A Local’s Guide to Celebrating the Season With Jersey Shore Holiday Events for Every Age

A Local’s Guide to Celebrating the Season With Jersey Shore Holiday Events for Every Age


The month of December is known to be the “most wonderful time of the year.” We think they were talking about the family get togethers, food, and presents, but we can’t help but think it has something to do with this long list of Jersey Shore holiday events too! With events aimed at those young and old (and young at heart too!), there is plenty to keep you, your family, and your friends occupied over the holiday weeks.

Dine with Santa Claus himself, rock out to some throwbacks, visit an underwater winter wonderland, sip on holiday cocktails, and even transport yourself to a German holiday festival. So come one and come all… it’s a list of Jersey Shore Holiday Events that will make your month of December a bit more magical!

Jersey Shore Holiday Events

jersey shore holiday events

iPlay America
110 Schanck Road, Freehold
(732) 577-8200

Leave it to the party animals over at iPlay America to host not one, not two, but a number of holiday events including Breakfast with Santa on December 10th where you can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet and get that perfect family photo with Santa himself. Then there’s the Broadway Stars Dinner Show on December 17th, a Magic Show on December 30th, and of course, a NYE party that will help you and your family ring in 2018.

jersey shore holiday events
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach
(732) 892-0600

One of our favorite events that we look forward to all year is Jenkinson’s Aquarium’s Sea of Lights. An indoor Holiday Lights Spectacular, this special event will be held from December 15-16th, 22-23rd, and 26-30th from 6-9pm and will feature an indoor winter wonderland complete with treats, crafts, pictures with Santa and friends, games, holiday gifts, and more!

jersey shore holiday events
Rory’s Pub
1124 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright
(732) 383-7685

The 12 Days of Christmas have never tasted so good thanks to Rory’s Pub’s 12 Cocktails of Christmas. They’ll feature 12 different cocktails that range from a Blue Christmas to a White Christmas, a Winter Wonderland, Pa Rum Pun, and even Krampus (for those who are a bit naughty). The best part? If you drink 11 cocktails, you’ll get the 12th free!

jersey shore holiday events
Mister C’s Beach Bistro
Ocean Place and Allen Avenue, Allenhurst
(732) 531-3665

On Sundays, give yourself and a loved one a lobster dinner out on the town. At Mister C’s Beach Bistro you’ll dine on two courses of lobster for just $22, all with stunning views of a very beachy Christmas tree. If lobster isn’t your cup of tea, why not try out their Prix Fixe Menu featuring three courses for just $32. After all, you deserve to get out and dressed up for the holidays!

jersey shore holiday events
Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant
100 Ocean Ave, Long Branch
(732) 870-1200

This season, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate at Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant. From their Sunday Brunch Buffet with Santa Claus (December 17th) who will be handing out tons of goodies and listening to the wishes of girls and boys to the Holiday Paint Night on on December 18th. Grab your friends for the perfect chance to bring some holiday cheer to a vintage wood canvas (with the help of a professional of course). Finally, on Christmas Eve, for those who don’t feel like doing any of the work, make a reservation for their fabulous Sunday Brunch from 10:30am – 2:00pm or for dinner, all with a side of an ocean view. (In addition, all month long Rooney’s will be collecting toys for “Toys for Tots.”)

jersey shore holiday eventsAsbury Festhalle & Biergarten
27 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 997-8767

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten’s Annual Weihnachtsmarkt Rooftop European Holiday Market. Held every weekend leading up to Christmas, the rooftop (yes, up top!) will feature over 25 unique vendors with artisanal gifts, specialty foods, handcrafted toys, and more along with hot drinks (and Gluwein – aka German mulled wine), live music, and entertainment as well as pictures with Santa from 2-5pm.

jersey shore holiday events
House of Independents
572 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
(732) 977-5284

You know you love the 90s, so why not live it up with the help of House of Independents as they prepare for their 90s by Nature Dance Party… Part Two: Winter Edition on Saturday, December 9th! You’ll hang out with DJ Tyler Valentine as he spins all of your favorite 90s throwbacks so you can dance off all of those cookies! The best part is, tickets are free!

jersey shore holiday events
Gravity Vault
37 Kanes Lane, Middletown
(732) 856-9599

Just as the kids get a break from school, the Gravity Vault revs up the calendar with a number of Jersey Shore holiday events. From early opening hours beginning December 18th – December 22nd (9am – 10pm weekdays and 9am – 8pm weekends) to a special Holiday Day Pass on December 26th (just $10 before 12pm), a $15 belay class on the 26th, and a Break Camp from December 26th – 29th, there are plenty of reasons to check out Gravity Vault all season long!

