Updated: Nov 28
With the holiday season fast approaching, there's no better way to embrace the festive spirit than by visiting one of the many winter markets in New Jersey. These seasonal spots offer a delightful blend of shopping, delicious treats, entertainment, and a warm, cozy atmosphere. So, grab your family and get ready to immerse yourself in the holiday magic as we explore charming winter markets across the Garden State.
Dates: November 24th - 26th, December 1st - 3rd
Start your holiday market journey in Downtown Clinton, where the Festival of Trees and Winter Village awaits. This outdoor market features over 45 unique craft artisans, making it the perfect place to find that special seasonal gift. Plus, you can step back in time and enjoy Dickens Days.
Location: 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Dates: November 24th - December 17th
Asbury Park transforms into a traditional Christmas market during this event. You can shop, celebrate, and enjoy the festive decor while browsing through a variety of crafts and even taking memorable photos at the holiday photo booth.
Locations: Grand Arcade of Convention Hall, Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ
Dates: November 25th - December 23rd
Don't let the winter weather deter you from shopping. Bell Works' indoor market features 75 local farmers, food purveyors, artisans, and more, providing a cozy shopping experience away from the cold.
Location: Bell Works, Holmdel, NJ
Dates: November 25th & 26th
Enjoy a holiday tradition in Long Branch that includes music, food, and kids' craft workshops. Special holiday characters like the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman will be there for unforgettable photo opportunities.
Location: Whitechapel Projects (WCP), Long Branch, NJ
Dates: November 26th, December 3rd, 17th and 21st
Asbury Park offers a warm and toasty holiday market season at Porta. Shop locally curated vendors, savor pizza and festive drinks, and soak in the holiday atmosphere.
Location: Porta, Asbury Park, NJ
Dates: December 1st - 3rd
Experience an authentic Weihnachtsmärkt at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, featuring a Biergarten, food market, folk dancers, live music, and even a visit from St. Nicholas and Mrs. Claus.
Location: Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta, NJ
Date: December 2nd & 3rd
Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Cape May's Annual Crafts at Christmas Show. Local makers and artists showcase their handmade and original works, from jewelry to candles and artwork.
Location: 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ
Date: December 1st, 2nd and 9th
Transform Town Hall's courtyard into a Winter Wonderland Village, complete with vendors selling great holiday gifts, kid's activities, a s'mores station, food trucks, and holiday music.
Location: 33 Washington St., Toms River, NJ
Date: December 2nd
Gather your friends and family and head to Winterfest 7 for a day filled with holiday music, fun activities for kids, and a special appearance by Santa. Shop for unique gifts from local artisans, indulge in delicious treats, and warm up around outdoor fire pits.
Location: 51 Haddon Ave., Haddon Twp., NJ 08108
Dates: December 2nd & 3rd
Inspired by traditional Weihnachtsmarkts in Germany, the Atlantic City Holiday Bazaar offers nonstop live music, an indoor Biergarten, arts and crafts activities, pictures with Santa, and a chance to shop from local artists and makers.
Location: The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Atlantic City, NJ
Dates: December 2nd & 3rd
Bring the whole family to shop, snack on festive treats, pick out your own tree, and savor hot apple cider at the 44th Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market.
Locations: Various locations townwide, parking available at 407 Hope-Great Meadows Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825
Dates: December 3rd, 10th, 17th
Explore the handmade goods and unique finds every Sunday in December at the Main Street Pops Holiday Market. From jewelry to home goods and artisanal foods, you'll discover a wide array of gift options.
Location: Under 14th Street Viaduct, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Dates: December 9th & 10th
Get ready for holiday shopping, drinks, and more at the Count Basie Center For The Arts. Immerse yourself in a festive mood with a highly curated collection of 50 local makers, handmade gifts, and unique presents.
Location: The Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank, NJ 07711
Date: December 9th
The tree lighting and a visit from St. Nick occur at dusk, but come earlier to explore what the holiday market has to offer. Enjoy free hot chocolate, prepackaged cookies, and ornaments for the kids.
Location: Modick Park, Hopatcong, NJ 07843
Date: December 9th
This winter festival in NJ has everything from vendors to fire pits to an ice sculpture artist. Live entertainment and shopping are complemented by the opportunity to take a family photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Location: Heritage Park, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
These delightful winter markets in New Jersey offer the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit. Whether you're looking for unique gifts, delicious treats, or just a festive atmosphere to enjoy with your loved ones, these markets have something for everyone. Stay tuned for Part 2, where we'll explore even more seasonal markets to help you make the most of this special time of year. Don't miss out on the joy, warmth, and wonder of the holiday season in the Garden State!