Feeling Festive

by Chelsea Valcourt | Dec 5, 2023
Feeling Festive
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at the festivities happening around us. From candlelit tours and illuminating light displays to graceful ballets and holiday markets there’s so much to do and so much to celebrate.


Cards for Hospitalized Kids
Spread holiday cheer at the Moorestown Mall by decorating holiday cards for children spending the holidays in hospitals. 
Moorestown Mall, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., free, Moorestown, Moorestown-Mall.com

Breakfast With Santa
The Johnsons welcome Santa Clause back for another season of festive holiday fun and memories, including a family style breakfast and story time.
Johnson’s Corner Farm, Seating at 9:30 a.m. & noon, $40, Medford, JohnsonsFarm.com

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Visit Santa Claus in the Grand Court to capture some holiday memories with family pet photos available every Monday. 
Cherry Hill Mall, times vary, $39.99-plus, Cherry Hill, CherryHillMall.com

Christmas Underwater
Splash into the spirit of the season as Scuba Santa returns to dive with sharks, sea turtles and rays, sharing Christmas cheer with all who come to visit.
Camden Adventure Aquarium, Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sat.-Sun. 9:20 a.m.-5 p.m., $29.99-35.99, Camden, AdventureAquarium.com

Holidig Light Show
Come enjoy the drive-thru holiday lights and displays.
Diggerland, 5:30 p.m., $34.95, West Berlin, Store.DiggerlandUSA.com

Holiday Light Show
Over 120 Christmas Trees constructed from over 50,000 Christmas lights, magically float on Lake Meone in the center of Historic Smithville and the Village Greene. The moment darkness falls, an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake.
Historic Smithville, 5:30-8:30 p.m., free, Smithville, HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com

Winter Holiday Show
A free light show with a synchronized radio station that benefits the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Food Bank of South Jersey. 
5 Olmsted Lane, Sun.-Thurs. 7:30-10:30 p.m. & Fri.-Sat. 7:30-11 p.m., free, Cinnaminson, LightsOnOlmstedLane.com

DEC. 1-23
Magical Holiday Express
Experience a train ride through millions of Christmas lights, meet Santa and his elves in his workshop, chat with Mrs. Claus and so much more.
DiDonato’s Family Fun Center, Sun.-Thurs. 4:45-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sat. 4:45-8:45 p.m., $19.95-24.95, Hammonton, DiDonatoFunCenter.com 

DEC. 1-23 & DEC. 26-30
Christmas Fantasy with Lights
Come and experience holiday magic right before your eyes when Santa Claus waves his magic wand and lights up the park with more than one million lights for the holiday season.
Storybook Land, times vary, $32.95-35.95, Egg Harbor Township, StoryBookLand.com

DEC. 8-10 & 16-17
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge sums up his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his past, present and future.
Broadway Theatre, times vary, $30, Pitman, TheBroadwayTheatre.org

Here you will find wandering carolers dressed in Victorian attire, live entertainment, a Holiday marketplace, ice skating, ice carving, art exhibits curated for the season, and, of course, Victorian Santa.
Historic Smithville Park, 1-7 p.m., free, Eastampton Township, Co.Burlington.NJ.US

Holiday Homes & Historic Sites Tour
Each ticket holder receives a map for a self-guided tour of several beautifully decorated homes and historic sites throughout Mount Holly.
Mount Holly, 3-8 p.m., tickets by donation, MainStreetMountHolly.org

DEC. 9, 14 & 21
Christmas Carol Dinner Theater
Enjoy a prix-fixe menu and join Braddock’s Tavern and the Riddlesbrood Touring Troupe as they perform holiday musical favorites in lavish costumes and sparkling sets. 
Braddock’s Tavern, 6:30 p.m., $132.28, Medford, Braddocks.com

DEC. 10
Brunch with Santa & the Grinch
Get a professional family photo with Santa and enjoy a brunch of made-to-order omelets, a Belgian waffles and ice cream station, prime rib and more.
Scotland Run Golf Course, seating available 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $20-60, Williamstown, ScotlandRun.com

DEC. 15-16
Motown Christmas Celebration
Join us for a night of family fun and sing-alongs as cast members take on the greatest hits and classics of Motown artists like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and many more with a Christmas twist.
The Vault at Victor Records, 8 p.m., from $19.99, Camden, VictorRecords.com

DEC. 16
Santa Visits the Farmette
Embrace the magic of Christmas as you sit with Santa in a magical sleigh setup, feed the alpacas and enjoy the harmony of Christmas caroling. 
Morning Glori Farmette, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $50-70 per family, Marlton, MorningGloriFarmette.com

DEC. 16-17
The Nutcracker Ballet
The classic Christmas story is a fairytale ballet centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration and young Clara’s dreams about her favorite Christmas present—a nutcracker.
Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center, times vary, $20-35, Vineland, VRDC.org



Christmas in Cape May
This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a variety of fun tours and events.
Cape May, times vary, free, Cape May, CapeMayMAC.org

Photos with Santa
Head down to Ocean City for your chance to take photos with jolly old St. Nicholas. 
Music Pier, noon-3 p.m., free, Ocean City OceanCityVacation.com

DEC. 5
Sounds of the Season
Pianist and music historian Jay Daniels plays holiday tunes, from Christmas classics to Hanukkah favorites, in a performance that is sure to put you spirit of the season. 
Avalon Library, 4-5 p.m., free, Avalon, AvalonFreeLibrary.org

Dec. 8-9
Wildwood’s Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach
Bring the family and enjoy the light show with complimentary hot chocolate, popcorn, letter writing to Santa, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The light show and decorations will be on display nightly from 6:30–7 p.m. through mid-January. 
Holy Beach Park, 5-9 p.m., free, Wildwood, WildwoodsNJ.com

Pinch the GrYnch Boardwalk 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk
Don your most festive gear and get ready to run. All proceeds will benefit the Lynch Who Stole Christmas from the GrYnch Toy, Coat and Food Card Drive which over the last 12 years has spread holiday cheer to over 9,571 kids. 
Boardwalk, 10 a.m., $30 or $20 with unwrapped toy donation, Wildwood, RunSignUp.com/PinchTheGrynch

Holiday Bazaar
Kick off the holiday season with Wildwood’s Holiday Bazaar featuring family fun, entertainment, pictures with Santa, movies and crafters.
Wildwood Convention Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free, WildwoodHoliday.com

DEC. 10
Brunch With Santa
Enjoy a delicious brunch with Santa in Sea Isle City and bring your cameras to take photos with Santa. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required so be sure to secure your spot early.
VFW Post 1963, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free, VisitSICNJ.com

DEC. 19
Wildwood Crest Holiday Lights Walk
Bundle up, grab your flashlight and head out to join the Wildwood Crest community as they tour Sunset Lake and the surrounding neighborhood to take a look at the various holiday and Christmas light displays.
Sunset Lake, 5:30 p.m., free, Wildwood Crest, WildwoodsNJ.com

Photo: Lights on Olmsted Lane


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Author: Chelsea Valcourt


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