How to Plan the Perfect Holiday Getaway in
Hudson County, NJ
With the glow of the NYC skyline, Hudson County’s waterfront neighborhoods enjoy a dazzling light show every night. But come holiday season, the area shines even brighter. The holidays in Hudson County charm with can’t-miss events and attractions, whether it’s catching a local Nutcracker performance, shopping for gifts at local boutiques, or dining out for festive meals. And the best way to experience this winter magic is a holiday getaway in Hudson County.
Your Hudson County holiday getaway is the perfect winter vacation, whether it’s a staycation for local travelers wanting to experience life in this scenic and easily navigable getaway, or for out-of-towners hoping to enjoy the region’s winter beauty—without the stress or cost of staying in Manhattan.
Ready to celebrate the season? Here’s how to plan your perfect Hudson County holiday getaway this winter.
Book a City-View Hotel
First things first: Where should you stay? To really get in the spirit—and soak up those Big Apple lights—grab a city-view room at one of our many waterfront hotels, from the shiny new EnVue Hotel at Weehawken’s Port Imperial to the W Hotel in Hoboken or the Hyatt House in Jersey City. Each of these hotels offers gorgeous views of the jaw-dropping Manhattan skyline, not to mention rooftop venues and waterfront restaurants for enjoying the scenery. You’ll also be walking distance to public transportation, letting you jaunt into the city for a day of enjoying the Manhattan markets, Fifth Avenue lights, and beloved sights—then heading back across the river to relax on the calm Hudson County waterfront.
See a Holiday Performance
Few experiences bring back the nostalgia of childhood holidays like live music and performances, and the Hudson County area is packed with these fun and festive events—particularly at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), which is just a quick PATH ride (the walk from the Newark PATH station to NJPAC is half a mile.) This year’s events include The Nutcracker State Ballet of Ukraine (12/11), Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (12/15), and The Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow (12/18). Keep an eye on our events calendar for more Hudson County holiday performances.
DIY Hudson Restaurant Week
Due to Covid-19, the annual and beloved Hudson Restaurant Week is canceled for winter 2021—but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on our best bites! You can DIY your own restaurant week while supporting local businesses when they need it most. Make a reservation from a host of local establishments that participate in restaurant week each year, such as Amanda’s for American fare in Hoboken, Battello for Italian cuisine or Kitchen Step Modern American Bistro in Jersey City, or Fork Hill Kitchen in Union City. Grab your food to go and enjoy it with that scenic city view from the comfort of your own hotel room.
Join a JC Friday Event
Enjoy local art during Jersey City’s winter JC Friday event on December 3, 2021. Through this limited-time experience, you can tour galleries, businesses, event venues, and art spaces to see the widespread creative community throughout New Jersey—while meeting some of the many talented local artists. Even better? The event is free! Check here for the latest experiences on the docket for December 3.
Run a Jingle Bell 5K
Jog, run, or walk alongside festive Hobokenites at the annual Jingle Bell 5K race on December 18, 2021. This is a great way to get that heart pumping while seeing the Mile Square City’s variety of waterfront sights—think skyline views, scenic parks, murals, and more. The race starts at Pier A Park in Hoboken; if you’d like, you can even donate everything from toys to coats at the start line. And, to warm up after crushing those three miles, reserve a table for brunch at local spots like Halifax or Bluestone Lane.
Shop for Local Gifts
One of the most quintessential holiday experiences is shopping at a local market, and Hoboken Main Street Pops will offer a variety of pop-up shopping experiences under the 14th Street Viaduct throughout December, including December 5, 12, and 19. Here, you can find everything from hand-crafted goods to artwork from Jersey’s talented creatives. And that’s just the start of Hudson County shopping. The area is a haven for holiday shopping, particularly given New Jersey has no sales tax on clothes and shoes. Whether you’re seeking kid-friendly gifts or a little something for everyone, our Hudson County holiday shopping guide will ensure you find everything you need, and then some.
Try Ice Skating or Indoor Skiing
One of the best places to enjoy winter sports—without the cold—is American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just beyond Secaucus. Here, you can go skiing indoors at Big Snow, North America’s first and only indoor, real-snow, year-round ski resort. And, for those looking to hit the ice, it’s hard to beat American Dream’s The Rink, an NHL regulation size ice rink with open skating, activities, lessons, figure-skating events, and more.
Enjoy a Family Friendly Holiday Adventure at Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center does not skimp on its holiday fun. Whether it’s the onsite Snowflake Maze (complete with scientific facts about snowflake formation) or the Laser Wonderland Holiday Lights and Music Show, with songs from Mariah Carey, Frozen, and Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Liberty Science Center’s many holiday experiences are sure to get kids—and adults—into the holiday spirit.