A Guide to Planning the Perfect Vacation “Getaways” in Hudson County
With the glow of the New York skyline, Hudson County’s waterfront neighborhoods enjoy a dazzling light show every night. But during the holiday season, the region shines even more. Holidays in Hudson County entice visitors and residents alike with must-see events and attractions, from watching a local Nutcracker show to shopping for gifts at local local shops or dine at the restaurant for festive meals.
This Hudson County Getaway Guide is the perfect winter vacation, whether it’s a stay for locals who want to experience life in this scenic and easily navigable getaway, or for those of the outdoors wishing to enjoy the region’s winter beauty, without the stress or cost of staying in Manhattan. Visit Hudson.org curated the ultimate guide to planning a Hudson County vacation adventure to remember, from local hotels to 5Ks to family outings and more.
Book a hotel with a view of the city
First of all: where to stay? To really soak up the spirit and soak up those New York City lights, grab a city view room at one of the many waterfront hotels, from the brand new EnVue Hotel to Weehawken’s Port Imperial to the W Hotel in Hoboken or Hyatt House in Jersey City. Each of these hotels offers a magnificent view of the breathtaking Manhattan skyline, not to mention the rooftop spots and waterfront restaurants to take in the scenery. Guests will be within walking distance of public transportation, making it easy for visitors to hop on the PATH and into the city for a day enjoying Manhattan’s markets, the lights of Fifth Avenue, and beloved sites, then cross the river to relax. Hudson County’s quiet waterfront.
See a holiday show
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Few experiences bring back the nostalgia of childhood vacations like live music and performances, and North Jersey is full of these fun and festive events, especially at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), which is a short walk away. not from Newark PATH station. (technically in Essex County). This year’s events include Nutcracker performed by State Ballet of Ukraine (12/11), Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (12/15) and The Nutcracker Hip Hop with MC Kurtis Blow (12/18). Keep an eye on the event calendar for more vacation shows in Hudson County.
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DIY Hudson Restaurant Week
Due to Covid-19, the annual and beloved Hudson Restaurant Week is canceled for winter 2021, but that doesn’t mean missing out on the best bites! Visitors can DIY their own restaurant week while supporting local businesses when they need it most. Make reservations with a host of local establishments that participate in Restaurant Week each year, such as Amanda’s in Hoboken, Battello in Jersey City, and Fork Hill Kitchen in Union City. Grab your take-out food and enjoy it with this panoramic city view from the comfort of your own hotel room.
Join a JC Friday event
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Enjoy local art at the JC Friday winter event in Jersey City on December 3, 2021. With this limited-time experience, attendees can visit galleries, businesses, event venues, and art spaces to see the creative community spread throughout New Jersey while meeting some of the many talented local artists. Even better? The event is free! Check out the latest experiences online from December 3 here.
Run a 5K Jingle Bell
Jog, run or walk alongside the festive Hobokenites at the annual Jingle Bell 5K Run on December 18, 2021. It’s a great way to get your heart racing while taking in the variety of waterfront sites of Mile Square City – think of skyline views, scenic parks, murals, and more. The race starts at Pier A Park in Hoboken. Participants can even donate everything from toys to coats at the start line. And, to warm up after you’ve covered those three miles, book a table for brunch at a local spot like Halifax or Bluestone Lane.
Buy local gifts
One of the most typical vacation experiences is shopping at a local market, and Hoboken Main Street Pops will offer a variety of pop-up shopping experiences under the 14th Street Viaduct throughout December, including included December 5, 12 and 19. Here shoppers can find everything from handcrafted goods to artwork from Jersey’s talented creatives. And that’s just the start of shopping in Hudson County. The area is a holiday shopper’s paradise, especially since New Jersey has no sales tax on clothing and footwear. Whether visitors are looking for kid-friendly gifts or a little something for everyone, our Hudson County Holiday Shopping Guide will ensure shoppers find everything they need, and more.
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Try ice skating or indoor skiing
One of the best places to enjoy cold-free winter sports is the American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just beyond Secaucus. Here, visitors can ski indoors at Big Snow, the first and only year-round indoor ski resort with real snow. And, for those looking to hit the ice, it’s hard to beat American Dream’s The Rink, an NHL regulation-sized rink with free skating, activities, lessons, figure skating events and more. . Newport Skates in Jersey City have also announced their 2021-2022 season dates.
Enjoy a family vacation adventure at Liberty Science Center
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Liberty Science Center doesn’t skimp on vacation fun. Whether it’s the on-site Snowflake Maze, with science facts on how snowflakes formed, or the Laser Wonderland Holiday Lights and Music Show with songs by Mariah Carey, Frozen, and Alvin and the Chipmunks, Liberty Science Center’s many vacation experiences are sure to immerse kids and adults alike in the vacation spirit.