Fun Christmas Attractions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Friday, December 4, 2020
What are the best Christmas and holiday attractions in New Jersey and beyond? I've got some suggestions for you! The holiday season is upon us, and if you're anything like me, you're itching to do some 'holiday stuff' with your family.  And I'm not talking crafts or baking- I mean, cool trips that you can take for some holiday themed fun! So here are some of my favorite must-visit holiday locations in the tri-state area.  Be sure to scroll down for a full list of even more holiday ideas, too!!

*This post has been freshly updated for 2020!**


This post is updated yearly, so feel free to Pin it for later use! If you know of a fun attraction that you want me to add to this list, please leave me a comment in the comments section below!


Jersey Momma Disclaimer:  I know there are hundreds of amazing Christmas and holiday-themed places to visit in and around New Jersey, but I picked some of my favorite, and even some lesser-known attractions. I mentioned a few more at the end of the post, but feel free to message me if you have more ideas that I should add!

1. Christmas Ice Caverns - Fairfield, NJ
(IMPORTANT:: Christmas Ice Caverns CLOSED in 2018 and as of yet, they have not announced plans to reopen. They had hopes of relocating, but as of 2020, they have not. I left this info here so you can keep an eye out and keep your fingers crossed for an Ice Caverns Christmas miracle!)

If you grew up in Northern New Jersey during the 1970's, then chances are you've been to the Christmas Ice Caverns in Fairfield.  Now part of Jody's Silk Florist (it was formerly known as Fairfield Home and Garden), the Christmas Ice Caverns feature a walk-through animated Christmas display that has been a family classic for decades.  Click here to see photos and read all about one of our favorite family spots during the holidays. You can also see Santa at the ice caverns on certain days of the week!

The Christmas Ice Caverns from The Jersey Momma  - Fairfield, NJ
Making wishes in the fountains at Christmas Ice Caverns - Fairfield, NJ

2. Gingerbread Wonderland (Frelinghuysen Arboretum) - Morristown, NJ

Gingerbread Wonderland is always fun to see (and fun to participate in, if you're creative!) at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. View dozens of hand-made, decorated gingerbread houses and displays while supporting the arboretum with your small admission fee.  Certain weekends there is even a craft fair to accompany the display.  Click here for photos and a walk-through of past events. 
*This year, Gingerbread Wonderland is going virtual! You can enter photos of your own gingerbread creations, then stay tuned for the virtual walkthrough, with voting, too!

Gingerbread Wonderland - Frelinghuysen Arboretum:  artist unknown (sorry!)

3. Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show and Winter Village - Sussex County, NJ

Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show and Village features a mile long drive-through course, plus a new and expanded outdoor village and winter carnival. Skylands has worked hard to make this a socially distant, outdoor, safe event for all. Visit their website for ticket info and hours.


4.  Magic of Lights - Holmdel, NJ

The holiday drive-through light show is back at PNC Bank Arts Center! Running now through January 2, 2021, Magic of Lights features over a mile of festive and vibrant light displays. New this year is the addition of the Toyota Mega Tree Spectacular, featuring over 240 feet of lights and music. Visit their website to purchase tickets and for more details. 


5.  Hershey Sweet Lights and Christmas Candylane - Hershey, PA

If you're willing to take a ride or even spend the night, Hershey's Christmas events are truly memorable and fun. Hershey Sweet Lights is a fantastic drive-through, animated light display (one of the best I've ever seen) and Christmas Candylane is what Hersheypark offers during the holiday season.  You'd be surprised how many rides you can still go on in the winter time! Click here to read about Hershey Sweet Lights and Chocolate World during the holidays. Click here to read about Christmas Candylane at Hersheypark.



For more fun Christmas attractions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, scroll down!

For more ideas on local travel, or other holiday related day trips, check out my travel links page (located in the tabs on my home site).

Sadly, many traditional holiday events have been cancelled for 2020. The list below has been updated to only include attractions that are currently open and operating for 2020. Please visit each site for specific safety regulations and operating hours, and let's hope for a more festive 2021!

American Express Platinum Winter Lights Experience - Far Hills, NJ

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

Six Flags Holiday in the Park 

Winterfest at Diggerland USA (and their new drive-through holiday light show!)

Dickens Days and other Holiday Events - Clinton, NJ

Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Spectacular

Christmas at Storybook Land (open but you need to call ahead for reservations)

Knoebel's Joy Through the Grove (Holiday Light Drive-Through) (PA)

Peddler's Village Christmas Festival (PA) 

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place (PA) (also offering a Holiday Drive-Through event!)

A Longwood Gardens Christmas (PA)

Koziar's Christmas Village (PA)

The Holiday Light Show at Shadybrook Farms (PA)

8 comments

  1. Wow! What great fun! I want to do all of it :)

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  2. The best gifts for families is to spend time together. These are all wonderful ideas for family fun times. Thank you!

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Thanks for commenting and reading, Barbara!

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  3. I would add the Shadybrook Farms light show drive thru or wagon ride in Yardley, PA :)

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    1. I will definitely add it in there! Thanks, Katie!

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  4. I have read a bunch of lists online and no one has mentioned Dickenson Day in downtown Clinton! It's actually the whole weekend after Thanksgiving. Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It's scenic and beautiful with Clinton's red mill and waterfall and horse drawn carriages, carolers, with all the decorated shops there on main st. I can't believe no one mentions it!

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    1. So funny you mentioned this- I had Dickens Days on my list last year but I took it off of this year's list because when I updated, it had already occurred! I think it was the weekend of 11/23/18 this year (you're right, weekend after Thanksgiving). I was not quick enough! Next year I will try to get it on the list before it actually happens. lol Thanks for your input!

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