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Enjoy WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River Park

WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River Park, presented by the Camden County Board of Commissioners, will be open from Nov. 26 through Feb. 21.

WinterFest also offers a heated concession tent with arcade games and dining areas.

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $8.50 for ages 12 to 65, $6.50 for ages 4 to 11, $5.50 for 65 and older and veterans with identification, and free for age 3 and younger. 

Skate rental is $5.50.

The rink is at 501 N. Park Drive in Cherry Hill. 

For information, call (856) 294-7857 or visit Winterfest Ice Skating Rink – Cooper River on Facebook. 

The Road Company presents ‘Elf, The Musical’

The Road Company will present “Elf, The Musical” at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27, 2 p.m. Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, and 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Grand Theatre.

Tickets are $20 to $30.

The theater is at 405 S. Main St., in Williamstown.

For tickets or information, call (856) 728-2120 or visit

South Jersey Holiday Light Show returns to Bridgeport Speedway

The South Jersey Holiday Light Show will return to Bridgeport Speedway at 5 p.m. on select nights through Dec. 30.

This drive-thru experience will feature one-mile of holiday lights synchronized to music on your car radio. Santa’s Vacation, Twisting Tunnel and a Rainforest complete with animals are among the displays.

Admission is $23 per vehicle for tickets for a specific date and time or $35 for a VIP pass which allows entry whenever the attraction is open. Advance ticket purchases are required for Fridays and Saturdays.

The speedway is at 83 Flood Gate Road in Swedesboro.

For tickets or information, visit 

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Community House of Moorestown hosts tree lighting and holiday celebration

Community House of Moorestown will host its annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration at 5 p.m. Nov. 29. The community is invited to gather on the lawn to enjoy music and cocoa and the lighting of the tree and the menorah.

The Community House is at 16 E. Main St., in Moorestown.

For information, call (856) 235-0326 or visit 

New Jersey Motorsports Park hosts Comedy Night

New Jersey Motorsports Park will host a Comedy Night on Nov. 26 at the Finish Line Pub. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner service begins at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Chris Coccia is the headliner and Missy Hall and Dan Callahan are the featured comedians.

Tickets are $25 for bar seating with limited view and no dinner service or $60 for premium seating with three-course dinner.

NJMP is at 8000 Dividing Creek Road in Millville.

For tickets or information, call (856) 327-8000 or visit

Main Street Vineland and the Jewish Federation celebrate Chanukah

Main Street Vineland and the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Salem & Gloucester Counties will celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with a Chanukah menorah lighting, Chanukah Live, at 6 p.m. Nov. 28.

The event will include the lighting of the large Chanukiyah (Chanukah menorah), music, dancing, holiday refreshments and fellowship.

It will be held on the 600 block of Landis Avenue, across from Landis MarketPlace, in Vineland.

This Chanukah lighting will be in memory of the late Rabbi Yisroel Rapoport of Sons of Jacob Congregation, who was the guiding force behind the construction of the menorah and the annual Chanukah Live, outdoor menorah-lighting ceremonies in Vineland, for more than two decades until his passing earlier this year.

“A little light dispels much darkness,” Rabbi Rapoport once said. “The menorah, which Jews light in their homes each Chanukah throughout the world, lights up our lives.”

For information, call the Jewish Federation at (856) 696-4445 or Main Street Vineland at (856) 794-8653 or visit or Main Street Vineland on Facebook.

Leaping Dog hosts Handmade Holiday Pop Up Market

Leaping Dog Art Studios will host a Handmade Holiday Pop Up Market from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27.

Handmade and handcrafted gifts created by local and independent artists, designers and crafters will be available.

The studio is at 325 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown. 

For information, visit  

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Plan to visit Santa at Cumberland Mall

Santa invites children and their families to visit with him and take photos together at Cumberland Mall.

Santa will be available to meet with children and their families in Center Court from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, from Nov. 24 through Dec. 24.

