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West Lawn of the Administration Building

**DATE CHANGED from 12/5 to 12/12 due to  National Day of  Mourning for the passing of President Bush**

Ocean County
Christmas Tree Lighting

Hosted by Ocean County Board Of  Chosen Freeholders, you are cordially  invited to the lighting of the Ocean County  Christmas Tree with music provided by  the Silver Bay Elementary School Chorus.  Join us for hot cider & cookies following  the brief cere mony.

Six Flags Great Adventure

Weekends ONLY
Now thru Jan. 1, 2019
Holiday in the Park Festival

This winter, the Santa tracker leads  right to Six Flags Great Adventure  as this all-new holiday extravaganza  - Holiday in the Park - returns at the  world's ultimate thrill park. Millions  of glittering lights, dazzling holiday  entertainment, delicious seasonal treats,  Santa's village and many popular rides  magically transform the summer thrill  destination into a 
winter wonderland.

Downtown Point Pleasant Beach

Now  thru Christmas
Every Sunday
Free Horse & Carriage Rides

Noon - 4pm
Shoppers and visitors can
enjoy Free Horse and Carriage rides on Arnold & Bay Ave.

Laurita Winery

Now thru 12/23
Saturday & Sundays
Santa and Mrs. Claus
Visit Laurita

1pm - 4pm
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be listening to children's holiday wishes!  Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies during the visit. Imagine the look on the children's faces! Cameras are encouraged to capture these unforgettable memories.

Atlantic Brass Holiday Concert

The band, based out of  Rowan University, is an  all volunteer 30-piece  British-style brass band  composed of area professional  musicians, professors, music  educators, students, and community  members.  You will be thrilled with  their renditions of numerous popular  holiday arrangements and the  Christmas Sing-a-long which brings  the concert to a very merry ending.

Georgian Court University

12/4 - 12/6, 12/8, 12/9,
12/11 - 12/13, 12/15, 12/16,
12/18 - 12/20 
Mrs. Gould's 17th Annual Holiday Social

Celebrate the holidays with Mrs. Gould and her special guest Lucille LeSueur, a 1920s chorus girl who advanced her career and became the film legend Joan Crawford!

Surflight Theatre

12/5 - 12/9, 12/11 - 12/16
Elf, The Musical

Based on the movie of the  same name, Elf the Musical  is a modern day Holiday classic  sure to make everyone embrace  their inner elf and feel the magic  of family and the Season!

The Jay & Linda Grunin Arts Center
@ Ocean County College

Ballet for Young Audiences:
The Nutcracker

This delightful ballet is a
dream story brought to life
through music and dance.
The Nutcracker tells the
story of Clara, a young girl
who's magical journey begins
with a Nutcracker doll and ends
with the Land of Sweets.


They've become one of the
world's most sophisticated,
lasting, and imitated vocal
groups around today. No
instruments, no tracks,
no mirrors...but never lame.

Canadian Brass
Christmas Time is Here

Renowned for genre-bending
versatility and joyous performances,  the award- winning Canadian Brass  is almost single-handedly responsible  for elevating the art of the brass quintet  to what it is today. Beyond their  unparalleled musicality, each player  possesses the creativity, good humour  and love of performing that is the ensemble's hallmark.

Ana Gasteyer
- Holiday Tipple
With her joyful sass and pizzazz,
singer, actress and comedienne
Ana Gasteyer hosts a good  old-fashioned holiday party, as  a follow up to her hugely popular  cabaret show "I'm Hip!" Her jazzy  ensemble will fete the season with  swingin' holiday favorites, belty  baubles & novelty Yuletide tunes of  yore. Join Ms. Gasteyer for an evening  of mulled-spice melodies and toe-tappin' holiday tipples!

Toms River Township Courtyard

Downtown Toms River
Christmas Tree Lighting

Join Downtown Toms River at  their annual Christmas Tree  Lighting Ceremony.  Live holiday  Entertainment! Reading of  "A Christmas Carol" by Mrs. Claus  Santa arrives on fire truck at 7pm  to light the town tree.  Photos with  Santa after tree lighting. Hot chocolate  and cookies for sale by Fire Co. #1  Food & Dessert truck.  Downtown  restaurants will be open!

Downtown Holiday Window Walk

10am - 8pm
Join Downtown Toms River for
their First Holiday Window Walk.  The downtown comes alive this  time of year as the businesses  decorate their storefronts for the holidays.   Enjoy specials at many participating stores  & restaurants, Santa will be at The Downtown Shops @ 53 Main for free photos ,   Exit 82 Theater Co. will be performing "It's A Wonderful Life", Refresh Your Pallet will have ornament decorating and holiday crafts, Carolers strolling the streets and much more .

