- Posted on January 16, 2023
- Cool Day Trips
- By Renee Coppola
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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 2017 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.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Location: 128 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 25th and 26th, December 1st – 3rd, 8th – 10th, 14th – 17th, 19th – 23rd, 25th – 27th; with shows starting at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.
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 feature an incredible 150,000 lights, dancing to 20 songs! 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. Last year they raised over $22,000 for local food banks are hoping for even more this holiday season!
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: 1 Carson Court, Jackson, NJ 08527 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 25th – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday, 6pm-10pm, Friday – Saturday, 6pm-11pm.
About: This holiday light display keeps growing year after year. For 2017, the count is up to 20,000 lights, plus a 1008 bulb RGB pixel matrix playing through 7 Christmas-themed songs, running for about 25 minutes. Pull up to this marvelous display, turn your radio to the designated station and watch the magical light show from the comfort of your vehicle. One hundred percent of all proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year, The Cook family raised $7,800. 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.
3) T & A Sprinklers Light Show
Location: 18 Central Avenue, Old Bridge, NJ – Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 26th– January 1st, Wednesday – Sunday, 5:30pm – 10pm, weather permitting
About: Who would have thought that sprinkler systems could be so festive? T & A Sprinklers in Old Bridge, NJ creates an elaborate show with over 200,000 bulbs and it is bigger and better than ever! Donations to support homes for 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: 38 Evergreen Place, Demarest, NJ 07627 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 23th – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday, 4:30pm – 11pm, Friday and Saturday, 4:30pm- 11:30pm, weather permitting.
About: This residential light display was created by Daniel Eisenberg, a current high school student, in memory of his mother Lena, who passed away in 2010. This year this display features over 100,000 lights, twice as large as last year, and the entire property is synchronized! There are also ten massive driveway arches sure to blow your mind! The show is sponsored by the American Heart Association and all donations will go to them.
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.
Location: 134 North Avenue, Pitman, NJ 08071 – Southwestern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st- TBA, weekdays until 8:30pm, weekends until 9:30pm.
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. We love the size and popularity of this South Jersey home. For more homes in South Jersey see here.
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 6th, 6:30pm-9:30pm, weather permitting
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. Every year, it promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year all donations are going to Trent Power, a three year old boy from Cranbury with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
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.
Location: 16 Branton Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: Starting Monday, November 27th, Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30pm – 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 Xlights software. This year they are collecting donations for Embrace Kids, a New Brunswick based nonprofit that supports families whose children have cancer, blood disorders, and other serious health challenges.
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.
8) Bayville Christmas Light Show
Location: 279 Woodhaven Boulevard SW, Bayville, NJ 08721 – Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: December 5th -January 1st at dusk daily.
About: In 2015, 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.
Location: 265 Mission Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 15th to January 7th, 6pm – 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 are no longer collecting donations for St. Peter’s Orphanage of Denville, NJ in person, but ask if you can please donate on their website. St. Peter’s Orphanage is also a part of the Amazon Smile donation program if you’d prefer to donate that way.
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 31st, 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 house is a must see at the Jersey Shore!
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 6th – 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. Santa will be visiting December 22nd and December 23rd from 6pm-9pm! (Please note the video on their page may say otherwise, but was a misprint, and these are the confirmed dates.)
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 24th – 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 of 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! Be sure to stop by on the 23rd when Santa is visiting from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
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. This spectacular display won NJ.com’s Best Holiday Lights in NJ contest in 2015 and this year there are over 27,000 lights sequenced to 20 songs, 3,000 of which are part of their new amazing tree!
Know Before You Go: Their playlist features all of your favorite Christmas songs, from holiday favorites to parodies, to pop tracks. Tune into 88.9 FM to listen along.
14) Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Light Extravaganza
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 one man named 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: For best parking, use side streets to leave the road open for visitors and be careful of pedestrians as this is a very popular spot. From December 15th – 23rd, two very special guests will be visiting Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Light Extravaganza. Santa and a new friend will be visiting and available for pictures.
15) Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland
Location: Congress Hall, 200 Congress Pl, Cape May, NJ 08204 – Southern Shore of NJ
Dates and Times: November 24th- December 31st
About: Cape May is the best place to explore the North Pole at the Jersey Shore with Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland featuring, Santa’s workshop, a carousel, train, and vendor’s village to pick up everything you need for the holidays. This year also includes Breakfast with Santa, Dinner with the Claus’, and even performances of A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show by David Alberts. Congress Hall has made Cape May the most festive place in NJ this year.
Know Before You Go: Events run Thursday-Sunday, check for times online before attending. Make sure to stop by Saturdays at 10:15am and 11:15am for storytime from Mrs. Claus, and Breakfast with Santa runs Saturdays and Sundays until December 17th from 9am to 12pm. Reservations can be made at 609-884-6542.
