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CHILDREN (ALSO SEE MISC.)
11-30-13 to 1-3-14 (Saturdays)
The Nutcrackers by the Paper Moon Puppet Theatre, 171 First Ave., (on West Garfield), Atlantic Highlands at 1 p.m. Runs one hour and 15 minutes. Tickets: $9 per person, free for children under 2. For details call 732-775-0290 or go to www.papermoonpuppettheatre.com
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical!, Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood at noon & 3 pm. Discover the true spirit of the holiday with Angelina and her friends in a holiday dance pageant in Mouseland with dancing, singing, and festivities. Tickets: $22 for Orchestra, Logs or Mezzanine and $19 for Tier. Information: 732-367-7789 or www.strand.org
Drop In Wednesday at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for children ages 6 to 10. Enjoy games, crafts, science experiments and more. FREE. For details call 732-842-4000 ext. 1.
Breakfast with Santa, Community Center, 900 W Bay Ave., Barnegat at 9 am. Breakfast catered by Sweet Jennys, Freckles the clown doing face painting and a visit from Santa. $ Information: 609-698-0080 or www.barnegat.net
Parent and Child Morning Chores at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel at 8 a.m. Children 4 and up with a parent can milk a cow, collect eggs or feed the animals. The cost is $15 per parent and child and $5 each additional person. Pre-registration is required. For details or to register call 732-842-4000 ext. 1.
12-7 & 12-8-13
Toyland, Jackson Senior Center, 45 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson from 11 am – 3 pm. Visit Santa’s Workshop, see his helpers and take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Information: 732-928-2313 or go to www.jacksontwpnj.net
Peter Pan at the Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch at 2 p.m. This production encourages children to let their imaginations take “flight” & to create their own adventures using household objects. Tickets: adults $12, children $10. For details call 732-263-6889.
Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Shrewsbury Firehouse, 785 Shrewsbury Ave., Shrewsbury from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost $7 per person. 2 and under are free. Photos with Santa available for a small fee. For details call 732-741-4200.
MUSIC & THEATER
11-29 through 12-8-13 (selected dates)
Middlemen, a New Jersey Premiere comedy at the Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway, Long Branch. Amid the drone of industrial air conditioning and the buzz of fluorescent lights, middle manager Stan and fiscal analyst Michael toil away on an exhaustive annual report in their desolate 60 floor office tower. One by one, their co-workers have mysteriously disappeared, but neither really seems to care — except that no one bought milk for the break room and they may have been responsible for the collapse of Bolivia. Tickets: previews $35, regular $40 for adults. Student and senior discounts. For details call 732-229-3166.
11-29 through 12-22-13
Clever Little Lies a new play by Tony Award winner Joe DiPiertro starring Greg Mullavey, Jim Stanek, Marlo Thomas and Kate Wetherhead at the George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. A mother always knows when something’s up. Bill Jr. is distracted, under pressure and off his game. Will a surprising evening with his parents send him further off-kilter? Secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son escalates into an unexpected revelation that could change everything. Tickets: $20 to $67. For details go to www.georgestreetplayhouse.org
11-29 & 11-30-13
The Nutcracker at the McCarter Theatre, 91 University Place, Princeton. Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 1 & 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $60. 50% discount for military, military retirees, veterans and their immediate families. Must show id for discount. For details call 609-258-2787.
11-29 through 12-21-13 (selected dates)
Shop Around the Corner at the First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $22 with senior discount on Thursdays and Sundays. For details call 291-7552.
11-29 through 12-22-13
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Surflight Theatre, Engleside & Beach, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island. The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Tickets: $45 each with a 50% discount for military and military retirees. Proof of service required. Information: 609-492-9477 or www.surflight.org
11-29 through 12-31-13 (no shows 12/24 & 12/25)
Legends in Concert Holiday Spectacular at Bally’s, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. Tickets: $adults $32.50 and children 3 to 16 $16.25. For details call 609-340-2709 or go to www.ballysac.com
An Afternoon with Pete Wagula, bottleneck guitarist at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., Toms River at 1 pm. FREE but pre-registration is required. For details or to register call 732-349-6200.
