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Published November 24, 2023

Inside The Holiday Season at American Dream

Check out all the seasonal fun happening at American Dream this winter! 🎁🎄⛸

by New York Bucket List


Somehow or another, the seasons have changed yet again, and fall leaves and pumpkins are being swapped out for twinkling lights and evergreen trees. The holidays are here, and that means it’s time to start knocking out those shopping lists.

Whether you’re someone who has everything wrapped and under the tree by December 1 or you’re spending Christmas Eve scrambling to find a last-minute gift, American Dream is a great place to start. With over 200 retailers (including 30+ eateries), fun holiday activations, adventure parks, and tax-free shopping, it’s the only stop you’ll need to make to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Check out what’s happening at American Dream this holiday season, and take the stress out of holiday shopping.

Your Guide to American Dream's 2023 Holiday Season


Rather than spending all day bouncing around town and popping into a dozen different shops, bring your list to American Dream, and get all your shopping done in one spot. Whether you need to find a gift for your mother-in-law or your newborn niece, your boss, or your bestie, American Dream has it. Explore over 50 stores that can only be found in the tri-state area, like Saks 5th Avenue, Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, It’s Sugar, Toys R Us, and Babies R Us.

American Dream is also home to a number of flagship stores—some of which are the largest in New Jersey—including Zara, Ulta, H&M, Uniqlo, and Aritzia. The complex has also opened over 30 new stores and restaurants since last holiday season including Canada Goose, Zadig & Voltaire, Ferrari, and Watches of Switzerland with Cartier and Rolex.

Black Friday Deals: Make sure to check out the incredible Black Friday deals! Start early at 7 AM and stay through 10 PM to take advantage of great deals from top stores like Fabletics, Levi’s, Pac Sun, Aldo, Babies R Us, and so many more!

Pro-tip: You get to enjoy tax-free shopping on food and clothes in New Jersey, so it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on foodie gifts, cozy sweaters, and stocking stuffers. And don't forget to do a little shopping for yourself—you deserve it.


Food & Dining Options

When you need to refuel, American Dream has options. Over 17 cuisines from around the world are represented, from Italian and Peruvian to Korean and Chinese, and more. Whether you need a grab-and-go snack or want a high-end dining experience, you can find it. Get a table at Mozzerella Bar and unwind with a glass of wine and a plate of housemade pasta, or make a pit stop at the colorful Jarana for cocktails and Peruvian bites. You’ll also find notable restaurants like Carpaccio and Vanessa’s Dumplings. Keep an eye out for Marcus Live, and HMart, both coming soon.


Holiday Activations

Apart from a variety of shopping and dining options, there’s always something exciting happening at American Dream. Take in the twinkling lights and festive decor as you get your shopping done, and don’t miss out on some special holiday activations taking place throughout the season.

25 Days of Giving: Starting November 24, you can participate in American Dream’s 25 Days of Giving, where they’ll be giving away hundreds of prizes including shopping sprees, a car, and TVs.

Holiday Dreamland: No trip is complete without a visit to see Santa! Stop by Holiday Dreamland, where Santa will be available for photos every Sunday. P.S. Catch his big arrival on December 2 at 10 AM and don't miss Santa Paws Pet nights on Sundays from 4 PM to 7 PM. 

Breakfast and Brunch with Santa: Bring the family and enjoy delicious treats, festive activities, and, of course, meet Santa Claus himself! Happening at Carpaccio and Jarana.

Winter Wonderland: Want the magic of a white Christmas without having to shovel snow? The garden at American Dream will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with real snow falling. It’s the perfect place to relax and take some wintry photos!

Chanukah At American Dream: To celebrate Chanukah, American Dream will be hosting a nightly lighting of American Dream’s 30’ x 30’ menorah, designed by New Jersey native and famed interior designer, Jonathan Adler. Happening nightly from December 7 through December 15.

Big Snow: For even more winter fun, check out Big Snow, where every day is a snow day, and you can play, sled, ski, and snowboard—indoors, with real snow—all day long.


Holiday Themed Attractions

American Dream is home to some of the coolest theme parks and attractions in the tri-state area, and this season, many of them will have special holiday programming.

Nick The Halls: Get in the holiday spirit with Nick the Halls at Nickelodeon Universe! Meet Santa SpongeBob, and be sure to stop by the Elf Workshop for holiday magic, where elves can help you write a letter to Santa, decorate ornaments, and create festive crafts.

Shrek The Halls: Don't miss everyone's favorite Ogre as he dons the iconic red suit at DreamWorks Water Park!

Geoffrey’s Express: Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy a train ride through American Dream on Geoffrey’s Express!

Theme Night Public Skates: The Rink gets in the holiday spirit with festive, themed nights. American Dream invites guests to come skate on its NHL regulation-sized ice rink on December 5, 15, & 22!

Toy Drive Hockey Games: Take a break from your holiday shopping and catch a hockey game at The Rink. No tickets necessary! Guests are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped gift.


For more info on American Dream's holiday season, visit the website here.


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