Also, Santa will welcome pets and their families for photos from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. Pets must be on a leash, in a carrier, or held by their owner at all times.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

The mall is at 3849 S. Delsea Drive in Vineland.

For information, call (856) 825-9507 or visit 

Celebrate Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

Christmas Underwater will return to Adventure Aquarium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26 through Dec. 24.

This holiday season, families are invited to continue the tradition of visiting Scuba Santa as he dives in the aquarium’s Ocean Realm exhibit sharing Christmas cheer with kids of all ages. 

This year the event will feature even more holiday decorations, underwater light displays, festive new shows and the “world’s largest underwater Christmas tree.”

Reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $26.99 to $44.99 for ages 13 to 64, $18.99 to $34.99 for ages 2 to 12 and $24.99 to $42.99 for ages 65 and older.

The aquarium is at 1 Riverside Drive in Camden.

For information, call (844) 474-3474 or visit

Rancocas Woods hosts Craft & Antique Show

Rancocas Woods will host a Craft & Antique Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27. The rain date is Nov. 28.

More than 100 vendors will offer an eclectic mix of local handmade, vintage and antique items. There will also be a food truck and music by Homespun Trio from 10 a.m. to noon and Opus Soul from 1 to 4 p.m.

Rancocas Woods is at 118 Creek Road in Mount Laurel.

For information, visit or Rancocas Woods Events and Shops on Facebook. 

Visit Wheaton Arts; shop at the Holiday Studio Sale

The annual Holiday Studio Sale in the Event Center at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 through Dec. 5.

Pottery and glass items created by Wheaton artists will be available for purchase.

Discounts of 30 to 70 percent will be available on a variety of items.

Plus, visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary art-making experiences! Stop by the Glass Studio on Nov. 26 to create a sparkling winter ornament using colorful glass jewels and a clear plexiglass base to hang in front of a window or on a tree. Also, during the sale in the Event Center, create the perfect gift tag using collage techniques from an assortment of paper punches, scrapbook paper and ribbons. 

Admission to the sale is free.

A Wheaton Arts members only preview will be offered at 9 a.m. Nov. 26.

The museum stores will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. Plus, from Dec. 9 to 31, the museum stores will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, except 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and closed Dec. 25.

It is free to shop and stroll the grounds. Guests age 5 and older are asked to wear a face mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Admission tickets are needed to access the Museum of American Glass, Down Jersey Folklife Center, and the Artist Studios. Please note that these ticketed buildings are only open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December. Tickets can be purchased online or at the front gate.

Wheaton Arts is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The center is at 1501 Glasstown Road in Millville.

For information, call (856) 825-6800 or visit 

Christmas at the Hangar planned in Wildwood

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum will host its second annual Christmas at the Hangar event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27.

The event will feature a meet and greet with Santa Claus, photo opportunities including with Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion, Northeast Remnant, music by Ben and Hannah Stone, a dance performance by the Cape May Dancers, face painting, hot cocoa and cookies, a prize basket raffle and a 20 percent discount at the museum’s gift shop. Also, the Josie Kelly’s Public House of Somers Point food truck will be on site.

Admission is free.

Toy donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted.

The museum is at the Cape May Airport in Lower Township.

For information, call (609) 886-8787 or visit   

Skate, shop, wine and dine at Renault’s Vintner Wonderland

Renault Winery has been transformed into a Vintner Wonderland, where visitors are invited to skate, shop, wine and dine from Nov. 26 through Feb. 27. 

The main attraction is the outdoor, Renault Rink, which is designed for skaters of all ages and skill levels.

Tickets are $12 for skating and $10 for skate rental. Skaters may bring their own skates. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as capacity is limited and ticket prices may be higher at the gate.

Visitors are also invited to enjoy live entertainment, take a stroll through holiday lighting displays, enjoy seasonal and other beverages, and grab a casual snack outside or make a reservation for dining in the tasting room. 

Plus, regional and local craft vendors and artists will be on site to offer holiday ornaments, toys, scarves, glassware, figurines, artwork, apparel and more for sale.

