Tree Lighting Ceremonies to Kick off the Season

The holiday season is about to kick off, and all throughout New Jersey there will be tree lighting ceremonies, carriage rides, carolers, ice skating and more. The festivities will commence as early as Black Friday.

Here is a list of events:

Magic of Lights Holiday Drive Thru Experience

Now through Dec. 30

5 – 10 PM

PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Pkwy


Point Pleasant Beach

Nov. 25

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm There will be a DJ, horse & carriage rides, refreshments, & activities for the children. Take your picture with Santa at Ocean County Music!

Downtown Point Pleasant Beach
601 Arnold Ave.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Nov. 25-Jan. 1, 2023

Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Time: Varies
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Ice at the Pier
Nov. 25-Feb. 28, 2023

Pier Village
Centennial Drive
Festival Plaza
Long Branch
Time: Thursdays – 4 p.m.-8 p.m..; Fridays – 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturdays – 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays – 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Holiday times vary.
More Information

Red Bank Annual Town Lighting and Holiday Express Concert
Nov. 25
Downtown Red Bank
Broad Street at Canal Street
Time: 7 p.m.; Lighting at 8 p.m.
More Information

Borough of Ship Bottom Tree Lighting

Nov. 26

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Ship Bottom Boat Ramp

10th Street & Shore Avenue

Annual Long Branch Tree Lighting
Nov. 27

Pier Village
Long Branch
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
More Information

Holiday Dickens Fest
Nov. 27-28

Historic Smithville Village
Time: 1 p.m.

Brick’s Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov. 30

5:30 PM

Performance by a combination of the Brick and Brick Memorial choirs, treats and a visit from Santa Claus.

Brick Municipal building, 401 Chambers Bridge Rd, Brick 

Smithville Winter Wonderland
Dec. 1-23
Historic Smithville Village
Magical talking tree and a Christmas train ride are available
More Information

Downtown Toms River Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 2

5pm-7pm. Live entertainment begins at 5pm. Santa arrives on the fire truck at 7pm to light the tree.

Washington Street, Toms River

Toms River Winter Village

 Dec 2

5 – 7 PM

Washington Street, Toms River

Manchester Annual Tree Lighting

Dec. 2

7 PM

Manchester Municipal Court
1 S Colonial Dr, Manchester Township, 

Holiday Kick-Off – Fireman’s Park Tree Lighting

Dec. 2

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Fireman’s Park, 1305 Main St

Asbury Park

Manasquan Christmas Tree Lighting and Candy Cane Hunt

Dec. 2

4 – 6 PM

Main Street, Manasquan

St. Gabriel’s Annual Tree Lighting

Dec. 2

 5 – 9 PM

100 N. Main Street, Marlboro, NJ

West Long Branch Christmas Tree Lighting 2022

Dec. 3

3 – 7 PM

Franklin Lake, West Long Branch

Jackson Tree Lighting

Dec. 3

4:30 PM

Santa Claus will arrive, and letters can be left for Santa, too!

Jackson Township Municipal Office
95 W Veterans Hwy, Jackson Township, NJ

Christmas in Ocean Grove

Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Boutiques, Christmas Concert, Birthday Party for Jesus, Live Nativity, Tree Lighting and visit from Santa.

Dec. 3

2 – 6 PM

The Great Auditorium, 21 Pilgrim Pathway

Ocean Grove


Dec. 4

12 – 4 PM

Allaire Village, Inc., 4265 Atlantic Ave


Asbury Park Press Plaza Tree Lighting

Dec. 4

Cookman Ave., Asbury Park

Hot chocolate, cookies, carolers from Alphabets preschool, Santa Claus.

Ocean Township Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec 4

4 – 6 PM

Township of Ocean Historical Museum
703 Deal Rd, Ocean Township, 

Freehold Tree Lighting

Dec. 6

4 – 6 PM

Monmouth County Hall of Records, 1 E Main St


Springwood Park Tree Lighting

Dec. 10

Atkins Ave., Asbury Park

Christmas Light Show

Dec. 14

5 – 7 PM

Allaire Community Farm, 1923 Baileys Corner Rd

Wall Township

Downtown Menorah Lighting

Dec. 20

5-6:30 p.m

Kennedy Park, Asbury Park

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