Find the best light shows in NJ
Remember Clark Griswold, Chevy Chase’s character in Christmas Vacation? He painstakingly covered his property with 25,000 Christmas lights, with the goal of creating a magnificent holiday display (while driving his family and neighbors crazy in the process).
Just like in this classic holiday movie, many local families across New Jersey produce stunning light shows that would put Griswold to shame.
Many of these homes will have music playlists synced to radio frequencies that play in tandem with the lights, enabling you to listen from your car (as if you haven’t heard Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” two dozen times by now).
In addition to private residences, many of your favorite NJ family friendly attractions also create festive Christmas events during the month of December.
There’s nothing better than loading up the car, driving around and gazing at tens of thousands of twinkling lights as they light up the winter sky. It’s a tradition that many families enjoy to get in the holiday spirit.
Do you know where to go for the best light show in town?
We’ve compiled the definitive guide to Christmas light displays in NJ for the 2016 season. You’ll find exactly what you need for your trip to one of these illuminating spectacles. Find the locations of each display, as well as dates and times when the lights will be on. We’ve also included some helpful tips and essential information to make the most of your visit to each attraction.
Editor’s note: Many of these light shows are weather permitting, and may not be conducted if deemed unsafe due to inclement weather conditions. As always, many of these light shows are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the website or Facebook of each light show for updates.
Find the best light displays near you with our interactive map!
Before we get started with the list, we would like to provide you with a quick interactive map of all of the locations listed on this page. Click on the teardrops to see where the amazing light display is located.
OK, So now on to the detailed list. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Location: 128 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 2nd – 4th, 9th – 11th, 15th – 18th, 21st – 23th, 25th, 28th – 31st; 6pm – 9pm.
About: The Cranbury Christmas Lights are touted as one of the best Christmas light displays in all of NJ. This year, the Cranbury Christmas Lights will be featured on two national TV shows, including ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight. Families who donate $100 or more are eligible for the VIP experience, where you will get a personalized tour of the display and premium parking. All proceeds go to local charitable organizations.
Know Before You Go: Visitors are advised to not make illegal U-turns or trespass onto neighbors’ driveways. Road traffic must be kept moving, but there is also plenty of parking in designated areas. Due to the scope of this attraction, police will be on-site to enforce traffic regulations and ensure everyone’s safety.
Location: 630 Route 1, Edison North Brunswick, NJ 08902 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 25th – December 30th, Monday – Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday – Sunday 4pm-10pm.
About: New for 2016, The Hugs for Brady Foundation’s Holiday Light Show is one of the newest outdoor light displays in NJ. The Hugs for Brady Foundation is an organization that is helping to end pediatric cancer. Donations to this organization contribute to research and make life easier for families affected by pediatric cancer.
Know Before You Go: This event is unlike any other, so be prepared to spend quite a bit of time here. Constructed out of pixel lights, this multi-story display is completely interactive. Hosted on DeVry’s campus in North Brunswick, NJ, this event features holiday craft vendors, food trucks, glow in the dark face painting and the Frost Snow Zone activity area for kids.
Location: 1 Carson Court, Jackson, NJ 08527 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 26th – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 6pm-10pm, Friday – Saturday 6pm-11pm.
About: This holiday light display keeps growing year after year. For 2016, the count is up to 15,000 lights, plus a 1008 bulb RGB pixel matrix. One hundred percent of all proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year, The Cook family raised $5,800. Can they top that amount this year?
Know Before You Go: If there is a lot of traffic, please approach the house from the south (from County Line Road), which will allow you to pull off safely along Harmony Road. Please be mindful of traffic and fellow drivers. Tune your radios to 100.9 FM to hear the music.
Location: 18 Central Avenue, Old Bridge, NJ – Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 27th– January 1st, Tuesday – Sunday 5pm – 10pm
About: Who would have thought that sprinkler systems could be so festive? T & A Sprinkers in Old Bridge, NJ creates an elaborate show with over 200,000 bulbs. Donations to support the troops would be greatly appreciated.
Know Before You Go: This attraction also has a walk-through section in the backyard, a mega tree and a 30-minute show. Since visitors need to get out of their car, plenty of parking is available.
