A Look Inside our Northern NJ Meeting Venues in West Orange.

Northern NJ Meeting VenuesOur Northern NJ Meeting Venues.

From small board meetings to conferences and conventions of up to 500 guests, we are equipped to host your business meeting or social event in the new year. Look ahead to 2018 and book one of our Northern NJ meeting venues at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

We offer award-winning catering and banquet service and full audiovisual support to help make your next business meeting successful from beginning to end. Our distinctive hotel specializes in pairing ideal meeting venues with impeccable service. Whether you are looking to host an exclusive board meeting or corporate-wide celebration, we invite you to take a closer look at our event space near Newark, NJ. Here is what you can expect when you book one of our Northern NJ meeting venues:

  • Over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space
  • World-class catering & culinary team
  • Dedicated meeting planner to help you with every detail
  • Audiovisual equipment and support for effective presentations
  • Customized meeting packages
  • High-speed wireless internet access
  • 24 hour business center
  • Shuttle service
  • Special group rates

We offer a wide variety of food and beverage items for your next event, from breakfast to plated dinner. For our catering menus at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, please click here.

Our meeting venues in West Orange, NJ include our intimate wine room featuring a wine wall, comfy leather seating and an oversized boardroom table to host any intimate meeting. We hope to host your next meeting or group event in 2018 at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. If you would like to request additional information, please fill out the form below and one of our sales professionals will be sure to follow up with you. Click here to plan your meeting at one of our event spaces in New Jersey.


How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget - Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks.

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget

How romantic to count down to midnight as newlyweds and kick off a brand new year together as Mr. and Mrs. If you’ve set the date for New Year’s Eve and wondering how to host a NYE wedding on a budget, we are sharing our favorite winter wedding tips and tricks. Read this week’s blog post to ensure that your New Year’s Eve wedding is everything you dreamed it would be and more.

With the help of Brides Magazine, we’ve listed a few of our favorite ways to plan a stress-free New Year’s Eve wedding:

Secure your vendors early - Remember that New Year’s Eve is a popular night out and many will be hosting parties/events in your area. Be sure to secure your vendors early. If you have your heart set on a particular band or photographer, there is a possibility they will already be booked on that night. It might be wise to come up with back up vendors when making your list so you aren’t scrambling last minute.

If your ceremony is taking place at a different location from your reception, it would be best to arrange transportation for your guests. Keep in mind that Uber will have a surcharge for the holiday. Your guests will appreciate not having to spend extra expenses for the day.

Before midnight strikes, make sure everyone is ready. Have the band or DJ make an announcement so everyone can be present on the dance floor before the countdown begins. Champagne should be passed out well before the countdown begins, too, so everyone (all those 21 and over) can toast to the New Year with you.

Click here to learn more about how to host a NYE wedding on a budget.

We welcome you to take a tour of our event space here at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We would be honored to host your special day!


How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey.

How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey

How to Celebrate NYE in New Jersey.

The New Jersey and New York Spirit Cruises offer a variety of holiday cruises to enjoy throughout the year. As 2017 is coming to an end and you’re wondering how to celebrate NYE in New Jersey, check out the festive New Year’s Eve cruises in New Jersey and New York.

Make your celebrations extraordinary and ring in 2018 on a Spirit of New Jersey New Year’s Eve Cruise and a Spirit of New York New Year’s Eve Cruise.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New York on December 31, 2017

Count down to 2018 with a spectacular NYE fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, which Spirit Cruises is one of the sponsors (weather permitting)
New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Chelsea Piers, NY
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am | Price: from $279.90

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New Jersey on December 21, 2017

Count down to 2018 with a spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, which Spirit Cruises is one of the sponsors (weather permitting)
New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Lincoln Harbor, NJ
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am | Price: from $259.90

If wondering how to celebrate NYE in New Jersey, the Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York Cruises are conveniently located near us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. You will have the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty. Come cruise on New York Harbor. enjoy a delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops.

Once the cruise comes to an end, rest your feet in our cozy accommodations. Visit our website and book your New Year’s Eve visit today!


Wishing you a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey.

Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey

Happy Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey.

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” - John F. Kennedy

If spending the Thanksgiving Day holiday with us in New Jersey, we want you to sit back and make yourself right at home. Spending the holidays away from home can be a bit bittersweet but here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ in West Orange, our staff is committed to making your Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey memorable in every way.

If you just checked in to our hotel, welcome! Take off your shoes, sit back in our cozy accommodations and enjoy our complimentary Internet and in-room amenities. If you’d like to join us for our Complimentary Evening Reception later, you can enjoy a complimentary seasonal hot or cold beverage on us, Monday - Thursday from 5pm-7pm.

Head to our lobby tomorrow morning for our complimentary hot and cold breakfast served daily in our lobby. The morning after a holiday can be rough so don’t forget to fuel up with a hot cup of coffee, too.

If you’re here for the holiday weekend, there is plenty to do around us. We offer a complimentary shuttle service to local attractions and restaurants within a 5 mile radius.

