The most wonderful time of year is upon us and it couldn’t have started off better than with our December 1st snow storm! I feel like each year it gets harder and harder to keep the magic alive with my 6 year old with all the gossip going around at school so I am always trying my best to give him the most joyous experiences especially during this time. I’ve put together a few places that you can enjoy with your kids during Christmas. I try my best to go to one place a week leading up to the “big night” and also save some for during Christmas Break when I’m going crazy with both kids at home.
1.Turtle Back Zoo– West Orange, NJ
The Holiday Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo is one of my favorites and its great for children of all ages. You can take a night time stroll through the zoo an admire the magical wintry light show and enjoy late night cookies and cocoa (extra fee). Entering the zoo is free of charge and donations of non perishable foods, unwrapped new toys and/or new or gently used winter coats are accepted at the door. The show runs from November 22-December 31 from 5-9 pm.
2. Van Saun Park– Paramus, NJ
The zoo offers plenty of winter time fun including ice skating (real & synthetic), activities & games, train rides, Santa’s workshop, a beer garden (for the adults, obviously), and food trucks! General admission is $15 and children 3 & under are free. This runs from November 22-January 5 from 4-9pm. You can visit www.bergencountywinterwonderland.com to see all the different activities they have going on each day to pick what day would best suit you.
3. Santa at Van Vleck– Montclair, NJ
This only runs Saturday-Sunday, December 7 & 8th and Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair and you can enjoy family selfies with Santa, arts & crafts and your kids are able to write their letter to Santa while enjoying milk & cookies provided by Vanillamore.
4. The Polar Express – Whippany, NJ
This will be our first year attending and I CAN NOT WAIT to bring the kids! You can board a train in Whippany, NJ and enjoy the magic & sounds of th motion picture The Polar Express and relive the magic of the movie as you are whisked away aboard the Polar Express. Santa & his elves join you and gift each passenger a silver sleigh bell. The train runs November 16-Dec 30 various times a day and you can choose from general admission ($41) or first class ($70). The website also gives you options for value dates at a less expensive rate- make sure to book fast before they sell out!
There they are! I didn’t want to bombard you with too many just because the holiday season is crazy as it is. Remember, most towns have also have their own tree lightings and breakfasts’ with Santa that are free of charge or very inexpensive. I hope you all are just as excited as I am to spread the holiday cheer with your friends and families!
If you visit any of these places, I’d love too see pictures- make sure to tag me on instagram @em.loren_ !