Updated: Dec 21, 2020
With so many holiday events cancelled, the demand for Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy with Lights has been overwhelming.
By later November, they threw out their old Friday-Sunday schedule and add daily admission from Dec 2-23, those tickets sold out yesterday. As of Saturday, Dec. 12, they have added evening
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admissions for Dec. 26-30. What a great treat for young children on Christmas Day.
There's a special holiday light special on ABC-TV this December 16, so there are guaranteed to be sold out after that viewing. Do not wait!
To get your tickets, go to their website and request a reservation. Today is December 12 and reservations are only available for December 26. On December 13, they will open reservations for December 26 and December 27. This will continue through Wednesday when all tickets will be gone.
Amidst the beautifully manicured walkways with larger-than-life figures such as Mother Goose and Humpty Dumpty, the holidays come alive. All storybook houses are decorated for the season as Santa waves his magic wand and lights the park with over one million lights. This year, Santa will be available for socially distanced visits.
Advance tickets are $26.95.
What other holiday lights events are still on at the Jersey Shore?
After dark at Holiday in The Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, drive through distinctly different areas in the 140-acre theme park filled with twinkling lights, live entertainment, and festive music. Guests will enjoy distanced greetings from beloved holiday characters decked out for the holidays, popular iconic holiday decorations, a drive-by featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves, and much more. Open weeknights only Dec 14, 15, 16 and 17th. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are $14.99 per person. Reservations are required.
Magic of Lights, PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel returns with a holiday lights experience through a 2.5 mile course with favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season. The popular Toyota Mega Tree Spectacular returns this season, featuring favorite holiday programming displayed across 240 feet of LED Christmas trees. Nightly until January 2 except December 30. Tickets are $25 per carload in advance or $30 at gate from dusk to 11pm.
What about other holiday activities?
As you can imagine, The Igloos at Congress Hall in Cape May are SOLD OUT. But at Congress Hall you can also dine at Veranda Bar, where guests can warm-up at the Hot Cocoa Bar and enjoy the same menu available at The Igloos to pair with themed a la carte cocktails; no reservations required. Blue Pig Tavern’s a la carte menu is be updated for the season while additional seating is available on the outdoor patio in heated tents overlooking a roaring fireplace.
Also in Cape May, the tree is lit, the tours have begun and the Physick Estate is open. While at the Estate, visit “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery from 10am-8pm. The exhibit features a giant indoor Christmas tree display, an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos, toys and much more. Open daily now through the New Year (except Thanksgiving and Christmas). Go to capemaymac.org
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For shoppers, Historic Smithville provides an array of shops and restaurants in an outdoor setting decorated for the holidays. With more than 60 restaurants and shoppes surrounding a lake, avoid the hustle and bustle of the indoor mall scene and have to wear a mask the entire time. Take a ride on the Holiday Train with your kids or enjoy the evening Holiday Light Show on the Lake which happens every night at dusk. Weekends in December, there are special events such as Dickens Fest, the Magic Talking Tree and Girls Night Out. Hours are: 10am-6pm Monday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm Thursday-Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday.