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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!


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.


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.


Haunted Halloween Attractions in NJ - Bane Haunted House.

Haunted Halloween Attractions in NJFor the thrill seekers - Check out one of the best Haunted Halloween Attractions in NJ.

Some attractions are just not meant for the faint of heart. For many people, late September and October is the time for seeking out the spookiest local haunted attractions. If you fall into this category, you’ll be thrilled to know that one of the best haunted Halloween attractions in NJ is conveniently located near our hotel. For a frightfully fun time, plan your Halloween adventure with us.

Bane Haunted House, located in the old Katherine Gibbs College on Route 10 West in Livingston, is known to be one of the scariest, craziest and most interactive haunted Halloween attractions in New Jersey. Offering 40,000 square feet of terrifying fun, the NJ Halloween attraction specializes in using all live actors, in fact, they have over 50 live actors in the house each night. What does that mean for visitors? More screams and surprises lurking around every corner.

Rain or shine, Bane Haunted House is ready to scare visitors with the indoor attraction located right on a main highway. Visitors with a valid Military ID get in for free!

If you are traveling with family, don’t count out the haunted Halloween attraction in NJ. Bane Haunted House also hosts a special day for children called ‘Happily Haunted.’ Every Sunday in October, 3pm-5pm, little ones can enjoy a flashlight guided tour through the attraction.

What: Bane Haunted House! NJ's Premier Haunted Attraction
Where: 630 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039 (also known as Route 10).
When: September 23rd, 24th and 30th. October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st.

Now is the best time to plan your Halloween weekend getaway in NJ. We hope to see you at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

For a list of the Halloween events and attractions in NJ, click here.


Events Taking Place at Turtle Back Zoo NJ.

Events Taking Place at Turtle Back Zoo NJ - It'll be fun for the whole family!

Events Taking Place at the Turtle Back Zoo NJ

There are many great events taking place at the Turtle Back Zoo NJ for both the young and the young at heart. If you are traveling in our area and looking for things to do this fall, check out the events taking place this October at the Turtle Back Zoo. The Essex County attraction is one of our favorites in our area, located just minutes away from our hotel.

Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest on October 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm. New Jersey’s #1 Zoo is celebrating Oktoberfest in the best way! Enjoy a live Oompah Band and sample dozens and dozens of seasonal brews from around the corner and around the world. While the event will be taking place at the zoo, please note that the Oktoberfest event at the Turtle Back Zoo is for guests ages 21 and over only and many of the areas will be closed for the evening. The fundraising event will support the Essex County Parks Foundation, which is an organization that supports local activities and programs in the County Parks throughout Essex County.

Safe Howl-o-ween on October 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm. This Halloween, the Turtle Back Zoo invites you to dress up in your best costume and enjoy trick-or-treating at the Zoo. There will be candy stations set up around the grounds, plus families can enjoy a ‘not-so-scary’ train ride. $3 Zoological Society members. $5 non-members, at the Door Sales ONLY.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is located just minutes from the family-friendly attraction. We invite you and your family to come spend the night with us after enjoying one or more of the family fun events taking place at the Turtle Back Zoo NJ this fall.

We offer a variety of suites and spacious guest rooms to guarantee a home-away-from-home experience for you and your family. Browse our website to find the perfect room for you and book your stay today.

The fall season is always an exciting time here in New Jersey! Come discover why the Turtle Back Zoo is the place to be this October.


New Jersey Devils 17-18 Schedule

New Jersey Devils 17-18 Regular Season Schedule

New Jersey Devils 17-18 Schedule.

The NHL preseason schedule is wrapping up, which means the New Jersey Devils 17-18 Regular Season Schedule is about to begin. Whether you’re visiting our area with family or you’re a business traveler looking for things to do in your free time, a New Jersey Devils home game at the Prudential Center is always a great destination choice.

The upcoming October home games during the New Jersey Devils 17-18 Regular Season Schedule include:

vs. Colorado on Saturday, October 7 at 2:00pm
vs. Washington on Friday, October 13 at 7:00pm
vs. Tampa Bay on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30pm
vs. San Jose on Friday, October 20 @ 7:00pm
vs. Ottawa on Friday, October 27 at 7:00pm
vs. Arizona on Saturday, October 28 at 7:00pm

Click here for the complete New Jersey Devils 17-18 Regular Season Schedule.

