Celebrate the Holidays with These Unique
Things To Do in New Jersey This Christmas
‘Tis the season for Santa visits, choosing a Christmas tree, and viewing holiday light displays. New Jersey sure has its share of fun holiday activities! Are you looking for something a little bit more unusual? Trying to find unique holiday events in New Jersey? Things To In New Jersey ‘s got you covered with these fun and unique things to do in New Jersey this Christmas!
Every holiday season the folks at Adventure Aquarium create an underwater winter wonderland featuring the world’s largest underwater Christmas tree, snow shower dance parties, Merry Elfish Storytime, appearances by the one and only Scuba Santa, and more! Santa also appears on the “dry side” for photos with Santa (weekends) and milk and cookies with Santa (Saturdays).
The planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College features several shows that provide a unique holiday experience. Holiday-themed planetarium shows include The Alien Who Stole Christmas (ages 6-10), Winter Wonder Lights (ages 6-adult), and Mystery at the North Pole (ages 10 to adult).
The Christmas Ice Caverns have been delighting generations of holiday visitors for over 40 years. Spanning over 10,000 square feet, the Christmas Ice Caverns are New Jersey’s largest walk-through animated Christmas display and feature scenes like Santa’s reindeer barn, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, Polar Bears and Penguins, Santa’s candy factory, a life-sized Nativity and more!
Come on out to Fort Mott State Park for this special night time holiday event that provides visitors with a glimpse of what it was like for servicemen and women who were away from their homes over the holidays. Uniformed re-enactors portray soldiers and sailors from the Roman era to the Cold War. There will also be a special collection of military themed Christmas advertisements, photos, and paperwork on display in the park’s museum. This is a family friendly event and admission is free.
Every year, Santa stops by Shoreline Harley Davidson in Long Branch to take pictures with guests on a Harley! This year, Harley Davidson Santa rolls in on December 16th.
6. Take to the Streets at the Asbury Park Santa Run
Take to the streets of Asbury Park and run a 5K with an army of Santas (or walking) in support of the local charity, Lunch Break. Lunch Break provides food and clothing to area residents in need. Following the run, there will be an after-party featuring live music from the legendary Brian Kirk & the Jirks, plus food and drink specials. There will also be a massive toy drive to help provide local kids served by Lunch Break with a happy holiday season. Last year over 1,000 Santas came out and raised thousands of dollars for Lunch Break. This year’s run takes place on December 9th.
7. Honor Our Veterans with Wreaths Across America
Every year, Wreaths Across America facilitates the simultaneous placement of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our fallen U.S. veterans at more than 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including more than 3 dozen cemeteries across the state of New Jersey. This year, the wreath laying ceremonies will take place on December 16th. Members of the general public are welcome to participate in wreath laying ceremonies and are invited to sponsor wreaths. Get details on wreath laying ceremonies in New Jersey HERE!
Before he boards his sleigh, Santa flies in for a Christmas Eve landing at Princeton Airport! Children will have the opportunity to greet Santa while snacking on cookies and hot chocolate and Santa will deliver gifts to children (parents should drop off gifts by December 17th, as well as one gift for a child in need for each child receiving a gift at the event).
Each year, Washington’s historic Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River is commemorated by several hundred reenactors in Continental dress who – along with “General Washington” himself – cross the Delaware in historically accurate replica Durham boats. The event can be viewed from Washington Crossing State Park (as well as from Pennsylvania’s Washington Crossing Historic Park). This year’s reenactments of the crossing take place on December 10th and December 25th (Christmas Day) at 1pm (arrive early for a good spot). The Christmas Day crossings are free to view from both sides of the river; an admission fee applies to viewing the crossing from the Pennsylvania side on December 10th.
Now in its 25th year, the Mount Laurel Living Nativity is a live production featuring 13 walk-through indoor and outdoor scenes. About 200 cast and crew needed to tell the original Christmas story to the many people who visit each night. Prior to your walk through the Nativity, you’ll enjoy live entertainment in the sanctuary of the host congregation, Fellowship Community Church. It takes about 45 minutes to view the Christmas story, following which visitors are invited inside to enjoy hot chocolate and homemade cookies.
Don’t live nearby? Find more living nativities in New Jersey here.
Featured Photo: Facebook/Princeton Airport
Do you know of other fun and unique things to do in New Jersey this Christmas? Comment below to share!
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