It’s the holiday season, and we rounded up the top holiday events happening throughout South Jersey. From markets, to tree lightings, fireworks, and candlelight shopping, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy!
Mount Laurel Township Annual Tree Lighting
December 3rd | 6PM-9PM
Taking place at 118 Creek Road from 6-9:00pm, there will be fun activities including pictures with Santa, face painting, brewery selections for adults, visit from Elsa and Buddy The Elf, and more! The Mount Laurel Fire Department will bring Santa on the fire truck at 6:00pm to kick off the event. Taking place at 118 Creek Road in Mount Laurel from 6-9:00pm.
Maple Shade Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting
December 3rd | 6PM-8PM
Please join us for our Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting!!
Where: Gazebo Park; Maple Shade, NJ
*Activities and more
Featuring our special guest: SANTA!
Candlelight Christmas Tours at Smithville Mansion
December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 23rd & 30th at 7:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Enjoy the splendor of a Christmas past with a docent-guided Holiday tour.
The 1840 Greek Revival Mansion is decorated in all manner of Victorian charm. With over 20 rooms in the Mansion, civic groups, garden clubs, and individuals participate in decorating the Mansion. Reservations are required for candlelight tours. Cost: $8.00 per person.
Reservations can be made online at www.smithvillemansion.org.
December 4th | 2PM to 6PM
It’s time to start thinking about gifts! Luckily- Riverton will be holding it’s Christmas Village on 12/4 from 2-6pm to help you out!
Dickens Festival on Main Street Medford
December 4th | 4:30PM-9PM
Main Street in Medford will be transformed into a quaint winter wonderland, featuring holiday festivities galore with an old-time flair. The festival is free and typically attracts more than 10,000 people from Medford and many surrounding communities. Locals never fail to catch up with old friends on the street; there’s something for everyone! This event is co-hosted by the Main Street Merchants & the Medford Business Association
Rancocas Woods Annual Candlelight Tour
December 4th-5th | 6PM-9PM
Mount Laurel Township’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Shops at Rancocas Woods will take place on Friday, Dec 3rd at 6:30pm. Be sure to arrive early to secure a spot as Creek Road between Woolman’s and Fleetwood will be temporarily closed beginning at 6:15pm. Parking can be found at Fleetwood Elementary, Lakou Events and limited street parking will be available. Join us for the Rancocas Woods Annual Candlelight Tour! Get festive and shop small this Christmas
Christmas at Johnson’s Corner Farm
Friday to Sunday, Now through December 23rd | Times Vary
”Light Show” Hayride
Fri. & Sat. 4:45– 8:30 PM
Sundays 4:45 – 7:30 PM
On line pre-purchase pricing $8.95 PER PERSON or get Discovery/Lightshow hayride COMBO for $15.95 PER PERSON. At the door pricing $9.95 PER PERSON $17.95 COMBO. Children under 12 months – No Charge. Add 3-D glasses for $1.99 each and turn all the lights into snowflakes
Fire and Lights in the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm
Fri. & Sat. 4:45– 9 PM
Sundays 4:45 – 8PM
Featuring our “Light Show on the Lake”.
Thousands of twinkling lights and a fire pits for roasting marshmallows!
RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED
On line pre-purchase pricing $8.95 PER PERSON or get Discovery/Lightshow hayride COMBO for $15.95 PER PERSON
At the door pricing $9.95 PER PERSON $17.95 COMBO
Children under 12 months – No Charge
Add 3-D glasses for $1.99 each and turn all the lights into snowflakes
Handel’s Messiah at the Burlington County Library
December 4th | 2PM
THE MESSIAH will be presented at the Burlington County Library Auditorium in Westhampton, NJ. The single performance is scheduled for Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Covid protocols are in place and all those attending the concert must wear a mask while in the building. Additional information about the concert and the Choir can be found at essenceofharmonycs.org.
Victorian Holiday Celebration
December 5 | 12PM-4PM
Save the date! The Victorian Holiday Celebration returns to Historic Smithville Park
Handmade Holiday Market & Family Day at Whitesbog
December 11th | 11AM-4PM
FREE admission & FREE parking
Bundle up for some fun indoor and outdoor shopping in the Historic Village!
