Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this November 2016

Family sitting on grass with pumpkins smilingIt’s time to kick off the start of the holiday season and there are so many great things to do with family and friends in the upcoming weeks to celebrate this special time of year! Just because it’s getting cold, it doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of “warming” outdoor activities to enjoy. Check out our list of free or inexpensive activities happening this month in a town near you. We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

November 4 – 6: Allaire Village Auxiliary Stocking Stuffer Sale (Wall). You’ll find lots of stocking stuffer gifts ranging from ornaments to scarves, decorations, and everything in between. There is also a hand-sewn raffle quilt! The Stocking Stuffer sale is Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5th from 10am to 3pm, as well as Sunday November 6th from 12pm to 3pm. For more information call 732.919.3500.

November 5, 6, 8: Holiday in the Park at Six Flags (Jackson). This winter, the Santa tracker will lead right to Six Flags Great Adventure. Millions of glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s village, animals and many popular rides will magically transform the summer thrill destination into a winter wonderland. Cost is included with Season Pass or active membership. For more details call 732-928-2000 extension 2831 or click here.

November 6: Don’t forget to turn your clocks back – Daylight Savings Time ends!

November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony (Holmdel). 11am Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at Exit 116 off the Garden State Parkway. For more details call 732.335.0033 extension 100.

November 11 – 20: A Christmas Story at Count Basie Theater (Red Bank). Come see the new musical version of the classic movie come to the stage for the holiday season. The story takes place in the 1940s in Indiana and focuses on a child named Ralphie, a daydreamer who spends his days counting down to Christmas. He wants a Red Ryder BB Gun, but as his parents and teachers warn him, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All of the movie’s best-loved moments are here, and tickets range from $22-$32 – you won’t want to miss it! Call 732.842.9000 or visit to purchase tickets.

November 12: Monmouth County Park System’s Fall Craft Show (Tinton Falls). The event takes place from 9am-2pm at the Ft. Monmouth Recreation Center. See over 50 local crafters – the perfect event to get a head start on your holiday shopping! You’ll find soap, jewelry, home décor, candles, ornaments and more.  Call 732.542.1642 extension 31 for more information.

November 12 & 13: Laurita Winery’s Fire Pits, Food Trucks, and Fireworks (New Egypt). Don’t miss one of the best and most fun events in New Jersey – last one of 2016! Fun for the whole family. Check out to uncork all the fun or call 609.758.8000. Cost is $8 at door and ages 12 and under free, the winery opens at 11am both days.

November 20: Six Flags 2nd Annual Santa Run 5K (Jackson). You don’t want to miss this one! Join at the North Pole for Six Flags Great Adventure’s Santa Run 5K. Registration includes admission into the park! The race also features the “Little Elves” sprint run for children ages 5-8 and 9-11. There’ll be snow, elves, and a special guest appearance by Santa to start the race. Spectators  – Watch the race at multiple points! Listen to great music, cheer for your favorites and spend the day with your family in the park. The run begins at 8:30am. For more information click here, or call 732-928-2000 extension 2831.

November 25-27: Holiday Wine Trail at JG’s Vineyard (Colts Neck). Relax at the vineyard from 12pm-5pm on a holiday weekend. For details call 908.930.8066.

November 26: Spring Lake’s Christmas Celebration Kickoff – Enjoy hayrides, music, dancers, holiday treats, and the Clayton Livery miniature village. Shops are open until 8 p.m.  For more information click here or call 732.449.0577.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

November 26: Keyport 5pm, West Front Street Mini Park. Call 732.739.3900 for details.

November 27: Bradley Beach 4pm, Riley Park – Santa arrives at 5pm. Call 732.776.2999 for details.


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