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Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City

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Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City

The season of happiness, delicious foods, cozy fires, snowy days, and family are upon us! Even though this year may look different for the holidays, there are plenty of events in Jersey City that truly bring out the cheer around the holidays for you and your loved ones to enjoy! We’ve created a list of The Best Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City!

Bryant Park Winter Village 

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Enjoy New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, the Holiday Shops, and rinkside eats and drinks at The Lodge Deck by Urbanspace.

Per New York State safety guidelines*, things have changed in order to keep all visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about their COVID regulations here.

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

The Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo is back. Join them for five animal lantern safaris, ice-carving demonstrations, holiday treats, costumed characters, wildlife theater, stilt walkers, and more. The walk-through would be an amazing event to go to with the family. The event starts Thursday, November 19, 2020, through Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Lumino City Festival

Lumino City Festival features all-new light art installations spanning several acres! Each of the three parks illuminates the night with beautiful sculptures inspired by nature, history, and magic! The inspiration behind LuminoCity Festival comes from the combination of the traditional art of Chinese lantern festivals with modern design and unique storytelling. It is also home to the world’s most skilled lantern artists and hosts an annual lantern festival that attracts more than two million people. Evenings from Friday, November 27, 2020, through Sunday, January 20, 2021.

Luminaries At Brookfield Place

Brighten up the holidays with Brookfield Place! Luminaries, designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group, is inspired by the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, and community. The installation features a canopy of colorful lights emanating from hundreds of lanterns suspended among the palms. Touchless wishing stations located on the ground allow visitors to send a motion-activated wish to the canopy of lanterns above, prompting a magical display of lights and colors.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 

The holidays in NYC begin at Rockefeller Center. Whether it’s a visit to the iconic Christmas Tree, a skate on the ice at The Rink, seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, or exploring attractions and fun things to do, there’s a magic here that can’t be denied. And it’s a holiday tradition you’ll want to make your own. From Wednesday, December 2, 2020, through early January 2021. Make sure to wear masks. Also, the tree lighting will not be open to the public and can only been seen on NBC.

The Polar Express 

All Aboard The Polar Express at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions operated by the non-profit New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society. Families have been traveling to ride this very special edition of The Polar Express from all over the world. Inspired by the run-away hit movie produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express.

Experience the joy of singing songs with our roaming hobos, be amazed at our Juggling Chef, and make your wishes in person to Santa himself! The Polar Express in Phillipsburg, New Jersey is sure to become an annual holiday tradition for the whole family. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas. Read more of the COVID guidelines. 

All aboard! Grab your North Pole Express tickets and join us for a magical trip to the “North Pole” this holiday season. No more hassles of going out of town, the North Pole Express by TopView departs right in the center of NYC – Midtown Manhattan. During the ride, enjoy Christmas carols, storytelling, sweet treats such as hot chocolate and cookies, and more. The top deck of a double-decker bus gives you views above the crowd, showing you views of NYC you’ve never seen before. This polar express NYC is surely an experience that can’t be missed.

Miracle on Mercer

Enjoy a full Christmas cocktail and food experience at The Franklin Social.


Jersey City Nutcracker 

December 10th-23rd

The highly acclaimed Nimbus Dance performs against a dazzling backdrop of full-scale sets and fantastical projections of illustrated scenes. Audiences are transported across the city – through parks, lively avenues, deserted alleyways, the sewers (for an epic battle scene!) and back to the City Hall, with surprises, cheer, and a message of hope and resilience along the way. This quirky and lovable adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic, takes place in Jersey City and weaves together themes of magic, adventure, family, and friendship.

Choreographed by Samuel Pott, with animated scenic projections by Jersey City-based video artists, Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger, and a delightful libretto co-written by Alysia Souder and Samuel Pott, Jersey City Nutcracker takes audiences on a magical shopping-cart-turned-sleigh-ride with twists and turns that your whole family will enjoy!

Jersey City Nutcracker is made possible through the lead sponsorship of Goldman Sachs.

Friday, December 10 | 7pm ; Saturday, December 11 | 3pm & 7pm ; Sunday, December 12 | 3pm ; Friday, December 17 | 7pm; Saturday, December 18 | 3 pm & 7pm ; Sunday, December 19 | 3pm & 7pm ; Wednesday, December 22 | 7pm ; Thursday, December 23 | 3pm & 7pm

Location: Nimbus Arts Center, 329 Warren St. Jersey City, NJ

Updated: December 20th, 2021

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