Shop local, support local artists and makers while supporting the farm. Make a dent in your Christmas shopping at the Handmade Holiday Craft Fair at Whitesbog Historic Village:
This is a festive family favorite, get your holiday wreaths and check out all of the cool wares our local makers have made. We’ll have a range of art, crafts and gifts. We will be outside and inside for this event so dress for the weather! Warm up at a fire pit and roast some marshmallows! Take pictures in front of the lovely cottages. Photos with Santa provided by Pemberton Recreation!
Fire and Ice Festival in Mount Holly
January 29, 2022 | 10AM-4PM
Once again on Saturday January 29, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM downtown Mount Holly will be the place to warm your tummy with great chili, see lots of icy artistic eye candy, and hear Suze & Watson play everything from show tunes to Springsteen from the Friant’s display window on High Street. This event is a free family friendly fun tradition.
Now-December 24th | 9:30AM-5PM
Christmas Underwater returns to Adventure Aquarium for its 13th season! Marvel at the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree, experience holiday décor throughout the entire Aquarium, enjoy lively interactive shows and come face-to-face with Scuba Santa as he dives with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and more fishy friends! Christmas Underwater is back for a limited-time only, Nov. 26 through Dec. 24. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Parade of Lights 2021
December 3rd | 6:30PM
The annual Parade of Lights will kick off with fire trucks and floats strung in glittering lights along the perimeter of the Knight Park beginning at Grant Avenue and Browning Road. Trucks from fire companies and organizations all over the region compete for top honors and are sure to delight spectators.
BEST VIEWING AREA:
Along the Knight Park side of Park Avenue. TIP: Bring a Flashlight for fun and safety in the park. Bring some hot chocolate and snuggle up for great views.
Barclay Farmstead Holiday House 2021
December 3rd-5th | 4PM-8PM
Step back in time to the simplicity and beauty of a candlelit 19th century Quaker Christmas. Costumed interpreters will explore the lives and times of the people who lived at this historic house, which is on the US and NJ Register of Historic Places. Timed tours every hour on the hour, from 4 to 8, Friday through Sunday. All ages welcome, but space is limited! Timed tickets and masks are required.
Decemberfest Holiday Pop-Ups in Collingswood
December 4th, 11th, 18th | 5PM-8PM
Collingswood is popping up holiday fun in 2021. Come pop, shop, and dine in beautiful downtown Collingswood! Stop by Haddon & Woodlawn Avenues (lot next to Groove Ground Coffee) for even more holiday celebrations. Each week features a different theme
Illuminate At Croft Farm
December 5th | 5PM
Help Croft Farm flip the switch on a brand new seasonal light display that will illuminate the historic Croft Farm grounds. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! The lights will be turned on at 5:30 PM!
Merchantville Holiday Market
December 10-11 | 5PM-9PM | 11AM-5PM
Join us for the Merchantville Holiday Market In downtown Merchantville and in the Station!
Friday, December 10th 5-9pm
Saturday, December 11th 11am-5pm
Holiday Train Display at Battleship NJ
December 11th-26th | 3PM-6PM
Experience a Holiday Train Display Aboard the Battleship! A new Holiday model train display will be available for guests to experience in the Wardroom from Saturday, Dec. 11 through Sunday Dec. 26. This display, courtesy of the South Jersey Garden Railroad Society (SJGRS), will be free to experience with a tour of the Battleship. The Battleship will be open for tours everyday in December, except for Christmas, Dec. 25.
A Grinchmas Morning! With the Grinch!
December 18th | 11AM-2PM
Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…means a little bit more! Join the Pop Shop for a special visit with the Grinch … remembering the real reasons for the seasons..food, friends and family!
Bring the family for a special holiday “meet and greet” with the Grinch! *Grinch will be wearing his PJs- you should too!
WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River
Thursdays to Sundays, now through February 21 | Times Vary
WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River Park presented by the Camden County Board of Commissioners will open from November 26 – February 21 at Cooper River Park near the corner of Cuthbert Blvd. and Park Avenue in Cherry Hill.
