Welcome, festive souls, to a Christmas adventure like no other in the heart of New Jersey! As you gear up for a season filled with joy, lights, and gingerbread cookies, we at Solve the Room NJ have something special in store for you:

  • The Heartbeat of New Jersey’s Festive Spirit: Every corner of our beloved state, from the twinkling lights of Atlantic City to the heartwarming traditions of Chester, resonates with the Christmas spirit. And right in the midst of this enchantment, we’ve woven in our own brand of holiday magic.
  • Why New Jersey Shines Even Brighter This Season: Beyond the traditional celebrations, we’ve crafted a thrilling and festive experience. Are you curious about how the thrill of escape rooms blends with holiday cheer? Stick around because we’ll spill the beans (or should we say, candy canes?) soon!

So, before you dive into this guide to everything festive and fabulous in New Jersey, get ready to unravel the special touch we add to the Christmas ambience. Let’s jingle all the way!

Christmas and New Jersey: A Rich History

Christmas in New Jersey isn’t just about the present day. It’s deeply rooted in history and tradition. 

  • The rich history of Christmas celebrations in New Jersey: Did you know that some of our oldest Christmas traditions date back centuries?
  • Central Jersey’s unique contribution to the state’s holiday festivities: Central Jersey brings its own blend of traditions and celebrations, ensuring that the Christmas spirit is alive and well across the entire state.

Now, let’s get into the places you may visit this Christmas to make it truly unforgettable for yourself and your loved ones.

Cape May

Ah, Cape May, where the Victorian charm meets Christmas glee!

  • Cape May’s stunning Victorian homes, draped in festive lights, offer visitors a unique experience.
  • Don’t miss the holiday house tours by candlelight. They’re pure magic!
  • Jump on a Holiday Lights Trolley Ride and take in the splendid views of the town in its festive glory.
  • And, of course, who can forget about the delightful breakfasts with Santa and the famous Christmas bazaar?

Solve the Room, Toms River, NJ


So, let’s get back to it. If you’re looking for a twist to the traditional holiday activities, step into the mysterious and thrilling world of escape rooms! But not just any escape room. We’re talking about our very own Solve the Room, NJ. 

Yes, that’s us, and yes, we’re proud to present it as one of the best ways to add a twist of thrills to your Christmas celebration in NJ.

  • Located in Toms River, Solve the Room NJ promises a mind-bending experience. With three breathtaking escape game missions, you’re in for a treat!
    • Jail Break: Can you escape a supermax prison in 60 minutes? It’s not just about the escape; it’s about the thrill of the chase!
    • Escape the Bar: Step back in time to the prohibition era. Can you outsmart the police and find your way out?
    • Pharaoh’s Tomb: Dive into the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Unravel the secrets and make your way out of the tomb.
  • With over 15,648 players and a top TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Google rating, it’s a Christmas adventure you can’t miss.
  • Planning a team-building event? Or perhaps a memorable birthday party? Solve the Room NJ has got you covered!

But worry not if you plan to move around the state and find other celebration options this festive season! This comprehensive guide will show you the path. Let’s dive into other cool options NJ has to offer.

Historic Smithville (Galloway)

Nestled in Central Jersey, Smithville is renowned for its annual tree lighting and captivating Light Show on the Lake. If you’re searching for iconic Christmas attractions in NJ, Smithville ranks high, offering residents and visitors an immersive holiday season experience.

  • The light show, synchronized with music, adds a magical touch to the festivities.
  • Enjoy holiday train rides and meet the Magic Talking Tree – he’s quite the chatterbox!


Central to New Jersey’s Christmas events, Morristown is a festive hub during the Christmas season. Known for its blend of history and charm, the town’s attractions are a must-visit for families looking for the quintessential Jersey Christmas experience.

  • Embark on a holiday lights tour at the iconic Ford Mansion or Macculloch Hall.
  • Relish special holiday performances at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
  • Dive into the festivities at the Christmas Festival on the Morristown Green.

Ocean City

More than its pristine beaches, Ocean City turns into a sparkling wonderland during the holiday season. It’s a prime destination for Christmas events in Jersey, ensuring a delightful Christmas family getaway.

  • Witness the splendid Christmas Parade that sweeps through the town.
  • Enjoy free horse and carriage rides on weekends. (Talk about travelling in style!)
  • The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company promises mesmerizing seasonal performances.


Chester, located in the heart of Central Jersey, seamlessly blends tradition and modern-day excitement. It stands out for its vibrant Christmas market and embodies Jersey Christmas events that combine old-world charm with contemporary allure.

  • Attend the Festival of Trees, meet Santa, or enjoy brunch at Alstede Farms.
  • The Strolling Dickens’ Carolers, dressed in period costumes, genuinely transport you to another time.

Red Bank

An essential part of the Jersey holiday map, Red Bank sparkles with its array of Christmas attractions. As the holiday lights glow, the town promises unique events and a festive spirit that is hard to match.

  • Participate in a Christmas scavenger hunt and embark on holiday horse and carriage rides.
  • The Count Basie Theatre hosts many holiday productions for all to enjoy.


Renowned for its historic charm, Princeton stands tall as one of the key Christmas attractions in NJ. From the annual tree lighting to the majestic Christmas lantern festival, Princeton ensures a magical experience during the Christmas season.

  • Marvel at the massive Christmas tree in Palmer Square.
  • Enjoy the history walking tour and let the Morven Museum‘s Festival of Trees leave you in awe.