The winery is at 72 N. Bremen Ave., in Egg Harbor City.

For tickets, reservations, hours and other information, call (609) 739-7670 or visit

Coombs hosts winter tractor parade

Coombs Barnyard will host a Winter Tractor Parade with Santa and Friends from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 27.

The event will feature a parade, snacks and crafts.

Admission is $10 per carload.

Canned good donations will be accepted to help local people in need.  

The barnyard is at 20 Route 77 in Elmer

For information, visit  

Enjoy the Pushcart Players’ ‘Holiday Tales’ virtually

Pushcart Players will present “Holiday Tales: A Season of Miracles” virtually at 2 p.m. Nov. 26 and 28, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 18, and 2 p.m. Dec. 19.

This magical musical will warm the hearts of family audiences with the true spirit of the December holidays of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa, and families can view the production from the comfort of their homes.

The show visits:

  • O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”
  • “The Kwanzaa Kite,” an original scene in Nigeria.
  • “The Chanukah Miracle,” a story based on the wise men of Chelm folklore.
  • E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker.”

Every tale reflects the spirit of the holidays and the people that celebrate them. Music and orchestrations are by Tony Award-winning composer, Larry Hochman, book is by Pushcart co-founder, Ruth Fost, and direction is by artistic director Paul Whelihan.

“As for miracles?” noted Fost, “they are within us all and at the heart of each story. Miracles are the gifts of love, kindness, caring and sharing.”

Patrons will receive a protected link and password to access the show at performance time.

Tickets are $25 for a family pass.

For reservations or information, call (973) 857-1115 or visit 

Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest opens for the season

Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest will open for the season on Nov. 26. The event, which continues through March 6, features ice skating, food and drink concessions, boardwalk games, a Ferris wheel, cabin rentals, fire pits and more.

Hours are from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays. Holiday hours may differ.

Skate sessions are 90 minutes.

Tickets are $5. Skate rental is $10. Advance ticket purchase recommended as capacity is limited.

The rink is at 101 S. Columbus Blvd., in Philadelphia.

For information, call (215) 925-7465 or visit 

Holiday tree lighting and parade planned in Collingswood

The Collingswood Holiday Tree Lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 26. Santa will descend from atop Borough Hall with assistance from the Collingswood Fire Department’s ladder truck. Choral groups will sing as the town tree is lit up with twinkling lights and season’s greetings are offered by officials.

Also, an ice carving demonstration will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Millennium Clock/Zane Schoolhouse at Irvin Avenue.

After the tree lighting, and until 9 p.m., Santa will be at ExtraordinaryED, 808 Haddon Ave., to visit with children and accept their lists.

Also, the holiday parade will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 27. Marching bands, dancers, holiday characters, stilts walkers, floats, mummers, sports mascots and musicians will travel from Zane and Haddon avenues, along Haddon Avenue to West Linden Avenue through Downtown Collingswood. 

For information, visit  

Crafts and collectibles events planned in Cape May

Cape May MAC will present Holiday Crafts & Collectibles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27 at Cape May Convention Hall.

The hall is at 714 Beach Ave., in Cape May.

For information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit 

Holiday comedy, carols and more offered at Kathedral

Kathedral Event Center’s schedule features a variety of performances.

Upcoming shows include:

  • “Mary Friggin’ Christmas” with Comedian Aunt Mary Pat, 8 p.m. Nov. 26, tickets $29 to $49, guests age 20 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale: Sing, Choirs of Angels, features classic and contemporary carols and songs celebrate the spirit of the holiday season, 1 p.m. Dec. 5, tickets $29 to $39.
  • Ginger Minj’s Winter Wonderland featuring Gidget Galore, a non-denominational, musical romp through the holidays, also features Ariel Versace, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, tickets $30 to $60.
  • The Uncle Louie Variety Show: An Italian Christmas, features Italian American comedians, Carlo Russo and Lou Greco, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, tickets $29 to $49.

