Christmas Tree Lightings are a big deal here at the Jersey Shore.
Each town does it up - some are better than others.
And although this is another town in which we do not reside,
we visit Long Branch often and we always have the best time.
Another seashore community, located right on the ocean,
we have been coming to the Long Branch tree lighting for many years,
this is a "don't miss" on the winter bucket list.
We visited on November 18th, just to see the tree - take pictures and have dinner of course.
Long Branch has the best restaurants - it's always hard to choose where we want to eat.
We came back on November 27th, for the tree lighting ceremony!!
There was lots of music, this adult band played and
we were also entertained by the local high school band.
The town created this man made ice skating rink which opened tonight
and will remain open until January 2nd.
There was a small parade, a train ride and some "characters" for the kids.
I am getting so old, I do not even know who they were.
There is no mistaking Santa though, we did spent a little time with the big guy...
The area is decorated so beautifully
and many thanks to the little guy who took this great picture for us.