Here are the things to do this Thanksgiving weekend in NJ:

Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique
November 4th through 26th, 2017

Shop for festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations and more in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

Experience over 100,000 lights, several animal exhibits and more! 50 animal and holiday-themed figures will light up the Turtle Back Zoo this season.

Wherever you may be celebrating the holiday season, we extend our warmest wishes for a memorable Thanksgiving holiday.


Celebrate the Season at the Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting CelebrationGet in the holiday spirit at the 4th Annual Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we head into the holiday season in New Jersey, there are plenty of holiday events to make your days merry and bright. Get in the holiday spirit at the 4th Annual Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

The holiday event in NJ will take place at the Prudential Center Championship Plaza, on Monday, November 27th, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The tree lighting and concert will begin at 6:00pm.

There’s plenty to do to keep the little ones busy all day long, making it one of our favorite free family-friendly events in NJ during the holiday season. In a previous blog post, we’ve shared the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo, another one of our favorite holiday events in Northern New Jersey. If you’re new to the area, both events will keep you entertained and in good spirits as we head into the joyful holiday season.

The Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration will feature music, free pictures with Santa, a bouncy house, synthetic ice skating rink, numerous carnival games, Victorian carolers and much more! Street and lot parking options are available. Rain date for the NJ holiday event will be on Wednesday, November 29th.

Click here to learn more about the 4th Annual Downtown Newark Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration and to read highlights about last year’s event!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near the Prudential Center Championship Plaza. Plan your overnight stay with us and avoid the traffic.

The holiday season can be a stressful time for all but we are committed to making your overnight stay as carefree as possible. We offer large comfortable guest rooms, plush furniture and elegant décor. You will also enjoy complimentary amenities such as wireless internet, our Grand Wilshire European Style Breakfast Buffet and our cardio & weight fitness center.

Plan your stay with us in New Jersey and experience the magic of the holiday season!


Cruise into Savings - Book our AAA Hotel Package in New Jersey

AAA Hotel Package in New JerseyBook our AAA Hotel Package in New Jersey.

Cruise into savings! Being a AAA member certainly has its perks. If you’ll be staying with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, don’t forget to book our AAA hotel package in New Jersey to enjoy the best possible stay while here.

Our AAA Rate Package includes:
Overnight accommodations
Complimentary breakfast for two
Complimentary parking

Terms & Conditions may apply. Click here to view our real-time availability, as well as the best possible rates for your selected dates and begin planning your trip today.

Not a AAA member and still looking to save? We offer hotel deals in New Jersey that are ideal for the business traveler, soon-to-be-parents, mothers and more. View our current hotel packages on our website today.

Driving to our hotel in a hybrid car? Cruise into even bigger savings! We are offering a Hybrid Happiness Package, which includes:

Standard deluxe accommodations
Complimentary parking for a hybrid vehicle
LED flashlight with AC/DC charger (Monday – Thursday only)

Terms & Conditions may apply. Click here to view our real-time availability, as well as the best possible rates for your selected dates and begin planning your trip today.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located in West Orange, NJ and situated less than 30 minutes from New York. When you’re our guest, you will enjoy an accommodating staff, large comfortable guest rooms, plush furniture and elegant décor. Enjoy our wireless internet, Grand Wilshire European Style Breakfast Buffet, cardio & weight fitness center, seasonal outdoor patio & putting green while here and take full advantage of our on-site dining and bar for added enjoyment.

The holiday season is just around the corner. We welcome you to book our AAA Hotel Package in New Jersey and plan your overnight stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel located in Essex County, NJ.


Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo.

Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back ZooCelebrate the Holiday Season at the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo.

The holiday season is just around the corner! How will you be celebrating this year? If you’ll be in our Essex County area, you won’t want to miss this year's Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo. The beloved holiday tradition in Essex County is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in New Jersey. No matter your age, the holiday event in Northern NJ is a magical celebration for both the young and the young at heart. You won't want to miss out this winter!

Holiday Lights Spectacular
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 17 – December 10
Every Night: December 11 – January 2, 2018
Closed: December 24 & 25
5pm to 9pm
Free Admission

Experience the Turtle Back Zoo like never before, under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. The family-friendly outdoor lights event in New Jersey is free of charge for all attendees but food and clothing donations are appreciated.

The Turtle Back Zoo is celebrating the holiday season by giving back. If you’ll be attending the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo, feel free to bring donations of non-perishable food items, new toys and gently used coats to help lend a helping hand to those in need.

If you’ll be visiting the NJ holiday light event during a December weekend then you are in for an extra treat! The Zoo will be hosting different themed activities featured each December weekend to help make your visit extra exciting.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located just minutes away from the Turtle Back Zoo. If you’re visiting for the holidays, we invite you to stay with us. Visit our website to learn more about our convenient and affordable accommodations and plan your holiday visit today.


Planning Affordable Winter Wedding in North Jersey.

