Congress Hall / Photo: Jessica Orlowicz

Dazzling Holiday Light Displays & Events

Plan a fun and festive holiday getaway with these family-friendly events and beautiful holiday light displays in New Jersey.

Christmas Fantasy
Storybook Land, Egg Harbor Township
November 11, 2018 – December 30, 2018; Lights Parade: November 17, 2018
Escape to an imaginative land of make-believe with this family-friendly attraction featuring rides, play areas and more than one million glittering lights for the holidays. Then, explore all the storybook-themed adventures throughout the park.

Christmas in Cape May
Cape May
November 16, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Throughout the holiday season, the quaint seaside town of Cape May features a packed schedule of seasonal favorites, from candlelit mansion tours and holiday trolley rides to themed dinners and Charles Dickens-focused events. Watch a performance at the Cape May Stage or East Lynne Theater Company. Or, simply stroll along Washington Street Mall, which is decked out with holiday lights, greenery and festive decorations. 

Christmas Light Show & Village
Skylands Stadium, Augusta
Light Show: November 16, 2018 – December 30, 2018;
Outdoor Christmas Village: November 23, 2018 – December 30, 2018 
Take in the sights and sounds as you drive through a one-mile course spectacularly illuminated with more than two million holiday lights, and listen to festive holiday music on WSUS 102.3 FM. After your leisurely drive, park your car to enjoy the free Christmas Village at the Skylands Stadium Event Center, where you can take photos with Santa, make arts and crafts, play games and savor hot beverages and snacks.

Holiday Light Show
Historic Smithville
November 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Water, light and holiday magic come together at this annual display, showcasing more than 100 illuminated trees that appear to magically float on the waters of Lake Meone, lighting up to music playing in the night air. After watching this orchestrated show, go on a carousel or train ride, or simply stroll along the charming streets lined with quaint shops and eateries decked out in holiday décor.

Winter Wonderland
Congress Hall, Cape May
November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018, Thursdays – Sundays;
Tree Lighting: November 30, 2018
Bring the whole family to the "North Pole" at this festive fantasyland held in the Grand Lawn of the stately Congress Hall hotel. Savor a cup of hot cocoa, shop for gifts in the enchanted village, meet with Santa and hop aboard the Congress Hall Express for a fun train ride. The tree lighting and holiday concert is the perfect celebration to kick off the holiday season, as you can watch as the lights are set aglow.