5 Favorite Things: Christmas Vacation!!

We hope you enjoy some quality time with your family this season. Just in case you’re looking for something fun, outside of the family stuff and the holiday hullabaloo to keep your little ones busy, here’s some fun activities in our area.


NJ Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Through Thursday, December 27th - various times

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Our annual seasonal favorite enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, live orchestra, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic.

Tickets: $29 - $69


Turtleback Zoo Holiday Lights

Friday, December 21st - 5-9 pm

Take a nighttime stroll through the Turtle Back Zoo to see more than 50 illuminated winter scenes and animal characters.

Donations of non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys, and new or gently used winter coats are appreciated and collected at the entrance.

Some of the zoo's vendors remain open for late-night snacks, including cocoa and cookies, and you can even grab a ride on the carousel (for a fee).



Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Prudential Center

Saturday, December 22nd - 3 pm & 6 pm

Don't miss Trans-Siberian Orchestra when they bring The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour to Prudential Center this holiday season.




The Model Railroad Club Light & Sounds Show

Saturday, December 22nd & Sunday, December 23rd - various times

Enjoy one of the largest model railroads in the country with stage lighting, sound, and with the trains serving as the actors in the play.

Gift shop, snack shop, and free parking are available.

$9 Adults (16+); $7 Teen (12-15); $4 Child (3-11); Under 3 free



Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Wednesday, December 26th & Thursday, December 27th - 7 pm


Prepare to be awestruck at Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a new cirque adventure, Broadway musical, and family holiday spectacular wrapped in one. This incomparable phenomenon features over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music, and seasonal favorites celebrating the most wonderful time of the year from Thanksgiving to Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year's.

Tickets: $29