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American Dream decks the mall with holiday events

Just across the Hudson River in East Rutherford, New Jersey, American Dream is an all-in-one leisure, shopping and entertainment destination with a little bit of something for everyone.

For shoppers, there’s retail at all ends ranging from H&M to Hermes. There’s every imaginable culinary treat, from kid-friendly snacks to fancy adult fare. And, of course, lots of family-friendly rides and thrills, including the DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Legoland Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium, Big Snow Ski Hill and Dream Wheel — a 300-foot observation wheel overlooking the NYC skyline.

And now American Dream has revealed a series of smile-inducing experiences to salute the holidays. The offerings are nothing if not impressive — and expansive. Through Dec. 23, for instance, visitors can skate with Santa at American Dream’s oversized ice skating rink, or hang with Santa — aka Shrek — who will be donning festive St. Nick gear over at the Dreamworks Water Park. And kids can pop by the Elf Workshop to write letters to Santa asking for treats — as well as create beautiful ornaments and make holiday crafts — at the fun-filled Nickelodeon Universe.

The Toys"R"Us train.
American Dream

In mid-December, families can celebrate the Holiday of Lights at American Dream’s nightly menorah-lighting ceremony during Hanukkah, which features a 30-foot menorah designed by Jersey-native Jonathan Adler.

Folks with a sweet tooth can indulge in candy canes galore thanks to the return of the annual double-decker candy cane chute, where elves drop canes as DJs spin groovy tunes. Hungry still? Then how about a brunch with Santa at Carpaccio, American Dream’s Italian fine-dining outpost.

Carpaccio is located on the Avenue level of American Dream, which is filled with ultra high-end shopping and eating. Along with that Santa brunch, the Avenue will be festooned with holiday decor to create the perfect setting for perfect holiday selfies and photos.

Looking to take a load off? Then hop on to Geoffrey’s Express, a brand-new train ride that takes visitors throughout American Dream and the Toys”R”Us Park with all while learning about the park from a special conductor. The rail is open all year-round and offers yet another reason to hop across the Hudson for an easy day of fun at American Dream.