10 low-cost or FREE things to do this weekend at The Jersey Shore (November 28th – 30th)

10 low-cost or FREE things to do this weekend at The Jersey Shore (November 28th – 30th)

When the tourists go away, the Jersey Shore and its communities continue to provide its residents with fun, affordable and new things to do. In the coming months, we will be highlighting these happenings for our fans and shedding some light on what is going on in our own backyards. Please let us know about any future events or fun & educational things to do in the area and we will include them when we can. Send us a message @ Jersey Shore InMotion


Event: Red Bank Holiday Express Concert & Town Lighting
Location: Red Bank
Address: Broad Street and Canal Street
Date: Friday, November 28th
Time: 5:30pm
Cost: Free to attend

Come to Red Bank for the Santa Express Train, Holiday Express Concert, and Town Lighting! Now in it’s 22nd year in Red Bank, Holiday Express will be rocking the streets with all of your favorite tunes with plenty of special guests. Check out 94.3 The Point and News 12 with our live televised countdown! 

For more information, click here!


Event: Holiday Wine Trail Weekend
Location: Various
Address: Various
Date: Friday November 28th – Sunday November 30th
Time: varies
Cost: varies

Instead of waking at 5am to shop, wash away the Thanksgiving tryptophan-induced coma with a great weekend with New Jersey wineries! The wine industry celebrates the season with food pairings, discounts, live entertainment, and special tastings statewide. Each winery makes the trail special in its own way. Patrons traveling the Holiday Trail will receive a wreath and ornament at the first winery they visit, and an ornament to decorate the wreath from each winery visited thereafter. No purchase necessary, one wreath per couple, one ornament per wreath. While supplies last.

For a list of participating wineries and for more information, click here!


Event: Point Pleasant Beach Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival
Location: Point Pleasant
Address: Arnold Avenue
Date: Friday, November 28th
Time: 5:30pm
Cost: Free

Take the kids out to see the town tree lit and for the arrival of Santa Clause.  Free horse-drawn carriage rides to the public will start this Sunday and continue on every Sunday until Christmas. The carriage rides will be available from noon to 4 p.m. and will pick up and drop off in front of Point Beach Interiors.

Make sure to stop by Idiosyncrazies. They have an abundance of handmade Christmas decorations and gifts for everyone!


Event: Santa’s Arrival and Christmas Tree Lighting
Location: Barnegat Light Boat Ramp / Old Borough Hall
Address: 10th Street Boat Ramp
Date: Friday, November 28th
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Free

Description: Santa will arrive at the Boat Ramp and take a fire truck ride to Old Borough Hall for the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Children can visit with Santa and have refreshments at the First Aid Building so make sure you bring your camera. Santa will also visit Viking Village on Saturday November 29 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm

For more information please call 732-494-9196


Event: Turkey Derby XLI
Location: Wall Stadium
Address: 1803 Highway 34 South, Wall
Date: Friday & Saturday, November 28th – 29th
Time: Pits open at 6:30am
Cost: from $30 to $85

Come out and cap off a great 2014 season and watch some of the top drivers in the area compete in the annual Turkey Derby which is a 150 lap race of modified stock cars.

For more information, click here!


Event: Keyport Tree Lighting
Location: Keyport
Address: Mini Park, 45 West Front Street
Date: Saturday, November 29th
Time: 5:30pm
Cost: Free to attend

Santa arrives and lights the town evergreen. So make sure you bring the kids out to see him arrive.

For more information, please call 732-739-5138


Event: Boardwalk Holiday Tree Lighting & Ugly Sweater Party
Location: Grand Arcade, Asbury Park
Address: 1300 Ocean Avenue
Date: Saturday, November 29th
Time: 5:00pm
Cost: Free to attend

The ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING is a celebrated Asbury Park Boardwalk tradition. Come and enjoy live music from The Billy Lawlor Band followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Wear your ugliest cat sweater for the 5th ANNUAL UGLY SWEATER PARTY which starts at 7:00pm.  Collections for the Asbury Park Toy and Coat Drive will also be held.

For more information please visit the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, click here!


Event: Spring Lake Christmas Celebration Kickoff
Location: Spring Lake
Address: Third Avenue
Date: Saturday, November 29th
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: Free to attend

This annual kick off has a little bit of everything. Enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies, cupcakes and a variety of other goodies. Watch as the tree is lit and take the kids on a free hayride around the lake. Santa arrives on a fire truck to greet everyone. This is also your chance to see the famous Clayton Livery Miniature Village Train Spectacular – check out the video here. Truly a Christmas Celebration that you and your loved ones will never forget.

For more information please visit Spring Lake


Event: 10th Avenue Freeze Out: Rebuilding Belmar
Location: Belmar
Address: Various locations
Date: Saturday, November 29th
Time: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $20 Ticket Donation to help Hurricane Sandy Victims

The event starts at 4:00pm and will run right through the night. Participating bars include Paul’s Tavern & Cabin, Connolly Station, Boathouse Bar & Grill, 507 Main, Klein’s Fish Market & Waterside Cafe, Bar Anticipation, and Jack’s Tavern. The complimentary buffet will be available at Brandl Restaurant from 4:00-6:30 only. All of the food at the buffet is provided by and donated by all of the participating bars.

Check out last year’s video here


Event: Bradley Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony
Location: Bradley Beach
Address: Riley Park on Main Street (between LaReine and Brinley Avenues)
Date: Sunday, November 30th
Time: 4:00pm
Cost: Free

Santa Arrives on a fire truck at 5:00pm. Come out and enjoy some free hot chocolate and cookies! Horse Drawn Carriage rides and music are also part of the experience. From 6:00pm – 8:00pm you can head on over to Fifth Avenue Beach for a community bonfire.

For more information please click here – Bradley Beach