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American Dream takes the holidays to a new level



American Dream, the mall and entertainment complex in New Jersey, is roaring into action for the holidays with a ton of special offerings in shopping, food and entertainment.

Based in Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, there’s way more than just a mall Santa here.

“This is going to be our biggest and best holiday season yet at American Dream,” said Bryan Gaus, senior vice president and general manager of American Dream.

Greeters/elves will welcome shoppers with smiles, guidance and sweet treats.

And a forested winter wonderland with falling fake snow is the perfect mood setter for Insta family photos.

American Dream has over 200 stores, 30 eateries and 17 attractions, including Nickelodeon Universe; DreamWorks Water Park and Big Snow Ski Hill, North America’s first and only indoor real-snow, year-round ski and snowboard park — Shawn White has flexed here, Kim Kardashian has dropped in (for shopping, not snowboarding).

Look for these holiday highlights:

Santa is in the building

Santa is now established at his new home at Holiday Dreamland and available for family photos.

A child posing with Shrek dressed as Santa Claus at American Dream. Courtesy of American Dream

Bring your pet on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Reservations available at

Munch bunch

Santa will be pulling an all-nighter on Christmas Eve to deliver the presents, but on December 9 you can enjoy an Italian brunch with him at Carpaccio ($75 adults, $25 kids).

On December 10, you can join him for a Peruvian breakfast at Jarana ($25 all ages).

Families gathered at a giant Christmas tree in American Dream. Courtesy of American Dream

Here comes Chanukah

American Dream is hosting a nightly lighting of a 30’ menorah, designed by New Jersey native and interior designer, Mr. Last Minute Stocking Stuffer himself, Jonathan Adler. From December 7 to 15.

Sweater it

Nothing says Hallmark holiday rom-com like skating in a pretty sweater, and American Dream’s NHL regulation-sized ice rink is running themed nights for those who want to cosplay a little harder. Available on December 8, 15, 22.

An event in American Dream’s Holiday Dreamland. Courtesy of American Dream


Has throwing stuffed toys replaced bareknuckle fighting as hockey’s greatest draw?

Catch a hockey game at the Rink where Jersey City Fire Department will take on Woodbridge Police Department in a game benefiting the Captain Mark V Lee Toy Drive.

No tickets necessary if you donate a new, unwrapped gift on December 12 at 11 a.m.

New Jersey State Police and Port Authority Police Department will also take the ice to benefit Toys for Tots on December 16 at 10 a.m.

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