RED BANK, NJ:  All right boys and girls, mark your smartphone calendar, because the Red Bank RiverCenter has some hot holiday events coming up:

Santa Express & Santa Parade

What: Santa rides the NJ Transit train into Red Bank for the annual Town Lighting & Holiday Express concert.

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Where: Join Santa on the train in Little Silver or meet him at the Red Bank train station when he arrives.  There'll be festivities before and after the train arrives with the Holiday dancers and the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch.  Once in Red Bank, Santa will board a firetruck and lead the parade to Broad Street for the Holiday Express Concert & Town Lighting.

Free hot chocolate will be handed out by the Union Hose Fire Company of Red Bank Fire Department.

When: Friday, November 29th.  Start out with a meet and greet with Mr. & Mrs. Claus in Little Silver before they board the 6:40 p.m. train to Red Bank.  Plus, you can ride the train with them free!  Santa Express tickets are compliments of The Galleria of Red Bank.  The Santa Express is scheduled to arrive in Red Bank at 6:44 p.m.

You can enjoy festivities including music and live dancers at the station.  Upon arrival in Red Bank, Santa and Mrs. Claus will climb aboard a Red Bank Fire Truck and lead the procession to Broad Street for the Town Lighting & Holiday Express Concert.

Town Lighting with Holiday Express

What: Tim Mcloone’s Holiday Express band will rock out Red Band.  Great tunes, special guests, come early to get a good spot to hear the youth band of the Monmouth Conservatory.

Where: Broad and Canal Streets (Tiffany’s)

When: Friday, November 29th.

Time: Concert begins at 7:00pm

The holiday lights throughout the town will be lit during the concert.  The LIVE countdown will be around 8 pm.

The Union Hose Fire Company of Red Bank Fire Department will be on hand with free hot chocolate.

Free parking throughout town, Friday, Saturday & Sunday!.

Holiday Express is requesting donations of deodorant and bars of soap.  Donation bins will be located in Downtown locations.  #Holidays  #RedBankStyle

Small Business Saturday

What: Sales, deals and promotions at some of your favorite Red Bank stores!

When: Saturday, November 30th

Make sure to pick up your free shopping bags that will be distributed throughout downtown (while supplies last).

To check out specific store discounts, click HERE.

Free Parking throughout town all weekend!

Can’t decide on a gift?  Stop by at the Red Bank RiverCenter, 140 Broad Street (south of RBCHS) and purchase some gift cards between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the big day.   #ShopSmall

Wait, There’s More!

Free Classic Horse & Wagon Rides

Take in Red Bank's Victorian holiday decorations from a classic horse & wagon ride.  The ride is sponsored by Pauline Poyner, Monmouth County’s top real estate agent.  

When: November 30th thru December 31st.  Rides will run from 1:00pm to 4pm.

Where: Board the wagon at one of two locations: 26 Broad Street or 11 Bridge Avenue.

Holiday Harmonies

Carolers, handbell choirs, brass bands, jazz musicians, pop singers and more bring the sounds of the season to the streets of Red Bank.

When: Every Saturday from November 24th - December 22nd, 12noon - 3:00pm

Where: Performers are stationed at various locations or stroll throughout town

Performance Schedule

December 1st

Chorus of the Atlantic (strolling through town)

Shrewsbury Chorale (The Dublin House)

December 8th

St. Peters Brass (strolling through town)

Monmouth Civic Chorus (The Dublin House)

December 9th (part of "Winter on Broad Street")

The Calvin Ringers: Tower Hill Bell Choir (Broad & Wallace from 12:30 - 3:30pm)

The Wag (Broad & Wallace from 4:00pm - 6:00pm)

December 15th

Heart of Jersey Chorus (strolling)

Sunken City Saxophone Quartet (The Dublin House)

December 22nd

Nancy Scharff & Friends (strolling)

Shrewsbury Chorale (The Dublin House)

Pictures with Santa

When: Every Saturday & Sunday from November 24th thru December 23rd, 12noon - 4:00pm

Where: Have your picture taken with Santa at The Galleria Red Bank, 2 Bridge Avenue

Winter on Broad Street

What & Where: One of the best events is back for the second year!  A pedestrian-only portion of Broad Street will have a skating rink set up with rental skates in all sizes available.  You can bring your own skates and skate for free, but NO figure skates/toe picks allowed.

When: Sunday, December 8th, Ice Rink will be open from 11:00am to 5:00pm

What Else: A life-size snow globe will be available for you and up to 5 friends, to step inside and snap some selfies.

Why Shop Local?

When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms.  Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.

Some come to Red Bank, enjoy the festivites and buy something!

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