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by Erik R. Slagle

Augusta: Route 15 North, Ross Corner Sussex Road Exit. For the fifth year in a row, Skylands is home to one of New Jersey’s best kept holiday secrets. The Christmas Light Show and Village boasts a mile-long drive-through display, and an amazing outdoor village of walkable attractions – including an 8-foot polar bear!

Clinton: Route 78 West, Exit 15. The Festival of Trees at the Red Mill Museum Village features an array of uniquely spruced out spruces (and pines, and Douglas Firs, and Balsams, and …). The charm of Clinton shines a little brighter in the holiday lights and ornaments on display in this annual favorite.

Dennisville: GSP, Exit 17. On Saturday, December 14th, the town hosts their Annual Christmas House Tour, giving you the chance to step inside historic homes decked out for the holidays while helping preserve these priceless landmarks for future generations.

Eastampton: Turnpike, Exit 7. Not to be confused with Smithville in Atlantic County, Smithville Village in Eastampton Township throws a Victorian Holiday Celebration that is not to be missed - ice carving demonstrations, carolers, a holiday marketplace and more. Re-enactors take you back to the simpler, beautiful Victorian era, and the stunning Smithville Mansion ( will be decked out in its holiday finest!

Lambertville: Route 29, Valley Road Exit. The Howell Living Farm hosts its annual “Christmas on the Farm” celebration on Saturday, December 7th. Revisit the 1900 era on a horse drawn wagon – complete with jingle bells – as guests travel to the woodlot in search of this year’s honorary Christmas tree. Tour the farmhouse, enjoy live music, and bring the kids for crafting activities. Don’t forget to pop in at the country store for farm-made honey and maple syrup!

Phillipsburg: Route 78, Exit 3. Each year the Polar Express takes riders on the unbelievable journey made famous in this loved holiday classic children’s book. Kids can wear their pajamas and listen as the story is told while the train rolls along the Delaware River and hot cocoa is passed around. Much like the miraculous ending of the book, this is a trip that has to be experienced to be believed!

New Jersey’s towns are far from hibernating as the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall. For more information on all of these events and more, go to - then start planning your Garden State road trip this holiday season and see why the fun doesn’t end when summer does!