10 low-cost or FREE things to do this weekend at The Jersey Shore (December 12th – 14th)

10 low-cost or FREE things to do this weekend at The Jersey Shore (December 12th – 14th)

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: Seaside Heights Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Location: Courtyard in front of Borough Hall
Date: Friday, December 12th
Time: 5:00pm
Cost: Free to attend


Festivities include the tree lighting, light refreshments, a window painting contest with prizes and B98.5 will be broadcasting live. There will also be a very special appearance by Santa

You can grab a bite,  a beverage or both following the tree ceremony at Savor LoungeHemingway’s CaféBum Rogers Crab House . We have a number of specials running with them throughout the month of December that you may want to take advantage of!



Event: Ladies Night & The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gym
Location: Middletown
Date: Friday, December 12th
Time: 5:00pm
Cost: $9


How awesome is this!?! Ladies can purchase a day pass after 5:00pm and hook up and climb as much as you want. Get your girlfriends together and if your a health & fitness instructor get your class together and come on down and climb on up

For contact/address and for more information on Ladies Night please click here – Ladies Night at The Vault



Event: Classic Horse & Wagon Ride
Location: Red Bank’s Business District
Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 1:00 – 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Along your ride through Red Bank’s business district you will enjoy as traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz and blues musicians bring holiday tunes to the sidewalks of Red Bank. Grab a bite and get some Christmas shopping done at some of the top bakeries, restaurants and businesses at the Jersey Shore. To help plan your trip we’ve turned on an entire section of our website dedicated to places to shop, eat and play in Red Bank

For more information on the Classic Horse & Wagon Ride and for pick up locations please click here – Red Bank’s Holiday Happenings



Event: The Christmas Light Show 2014
Location: Woolley Road in Wall Township
Date: Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th
Time: 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Cost: Free but please consider bringing a donation to benefit Challenged Youth Sports


The Christmas Light Show is a world class computerized lighting and pyrotechnic show that will make you feel like you are in Disney World. The Thousands of lights synchronized to music broadcast over a rock concert quality sound system is sure to WOW all in attendance.

Arrive at least 30 minutes early as time is needed to park and walk to the show. Parking will be at the North Wall Little League Field which is 2744 Belmar Boulevard, Wall Township, NJ 07719. Last years shows attracted over 12,000 people

Check out this video – Christmas Light Show


Event: Winter Solstice Celebration
Location: Cattus Island Park, Toms River
Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: $8 per person (age 3 and under are free)


Come on out and enjoy a family fun winter celebration! There will be different vendors and craft tables that just might have that perfect gift that you have been looking for. Have fun and play some games, enjoy some holiday music and refreshments as this is sure to be a good time had by all especially the kiddies.

For more information please email friendsofcattusisland@gmail.com



Event: Santa Visits Pier Village
Location: Pier Village, Long Branch
Date: Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: Free to attend


Bring the kids to see Santa at Pier Village on Saturday & Sunday, December 13 & 14! Santa will be strolling the stores from 12:00pm – 2:00pm Saturday & Sunday. Santa will sit for photos and to hear the children’s wish list at Stewart’s Root Beer on both days from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Enjoy Christmas Carolers too! Old-fashioned English Carolers will be strolling from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.  Also, on December 13th, the Monmouth Civic Chorus will perform from 12:00pm – 1:00pm!

While at Pier Village we recommend that you visit The Stone Hut for some last minute Christmas gifts. The Stone Hut has a large selection of coastal themed sterling silver, semi-precious stone jewelry, nautical home decor and more. Receive 20% off all your purchases in December.



Event: Casino Pier Holiday Party & Ugly Sweater Contest
Location: Casino Pier Arcade, Seaside Heights
Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: Free to attend


Come on out and see Santa on the Boardwalk!! Create a Holiday Card for a Soldier!! Compete in a Build a Snowman Contest!! Play Pin The Nose on Rudolph!! Play Candy Cane Limbo!! and much, much, much more

For more information on The Holiday Party please click – Casino Pier Holiday Party

Here are some recommended local spots once the party is over. Please click – Bum Rogers Crab HouseHemingway’s CaféSavor LoungeTuscan Bistro Bar



Event: The Fresh Beat Band
Location: Pine Belt Arena, Toms River
Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 1:30pm and 5:30pm
Cost: $35 -$45


Not really low cost but definitely something fun and unforgettable to do with the kids. Come watch Kiki, Twist, Shout and Marina bebop all over stage to the songs your kids love.
Swing by the Tuscan Bistro Bar following the concert for some of the best

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Event: Holiday Light Spectacular & PNC Bank Arts Center
Location: PNC Bank Arts Center
Date: November 20th – January 4th
Time: Dusk to 10:00pm weekdays and dusk to 11:00pm weekends
Cost: $20 per car on weekdays and $25 on weekends


ITS BACK! The Holiday Lights Spectacular is back at the PNC Bank Arts Center for the 2014 holiday season. Over 2.5 miles of holiday scenery makes this the most wonderful ride of the year. With over 150 light displays, Holiday Lights Spectacular creates a magical winter wonderland in the heart of New Jersey.

For the first time this year the all new JCP&L Holiday Village will open at the end of the drive for more holiday excitement. The holiday village is a heated area within the park where families can take pictures with Santa, kids can make their own gingerbread cookies and everyone can enjoy some festive refreshments & snacks.

The holiday fun doesn’t stop there! Also new this holiday season is the AmeriHealth NJ skating rink located in the North Plaza and a 100ft long Retro Fitness Snow Luge located near the North Plaza.

Check out Fratelli’s Pizzeria on the way there or the way home. These guys are right on Route 35 in Middletown and you will not be disappointed – Click Here – Fratelli’s Pizzeria



Event: Ye Olde Fashioned Christmas
Location: Tuckerton Borough
Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Free to attend


This is the 22nd Annual Ye Olde Fashioned Christmas! Special events are planned throughout the Borough from a live nativity scene over at the Methodist Church on North Green to Parson’s own clam chowder at the Old Borough Hall on South Green. Santa will be at the old Borough Hall on Main St with Horse and Buggy rides behind the Hall. Special shopping is next to and behind the Atlantic City Jewelry Store. At the Seaport there will be the festival of Trees with the children’s choir and Yosi and Johnny’s Puppeteers! There is so much to do and see, have a great Holiday and shop local!!!!



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