Planning Affordable Winter Wedding in North JerseyLet us Help with Planning your Affordable Winter Wedding in North Jersey.

Are winter weddings becoming the new hottest trend? With the help of Pinterest and numerous bridal magazines making us swoon over the magic that a winter wedding brings, it’s no surprise that more and more brides and grooms to be are saying “I Do” to the idea of planning an affordable winter wedding in North Jersey.

If you’re considering planning a winter wedding in New Jersey, you’ll want to keep these helpful winter wedding tips in mind. Remember, accessories are a winter bride’s best friend.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a winter wedding? Most likely, cold temperatures.

If you’re picturing freezing temps in your head and worried about how this will affect your wedding photography, consider leaving enough room in your budget for purchasing a warm shawl or cape for yourself and bridesmaids. If you do experience cold weather or inclement weather on your wedding day, this extra layer will be very much appreciated by your entire bridal party. Remember, wedding photos can last hours! Your comfort is a top priority.

Another accessory you may forget about are thick tights to keep your legs warm under your dress. I know, tights may be the last accessory you would pair with a wedding gown but if you are opting for a longer gown, no one will know you are wearing them. If you are comfortable wearing tights and they won’t bother you throughout the night, consider purchasing them at least for any outdoor activities.

Once everyone settles in from the cold, don’t forget to keep your guests warm by offering a warming beverage upon arrival. Consider making your signature drink something that will be warming to the heart, as this will set a nice tone as soon as your guests begin to arrive.

We hope that you found our tips for planning an affordable winter wedding in North Jersey helpful. If you are searching for an affordable wedding venue in NJ, we invite you to take a tour of our elegant event spaces at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


Book our Holiday Party Venues in NJ - ’tis the Season!

Holiday Party Venues in NJ

’Tis the Season to Book one of our Holiday Party Venues in NJ.

Celebrate the holiday season with good cheer. Our holiday party venues in NJ offer the perfect setting for any holiday affair, conveniently located in West Orange, NJ. Every holiday deserves to be celebrated in style, let us be your number one choice this holiday season. Our number of event venues can cater to any event. With us, the possibilities are endless. Let’s make this holiday season one to remember!

You’ve checked your guest list and you’ve checked it twice. Now, you’re searching for the perfect holiday party venues in NJ. Consider our unique event space at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. We offer over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a world-class catering and culinary team, dedicated event planners to ensure your event is successful from beginning to end, plus all of the services and amenities you’ll need to host the perfect holiday event in New Jersey.

For added enjoyment, we also feature our Zagat Rated restaurant and bar, Primavera, which offers delicious entrees in an atmosphere ideal for socializing and networking.

We have been praised for our outstanding cuisine, superior value, and unlimited capabilities. Once the holidays are over, consider us for another social event in the future. We can create any type of event you wish, including:

  • Host a fund raiser or gala event
  • Arrange a fun and exciting high school reunion, prom or anniversary party
  • Plan a celebration such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera
  • Enjoy an outdoor cocktail reception in the garden terrace

Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner. We invite you to celebrate the season with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Visit our website to learn more about our holiday party venues in NJ and celebrate the holidays in style.


Halloween Events at Liberty Hall Museum!

Halloween Events at Liberty Hall MuseumThe Spooky & Not-So-Spooky Halloween Events at Liberty Hall Museum.

Did you know that Liberty Hall Museum is conveniently located near our hotel? Head to the historic building, which was built in 1772, to celebrate the fall season. Located at Kean University and one of Union County’s best-kept secret, there are many spooky and not-so-spooky Halloween events at Liberty Hall Museum to enjoy this October.

Candlelit Ghost Tours
Friday, October 13
Friday, October 20
Friday, October 27

Visit the Liberty Hall Museum after hours and celebrate Friday the 13th in the best way. The Ghost Tour at Liberty Hall Museum offers a guided, candlelit tour of the museum, where Museum staff members will share their own paranormal experiences. Light refreshments will be served and space is limited!

Click here to learn more about the Ghost Tours at Liberty Hall Museum.

Pumpkin Patch Day
Saturday, October 28 (Rain date: Sunday, October 29)

Pumpkin Patch Day at Liberty Hall Museum is a fall tradition for so many. Enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, crafts and so much more. Fun for the whole family, Pumpkin Patch Day is a great way to enjoy pumpkin picking in NJ, while visiting with The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

Program Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Program Fee: $12.00 per child, $8.00 per adult, children under 3 are free
Reservations suggested.

Click here to learn more about Pumpkin Patch Day at Liberty Hall Museum.

Fall Harvest is taking place throughout October.
If looking for places to buy pumpkins and gourds in North New Jersey, the Liberty Hall Museum is selling them all month long.

From ghost tours to kid-friendly activities, the Liberty Hall Museum is the place to be this October. Visit the website to learn more about the Halloween events at Liberty Hall Museum.

Plan your overnight stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel and rest your feet in our cozy accommodations after the eventful day.