Hours of Operation:
Thursdays: 5 PM – 9 PM
Fridays: 5 PM – 10 PM
Saturdays: 12 PM – 10 PM
Sundays: 12 PM – 9PM
Winterfest at DiggerlandUSA
Now-End of Season
Each weekend you and your family can enjoy live music, our famous Parade of Machines, specialty food, hayrides and plenty of fun and games. Don’t miss it!
Downtown Haddonfield Candlelight Shopping
Fridays in December until the 17th, and Thursday, December 23rd
Experience this annual event in one of South Jersey’s best places to live! Every Friday night knock those gifts off your holiday list by shopping small on Haddonfield’s main strip and side streets! You can also enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, live entertainment, and carriage rides. Free parking is available starting on Thanksgiving through Christmas Day.
New Year’s Fireworks at Battleship NJ
December 31st | 4PM-6:30PM
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Are Back!
Watch fireworks over the Delaware River from the historic deck of the Battleship New Jersey! Enjoy live music, food concessions, a cash bar for adults, and have the chance to fire a Gun Salute. Proceeds go to the on-going restoration of the Battleship, a non-profit museum and memorial.
All guests must:
Sign a COVID-19 Waiver of Liability before boarding and maintain social distancing.
Fully vaccinated guests and children under 3 are not required to wear face coverings.
NO chairs, food, or alcohol can be brought aboard
Members: Register or sign-in above to receive your free tickets.
Boro in Lights: Glassboro’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 3rd | 6PM to 9 PM
Glassboro, in partnership with Kingsway Church, presents Boro in Lights, the annual holiday celebration and tree lighting, on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 6 to 9 pm in Downtown Glassboro and the Town Square.
Whitall House Candlelight Tours
December 3rd-5th | Times Vary
December 3rd – 6-9PM
December 4th – 3-9PM
December 5th – 4PM-7PM
Experience the Whitall House by the glow of candlelight. Tour the 18th century home complete with beautiful, seasonal, natural, and handmade decorations. For more information call 856-853-5120. Please note that masks will be required for entry.
Pitman Winter Village
December 4th | 11AM-4PM
Visit Uptown Pitman for a special holiday shopping engagement! Find unique gifts in our stores and from more than 30 hand-craft vendors located on Ballard Avenue. Visit Santa at Ballard Park! Make a craft, play games and listen to live music while you shop. Then grab a bite to eat at one of our fantastic restaurants! This event is rain or shine.
Festival of Lights
December 4th | 6PM to 8 PM
Come celebrate this holiday season with the City of Woodbury’s 1st Annual Festival of Lights on Saturday, December 4 from 6 – 8 pm.
Enjoy the tree lighting, visit from Santa, hot cocoa and cookies for the children, kids activities led by the 21st Century Club of the Woodbury School District, holiday carols with the Woodbury School Choir, and face painting by Rachel Beatty and Julie Otto.
The Magic of Christmas at Old Stone Historic House
December 4th | 5:30PM-8:30PM
The Holiday Tradition is back! The Magic of Christmas will kick off at the Gazebo at 530pm when Santa arrives for their tree lighting ceremony! After that he is available for photos (photo/frame available for purchase cash only/or take your own), the bake sale is open, live music, Polar Express readings, mail your letters to Santa and more!
Parking is tight so they encourage carpooling! Admission is free but donations are acceptedIf bringing a letter for Santa, remember he needs your name, age and address on the letter!
Season of Light at Edelman Planetarium
December 5th, 12th, 19th | 3PM-4PM
Light up the cold dark season with a warm and bright holiday show! Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem”. This show traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah.
Candlelight Shopping Night
December 9th | 5PM
Celebrate the season in Uptown Pitman with a stroll down Broadway! Shop and dine local at your favorite places and enjoy a few holiday classics performed by Pitman’s own high school and middle school vocalists. A perfect night in Pitman has been arranged for you!
Historic Train Depot Holiday Open House
December 10th, 17th | 6pm-8pm
Enjoy train displays and photos with Santa at Glassboro Historic Train Station, 354 Oakwood Ave, Glassboro! Pets are welcome!
Fourth Annual Pitman Holiday Sing-Along!
December 11th | 6PM-6:30PM
Please join us on Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Pitman Grove Auditorium (The Tabernacle) for the Fourth Annual Pitman Holiday Sing-Along! Celebrate the holiday season by joining your friends and neighbors in singing some holiday favorites as we carol together as a community.