Performing Arts Ensemble “Nutcracker” at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $17 to $25. For details call 732-614-5426.
Stepping Out with the Lost Generation, Wild Parisian Jazz Parties of the 1920’s at the Ocean County College Arts & Community Center, College Drive, Toms River at 8 p.m. Tickets: adults $22, seniors $18 and students $12. For details call 732-255-0500.
11-30 & 12-7-13
Holiday Harmonies in Red Bank featuring traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz and blues musicians on the sidewalks throughout the shopping area from noon to 3 p.m. For details call 732-842-4244.
12-1 through 12-7-13 (selected dates)
Mrs. Gould’s 12th Annual Holiday Social, The Mansion, Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 am. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Cost includes performance and tea luncheon, hear the continuing saga of Edith and George Gould and their seven children, while celebrating the holidays as they did in the early 1900s in the magnificent Great Hall. Information: 732-987-2388 or www.georgian.edu
Concert Band Concert, Casino, Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. FREE. Information: 732-987-2388 or www.georgian.edu
Festive Flutes, Bob Anstett Cultural Center, 515 Herbertsville Rd., Brick at 7 pm. FREE concert. Information: 732-262-1006 or www.guildtheatreworks.org
MidWeek Jazz Series: Swing for Your Supper, Arts & Community Center Theatre, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave., Hooper at 8 pm. Features Molly Ryan & her husband Dan Levinson. $ Information: 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu
12-4 & 12-5-13
Lewis Black: The Rant is Due at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank. Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday TBA. Tickets: $30 to $75 plus handling fees. For details call 732-842-9000.
Ocean Professional Theatre Company presents: Holly Jolly Holidazzle, OceanFirst Theater, Stafford Township Arts Center, 1000 McKinley Avenue, Manahawkin. Friday at 7:30 pm., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. This toe-tapping musical treat comes complete with a score that will warm your heart, lift your spirits and send you dancing into the new year. $ Information: 609-312-8306 or www.oceantheatre.org
Holiday Concert with Harp and Flute at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library, Shrewsbury at 1 p.m. FREE. For details call 732-431-7220.
The 77th Annual Sinatra Christmas Bash at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 to $79.50 plus handling fees. For details call 732-842-9000.
12-6 & 12-13-13
A Christmas Carol at the Allaire Chapel, Historic Allaire Village, Allaire State Park, 4263 Atlantic Ave., Wall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 per person. For details call 732-462-9093.
12-6 through 12-15-13 (selected dates)
A Christmas Carol by the Center Players at 35 South Street, Freehold. Tickets: adults $23, seniors $23. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For details call 732-462-9093.
12-6 through 12-21-13 (Selected dates)
Scrooge at the Spring Lake Community Theatre, 300 Madison Ave., Spring Lake at 8 p.m. Tickets: adults $28, Students and seniors $26 and children under 12 $20. For details call 732-449-4530.
12-6 through 12-29-13
A Christmas Carol at the McCarter Theatre, 91 University Place, Princeton. Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 & 5:30 p.m. Special Christmas performance times. Tickets: $20 to $85.50 with a 50% discount for military, military retirees, veterans and their immediate families. Must show id for discount. For details call 609-258-2787 or go to www.mccarter.org
Chorale Concert, Casino, Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. $ Information: 732-987-2388 or www.georgian.edu
Fred’s Christmas Cabaret, Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, 2305 Grand Central Ave. (Route 35 north), Lavallette at 5 pm & 7 pm. You will be sure to experience the old-fashioned ice cream shoppe with a twist! Our waiters who are your performers will sing and perform an upbeat Broadway Revue for all our guests while you enjoy our sweet and tasty sundae creations. This is family entertainment for all ages. When you order an ice cream sundae, the show is FREE. Information: 732-854-2779 orwww.themusicman.com
Yates Musical Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, Arts & Community Center Theatre, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave., Toms River at 1 pm. The timeless tale of Scrooge who hates Christmas but who discovers the true meaning of Christmas with the help of three ghosts. $ Information: 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu
Sounds of the Holidays, Arts & Community Center Theatre, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave., Toms River at 8 pm. Features the OCC Concert Band and the Power House Big Band as they celebrate the joy of the holidays. $ Information: 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu
Winter Holiday Celebration Show, Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mills Rd., Rt. 532, Waretown. Doors Open at 6:30 pm & music begins at 7:30 pm. Live Country, Bluegrass, & Pinelands Music Concerts. $ Information: 609-971-1593 or www.alberthall.org
History of Carols and Holiday Songs with classical guitarist Phillip Lester at the Hazlet Township Branch of the Monmouth County Library at 2 p.m. For details call 732-431-7220.
