Category Archives: Christmas

Best #HipNJ Holiday Light Displays

The holiday season is here – though it may not be December 1st yet, folks are already decorating trees, wrapping presents, and playing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Mariah forever!). All of us at Hip New Jersey want to do our part in making sure you and your loved ones are having the most festive holiday season you can this year, so we’ve compiled a list of the best and most beautiful holiday light displays in our lovely New Jersey for you to check out. 

Sit back with a cup of hot cocoa, and take note! Here are our favorites:

Cranbury Christmas Lights – 128 North Main Street, Cranbury

Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show – Galloway Township

Storybook Land’s Christmas Fantasy with Lights – Egg Harbor Township

Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Lights – 3 Bauer Avenue, Hazlet 

Kloos Family Lights – 13 Sterling Court, East Brunswick

Skylands Stadium  94 Championship Pl., Augusta

Night of Lights – Creamy Acres Farm, Mullica Hill

Holiday Lights Spectacula– Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

T&A Sprinklers Light Show – 18 Central Avenue, Old Bridge

Bayville Christmas Light Show – 279 Woodhaven Blvd. SW, Bayville

While presents, egg nog, and funky holiday sweaters are super fun and officially in season, take the time to make some incredible memories this year.

Happy Holidays!

Don’t Miss Cyber Monday! HipNJ Has Got the Scoop on Sales

So Thanksgiving is over and you missed Black Friday? Fret not, because Cyber Monday is upon us! Shop amazing deals from the comfort of your home (or office, we don’t judge) while you chow down on leftovers. Here’s a list of some great Cyber Monday deals going on!

  1. GameStop
    Video games can be super pricy, but GameStop is the place that keeps on giving with some massive sales on games, consoles, and more! Check them out!
  2. Costco
    While you have to be a member to shop at Costco, their holiday sales might be the thing that draws you there! They’re having tons of sales on electronics, home appliances, and more
  3. Ann Taylor
    50% your entire purchase? Free shipping?? We see you, Ann Taylor…
  4. H&M
    This place will be having sales up to 30% off– that’s a pretty big difference for a store that’s already super affordable!
  5. Old Navy
    They have thousands of styles $10 and under AND they’ll take 50% off your entire purchase? I’m about to throw all my money at Old Navy this holiday season.
  6. Hello Fresh
    Thanksgiving may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try some new healthy recipes at home! Hello Fresh will be having some discounts this Cyber Monday, so be sure to snag a box or two for the nutrition (and the ‘gram…these meals look gorgeous, people!)
  7. Intrepid Travel
    While material possessions are lovely, experiences also matter! I know this winter chill has got us feeling some nostalgia for warmer weather, so while you’re fantasizing about your next vacation, why not book it 15% off? Intrepid is having a great deal for so many beautiful locations, it’s impossible to pass up!

We at HipNJ hope your Thanksgiving was bountiful, your Black Friday safe, and that your Cyber Monday will be cheap!

Happy shopping!

Support Your Community This Small Business Saturday!

Thanksgiving might be over and there may be plenty of sales at plenty of chain stores around the country, but this year support your local community in the best way you can – support small business! Small businesses are the backbone of many communities, providing their unique services just for their town. If they’re lucky, word spreads and people will travel far and wide to check out their products, but at the very least the locals should support when they can! We’ve compiled a list of some great towns in New Jersey with plenty of small businesses for you to check out this Small Business Saturday!

  1. Asbury Park
    Tons of boutiques, a tree-lighting ceremony, and free live musical performances – definitely worth the trip to the boardwalk!
  2. Flemington
     Flemington’s “Big Week to Shop Small” runs through December 1 and will feature special discounts at participating businesses. A great town to spend the day in this Saturday!
  3. Haddonfield
    The streets are lined with beautiful lights beginning Friday at 6 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. at Library Point, not to mention shopping specials, gift certificate discounts, and horse-drawn carriage rides through Sunday. 
  4. Montclair
    Montclair has tons of great local businesses to check out for food, fashion, and way more! Click the link for a list of all participating businesses!
  5. Morristown
    Morristown is having a scavenger hunt starting at b.jones Organic Spa, where grab  a passport to unlock specials at certain businesses (salons, galleries and cafes, oh my!) Collect stamps from the shops and return to the spa for a swag bag.
  6. Somerville
    Downtown Somerville is one of the coolest places to check out on a regular day, so Small Business Saturday you definitely can’t miss! Check out the “Shop Small” stickers outside of participating store, and stick around for a visit from Santa, the tree lighting, and horse-drawn carriage rides!
  7. Ridgewood
    Ridgewood is known for some lovely jewelry and home decor local shops, and this year Small Business Saturday matches up with the sixth annual Winterfest at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. The event feautures ice sculptures, performances by the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, hot chocolate, a trackless train ride and horse-drawn hayrides. 

While these are only a few towns to check out for their fun events and wonderful local businesses, if you can’t make it to any of these you can always shop around your own town. After Saturday, try shopping local more often; it makes a positive difference for your community!