South Jersey Holiday Light Show
Now to December 30th | 5PM
The Holiday Light Show™ is the best holiday light spectacular of the season! Featuring dozens of dazzling, larger-than-life holiday themed displays to delight the entire family! Visitors are welcomed to bundle up in their car, pack a favorite snack or beverage and tune their radio to enjoy the synced light performance as they travel the more than 1 mile route through the Holiday Light Show™!
The show is open evenings beginning at 5pm sharp, select dates November 19 – December 30, 2021 and tickets can be purchased online through the “buy tickets” button on our website or at the door on select days! All tickets are valid for a single admission, valid only on the date listed on your ticket.
Night of Lights at Creamy Acres Farm
Holiday traditions await you at Creamy Acres as they transform the dairy farm into a Christmas Wonderland filled with huge sparkling light displays, a Musical Dancing Tree light show and lights galore. Bring the family for an old fashioned hayride while listening to all your favorite Christmas songs. Stroll through our Barnyard Walk with lights a glow. Newly expanded mid-way area with concessions and fire pits, “Who” Village walk thru and more than 5 acres of musical dancing lights.
Woodstown by Candlelight
December 3rd | 4PM-10PM
Plan a visit to historic Woodstown for the 43nd Annual Woodstown Candlelight Tour. This charming village predates the Revolutionary War and is home to a number of Victorian residences and other structures. Get into the holiday spirit by spending the evening touring seasonally decorated homes, businesses, and churches! Visitors are also encouraged to shop at local merchants or at the annual craft fair located in Borough Hall. There will be carolers, homemade cookies, wassail, and a variety of other musical entertainments. Proceeds benefit the Pilesgrove-Woodstown Historical Society.
34th Annual Yuletide Tour
December 4th | 1PM-6PM
Join us as we celebrate our 34th Yuletide Tour in downtown Salem!
Holiday Light Show in Historic Smithville
December 2nd-5th, 9th-12th, 16th-19th, 23rd-26th, Dec. 30th-Jan. 2nd | 5:30PM-8:30PM
Watch in wonderment as over 100 Christmas trees magically float on their very own Lake Meone and light up to the music around you. It is an orchestrated show of lights and music played out across the lake. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Historic Smithville offers 60 Shoppes, 7 eateries, carousel ride, train ride, on site lodging at the Colonial Inn and over 26 free weekend events!
Magical Holiday Express at DiDonato’s
Everyday in December | 5PM-9PM
All Aboard DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express
Train ride through millions of Christmas lights
Meet and Greet with Santa and his elves in his Workshop with Free photo op
Stories, photos, & chats with Mrs. Claus with Free photo op
Present from Santa
Holiday Movie tent and picture opportunity with everyone’s favorite Snowman
Cookie treat to enjoy
Walkthrough Holiday Village
Toy Market will be on site at their Pop-up Snack & Toy Cottage
…and more! Add on one Game of Bowling & one shoe rental with socks for $6 at the door
Vintner Wonderland at Renault
Now through February 28th | Times Vary
Vintner Wonderland is a celebration of a successful harvest at Renault Winery. This winter festival provides the opportunity to gather loved ones, savor the season, and create enduring memories. From ice skating, to culinary and wine, to local artisans and live entertainment, there’s something for everyone this season at Renault.
At Vintner Wonderland, you’ll find…
Horse-drawn carriage rides
Festive food & beverage
Live entertainment & events
A community food drive
Christmas with Elvis
December 4th | 8PM-10PM
Come enjoy holiday hits from the one & only King of Rock & Roll delivered by Matt Lewis, the Elvis Tribute artist USA Today called “The Best in Las Vegas!”. He will be backed by the 12 piece Long Live the King Orchestra, aka, Big Ray & the Kool Kats. December 4th at 8pm at The Landis in Vineland, NJ!
Christmas Village Festival
December 11th-12th, 18th-19th | 10AM-5PM
Spread some holiday cheer, do some last-minute shopping, and make family memories! The Shoppes at Dragon Village will have vendors, artisans, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and decorations galore to help you get in the holiday spirit.