Ring in the holiday season at a local New Jersey town near you with Christmas tree lightings, holiday gatherings, fun festivals and more! Take the kids and visit Santa Claus, see magnificent Christmas lights and explore some of New Jersey's favorite attractions in beautiful holiday decor. Find out where to find family-fun Christmas celebrations and some of the best holiday events throughout New Jersey this weekend in December, 2012!


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When: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Where: Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, CAMDEN, NJ

Enjoy a delicious Tortilla Press buffet brunch with your jolly host, Santa! Choose one of two seatings: 11:00-11:45AM or 12:00-12:45PM. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets are $10.00 per child; $12.00 per adult. For reservations, please call 856-365-8733. | Directions



When: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Where: Historic Smithville & Village Greene, SMITHVILLE, NJ

One of New Jersey's greatest unique shopping places, historic Smithville transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season with Christmas fun for the whole family! Bring the kids for buffet breakfast with SANTA beginning at 9 am. Call 609.3652.0544 for details. Kids also love to ride the Christmas train to tour the whimsical decorated village. Then, stay until sundown for a magnificent holiday light show during which over 100 floating Christmas Trees illuminate Smithville's Lake Meone, to the tunes of holiday music! | More info | Directions



When: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Where: Whippany Railroad Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, WHIPPANY, NJ

Gather the family and hop aboard Whippany Railway Museum's holiday train for a seasonal train ride with Santa! The 45-minute round trip excursion goes from Whippany to Roseland with Santa on board to greet and take pictures with the children. **Due to this event's popularity, advance tickets are sold out. Standby tickets only. | Call (973) 887-8177 or click here for more info.


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When: Sunday, December 16, 2012

Where: Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, 1003 Morris Avenue, UNION, NJ

“Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near”.  Bring the kids from 11:30am to 1:30pm and enjoy Grinchy grub food items such as Roastbeast on a Bun, Suess Spuds and Cindy Lou Who Cider among many more treats served at Liberty Hall’s annual Whoville Feast. A tour of Liberty Hall decorated for holidays will follow the feast. Program Fee is $20.00 per child and $25.00 per adult (Reservations Required). Contact Liberty Hall at 908-527-0400. | More info




When: Friday, December 14 - Sunday, December 16, 2012

Where: McCarter Theater, 91 University Place (Princeton University) PRINCETON, NJ

Celebrate the holiday season with McCarter Theater's critically acclaimed production of Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. Bring the kids and join Ebonezer Scrooge as he explores Christmas in the past, present and future on a journey full of wonder, joy, and the true meaning of the season. Deemed a "must see" by the New York Times, this rendition of A Christmas Carol is a show you just can't miss! Can't make it this weekend? The show runs through December 28th! Showtimes / Get tickets | More information

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