Songs and Letters of World War II at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main St., Manasquan at 3 p.m. Tickets: Premium adults $36, seniors $33 and students $25, Regular adults $29, seniors $26 and students $18. 15% discount for military and military retirees. For details call 732-528-9211.
12-7, 12-8, 12-14 and 12-15-13
Scrooge at the Premier Theatre, 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets: adults $25, seniors $20, students $15 and children 13 and under $12. For details call 732-774-7827.
Moya Brennan An Irish Christmas, Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood. VIP reception 1 pm, Show 3 pm. Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad and first lady of Celtic music, brings her music in a seasonal show of celebration and reflection joined by members of her talented band. VIP cost includes a buffet lunch in the Strand Gallery Ballroom. Tickets $25 to $55. Information: 732-367-7789 or www.strand.org
The Mikado, Arts & Community Center Theatre, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave., Toms River at 2 pm. Ridgewood Opera Co. a comedy with the longest original run of all of the Savoy Operas and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history. $ Information: 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu
Christmas from the Emerald Isle at the Algonquin Arts, 173 Main Street Manasquan at 3 p.m. Direct from Ireland, this production fuses the best of traditional Irish music, dance and stories of the season, with magical footwork and an electrifying blend of original rock and bluegrass songs, such as “Christmas on McLean”. The entire family will marvel at the “Story of the Wren”, dancing fiddlers, and the choir of angels. Tickets: Adults $39 & $46, Seniors $36 & $43 and students $29 & $36. $2 fee for on line ticket purchases. 15% discount for military and military retirees. For details call 732-528-9211.
Monmouth Civic Chorus Handel’s Messiah at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank. Tickets: $25 & $45 plus handling fees. For time and other details call 732-224-8778.
Santa’s Arrival & Christmas Tree Lighting, Boat Ramp, 10th Street Boat Ramp, Barnegat Light at 7 pm. Santa arrives by Coast Guard Boat, then proceeds to the Barnegat Light Fire Aid Squad Building via fire truck for the lighting of the Christmas Tree and carols. Children can visit with Santa. Refreshments available. Information: or www.webaddress.com
Red Bank Town Lighting, Santa Express, parade and Holiday Express Concert starting at 6 p.m. For details call 732-842-4244.
Born 2 Run 5 Mile Race in downtown Freehold. Registration at 9 a.m. For details call 732-333-0094.
Bradley Beach Menorah Lighting at Riley Park, Main Street, Bradley Beach at sundown. For details call 732-776-2999.
Vendor Shopping Extravaganza at the Toms River Elks #1875, 600 Washington St., Toms River from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details call 732-857-0662.
Annual Avon Holiday Craft Market & Book Fair at 301 Main St., Avon in the municipal Building and Firehouse. Free admission. 732-988-1571.
11-29 & 11-30
Holiday Arts and Crafts Extravaganza at the Monmouth Park Racetrack, Route 36 and Oceanport Ave., Oceanport from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 120 Quality artisans and crafters plus music, food, door prizes and Santa. Admission $5. For details call 732-223-3710.
