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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!

New Jersey Blizzard is Coming Our Way

By: Lisa Cardoso

Are you prepared for the snow? New Jersey will be in a winter storm warning starting Monday 8pm until Tuesday 6pm. This nor’easter is expected to hit most of New Jersey and fill some areas with an expected 18 inches Monday night into Tuesday night.

What will we do? Hip New Jersey has come up with a few ideas on how to spend your snow day!

Let’s talk about all the cozy ways to spend your snow day. A great way to start is to stay in bed! Get in your warm pajamas and fuzzy bathrobe, flip on the TV and relax! (You’re stuck home anyway!) Catch up on your favorite TV shows, catch up on some sleep, or read that book you’ve been trying to finish for a few months now. We recommend reading Ten Years Later by Lisa Marie Latino!

Lol for real though! #sleeep #todayiscancled

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Other, less relaxing ways, to use mother nature’s gift is to do some work! The majority of us have at one time or another dropped the ball with work. Take your day off to pick the ball back up and get on track. You could do overdue laundry, a little home organization, or paperwork. 

Make yourself a pot of your favorite hot beverages! A great way to stay warm from the outside blizzard is to fill your insides with a toasty treat. We recommend hot chocolate for this time! There are countless ways to make your own hot chocolate. Here is a recipe. 

Schools will most likely be closing on Tuesday, what will you and your kids do? A way to prepare is to wipe the dust off your board games! Weeks can be hectic with school activities and work obligations. Making the time for family can be difficult. Take this snowday as a gift from father time and spend it with the ones you love!

If you don’t already have a basement filled with board games here are some places that sell them: Toys “R” Us, Target, Walmart and Barnes & Noble. They have lovely sections of board games for all ages! Other alternative ways to spend time with family is to bake together. Baking a fun treat for you and your kids is a sweet bonding experience. Here are some ideas!  A  few ways to build a snowman indoors, with graham crackers  and with bread!


When was the last time you played in the snow? I know we shovel snow, clean snow off our cars and complain about it, but when was the last time you hopped on a tube and soared through the winter air? Take your kids to a local park and go tubing.

We are all about having fun, but staying safe is a huge priority. There are some precautions to take when any heavy storm comes to NJ. Make sure you have food to eat! Traveling and delivery may be a no-go in our 18 inches of snow. Make sure you have extra batteries, flashlights, and candles. The blizzard that is coming will be blowing strong winds that could knock out any of our electricity. If possible, getting a generator is always a great backup in times where heat may be taken away from us!

Snow moon, Lunar Eclipse and a Comet.

By Lisa Cardoso

A snow moon, lunar eclipse and comet in one night?!

Keep on the lookout New Jersey residents! Tonight, if the weather cooperates and the skies remain clear, we can see what the earth has to offer us.

 If you can’t see them from where you are, you can always watch them on Space.com

What is a snow moon? The snow moon is February’s full moon nicknamed by the Native Americans for being in the snowiest month. Pretty true, considering our first snowstorm of winter was yesterday February 9th and it was a heavy one! The best time to view the moon is during it’s rise at 5:18pm eastern time. This is when the moon is at its brightest. 

What is a penumbral lunar eclipse? The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse to the untrained eye looks like a normal full moon, but in fact, it is covered with the lightest shadow (penumbra) allowing the moon to look like a normal moon. Don’t miss it because we won’t be able to see another one until 2020.

Last but not least,  a comet. What is a comet? “When the gravity from a large passing body, like a star, becomes strong enough, some large chunks of ice get pulled away from the cloud and head toward the Sun,” according to North Western.edu. Tonight, we will get to witness the closest comet at about 7.4 million miles from the Earth, called  comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková. This won’t be happening until early Saturday morning before dawn, so break out your energy drinks!