2021 Holiday Guide - Ocean County Moms

We are filled with JOY here at Ocean County Moms to share with you our Holiday Guide. As the holidays start to roll in we have found some amazing places to shop, local farmers markets, theaters, breakfast with Santa, holiday lights, cozy coffee shops, and SO much more.   

Sponsored by:

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  NMLS #32416                           

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Check out these fall and holiday fairs, festivals, or markets.


EHT Recreation’s 11th Annual Holiday Craft Show

Join EHT Recreation and our 90+ vendors for our 11th Annual Holiday Craft Show! Our show features a diverse assortment of jewelry, crafts, and home-made goods. You are bound to find something special for someone on your holiday list!  Craft Show will host vendors both indoors and outdoors.





Happy Harvest Craft and Vendor Fair: Saturday Nov. 13th / 10-3pm /East Dover Baptist Church Toms River. Start your holiday shopping!! Come shop talented artisans and well known vendors on our front lawn! Grab a bite from the food truck and a dessert from the Church table too!




Fall Food Truck Festival at Laurita

November 13th & 14th!
Saturday 11-9:30 and Sunday 11-7.
NO SESSIONS!! Come anytime!
FIREWORKS Saturday Night!!
$12 per person 21+ online in advance! $14 at the gate! Everyone 20 and under is Free Admission!DISCOUNT TICKET SALES ONLINE END AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12!
** 2020 Food Truck Passes will be accepted! **
Tickets WILL BE AVAILABLE at the door!






Brick Farmers Market Thanksgiving Market The Brick Farmers Market returns for a special Thanksgiving Market on Saturday, November 20, from 8:30-1:30. Following the success of last year’s Market, Mayor Ducey and the Township Council brought back the Thanksgiving Market to give everyone the chance to get ready for the big holiday at your favorite Brick Farmers Market vendors!


Mud City Crab House

1185 E Bay Ave
Manahawkin, NJ 08050








Five O Six Surf Boutique:

Join us for our 5th Annual Holly Jolly Holiday Market on Saturday December 4th and Sunday December 5th from 11-4pm!We will be hosting a Pop Up Marketplace where you can shop from local vendors. Celebrate the holiday season with the Five 0 Six Boutique team by shopping small and supporting local artists this Christmas season!






Christmas planning began early this year! Join the Tuckerton Seaport for the 12 Days of Christmas-a new event designed to get families in the holiday spirit!The Seaport will have Holiday Boat Tours of Tuckerton Creek each day from December 1st through the 12th. The Seaport Captain and Tour Guide will take guests on a 50 minute tour of Tuckerton Creek complete with stories about holiday celebrations specific to our area such as when Tuckerton trees saved Christmas for New York City. Bundle up and bring a blanket! Come for the Holiday Boat Tour or just to explore the museum and grounds which will be decorated in holiday lights.You will not want to miss the Outdoor Reindeer Scavenger Hunt! Stop in to the Lighthouse upon arrival for the details.The Seaport Lighthouse along with Pop-Up Holiday Gift Shop will also be open for exploring including the Soap Bus and Christmas Wreaths.

In need of gifts this holiday season? Don’t forget to stop in at the Ocean County Mall. Prefer shopping local? Check on the quaint shops all through Point Pleasant and Toms River.

Ocean County Mall

Jackson Premium Outlets

Point Pleasant 

Downtown Toms River 

Shop Local for Small Business Saturday Friday Nov. 27th, 2021 at any and all local small businesses! 


Anyone else cut down their family tree the day after Thanksgiving or that weekend? Choosing the right Christmas tree to cut down is always a fun filled family day. Check out these local tree farms. 


* Picea Acres-Jackson

*Yuletide Tree Farm-New Egypt 

*Pine Meadow Farm– New Egypt




Want some some holiday cheer, check out a local theater. Seeing  a holiday production always brings alive the spirit of the holidays.



Surflight Theater

Check out Surlight Theater for all your theater needs from now until 12/19!






  Historic Smithville:

Dickens Fest an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” : (free event)

Riddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company will bring the Spirit of Christmas back to Historic Smithville, when they return to present their two-day outdoor “Dickens Fest” featuring an original, musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol”, Charles Dickens’ heartwarming, classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.



Cozy up with a good cup of joe and take a few minutes during the holiday season to just relax in the midst of chaos.

Cacao Cafe -Little Egg Harbor

Coastal Coffee Company– Beach Haven

Perk Cafe– Bayville

Tommy Boys Cafe– Toms River



Looking for an experience with Santa? Look no further, we have you covered. From pictures, breakfast, or unique encounters. 


CSG Photography: Straight from the North Pole the real Santa Claus is coming to Jackson, Saturday November 13th and Saturday November 20th from 11am-5pm. CSG Photography LLC is offering a limited number of professional mini photo sessions with the jolly old elf in the red suit! Mini sessions are $100 and will include a personalized interactive experience with your children and Santa while CSG photography captures these candid moments on camera for you as a keepsake forever. A downloadable digital gallery of high resolution photos are included in every session and are available within 48 hours of the event! Save your money and skip the mall Santa lines where your time is wasted on a less than memorable 30 second visit.