11-29 through 12-31-13
Jenkinson’s Aquarium Feeding Schedule, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Boardwalk & Parkway, Point Pleasant Beach. Seals 10 am, 1 pm & 4 pm Daily; Penguins 11 am & 3:30 Daily; Atlantic sharks 1:30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Information: 732-899-1659 or www.jenkinsons.com/aquarium
11-29-13 through 1-3-14 (Thursday through Sunday)
Holiday Light Show on the Village Green at Historic Smithville, 615 Moss Mill Road, Smithville (Atlantic City area) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. FREE. For details call 609-748-8999 or go to www.ccolonialinnsmithville.om/towneevents
Santa Visits Viking Village, 19th & Bayview, Barnegat Light at 1 pm. Santa arrives by Fire truck and will be available for visits and pictures. Bring your own camera. Information: 609-361-7008 or www.barnegatlight.org
Roller Derby Championship, Pine Belt Arena, 1245 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River at 8 pm. Anchor Assassins vs. Right Coast Rollers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $20.90 available through Ticketmaster.com. Information: www.jerseyshorerollergirls.net
Spring Lake Christmas Celebration Kick Off featuring hayrides, music, dancers and holiday treats starting at 6 p.m. For details call 732-449-0577.
Belmar’s 2nd Annual 10th Avenue Freeze Out featuring entertainment from 2 to 8 p.m. Ticket includes free admission at all participating bars, 2 free drink tickets, free buffet, live band and DJs. Cost $20 each. Must be 21 or over to participate. Limited to the first 5,000 event badges. For details call 732-681-3700 ext. 214.
Holiday Crafters & Vendors Fair at the Lincroft Inn Restaurant, 700 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details call 732-747-0890.
Annual Avon Holiday Craft Market & Book Fair at the Municipal Building, 301 Main Street, Avon from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Food sales, free admission. For details call 732-988-1571.
11-30 & 12-7-13
Classic Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides through the Red Bank Business District departing from 26 Broad Street (Murphy Style Grill) and Bridge Avenue across from the Galleria from 1 to 5 p.m. For details call 732-842-4244.
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave., Toms River. Space Talk – Q&A For Kids, 11:30 am; Wonders of the Holiday Sky, 1:00 pm & TBA, 2:30 pm. $ For information call 732-255-0343 or go to www.ocean.edu/campus/planetarium
Pickin’ on the Porch, Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9, Tuckerton from noon to 5 pm. Pick, sing, listen, swap Bluegrass, country, old time songs. Tell stories, share a pot of beans and homemade bread. Information: 609-296-8868 or www.tuckertonseaport.org
Bradley Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony at Riley Park, Bradley Beach at 4 p.m. For details call 732-776-2999.
Open Ceramics at the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Large selection of Bisque fired pottery for sale. Cost is $6 per hour plus the cost of the bisque. Cost includes firing and pieces will be ready for pick up in about a week. For details call 732-842-4000 ext. 4343.
12-1-13 through 1-1-14
Festival of Trees, Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9, Tuckerton from 10 am to 5 pm. This event features dozens of trees, decorated for local non-profit organization. Free with general admission. Information: 609-296-8868 or www.tuckertonseaport.org
Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Municipal Building, 95 West Veterans Highway, Jackson from 4:30 pm – 6 pm. Holiday celebration Information: 732-833-0799 or www.jacksontwpnj.net
Downtown Freehold Tree Lighting at the Hall of Records, 1 E. Main St., Freehold from 5 to 7 p.m. Rain date December 4th. For details call 732-333-0094.
The Lighting of the Official Ocean County Christmas Tree, Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Ave., Toms River at 4:45 pm. Information: 732 929-2000.
