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Holidays Are Happening in the LBI Region

Reasons to celebrate, shop and gather throughout December

December is a month of festivities and celebrations in Coastal NJ, especially within Southern Ocean County. From Long Beach Island, to the Main Land Communities there are many ways to make merry. Historical sites, entertainment, attractions, special events, shopping and dining; memories will be brighter into the new year. Gather friends, and family to set your course for season:

Fantasy Island Arcade December Holiday Schedule - Friday through Sunday up to Dec 24 and open Dec 26 through NYE

December 12 Day of Local Savings Kick Off Campaign! Find out more here

Dec 1 & 2 – Surf City Vol Fire Co Christmas Market 3rd annual Christmas Market featuring local food and craft vendors! The Christmas Market will be open for shopping on Friday, 12/1/23, from 5PM-8PM and Saturday, 12/2/23, from 9AM-3PM. The Surf City Vol. Fire Co. & EMS annual tree lighting will take place around 6pm on Friday night, and Santa Claus will be visiting the firehouse both days!

Saturday, December 2 – Ship Bottom Annual Christmas Parade stepping off 1pm (raindate December 9)

December 2 - Barnegat Township Holiday Pop up Market 12-5pm Gazebo Park East Bay Avenue features Cream Ridge Winery, vendors, choirs- tree lighting 430pm 

Sunday December 3 Holiday Village at Jetty 176 E Bay Ave Manahawkin beginning at 11am featuring music, vendors and more

                 December 3 Tuckerton's Ye Old Christmas  Old Borough Hall 140 E Main Street noon to 4pm featuring Live Nativity, free Clam Chowder, Vendor Market, Crafts, Reindeer Scavenger hunt, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and Santa

Dec 7 Rotary Club of LBI 38th Annual Holiday Auction at 6pm The Mainland – proceeds benefit local organizations if you would like to purchase tickets for gourmet food, open bar and live entertainment or donate an auction or big ticket item go to

Dec 9 Chick Fila Manahawkin Touch a Truck & Breakfast with Santa - 8:30am to 11:30am Come join the Cow, Santa and Stafford Fire Dept & EMS with fire engine and ambulance for all ages to explore. Free pictures with Santa. Enjoy breakfast and 20% of all event proceeds will go towards these local heroes. 

Dec 9 Bay Village Cookie Wars in Beach Haven  11am to cookies run out! This year’s challenge is Marshmallow

Dec 9 Holiday Wonderland & Christmas Market 11am -5pm Heritage Park 49 W Bay Manahawkin  Food trucks. craft vendors, fire pits, live entertainment, photos with Santa & Mrs Claus

 Live Holiday Performances

SURFLIGHT contact box office directly or go to

A Christmas Story 2:00 or 730: Dec 2- 17 


STAC  Performances:

·         Shadows of the 60s A Holiday Tribute of Motown Dec 9 730pm

·         Christmas with the New York Tenors Dec 16 730pm

·         Together This Christmas Dakota & Elle Dec 17 2pm

Lizzie Rose Music Room 

Dec 1 Rock This Town 730pm A Tribute to Brian Setzer Orchestra - Purchase tickets online

Albert Music Hall 

Dec 16 Holiday Show Doors open 545 – see Santa and Santa’s Band, children can talk to santa and receive a small gift.


Hotel LBI - Ship Bottom presents A Great Gatsby New Year Even 830pm to 1230am-Four Course dinner, Open bar, DJ, Live Music, Ball Drop at Midnight $175 per person plus tax and service charge book 609 991 8004  discount hotel rooms are available

The Gables Inn & Restaurant  212 Centre St Beach Haven  -Prix Fixe Menu this holiday season for New Year’s Eve! Place your reservations early 609 492 3553

New Years Eve Bubbly Bash with the Jersey Tenors - two shows 5pm and 8pm  The Jersey Tenors are the newest Opera/Rock Mash-up sensation and are Jersey Proud highlighting some of Jersey's finest like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Kool and The Gang, and more.