Dec 01, 2017

Special Events for December 2017 & January 2018

December 3

Holiday Boutique – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 171 Ridge Road, Rumson. Shmooze, shop, and support CBI and its religious school and preschool, and get ready to finish your holiday shopping all in one place. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to suicide prevention programs and members of the community affected by the recent hurricanes. The first to spend the most will receive a prize; details to follow at the event. Vendors will include Bungalow Road, SadieJames Boutique, physhion, Frostings by Venee, Striped Suits & Sandy Feet, Nomadik Chik, Lili’skiosque, Dirt and Noise, Pirates and Unicorns, Kids Preferred, Design Girl NJ/Allison Kuslansky, Hudson Rose/Dena Grbic, Greenlines, Sweetest Sin Boutique, and more. Visit CBI Holiday Boutique on Facebook.

German Language School’s St. Nicholas Day and 10th Anniversary Celebration – 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at  Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 112 Middletown Road, Holmdel. Games, gift auction, holiday music, refreshments, and a visit with St. Nick. Visit or call (732) 705-7305.


December 9

Santa Run – 10:00 a.m. at Bradley Park, in front of Convention Hall, in Asbury Park. The Santa Run is back! Take to the streets of Asbury Park once again in your free Santa suit with an army of Santas, all running (or walking) a 5K race in support of Lunch Break in Red Bank. Bring your friends, your family, even little elves in their strollers! After the race, head on over to the after party at the Wonder Bar, featuring Brian Kirk and the Jirks, food, and drink specials. There will also be a toy drive and 50/50 to benefit Lunch Break. Visit


December 10

Christmas Ornaments Choir Concert – 7:00 p.m. at Tower Hill Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank. The 45-voice Tower Hill Choir presents Randol Alan Bass’s Christmas Ornaments and other works, including “My Dancing Day” by Parker & Shaw, and arrangements of seasonal favorites such as “Silver and Gold.” Tower Hill’s music director Nicole Cochran conducts. Free will offering. Handicap accessible. Visit or call (732) 747-1348.

The Band of the Two Rivers Holiday Concert – 2:00 p.m. at Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. The library is proud to present a performance by The Band of the Two Rivers, a 25-piece band, sponsored by the Friends of Middletown Library. The free concert will take place in the library’s Community Room. Visit or call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320.

New Jersey State Youth Orchestra Winter Concert – 1:30 p.m. at Middletown South High School, 900 Nutswamp Road, Middletown. Come support talented local youth musicians as they perform a selection of classical and modern pieces. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. All four of the orchestras will be performing.  Tickets are $15 each and are available through the Middletown Arts Center at (732) 706-4100. More information about the NJSYO is available at


December 17

Shrewsbury Chorale Hodie Holiday Concert with the Concordia Junior Chorale – 3:00 p.m. at St. George by the River Church, 7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson. Musical settings of the Latin text, Hodie Christus Natus Est (Today Christ is born), by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Sweelinck, Gabrieli, Carter, Leavitt, Willan, and Poulenc will be performed under the direction of Neil F. Brown, with John Balme on organ and vocal soloists. Tickets are $25 (adult), $20 (student/senior), and $10 (child). Reception follows. The event is ADA accessible. Visit,   email, or call (732) 747-1362.

Monmouth Civic Chorus Joy to the World Holiday Concert – 4:00 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. The sounds of the season will deck the halls with the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus.  Following the rousing success of last year’s holiday performance, the chorus will perform an expanded edition of artistic director Dr. Ryan James Brandau’s Christmas Suite. Concert-goers will enjoy an array of holiday favorites, including “O Holy Night,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Deck the Hall,” all artistically arranged for chorus and orchestra by Brandau.  Intertwined throughout the Suite will be classical stalwarts from Handel’s beloved “Messiah.” Tickets for premium seating are $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), and $10 student. Tickets for regular seating are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, and $5 student. Visit or call (732) 933-9333.


January 1

American Littoral Society New Year’s Day Walk – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sandy Hook, Highlands. Join the American Littoral Society at Sandy Hook for a brisk hike along the beach, dunes, and woods to welcome in the New Year. The walk will begin at Building 18 on Officers Row (Littoral Society Headquarters). Expect to walk about three miles and dress for the weather. After the walk, everyone can warm up at the Littoral Society Headquarters with hot dogs and hot cocoa. Potluck dessert contributions are welcome. Call (732) 291-0055 to make your reservations for this free event or visit