How about a little Shop and Chop for your Black Friday activities. Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown is opening at noon with half-price gift cards and other deals.  Plus, and more importantly, the axe throwing pits will be open to relieve that holiday stress and maybe even burn off some of those Thanksgiving over indulgences.  

Friday, Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten open up the annual Holiday Weihnachtsmarkt, translation = Rooftop Winter Market, with tasty Hot Toddy’s, handcrafts, live entertainment, and a visit from Santa, who will be collecting new unwrapped toys.  It all starts at noon on Friday.

Friday, kick off the holiday season at the annual Holiday Express Concert and Town Lighting at 140 Broad Street in Red Bank.  There will be free hot cocoa and Mr. and Mrs. Clause will be stopping by.  The fun starts at 7 PM. 

Friday night it’s the Annual 5th Avenue Beach Bon Fire in Bradley Beach.  A festive night to kick off the holiday season, 6 – 9 PM.

Saturday and Sunday the Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival happens at Laurita Winery with fireworks (Saturday night), fire pits, bands, vendors, drink specials and more.

Asbury Park’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration happens Saturday with live music, holiday cheer, a visit from Santa and more.  Doors open at 5:30 PM.

Santa comes to Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park this Saturday.  Dress your pup to impress and snap a picture with Santa, benefits Asbury Boardwalk Rescue.  2 – 4 PM.

Keyport’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting happens Saturday with live music, an ornament workshop, hot chocolate and cider, and a chance to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 5 PM

Saturday, November 24th, Shrewsbury Borough Hall holds their annual Christmas Tree Lighting with cold weather treats, music, caroling, a visit from Santa Claus and more.  Plus, they will also be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for Lunch Break and gently worn winter coats.  The fun starts at 4 PM, rain or shine.

Sunday, Bradley Beach holds their annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Riley Park, 4 PM.

Get into the holiday spirit Sunday with the Brian Setzer Orchestra celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Christmas Rocks! Tour at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.

Long Branch, Pier Village tree lighting happens on Sunday, 4 – 6 PM

Magic Lights of New Jersey, a holiday light drive-through experience at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel open now through December 30th

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