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November 2014

Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving from the Wilshire Grand!

May your Thanksgiving be filled with warm moments and cherished memories. Happy Thanksgiving from the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ!

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

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If you are extending your Thanksgiving visit in NJ and looking for weekend events in our area, be sure to check out Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo. The holiday event is taking place throughout the holiday season and is one of our top events for families in NJ.

If you are hitting the road this Thanksgiving and looking for hotels in NJ, we welcome you and your family to spend your holiday with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. If you are staying home and hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, check out our Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist.

Wherever you may be this holiday season, we hope your holiday is filled with laughter, love and joy. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here in West Orange, NJ!

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo - Returning for another memorable season!

Your family will love Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo!

Beginning November 28th, the 2014 Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo will transform the Essex County attraction into a winter wonderland. Enjoy the dazzling holiday light display with your family and plan your stay with us at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.


The 2014-15 Schedule includes:

Starting November 28th, Friday Saturdays and Sundays only.
December 12th through January 4th, open 7 days a week.
December 24th – Holiday Lights will be closed.
December 25th- The Zoo will be closed.
January 1st – The Zoo is closed for the day but will feature Holiday Lights at night.

Holiday Lights will take place 5pm to 9pm.

The holiday event in NJ is free and open to the public but in-kind donations of canned foods, toys and pet food are encouraged.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ is conveniently located near the holiday attraction. Book your stay with us and enjoy our cozy accommodations and close proximity to the Essex County zoo.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ


Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time? Check out these tips!

Our easy to follow guide for hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time!

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time can be stressful. As a first-time host, you want to make sure that everything goes as planned. Check out our Thanksgiving Planning Checklist and get ready to impress your guests. Warning: You may be asked to host again next year!

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist includes:

Make sure you get a final head count of guests and start planning your menu. If you want your guests to bring something, make sure you discuss with each person. You’ll then want to decide if you will serve buffet-style or a sit-down dinner.

Reserve your bird two weeks in advance

Thaw your turkey three days before. Allow a full day for every four pounds of turkey being thawed.

Clean the kitchen the weekend before and make the cranberry sauce.

If baking a pie from scratch, make your pie dough two days before and refrigerate it.

The day before Thanksgiving is when you’ll want to trim and peel your carrots, make cheese crackers and make your pie. Wrap your pies in plastic and keep at room temperature.

You will want to bring your turkey to room temperature and start roasting 3 ½ hours before your guests arrive.

Two hours before your dinner, you can bake your potatoes, cook your green beans and assemble your stuffing.

One hour before dinner starts, set out your cheese crackers and any appetizers that you may be offering. Then, 30 minutes before, put your stuffing in the oven, cook your carrots and make your gravy!

Now you can sit back and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day dinner! For more helpful tips, check out Martha Stewart’s Foolproof Plan for your First Thanksgiving.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ

Gather your family! Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Prudential Center!

The heartwarming Disney classic is coming to our area! Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Prudential Center this November.

Don’t miss Disney on Ice Frozen at the Prudential Center! The Academy Award-winning tale that melts our hearts is coming to NJ this November. Sing a long to your favorite songs as Elsa and Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and more skate their way into your hearts beginning November 19-November 23, 2014.

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and your favorite Disney characters, the family-friendly winter event in NJ is certain to be an unforgettable celebration.

All Dates & Times:

Wed Nov 19   7:00 pm
Thu Nov 20   10:30 am
Thu Nov 20    7:00 pm
Fri Nov 21      7:00 pm
 Sat Nov 22     11:00 am
Sat Nov 22     3:00 pm
Sat Nov 22      7:00 pm
Sun Nov 23     1:00 pm
Sun Nov 23     5:00 pm

Gather your family and purchase your tickets today! The Wilshire Grand Hotel is convenient for all guests traveling to and from any event at the Prudential Center. Browse our current hotel offers and book your visit with us today.

Until next week,
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