Location: 2702 Woolley Road, Wall, NJ 07719 – Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: December 10th, 11th, 17th, 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
About: Celebrating its 11th anniversary, The Christmas Light Show plans to be bigger and better than ever. Over the years, the show has been held at various houses in the neighborhood before settling on the house on Woolley Road in 2010. This show is free, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds benefit RallyCap Sports (formerly Challenged Youth Sports), a local organization that provides recreational athletic opportunities for children with special needs.
Know Before You Go: Although this spectacle takes place at a private residence on Woolley Road, guests are required to park at the North Wall Little League Fields, located at 2744 Belmar Boulevard, Wall, NJ 07719. Drivers and visitors should be advised that the stretch of New Bedford Road between Belmar Boulevard and Woolley Road (in front of Colfax Plaza) will be closed to vehicles to allow for pedestrian traffic.
Location: 38 Evergreen Place, Demarest, NJ 07627 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 25th – December 31st, Sunday – Thursday, 4:30pm – 11:30pm
About: This residential light display was created by Daniel Eisenberg in memory of his mother Lena, who passed away in 2010. All donations will benefit the America Heart Association. The lights are synchronized to music that you listen to from your car.
Know Before You Go: Turn your radio dials to 98.1 FM. Lights on Evergreen has crafted a great playlist of seasonal music and pop/hip-hop hits. There are also plenty of other houses in the neighborhood that have lights up, though none are as impressive as the Eisenberg family’s.
Location: 134 North Avenue, Pitman, NJ 08071 – Southwestern NJ
Dates and Times: Dates TBA, Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-9pm, Friday – Saturday, 5:30pm-10pm.
About: This residential light display has been a Pitman, NJ tradition for over 30 years. In recent years, the Hagerty family has enlisted the help of the neighbors, as this display spans several yards.
Know Before You Go: In addition to lights, this attraction is a walk-through display, so be prepared to leave your car to make the most of this experience. On weekends, Santa and Mrs. Claus have been known to make special guest appearances.
Location: 13 Sterling Court, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Daily, 7pm – 10pm
About: Every year, the Kloos Family puts on a spectacular Christmas light display on their property in East Brunswick, NJ with the goal of raising money for specific charities. This year, it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Not willing to make the drive? Don’t worry, you can catch them featured on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight airing on December 5th at 9pm.
Know Before You Go: This display is walk-up only. Sterling Court will be closed to vehicular traffic. Visitors are advised to park responsibly elsewhere on the surrounding streets and respect the privacy and property of the neighbors.
Dates and Times: December 2nd – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm.
About: For people who like to get techy about their lights, The Weber Family Lights is the perfect spot. This Christmas light display utilizes pixel bulbs (the kind used on Jumbotrons and billboards). Each pixabulb can be individually controlled to create unique effects. The entire show is run from a computer unit called a Raspberry Pi, using Vixen 3 software.
Know Before You Go: If you’re planning to visit the Kloos Family Lights listed above, The Weber Family Lights are located right across the street! Nothing like a little friendly competition between neighbors. East Brunswick, NJ will be illuminated by two amazing light displays.
Location: 279 Woodhaven Boulevard SW, Bayville, NJ 08721 – Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – December 31st, Daily, 5:30pm – 10pm.
About: Last year, The Bayville Christmas Light Show took home first prize in JCP&L’s Merry and Bright contest, a local competition to see who has the best festive light display. Watch as over 70,000 lights twinkle and dance to 11 different songs.
Know Before You Go: While this light show is free, please consider bringing food donations for St. Barnabas Church. Donations can be left in the red bin out front.
Dates and Times: TBA, 5pm – 10pm.
About: Same show, different location! Formerly of Denville, NJ, the Mission Holiday Lights are a can’t-miss holiday light display in Northern NJ. Not only does this family erect an enormous display for Christmas, but they also put together a legendary show for Halloween as well. They also collect donations for St. Peter’s Orphanage of Denville, NJ.
Know Before You Go: Tune your radios to 88.1 FM to listen to the music from your car.
Location: 8 Timber Drive, Ocean, NJ 07712 – Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: December 8th – December 25th, Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm.
About: The MacCary Christmas light show has been an Ocean, NJ tradition since 2003. Year after year, the show gets bigger and bigger. A winner of the Ocean Today Christmas Light Contest in 2008, this show boasts 68,000 lights, inflatables, figurines and handmade features.
