A new event officials hope will become part of the Christmas fabric of the Jersey Shore has been announced in Seaside Heights, with the dual aim of spreading holiday cheer and benefiting the fledgling Seaside Heights Historical Society.
“Christmas in Seaside Heights” is planned over the weekend of Dec. 17-19 and will be held at the new Carousel Pavilion along the northern portion of the boardwalk. Santa will visit from the North Pole and be available for photos for $10. Visitors will be able to see the toy train display and the 14-ft Christmas tree. There will be music, entertainment, magicians, and a Seaside Heights sand sculpture by International award winning Sand Artists John Gowdy & Co.
The event will also feature vendors selling gifts for the holidays, including sweet treats, jewelry, crafts and more.
“Christmas is such as wonderful time of year,” said Mayor Anthony Vaz. “We want families to know they can come to Seaside Heights and enjoy time together, and feel the magic of the season. We are so excited to yet again create an event in Seaside Heights for all to enjoy.”
As a bonus, both kids and adults can write their letters to Santa on-site and drop them in the Letters to Santa Mailbox. (They will promptly be shipped to the North Pole to Santa’s workshop, the mayor said.)
All proceeds will benefit the Seaside Heights Historical Society, which was formed over the past year as part of the effort to preserve the borough’s historic carousel.
Tickets are $4 and required for those ages 12 and up. Tickets can be purchased online at exit82.com. Tickets are time-specific as there is a capacity limit for the pavilion, and a time must be selected.
Christmas in Seaside Heights will be open:
- Friday, December 17, from 4-8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 18 from 12 noon-7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 19 from 12 noon-6 p.m.
The Seaside Heights Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.