Christmastime is a wonderful time of year, and there’s no place better to celebrate than New Jersey. Some of you may be skeptical, but we really do have a lot going for us during the holiday season. Here are 15 reasons that Christmas in New Jersey is the best.
1. We typically have a decent shot at a white Christmas.
The odds of snow on the ground in New Jersey on Christmas Day are usually around 20%. That's not the case this year, but...
2. No matter what the weather, we have access to skiing and tubing.
Thanks to the wonderful snow machines at ski resorts like Mountain Creek.
3. Atlantic City looks like this!
And that's just The Quarter at Tropicana. Many of the casinos have lovely displays.
4. And we can't forget about the glory that is Cape May.
The Victorian homes are even more charming during the holiday season, and the town hosts a handful of holiday events.
5. NJ residents go all out when decorating.
Pictured is the MacCary family home in Ocean. To see other great holiday displays in New Jersey, click
6. And so do our businesses!
Historic Smithville in Galloway is shown. You have to check out their holiday light show on the lake.
7. It's never hard to find a gift.
With all of our malls, the perfect gift is never far away.
8. We're home to Ho-Ho-Kus.
Santa's favorite town!
9. Speaking of Santa, you can find him all over the state.
And because New Jersey is so unique, you can find him on a Harley here at Shoreline Harley Davidson or scuba diving at Adventure Aquarium. Other places to see Santa in New Jersey include Schaefer Farms, Dambly's Garden Center, the Christmas Ice Caverns at Jody's Silk Florist, and of course at our malls and other local events.
10. Children can even enjoy train rides with Santa.
Pine Creek Railroad in Allaire State Park offers a Christmas Express train ride with Santa for just $6 per person.
11. Finding a tree is easy.
Stonerow Tree Farm in Branchville is pictured. Other great farms include Evergreen Valley in Washington, Edward's in Wrightstown, Shale Hills Farm in Sussex and so many more.
12. And finding fresh apple cider is easy, too.
This is the Garden State after all. Check out Melick's Town Farm Cider Mill in Oldwick, Terhune Orchards in Princeton, and Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill in Chester.
13. There are so many ways to celebrate in New Jersey!
VIDEO Watch one of the many holiday shows going on throughout the state, like A Christmas Story at the Paper Mill Playhouse. If theater isn't your thing, there are plenty of other options, from holiday light tours to interactive adventures in Storybook Land.
14. And so many free events!
Including the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo, Holiday Model Train Show at Barron Arts Center, and the Snowflake Party in Basking Ridge.
15. Family and friends.
I may be biased, but being surrounded by family is my favorite thing about Christmas in New Jersey. Yes, the little brunette in the center is me.
Since I shared a family photo, I encourage you to do the same. The more festive (or embarrassing), the better! What is your favorite thing about Christmas in New Jersey? Let me know in the comments.