Know Before You Go: Tune into 95.1 FM to listen to the music.
Location: 612 Sooy Lane, Absecon, NJ 08201 – Southern Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Daily, 6pm – 10pm.
About: This over-the-top light show is a favorite among residents of the Southern Shore region. This residence was featured on TLC’s My Crazy Obsession: Holiday Collection. With giant icicles, a forest of trees and a walk-through tunnel, you won’t want to miss this spectacle.
Know Before You Go: This is a walk-through event, so be prepared to park your car. Since this property is located on a dead-end street, visitors are advised to park on Lazy Lane and other side streets to avoid congestion.
Location: Tack Way and Steeplechase Road, Burlington, NJ 08016 – Southern NJ
Dates and Times: November 25th – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday 5pm – 11pm.
About: The Burlington Lights first began many years ago, but in 2009 they added a computer-controlled light display that synced up to music. Each year, The Burlington Lights supports the Burlington Township Food Pantry in the form on monetary donations and non-perishable foods. Come gaze at 30,000 beautiful bulbs.
Know Before You Go: Tune into 96.1 FM. The Burlington Lights are unique because they have a different playlist of holiday songs every night of the week!
Location: 38-53 Vanore Drive, Fairlawn, NJ 07410 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm, Friday – Saturday 5pm – 10pm.
About: Now in its fourth year, Christmas on Vanore will illuminate the neighborhood in Fairlawn, NJ. Last year, this spectacular display won NJ.com’s Best Holiday Lights in NJ contest.
Know Before You Go: Their playlist features all of your favorite Christmas songs, from Sinatra to the Ramones. The playlist runs for one hour and 20 minute cycles. After the playlist ends, the lights will shine for 90 minutes in custom animation. Tune into 88.9 FM to listen along.
Location: 3 Bauer Avenue, Hazlet, NJ 07730 – Northern Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10m, Friday – Saturday 5:30-11pm.
About: Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Extravaganza plans to light up the Shore like never before! This light spectacular is not created by a professional entertainment company, but rather a single man name Johnny who wants to bring joy to neighbors and friends. With 24 inflatables, 100,000 lights, a new 50 x 50 walk-through display, countless decorations and an illuminated trellis, Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Light Extravaganza brightens up the entire Northern Shore region.
Know Before You Go: From December 16th – 23rd, two very special guests will be visiting Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Light Extravaganza. Santa will be available for pictures, and the Grinch will be sneaking around causing mischief and stealing gifts.
Location: 24 Park Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: TBA, Daily, Dusk – 10pm.
About: The Park Avenue Holiday Lights are continually adding to their collection. Each show is different year and after year. These holiday displays are made up of a variety of different decorations, such as inflatables, props, molds and synchronized lights. if you can’t wait until December, this house also creates a spine-tingling display for Halloween. All donations benefit charities and organizations, such as Spirit of Children and Ginnie’s House.
Know Before You Go: Although this tradition has been around since 2003, join them at their new location at 24 Park Avenue in Newton, NJ!
Location: 396 Fairfield Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 28th – January 1st, Daily, 4pm – 12am.
About: The Matorana Family of Wayne, NJ has created a veritable winter wonderland on their property. Starting this year, the Matorana Family will be accepting donations for families in need. Please considering bringing an unwrapped toy or gift.
Know Before You Go: The lights ignite at 4pm, but the inflatables spring to life at 8am and are on during the day as well. This year, there will be a Gingerbread Corner beneath the Gingerbread Archway where children can write their own letters to Santa and drop them off in a very special mailbox that delivers right to the North Pole!
Location: 1497 Stagecoach Road, Seaville, NJ 08246 – Southern Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: TBA
About: For the fourth year in a row, the Couse Family light show will be brightening up the Southern tip of New Jersey. This light show has a record-breaking 930 computer controlled light channels all programmed by hand. The lights are synched to a custom-edited playlist of your favorite seasonal music.
Know Before You Go:Tune into 99.7 FM to listen live from your car.
Location: 102 Union Street, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 20th – January 1st, Daily, 5pm-10pm.
About: Every year, the Vargo Family decorates their house with over 35,000 lights that play to holiday music. They collect donations for Toys for Tots. See spectacular arches, shimmering draped lights and illuminated snowflakes.
Know Before You Go: If you plan on donating a toy, please do so by December 16. Help them reach their goal of 1,000 toy donations.
Location: 620 Central Avenue, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762 – Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: November 31st – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm.
About: Blinking lights, shimmering arches, glowing trees…what’s not to love about the Sims Holiday Lights? This festive drive-by light show is perfect for an illuminating view of Spring Lake Heights, NJ.
Know Before You Go: Drive by and listen along to the music on 92.1 FM.
Location: 300 Block of Pitney Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 – Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: November 28th – January 1st, Daily, 5pm-11pm.
About: See a dazzling display of 24,000 amazing lights in Spring Lake, NJ. Every inch of this big, beautiful private residence illuminates the night sky with a gorgeous, festive display.
Know Before You Go: Tune into 103.9 WBEN FM to listen to the music.
Location: 14 Johnson Avenue, Union Beach, NJ 07735 – Northern Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: November 26th – January 1st, Daily, 5pm – 10:30pm (shows run later on weekends).
About: Every year, thousands of lights and decorations adorn this home in Union Beach, NJ. Their program, Decorations for Donations, aims to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network of Mountainside, NJ. Help them reach their goal of $3,000 this year by witnessing their dazzling Christmas light display.
Know Before You Go: This walk-up display takes place along a narrow cul-de-sac, so visitors are advised to park on Broadway, and to be respectful of private residences not associated with the light show. Children are encouraged to bring a letter to Santa Claus in a self-addressed, pre-stamped envelope – and they will receive a personalized letter back!
24) Lights on Suter
Location: 24 Suter Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 9th – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5pm-10pm, Saturday – Sunday 5pm – 11pm.
About: The Tomasi Family of North Haledon, NJ knows how to put on a professional-level holiday production. They have been putting together themed light displays since 2012. Last year, “The Force Awakens” Star Wars-themed light show was a smash hit. This year’s theme? Extravaganzalorious, from the wildly popular Elf on the Shelf. However, Star Wars fans need not worry – last year’s featured EDM/Dubstep song “Imperial March VIP” will be playing this year as well, in honor of Rogue One.
Know Before You Go: The lights shine silently for 90 minutes after the show. New additions to this year’s show include 8 by 30 foot arches covering the driveway and a 6.6 foot pixel tree that is something you have to see. Each production is carefully crafted a year in advance, so you won’t want to miss this.
Location: 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 18th – January 1st, Daily, 4:30pm – 11pm (see schedule for full details).
About: Skylands Stadium invites you to drive along a mile-long winter wonderland filled with over 2 million sparkling lights. Drive through the light tunnel and see beautiful displays. There will also be an indoor Christmas Village where visitors can takes photos with Santa, enjoy seasonal refreshments, do crafts and watch live performances on select nights.
Know Before You Go: Tune into 102.3 FM for music. Tickets must be purchased at the gate, box office or the nearby Walgreens. Phone and online orders are not available, so be prepared to buy them in person. Buses will also not be permitted. Price is $17 per carload on Monday – Thursday and $20 per carload on Friday – Saturday. Donations to benefit Toys for Tots will also be appreciated.
26) Christmas Tree Light Show at Historic Smithville
Location: 615 East Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ 08205 – Southern NJ
Dates and Times: November 24th – January 2nd, Thursday – Sunday, Dark – 8:30pm (Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).
About: See 120 evergreens floating on Lake Meone at the center of Historic Smithville. Watch as 50,000 lights shimmer and dance across the surface of the water in time to holiday music.
Know Before You Go: The light show can be seen from either side of the village. For a truly breathtaking view, gaze upon this spectacle from the bridge.
Location: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 27th – 29th, December 4th-6th, December 11th – January 3rd, 5pm – 9pm (Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve).
About: The Turtle Back Zoo welcomes you to their annual holiday light show. See 50 animals and dozens of winter images lit up at the zoo and the nearby South Mountain Recreation Complex. Several exhibits will also be open to the public.
Know Before You Go: Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations, winter coats and unwrapped toys. Additionally, the Turtleback Zoo will be hosting so many fun events during the light show, such as ice sculpting demonstrations, story time with Mrs. Claus, princess visits and a holiday gift bazaar.
