Breakfast with Santa, Winter Wonderlands, Tree Lightings and More

Family-friendly Holiday Events around Bergen County

By Angeline Sheridan November 21, 2019

Celebrate the holidays with Macaroni Kid Northeast Bergen's Holiday Fun Guide! This is your go-to list for Santa Sightings, Winter Wonderland events, tree lightings and more! Be sure to stop by our Macaroni Kid table at the Goddard School's Winter Wonderland event and the Christmas Wonderland Festival on December 7 - we will be making reindeer food for Santa's reindeer!

❄️BIG SANTA LIGHTING EXTRAVAGANZA at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, November 22, 6:30PM (FREE!)

Check out the lighting of the 50-foot tall Big Santa and a Santa Trail through the mall leading up to a huge surprise at the end. 

❄️MAGIC OF LIGHTS at PNC Bank Arts Center, November 22-January 4, starting at 6PM (DISCOUNT CODE ALERT!)

Enjoy a magical drive-through holiday light experience, plus a Holiday Village where families can enjoy hot cocoa, s'mores by the fire pit, holiday movies, a petting zoo, pictures with Santa and more.  DISCOUNT ALERT! Click HERE for a special Macaroni Kid discount code. 


Ice skating, food trucks, face painting, balloon art, carousel, train rides plus Santa visits every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting December 6. Check the website for time and to purchase tickets.

❄️HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at Skylands Manor, December 5-8, 10AM-4PM

Explore the Skylands Manor like you've never see it before, with each room decorated like a "Fantasy" for the holiday season! There is a Gift Shop and Holiday Cafe, too. Daytime self-guided tours from 10AM-4PM, last ticket sold at 4PM.

❄️WINTER WONDERLAND at Goddard School of Norwood, December 7, 11AM-1PM (FREE!)

Take photos with Santa, read a book with Mrs. Claus, enjoy arts and crafts and make reindeer food with Macaroni Kid! Bring an unwrapped toy for the annual Toy Drive and enter their 50/50 raffle with proceeds benefitting the Giving Tree Initiative helping local families in need this holiday season.

❄️CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND FESTIVAL at Rockland GAA in Orangeburg, NY, December 7 and December 8, 2PM-11PM (DISCOUNT CODE ALERT!)

The first Christmas Wonderland Festival will feature a Christmas Market, Winter Beer Garden, all day entertainment, a light display, food and drink concessions, photos with Santa, visits with characters, and contest. Make reindeer food with Macaroni Kid on Saturday, December 7 from 2-6PM. Use promo code MACARONI and save $2 when you purchase tickets on Eventbrite HERE.

❄️HOLIDAYS WITH THE ANIMALS at Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, December 15, 11AM-3PM

December 7

πŸŽ…πŸΌDave & Buster's at Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY, 9:30AM-11:30AM, tickets required by calling 845-353-1555

πŸŽ…πŸΌFresh & Fancy Farms in New Milford, 10AM-11AM, tickets required.

πŸŽ…πŸΌMaggiano's at Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, 8:30AM-10:30AM, tickets required.

December 8

πŸŽ…πŸΌDave & Buster's at Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY, 9:30AM-11:30AM, tickets required by calling 845-353-1555.

December 14 

πŸŽ…πŸΌBiagio's Ristorante in Paramus, 10AM or 12:30PM (two seatings), call 201-652-0201 for reservations.

πŸŽ…πŸΌMaggiano's at Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, 8:30AM-10:30AM, tickets required.

πŸŽ…πŸΌNeiman Marcus at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, 8:30AM and 10:30AM (two seatings), tickets required.

πŸŽ…πŸΌPaskack Junior Woman's Club Breakfast with Santa at Park Ridge Elks, 9:30AM, tickets required.

December 15

πŸŽ…πŸΌBlue Moon Restaurant in Englewood, 11AM-2:30PM, call 201-541-0600 for reservations.

πŸŽ„CLOSTER - December 8 at 4:30PM, Closter Boro Hall, featuring live music performances, a cappella chorus, reindeer games, ornament making station, hot cocoa and more.

πŸŽ„MONTVALE  - December 6 at 7PM, Memorial Drive, featuring complimentary hot chocolate bar and candy canes and a gingerbread house contest.

πŸŽ„OLD TAPPAN - December 2 at 6PM, Old Tappan Boro Hall, featuring carols with the Girl Scouts, light the tree then head over to the firehouse for photos with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and enjoy hot chocolate and coffee.

πŸŽ„RIDGEWOOD - December 6 at 5:30PM, downtown Ridgewood will celebrate its 34th annual tradition. Sip hot cocoa while listening to the Ridgewood High School marching band, Christmas carolers and performers singing and dancing on stage.

πŸŽ„RIVERVALE - December 6 at 6:30PM, Rivervale Town Hall, followed by a party at the Holdrum School Old Gym to enjoy hot chocolate and treats and photos with Santa.

πŸŽ„PARAMUS STEW LEONARD'S - December 3 at 5PM, before the tree is lit, there will be performances by the West Brook Middle School band and chorus, and Santa and Dasher the Reindeer will be there taking photos with families. Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies will be served.

πŸŽ„WESTWOOD - December 7, parade starts at 6PM. There will be pre-parade performances by local dance academies, live music, marching bands, costume characters, music and crafts at the library, and Santa rounding out the parade on a fire truck.

πŸŽ„WOODCLIFF LAKE - December 8, tree lighting at 4:30PM followed by photos with Santa, games, door prizes and a special visit by the Grinch.


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