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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.