Location: 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 – Southern Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: November 12th – December 30th, 5pm – 10pm (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
About: A Southern New Jersey tradition for over 25 years, Storybook Land transforms into a winter wonderland in the weeks leading up to December 25th. The park is illuminated with over 1 million lights, and all rides and attractions are open.
Know Before You Go: Be sure to be here at 5pm, when Santa appears on the chimney, waves his magic wand and sets the park aglow.
Location: 55 Valley Vale Drive, Old Bridge, NJ 08857 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 1 – January 1, 6pm – 10pm
About: With 100,000 bulbs, blow molds and animated figures, The Crazy Christmas Lights of Old Bridge, NJ certainly lives up to its name. This festive attraction, created by the Mahoney Family, features a dizzying array of spectacular lights.
Know Before You Go: This house is worth stopping by any day of the week, but be sure to visit on December 9th or 10th from 6pm – 9pm. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies. Please consider contributing to their Toys For Tots toy drive in the form of an unwrapped gift.
30) Marino Pazzini Christmas Illuminations
Location: 28 Deerfield Drive, Florham Park, NJ 08932 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1 – January 6th, 5pm – 11pm (will stay on until midnight or later nearer to Christmas).
About: If you are in Florham Park, NJ this holiday season, be sure to stop by Marino Pazzini’s house. Nearly everything in this display is carefully constructed by hand. This includes the 16-foot tree, eight columns, arches and an illuminated bridge that spans the 20-foot driveway. No wonder this house was featured on Fox News!
Know Before You Go: Many of the light displays on this list run until New Year’s, but Marino Pazzini’s Christmas Illuminations runs until Little Christmas on January 6th.
Dates and Times: December 18th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
About: The Iantosca family invites you to celebrate the season and view their incredible decorations. This event supports Pediatric Services at CentraState Healthcare System.
Know Before You Go: While the lights will be on for the entire holiday season, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will only be here for one night only for visits and pictures.
Dates and Times: November 17th – December 31st, Monday – Friday 5pm –9pm, Saturday – Sunday 4:30pm – 9pm.
About: The DiDonato Family Fun Center welcomes families to take a ride through an enchanted holiday town. Santa is eagerly waiting for visitors in his workshop!
Know Before You Go: Unlike traditional walk-up or drive-by shows, you will be able to take a train ride around the property as you gaze upon thousands of lights. Tickets are available at the door, or you can also purchase them online beforehand.
33) The Christmas Ice Caverns
Location: 437 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1 – December 31st, Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm.
About: Since 1972, the Christmas Ice Caverns has been a beloved yearly tradition. This animated walk-through display, located inside Jodi’s Silk Florist and patio Center, is the largest of its kind in the area. Walk through dozens of realistic displays, such as the Nativity scene, Santa’s candy factory and much more.
Know Before You Go: There is a $3.99 charge to enter the display, but discounts for schools and other groups are available. In addition to the display, there is also a Christmas store with decorations for purchase that will brighten up your home.
34) Lights on Pine
Location: 2 Pine St Edison NJ 08817 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Daily, 5 – 10 PM, Live stream 6:30pm – 10pm.
About: This Holiday Light show consists of 10,000 lights controlled by 32 channels of sequencing, including a Large Mega Tree, Nativity Scene and Santa Claus. Over the years, Lights on Pine has been dedicated to various organizations and people, ranging from special needs groups to cancer survivors and in memorial to those that have passed on over the past 8 years.
Know Before You Go: Lights on Pine is truly unique, since it is the only light show in the area that live streams their show online. If you can’t make it to the Christmas light display, watch from the comfort of your home. For those planning on seeing this magnificent spectacle in person, the house is right off Vineyard Road in Edison, NJ. The best way to reach Vineyard Road via Old Post road or Route 27 (a good landmark is the Wal-Mart on the corner). Tune your radios to 87.9 FM.
Dates and Times: December 8th – January 1st, Daily, 5pm – 10pm.
About: Lights on Merritt is a beautifully decorated South Amboy, NJ home covered in shining, multicolored lights. This is their very first year hosting their display. Currently, this house features 4,500 lights and 16 channels. Next year, they hope to double their efforts.
