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!
Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Happy Holiday Market returns this year at two locations: The Ashford rooftop and the Grove PATH Plaza! The dates are December 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th from 12-6 PM. The Happy Holiday Market will be going on simultaneously at both the Grove PATH Plaza and The Ashford rooftop (145 Newark Ave).
The rooftop of The Ashford will be heated and wonderfully decorated, and there will be a live Santa or Instagram-able Santa Station located in the rear for photos. The Ashford will be serving drink specials all day and will be doing a giveaway for one lucky shopper!
Let’s do something fun! If you are looking for a fun activity with the family, definitely check this activity out.
Wreath Decorating at the Barrow Mansion: learn wreath decorating with step-by-step DIY instruction. December 5th at 2pm in front of the Mansion. COVID-safe. Bring your mask. This workshop is part of the Barrow Mansion Holiday Event 2020, on 12/5, which will include bespoke holiday ornaments.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.