Holidays in Collingswood

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Tis the Season to love Collingswood

From November to the New Year, Collingswood is bursting with holiday cheer. Enjoy singers and snow in Downtown Collingswood Fridays and Saturdays, our annual Holiday Parade, Parade of Lights, FREE visits with Santa, special events, concerts, shopping and dining deals, and the charm of more than a quarter-million lights decorating our tree-lined streets!

See Santa in Collingswood FREE!
Santa is available for visits every weekend in December free of charge! Santa will welcome families at his Collingswood Headquarters at Extraordinary ED, 808 Haddon Ave. Visits are scheduled Friday nights from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Visit Santa to drop off your wish list and take photos and enjoy all the fun, shopping, and dining in downtown Collingswood!

Santa will also be accepting letters in his mailbox in front of Borough Hall beginning Friday, November 26. Get your letters in early so Santa has time to answer them.

New this year, Collingswood is hosting a sensory-friendly Santa experience. Visit Santa in a quiet and comfortable setting for children with special needs. The visits are held on Sunday, December 12 at Upcycle Fitness, 716 Haddon, and appointments must be scheduled in advance.   Sign up for a sensory-friendly Santa experience here.

Holiday Light Map
Grab your hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes, and tour SJ's merriest little town to see the twinkling homes registered in the Holiday House Decorating Contest. Use our Holiday Light Guide for self-guided tours around town. VIEW THE MAP HERE. 

Holiday Shopping, Dining & Strolling
Collingswood transforms into a winter wonderland - a beautiful shopping streetscape all along the downtown. There are extended shopping hours every Friday and Saturday in December and parking is FREE  downtown throughout the month to make shopping a breeze. Find just the right gifts for underneath the tree. From home décor, candy, art, gourmet items, toys, and games to comic books, entertainment experiences, dining gift cards, and so much more - Collingswood has all your gift-giving needs covered.

We have the holiday magic covered too – get a pair of HOLOSPEX glasses to check out all those twinkling lights with holographic lenses that bend the light to create a magical holiday pattern from every light displayed. Look for the retailers with HOLOSPEX signs to score a pair, then check out all the lights throughout the downtown.  Grab your favorite cup of hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes, and soak in the tinsel and lights.  We also make sure it snows in Collingswood during special events, even when mother nature doesn’t!

Shop Local from Home with Collingswood Prime!
Want to shop from the comfort of your home? Check out Collingswood Prime, the fee-free shipping service delivered through Bloc Delivery bicycle couriers. Just call participating Collingswood stores and restaurants or visit Bloc Delivery to place an order. Eligible delivery areas include 08106, 08107, 08108, 08033. Delivery days are Wednesdays and Saturdays from November 17 through December 22. Supporting Collingswood small business has never been easier! 

Give Local Give Collingswood Cash
Stumped on what to give? Collingswood Cash is the gift everyone loves! Use it all over town, at your favorite stores, restaurants, and services, Collingswood Cash is the local version of a mall gift certificate. Certificates are available in increments of $5, $10, $25 and $50 and redeemable at your favorite businesses for face value.
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Special Events highlights:
Our holiday events line-up features popular events such as our parade and tree lighting and also includes concerts, special shopping events, a wine tasting, family-friendly activities, and so much more throughout the season. Check out some of our most popular events below and bookmark the full schedule here.

Caroling - Friday & Saturday Evenings in December
Enjoy holiday caroling while you shop, stroll and dine. Caroling will take place on the steps of the Zane School at the Millennium Clock and carolers also stroll along the Avenue. Performance schedule below:

Friday, December 3
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Hotsy Totsy 
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Celestia Flute Quartet/Luminance Flute Quartet
Friday, December 10
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Hotsy Totsy 
6:30 PM to 7:15 PM – Cherokee HS Girls Ensemble 
Friday, December 17
6:00 PM to 8:00- PM - Hotsy Totsy 
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Collingswood Madrigals
Saturday, December 4
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Hotsy Totsy
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Hampton Brass Quartet
Saturday, December 11
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Hotsy Totsy
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Jersey Sound Chorus
Saturday, December 18
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Hotsy Totsy
6:30 PM to 7:15 PM - Cherokee HS Concert Choir

Collingswood Cash Tailgate Party & Sale, Saturday, November 20, EARLY!
Shoppers flock to Collingswood for the yearly “free money” Collingswood Cash giveaway lining up in all kinds of weather as early as 4:00 AM. Collingswood Partners will give away $45,000 to patrons of Collingswood businesses. Shoppers that purchase $50 in Collingswood Cash –the Borough’s equivalent to a mall gift card– will receive an additional $20 to spend anywhere in town. The bonus cash is first come first served and long lines for the giveaway begin before dawn. We’re bringing the tailgate party back, too! Those camped out at Borough Hall enjoy an early morning party to kick off the holiday season. The party officially starts at 6:30 AM and festivities include music, games, and multiple giveaways per hour including concert tickets, sports-themed prizes, tailgating gear, and Collingswood swag. Breakfast snacks and drinks to keep folks warm and happy are also available. Co-sponsored by the Borough of Collingswood and Camden County Board of Commissioners.
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Holiday Tree Lighting, Friday, November 26, 7:00 PM
Santa descends from atop Borough Hall by way of the Collingswood Fire Department’s ladder truck – just in time for the Borough’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Choral groups will sing as the town tree is lit up with twinkling lights and season’s greetings are made by Mayor Jim Maley and Commissioners Rob Lewandowski and Morgan Robinson.

Live Ice Carving on Nov 26! If you needed more reason to soak up the season after the tree lighting, there will be a live ice carving demonstration at the Millennium Clock/Zane Schoolhouse at Irvin Ave at 7:30 p.m. After we greet Santa at Borough Hall, turn around and stroll the downtown, visit our merchants and enjoy the show.

Holiday Parade, Saturday, November 27, 10:00 AM
Don’t miss the best holiday parade in South Jersey! The parade features lively seasonal entertainment including marching bands, dancers, holiday characters, stilts walkers, floats, mummers, sports mascots and live music. The parade begins at Zane and Haddon Avenues and continues to West Linden Avenue, through the heart of Downtown Collingswood. 

Community Menorah Lighting, Thursday, December 2, 6:00 PM
Join us for a Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration at the Lumberyard Garden (Collings and North Atlantic Avenues). All are welcome! Connect with the community and enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family with music, latkes, donuts, dreidels, and choco-gelt! Sponsored by Chabad of Camden and Burlington Counties.

Parade of Lights, Friday, December 3, 6:30 PM
The annual Parade of Lights will kick off with fire trucks and floats strung in glittering lights along the perimeter of the park beginning at Grant Avenue and Browning Road. The best viewing areas are along the park side of Park Avenue. Trucks from fire companies and organizations all over the region compete for top honors and are sure to delight spectators. Please Note: Knight Park will be closed to parking during the event and vehicle traffic and parking will be prohibited along Browning Road, Park and Collings Avenues for safety. 

Second Saturday Arts and Music, Saturday, December 11, 5:00 PM
The festive lights will make for an extra special Second Saturday event starting at 5:00 PM! As always, the evening of art and entertainment will host artists, crafters, and musicians at studios, galleries, coffee houses and retail shops. Experience art, demonstrations, performances, and exhibits at several locations along Haddon Ave. Stop by Haddon and Woodlawn at the DecemberFest Holiday Pop-up from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for even more fun featuring handmade arts and crafts, games, and winter fun. Visit the Second Saturday page for more info.

DecemberFest Holiday Pop-Up, Saturday, December 4, 11, 18, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Collingswood is popping up holiday fun in 2021. Come pop, shop, and dine in beautiful downtown Collingswood! Stop by Haddon & Woodlawn Avenues for even more holiday celebrations. Each week features a different theme:

  • December 4, Family Night: Bring the whole crew and enjoy some outdoor fun! We’ll have games, snacks, hot chocolate, PLUS a fireside viewing of Elf. Get toasty before or after and book a reservation at your favorite restaurant and do some downtown holiday shopping.
  • POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER - December 11, Handmade Holidays Night: From home décor, candy, art, gourmet items, toys, and games to comic books, entertainment experiences, and so much more - Collingswood has all your gift-giving needs covered! So, shop ALL the stores, grab a bite, then swing by Haddon and Woodlawn for a special holiday edition local maker’s market featuring one-of-a-kind art and other handmade items. BONUS: It's Second Saturday with music and arts all throughout the downtown!
  • December 18,  Handmade Holidays Market and Wine Tasting: Last chance for shopping and fun! Shop at our local boutiques, pick up some gift cards at your favorite Collingswood eatery. Then, pop on by for a local maker’s market featuring one-of-a-kind art and other handmade items. Enjoy live music, lawn games, hot cocoa and s'mores by the firepits, and a South Jersey wine tasting presented by Visit South Jersey. You can also get Collingswood Cash (sales onsite)- it’s the perfect gift if you can’t decide what to give!