Family and friends are what make the holidays so special, but it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out where to have everybody stay and how to entertain them. If you have family visiting for the holidays, this list is for you. Here’s a roundup of where to stay and what to do during the holidays in Hudson County.
WHERE TO STAY
With an extensive network of ferries, trains, and buses that connect New Jersey and New York City, staying in Hudson County is a convenient and affordable option even if your guests want to spend some time across the river. Hudson County has a large list of lodgings to fit every budget and interest, from waterfront hotels with killer views of the Manhattan skyline to affordable options with suites, pools, and shuttles that are perfect for families. Here are some of our favorite hotels in Hudson County.
The Element by Westin is an extended stay, all-suite property with full kitchens and living rooms. They are eco-friendly, provide free bike rentals for guests, and have one of the best free breakfast buffets you’ve ever seen. This pet-friendly hotel is right across the street from the Harrison PATH station, just five miles from Newark Airport, and one mile from NJPAC and the Prudential Center.
Double Tree Inn
Situated right next to Newark Liberty International Airport, this hotel makes travel convenient with a free shuttle every 15 minutes. We’re seven miles from Cape Liberty Cruise Port and 10 miles from New York City. Families will enjoy the indoor pool and the free chocolate chip cookies guests receive when they arrive.
The View Hotel
This North Bergen hotel combines elegant designs with thoughtful amenities and services. Each stay at this pet-friendly hotel includes free breakfast, every room has an eco-friendly bidet, and the hotel offers free parking and shuttle service to New York City for an extra cost.
This new, pet-friendly hotel is known for two things: spectacular views from your room and its excellent on-site restaurant which also offers dazzling views of Midtown Manhattan. Guests will also enjoy the hotel’s fitness center, indoor pool, and easy access to Manhattan, as the hotel is steps away from the ferry.
Should your family be fans of the finer things in life, they would do well at this high-end hotel perfectly perched on the Hudson River waterfront to offer stunning skyline views of Manhattan. On-site, guests can indulge in three signature food and beverage experiences, visit the gym, or relax at the spa. Off-site, guests will have easy access to nightlife, dining, and other attractions, both within walking distance and via the nearby PATH train and NY Waterway Ferry.
Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District
This fun and vibrant new lifestyle hotel is in the heart of downtown Jersey City and is perfect for art lovers. Not only is the lobby filled with art, but the hotel also occasionally hosts art openings. Surrounded by endless restaurants, art galleries and transportation options, the attractions and entertainment in Jersey City and New York are mere minutes away. To explore, hop on one of Canopy’s complimentary bikes to travel around the neighborhood or use the PATH train station next door.
Hyatt Regency Jersey City
This premiere, full-service hotel is located on the Hudson River waterfront, so it offers incredible views of and access to Manhattan, thanks to its location right next to the PATH train. To enjoy the best views from your room, be sure to request a waterfront room with a balcony. This hotel is a great option for travelers who want to enjoy great views and easy access to Manhattan without spending an arm and a leg on a very high-end hotel.
THINGS TO DO
Regardless of where you stay in Hudson County, you’ll find plenty of things to do here. And because we have such an extensive transportation network, you and your family can easily explore by foot, car, bike, train, or ferry. Here are some of the top holiday happenings in Hudson County.
MUSIC AND BALLET
Jersey City Nutcracker
With a youth cast of over 100 student performers, this rendition of the Nutcracker is a family-friendly performance that really brings the entire community together.
Hip Hop Nutcracker
One of hip-hop’s founding fathers, Kurtis Blow, serves as MC for this supercharged take on the Tchaikovsky score, which has been re-mixed, re-imagined, and infused with hip-hop choreography at NJPAC.
ICE SKATING + SLEDDING
95 River Drive S, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Though the Newport Skates rink may not be the biggest in New Jersey, it’s easy to get to and it definitely has the best views. Located right along the Hudson River, the rink offers the perfect place for Instagram and Tik Tok shots with the Manhattan skyline in the back. Also, note that because this is an outdoor rink, be sure to bundle up if it’s cold out.
Charlie Heger Ice Rick Jersey City
807 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307
This indoor ice rink is a great place for ice skating and hockey. In addition to skating on your own skate rentals are offered and you can also take advantage of classes.
Leonard Gordon Park
3303 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07307
So-called “Mosquito Park” is known for its steep hills, which are perfect for sledding.
MARKETS AND GIFTS
Midnight Market Jersey City
Since 2016, the Midnight Market has combined the fun of and excitement of night markets with the deliciousness of food festivals. Far from your usual street fair, this foodie extravaganza is complete with a DJ, dancing, games, and activities. There’s also a full bar for those 21 and over.
Happy Holiday Market
This free event features music, food, and unique handmade gifts crafted by local artisans. It takes place from 12-6pm on December 9-10 and the 16-17. The event is spread across The Ashford’s heated rooftop, Under the Boot bar, and the Grove St PATH Plaza.