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Five Christmas daycation destinations at the Jersey Shore


ASBURY PARK, NJ – You would never think about spending Christmas at the Jersey Shore, but a holiday staycation is a great one-day getaway from the hustle and bustle of the cities, even for locals.

If you’re looking for a festive and fun place to spend Christmas this year? The Jersey Shore has a lot to offer. From great food and shopping to fun activities and attractions, here are five great Christmas destinations down the shore.

Long Branch

Long Branch is a great Christmas destination in New Jersey. This historic town is located at the Jersey Shore, and it is full of holiday cheer. There are plenty of things to do in Long Branch during the holidays, including visiting Santa at the Village and going ice skating at Pier Village. Santa makes several appearances at Pier Village throughout the season.


The town also has a variety of shops and restaurants that are sure to please everyone on your list. So, if you’re looking for a festive place to spend your Christmas vacation, be sure to check out Long Branch.

Cape May

Cape May is one of the most popular Christmas destinations in New Jersey. This small town is located on the southernmost tip of the state, and it is known for its beautiful beaches, Victorian architecture, and unique shops. There are plenty of things to do in Cape May during the Christmas season, including taking a carriage ride through the historic district, visiting Santa at the Washington Street Mall, and attending the Holiday Concert Series at the Physick Estate.

Ocean City

This charming beach town is the perfect place to spend Christmas by the sea. The boardwalk and beaches are beautiful at Christmastime, and there are plenty of fun holiday events going on in town. Visit Santa at his workshop on the boardwalk, go ice skating at the rink by the beach, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through town. You can also enjoy some festive shopping, dining, and entertainment at the many unique shops and restaurants in Ocean City.

Photos taken with Santa in an OCBP Lifeguard Boat, taking a free Horse and Carriage ride, seeing the Ocean City Theatre Company’s ‘Holiday Spectacular show, and of course, fabulous holiday shopping!

Free Horse and Carriage Rides (Dec.18): Noon to 3 p.m. with boarding at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

Visits With Santa (Dec.18): 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mark Soifer Park (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue). For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

Photos With Santa in an OCBP Lifeguard Boat (Dec.18): 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.


Ocean City Theatre Company presents its 2022 Holiday Spectacular. Performance will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec 18.

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Wildwood

There’s no place like Wildwood during Christmas time! This charming town is located on the Jersey Shore and is known for its beautiful beaches and boardwalk. During the holidays, the town is decked out in festive decorations, making it a great place to enjoy some holiday cheer. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants to explore, so you can find the perfect gift for your loved ones.

The Borough of Wildwood Crest Mayor’s Wellness Campaign and the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department are sponsoring a community Holiday Lights Walk on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Walkers will meet at the corner of Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue and will take an approximately 30-minute walk along Sunset Lake and the surrounding neighborhood to view the various holiday and Christmas light displays. The walk will be led by Wildwood Crest Mayor’s Wellness Campaign coordinator Laura Farrall. The Holiday Lights Walk is free but registration is encouraged. Those interested are asked to send an email to lfarrall@wildwoodcrest.org. Walkers should wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City is a world-famous resort city in southern New Jersey. The city is best known for its casinos, boardwalk, and beaches. Visitors to Atlantic City can enjoy a variety of activities, including gambling, shopping, dining, and nightlife. There are also many historical and cultural attractions in the city.

Atlantic City is a popular destination for vacationers from all over the world. The city has something to offer everyone, whether you’re looking for excitement or relaxation, but the holidays are in full swing throughout.

Whether you’re looking for a festive atmosphere or just a fun place to spend your holidays, Atlantic City is a great choice. There’s no shortage of things to do in this vibrant city, so you’re sure to have a great time no matter what you do.

Here are some holiday events going on this week in Atlantic City.

If you’re looking for a great Christmas destination this year, New Jersey has a lot to offer. From the stunningly decorated towns of Cape May and Collingswood to the festive atmosphere of Asbury Park and Red Bank, there’s something for everyone in the Garden State. So why not give New Jersey a try this Christmas? You might just find your new favorite holiday spot. You can also check out holiday light shows, shopping malls, PNC Bank Arts Center festival of lights or just enjoy shopping in the area’s many malls.