Know Before You Go: Tune your radios to 88.1 FM so you can listen to the music right from your car.
Location: 3 Indian Falls Road, Mine Hill, NJ 07803 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 8th – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9:30pm, Friday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm.
About: Welcome to the Morris Holiday Lights. Nearly every square inch of this house is illuminated with 40,000 beautiful, twinkling bulbs. A visit to this Morris County, NJ home will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Know Before You Go: From December 23rd – 25th, this light show will run until midnight – perfect for a late-night drive while you’re waiting for Santa to arrive.
Location: 12 Baker Street, Mine Hill, NJ 07803 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 8th – January 1st, Daily, 5pm – 11pm.
About: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season in Mine Hill, NJ. Memorial Park will be illuminated nightly with strands of lights and figures.
Know Before You Go: Mine Hill, NJ is a town that knows how to celebrate the holidays. Join them at the Mine Hill American Legion for a special Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10th. Children can also stop by Town Hall from now until December 18th and deliver a letter to Santa in a special mailbox. Envelopes with a return address will be sure to receive a reply back!
Location: 2 Trimble Street, Medford, NJ 08055 – Southern NJ
Dates and Times: December 9th – January 1st, Daily, 7pm – 9pm.
About: A visit to Trimble Street in Medford, NJ will fill you with holiday cheer. This house is more than just a drive-by or a walk-through – it’s a walk-in! The entire property is decorated with cheery, festive lights, including the backyard. Additionally, a Christmas village display is set up on the screened-in porch and visible from the outside. There is a miniature drive-in, an old-fashioned McDonald’s, a ballet, a circus, a carousel, Graceland, ice skaters and much more.
Know Before You Go: According to locals, this holiday house is a real treat. The homeowners ask visitors to sign their guestbook and welcome everyone to visit with open arms. This is the truest sense of holiday spirit possible.
Location: 2 Thorobred Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 – Southern Shore Region NJ
Dates and Times: December 10th – January 8th, Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm, Friday – Saturday 5 – 10:30pm.
About: Be amazed by this computer-controlled light and sound show. With 42 channels of lights, this multi-media show is not to be missed. The eight-foot tall Santa is made with neon LED rope lights. The house is covered with color-changing LED lights, while the deer, ground and spiral tree are made up of 6,000 standard bulbs.
Know Before You Go: The speakers will be on until 8:30pm, and you can also tune into 93.5 FM to hear the music from your vehicle. Visitors can either drive by in their cars, or park on a side street and view this marvel from the road.
Location: 250 West 7th Avenue, Roselle, NJ 07203 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 10th – January 1st, Monday – Thursday 6:30pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 7pm – 10pm, Sunday 6:30pm – 9pm.
About: The Neely Family is happy to invite visitors to check out their home light display. Enjoy multi-colored lights, trees and figurines set up in the yard. New this year, there will be a 400 pixel tree. Be sure to catch a glimpse of Santa waving through the window. On Friday, December 16th, the Neely Family will be giving out candy canes during the show.
Know Before You Go: Tune into 87.9 FM to listen from your car. Pay special attention to the dates and times of this light show. On weeknights, this Christmas display will only feature lights. However, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, there will also be accompanying holiday music! Also, please be respectful of neighbors and do not block the street. Be sure to join their Facebook group for fun, festive updates.
41) Santa’s Garden
Location: 10 & 12 James Street, Stanhope, NJ 07874 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 12th – January 1st, Daily, Dusk – 10pm.
About: Submitted by Mayor Sam Morris of Mine Hill, NJ, this over-the-top display spans two properties on James Street in Stanhope, NJ. Your eyes won’t know where to look first. With tons of lights, blow-molds, structures and figurines, Santa’s Garden lights up the entire block.
Know Before You Go: This spectacle is quite the experience. There are things to see throughout the property, so be sure to park your care in a safe space to make the most of our spectacle.
Location: 137 Manhattan Avenue, Waldwick NJ, 07463 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: Monday – Thursday 5:30pm – 9pm, Friday – Sunday 5:30pm – 10pm.
About: On a cold winter night, gaze upon dancing, twinkling lights from the comfort of your car. For the last 15 years, the DeWeil Family has turned their love of the holidays into a dazzling show that all are welcome to enjoy. This event raises money for children with cystic fibrosis.
