We are so lucky to be living at the Jersey Shore! Most people understand the draw of our beaches in the summertime, but summer is not the only time that the crowds are drawn to our shores. The Jersey Shore is open all year, and there are festivals galore during every season, most notably during the holidays.
One has to understand the nuances of each of our communities to truly appreciate the diversity that abounds here. If you drive the short couple miles from Asbury Park to Manasquan, you will pass through six towns, each with its own personality. If that’s not enough, just venture another half mile and head south from Point Pleasant down the barrier island, and add another six. Move a mile in from the beach and add a couple more without driving more than 10 miles in either direction.
Whether people are looking for the night life scene in Asbury or the quaint downtown of Spring Lake, our towns offer their unique twist on the holidays.
Spring Lake just ushered in the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony that brought Santa, fire trucks, singers, and dancers. Of the many traditions they have is the Historic Christmas Inn Tour. The many boutique stores and restaurants in town also make this a wonderful destination.
One of the gifts of Manasquan is the Algonquin Theatre. This season’s production is “A Christmas Carol – A Staged Radio Show." Need to give the kids something to do? Take them to the Candy Can Hunt, just one of many downtown Manasquan events taking place throughout the year.
Sea Girt, in its one square mile, consists of a sweet seaside community––where the highlight is the historic lighthouse––offering numerous events for its residents. Breakfast with Santa and the tree lighting help bring residents together for friendship and cheer.
Each town offers its own seasonal festivities, and each takes the time to find ways to give to those less fortunate than themselves. The community makes sure that everyone who lives there or visits there has a wonderful experience.
From the Jersey Shore to all of you around the world, I wish you a very safe and joyous holiday season.