When you live in a town like Metuchen NJ, you don’t have to travel far for family friendly fun. You can stay put and enjoy the activities that surround you. Just 25 miles from Manhattan, Metuchen is a family oriented community that knows how to provide fun to its residents. It also helps that other large cities like Edison and New Brunswick are nearby.

Now that the holiday season is here, you can find even more to enjoy with the kids in Metuchen. From Christmas light shows to Breakfast with Santa, the Jersey suburbs are the perfect place to spend the holiday season.

Below are four family friendly activities to add to your calendar over the next month.

1. Drive Around and Look at Christmas Lights - With Dinner!

Each year, residents take great pride in decorating their homes for the holidays. Plan a route ahead of time or pick a few of your favorite neighborhoods to drive through. The kids will love looking at all the festive displays, many of which have their own Christmas-themed music.

Don’t forget to stop and pick up an easy and healthy dinner. La Rosa Chicken and Grill has individual and family grilled chicken meals that you can eat in the car!

2. Ride The Christmas North Pole Express

Take a 40-minute drive to Flemington Station where you can board the North Pole Express. You’ll get to go over the river and through the woods with Santa and his elves! All passengers also receive a chocolate chip cookie, hot chocolate and silver bell. Photo ops and face painting will also be available.

3. View the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

As long as you don’t mind the crisp winter air, you’ll love taking a nighttime stroll through Turtle Back Zoo. More than 50 illuminated winter scenes and animal characters will be on display. You can also grab a hot chocolate and other late-night snacks from the open vendors. Admission to the holiday lights is FREE.

4. Enjoy New Brunsiwck’s Winter Wonderland

If you want to stay closer to home, New Brunswick has plenty of festive activities to enjoy with the family. The fun kicks off on December 3rd at the annual Tree Lighting at Monument Square Park. From there, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a festival of trees, ice sculpture demonstrations, a visit from Mickey and so much more.

Celebrate the Holidays in Metuchen NJ

Remember, if you’re hungry after riding the train or walking the zoo, stop into La Rosa Chicken and Grill in Metuchen for a warm and filling dinner. We have grilled and crispy chicken, buttery cornbread and freshly prepared sides! Just let us know if you need your meal to-go - we’ll package everything up so you can eat in the car or back at home!

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