Ocean County Mall, Toms River

Ocean County Mall
Holiday Themed Disney Junior Event

6pm - 8pm
Ocean County Mall invites the
community to a "Holiday"- themed  Disney Junior Play Date event.  During the "Holiday"- themed Disney Junior  Play Date event, families will  participate in a variety of activities  including family friendly entertainment,  crafts, and fun with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Santa arrives on a Firetruck from  Toms River Fire Co. #2, a parade with  Santa to Center Court, cookies and  milk for the children and a warmhearted  story time with Mrs. Claus. Children  will be surprised and delighted with fun  holiday treats throughout the evening. 

Borough of Bay Head

12/7 - 12/9
37th Annual Christmas Walk

Stroll about the streets of Bay Head  and experience Christmas Traditions  throughout town. Open house at all  stores, Santa arrives at the firehouse,  trolley rides with Santa, Christmas  concert, live Nativity Scene at St. Paul's  Church, snacks and treats, shopping  and lots of fun. 

Seaside Heights Borough Hall 

Seaside Heights
Tree Lighting

Santa arrives by helicopter at  in the the church parking lot across from Borough Hall. Tree lighting at 4:45 p.m. Followed by refreshments and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus n the Firehouse.

Seaside Heights Santacon
Hooks Bar

What is Santacon?
Santacon is a Santa Claus
convention that occurs once
a year to spread holiday cheer
in the most magical way. Santa  loves creativity, be sure to dress  from head to toe.  

Taste of the Boulevard

1pm, 4pm, 7pm
J oin for a day of bites and 
sips as you galavant down  the Boulevard hitting the  town's most iconic and tastiest  spots. Enjoy delicious light  bites and sips from fan favorite  local hot spots all while walking and taking in the beautiful sights of this beach town,  plus LePetit Garage will be hosting a pop up shop between Klee's and Genevieve's featuring a chic mix of jewelry, clothing, gifts, and home decor. In addition, Spiaggia Arts, a unique coastal gift shop located next to Heavy Reel Brewery, will open for your shopping pleasure.

Stafford Township Arts Center

12/7 - 12/9
Plaid Tidings 
Theatre Performance

Plaid Tidings is a brand
new show that offers the
best of Forever Plaid, tied
up in a nifty package with
a big Christmas bow on top!
Filled with Christmas standards
that have all been  "Plaid-erized,"
our boys are back to do their  Christmas Special.

The Strand Center for the Arts

12/7 - 12/9
Elf Jr. Theatre Performance
Based on the beloved holiday film,  this hilarious comedy follows  Buddy the Elf in his quest to  find his true identity.

Vocalist 9 Night

A night of Vocal Singers
demonstrating their talent,
skill, and art for music.
This night will be full of great
energy, laughter, good vibes,
food, entertainment, and more!

Kashmir  The Live
Led Zeppelin Show

Kashmir, the nation's  #1 Led Zeppelin tribute  show, it is the most  authentic representation  of Led Zeppelin on the  modern national touring scene.  Kashmir possesses the live stage show, sound, and likeness to bring audiences and fans back to the days when the mighty Led Zeppelin ruled the musical landscape. 

Havens Homstead Museum

12/7, 12/8
Christmas at the Museum

3pm - 7pm
The Brick Township Historical Society  will sponsor its annual holiday event  at Havens Homestead Museum.  Special decorations will add a  festive atmosphere and there  will be entertainment and refreshments.  A Santa Claus will be present for picture  taking.  The Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop  will be open with holiday specials.  The three other buildings will be open for viewing.

Cattus Island County Park

Winter Solstice Celebration

11am - 3pm
FREE Event...Games, Live  Animal Talks, Horse Carriage  Ride, a Visit from Santa, Candy  Cane Nature Walk, Food and  Campfire Storytime .

Robert J. Novins Planetarium
@ Ocean County College

12/8, 12/22
Season Of Light With Star Talk

Season Of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It's an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the "Star over Bethlehem." It's an elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons - a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.

12/8, 12/15, 
1 2/22, 12/26
Harold Shale's Cosmic
Christmas Sing-Along

If you love to sing Christmas Carols don't miss this brand, new show, Harold Shale's Cosmic Christmas Sing-Along!  Help Harold decorate the "Cosmic Christmas Tree."

12/8, 12/15,  12/22,
12/26, 12/29
Let It Snow

This delightful animated show features a variety of festive classics such as "Let It Snow"; "Run Rudolph Run"; "Frosty the Snowman"; "Holly Jolly Christmas"; "Jingle Bell Rock"; and a stunning, multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra!

12/8, 12/15,  12/22,
12/26, 12/27, 12/29
Laser Holidays

This laser concert features classic holiday favorites like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," modern hits such as "Jingle Bell Rock" and unique renditions of timeless songs. "Laser Holidays" is a fun experience for everyone and gives new meaning to the term "holiday lights" - holiday LASER lights!

Albert Music Hall

3rd Annual "Pretty-Ugly"
Sweater Contest Night

Wear your ugliest or funniest
sweater or shirt to win a prize.
Prizes will be given for the 
"Pretty Ugliest Sweater or Shirt"  of the night. There is no such thing as  too "UGLY SWEATER or SHIRT".   Come and help get the holiday season  off to a fun start. In addition to the  main show in the hall there is also  a pickin' shed and the front porch  with musicians pickin banjos,  mandolins and guitars (where all are  welcome to jam if you bring your instrument)!!

Holiday Show with Singing Santa

A live concert of bluegrass and
country music by regional musicians
from the tri-state area. Singing Santa
will appear during musical set and
lead a holiday sing-a-long. Children
will be invited to join him on stage
and to visit and talk with him afterward.
Bring your camera and enjoy this fun holiday night.

FirstEnergy Park

Breakfast with Buster

9am - 11am
Santa Claus is coming to FirstEnergy Park.  Join Santa and Buster for breakfast. The  BlueClaws will also have coffee and hot  chocolate available for fans as well.

Jenkinson's Aquarium

12/14, 12/15, 12/21,
12/22, 12/26 - 12/28
Jenkinson's Aquarium
Sea of Lights

6pm - 9pm
Join Jenkinson's Aquarium  for an Indoor Holiday Lights  Spectacular. The winter wonderland  includes treats, crafts, pictures  with Santa & friends, games,  photo ops & more!  Jenkinson's Aquarium Jenkinson's Sweet Shop , Aquarium Gift Shop, Pavilion & Pavilion Arcade will be open!

Herman Bennett Log Cabin @ Riverfront Park

12/14, 12/15
Meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus

2pm - 5pm
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy his trains, antique dolls, and a display of Rudolph. Fun for the whole family! Photos with Santa can be taken!

Exit 82 Theatre Company

12/14 - 12/15
Exit 82 Theatre Co. performs
It's a Wonder Life: A Live Radio Play

Based on the classic  Holiday movie! Join t he beloved george  Bailey as he considers  All of his blessings one  Fateful Christmas Eve.  This holiday classic will  Come to life with the help
Of an ensemble that brings  A few dozen characters to  The stage as a charming 1940s radio broadcast.

Manahawkin Mart

Merry at the Mart

4pm - 9pm
Fire Pits & S'mores, Santa & Photo Booth, Horse Drawn Carriage, Live Ice Sculpting, Christmas Carolers & Music, Pie Eating Contest, Holiday Vendors, Hot Cocoa & Food! 

Cedar Bridge Tavern

236th Anniversary
of the Skirmish at
Cedar Bridge

Experience the story of  skirmish between John Bacon  and local militia at Cedar Bridge  tavern with a re-enactment of  last documented land engagement  of the Revolutionary War. A tour  of the newly refurbished Cedar  Bridge Tavern will also be available.

T he Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum

Festival of Trees

10am - 5pm
Roll out the holly and share in some holiday cheer at the Tuckerton Seaport Festival of Trees . The event will feature dozens of trees, each decorated for a local non-profit organization. 

Vintage Automobile Museum of NJ

Now thru Dec. 30
Wed. - Sun. (until Dec. 30)
Christmas at the Museum

Wed. - Fri. & Sun.:Noon - 4pm
Sat. 10am - 4pm
The Vintage Auto Museum presents
an eclectic collection of vintage cars
that would appeal to any auto  enthusiast and old car buff. Come in  and pick the one you'd like Santa to  stuff in his sack for delivery to your  house and placed under your tree.  The display also includes a holiday  diorama, a variety of automobilia,  vintage auto servicing equipment,  children's toys, die-cast and model cars,  and a host of period antiques.

Argos Farm Market

Now thru 12/17
Wed. thru Sun. 
Winter Fun @ Argos Farm

Visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Cookie
& Stocking Decorations, Horse-Drawn
Wagon Rides, Pony Rides, Cow Train
& S'Mores by the Fire, Choose your
perfect Christmas Tree! Stop by the
market to browse terrific gift baskets!
They make the perfect holiday gift!

All of LBI

Now thru Dec. 9
64th Annual LBI
Surf Fishing Classic

Started in 1954, the Long Beach Island (LBI)  Surf Fishing Classic is one the nation's oldest  and most recognized surf casting tournaments,  providing an eight-week contest for beach angler  who fish for striped bass and bluefish along the shores of LBI.

Supported in part by a grant from the NJ State
Dept.  Division of Travel and Tourism

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Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders:

Director,  Gerry P. Little
Deputy Director, John C. Bartlett, Jr
Virginia E. Haines
John P. Kelly
Joseph H. Vicari, Liaison to Tourism