The Most Unique Places to Visit Santa in Central NJ

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Santa sightings have been reported all over Central NJ!  This year St. Nick will make extra efforts to reach his pint-sized admirers by showing up on a ferry, train, plane and more. If you are looking to have more than just a mall experience for Santa photos, check out these local attractions that have many other Christmas and holiday themed activities including photos ops with Santa! We’ve got the scoop on where you can find jolly old St. Nick this season! Santa sightings will be added as they are announced.

Santa Ferry Ride
December 2, 2017 at 8:30am OR 10:30am OR 1:00pm
Belford Ferry Terminal, Belford NJ
This year Santa Claus will visit Middletown on a ferry instead of a train. The township’s Santa Ferry Ride will be held on Saturday, December 2nd. The yuletide ride aboard the new Molly Pitcher features visits from Santa and friends, caroling, goodie bags, and a wonderful scenic view of the Statue of Liberty. Ferries leave and return to the NY Waterway Belford Ferry Terminal at 10 Harbor Way. Pre-registration is required.
See website for pre-registration form and ticket info.

Holiday Festival – Friends of Lord Stirling Stable
December 2, 2017 & December 3, 2017 at 10am – 3pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge NJ
908-766-5955

Take a hayride to see Santa Claus, ride a pony, decorate ornaments, and enjoy many other activities. Find that perfect gift at the Silent Auction, which benefits the School Horse Retirement Fund.  Fees vary; admission, parking, hayrides & pony rides are free.

Visit With Santa at Keris Tree Farm
December 2, December 3 & December 9, December 10, 2017 
Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop
848 Route 524, Allentown, NJ
Visit with Santa! Family Days are the weekends of December 2 – 3 & 9 – 10.

Holiday Festival at Dearborn Market
December 2, December 3 & December 9, December 10, 2017 at 11am – 5pm
Dearborn Market, Holmdel NJ

  • Pick out a Christmas Tree with the help of our staff
  • Sample Delicious Foods from our Holiday Catering Menu
  • Warm up at the Hot Chocolate Bar & personalize a cup with your favorite flavors & toppings
  • Stop by the Children’s Wreath Making Table all day & create a 12″ Live Wreath with your choice of 8 Festive Decorations & a Handmade Red Bow ($20 per child, no registration required)
  • FREE Face Painting
  • Listen to Fun Festive Tunes to put you in the Holiday Spirit

Christmas at Allaire Village
December 3, December 10 & December 17, 2017 at 11am – 4pm
4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale NJ
Join all of us here at the Historic Village at Allaire as we celebrate the joys of Christmas past. Experience the sights and smells of an early American Christmas with hearth cooking, singing, dancing, wagon rides and St Nicholas! This is a day full of fun interactive programs. You can also bring your holiday cards to be sent from our historic post office located in the General Store.  See website for tickets.

Freehold PBA Santa Train
December 9, 2017 at 12PM – 2PM
Freehold Borough Bus Station, Freehold NJ

Skate With Santa
December 16, 2017 

Woodbridge Community Center Ice Rink
600 Main Street, Woodbridge NJ
Skate with Santa at the Woodbridge Community Center Ice Rink.

Photos with Santa
December 16, 2017 at 11:30AM – 4PM
Shoreline Harley-Davidson
671 Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Santa is making a special visit to Shoreline Harley-Davidson to spread his holiday cheer!

Santa Flies In to Princeton Airport
December 24, 2017 at 10:30am

Princeton Airport, Princeton NJ
Holiday sing-along & cookies and cocoa – 10:30am
Santa arrives – 11:00am
Santa will fly into the Princeton Airport on Christmas Eve. Children can receive a gift from Santa as well as support those who are less fortunate this holiday season. It’s a free event but be sure to see the participation requirements at the Princeton Airport website.

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