Things to do in Monmouth & Ocean Counties on a Budget this December 2012

ss_41887228_decorating_christmas_tree-resized-600With all the joys that the holiday season brings, gather with family and friends and enjoy these fun, inexpensive and/or free activities for all ages. From musicals to horse and carriage rides everyone will have something they can go to and enjoy!

Saturday, Dec.1st – Sunday, Dec. 9th: Join the famous miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, on his magical journey of redemption as ghosts from the past, present and future visit him on Christmas Eve based on Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Held at the Algoquin Arts Theatre, you can purchase your tickets online for a varitey of dates and times.

Saturday, Dec. 1st: Enjoy a different, unique and fun way to shop for the holidays at the Boardwalk Holiday Giftacular! Enjoy aisles of unique gifts from independent merchants and businesses from Asbury Park and the surrounding areas. Also, enjoy seasonal music, delicious cider and egg nog, a huge 30 foot tree decorated from the ground up and so much more! Stay after the Giftacular for the 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party! Both events are free and are located at 1300 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park.

Sunday, Dec. 2nd: While you and your family are dining at Spring Lakes first annual “A Very Merry Broadway Brunch” event, you can all enjoy carols and performances, festive raffles, decorated trees and photos with Santa! Starting at 11am, at The Mill on 101 Old Mill Road, Spring Lake Heights. For more information, call 732-528-4336.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without breakfast with Santa! The event will be hosted by the Shrewsbury Hose Company & the Ladies Auxiliary. Located at 783 Broad Street, Shrewsbury from 9am-12pm. Admission is only $7 and children under 2 are free! Make sure your kids are extra “nice” and bring their Christmas lists. Pictures with Santa will also be available!

Monday, Dec. 3rd: Get ready to cake, bake and roll in this hands-on class taught by professional decorators from the NJ Sugar Art Academy, teens will learn the proper way to frost and decorate a butter cream cake. Perfect timing to help with all the holiday baking and you’ll even get to bring home the cake that you decorated! This program is for teens in the 6th grade and up. Please note that space is limited and registration is required. If you are interested please call 732-536-9406, the lesson will be held at the Marlboro Public Library.

Thursday, Dec. 6th: Join decorative artist Julie Farel, as she shares her love of painting while introducing the joy and fun “pen & paint” technique. Sign up for this hands-on, arts & crafts event where participants have the opportunity to complete an artistic card, just in time for holiday giving. Please wear comfortable “paintable” clothing and all supplies are provided. This class is free, but as class size is limited, registration is required. Online registration is available using this link. Alternately, registration may be requested by calling Monmouth County Library Headquarters Reference Desk at 732- 431-7220 x 7222.

Saturday, Dec. 8th – Sunday, Dec. 9th: Every holiday season for the past 27 years, the Company of Dance Arts brings the magic of The Nutcracker to life! Enjoy a night out at the Count Baise Theater in Red Bank where you can complete the night with a dinner package at Pazzo Restaurant. Buy tickets online or at the box office.

Saturday, Dec. 15th: Join the fundraising efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy and also help those unfortunate children who could use a Christmas toy gift. With some amazing local and regional talent and some great people as well. Please come Molly Maguires Blackpoint Inn located at132 E. River Road, Rumson and lend your support to our area and have some fun in the mean time.

Saturday, Dec. 22nd: Enjoy a classic horse and carriage ride through the Red Bank Business District and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Visit these two Locations: 11 Bridge Avenue and 26 Broad Street from 1pm-5pm. For more information, call 732-842-4244.

Happy holidays from all of us here at First Financial!

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