16) The Martorana Christmas House
Location: 396 Fairfield Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 28th – January 1st, Daily, 4pm – 12am.
About: The Martorana Family of Wayne, NJ has created a veritable winter wonderland on their property. This year the incredible show includes a massive 20 ft Frosty and more lights than ever! Starting this year, the Martorana Family will be accepting donations for families in need and pet items. Please consider 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: December 2nd-January 1st, 5pm – 10pm daily.
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 synced 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: 620 Central Avenue, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762 – Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – 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. This show is now all LED and plays most requested favorites like songs from Disney’s Frozen. This year the display features both synchronizations with video and their neighbor’s house across the street!
Know Before You Go: Drive by and listen along to the music on 92.1 FM.
19) The Sisti Family Christmas Lights
Location: 300 Block of Pitney Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 – Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: November 24th – January 1st, Sunday-Thursday, 5pm-10:30pm, Friday and Saturday 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.
20) The Gress House Holiday Light Spectacular
Location: 14 Johnson Avenue, Union Beach, NJ 07735 – Northern Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: November 26th – January 1st, Daily, Dusk– 10pm.
About: Every year, thousands of lights, blowmolds, and special effects adorn this home in Union Beach, NJ and this year it is even bigger and better! Their program this year has gone green, with about 90% of the lights being LED! The Gress House aims to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network of Mountainside, NJ. They raised over $3,000 last year and cannot wait to top that this year!
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.
21) Lights on Suter
Location: 24 Suter Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 8th – 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 theme was the incredible Extravaganzalorious, from the wildly popular Elf on the Shelf. This year the theme is “Believe” based on the nostalgic classic “Polar Express,” featuring music from the holiday favorite and the fan favorite “Imperial March VIP.” All donations go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Know Before You Go: The lights shine silently for 90 minutes after the show. New additions to this year’s show include a 90 pixel LED star on top of the 400-pixel tree and a fire stick with 390 pixels! The new LED updates are not only environmentally friendly but enable new possibilities. Each production is carefully crafted a year in advance so you won’t want to miss this.
22) Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show
Location: 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 17th – December 30th, Weekends in December, 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. This year there is a new Walk-Thru Lightfest and skating rink! There will also be an indoor Christmas Village where visitors can take 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 (cash only), 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 the American Heart Association would be greatly appreciated.
23) Christmas Tree Light Show at Historic Smithville
Location: Lake Meone, 615 East Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ 08205 – Southern NJ
Dates and Times: November 23th – January 7th, 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.
24) Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo
Location: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 17th-December 10th, Daily December 11th-January 2nd, 5pm-9pm (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
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, gently used coats, and new toys. Additionally, the Turtleback Zoo will be hosting so many fun events each December weekend!
25) Christmas Fantasy at Storybook Land
Location: 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 – Southern Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: November 11th – December 30th, Weekdays 4:30pm – 9pm, Weekends 2pm-9pm, see schedule (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
About: A Southern New Jersey tradition for over 25 years, Storybook Land transforms into a winter wonderland, illuminated with over 1 million lights with all rides and attractions are open. Be sure to see Santa’s Grand Arrival on November 11th at 4:30pm. They will be collecting for Toys for Tots on December 1st, 8th, and 15th and you will receive one free hot chocolate and one free popcorn for every donated toy.
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 1st – January 1st, 5pm – 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 8th or 9th, as Santa will be visiting from 6pm-9pm to take pictures and give out hot chocolate and cookies for free. The family asks that you consider contributing to their Toys for Tots drive in the form of an unwrapped gift. You won’t want to miss it!
The official lighting is on December 1st at 6pm where one lucky child will get the change to press the magic remote that lights the entire display. If your child wants to enter, make sure you get there by 5:45pm to enter the contest. That child will also win a prize and a certificate.
27) Marino Pazzini Christmas Illuminations
Location: 28 Deerfield Drive, Florham Park, NJ 08932 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 6th, 5pm – 11pm (will stay on until midnight or later Christmas week).
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 year’s theme is Angels, and the incredible setup includes a light up church. No wonder this house was featured on Fox News! The Pazzini’s collect for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and their family welcome yours to walk all around the property, taking pictures, and creating memories.
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.
28) Lights and Carols for a ‘Claus
Location: 43 Heather Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 17th, 6pm – 8pm.
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.
29) DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express
Location: 1151 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton, New Jersey 08037 – Southern NJ
Dates and Times: November 10th – 12th, 17th – 19th, 24th – 26th, and December 1st- 23rd, 26th – 31st from 5pm-10pm,
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.
30) The Christmas Ice Caverns
Location: 437 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 4th – 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. Santa will be there from November 10th from Monday to Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm with cookie breaks between 3pm and 4pm.
