I’m sure a lot of us can’t believe it’s here already…. But Merry Christmas my fellow South Jerseyans! Yummy has put together a list of great holiday cheer to check out here in our beloved backyard. Including Christmas walking tours, light displays and even a few tree farms (one farm even offers sleigh rides.. How cool is that?) These events/activities should keep you and the family busy this holiday season!
Christmas Light Displays (Most are FREE btw.)
Starting on North Avenue and a tradition for over 25 years is the Pitman Grove Christmas Light Display. Homes are beautifully decorated with thousands of lights.
November 23-December 30
Christmas Fantasy with lights. At 5pm Santa appears from his chimney, waves his magic wand and over one million lights in the park are lit up. It has become quite a tradition with South Jersey Families.
Cherry Hill, NJ
Deer Road Christmas Explosion (or what the locals call it)
off of Chapel Avenue.
800 Block of Mercer Street
Across from the police station, two neighbors go head-to-head covering every square inch of their property in lights. Santa reportedly comes for a visit on a few days throughout the season. Can I get a ho ho ho, Merry Christmas?
Silver Birch Rd
Light displays are coordinated with music. Here’s a video: http://youtu.be/O3tIrQXAY04
The Proctor family lights up over 100,000 lights as they “dance to music.” The homeowners give out candy canes on some nights and they collect donations to support the Almost Home Animal Shelter in Pennsauken.
Holiday Laser Show
Fiesta Plaza at The Quarter
Every 1/2 hour from 2pm-12:00 am.
The Quarter is turned into a winter wonderland with snowfall and over 100,000 lights synchronized to holiday music.
Village Christmas Show
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
Christmas trees are synchronized to holiday music.
Since the 1960’s, Owner Justin Wilkins has been adding to his light collection and it has grown enormously over the years. Santa at times will make an appearance.
Holiday Christmas Tours
Churchlanding Farm Museum
Event is FREE
Donations always accepted
The first three Sundays in December from 1-5pm.
See the home decorated for the holidays with beautiful antiques or tour the Townsend building and get a lesson on weaving. See the carriages they have on display. Christmas music on the melodeon and pump organ.
Woodstown by Candlelight Walking Tour 2013
Friday December 6th
There is a craft bazaar starting at 4pm and houses on the historic walking tour are open from 6pm-10pm. Advanced tickets are $12 in advanced and $15 the day of the tour. Check their Facebook page for more information: https://m.facebook.com/WoodstownByCandlelight?v=timeline&filter=1&__user=100004252924244
The Annual Salem City Yuletide Tour
$10 in advance/ $15 the day of tour
Tour historic homes and churches splendidly decorated for the Christmas season. Learn about Salem’s robust history.
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/salemyuletidetour
45th Annual Christmas in Greenwich
December 8, 2013, sponsored by the Cumberland County Historical Society. Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m., starting at 960 Ye Greate Street. Tour historic homes, visit the Christmas Artisans’ Market and the Gingerbread House display and attend the Santa Lucia service at the Greenwich Presbyterian Church. Lunch and refreshments available at several locations. For More information, call 856-455-8580.
A ton of events!
Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides
Members of the East Lynne Theater Company regale you with a holiday ghost tale as you ride through Cape May’s decorated Historic District.
Adults $10; children $7.
Holiday Lights Trolley Rides
Ride through Cape May’s Historic District to see decorated inns and homes as guides talk about Victorian Christmas traditions, lead sing-along’s, and play Christmas music. Rides last about 30 minutes.
$8 per seat.
Cape May’s Christmas Carol Tour
Enjoy a Victorian holiday tale on an evening trolley ride through Cape May’s festive streets. Then, visit the authentically decorated Emlen Physick Estate for a living history holiday presentation. Tours last about 2 hours.
Adults $15; children $7.50.
Emlen Physick Estate Christmas Tours
Visit the 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style. Learn about Victorian Christmas decorations and traditions on this guided daytime tour. Can also be combined with a historic district trolley tour.
Adults $10; children $5.
2013 Haddonfield Holiday House Tour
December 12, 2013 from 10am-9pm
Cost $15 in advance $20 day of tour
Featuring five historic homes from different eras of various designs. They are decorated lavishly for the holidays. All proceeds go to a local non-profit.