Know Before You Go: Tune into 104.9 FM to listen from your car and watch the lights dance along to the music. You can also see pictures, videos and news from years past on their website. Be sure to check their Facebook for updates, particularly to find out when Santa Claus is coming to visit!
Location: Crestfield Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 3rd, Sunday – Thursday 6pm – 10:30pm, Friday –Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm.
About: Did you know that the majority of the features in Christmas in Boonton are home-made? That’s right, this is a custom display, all the way down to the extension cords. This animated light display features over 35,000 lights synchronized to music across 180 digital channels. Each light is individually controlled, and over one mile of wire connects it all together!
Know Before You Go: Tune into 103.3 FM to listen live from your vehicle. For best viewing, approach the house from Crestfield Road to the cul-de-sac and then come down the street. Please do not block traffic or neighbors’ driveways. Visit their website to the technical aspects of this light show, as well as see the playlist for 2016.
Location: 47 Marlin Avenue West, Edison, NJ 08820 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 13th – January 1st, Daily, 5pm – 9pm (10pm on the weekends).
About: Their motto is “it’s for the kids,” but adults love it just the same! Each year, the Holmans create a different light display at their home. They enjoy decorating and spend copious amounts of time perfecting their light display, which features 3,100 bulbs. When you visit, be sure to look out for Santa Claus peeking through the window!
Know Before You Go: They don’t have a radio frequency yet, but if you roll down the window, you can hear Christmas carols playing gently in the background. Visitors are encouraged to walk up and down the sidewalk, but please do keep of the yard due to the electrical cords.
Location: 1 Donna Street, Parlin, NJ 08859 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 13th – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm (may run later depending on size of crowd).
About: It’s not an exaggeration to say that every square inch of this property is covered in Christmas lights. Everything from the roof to the lawn is aglow with lights. Santa Claus even sits merrily atop the chimney.
Know Before You Go: When you visit this house in Parlin, NJ, be sure to visit 27 Cori Street, which is right down the road. This neighborhood house is two houses away from 1 Donna Street, and they also put on a spectacular display.
46) Christmas Fundraiser at 27 Cori Street
Location: 27 Cori Street, Parlin, NJ 08859 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 13th – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm.
About: Just down the road from 1 Donna Street, the Aperawic Family invites you to check out their light display. Just like their neighbors, this house goes all-out for their holiday decorations.
Know Before You Go: On Sunday, December 18th at 5:30pm, join the Aperawic Family with Jen O’Neill for a very special Christmas fundraiser benefiting Nico’s Ninja’s. Please consider helping out the Oneto Family by donating gift cards or purchasing bracelets. Check out Nico’s Ninjas on GoFundMe, and be sure to follow along on Facebook. They will also be collecting donations for David’s Touch Foundation, which will be accepted until December 19th.
47) Lupardi Family Christmas Display
Location: 24 Wendy Road, Colonia, NJ 07067
Dates and Times: December 14th – January 1st, Daily, 24/7 – Central NJ
About: The staff of FunNewJersey.com know how to celebrate the holidays, too! Our very own Eric Lupardi, Senior Sales Consultant, sent us a picture of his dad’s house and we just had to include it. It’s the coolest display in Middlesex County, NJ. This winter take a trip to the beach with Santa and his “sandman.” It’s Christmas in July!
Know Before You Go: While they do have lights shining at night, this display is best seen during the day to get the full effect. Just cruise on by and have a very Merry Christmas!
Location: 171 Knowlton Road, Columbia, NJ 07832 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 14th – January 1st, Daily, 5:15pm – 9:30pm.
About: With 10 inflatables, a number of stationary figures and a forty foot tree, the Spain Family has put together an illuminating display. It keeps getting bigger year after year.
Know Before You Go: This is a drive-by display. Be sure to roll down your window and appreciate all the hard work that the Spain family put into creating their display. This weekend, as well as next weekend, the light display will run until 11pm. It will even run until 1am on Christmas! Perfect for a late-night drive to finish the holiday.
49) Dano’s Lights
Location: 16 Patricia Place, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 14th – January 1st, Daily, 5pm – 10pm.
