Smithville in December is a winter wonderland! When you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, plan a day at Smithville to slow it down, enjoy your family and be reminded of the simpler pleasures of the holidays.
Every weekend in December leading up to Christmas the Village Greene hosts a number of mystical and magical holiday spirited free events.
Light Show on the Lake… Over 120 Christmas Trees constructed from over 50,000 Christmas lights, magically float on Lake Meone in the center of Historic Smithville. The moment darkness falls, an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. The lights seem to dance and chase each other to the music all the while reflecting of the water’s surface. This show can be seen from either side of the village as well as the bridge. The show begins November 28 and runs until Jan 1.
Mrs. Claus reading stories to the children… Many children get a little scared of Santa, this large robust man with a beard and red coat. Smithville decided to bring you the softer side of the family. Mrs. Claus is a simple elderly German woman with grey hair and a breathtaking, handmade red dress. She has taken a little time away from helping Santa to make her very own public appearance right here in Historic Smithville. We have transformed the antique arcade (#65 on the Walking Map) into a Christmas area fitting for Mrs. Claus. Between the hours of 1:30 and 4:30 she will sit and read stories to the children, take pictures and chat with you and your children about the upcoming holiday.
The Magic Talking Christmas Tree… If you are having trouble locating Mrs. Claus, you can always ask the Magic Tree. You heard me right!! Next to the Smithville Train Station an over sized Christmas tree is brought in from Santa’s private forest. This beautifully decorated Christmas tree awakens every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00 to talk with you and your children about the upcoming holidays and, well, anything you might want. Right next to the Magic Talking Tree the Smithville Train has decorated it’s tracks for the Holiday’s. For $2.00 per person you take a 6 1/2 minute ride on the outskirts of Smithville on this fun, whimsical train. Both the train and carousel are open village hours weather permitting throughout the month of December.
December 14 is our Victorian Christmas:
Special performances with a Victorian flair courtesy of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire will include vignettes from A Christmas Carol and an interpretive reading of The Night Before Christmas, as well as appearances by William Shakespeare and Ebenezer Scrooge, and holiday music
As if all of that is not enough to put you in the holiday mood, each of the stores located in Historic Smithville is outlined in white twinkle lights. You would imagine that Santa himself would live here… it is a winter wonderland of unique shops, enjoyable eateries, and holiday merriment. We hope to see you and your family in the village this holiday season! If you have any questions about any of these events feel free to call us at the Colonial Inn any time, we are right in the middle of all the excitement and will be happy to answer any of your questions. 609-748-8999
Store Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm