus is also all over town in December, strolling through Palmer Square and Chester, and taking a dip at Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Underwater.

Find more top December fun in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events in New Jersey, and consider taking a festive drive to these 11 New Jersey Christmas Towns.

We’re adding more events to our family activity calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.  

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As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

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
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