About: Visitors agree that this house is truly amazing. Not only is it aglow with lights, but there are plenty of interactive features and mini displays throughout the property, such as a moving mini carousel and animatronic figures.
Know Before You Go: This is a walk-through display, so be prepared to park safely and enjoy everything this real-life gingerbread house has to offer. If you are simply driving by, tune your radios to 102.5 FM.
Location: 286 Lower Shore Road Barnegat, NJ 08005 – Southern Shore Region NJ
Dates and Times: December 15th – January 1st, Daily, 5pm – 10pm
About: Kim and her husband Rick have been putting on their outdoor light display at their home for the past 10 years. They do it so people can feel the Christmas spirit at the Jersey Shore. Their display features a driveway tunnel and a real look-alike Santa who waves.
Know Before You Go: The lights move to Christmas music, so visitors are welcome to roll down their window and listen.
Location: 18 Athens Avenue, South Amboy, NJ 08879 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Daily, Dusk – 11pm.
About: A special thanks to our friend Lou, who sent in this awesome photo. Look closely, as there are many parts that make up this display, such as the Nativity, multiple scenes from the Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Eiffel Tower, and even an active lighted waterfall.
Know Before You Go: There is an interactive control panel from the sidewalk, as well as cheerful Christmas carols.
Location: 6 Viking Court, Randolph, NJ 07869 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 6th, Daily, 5:30pm – 11pm (later on Christmas Eve and Christmas Night).
About: Be sure to stop by (more than once!) to see the DaSilva Family’s fun, colorful and animated Christmas light display! You may even catch a member of the DaSilva Family giving out chocolates and candy canes! This is their 20th year and they are always adding new displays.
Know Before You Go: This is a walk-up display where visitors are welcome to park their cars, get out to view the displays and listen to the Christmas music. this house is located at the end of a short cul-de-sac with no street lights or sidewalks, so please watch for pedestrians, children and other cars while driving and exercise caution when walking. The DaSilva Family hopes you enjoy all of their hard work, and wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
53) 625 Beechwood Avenue
Location: 625 Beechwood Avenue, Roselle Park, NJ 07204 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 16 – January 4th, Daily, 5pm – 10pm.
About: This home on Beechwood Avenue in Roselle Park, NJ is bursting with lights. Carefully coordinated in red, white and green, this festive home will fill you with holiday cheer.
Know Before You Go: Drive by and enjoy everything this house has to offer, such as the waving Santa, giant tree and candy cane driveway arches.
54) Colonial Road, Roselle Park
Location: Colonial Road, Roselle Park, NJ 07204 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 20 – January 5th, Daily, 6pm – 10pm.
About: This home boasts 25,000 lights and features several hand-built items including an 18 foot tree and a 20 foot wide Merry Xmas sign! The Colonial Road home also features 120 lit candy canes, an 8 foot light-up train, outdoor blue and white snowflake projections and an indoor projector of Santa and Elves dancing in the window!
Know Before You Go: Winner of the “Judges Choice” award for the towns’ Christmas Light Contest.
55) Ferris Place, Westfield
Location: 132 Ferris Place, Westfield, NJ 07090 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 24 – December 28, Daily, 4:30pm – 11:30pm.
About: Ferris Place features over 8,000 blinking and flashing lights, as well as a 14-foot Christmas Tree! They maintain the same theme every year, but are constantly adding more lights to their fantastic display! The lights blink and flash to Christmas-themed music in the front yard.
Know Before You Go: Expect a bright, multi-colored, flashing, over-the-top Christmas Light Show!
Celebrate the holidays in NJ
Between repeat trips to Garden State Plaza, planning an elaborate dinner and coordinating travel schedules to and from Newark Liberty International Airport, it can be easy for the holidays to get hectic. Loading up the car, packing a thermos of hot chocolate and viewing a beautiful Christmas light display with your family and friends is a simple yet meaningful way to celebrate the holidays.
Did we miss any spectacular light displays in your area of New Jersey? Let us know! We wouldn’t want to deprive any aspiring Clark Griswolds of their chance to show off their lawn decorations.
Once you’ve toured the state and have seen all of the festive Christmas light displays in New Jersey, check out our guide to the best upcoming Christmas events in NJ.
Happy Holidays from FunNewJersey.com!
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