Christmas Light Shows In and Around Jersey City 2021
Christmas is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about festive things to do! If you’re looking for a great way to get into the holiday spirit, check out some of the amazing Christmas light shows in and around Jersey City. There are tons of events happening this year, so be sure to mark your calendar and get ready for a winter wonderland experience!
November 19 — January
Owners of Moonlight Cinema in partnership with Dasher’s Lightshow are bringing an immersive light show to Newark, dubbed the “Drive Thru Christmas Light Show” to spread holiday cheer to Essex County and surrounding areas.
“The light show will open its doors on Friday, Nov. 19 to get everyone into the holiday spirit… Families can connect their vehicle’s radio to 97.5 FM to listen to their favorite holiday tunes and watch the hundreds of thousands of lights dance and blink in sync with the music. The light show is open seven days a week, starting at 5 p.m. with the latest entry at 10:30 p.m. Families pre-purchase a ticket for the day and time slot that works best for them. They arrive at Newark Moonlight Cinema to check in during that time, make sure the radio for the car is tuned in, and then drive through the show. At the recommended speeds, the show should take 30 minutes.”
Cost: $35 per car, tickets must be purchased before arriving
220 Orange St, Newark, NJ 07103
November 19 — January 2
Enjoy the experience of dazzling lights and holiday scenes from the comfort of your car at PNC Bank Arts Center’s Magic of Lights show. Scenes and characters are brought to bright, vivid life using LED technology and incredible digital animations. Pull in with your friends, family or loved ones, set your radio to their light show station and enjoy the merry music as you wind through the garden of lights. Magic of Lights runs through January 2nd, 2022, open Sunday thru Thursdays from 5 to 10pm and Friday’s & Saturday’s from 5 to 11 pm.
Cost: $25 per car if bought in advance, $30 per car at the gate
PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Pkwy, Holmdel, NJ 07733
November 19 — December 31, select dates
Take a stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season and admire the display of over 50 winter and animal characters in sparkling lights. A family favorite, last years light show was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic but they are back in full swing this holiday season. Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular is completely free but they do ask that visitors help celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats.
“…Over one million lights will illuminate figures of bears, tigers and elephants, along with holiday lights designed to look like wooden soldiers, stars and winter scenes. Several animal exhibits will be open, including the Sea Lion Sound, Essex Farm, Tam-ring Gibbons Reserve, Tropical Currents Aquarium and the Reptile Building…In addition, there will be special appearances by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, ice sculpture demonstrations and carol sings”
Cost: Donation recommended
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
November 23 — January 9
Enjoy the most magical time of year and explore 32 acres of holiday light displays at Demarest Farms. Orchard of Lights at Demarest Farms is sure to wow the whole family, with opportunities to warm up by the fire pit with s’mores, enjoy hot cocoa & treats in the retail farm market, and take pictures with Santa while listening to Santa’s reindeer singing.
Cost: $35 per car
Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ 07642
November 26 — January 2
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What started as a local holiday display for family, friends and neighbors expanded over the course of 2 decades into the largest Christmas light show in NJ. Located at Middlesex County Fair Grounds, Winter WonderLights drive thru features 1.5 million lights, a dozen 20 foot trees, a 200 foot tunnel of lights, a tribute to first responder and tons of other stunning, larger than life holiday themed displays for the entire family to enjoy – all synchronized with music you can tune your radio to.
Cost: $27 per car or $100 season pass per car; guests are encouraged to buy their tickets online.
655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Thursday to Sunday, 4:30pm to 8:30pm: November 27 — January
Visit Winter at Brookhollow’s Barnyard for a truly memorable holiday experience, this is one of those holiday light shows in NJ that you won’t want to miss. A completely walkable tour, visitors will get a chance to explore the farm and see all of the lights for the holiday season.
