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.
Tracy Naimo from Nations Lending
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
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!
1185 E Bay Ave
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
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
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.
Check out Surlight Theater for all your theater needs from now until 12/19!
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!
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.
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
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
November events all month long to put in you in the holiday spirit.
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/
Ocean County Mom’s Holiday Guide
Tracy Naimo from Nations Lending