Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays Around Journal Square, NJ.

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Journal Square. This proudly storied and unique corner of the Jersey City metro has its fair share of events, character, and past writings that lend it its name. Whether you are a visitor on holiday, a returnee to see friends and family, or an adventurous local, you’ll find that Journal Square has something to challenge and inspire everyone. Read on for some of our favorite holiday season events and festivals around Journal Square.

Happy Holiday Market

Shop the best of Jersey City’s small business, independent artists, and cottage industry and get holiday shopping done while you meet some of the city’s most creative residents at the Happy Holiday Market! This is a festive, open-air holiday market offering a shopping selection of one-of-a-kind candles, clothing, soaps, DIY kits, ingredients, artwork, cards, and jewelry. Accompanying the booths is, of course, a delicious array of local food trucks, and the central location of this event provides flexibility with many travel itineraries. Enjoy Jersey City’s strong value on supporting small businesses and the community at the Happy Holiday Market this holiday season.

Newport Skates

Enjoy the timeless joys of outdoor ice skating and skate the cool Jersey winter air away in an open ice rink! The residents of Jersey City hit the ice skating rinks each winter to beat the cold, and it is a great way for visitors of all ages and interests to warm up while enjoying the atmosphere of a happy, full ice rink. Lace up your skates and come out on the town at Newport Skates.


Jersey City’s waterfront addition, fresh produce, small business, and the strong value of community are again on cheerful and charming display at the Smorgasburg. This is a delicious weekend food and open-air market featuring mouthwatering options of all varieties and cuisines, from crab poutine to vegan sandwiches, birria tacos, brigadeiros, and coxinha, chai mixes, churros, and artisan doughnuts. For a delicious experience by the water dining on Journal Square’s best, come to Smorgasburg, and bring your appetite!

Statue Cruises

Regularly throughout the year, the New Jersey area provides up-close cruises and looks at New York City and Lady Liberty. These are a great way to tour the area by water from a unique perspective while learning a lot about the surrounding history and landmarks. Visitors can also keep their eyes out for the package deals to explore not just the waters and the Statue of Liberty grounds, but also tickets giving access to the crown of the Statue of Liberty and the Pedestal. The views over the water from the crown and the cruise give unique and immersive insight into the sight that greeted waves of immigrants before in this moving tour.

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