Experience the magic of the Winter WonderLights Spectacular. Photo by Kaylynn Ebner
Experience the magic of the Winter WonderLights Spectacular. Photo by Kaylynn Ebner

Thanksgiving Day Weekend 2021 in New Jersey: Drive-thru Lights, Santa Sightings

Looking for the best things to do in New Jersey this Thanksgiving Day weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for the holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving has arrived, so gobble up all the fun and festivities this long weekend has to offer. Seasonal drive-thru holiday light shows kick off this weekend, including the Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show, Winter WonderLights drive-thru, and the Holiday Light Show on Lake Meone. Santa makes his grand arrival at tree lighting celebrations in Cranford, Princeton, Red Bank, and Cape May, plus on the ice at American Dream and under water at the Adventure Aquarium.

With the holidays just around the corner, save some cash and fill your calendars with these 30+ FREE holiday and Christmas activities. Find more holiday fun in our Guide to the Holidays for NJ Families.

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Downtown Red Bank

Garden State Model Railway Club

Sloan Street Parking Lot
Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show
New Jersey Expo Center - 10:00 AM Pick
Wildwoods Holiday Shopping Village
Byrne Plaza - 10:00 AM Pick
Black River & Western Railroad Santa Express
Black River & Western Railroad - 12:00 PM Pick
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari - 1:00 PM Pick
Dickens Fest
Historic Smithville - 1:00 PM Pick
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