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Holiday Happenings

December 11, 2014 by Amanda Willis

There is a whole lot good stuff happening in our area this month that should be on your radar! From christmas tree shopping to ugly sweater parties, we have your guide to all the unexpected fun happening in our area!

Porta and a Christmas Tree

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If your anything like us, you waited until the last minute to find a Christmas tree this year (Guilty!) luckily for you, Porta is here to help. Porta of Asbury Park, the place that combines our love of pizza and dancing, is having a special on Christmas trees. For one small price, you and a friend can order two margherita pies accompanied your choice of a carafe of house wine or a pitcher of domestic beer and you can leave with a 4ft, 5ft or 6ft fraser fir! Yes, the pizza and beer comes with a Christmas tree. Once you finish your delicous pizza and beer/wine, (May we suggest the Cavolo Nero, trust us, you’re gonna want to order this salad too.) just tell your waiter you are ready to pick your perfect tree, a Porta staffer will take you out to the park and guide you through all the greens where you can pick your favorite. This has to be the best combo meal ever. Just think, the guy selling trees in the liquor store parking lot is certainly not serving you any chardonnay. Porta is your best bet this year, come hungry, leave with a tree. But head there soon, this event end when the trees run out!

 Holiday Lights Spectacular at PNC Banks Art Center

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A favorite of ours growing up was to drive around the town and see what how the neighbors decorated their houses. The Holiday Lights Spectacular at PNC Banks Art Center is 10x better! Happening now through January 4th, PNC with have over 150 light displays and 2.5 miles of holiday scenery, creating a winter wonderland right in our backyard! And for the first time this year, the all new JCP&L Holiday Village will open at the end of the drive which is a heated area within the park where you and your friends and family can take pictures with Santa and everyone can enjoy refreshments and snacks. (Sorry, no alcohol here.) This is the perfect thing to do mid week while catching up with friends. The light show is $20 per car on the weekdays, $25 on the weekends. Open from dusk to 10 p.m on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Closed on Mondays.

Christmas Shows at The Count Basie in Red Bank


I always make sure I have a monthly print out of the events and shows coming to the Count Basie. I love this theatre! Located in downtown Red Bank, tickets to a show and dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants is a night to look forward to! Don’t miss these upcoming holiday shows!And be sure to book your reservations for dinner too!

Still need to get some shopping done? Enjoy free parking now until Christmas in downtown Red Bank and support small business!

Asbury Park’s Shuffle, Shop and Save Event


Asbury Park Shuffle is a grassroots initiative to promote awareness of the diverse, eclectic shops and entertainment that create the vibrant downtown Asbury Park. Merchants in the downtown are encouraging our community to shop in the downtown and save. Shuffle cards are distributed among the participating merchants in the downtown. On December 14 redeem your shuffle cards at any of the 14 merchants, save based on the merchant’s shuffle card, and you are automatically entered into a drawing to win great gifts from Asbury Park merchants. See video, here!

Windandsea’s Ugly Sweater Party


None of your friends hosting an Ugly Sweater Party this year? No worries! The favorite summer spot, Windansea, a perfect place enjoy a drink and the sunset is having a Ugly Sweater December 26 featuring Brian Kirk and The Jirks, with drink specials all night and prizes for ugliest sweater for both men and women!

Holiday Wine Sampling at The Wine Cellar


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Head to The Wine Cellar, the small but passionate wine store, in Downtown Red Bank December 13 and 14 for a complimentary holiday wine sampling of the Cellar selects and choose your favorites! Receive a free wine key with any case purchase! 1 p.m. – 6p.m. Saturday December 13 and 1 p.m. – 5p.m. Sunday 12/14. And don’t forget to stop by the store and grab a bottle before heading to your favorite BYO!


Now go forth with your holiday cheer!





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