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Amazing Holiday Light Displays in Central New Jersey

Judith Weiniger

"Having lived in NJ most of my life, growing up in West Orange and daughter of a well-known NJ architect, I have been around real estate for a lifetim...

"Having lived in NJ most of my life, growing up in West Orange and daughter of a well-known NJ architect, I have been around real estate for a lifetim...

Jan 24 5 minutes read

These incredible holiday light displays in Central New Jersey and beyond are designed to impress! We highly recommend taking a few extra minutes to drive out of your way to stop by and admire one of these fabulous Christmas light displays for a truly memorable holiday experience. Bring a hot cup of cocoa, snap a few pictures, and meet your neighbors while you're at it!

1. Historic Smithville Lake and Light Show

When: until January 6th, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Thursday through Sunday

Where: Lake Meone at Historic Smithville

A good way to step back from the bustle of the season is a retreat to Lake Meone in the center of historic Smithville. Be mesmerized by the synchronized dance of light and music on the lake and feel your cares wash away. Stay for a Christmas story read by Mrs. Claus, and enjoy an evening of holiday cheer!

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2. Holiday Lights Light Up the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

When: December 7 - 31, 2018 (closed on December 24 and 25).

Time:  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where:  Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex and Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange

Enjoy a memorable winter night with your family at the Turtle Back Zoo! Be transported to a mystical light journey through the grounds featuring over 100,000 lights that gleefully light up animal figures and other Christmas displays. Myrtle the Turtle will be there with other friends along with Santa to greet visitors. Bring Santa's Christmas letter and drop it off there, too!

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3. Christmas Fantasy with Lights Parade at Storybook Land

When: November 17 - December 30 (Closed 11/22, 12/24, 12/25)

 Time5:00PM

Where: 6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322), Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Bring the family over and help give Santa and Mrs. Claus a warm welcome! Gaze in awe as the park is lit up and illuminated with the wave of Santa's wand with more than a million twinkling Christmas lights. Santa will be there until December 23, so be sure to stop by.

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4. Christmas Light Show & Village at The Skyland Stadium

When: November 16, 2018 – December 30, 2018

Time:  click here for the schedule

Where: Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822

Drive through this mile-long tunnel of holiday Christmas light displays and be swept away by the beauty and magic of the Yuletide! The Xmas Light Show and the indoor village will be open all December for all young and young-at-heart to enjoy.

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5. Sea of Lights - An Indoor Holiday Light Spectacular at Jenkinson's Boardwalk

When: December 14, 15, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 28

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Parkway & Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Avenue | Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Get in the Candy Cane Line and see the Gingerbread Family in their Gingerbread digs! Take an Elfie-Selfie and sit for a photo with Santa. Be part of the signaling in of Christmas at the Jenkinson's Boardwalk for the Sea of Lights! This event offers the opportunity to participate in an atmosphere of yuletide joy as the Boardwalk is lit up with thousands of beautiful lights.

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6. Christmas Lights Up Cape May - A Victorian Experience

When: November 16, 2018 through January 1, 2019

Time: See 2018 Brochure for schedule

Where: 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204-5306.

Allow the regally quaint Cape May hold you captive this holiday season when the whole town is magically transformed into a winter wonderland straight out of storybook pages. Be immersed in the history of the Cape and be part of an old-fashioned Victorian holiday tradition and festivities!

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7. 80 Briarwood Dr. East Warren lights

When: The lights run nightly from 5-10pm

Where: 80 Briarwood Dr. East Warren 

A uniquely choreographed light to the tune of the music playing in the background is what makes this light special in this home at Briarwood. Using energy-efficient LED lights, 21 controllers, miles of wire and extension cords creates an animated light show on this front lawn.

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