Your Weekend Guide to Holiday Craft Fairs and Turkey Day Events

6 Days of Thanksgiving Fun and Early Holiday Shopping

By Melissa Wudzki, Publisher, Toms River Macaroni Kid November 16, 2018

This weekend kicks off all things holiday. Make your holiday cards at Berkeley Library this morning with their green screen background, get some holiday shopping done at vendor events Saturday and Sunday. The first of two Caring Santa events take place at the Ocean County Mall for children with sensory needs. Not ready for Christmas - that's okay. There's a turkey craft at Beachwood Library.

Avoiding all things holiday? There's a Harry Potter event at Barnes & Noble in Brick. Or the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy will be performing Alice in Wonderland at the Grunin Center.


📷Holiday Card Photo Shoot 

Where: Berkeley Library

When: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cost: FREE

Details: Stop in to have your picture taken in front of our green screen, select a background, and leave with an electronic file you can use to order photo cards from your favorite online shop. Please bring a flash drive or an email address to which the file can be sent. Registration Required.

🛍️🎁Holiday Craft & Vendor Show

Where: West Dover Elementary School, Toms River

When: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

🦃Make & Take Turkeys

Where: Beachwood Library

When: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Details: Stop by the library to make colorful turkeys. For ages 3 and up with an adult.

📚Explore the Magic Harry Potter Event

Where: Barnes & Noble, Brick

When: 2:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Details: Live the adventure of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts! Stop in for activities, games, cosplay, LEGO building, special offers, and giveaways! 

🎭OCVTS Performing Arts Academy Presents Alice in Wonderland

Where: The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for The Arts

When: 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Cost: $16

Details: Purchase tickets here


📷Caring Santa @ Ocean County Mall 

Where: Ocean County Mall

When: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Cost: Free to sit on Santa's lap, but photos must be purchased. No personal photos or videos allowed.

Details: Ocean County Mall will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. Make your reservations here.


Where: Tom River High School South

When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This Week

🍓Toms River Farmers Market - Thanksgiving Editions November 19

Where: Hadley Ave

When: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Details: Last Market of the Season

🦃Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade November 20

Where: Brick Library

When: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cost: FREE

Details: Celebrate Thanksgiving with a story, crafts and Thanksgiving parade. Register here.

Make & Take: Thankful Wreath November 20

Where: Upper Shores Library

When: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Details: Design and decorate a wreath with leaves that have thankful inspired sayings. Register here

I'm Thankful Playdate November 20

Where: Gymboree Toms River

When: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Cost: $20 Donation

Details: ***Our 6th Annual "I'm Thankful" Playdate*** FREE giveaways, dance party, games, music activities, arts & crafts, raffles, parachute time & bubbles! 100% of the proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It is a time to be thankful and a time to help others. Let your little one party for a cause. Activities for all age groups! Call, respond or email to register! SPACE IS LIMITED! 732-349-7988

🦃Let's Talk Turkey November 21

Where: Cattus Island County Park

When: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cost: $5

Details: Do you have a preschooler who is fascinated with anything and everything nature related? If so these one hour sessions are perfect for you and your child. Explore nature with games, crafts , dramatic play and possible animal encounters. Adult and child must both register. Adults are free. Register here.


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