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.
31) DaSilva Christmas Display
Location: 6 Viking Court, Randolph, NJ 07869 -Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 2nd – January 6th, 5:30pm – 10:30 or 11pm, weather permitting, later on Christmas Eve and Christmas Night.
About: Be sure to stop by (more than once) to see this fun, colorful and animated Christmas light display! The DaSilva family is even known to give out chocolate and candy canes! This is their 21st year and they are always adding new displays and are truly a sight to see!
Know Before You Go: They are located at the end of a cul-de-sac with no street lights or sidewalks so please watch out for pedestrians, children, and other cars and be cautious when walking up to the house.
Location: 43 Merritt Avenue, South Amboy, NJ 08879 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 1th – December 31st, Daily, 5:45pm – 10pm, except during severe weather.
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 a whopping 15,000 lights and 32 channels of programmed dancing lights!
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 3rd – 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. Proceeds with benefit the Mine Hill Food Pantry.
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 1st – 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 16th at 9AM and 10:45AM. Buy tickets here. 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!
35) Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Light Show
Location: 2 Thorobred Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 – Southern Shore Region NJ
Dates and Times: December 9th – January 8th, Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm, Friday – Saturday 5pm – 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: November 27th – January 1st, Monday – Thursday, 6:00pm – 10pm (lights only), Friday – Sunday, 7pm – 9pm (lights and music).
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. On December 16th, the Neely Family will be giving out candy canes during the show.
Know Before You Go: Tune into 92.1 FM to listen from your car. Pay special attention to the dates and times of this light show. Also, please be respectful of neighbors and do not block the street. Be sure to join their Facebook group for fun, festive updates.
37) Santa’s Garden
Location: 10 & 12 James Street, Stanhope, NJ 07874 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st through Christmas, after dusk.
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: December 7th- January 1st, Monday- Thursday, 5pm – 9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5pm – 10pm, Sunday 5pm-9:30pm.
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!
39) Christmas in Boonton Township
Location: Crestfield Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 26th-January 3rd, Sunday-Thursday, 6pm-10:30pm and Friday-Saturday 6pm-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 plus several thousand multicolored pixels. Each light is individually controlled, and over one mile of wire connects it all together! Come see the new additions featuring a 20 foot Merry Christmas sign, a pixel candy cane, and much more!
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 for the technical aspects of this light show, as well as see the playlist for 2017.
Location: 47 Marlin Avenue West, Edison, NJ 08820 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 25th – January 1st, dusk to 9PM.
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 out of the yard due to the electrical cords.
Location: 1 Donna Street, Parlin, NJ 08859 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm (may run later depending on the size of the 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.
42) 27 Cori Street
Location: 27 Cori Street, Parlin, NJ 08859 – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm (may run later depending on the size of the crowd).
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: TBA
43) Lupardi Family Christmas Display
Location: 24 Wendy Road, Colonia, NJ 07067
Dates and Times: December 7th – 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: November 27th – December 21st, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, December 22nd – January 1st, 5:30pm – 11pm.
About: With 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. Perfect for a late-night drive to finish the holiday.
45) 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: November 27th – 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.
Know Before You Go: The lights move to Christmas music, so visitors are welcome to roll down their window and listen.
47) 625 Beechwood Avenue
Location: 625 Beechwood Avenue, Roselle Park, NJ 07204 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 25th – January 4th, Daily, 5pm – 11pm.
About: This home on Beechwood Avenue in Roselle Park, NJ is bursting with lights. It swept last year’s first annual holiday lights display competition in Roselle Park, being voted most unique/surprising/animated as well as the Facebook Fan’s choice. This award-winning, red, white and green 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. Roselle Park has amazing houses in their holiday contest this year so check out their holiday site to see them all!
48) 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!
49) Fleetwood Lights
Location: 32 Fleetwood Drive, Rockaway, NJ 07866 – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 24 – January 1, Daily, 5:30pm – 9:00pm.
About: Fleetwood Lights features awesome RGB lights synchronized to contemporary music using a megatree. Kids will love the concert like effect of these amazing lights! Pictures can’t do this display justice so see last year’s Frozen themed show click here.
Know Before You Go: Make sure you turn your dial to 92.1 to enjoy this high tech and perfectly thought out light show!
50) Roser Christmas House Fundraiser
Location: 83 Paterson Road, Fanwood, NJ – Northern NJ
Dates and Times: November 24th – January 8th, Daily, Dusk to 10PM
About: The Christmas House on Paterson Road is a beautiful display to visit and each year is bigger and better than ever! They offer gifts to the children from the Roser family and all donations benefit the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.
Know Before You Go: Santa will be visiting on December 9th from 4:30- 6pm, rain or shine!
