We rounded up a list of our favorite holiday activities to enjoy by yourself or with your out of town family!
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum: December 16th or 17th - Take an annual hot chocolate hike around the arboretum grounds with your family and friends with a donation for $5 per person.https://hartshornarboretum.org/?event=3rd-annual-hot-chocolate-hike-weekend&event_date=2017-12-16
Morris Museum: December 15th - Grab a tour of the train show with hands on activities for adults and children. http://morrismuseum.org/tot-tours/
New York Botanical Garden: Until January 15th - Visit the gardens for a train show going through 150 landmarks, a skit, and bar car nights for adults over 21.
Newark Museum: December 10th - Learn how to make Hanukkah food with a cooking demo by chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz; December 17th - Move with a Kwanzaa dance tutorial; December 21st - See a light themed acapella show and LED performance by robots. https://www.newarkmuseum.org/late-thursdays-december
New York Hall of Science: Until January 15th; Create a well-renowned gingerbread house with the master chef Jon Lovitch. https://nysci.org/event/gingerbread-lane/
Dyker Heights: Start Thanksgiving; See the famous lights by the town of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn that have some of the most lavish decorations. Most visit by themselves but there are bus tours as well to show the magical lights. http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/dyker-heights-christmas-lights/
Jewish Museum: December 10th - Celebrate Hanukkah with crafts, music, lights, and stories. Have a family day to learn the history of Hanukkah. http://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2017/12/10/hanukkah-family-day-121017
Skylands Stadium Light Show: Until December 30th, Catch the light show with gigantic displays of lights then head over to the winter wonderland in the Christmas Village for treats and performances until December 23rd. http://skylandsstadium.com/christmas-light-show/
Turtle Back Zoo: From December 11th-January 1st; See the different lighted animals throughout the zoo and each week, there is a different theme in the month of December. The zoo is a local treasure that will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the holidays. http://turtlebackzoo.com/events/holiday-light-spectacular-2/
- Adventure Aquarium: Until December 30th; Experience various activities in the famous aquarium from the tallest tree underwater to storytime to a dance party. This will be a fan favorite in every family. https://www.adventureaquarium.com/What-To-Do-In-New-Jersey/Special-Events/Christmas-Underwater