Victorian Christmas at the Museum, Havens Homestead and Lizzie Herbert House, 521 Herbertsville Rd., Brick from 3 pm – 7 pm. Victorian Christmas celebration complete with costumes, photos with a Victorian Santa. Visit the farmhouse for a trip back in time via period model trains, museum filled with surprises. $ donation. Information: 732-785-2500 or www.bricktwphistoricalsociety.com
Lunch and Learn, Interpretive Center, Island Beach State Park, Rte. 35 S. 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Learn about a diverse array of natural topics, from the ospreys of Island Beach State Park to physical factors that affect estuarine delivery of fishes. $ Information: 732-793-0506 or www.conservewildlifenj.org
Stafford Township’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Stafford Town Hall, 260 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin at 6 pm. Share the joy in the holiday season and visit Santa Claus. Information: 609-597-1000 or www.twp.stafford.nj.us
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave., Toms River. Season of Light, 7:00 pm & Laser Holidays, 8:15 pm. $ Information: 732-255-0343 or www.ocean.edu/campus/planetarium
Holiday House Tour, Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9, Tuckerton from 11 am – 4 pm. Visit charming and festively decorated Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor homes. Self-guided map and light refreshments provided. $ Information: 609-296-8868 or www.tuckertonseaport.org
Annual Jingle Bells Run 5k Race and One-Mile Fun Run Fitness Walk, downtown Toms River at 3 pm. The course is basically flat with a couple hills. View festive downtown Toms River and neighboring homes decorated for the holidays. Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Toms River. Proceeds will fund scholarships for local high school students. Special Law Enforcement Scholarship in memory of TRPD Det. Mark Catalano #187. Information: 732-341-8738 or www.jinglebellsrun.com
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, downtown Toms River from 6 to 8:30 pm. Celebration of the holiday season, Christmas music performances, a reading from Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus arrives and initiates the countdown for the lighting of Toms River’s Christmas tree. Take pictures with Santa and more. Information: 732-341-8738 or www.downtowntomsriver.com
Belmar Tree Lighting and Festivities at Pyanoe Plaza, 9th and Main, Belmar at 4:30 p.m. For details call 732-681-3700.
Holiday Lantern Tours of Shrewsbury’s Historic Four Corners. Broad Street & Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury. Tours leave from Christ Church at 380 Sycamore Ave. at 5 and 7 p.m. Tours begin at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and are by reservation only. The cost of tickets is $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for children 12 and under. For details or reservations call 732-915-5863.
Wall Township Annual Holiday Tree Lighting including fireworks, carols, refreshments, dance performance and a visit by Santa in the Courtyard of the Municipal Building, Wall at 6 p.m. For details call 732-449-8444.
Tree Lighting in Highlands at Huddy Park at 6 p.m. Rain date December 7th. For details call 732-291-4713.
Holiday Tree Lighting in Sea Bright in front of the Sea Bright Firehouse at 7 p.m. For details call 732-842-0099.
12-6 through 12-8-13
11th Annual Christkindlmarkt, Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9, Tuckerton. Friday from 4 to 8 pm. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas village atmosphere, holiday market and fair under heated tents. Santa, craft and gift vendors, food court, horse drawn cart rides, kiddie rides, trackless train, make & take crafts, hot Gluhwein, rolling chair sleigh rides, entertainment, and wine tasting. Free offsite parking w free shuttle bus. $ Information: 609-296-8868 or www.tuckertonseaport.org
Historic Allaire Village Stocking Stuffer Sale featuring hand crafted and unique items at Allaire State Park, Route 524, 4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall. Friday and Saturday 10a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 3 p.m. For details call 732-919-3500.