jersey shore holiday events
DIVE Coastal Bar
1072 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
(732) 268-7707

Get into the spirit with DIVE Coastal Bar’s upcoming Holiday Bazarre on Tijuana Tuesday (yes, this is a thing and it’s definitely worth the visit!) On Tuesday, December 19th, vendors and artists will showcase custom art pieces, handmade ornaments, jewelry, holiday cards, and more. Enjoy live music and taco and drink specials including $5 Margaritas and $4 Modelo and Pacificos all night long. They’ll even have a complimentary gift wrapping station – this can truly be a one-stop-shop for all of your Christmas needs!

jersey shore holiday events
Latitudes on the River
361 E. Lacey Road, Forked River
609-242-2648

The big man himself will be visiting the Latitudes on the River ballroom on December 10th and bringing some very special guests along with him. The 4th Annual Brunch with Santa event will host two seatings (10:00am and 1:00pm) and will include a full brunch as well as pictures with Santa. All you have to do is bring the kids and your camera (and an appetite!) Be sure to make your reservation before some coal finds its way into your stocking.


Downtown Toms River
53 Main Street, Toms River
(732) 341-8738

Bring your kids to meet the man himself, Santa Claus, during Downtown Toms River’s meet and greet. Santa will be hanging out at The Downtown Shops @ 53 Main on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00am – 12:00pm, posing for photos and listening to their present wishes (just be sure to bring your own camera!) There will also be plenty of crafts and activities for all the kids in Santa’s workshop (all while you do some Christmas shopping!)

jersey shore holiday events
Marina at Oceanport
10 Riverside Avenue, Oceanport
(848) 456-4396

After all the shopping, wrapping, and ornaments are hung, why not bring the family to a special North Pole Express Christmas Eve Brunch. No need to get dressed up, families are encouraged to don your favorite pajamas to enjoy bottomless hot chocolate and breakfast dishes – just like the beloved movie! Reservations are strongly recommended. Following the big day, on December 29th, The Marina at Oceanport will be calling all Hufflepuffs, Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins to join in a special afternoon of Harry Potter trivia, food, drink, and prizes all for just $15.

jersey shore holiday events
McGillicuddy’s
601 Main St, Loch Arbour
(732) 531-5555

Join in the fun for McGillicuddy’s 7th Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 21st. With a free buffet at 6pm, happy hour drink prices that last all night long, and entertainment by Fun Box, there’s plenty to cheer about for this open invitation to all. If that’s not enough and you don’t feel like going out instead of staying in on Christmas Eve, be sure to make your reservations now for a dinner that will definitely get your taste buds aglow!

jersey shore holiday events
Exit 82 Seaside Heights
1214 Boulevard, Seaside Heights
(732) 830-3700

This weekend, show off your best Santa Claus outfit during Exit 82’s Annual SantaCon. On Saturday, December 9th, meet at the Hooks Bar at noon and join in with the other Santa’s to spread some holiday cheer. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy and two non-perishable food items for local charities. Now this is a convention we’re excited to attend!

jersey shore holiday events
MJ’S
845 Route 34, Matawan
(732) 566-6220

There are still two opportunities left to enjoy brunch with your favorite jolly old saint at MJ’s! On December 10th and 17th from 11am – 3pm, you and your family can hang out with old Saint Nick, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Reservations are required ($32.99 per adult and $16.99 for children under 12). If that’s not enough, MJ’s has officially gone to the dogs, donating $1 for every Tito’s Vodka Cocktail purchased to Rescue Ridge Charity. It’s a Cocktails for Canines event worthy of toasting!

jersey shore holiday events
Sorella Bella’s
27 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
(732) 383-7118

On Saturday, December 9th, head out for some shopping and fun at Sorella Bella Boutique. From 12pm – 4pm, Oriana Lamarca will be there customizing Holiday stacks of “arm candy” while you sip on a Hot Chocolate Bar, take advantage of free holiday gift wrapping, and indulge in a little shopping spree (with 10% off all regular priced merchandise!)

jersey shore holiday events
Temple Gourmet Chinese
91 Broad Street, Red Bank
(732) 212-8858

Bring your family to one of the best Chinese restaurants in not only New Jersey, but in America! With countless accolades, Temple Gourmet Chinese is an unexpected, yet extremely welcome change to your typical holiday dining. Make your reservations now for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve and experience what everyone has been talking about!