The Christmas tree in Princeton's Palmer Square will light up on Friday, November 29. Photo by Lily Lee
The Christmas tree in Princeton's Palmer Square will light up on Friday, November 29. Photo by Lily Lee

Things To Do in NJ on Thanksgiving Weekend: Holiday Lights, PJ Masks, Nutcracker

Thanksgiving weekend is thankfully here, and we're serving up four days of activities with all the trimmings. The official 2019 holiday season is off to a brilliant start with majestic light spectaculars, including Smithville's Holiday Light Show, which debuts on Thanksgiving; Turtle Back Holiday Lights, and Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show. Plus, local towns kick off the holidays with tree lighting ceremonies in Red Bank, Princeton, and Millburn. And Paramus' Van Saun Park commences its annual Winter Wonderland

Santa Claus is making his rounds throughout New Jersey, arriving by helicopter in Nutley, visiting a farm in Wyckoff, and climbing aboard The Christmas Express, among many other festive train rides over the weekend. Plus, PJ Masks Live and variations of The Nutcracker take the stage.

Find even more options for the long weekend in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events, including Where to Have Breakfast with Santa and 30+ Free Holiday Events for NJ Kids. And look to our December GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Happy Thanksgiving, NJ!


Abma's Farm
700 Lawlins Rd.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Historic Smithville Village
615 E Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville , NJ 08205

New Jersey Museum of Transportation, Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, NJ

Black River & Western Railroad
80 Stangl Road Flemington Station behind Liberty Village Premium Outlets
Flemington, NJ

Garden State Model Railway Club
575 High Mountain Rd.
North Haledon, NJ 07508

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave.
West Orange, NJ 07052

Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822

Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Whippany Station
1 Railroad Plaza
Whippany, NJ

Vernon Lights Festival
1733 County Rd 565
Vernon, NJ 07461

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ 08103

D&R Canal State Park
145 Mapleton Road
Kingston, NJ 08528

Nutley Park Oval
Franklin Avenue & Chestnut Street *football field next to the Nutley High School
Nutley, NJ 07110

Bergen PAC
30 North Van Brunt St.
Englewood, NJ 07631

Downtown Red Bank
Broad Street at Canal Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Palmer Square Princeton
40 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ

City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Plaza
Rahway, NJ 07065

Cranford Gazebo
North Union & Springfield Ave
Cranford, NJ

Main Street
Blairstown, NJ 07825

Downtown Red Bank
11 Bridge Avenue 26 Broad Street
Red Bank, NJ

Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden's Lane
Lambertville, NJ

iPlay America
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

Taylor Park
100 Main Street
Millburn, NJ 07041

Grand Arcade at Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

RVCC Theatre
118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Morristown Green
Downtown Morristown
Morristown, NJ 07960

Creative Experience
528 Rear Arnold Ave
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
324 Forest Drive South
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Levoy Theatre
126-130 N High Street
Millville, NJ 08332