Fun holiday vacations not too far from New Jersey

When the kids are off from school for Christmas break and are itching to travel, why not take them on a vacation or staycation to unwind and have some family fun. Stay overnight or longer if your budget permits. What are some things the whole family can do? Well, relaxing anywhere with a pool is always a hit, skiing down a hill for some thrills, riding in a horse drawn carriage, or walking around to see city holiday lights & displays. All inclusive resorts are wonderful because once you're there, you don't have to worry because meals, lodging and activities are all included. Listed below are some wonderful vacation destinations, not too far from NJ and are super kid friendly. 

The Holiday Experience At Crystal Springs Resort

Stay at either the Grand Cascades Lodge or Minerals Hotel and enjoy our Christmas Corner and winter workshop. Horse drawn carriage rides, visit with Santa Claus, and decorate a mini-tree, marshmallow roasting, hot cocoa and more! Check Crystals Springs website for availability. 855.977.6473

Holiday Adventure at Pine Ridge Dude Ranch

An upstate Catskills all inclusive ranch experience and getaway for the whole family. Horseback riding, tons of outdoor and indoor activities, wonderful rooms, food and more! Also look for New Year Eve's special at Pine Ridge Dude Ranch. Check or call for availability. 30 Cherrytown Rd, Kerhonkson, NY, 845.626.7345

Christmas Break at Woodloch

Spend your holidays at Woodloch, the best family resort in the Pocono Mountains. 30+ activities, nightly entertainment, meals daily, and spacious accommodations. Enjoy the Festival of Lights on select dates, gingerbread wars, scavenger hunt, Christmas Caroling and more! Special New Year Eve's celebration rate also available. Check Woodloch website to book your vacation. 731 Welcome Lake Rd, Hawley, PA, 800.966.4562,

Experience the Holidays at Rocking Horse Ranch

Enjoy all-inclusive winter activities and entertainment at Rocking Horse Ranch. Santa meet and greet on select dates (Dec 7,14,21,24) at the Ranch. Winter fun park with skiing and tubing. See over 50,000 blue lights covering our pine trees. Check or call for availability. 600 State Route 44/55, Highland, NY, 845.691.2927

Winter Getaway Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

December 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020
The Visit Philly package is available for one or two-night stays at select hotels with free parking. Also receive two Philadelphia Sightseeing flex passes to use at two Philadelphia attractions or tours and two ice-skating tickets to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

New York City During the Holidays

Since NYC is so close to the Garden State, you don't have to drive in, just hop aboard NJ Transit and ride into New York City. Once there, use the subway or walk to all your destinations. With so many hotels to choose from, spend a night or two in Manhattan. There are many kid friendly things to do during the Christmas holidays. Get tickets to the Christmas Spectacular and Radio City Rockettes, take in the department store windows along Fifth Ave, ride up elevator to the Empire State Building at night, put on a pair of skates at Bryant Park, get ice cream desserts at Serendipity and much more! 

Lancaster PA with nearby Crayola Factory,  Hershey Park, Sesame Place

Within a 2 hour drive from Central NJ is the Lancaster PA area and it's filled with numerous attractions and lodging.

Create gifts from the heart during Crayola Experience's Handmade Holidays. Families can also enjoy seasonal treats, special character appearances and much more! These holiday adventures are all in addition to their 27 creative, hands-on activities.

Sesame Place for younger children is always a hit. Muppets galore and the park is decorated with festive lights during A Very Furry Christmas, which runs through Jan 1, 2020. 4 million holiday lights can be seen at Hershey Park Christmas Candylane, along with thrill rides and coasters.