Once again, the holiday season is here. Are you ready?
No? Well, whether you are looking for a tree, Hanukkah cookie tips, a new Christmas cookie recipe or you just want to know more about where you can see a drive through holiday light show in New Jersey, we've got you covered.
We'll be adding stories to this list throughout the month, so keep checking back!
Wishing you and your family the very best. Stay safe, and have a great holiday.
Looking for a real tree this year? Find one at one of these New Jersey farms. And here's everything you need to know about Jersey-grown Christmas trees. Just in case you need convincing, here's a video of the Monmouth County Fire Academy demonstrating Christmas tree fire safety.
Have you ever wondered how something so small got so big? How did this toy elf, which holds the power to launch us out of bed at midnight because we forgot to move him, become such an important part of our holiday traditions? The answer is simple.
These restaurants at the Jersey Shore are open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. And keep checking back as more restaurants may be added to this list.
A gift you can eat is always a hit. Plus, buying from small businesses like these makes for giving that's twice as nice.
Here are 10 Jersey Shore bakeries selling Christmas cookies (and more!). Last year, New Jersey home bakers shared their favorite recipes, from Lemon Christmas Cookies to Butter Nut Snowballs to Chocolate-Orange Biscotti.
We asked chefs who are pros at cooking Jewish food for their best advice on how to make the crispiest latkes, the juiciest brisket, the sweetest tzimmes, the tastiest sufganiyot and the most swoon-worthy noodle kugel. Here's what they said.
Last year, right before Hanukkah, the APP took a look at where to find latkes at the Jersey Shore. The answer? Lots of places. Here's the list.
In 2021, Jim Beckerman wrote that the principles of Kwanzaa are universal. Here's more about the holiday rooted in African cultural traditions. And here's a story from our sister publication about how some New Jersey families celebrate.
There are lots of places to see Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugarplum Fairy in Central Jersey and at the Shore. Here's more about the holiday classic, including additional places to see the ballet around the Garden State.
New Jersey revelers can enjoy millions of sparkling, shining, shimmering lights from the comfort of their own cars. Don't miss these drive-through holiday light displays.
The immensely popular Christmas Light Show is changing municipalities, but it’s not going far. After 15 years of live shows in Wall, the free 20-minute production will take place in Belmar on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. and then again at 6:30 p.m.
A towering, tree-shaped sculpture, the Giving Tree went viral last year when it debuted in the Grand Arcade on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The Giving Tree has retuned for the 2022 holiday season thanks to the Boardwalk and the public art showcase the Wooden Walls Project. The 18-foot cardboard tree will be on display through Friday, Dec. 30. Visitors are asked to drop off new, unwrapped toys or donations during the Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 11.
“Debbie Gibson’s Winterlicious: An Evening of Holiday and Hits” plays Red Bank and Philadelphia this week. Gibson promises a stage spectacular with holiday favorites and classics of her own re-worked to fit the spirit of the season, delivered with plenty of yuletide razzle dazzle.
Want to fill your heart with holiday cheer? See Jefferson Mays in this one-man "A Christmas Carol" on Broadway. And if you want a twist on the classic tale, try "A Sherlock Carol," where London's greatest detective has to solve the mystery of what happened to Scrooge.
Darlene Love has a new Christmas song this year: "Grown-Up Christmas List," a duet with Chris Ruggiero. She's coming to the Count Basie in Red Bank on Thursday, Dec. 22.
If you’re worried about getting your holiday gifts in the hands of your loved ones on or before Christmas, worry no more. With the help of UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service, you can get your gifts on time with services like ground, next day or even same-day shipping. UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service have posted their 2022 holiday shipping deadlines, which are a day earlier since Christmas falls on a Sunday.
Going to New York? Here's all you need to know about this year's Rockefeller Christmas Tree.
Let there be no doubt, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. But here's why it's also a great New Jersey experience, even though it's set in Los Angeles.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Christmas, Hanukkah: Jersey Shore holiday guide features tips, songs