The 2018 holiday season is finally upon us. Stores have been decorated for Christmas and the holiday shopping season since the beginning of September.

Check out the updated list of 25 fun and festive things to do right here in South Jersey courtesy of New Jersey Leisure Guide to make your holiday season merry and bright!

1.  Christmas Fantasy Lights Parade - Storybook Land  Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township

Date: Now through December 30th (Closed 11/23, 12/24, 12/25)

Time:Parade Begins at 4:30 PM Santa Claus appears at his chimney at 5 PM.

Cost: $27.50 at door- $24.50 online Children under 2 don't need a ticket

2. Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Show - Flanders Hotel East 11 St, Ocean City

Date: December 17th

Reservations: 609.399.1000.

3. Tree Lighting Ceremony - Rotary Park, Cape May

Date: November 30th, 2018

Time: 7:00-8:00 PM

Cost: Free

4. Breakfast with Santa - The Rainforest Cafe, Atlantic City

Date: December 22nd & 23rd, 2018

Time: 9:00-11:00 AM

Cost: 0-$24 (No Refunds)

5. Sing Noel! A musical celebration of the first Christmas - Greentree Church, 125 Schoolhouse Road , Egg Harbor Township 

Date: December 1st, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

Cost: $9

6. Make Your Own Gingerbread House Sessions - 19 South 2nd Street, Hammonton

Date: December 8th, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Cost: $22-$36

7. Community Band Holiday Concert - Ocean City Library Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City

Date: December 4th, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free

8. 45th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour - 1048 Washington Street, Cape May

Date: December 8th, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM

Cost: Adults: $35 Kids: $20

9. Atlantic City Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting - The Claridge Hotel, 123 South Indiana Avenue, Atlantic City

Date: December 1st, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Cost: Free

10. The Ultimate Christmas Show - 405 Lafayette Street, Cape May (Adult humor)

Date: Ongoing

Time: Thursday through Sunday 7:30 PM- Saturday and Sunday 3 PM

Cost: $40 Adults- Seniors $35

11. A Christmas Carol  - Wesley Ave-Ocean City- Ocean City Tabernacle

Date: December 8, 9,10, 15, 16 

Time: 2 PM and 7:30 PM

Cost: Children $5-$12 / Adults $1

Date: November 16th through December 27th.

Time: Every hour staring at noon

Cost: Free

Date: November 16th through January 1st, 2019.

Time: Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas

14. Holiday Light Show- Historic Smithville - Moss Mill Road, Smithville

Date: November 22nd till January 6th, 2019

Time: 5:30-8:30

Cost: Free

15. Christmas Light Show and Hay Ride - Johnson's Corner Farm, Medford

Time: November 23rd through December 23rd Friday and Saturday  5 PM to 8:30  PM - Sunday through Thursday 5 PM to 7:30 PM.

Cost: $5.95 per person

16. Festival of Trees at Morven Museum - Stockton Street- Princeton

Date: Now through 1/7/19

Time: Wednesday through Sunday 10- 4 PM

Cost: $10

Date: Now through December 31st

Cost: $12 Adults-  $10 Children 3-12

18. Breakfast With Santa on the Battle Ship New Jersey -100 Clinton Street -Camden

Time: December 8th- 9 AM- 11 AM

Cost: $18 for children 12 and under and $24 for adults

19. West Cape May Christmas Parade - Parade starts at the West Cape May Fire Hall

Date: December 1st,  5 PM

Cost: Free

20: Annual Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration - North Wildwood Recreation Center

Date: Saturday December 1st and  December 8th and 9th

Time: 12/1  9 AM -Tree lighting 4:30 PM- Christmas Parade 12/9-5:30 PM

Cost: Free

Date: December 8th 11 AM to 6 PM

Cost:: Free

22. 39th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade - Long Beach Blvd (5th-25th Streets)

Date: December 1st  1:00-3:00 PM


Date: November 30th, December 1st and 2nd

Time: Friday 4 -8 PM - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM- Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM

Cost $5

Date: Saturday, December 8th- Hosted by Eddie Davis from the Lite rock Morning Show

Time 5-7 PM

25: Annual Dickens Festival - Main Street, Medford

Date: Saturday, December 1st

Time: 6 Pm -10 PM

Cost: Free

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