Santa Lights Barnegat, Barnegat Town Hall, Barnegat at 5:30 pm. Santa will light the Christmas Tree and will be available for pictures immediately following at the Fire House. Free. Information: 609-698-0080 or www.barnegat.net
Movie Night in the Park: It’s a Wonderful Life, Interpretive Center, Island Beach State Park, Rte. 35 S. 6 pm – 8 pm. Enjoy family friendly movies in the nature center, natural educators will briefly discuss movie-related topics as they relate to the current movie. Bring pillow/blanket. Registered adult must accompany a minor. $ Information: 732-793-0506 or www.conservewildlifenj.org
A Winter Wonderland, Stafford Town Hall, 260. E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin from 11 am to 2 pm. Shopping, food and entertainment. Information: 609-597-1000 or www.twp.stafford.nj.us
Christmas Tree Lighting, Plumsted Town Hall, 121 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt at 6 pm. Celebration of the holiday season. Information: 609-758-2241 or www.plumsted.org
Holiday Drop and Shop, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Boardwalk & Parkway, Point Pleasant Beach from 8 am to 1 pm. Drop kids off at the aquarium for a behind the scenes tour, meet some animals, play games and make crafts while you enjoy a morning of holiday shopping at local shops. Pre-registration required. $ Information: 732-899-1659 or www.jenkinsons.com/aquarium
34th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade, Long Beach Blvd. 5th St. – 25th St., Ship Bottom at 1 pm. Christmas celebration, handmade floats and antiques. Information: 609-494-2171 or www.shipbottom.org
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave., Toms River. Children’s Show – TBA, 11:30 am; Wonders of the Holiday Sky, 1:00 pm; Season of Light, 2:30 pm; Wonders of the Holiday Sky, 7:00 pm & Laser Holidays, 8:15 pm. $ Information: 732-255-0343 or www.ocean.edu/campus/planetarium
Sea Creatures with Amazing Features, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, 130 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton from 10 to11 am. Discover the fascinating world of New Jersey’s sea creatures with the Wetland’s Institute. After a fun and interactive look at the world of local sea animals you’ll get hands. Registration is required. FREE. Information and registration: 609-812-0649 ext. 206 or www.jcnerr.org
The Tuckerton FD Holiday Parade & Celebration in Tuckerton at 6:15 pm. The Parade Route starts South on Route 9 (Main Street) from Locust Street, turns Left onto Marine Street, turns Right onto Marshall Street, turns Right onto South Green Street Heading Northbound onto North Green Street. Grand Marshall’s will be 4 Very Special Guests from Make-A-Wish Foundation! Events to follow at Station 50 to include Food, Drinks, Live Band from the Bill McLeod Band, Holiday Vendors, Santa Workshop and Santa and Mrs. Claus! Information: 201-954-0541 or www.tuckertonfire.net.
Asbury Park Annual Downtown Tree Lighting at Press Plaza at 7 p.m. with free parking at the Bangs Avenue Garage. For details call 732-775-7676.
Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center GSP exit 116. Includes lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah, and readings about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The Brick Memorial High School Caroling Choir will lead the singing of patriotic and holiday songs. Hot chocolate and cookies will be offered. For details call 732-335-0033 ext. 100.
Evergreen Holiday Wreath program at the Program Room, Parks Administration Office, Ocean County Park System, Toms River from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $9 per person. Brings a pair of hand pruners and work gloves. Pre-registration required. Cost: $9 per person. Space is limited. For details call 877-OCPARKS.
Annual Holiday Shop and Santa Too at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jewelry, toys, chocolates, handmade gifts, holiday décor, live entertainment, food sales and arts and crafts for children.
Christmas Sing Along with Rick Garland on the piano at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel from 1 to 3 p.m. For details call 732-946-3758.
12-7 & 12-8-13
Christkindlmarkt Class: Christmas Stocking Ornament with instructor Mary May at the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9, Tuckerton. Classes begin at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm. Fee: $15 members/ $20 nonmembers, materials fee of $7 per ornament due to instructor day of class. Students can come for two hours and make one stocking, or stay all day and make more. Great for decorating or to give as a gift! Please sign-up early; I need to prepare material, unlike past years weaving material will be hard to get in 2013. For details or to register call 609-296-8868.
2013 Holiday Show and Craft Show at the EdenWooley House, Township of Ocean Historical Museum, 703 Deal Road, Ocean from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Shop for locally crafted quilts, knitted hat, toys, doll outfits, delicious treats and more. Children’s activities. For details call 732-531-2136.
Cattus Island Nature Walk: Watersheds. Leaves from the Butterfly Garden, Cattus Island County Park, Toms River from 2 to 3 p.m. FREE. For details call 732-270-6960.