Mathis House: Tea and Scones with Santa– Nov. 10th and 17th 6 PM. Bring your children to meet Santa and enjoy a tea party at the magical Mathis House Victorian Tea Room located at 600 Main Street in Downtown Toms River. The mansion will be decorated with over 17 Christmas trees and kids can visit the North Pole.The tea service will include warm chocolate chip scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry preserves with a full pot of gourmet holiday tea per person. Photo opportunities with Santa will be given to each family. The cost is $20 for adults plus tax and gratuity, $10 for children 12 and under and children five and under are free with each paying adult.


Meet Santa at Laurita Winery Santa and Mrs. Claus are BACK at Laurita! November 27 & 28, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19  – from 1-4pm each day!







SANTA Nature Walks and Photos

Nature Walk with Santa Let your child experience nature with Santa Claus this holiday season. During this program, Santa and his helpers will read a few stories to your child before taking them on a short ¼-mile nature exploration walk! Please dress for the weather as this is an outside program!

LOCATION: Pavilion, Cloverdale Farm County Park, Barnegat

DATE: Saturday, December 4 TIME: 9:00 – 10:00 am or 10:30-11:30 am

$5.00 per child, adults are free but must register AGE: 3 – 7 years

Photo Opportunity with Santa Claus A visit with Santa Claus takes place at the beautiful gazebo located behind the Parks Administrative Office building. Park down the hill in the program parking area and come on up to a festive holiday scene. Bring your cameras, as one of Santa’s helpers will be on hand to take your perfect holiday photo. This event is first come first served.

LOCATION: Gazebo, Parks Administration Office, Toms River

DATE: Saturday, December 4 TIME: 10:00 – 2:00 pm  /  FEE: FREE AGE:

All Pet Photos with Santa Claus Santa Claus will visit Cattus Island County Park for a fun photo opportunity with your pet. Bring your own camera, as one of Santa’s helpers will be on hand to take your perfect holiday photo. All pets must be on a leash. This event is first come, first served. LOCATION: Black path to the Cooper Environmental Center, Cattus Island County Park, Toms River

DATE: Sunday, December 12 TIME: 11:00 am – 1:00pm FEE: FREE AGE: All


Reynolds Garden Shop & Floral Market

Capture the holiday season with a 15 minute Holiday Mini-Session with Ann Coen Photography. Everything will be ready for a magical backdrop for your holiday cards. Bring your best smile! Nov. 21st  from 10-4 PM. 


Jessica Cirz Photography

15 Minute Family Session in front of 1957 Chevy Pick Up $250.00Includes 3 prints (8×10 or 5×7)and social media watermarked proofs for sharing.Reservation and deposit required.
Limited Availability. Location in Toms River, to be announced.
Nov. 21, 2021 10-2 / Rain Date 11/28/21.




Unique Holiday Experiences


Historic Smithville

Magic Talking Tree: (free event)

Saturday Dec. 5th, 11th and 18th  from 12:00 – 7:00

Sunday December 5th, 12th  and 19th  from 12:00 – 6:00

Light Show on the Lake (Thanksgiving thru Jan 6th)…Over 120 Christmas Trees made from over 50,000 Christmas lights, magically float on Lake Meone in the center of Historic Smithville. The moment darkness falls, an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. The lights seem to dance and chase each other to the music all the while reflecting of the water’s surface. This show can be seen from either side of the village as well as the bridge.




The Mathias House

November events all month long to put in you in the holiday spirit. 







Holiday at the Horse Farm 

Horse farm fun! Food, music, auction, demos, free tack, tack sale, roasted marshmallows, hot cocoa, Brookly Boys Brick Oven pizza and more! Saturday Nov. 13th from 1:30-4 pm.



Wine and Bundt Cakes at Laurita

A flight of our four amazing wines! Choose a DRY or SWEET flight! Flights are paired with Chocolate Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Raspberry, Red Velvet and Lemon bundtini cakes (each person will receive their own individual box with four fork-tastic cakes!) Each cake is handcrafted, just like our wines! Cakes to go will be available for purchase at the event.Cost: $35 per person.



42nd Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade

Decemner 4th 1-3pm

The Borough of Ship Bottom and the Christmas Parade Committee is excited to announce the theme for 2021 parade is “Comfort & Joyful Christmas”
We encourage antique vehicles, handmade floats and groups looking to march or perform. To be part of the parade please register:https://shipbottom.srsd.net/registration/



Join us for our Holiday Lights Spectacular this December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 26th, 27th & 28th from 4-8pm each night (entertainment 5-8pm)! Our winter wonderland includes treats, crafts, pictures with Santa*, games, Diving Santa*and Holiday Entertainment!
*Photos with Santa: December 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th (5-8pm)
*Diving Santa: December 26th, 27th & 28th (6:15-7:15pm and 7:45-8:45pm)




Ocean County Mom’s Holiday Guide

Sponsored by:

Tracy Naimo from Nations Lending

  NMLS #32416                           

[email protected]                          732-379-2485                                 

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