The center is at 499 S. Egg Harbor Road in Hammonton.

For tickets or information, call (856) 685-6664 or visit  

Broadway Theatre hosts The Bronx Wanderers

Broadway Theatre of Pitman will present The Bronx Wanderers in concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. Nov. 28. The show will feature a mix of great rock and roll hits from yesterday and today

Tickets are $40.

The theater is at 43 S. Broadway in Pitman.

For tickets or information, call (856) 384-8381 or visit 

Cape May Zoo hosts holiday celebration

Cape May County Park and Zoo will host Santa’s Tree Lighting Celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27.

The event will feature holiday music by the John Walter Cape Community Band, an ice sculpture demonstration, the polar express train ride, bounce house castle and slide, character appearances, dance performances, free treats and a visit from Santa.

Animal paintings and ornaments will be available for purchase.

The tree lighting will be at 5 p.m.

The zoo is at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House.

Admission is free, donations accepted.

For information, call (609) 465-5271 or visit 

The Franklin Institute hosts Franklin Frost

All aboard the Franklin Frost Express for a winter experience that’s full S.T.E.A.M. ahead at the Franklin Institute from Nov. 26 through Dec. 31.

Watch as model trains circulate through a bustling city, a charming snow-covered valley, and a glowing aurora night! There will also be a 25-foot-tall Stellar Tree, designed to reflect the mysterious and magnificent night sky.

Join Conductor Carl for a scientific journey featuring interactive seasonal science activities plus a sprinkle of surprise.

Timed ticket purchase is required.

Admission is $23 for ages 12 to 64, $19 for ages 3 to 11 and $21 for ages 65 and older and members of the military.

The Franklin Institute is at 222 N. 20th St., in Philadelphia.

For information, call (215) 448-1200 or visit 

SoHa Arts hosts open studio and block party bazaar

SoHa Arts will host an open studio and block party bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27.

The event will feature more than 30 vendors, crafts for kids, selfie station, hot chocolate, homemade baked goods, gourmet gifts, open studio tour, artist demonstrations, art gallery, live music and a raffle.

SoHa Arts is at 1001 White Horse Pike in Haddon Township.

For information, call (856) 573-0238 or visit

Christmas drive-thru offered at Creamy Acres

Creamy Acres Farm’s Night of Lights, light show extravaganza, will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on select nights from Nov. 26 through Dec. 24.

Guests may enjoy a 1.5-mile drive-thru, newly expanded with more lights and scenes, from their vehicles while enjoying Christmas music on the radio.

Guests may also park to shop at the retail store and to enjoy food and sweet treats around the fire pits in the mid-way area.

Timed tickets are $30 per vehicle plus $4 fee.

The farm is at 448 Lincoln Mill Road in Mullica Hill.

For information, call (856) 223-1669 or visit Creamy Acres Night of Lights on Facebook. 

Holiday fun planned in Wildwood

The Christmas in North Wildwood Weekend Celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27 and noon Nov. 28. It will feature outdoor fire pits, hot chocolate, festive lights, decorations and music at Olde New Jersey Avenue and the 100 block of East 17th Avenue.

Also, a Wildwood Holiday Shopping Village will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood.

The event will feature local artisans and specialty shops, handcrafted items and decorations, baked goods, boutique shops, entertainment and music, raffles and more.

For information, visit

Museum of American History hosts antique train toy show

The Museum of American History at Deptford will host the 19th annual Antique Toy Train Show from Nov. 26 through Jan. 30.

It will feature O and O-27 gauge toy trains from the 1930s through 1950s. Lionel, Marx and American Flyer engines, with adjoining cars, will race against each other on two diverse platforms. Vintage Plasticville buildings from the 1950s will augment the display. Vegetation and auxiliary structures will give the platforms a traditional holiday appearance.

Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children.

The museum is at 138 Andaloro Way.

For information, call (856) 812-1121 or email [email protected].  

