18 Events in 2018 To Put You in the December Holiday Spirit!

November 28, 2018 - comments

     It is finally December– the most wonderful time of the year! ShoreTV New Jersey has the info on plenty of events to fill your month with holiday happenings– from Tree Lightings to Breakfast with Santa! Here are some great ways to fill your season with joy. Check out ShoreTV NJ’s 18 in 2018 to check out!

Breakfast with Santa:

  1. Sunday Brunch with Santa

Where: Laurita Winery

When: December 2, 16, 23, 2018 @ 10:00am-2:00pm

      Go to Laurita Winery to get an incredible selection for Sunday Brunch, as well as pictures with Santa Claus!


  1. Breakfast with Santa

When: December 8 & 9 2018 @ 9:00am – 12:30pm

Where: Sweet Lew’s Café

            6 E Main St., Freehold NJ 07728

     Who doesn’t love Breakfast with Santa? You get to eat breakfast and tell Santa what’s on your Christmas wish list this year!


  1. Breakfast with Santa @ iPlay America

Where: 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold NJ 07728

When: December 9, 2018 @ 9:30am

Cost: $0-$30

     Go to iPlay America to enjoy a hot breakfast fit for Mr. & Mrs. Claus and their little elves! While you’re eating, Santa will come around for pictures and a sing along!


Travelling with Santa:

     Already had breakfast with Santa and want to see him in a more unconventional way as well? Here’s a couple fast-paced events to see Santa!

  1. Santa Ferry Ride

Where: NY Waterway Belford Ferry Terminal

10 Harbor Way Belford NJ 07718

When: December 1, 2018 @ 8:30am, 10:30am, 1:00pm

Cost: $5-21

     Get on the Ferry and enjoy the ride with Santa! There will be Christmas caroling and the chance to see the Statue of Liberty!


  1. Princeton Trolley Tour with Santa

When: December 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 11:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Palmer Square: 29 Hulfish St. Princeton NJ 08542

Cost: $18

     Hop on the Trolley and explore the historic town of Princeton! While you’re on it, tell Santa what’s on your Christmas List this year.


  1. PBA Santa Train @ Freehold Borough Bus Station

Where: Freehold Borough Bus Station

              10 E Main St, Freehold NJ 07728

When: December 8, 2018 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

     Greet Santa when he gets off the train and take pictures with him before he goes back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas Eve!



  1. Casino Pier Holiday Festival

When: December 1, 2018 @ 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach

             800 Ocean Terrace Seaside Heights NJ 08751

     Wear your ugly Christmas Sweater to win a prize! There will be arts & crafts as well as an indoor snowball fight with Santa!


  1. Ocean City Christmas Parade

When: December 7, 2018 @6:00pm

Where: Asbury Avenue – Between 6th & 11th Streets, Ocean City NJ 08226

     Come ring in the holidays and get in the holiday spirit at the Christmas Parade!


Tree/Menorah Lightings:

Tree Lightings:

  1. Highlands Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

When: December 1, 2018 @ 5:00 – 7:00pm

Where: Huddy Park

            325 Bay Ave, Highlands NJ 

     Come grab a free hot chocolate and visit Santa & Mrs. Claus!


  1. Middletown Christmas Tree Lighting

When: December 2, 2018 @ 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Middletown Arts Center

36 Church St, Middletown NJ 07748 

     Free art activities and entertainment, plus a visit from Santa and sing some Christmas Carols!


  1. Menorah Lighting – Downtown Freehold

When: December 3, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Where: Hall of Records

            E Main St. Freehold NJ 07728

     Enjoy an evening celebrating Hanukkah by lighting the Menorah!


  1. Toms River Christmas Tree Lighting

When: December 7, 2018 @ 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Library & Town Hall Courtyard

            33 Washington St. Toms River NJ 08753

     Mrs. Claus will be reading “A Christmas Carol”, and Santa arrives on the fire truck at 7:00pm to light the town tree. Come take a photo with Santa!


  1. Belmar Tree Lighting

When: December 7, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Where: Pyanoe Plaza – 9th Ave. & Main Street, Belmar NJ 07719

      Celebrate the beginning of the holiday at the tree lighting!


Theater: Take in a Show:

  1. A Christmas Carol @ Count Basie Theater

When: December 11, 2018 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Where: Count Basie Theater – 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank, NJ 07701

     Enjoy a classic to celebrate the holiday spirit.


  1. The Nutcracker – American Repertory Ballet

When: December 14 & 15, 2018 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Where: Two River Theater – 21 Bridge Ave, Red Bank NJ 07701

     Going to see the new Nutcracker movie? Enjoy the original on stage as well!  See the holiday classic and compare it to the new movie!



     Want to ring in the holiday spirit with different kinds of festivities? Maybe some events that aren’t so traditional? We’ve got just the ones for you!

December 8:

  1. Asbury Park Santa Run 2018

When: December 8, 2018 @ 10:00am – 1:00pm

Where: The Stone Pony – 913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park NJ 07712

     The 3rd Annual Asbury Park Santa Run supports local charity ‘Lunch Break’. Enjoy the after party with live music!


December 23rd:

  1. A Very Electric Christmas

When: December 23, 2018 @ 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Ocean County College – 1 College Dr., Toms River NJ 08753

Cost: Adult $17 Child $10

     A modern way to bask in the holiday spirit! Go see this new magical tale with lights and feel like you’re “home for the holidays!”


December 15th:

  1. Seaside Heights Santacon

When: December 15, 2018 @ 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Seaside Heights, NJ

     Dress like Santa from head to toe, and don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy and 2 non-perishable food items to be donated to local charities. Santa loves helping out those in need!


     So many festivities to bring out your holiday spirit! Didn’t think there was anything fun to do in and around the the Jersey Shore when the weather gets cold? Well now you know! There’s a whole calendar filled with events during the “off season” when the weather is 30 degrees instead of 80 degrees! And you can find that calendar on ShoreTV New Jersey’s home page.  Yet another reason the Jersey Shore area is a special place to call home.

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ShoreTV New Jersey Guest Blogger: Maggie Zborovancik

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