Holiday Happenings in Toms River in 2017

holiday activities in Toms River

It’s a festive time of year and there are several activities available around Toms River in celebration of the holidays. Whether you’re looking for family fun, a romantic couple’s occasion, shopping, or entertainment in the arts, these upcoming events should fit the bill.

Santa’s Wonderland

No Christmas season would be complete for the little ones without a visit to Santa. Happily, Santa’s Wonderland will be delighting kiddos with Christmassy activities, crafts, delicious goodies, and a Santa’s workshop experience, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Where: New Life Church, 700 Main Street
When: Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and Saturday, December 16 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

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Festival of Trees Finale

The annual Festival of Trees charity event culminates with a judging event and the awarding of cash prizes in mid-December. More than 30 businesses and organizations are part of this tree decorating extravaganza. Bring the kids for arts and crafts. You can enjoy refreshments in the Mrs. Claus Café and watch dance performance and listen to music by the Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Ocean County Jazz Band, and the Multigenerational Orchestra.

Where: Tom’s River Elks Lodge No. 1875 on the corner of Washington Street and Clifton Avenue
When: Thursday, December 14 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

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Westminster Concert Bell Choir

This is the 40th anniversary season of the nationally renowned hand bell choir from Rider University. These performers play on bronze and aluminum-cast bells that represent 8 octaves – the widest range of handbells in the world. Tickets are $20.

Where: The Main Stage of the Grunin Center for the Arts on College Drive
When: Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm

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A Garfield Christmas

This live performance is another stellar Grunin Center event. It’s a family-fun musical with humor and holiday joy. Some musical favorites include “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Tickets are $18 for children and $20 for adults.

Where: The Main Stage of the Grunin Center for the Arts on College Drive
When: Thursday, December 21 at 7:30

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Holiday Glam Popup Boutique

Finish out your Christmas shopping at this engaging shopping boutique event, selling LuLaRoe clothing, Disney collection items and other attire. Entry is free. Door prizes and product giveaways abound, and you can take part in a mini makeover, as well.

Where: Days Hotel at 290 Route 37 E
When: Saturday, December 16 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

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New Year’s Eve at the Clarion or the Atlantis Ballroom

Enjoy cocktails, a DJ, a 5-hour open bar, dinner, dancing, a midnight champagne toast and all the fun you can handle. Party-only packages and deluxe room stay packages with breakfast buffets are available from either venue.

Where: Clairon Hotel and Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West or the Atlantis Ballroom in the Days Hotel, 290 Route 37 East
When: Sunday, December 31 – The parties start at 8:00 pm

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If you’re looking for safe and comfortable transportation for any upcoming Toms River holiday event, contact Central Jersey Transportation. With our skilled drivers at the wheel, you can avoid traffic and parking hassles and just concentrate on having a great time. Happy Holidays from CJT!