Music at Bunker Hill hosts concert

Music at Bunker Hill will host a concert featuring violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Anna Polonsky at 3 p.m. Nov. 28 at Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $12 for students with identification.

The church is at 330 Greentree Road in Sewell.

For tickets or information, call (856) 494-6077 or visit   

Haddonfield offers Candlelight shopping and more

The Partnership for Haddonfield welcomes everyone to Downtown Haddonfield for Candlelight Shopping from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17, and on Dec. 23.

Also, the annual Haddonfield Borough Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Library Point at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26, followed by a parade with Santa Claus to Kings Court, as well as evening-long entertainment and holiday shopping.

Candlelight shopping evenings will feature Santa, carriage rides, carolers and twinkling luminaries lining the quaint streets.

More than 200 shops, boutiques, and food and beverage establishments will take part in the festivities.

Merchants along Kings Highway and side streets, including Mechanic, Ellis and Tanner streets, Haddy Lane, Kings Court and Haddon Avenue, will offer holiday treasures, food and beverages and in-store festivities.

For information, visit Downtown.Haddonfield on Facebook or  

Atlantic City Ballet presents holiday shows and more

The Atlantic City Ballet will present its 39th season, which will include performances of “It’s A Shore Holiday,” “The Nutcracker,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Carmen,” “Cinderella,” at several venues.

The schedule includes:

  • Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City: “It’s a Shore Holiday,” 7 p.m. Nov. 27; “The Nutcracker,” 5 p.m. Dec. 19; “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7 p.m. March 26; “Carmen,” 4 p.m. April 23; and “Cinderella,” 4 p.m. May 21. 
  • Stafford Township Arts Center, Manahawkin: “It’s A Shore Holiday,” 3 p.m. Nov. 28.  
  • Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway: “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 11. 
  • The Strand Theater, Lakewood: “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

For tickets or information, visit    

Holiday fun planned in Ocean City

What’s happening in Ocean City this week?

Here’s a look at some activities that are planned:

  • Visits with Santa, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 19, Soifer Park, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. 
  • Photos with Santa in an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard boat, noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, though Dec. 19, Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. 
  • Free horse and carriage rides, noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 19, catch a ride at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. 
  • Fast & Furriest 5K Turkey Trot, sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City, event also includes a 5K walk and a 1-mile fun run, registration, 7 a.m., race, 8:30 a.m. Nov. 25, registration at Ocean City Music Pier, events follow Ocean City Boardwalk, (609) 398-9500, ext. 4,, 
  • Christmas in the Downtown: Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue, features an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas, 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 26.

For information, call (800) BEACH-NJ or visit  

La Mer hosts holiday tree lighting with hot chocolate bar

Celebrate the start of the holiday season at La Mer Beachfront Resort with a tree lighting ceremony and an evening of festive fun at 5 p.m. Nov. 27.

The event will feature the tree lighting at 6 p.m., a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits, hot chocolate bar, arts and crafts, sand art and more.

The resort is at 1317 Beachfront Ave., in Cape May.

For information, call (609) 884-9000 or visit

Holiday fun planned at Historic Smithville

Historic Smithville will host Dickens Fest, featuring an original, musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ heartwarming classic tale of redemption presented by Riddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company, at 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 27 and 1 p.m. Nov. 28.

The holiday train ride will be running, weather permitting. Tickets are $3.

Plus, the Light Show on the Lake runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sundays, Nov. 25 through Jan. 6. 

Visitors may also enjoy the shoppes.

Historic Smithville is at 615 E. Moss Mill Road in Absecon.

Admission is free.

For information, visit 

Villari’s hosts Small Business Saturday Celebration

Villari’s Lakeside Restaurant will host a Small Business Saturday Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27.

More than 30 vendors and food trucks will be onsite. There will also be giveaways.

The restaurant is at 2375 Sicklerville Road in Sicklerville. 

For information, call (856) 228-5244 or visit contributed to this report. Send event information and community news items to [email protected]. Help support local journalism with a digital subscription to The Daily Journal/ Courier Post/ Burlington County Times.

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