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November 2016

Festive NYE Cruises in NJ

NYE Cruises in NJ

Celebrate 2017 in style. NYE cruises in NJ offer elegant dining and a unique party atmosphere that welcomes all ages.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Cruises in NJ

Eve of the Eve Dinner

December 30 at 6:30 p.m., board the Spirit of New York at Chelsea Piers to enjoy a dinner cruise on the eve of New Year’s Eve. A live DJ will accompany a dinner buffet.

A sampling of the mouth-watering spread: for salads, try Mediterranean couscous and chickpea salad, or roasted red beet salad with pickled shallots and fresh mint. Scrumptious sides include a creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole or a baked ziti pasta dish. Choose from fish, chicken, beef, or pork for an entrée. For dessert, luscious cannoli or a slice of decadent cheesecake might tempt you.

New Year’s Eve Family Lunch

Boarding at 11 a.m. at Chelsea Piers, this cruise will let you celebrate a new calendar year on the water with a fresh and filling lunch buffet. Enjoy entertainment, too, plus all the stunning views signature to the Spirit of New York New Year’s Cruise.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner

Cap off the final night of 2016 with dinner onboard this Spirit of New Jersey New Year’s Cruise, then grab a drink from the premium open bar and settle in for a show. The cruise offers incredible fireworks views at midnight, plus a champagne toast. Board at 9 p.m. at Chelsea Piers, NY, or from Lincoln Harbor, NJ.

New Year’s Day Brunch Cruise

Boarding at 12:30 p.m. and departing from Chelsea Piers, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious brunch buffet with everything from breakfast pastries to scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes to slow-roasted strip loin, plus plenty of desserts. Don’t forget about onboard entertainment and those city skyline views.

New Year’s Day cruises in NJ offer a fun and relaxed way to celebrate the end of 2016 with family and friends. Stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel when you take a cruise this New Year.


Plan on Festive Fun for Thanksgiving in NJ

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving

There’s fun for Thanksgiving in NJ around every corner if you know where to look. Cheerful holiday events are waiting to be discovered. They might even become your newest family tradition!

Things to Do Around Thanksgiving in NJ: Sightsee at the Zoo

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Turtle Back Zoo will host its Holiday Lights Spectacular once again, with magical, sparkling displays featuring over 50 winter characters and creatures.

Wander through the zoo and see it as you never have before – lit up and festively arrayed for the holiday season.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular began its winter show on November 18, and will run through January 2. It will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights until December 11, and every night starting December 12. Zoo hours for the event are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free to see the Holiday Lights and take part in activities.

Themed Weekends and Donations

Come back each weekend for a different themed event. Past weekends have included such fun as indoor animal exhibits, face painting, s’mores stations, and character meet and greets.

As you look for things to do around Thanksgiving in NJ, consider this event for the opportunity to give back, as the zoo will be accepting donations for gently used winter coats, toys, and non-perishable food items (such as canned goods and dry pasta).

Holiday events in NJ will keep your family busy and in the spirit of the season. Whether you’re roving near or far, everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel wishes you a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.


Special AAA Hotel Deals in NJ Will Complete Your Vacation

AAA Hotel Deals in NJ

Being an AAA member is a great way to get sweet deals. You can combine your membership with a stay at our hotel, plus fun area attractions, to add up to a wonderful trip.

AAA hotel deals in NJ are the perfect way to save on your stay.

Hot Hotel Deals for AAA Members in NJ

AAA Rate Package

With the AAA Rate package, AAA members get to enjoy a special rate at The Wilshire Grand. The package comes complete with overnight accommodations, complimentary parking, and a complimentary breakfast for two.

With this deal, everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing stay is literally wrapped up in one neat “package.”

Things to Do While You’re Here

While you’re enjoying the benefits of your AAA package, make sure to get out and about to see what the New Jersey area has to offer for holiday fun.

Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo

This celebration at Turtle Back Zoo will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland.

Glittering and colorful lights will festively array the zoo, and over 50 winter-themed and animal characters will be lighting up the night. This is also a chance to give back, as the zoo will be accepting donations of new toys, gently-used winter coats, and non-perishable food items.

This event is totally free, so bundle up and head to the zoo starting November 18!

Stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel this holiday season for great package deals, not to mention a gateway to lots of fun in the area.


Fantastic Affordable Hotel Accommodations Outside NYC

Hotel Accommodations Outside NYCSeeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is one of the ultimate things to do while you’re in NYC around the holiday. It’s a time-honored tradition that goes all the way back to the 1920’s, including all the decorative floats, dozens of huge balloons, and Santa’s arrival bringing up the parade rear.

However, you don’t have to pay a fortune to stay in the city and attend festive holiday events like the parade. Instead, consider affordable hotel accommodations outside NYC.

Reasonably Priced Hotels for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

At The Wilshire Grand Hotel, we have reasonably priced guest rooms, great amenities, and comfortable accommodations at a location that provides convenience for visiting NYC attractions. You’ll appreciate enjoying the city’s offerings and then retreating to a quiet, restful haven at our hotel.

We’re one of the affordable hotels outside NYC. Our spacious accommodations are perfect for your next holiday trip, romantic getaway, or shopping trip.

Deluxe Rooms

Deluxe rooms include high-speed wireless internet access, a comfortable workspace with a desk and chair, an iPod docking station, an in-room coffee maker, in-room on-demand movies, and eco-friendly hair dryers and toilets, plus more.

Suites

Our King Suites and Bridal Hospitality Suites are large and stylish, and include all the amenities of our Deluxe Rooms, including extras. Relax in your own private Jacuzzi tub and enjoy upgraded eco-friendly touches, plus a lot more.

If you’re looking for hotels for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, look no further. Consider The Wilshire Grand Hotel for your holiday trip to the New York City area and skip the expensive options.


Celebrate the Season: See Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

As the temperature changes and the holidays come near, seeking out holiday events in NJ becomes every traveler and locals primary mission.

Each year, the Turtle Back Zoo features an impressive array of holiday festivities, including their “Holiday Lights Spectacular.”

Whether you are visiting the area for the holidays, or you are a local looking for a great way to celebrate the season, seeing the vibrant colors and lights is the perfect start for the season.

About the Event at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Zoo kicks off November 18th, 2016. From there, it runs Friday through Sunday until December 11th. After that, the lights are offered nightly through January 3, 2017.

The lights turn on at 5:00 pm and guests are welcome until 9:00 pm.

Admission to the lights is free.

You and your loved ones can stroll through the park and experience the sparkling lights featuring 50 animals and characters.

While you are there, the zoo offers their donations for toys, non-perishable food items, and gently used winter coats. You can drop them off at their donation centers throughout the park to give back to the community.

Each week the park features a different themed activity. So, you could return weekly and have an entirely different experience each time.

While enjoying holiday lights in Essex County, NJ, do not forget to book a stay at our luxury hotel. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is conveniently located in West Orange and just a short trip over to the Turtle Back Zoo.

Our team is more than happy to accommodate those visiting the area for the holidays, and offer our holiday lights and décor for those away from home for the holidays.