Six Flags Great Adventure transforms into a holiday wonderland. Photo courtesy of Six Flags
Six Flags Great Adventure transforms into a holiday wonderland. Photo courtesy of Six Flags

Thanksgiving Weekend Best Things To Do in New Jersey: Wish Week, Holiday Lights, and More

The long Thanksgiving weekend has arrived, featuring four days of festivities with all the trimmings. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the weekend at dazzling drive-thru light displays, including The Winter Wonderlights Spectacular Drive-ThruOrchard of Lights, and a new Six Flags drive-thru, which all debut this week. Plus, kick off the holiday shopping season with daily surprises at American Dream's Wish Week, and search treasures for sale at Morris Museum's Rock and Mineral Weekend.

If you're planning a simple, low-key gathering for Thanksgiving, enjoy these 25 Thanksgiving games and crafts while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade online. You can even start plotting out some funny Elf on the Shelf ideas.

As always, you can find even more things to do in our Event Calendar and our Holiday Fun Guide, which is jam-packed with seasonal happenings, including our holiday bucket list for New Jersey families.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

Places featured in this article:


Centenary University Sitnik Theatre

Fleetwood Lights - A Christmas Lights House Display

Historic Smithville & Village Greene

South Jersey Holiday Light Show at Bridgeport Speedway
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Natural Lands Trust - Nature Center - 10:30 AM Pick
Storytime with the Sheep
Cedar Gate Farm - 9:30 AM
Kids Art Classes at Hoboken Historical Museum
Hoboken Hisorical Musem - 10:00 AM
Outdoor Adventures at Van Vleck
Van Vleck Garden - 1:00 PM
After School Program: Weather and Climate Class
The Watershed Institute - 3:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides