Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland and Let it GLOW! A Holiday Lantern Spectacular Attractions Open This November

(PARAMUS, NJ) – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Bergen County Board of Commissioners are excited to announce that starting in November, Van Saun County Park in Paramus will once again be Northern New Jersey’s premier destination for winter family fun with two distinct and unique holiday attractions.

Starting on Friday, November 24 at 4 p.m., Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland presented by Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, is set to make its triumphant return to Van Saun County Park with open air ice skating, ice bumper cars, a heated hospitality tent, games, activities, food trucks, an indoor/outdoor beer and wine garden, live holiday music, and rides on the iconic carousel. From the giant 30-foot centerpiece Christmas Tree to the festive decorations throughout, families will have the chance to be transported to a winter paradise this holiday season right here in Bergen County.

But even before you and your family can hit the ice, the Bergen County Zoo will once again host   Let it GLOW! A Holiday Lantern Spectacular which opens on Thursday, November 9 at 4 p.m.  The experience, sponsored by the Friends of the Bergen County Zoo in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., will feature traditional Chinese lanterns with a modern twist, including dozens of hand-painted, larger-than-life structures that celebrate culture, animals, and the warmth of the holidays. With over 30 different scenes, each hand-made, artistic wonder is more breathtaking than the last. The event also has train rides and fire pits, and there will be s’mores kits available in the Zoo Gift Shop.

Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland Hours of Operation and Upcoming Events

November 24 through January 1

The hours of operation are Fridays, 4pm–9pm; Saturdays, 11am–9pm; and Sundays, 11am–7pm. Monday and Wednesday, the ice rink will be open for skating from 3pm–9pm. Winter Wonderland will have adjusted hours on Christmas Eve (12/24) and New Year’s Eve (12/31) and operate 11am–6pm. From December 26–January 1, Winter Wonderland will operate 11am–9pm. Winter Wonderland will be closed on Christmas (12/25).

For more information about Winter Wonderland, including online ticket sales and the full 2023-2024 Event Calendar, visit


All Access (admission, skating, and one carousel ticket): $20 + online service fee

Seniors, Veterans, & Active Military: $10 + online service fee

General admission: $10 + online service fee

Seniors, Veterans, & Active Military: $5 + online service fee

Age 3 & under: FREE

Additional skating sessions: $10 + online service fee

Carousel ticket: $2

Train ticket (only available 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday): $2


Upcoming events

Friday, November 24, 4pm– Winter Wonderland Officially Opens

Saturday, December 2, 6pm –Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 9, 6pm – Winter Wonderland Menorah Lighting

Wednesday, December 27, 6pm – Winter Wonderland Kinara Lighting


Let it GLOW! A Holiday Lantern Spectacular Hours of Operation and Ticket information

November 9 through January 14

Thursdays & Sundays: 4pm–8pm

Fridays & Saturdays: 4pm–9pm

CLOSED on Christmas, December 25

Open EVERY DAY from December 26–January 1

Adults: $18.00

Children: $9.00

Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite or at the door during the event (subject to availability). For more information, please visit

Let It Glow is available for corporate events Monday through Wednesday. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To inquire about a private, one-of-a-kind event, or if your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Marianne Vella at

Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland in partnership with the New Jersey Devils is also proud to host Learn to Play Hockey this season! Learn to Play is designed to teach your child the fundamentals of ice hockey. On-ice sessions are run by USA Hockey certified coaches as well as New Jersey Devils Alumni and are structured to be both instructional and FUN! Registration includes a full set of CCM hockey equipment. For further details visit

About the Bergen County Parks Department

The Bergen County Parks Department is dedicated to providing recreation opportunities for all, preserving open space, enhancing environmental health, and protecting significant cultural and historic sites for current and future generations. The Bergen County Parks System which has been connecting people to nature for 75 years, spans over 9,000 acres and includes a nationally accredited zoo, six golf courses, 21 parks, two horseback riding areas, an environmental center and nine historic sites.

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