Enjoy lots of FREE fun at the Annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday at Cattus Island County Park. Photo courtesy of the park
Enjoy lots of FREE fun at the Annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday at Cattus Island County Park. Photo courtesy of the park

Things To Do in NJ this Weekend: Winter Solstice, Gingerbread Wonderland, Santa Visits

Christmas is less than two weeks away! Take a break from the mad rush of holiday preparation, and take in some light and sweet holiday fun. Brilliant holiday displays continue to shine throughout New Jersey, including Jenkinson's Sea of Lights, Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights, and Vernon Lights Festival.

Bring the family, and a sweet tooth, to tasty festivities like the Annual Hot Chocolate Hike Weekend, Gingerbread House Workshop, Cookies with Santa, Elsa and Anna, and Grain House Cookies + Kindness Brunch. Still hungry? Load up on breakfast fare with St. Nick over the weekend at Santa brunches

Relax at warm, indoor events including Storytime with Mrs. Claus, 2nd Annual Storytime with Santa, and Chanukah Concert and Family Sing-Along. There are plenty of holiday shows and Nutcracker performances taking place over the weekend, too!

Find even more weekend options in our Holiday Guide, including 50+ Awesome Santa Activities in New Jersey. And look to our December GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.


Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822

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

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

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary
324 Forest Drive South
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd. Antique Arcade
Galloway, NJ 08205

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

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

Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township, NJ 07960

Vernon Lights Festival
1733 County Rd 565
Vernon, NJ 07461

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 07083

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

NJ Transit - Route 23 Station
Route 23 Southbound & West Belt Parkway
Wayne, NJ

The Learning Experience of Parsippany
1159 Parsippany Blvd.
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Maplewood Village
Ricalton Square and Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Cattus Island County Park
1170 Cattus Island Blvd.
Toms River, NJ

Grain House Restaurant
225 Hwy 202
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Congregation B'nai Israel
53 Palisade Avenue
Emerson , NJ 07630

Cedar Bean's Coffee Joint
575 Pompton Ave
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Paws Discovery Farm
1105 Hainesport Mount Laurel Rd.
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

The First Presbyterian Church of Verona
10 Fairview Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044