Happy holidays in Marlton!

Another holiday season is upon us. Maybe you’ve already put up the tree, untangled the lights, and hung the mistletoe. Or perhaps you’re gearing up for a low-key Christmas. Mostly, you’re looking forward to attending holiday events, connecting with loved ones and spending time together.

What better way to do so than to spend time doing something fun out and about? It means no one will have to cook, and better yet, no one will have a mess to clean up at the end of the night. You can create new traditions this year that leave you feeling refreshed, balanced, energized, and better connected with your loved ones and surrounding community.

Not sure where to go or what to do? Here are 22 holiday events in the Marlton, NJ area for you to add to your calendar.

1. DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express

Over in Hammonton, DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express is an annual tradition for kids “age one to 92,” according to their event page. It’s a kid-friendly event that runs every weekend from November 8 until Christmas. There’s a train ride through millions of lights, a photo opportunity with Santa, a present for each person, a holiday village, and so much more, including 3-D, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf.

DiDonato’s has been known to sell out, though, so make sure you purchase your tickets online.

2. Holiday Lights Trolley Rides

Are you interested in something a little further away to give you an opportunity to see more lights on your journey? Then this is one of the holiday events for you, especially if you’re in the Marlton, NJ area. The holiday lights trolley rides are hosted by Cape May. Cruise through Cape May’s historic district while a member of the East Lynne Theater Company shares a ghostly holiday tale. It’s an entertaining trip through a festively decorated area with centuries’ old traditions.

The ride itself lasts about 30 minutes and it now runs through the new year. But get tickets fast before the date you want sells out!

3. Santa Paws

What are you doing on December 8? If you have a pet, your answer should be that you’re going to Santa Paws at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital. Give your pet a chance to let Santa know what they’d like for Christmas. And of course, there will be an opportunity for picture-taking. Those photos are guaranteed to be framers!

Learn more about the event here, and make sure you click the “Going” button.

4. Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City

If you want a tradition with a long-standing history, this is it. The Christmas light show dates back more than half a century, and it’s perfect for the whole family. It’s right across from Philly’s historic city hall inside Macy’s. Macy’s Center City is a National Historic Landmark with more than 100 years of retail history.

The light show is every two hours from now until the new year. Take a look at the schedule and the other fantastic things they have waiting for visitors, such as the Dickens Village.

5. Living Nativity

Take the short drive to Fellowship Community Church in Mount Laurel for a living nativity experience. This outdoor walk through 13 scenes is a free event that started 25 years ago. It comes together every night with the help of over 200 volunteers. Aside from the nativity scenes, there’s live entertainment, cookies, and hot chocolate. It’s perfect for the family, and you can get in your steps while enjoying yourself. Bundle up!

6. A Longwood Christmas

Longwood Gardens is a beautiful place all year round. But during the holidays, it’s even more beautiful. The lights begin the week before Thanksgiving and stay lit until after the new year. This is one of those popular holiday events where tickets are required.

7. Brandywine Christmas

Is there a train fan in your family? If so, they won’t want to miss the Christmas fun at Brandywine. From the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s model train display to live entertainment to a sensory-friendly train experience, there’s something for everyone between now and the beginning of the new year.

8. Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Running through Christmas, this German- and European-themed outdoor market and Christmas village will leave you feeling full of holiday cheer. With over 80 local and international vendors, you can get your Christmas shopping done for even the most difficult person on your list. You can indulge in sweets too — just don’t forget to visit the dentist after for some teeth cleaning and oral check.

P.S. You can even enjoy a German beer while taking in the live entertainment once you’ve finished the last of your holiday shopping.

9. Deck the Hall Light Show

Visit Dilworth Park in Philadelphia to experience true holiday magic. There are daily shows running from around Thanksgiving through January 1.

Make a day of it by coming early enough to ice skate while the sun is still up. The skating rink is set up right there in Dilworth Park.

10. Wintergarden

While you’re at Dilworth Park, make sure you stop by the Wintergarden. It’s the centerpiece of the entire park, and it’s greenery-inspired displays are beautiful. It’s a great place to settle in for a mulled wine with friends.

11. Peddler’s Village Gingerbread Display

Take a trip over to Lahaska, PA, for their celebration of the holidays. Shopping is in full swing at the village, but make sure you check out the gingerbread competition. It’s sweet art!

12. Historic Houses Tour

Have you been to Fairmont Park in Philly? Head over in December to get the full tour of several historical homes that have been lavishly decked out in holiday cheer. Get your tickets now.

13. Comcast Light Show

Who doesn’t love lights? There’s something especially magical about Christmas lights, and the Comcast Light Show leads you on a 15-minute visual display teamed with festive tunes. This one of those free holiday events you shouldn’t miss — whether you’re with your partner, or with your family. Learn more about this free event in Philly.

14. Christmas in the Castle

Visit Glencairn Museum for an unforgettable tour that transports you back 80 years to when the Pitcairn family celebrated Christmas in these very halls. It’s eerily beautiful, and extremely popular, so make sure you book in advance.

15. One Liberty Observation Deck Holiday Tours

See Philly from the top of the One Liberty Observation Deck. At 57 floors up, you’ll have the best view of all the holiday lights across Philly. Sign up for a holiday tour of the skyline.

16. Christmas Dinner Concert

Venture out to Whiting, NJ, for the Christmas Dinner Concert held at America’s Keswick. December 10 is your only chance, so don’t miss it!

If you’re not available for the Christmas Dinner Concert, then check out the free Trees of Christmas Display in the Fireside Room.

17. Franklin Square Light Show

Franklin Square’s light show is an “electrical spectacle” inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s wonderful imagination and inventive mind. There are more than 80,000 lights to behold at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. It’s perfect for all ages.

18. Photo Pop Philly’s Winter Wonderland at the Bourse

In Old City Philadelphia overlooking Independence Mall, you’ll find an interactive art exhibit like no other. Go enjoy a whimsical wonderland suitable for all ages.

19. Johnson’s Corner Farm Christmas Light Show and Hayride

Imagine thousands of twinkling lights reflecting off a nearby lake. You’re surrounded by hundreds of freshly cut Christmas trees. You smell sap and s’mores that are being prepared by the fire. Oh yeah, and there’s a hayride. Who doesn’t want to visit Johnson’s Corner Farm? Take a drive to Medford, NJ, to enjoy yourself and pick a tree. 

20. Scrooge, the Musical

This holiday classic is something the whole family will enjoy. Put on by the Ritz Theatre Co., you’ll be drawn in to the live retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The show runs from December 12 through December 22.

21. Handel’s Messiah

Do you want an experience that will leave you with goosebumps? Then Handel’s Messiah at St. Mark’s Church in Philadelphia is the event of the season for you. Don’t miss this Philly tradition on Friday, December 15.

22. Wiley Mission’s Festival of Trees

Of course, we would love to see you close to home at Wiley Mission’s Festival of Trees on December 13. Come join us and our community as we celebrate the beginning of a holiday season that brings joy and happiness.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season from our family to yours!