It’s the most wonderful time of year! With so many joyful and festive events happening this month, it’s definitely going to be hard to choose which ones to attend. Enjoy this special time of year with all of your family and friends – check out the many free or inexpensive activities happening this December in a town near you.
Tree Lighting Ceremonies:
- 12/1: Downtown Freehold
- 12/3: Holmdel
- 12/4: Belmar
- 12/4: Wall
- 12/4: Manasquan
- 12/4: Highlands
- 12/5: Asbury Park
- 12/6: Colts Neck
- 12/6: Middletown
Every Saturday & Sunday until December 20: The Asbury Park Bazaar & Market at Fifth Avenue have partnered to bring you one of the most spectacular holiday markets in New Jersey! The market features a curated roster of vendors, artists and local shops selling gifts and handmade goods including jewelry, accessories, art, photography, home goods, furniture, vintage, food, & much more! Enjoy live music, holiday performances, and special events every weekend by the giant Christmas tree with fake snow falling all around you. Children can get photos with Santa and there also attend kids craft workshops every Sunday. Warm up at the hot cider and hot chocolate tent or enjoy many other delicious holiday treats and festive cocktails at The Anchor’s Bend. For more information, call 732-829-2663.
Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6: It’s the 31st Annual Holiday Weekend in Ocean Twp from 11am-4pm! Enjoy exhibits, trains, crafts, and handmade goodies all weekend long. This year, the Woolley House gets transformed into a holiday showcase to continue this holiday tradition. Check out the many homemade treats and one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your “nice” list. Children can even search the house for hidden nutcrackers in a Holiday Hunt. For more information, call 732-531-2136.
December 5-6, 12-13: Bring the whole family to enjoy this holiday treat. The Monmouth Players will be putting on a special production of Santaland Dairies for a limited time at the Navesink Arts Center (Atlantic Highlands). The show highlights the humorous accounts of working as a Christmas elf in “SantaLand” at a department store during the holiday season. Tickets are just $15 a person. For times and more information, call 732-291-9211.
December 5, 12, 18 & 19: The weather is cold, but the scent of Christmas is in the air! Come celebrate the holidays at Allaire Village (Farmingdale) for Christmas Lantern Tours and take a stroll through a lantern lit village, and learn about Christmas in 1836. Music, history, and a little bit of theater should be your new (or continuing) holiday tradition. Tickets are just $12.50 per person (not recommended for children under 5 as it is a walking tour and strollers are not permitted in the buildings). Spaces are limited so advanced ticket purchasing is highly recommended! For times and more information, 732-919-3500.
Sunday, December 13 & Sunday, December 20: Bring the whole family and have Breakfast with Santa at the American Hotel (Freehold)! From 10:30am-2pm, have a holly jolly meal with St. Nicholas himself. Hurry and reserve your seats today! For more information and reservations, call 732-431-3220.
Saturday, December 12-Sunday, December 13: American Repertory Ballet comes to Algonquin Theatre (Manasquan) to bring the magic, beauty and fantasy of The Nutcracker with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning sets, thrilling choreography, and a massive cast. The classic story of a young girl and how a mysterious gift brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. Whether it’s your first time, an annual tradition, or an once-in-a-lifetime experience, ARB’s Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for the entire family. At 52 years, ARB’s production is the longest-running Nutcracker production in New Jersey, and one of the longest-running in the United States. For times and more information, 732-528-9211.