Six Flags Great Adventure lights up the nights when it transforms into a winter wonderland for Holiday in the Park. Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure lights up the nights when it transforms into a winter wonderland for Holiday in the Park. Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure

Things to Do in NJ Christmas Weekend: Gingerbread Workshop, Winter Solstice, Airport Santa

It's the holly jolly weekend leading up to the big event! Christmas will finally be here on Wednesday, and this weekend is the perfect time to squeeze in all those last-minute Santa visits, light displays, and Nutcracker performances.

Make the most of the concluding weekend for popular seasonal celebrations. Don't miss the final opportunity to experience a Visit with Santa at Longstreet Farm, Country Christmas with Santa, Red Bank's Holiday Horse & Wagon Rides, and Maplewood's Dickens Village 2019. Get in the spirit of all December holidays, with Hanukkah celebrations in Springfield and Cherry Hill among others, and NJPAC's Kwanzaa Family Festival

If you've made your list and checked it twice, avoid shopping on Tuesday and spend the day at fun events like Santa Arrives in Chatham and Santa Flies into Princeton Airport. And once those gifts are all unwrapped on Wednesday, you can take a breather at The Winter Wonderlights Spectacular and Adventure Aquarium, both open on Christmas.

Find even more weekend and Christmas week options in our Holiday Guide, including 30+ Things to Do with New Jersey Kids Over Holiday Break. And look to our December GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.


Historic Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ 08103

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

Jenkinson's Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
1 Six Flags Boulevad
Jackson, NJ 08527

Barron Arts Center
582 Rahway Ave.
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Middlesex County Fairgrounds
655 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln
Chester, NJ 07930

McCarter Theater
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

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

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center Street
Newark , NJ 07102

Maplewood Village
Ricalton Square and Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Early Street Community Garden
17 Early Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

Haddonfield Plays & Players
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08003

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 07083

Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204

Veterans Memorial Park
South Springfield Avenue corner of Mountain Avenue
Springfield , NJ

Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Road
Branchburg , NJ 08876

Laurita Equestrian Center
31 Archertown Road
New Egypt, NJ 08533

The Chabad Center
1925 Kresson Rd.
Cherry HIll, NJ 08003

The Woodland
60 Woodland Rd.
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Hoboken Public Library
500 Park Avenue
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Livingston Mall
112 Eisenhower Pkwy. Play Area
Livingston, NJ 07039

Garwood Borough
403 South Ave
Garwood, NJ 07027

Princeton Airport
41 Airpark Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Firehouse Plaza
54 Fairmount Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 E Clinton Ave
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960