Victorian Holiday Festival House and Inn Tour in Ocean Grove including the Great Auditorium, a tent house and more. Horses & Carriage rides, Jitney rides through the town, live nativity, and Doll House exhibit. No houses included on Sunday. Tickets $30. Advance purchase recommended. For details call 732-774-1391.
Meet Our Pine Snakes, a threatened species, at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Georgia Tavern Road, Howell at 1 p.m. For details call 732-751-9453.
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center Student and Instructor Show and Sale at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Pottery, ceramics, crafts, knitting, photography, painting, jewelry & more. Cash or check only please. For details call 732-842-4000 ext. 4253.
12-7, 12-14 & 12-21-13
Christmas Lantern Tours at Historic Allaire Village, Allaire State Park, Route 524, 4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall from 5 to 8 p.m. Tour through our historic village. Experience traditional Christmas 19th century activities such as baking gingerbread, musical performances and join our Villagers with singing all of your favorite carols by the fire! Musical performances include our talented harpist in the Chapel, a choir outside of our Allaire Mansion serenading you with all your favorite Christmas carols and watch our blacksmiths play carols on the anvil. (90 minute tours leave every 15 minutes) Admission – $12.50/Person Advance ticket purchase recommended. For details call 732-919-3500.
Victorian Christmas at the Museum, Havens Homestead and Lizzie Herbert House, 521 Herbertsville Rd., Brick from 11 am to 3 pm. Victorian Christmas celebration complete with costumes, photos with a Victorian Santa. Visit the farmhouse for a trip back in time via period model trains, museum filled with surprises. $ donation. Information: 732-785-2500 or www.bricktwphistoricalsociety.com
Lakewood Township Santa Parade from 7th St. down Clifton Ave. to town square, Lakewood at 1:00 pm Bands, Fire Trucks, Police and more, will bring SANTA Mrs. Claus and his elves to town square for FREE toy give-away for Lakewood children ages 1-10. Music and Fun for all, Sponsored by Lakewood Township Recreation Dept. (rain or shine) Information: 732-905-3405 or www.twp.lakewood.nj.us/
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, College Drive, off Hooper Ave., Toms River. Children’s Show – TBA, 11:30 am; Wonders of the Holiday Sky, 1:00 pm & TBA, 2:30 pm. $ Information: 732-255-0343 or www.ocean.edu/campus/planetarium
The Sounds of Christmas, carols on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel from 1 to 3 p.m. For details call 732-946-3758.
Blacksmith Demonstration at the Blacksmith’s Shop, Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel from 1 to 3 p.m. For details call 732-946-3758.
“Fill the stockings with care” drop in program at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn a bit of holiday history and make a paper stocking to hold a few historical treats. For details call 609-259-6275.
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Christmas at Historic Allaire Village, Allaire State Park, Route 524, 4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stroll through our historic village and maybe you will meet good old St. Nick! He will be with his festive sidekick snowflake giving out candy canes to all of the good boys and girls. Join us for our Christmas program in our Chapel with our Villagers performing the Virginia Reel to live musical accompaniment of our talented harpist and fiddler! Admission – $7/Adult, $5/Child 5-12. Horse and wagon ride additional $7.50/Adult, $5.00/Child under 12. For details call 732-919-3500.
Free Annual National Parks Passes available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members. A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.
Passes must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173). The passes can be obtained at National Parks including the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area or Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. For information on nearby National Parks go to http://www.nps.gov
Tours of Navy Lakehurst, Navy Lakehurst, Route 547. Meet at Cathedral of the Air, 264 New Hope Rd. Tour the Navy Lakehurst Information Center, the Ready Room, the POW-MIA Room, Historic Hangar One, the Hindenburg Crash Site Memorial Marker. Registration two weeks prior is mandatory. The tour is unable to accommodate unregistered walk-ins on the day of the tour due to security regulations. Wednesday tours are for DOD personal and groups 10 or more. No foreign nationals are permitted on the tours due to security reasons. 2nd & 4th Saturday of the Month April – October. 2nd Saturday of the month November – March. Information and registration: 732-818-7520 or www.nlhs.com