Atlantic City

Think casinos, shimmering Christmas lights, and an unmatched festive vibe – welcome to Atlantic City during the Jersey Christmas season. It’s a bustling hub of holiday festivities with attractions catering to adults and kids.

  • The city is adorned with holiday lights and boasts a massive 30-foot tree.
  • Participate in the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt at the Tanger Outlets. And don’t miss the festive concerts along the boardwalk!


A gem during the holiday season, Medford’s vibrant Christmas events make it a go-to destination for families. With a rich blend of traditional Christmas tree lighting to modern events, Medford truly encapsulates the essence of a Jersey holiday.

  • Experience a plethora of events at Johnson’s Corner Farm.
  • Visit Santa, enjoy a holiday lights hayride, or attend the tree lighting and Dickens Festival.

Frequently Asked Questions


Christmas in New Jersey indeed raises some queries. Let’s clear the air!

What are the top family-friendly Christmas attractions in NJ?

New Jersey brims with Christmas attractions that promise fun-filled memories for every family member. Immersing yourself in the festive spirit of the Jersey holiday season means visiting a range of places that offer both traditional and contemporary celebrations.

  • Smithville’s Light Show on the Lake: A synchronized extravaganza combining music and lights, it’s a family favourite.
  • Morristown Green’s Christmas Festival: Central to Jersey Christmas events, this festival provides a blend of activities and charm.
  • Ocean City’s Christmas Parade: Beyond its beautiful beaches, the parade is a testament to the town’s commitment to the holiday season.
  • Chester’s Festival of Trees: A perfect blend of tradition and modern-day fun, this festival embodies a classic Jersey Christmas.

Where can I experience the best Christmas lights in New Jersey?

When it comes to breathtaking Christmas lights, New Jersey does not disappoint. The state boasts an array of venues that light up in grandeur during the holiday season, making it a festive haven for those seeking the magic of holiday lights.

  • Historic Smithville: Famous for its Light Show on the Lake, it’s a visual treat for all ages.
  • Princeton’s Palmer Square: With a massive Christmas tree adorned with lights, it’s a sight to behold.
  • Atlantic City’s Boardwalk: Apart from its casinos, its lights and 30-foot Christmas tree stand out during the Jersey Christmas season.
  • Medford’s Johnson’s Corner Farm: Known for its annual tree lighting and various light-themed events, it’s a must-visit during Christmas.

Are there any unique Christmas traditions in Central Jersey?

Central Jersey is a treasure trove of unique traditions during the Christmas season. As the heart of the state, it offers a blend of old-world charm and modern festivities, reflecting the spirit of an actual Jersey holiday.

  • Strolling Dickens’ Carolers in Chester: Dressed in period costumes, they transport you to another era with their melodies.
  • Christmas Market in Chester: A blend of tradition and modern appeal, this market offers crafts, foods, and festive wares.
  • Morristown’s Historic Tours: Embark on holiday light tours at iconic places like the Ford Mansion or Macculloch Hall, diving deep into the region’s rich history.

When and where is the Annual Tree Lighting in NJ?

The annual tree lighting is one of New Jersey’s most anticipated Christmas events. Every year, towns across the state participate in this tradition, turning it into a central attraction of the holiday season.

  • Medford’s Johnson’s Corner Farm: One of the most iconic tree lightings, it attracts locals and visitors alike.
  • Princeton’s Palmer Square: Hosting a massive Christmas tree, the lighting event here is a significant highlight.
  • Atlantic City: The city’s massive 30-foot tree lighting is a grand spectacle, marking the onset of the Jersey Christmas celebrations.

What can visitors expect at the Christmas Lantern Festival?

The Christmas Lantern Festival in New Jersey is a blend of lights, culture, and tradition. This event encapsulates the essence of the Christmas season, promising a unique experience for its attendees.

  • Luminous Displays: The festival is renowned for its elaborate lantern displays, illuminating the venue with radiant colours.
  • Cultural Performances: Expect traditional dances, songs, and performances that celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
  • Crafts and Foods: Dive into many stalls offering festive crafts, delicious foods, and unique Christmas gifts.

What festive escape room experiences can I expect at Solve the Room NJ during Christmas?

Solve the Room NJ, one of New Jersey’s premier escape room destinations, dives deep into the festive spirit by offering uniquely themed rooms. As a blend of challenge, fun, and Christmas magic, it’s a must-visit for escape room enthusiasts and families alike this holiday season.

  • Themed Rooms: Experience Christmas mysteries, from finding Santa’s lost list to unravelling holiday heists. Every room is meticulously designed to capture the essence of a Jersey Christmas.
  • Group Bonding: Whether with family, friends, or coworkers, these escape rooms offer an excellent opportunity for team-building and making cherished holiday memories.
  • Expert Puzzles: Crafted by seasoned escape room creators, the challenges in each room are a blend of festive fun and mind-bending puzzles.

Visiting Solve the Room NJ during Christmas is about escaping a room and immersing in a world of festive wonder, thrill, and intrigue.

Before You Go


New Jersey truly sparkles during Christmas, offering a perfect blend of tradition, history, and thrilling experiences. From the charm of Central Jersey’s traditions to the dazzling holiday lights all around, there’s something for everyone in the Garden State.

As you chart out your festive adventures, don’t forget to add a dash of mystery and fun to the mix. Book a festive escape room experience at Solve the Room NJ and dive into unique Christmas-themed challenges, making memories that will last a lifetime.

So, gear up for an unforgettable holiday season in New Jersey. May your days be merry, bright, and filled with exciting escapades. Safe travels, and see you at Solve the Room, NJ!

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