51) Christmas at the Nietzer’s
Location: 201 Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield, NJ – Central NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st – January 1st, Daily, 5pm to 9:30PM
About: This house has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years and we are so excited to see it only use computer controlled lights this year on both the house and the church. Every half hour will feature a 15-minute rendition of the Christmas Story followed by 15 minutes of synchronized music. Music will be played on 89.3 FM and there are speakers outside the house for those who wish to walk up.
Know Before You Go: You are able to hear these amazing Christmas songs coordinated to pixels and channels that the owner made themselves! That is 1500 channels that were programmed and we can’t wait to see them this year!
52) Creamy Acres Night of Lights Country Christmas Hayride
Location: 448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill, NJ – Southern NJ
Dates and Times: November 24th – December 16th, Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm to 8pm and December 18th-30th, Monday through Saturday, 5:30pm-8pm
About: Creamy Acres farm offers an interactive wonderland for kids to see Santa, see the Musical Dancing Tree light show, and go on a hayride all in one place.
Know Before You Go: Tickets are available online and on-site and everyone gets a free photo op with Mr. Claus.
Location: 4045 New Jersey 33, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753- Central Shore Region of NJ
Dates and Times: November 24th – December 30th, Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 1pm-10pm, Sunday 1pm-7pm. Closed December 24th and 25th.
About: Ice King’s Holiday in Ice welcome its second year of Christmas themed, sparkling ice sculptures with this year’s theme being the 12 Days of Christmas with sculptures up to 18 feet tall. Be sure to take a photo with Santa, carved out of ice at the end of the display.
Know Before You Go: Tickets are available online and be sure to bundle up, it is a chilly 15 degrees in this winter wonderland.
54) Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Location: 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527- Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 18th – January 1st, Saturday and Sundays, November 25th- December 23st, 1pm-9pm, December 15th and 22th, 5pm-10pm, December 26th-January 1st, 1pm-pm. Closed December 24th and 25th.
About: Six Flags returns with Holiday in the Park this year which includes all of the rides of Great Adventure in a lit up park. Attractions include North Pole Village, Santa’s House, Toyland Express, the Merry Marketplace and much, much, more! Make sure to take a picture with the Peppermint Princess at Gingerbread Junction, visit the Snow Queen at Polar Point, and pick up a Christmas inspired funnel cake before you leave!
Know Before You Go: There are discounted tickets available online and a holiday-themed performance which will delight the whole family!
55) Wolverton Place Lights
Location: 8 Wolverton Place, Delanco, NJ 08075 – Southern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st -January 7th, 5:30pm to 11pm.
About: This Delanco home features 96 channels of over 24,000 LED lights synchronized to holiday classics that you can listen to on 88.7 FM. Chris and Sharon hope that you enjoy their holiday show and wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!
Know Before You Go: For your own personal safety, please stay on the sidewalk and do not walk through the yard.
56) Russo’s Christmas Light Display
Location: 17 George Street, South Plainfield, NJ 07080- Central NJ
Dates and Times: November 25th – December 31st, 5pm to 10pm daily.
About: With an incredible over 20,000 light sequenced to music this show has its own sound system and amazing flashing lights! Check out their facebook for videos of this spectacular!
Know Before You Go: If you prefer listening from your car you can tune into 107.3 FM.
Location: 35 Hampshire Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527- Central NJ
Dates and Times: Starting December 3rd, Monday-Thursday, 5pm-10pm, and Friday-Sunday, 5pm-12am.
About: This is the first year for the Bilancione Lights and we’d like to welcome them to the list! Their show features a 16ft pixel mega tree and pixel snowflakes and is still growing!
Know Before You Go: Tune into 99.9 FM for a synchronized holiday playlist.
58) Ricciardelli Christmas Lights
Location: 417 W Jersey Ave, Pitman, NJ 08071- Southern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st- January 1st, Sunday – Thursday, 5pm – 9pm and Friday and Satuday 5pm – 10pm.
About: The Ricciardellis cover their quaint yard with holiday lights in every inch of it and really show what the Christmas spirit is all about! Their love of the holiday is evident in the detail in this cheery display!
Know Before You Go: Music runs with the display until 9pm.
Location: 1 Evergreen Drive, Lincoln Park, NJ 07035 – Nothern NJ
Dates and Times: December 1st- January 1st, starting at 5pm.
About: This North Jersey house is lined up with LED storefront border lights which light up the neighborhood and make the house the brightest on our list! It can be seen from blocks away and includes Christmas blow-ups as well as some unique princess touches, including Cinderella’s carriage, caste, and a crown on the chimney.
Know Before You Go: The family does this for the town and would love you to share.
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? Submit any we missed here. We wouldn’t want to deprive any aspiring Clark Griswolds of their chance to show off their lawn decorations.
Happy Holidays from FunNewJersey.com!
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