Cost: $20, tickets must be purchased prior to arrival
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton, NJ 07005
Now — January 1
One of the newest Christmas light displays, Shine Bright is an indoor-outdoor light and music installation featuring over 2 million lights located at Hudson Yards in New York City. White light illuminates The Shops, Public Square & gardens, The edge and Vessel located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Everyday at 5pm, spectators are invited to watch a visual spectacle as the lights synchronize with festive music to create a breathtaking display.
10 Hudson Yards New York, NY 10001
Now — May 2022
With 15,000 holiday ornaments and 100,000 lights, New York City’s Rolf’s German Restaurant is a truly special place. In 2020, Rolf’s didn’t open due to COVID 19 and indoor dining regulation in NYC but this year it is back in all its former glory. Rolf’s goes beyond “decorated” and qualifies for “over the top” —in the best way. Twinkle lights, ornaments, dolls, and garland are stuffed into every nook and cranny so if you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy holiday spot, this is it.
Cost: No required tickets to enter but be warned wait time can exceed 1.5 hours!
281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010
November 18th — January 9th
‘Pinkmas’ is the annual holiday celebration put on by the Museum of Ice Cream in New York City. This year MOIC promises to be bigger, bolder and better than ever before with 13 multi-sensory installations in a pink winter wonderland bursting with snowflakes, candy canes, and pink trees! The Museum will feature three immersive floors of new holiday treats, festive games and engaging activations! Guests are invited to come dressed in their pinkiest Pinkmas attire to embark on a holiday adventure to find the true meaning of Pinkmas with friends, family, and loved ones. Guests are encouraged to bring a new toy in exchange for one scoop of ice cream at the MOIC Cafe – and all toys will be donated to Toys For Tots.
Cost: $39 each, ticket can be purchased on the MOIC website. Tickets sell out fast!
558 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Now — January 3
Featuring twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the 150 foot ceiling of the Great Room above the main lobby of The Shops at Columbus Circle, overlooking Central Park. The stars continuously morph through a wide range of color combinations and every half hour between 4pm and 7pm until December 24th, the stars blink to the rhythm of holiday music played in the background.
“The free, indoor colorful spectacle with stunning views of Central Park is an ideal destination during the cold, shorter days of winter. The destination also will offer extended shopping hours.”
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
Now — January 3
Visitors at this amazing Christmas light show are immersed under a suspended canopy of glowing lanterns that follow the topography of the Winter Garden. The exhibit features 3 Wishing Stations where visitors can touch-activate wishes, triggering a magical display of lights, colors, and music. Visitors are encouraged to watch the hourly light show. Brookfield Place donates proceeds from every wish made, donating $1 up to $25,000 to City Harvest – New York’s first and largest food rescue organization from each wish made and interacted with at the Christmas light show.
230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281
Now — January 4
Located on Fifth Avenue, Saks’ intricate window displays, projection mapping and light show of 700,000 programmed LED lights is sure to wow any viewer this holiday season. This year, Saks is partnering with The Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance, with a million-dollar donation from the luxury retailer. For the 12th consecutive year, people from all over the world gathered to get a glimpse of the magic of this amazing Christmas light show. For those visiting, don’t miss the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and ice skating right across the street for more holiday fun.
611 Fifth Avenue New York, NY, 10022
Now — January 1
The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights display has become one of the best New York Christmas light shows to visit during this holiday season. With life-size Santas, snowmen and even houses playing carols from speakers, it is a must see for any visitor that hasn’t been yet! Many homes turn off their lights before 9 PM so make sure to get there earlier than later if you want an experience like no other – especially with all those colorful decorations lining up against each other perfectly in sync as night falls over Brooklyn’s most famous neighborhood.
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
With so many to choose from, it’s hard to decide which Christmas light show you should go see this year. Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of 13 must-see North Jersey and New York City area holiday light shows that are sure to get your heart racing with excitement before the big day! Tag us in any photos you take when you visit these amazing christmas light shows. We can’t wait to see what beautiful memories await at all of them!