NEW JERSEY - There is a lot to be said for the neighborhood houses that go all out with holiday lights each December. Many local holiday light hot spots like the Kloos Family in East Brunswick and Main Street in Cranbury do not have their spectacular decorations up any longer, but there are plenty of amazing can't-miss displays throughout out the Garden State and across the Hudson this holiday season. Here's a list of the best to try and catch this last weekend before Santa packs his sleigh!
- For folks that love the shore, Cape May does Christmas in Victorian style and it is worth the drive down the Garden State Parkway. The Washington Street Mall is also a great spot to find those last minute holiday gifts.
- Nassau Street in Princeton is always a picturesque spot, but with the holiday lights gleaming the area takes on a holiday glow. This year ice skating is available in Palmer Square. Enjoy the 65- Norwegian spruce gleaming with more than 30,000 lights.
- Head to the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for some holiday lights, animals and Santa. Visitors can also bring along non-perishable food donations and gently used coats. Check their website. The light display does close for inclement weather.
- If Great Adventure's Fright Fest was to scary for the little ones. No worries. The Jackson amusement park puts out its holiday best in December.
- Smithville's Floating Trees are an amazing site to see. The holiday light show features more than 50,000 lights floating on Lake Meone. The lights are synchronized to holiday music from now through January 6 in Historic Smithville from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Enjoy a night time hayride through Cream Acres Farm in Mullica Hill and savor a country Christmas light display. For admission information, visit the farm's website.
- For family with little ones, Storybook Land is a must-see. Visitors can leave letters for Santa all year, but Santa really lights up the park for the holiday season.
More and more people are discovering the wonders of the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights in Brooklyn. If you don't mind the trek into the city, this neighborhood really goes all out for the holidays. Other fun local places to catch the lights are: