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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**
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
Six Flags Great Adventure
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
Downtown Point Pleasant Beach
Free Horse & Carriage Rides
Noon - 4pm
Shoppers and visitors can
enjoy Free Horse and Carriage rides on Arnold & Bay Ave.
Saturday & Sundays
Santa and Mrs. Claus
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
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!
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
Ballet for Young Audiences:
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
our boys are back to do their
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!
Led Zeppelin Show
Kashmir, the nation's
#1 Led Zeppelin tribute
show, it is the most
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
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
Robert J. Novins Planetarium
@ Ocean County College
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.
Harold Shale's Cosmic
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."
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!
12/26, 12/27, 12/29
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.
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.
12/22, 12/26 - 12/28
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 Sweet Shop
, Aquarium Gift Shop, Pavilion & Pavilion Arcade will be open!
Herman Bennett Log Cabin @ Riverfront Park
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.
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
of the Skirmish at
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.
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
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
Division of Travel and Tourism
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Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders:
Gerry P. Little
Deputy Director, John C. Bartlett, Jr
Virginia E. Haines
John P. Kelly
Joseph H. Vicari, Liaison to Tourism