For more information contact organizer Betsy Anderson at 856-428-1640
Mullica Hill, NJ
Lights on Main
Saturday November 30, 2013 6-9pm (Tree Lighting at 7pm)
Old Town Hall
Mayor Manzo will light up a 60 foot tree. Carriage rides along Main Street. Delicious refreshments and drinks. Activities for the kids. Christmas carols with the Clearview marching band. A rousing performance by The Mummers. And a visit from Santa!
Bridgeton Historic House Tour
Saturday December 7th
East side from 1 to 5pm, West side 3 to 7pm.
One low price of $20 per person for both tours. Proceeds subsidize the Christmas parade.
Holiday House Tour (Beverly and Edgewater Park)
December 7, 2013; 2PM to 7PM
Call 609-874-3892 or 609-387-4975 for information and to reserve your tickets
Tour 14 historic and beautifully decorated homes in the Beverly and Edgewater Park area with a detailed map and balloons at each home out front.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Historic Bridgeton Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 1, 2013; 2 PM
Starts at top of West Commerce at West Avenue at 2 PM.Continues West Commerce to Laurel Street; then North Laurel Street to Washington Street; Washington Street to Mayor Aitken Drive. Ends at the Canoe House on Mayor Aitken Drive.
Salem’s Magic of Christmas Parade
The 26th Annual “Magic of Christmas” Parade on Saturday, December 7th. The parade will begin on Fourth Street and will be marching down Broadway to Johnson St. – See more at: http://newsofsalemcounty.com/salem-citys-magic-of-christmas-parade-to-be-held-dec-7th-2/#sthash.w2GJO7sh.dpuf
West Cape May Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday December 7th at 5:00pm
Parade route along Broadway
The 2013 25th Annual Collingswood Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 30
Starts at 10 am running along Haddon Avenue and begins at Zane Avenue. The parade was named Best Main Street Experience by South Jersey Magazine, the parade features lively seasonal entertainment, including marching bands, dancers, holiday characters, giants on stilts, floats, mummers, live music—even sports mascots like the Phillie Phanatic. Cars from the Original Garden State Corvette Club and dozens of other antique and historic autos and motorcycles will drive down the parade route.
Fun with Santa
Brunch with Santa
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
December 7th, 14th and 21st
Bring the little ones down to the Camden’s Children Garden in Camden NJ for a holly, jolly brunch with Santa! Enjoy a delicious Tortilla Press buffet with Santa at the head of the table! Santa will be walking around, greeting all the children and feasting with them too. Two seatings are available: 11 – 11:45 or 12 – 12:45. Call 856-365-8733 to reserve your spot, you won’t want to miss out on the merriest brunch in New Jersey!
Christmas Tree Farms
Cowperthwait Tree Farm
269 New Freedom Rd, Southampton, NJ 08088. Phone: 609-876-1816. Open: Weekends from 9am to 4 pm, from the day after Thanksgiving to Dec. 22; closed weekdays.
Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, Christmas decorations, trees tied, trees baled, saws provided
600 trees; Norway Spruce, White Pine, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir. Choose and Cut or Tag and select a later.
Exley’s Christmas Tree Farm
1535 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
Tree tagging begins Saturday November 16th
Weekends only 9:00 AM to Dusk
Tree tagging daily starting
Friday, November 29th
Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 (Dusk)
Weekend only 9:00 AM – Dusk
Hay ride to tree tagging and Santa land
Train ride; young children
Santa Land filled with animated holiday houses
Inside train display
Triple Dog Dare You Christmas Tree Farm
101 Idle Lake Road, Franklinville , NJ 08322. Phone: 609-685-6234
Open: for the season starting Black Friday to Christmas Eve
Precut Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, trees baled, sleigh rides, fresh eggs, porta-potties, farm animals, school tours
Trees available daily from 10 am to 9 pm; Sleigh rides on weekends only from 10 am to dusk. Payment: Cash, only. Hayrides with bonfire available for your special event, including birthdays, scout, school, & youth group trips. Call for details.
Christmas tree varieties:
PreCut varieties: Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir.
Hope these list of events can keep you busy this 2013 Christmas Season. As you see, there are a ton of things to ferret out and enjoy!!
Until our next Christmas season adventure, my friends!
Side Note: If you know of additional events, please comment below. Would love to add to the South Jersey Festivities!