Things to Do in South Jersey This Weekend: Dec. 22

Done wrapping presents? Trolley rides with Santa, enchanted forests and outdoor ice skating are a few of the fun family-friendly activities on tap through Christmas day. See what South Jersey has to offer this weekend.


A Christmas Story
December 21, 22

Tickets to the final shows for the Haddonfield Players presentation of A Christmas Story are still available. What happens when Ralphie Parker asks his parents for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas? Will his younger brother Randy, a school bully named Scut Farkus or Santa Claus get in his way from this special present? For ticket and showtime information, visit here.


Twas the Night Before Christmas
December 21, 22, 23, 24

The Broadway Theater of Pitman’s 2018 children’s theater season wraps up with a presentation of Twas the Night Before Christmas. Sing along to some Christmas classics as you watch the retelling of one of the most legendary poems ever written. Tickets range from $7 to $9. For showtimes, visit here.


Santa’s Trolley Ride in Cape May
December 22

Visit Physick Estate in Cape May to get in the Christmas spirit with the jolliest couple around—Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Take a trolley ride through town with Mrs. Claus as your guide, storyteller and sing-along leader. When the ride comes to an end at the Carriage House, hop off for a meet-and-greet (and a sweet!) with Santa. For more information, visit here.


Sea of Lights Holiday Festival at Jenkinson’s Aquarium
December 22

If you’re closer to the shore than to Camden, this Point Pleasant spot offers its own under-the-sea Christmas spectacle. Jenkinson’s Aquarium goes all out with hundreds of lights, Santa appearances, Princess Palooza Mini Holiday show and more at The Sea of Lights Holiday Festival. For more information, visit here.


Meet the author of “Christmas 1945” aboard the Battleship
December 22

“Christmas 1945” is the bestselling non-fiction book from author Matthew R. Litt. In December 1945, WWII was finally over and the country was ready to celebrate after four dark holiday seasons. Litt will be speaking about his book inside the Officers’ Wardroom from 11 am to 12:30 pm. He will have his book available for sale and will sign any book purchased. The event is free to attend with a tour of the Battleship. For more information, visit here.


Winterfest at Cooper River Park
December 22, 23, 24

Cooper River Park has once again transformed into a winter wonderland with tasty treats and ice skating family fun! This year, Winterfest is offering more excitement this year with a heated tent, curling lessons and more. For a complete schedule, visit here.


Free Lessons in Socialization for Dogs
December 23

Take your dogs out for a day at Laurel Acres park where they will learn to play, interact, and become more social. Owners will learn how to communicate with their friendly canines and learn when to intervene when they are at play. The free event runs from 10:30 am to 11:15 am. For more information, visit here.


Character Breakfast
December 25

Stop by the Katz JCC for a special breakfast with characters from the Enchanted Forest. Cost for JCC members is $10. Guests pay $20. Children ages 1 and under have free admission. The breakfast runs from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. For more information, visit


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