Once you pack up all of your Thanksgiving leftovers, how do you plan on entertaining your out-of-town guests? Maybe with some Christmas tree magic and music in Atlantic City? Or how about a trip to historic Smithville for a train ride and stories with Mrs. Claus? Just make sure you set some time aside for a little Small Business Saturday shopping in Margate. Those are a few of the Jersey Shore holiday events to keep in mind over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.
Jersey Shore Holiday Events 2019
Atlantic City Musical Light Show
Where: The Quarter, Tropicana Casino
When: Now through December 27th
Contact: The Tropicana (609) 340-4000
All the little elves at Tropicana worked hard to put together this free daily show for the public. They transformed The Quarter into a winter wonderland, complete with thousands of lights and a fully decorated 35-foot tree. Beginning at noon each day, The Quarter marks each hour with a musical light show. All lights help embellish holiday classic songs in a synchronized symphony for the senses. If you’re in the area, it’s a must-see!
Smithville Holiday Schedule
Every Saturday and Sunday (beginning on the Saturday after Thanksgiving), Historic Smithville’s Village Green (615 E Moss Mill Rd) welcomes boys and girls of all ages for some holiday cheer. Hop aboard the Christmas train for a ride around the village from 10 am to 8 pm. Converse with the Magical Talking Tree from 12 pm to 5 pm. For a real treat, listen to Mrs. Claus as she reads to the kids in her very own Christmas Cottage from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. This all takes place each weekend from Thanksgiving to just before Christmas (ends December 22nd). Hint: Smithville makes the perfect backdrop for your holiday cards. So, don’t forget your camera.
Margate Small Business Saturday Shopping
Forget fighting those Black Friday crowds. Support our local entrepreneurs. Shop Small Business Saturday. Margate ups the ante by kicking off the day with a Show Us Your Rack parade at noon. Dozens of local businesses participate in the fun. Come out early to scout a spot along the parade route from which to watch. Bring a lawn chair for comfort. The parade starts off at Washington Ave and ends up at Bocca Bistro. That’s also where a bunch of children’s’ activities will be set up for the afternoon.
Enjoy free pizza and soda and a visit with Santa himself at Bocca Bistro for the afternoon. This Santa’s fluent in ASL (American Sign Language). He believes in communicating with everyone. Don’t forget to visit the shops in the area to pick up gifts for the holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and hostess presents for all those holiday parties you plan on attending. Think global. Shop local.
Jersey Shore Turtle News
Finally, a little turtle news. As the weather gets colder, we need to keep an eye out for our beautiful little turtles. The sudden drop in temperatures results in what experts call “cold-stunned” sea turtles washing up along our Jersey shoreline. If you see this happen while walking along the beach, please don’t approach them. Instead, call (609) 266-0538 so that NOAA can respond immediately. Again, do not approach them. They may appear deceased but are merely stunned. Trying to warm them up quickly may result in shock and actual death. Let the experts handle their care. You can help simply by alerting the appropriate people. Thank you.