Christmas on the Farm @ Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Hopewell, NJ 08530
Holiday cheer is in store for those who visit Howell Farm this coming Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, when the 130-acre county park offers special tours and activities to celebrate the season. Christmas crafts, farm animal visits, and opportunities to peek inside a decorated circa-1900 farmhouse are just part of the fun scheduled daily from 12–4 p.m.. The farm’s forge, horse barn, and outdoor gift shop will all be open – as well the barnyard, where families can take selfies in the horse-drawn bobsled used for sleigh rides.
For children who haven’t already sent their wish-lists to Santa, appointments to see him can be made online via CommunityPass. The visits are free and let children talk with Santa in an all-outdoor setting with built-in social distancing provisions. You MUST pre-register HERE to visit with Santa. Parents do NOT need tickets!
In an outdoor gift shop, visitors can purchase the farm’s own maple syrup, honey, wheat flour, and popcorn – as well as handmade straps of sleigh bells, forged items made by the farm’s own blacksmith, and hand-knitted garments made from Howell Farm sheep’s wool. Warm drinks, homemade cookies, and other light refreshments are also available for sale, as well as a holiday swag craft for children ($6) and private horse-drawn wagon rides for groups of up to 6 ($40).
Visitors are invited to bring canned goods for contribution to the farm’s Share the Harvest Program, which this year has produced 28,000 lbs. of grain products, fresh vegetables, eggs and woolen wear for local food banks and pantries. Toys for Tots is also accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys to help bring joy to America's less fortunate children this holiday season.
Christmas on the Farm hours are 12–4 p.m.. Pre-registration is not required for entry (only for Santa visits), but guests must sign in at the Visitor Center outdoor reception area upon arrival. Face masks and social distancing are required. Guests with special needs are encouraged to call in advance.