Located in North Jersey, our West Orange hotel offers 89 beautifully appointed guest rooms comprised of 44 Grand Wilshire Double Superior rooms, 32 Grand Wilshire King Superior rooms, and 13 Grand Wilshire King Suites. Our team would be happy to help find the perfect accommodations for the evening.

We are located just minutes away from the Prudential Center, offering travelers a convenient place to rest their head after all New Jersey Devils home games. No one likes to sit in traffic after the games, how about retreating to our hotel for a relaxing, quiet staycation in New Jersey.

Our upgraded eco-friendly amenities, plush pillow-top bedding and complimentary breakfast buffet in the morning are all guaranteed to meet your expectations. For an even more spacious stay, you’ll love our King suites featuring a private Jacuzzi tub.

If attending a New Jersey Devils game this season, we invite you to stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


Fall Foliage Spirit of New Jersey and New York Cruises

Spirit of New Jersey Cruises

What better way to celebrate the changing season than the Fall Foliage Spirit of New Jersey and New York Cruises?

The fall season is just around the corner. Once the autumn season arrives, it will bring beautiful foliage and golden hues that can stop any admirer in their tracks. It is certainly a gorgeous season, especially if you are near the picture-perfect landscapes on the New York Harbor. What better way to admire the scenery than aboard one of the Fall Foliage Spirit of New Jersey Cruises and the Fall Foliage Spirit of New York Cruises?

The Fall Foliage Cruises take visitors on a scenic route up the Hudson River, past the George Washington Bridge. The lunch cruises will not only include amazing views of the iconic NYC waterfront but a signature lunch buffet, onboard entertainment with a live DJ and interactive games.

The Fall Foliage Spirit of New York Cruises will be taking place two separate Saturdays in October. Hop aboard one of the New York lunch cruises on Saturday, October 14 from 12:00pm-3:00pm and Saturday, October 28th from 12:00pm-3:00pm. The Spirit of New York Cruises will depart from Chelsea Pier, NY. Click here for additional information and what to expect during each of the Spirit of New York Fall Foliage Lunch Cruises.

The Spirit of New Jersey Fall Foliage Lunch Cruises will be taking place on Saturday, October 14 from 12:00pm-3:00pm and Saturday, October 21 from 12:00pm-3:00pm. The Spirit of New Jersey Fall Foliage Lunch Cruises will depart from Lincoln Harbor, NJ. Click here to learn more about the Spirit of New Jersey Cruises.

Celebrate the fall season aboard one of the Spirit of New Jersey Cruises and the Spirit of New York Cruises. Turn your day trip into a mini getaway and plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


New Jersey Devils 17-18 Preseason Schedule

New Jersey Devils 17-18 preseason

Hockey fans, the New Jersey Devils 17-18 Preseason is almost here.

With fall just around the corner, we are excited for many of the events and activities that the season brings. For NJ hockey fans, you’ve most likely been eagerly anticipating the New Jersey Devils 17-18 preseason and regular season. Whether you are a die-hard fan or you’re new to the area and looking for a place to go, a NJ Devils home game at the Prudential Center is always an exciting way to spend a fall afternoon or evening.

The New Jersey Devils 17-18 preseason schedule will consist of two home games and five road matches, as well as one neutral-site "road" contest. The preseason home games will be a match-up against the Washington Capitals on September 18 at 7:00pm, followed by an intense game against their rivals, the New York Rangers, on September 23 at 7:00pm.

You can view the entire New Jersey Devils 17-18 preseason schedule by following this link.

Beat the traffic and spend the night at our hotel. We are conveniently located just minutes from the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, and welcome you to stay the night in one of our cozy and spacious rooms after the game. We offer a variety of room types ranging from our Grand Wilshire Double Superior rooms, Grand Wilshire King Superior rooms, and Grand Wilshire King Suites. Visit our website to learn more about our accommodations and affordable rates.

Whether traveling with a large group or solo, our dedicated team can help find the perfect room for your overnight stay with us at the Wilshir Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ. Don’t forget to stop by our complimentary breakfast buffet to fuel up before heading out!