December is a fun-filled time in Monmouth County. The folks at LG Insurance Agency would like to inform you about some great events that you and your family can participate in this month to get you into that joyous holiday spirit!

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22 & 23: Asbury Park Bazaar

Tired of shopping for gifts in the same old stores at the mall? Come on down to the Asbury Park Bazaar instead! The bazaar is held in both the Grand Arcade and Convention Hall and has local vendors selling all kinds of different handmade art, jewelry, food and much more! Every day the bazaar is open there is live entertainment and on Sundays kids can get their picture taken with Santa. The bazaar also offers craft workshops for both kids and adults, so you can learn how to make holiday wreaths or dreamcatchers, just to name a couple examples. There are all sorts of fun things to do at the bazaar so don’t miss out!

Sunday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa

Watch your children’s faces light up as they enjoy breakfast with Santa! On the morning of December 9 (doors open at 9:30 a.m., breakfast starts at 10:00 a.m.) iPlay America on Schnack Road in Freehold is hosting its 4th Annual Breakfast with Santa event. The breakfast buffet includes omelets, pancakes, fresh fruit and more! Santa will come around and visit the guests as they eat. There will also be live entertainment from Miss Sheri.

Adult tickets are $29.95 and children’s tickets (aged 2-12) start at $15.95. Kids under 2 are free! There are lots of fun options for your child’s interaction with Santa, like Santa presenting them with a light-up sword or a fudge Christmas tree! Also included in the ticket price is a family photo with Santa taken by a professional photographer. Don’t miss this chance to give your child a special visit with Santa unlike any other!

Thursday, December 13: The Hip-Hop Nutcracker with Kurtis Blow

We’ve all seen The Nutcracker, in one interpretation or another, but this is a truly unique one! This contemporary urban dance re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic is set in 1980’s Brooklyn and “celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.” Come to the Paramount Theatre on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park December 13 at 7:30 p.m. The spellbinding family-friendly show features dozens of dancers, a DJ, an electric violinist and spectacular digital scenery.

This is the Hip-Hop Nutcracker’s 4th national tour and the previous three sold out, so be sure to get your tickets (starting at $52) today! Be swept away by the magic of The Nutcracker in a whole new way!

Saturday, December 15: Christmas Sing-Along

What better way to get into the mood for the holidays than with some tunes? The historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel is hosting a Christmas sing-along on Saturday, December 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rick Garland playing classic carols on the piano in this cozy old farmhouse while everyone sings along will give you that merry, warm holiday feeling that’s so hard to put into words.

This is a free event! Just bring your voice and your Christmas cheer!

Sunday, December 16: Jersey Shore Toy Show

Who doesn’t love toys! Whether you’re a collector, would like to revisit your youth or just want to have some fun with your kids, this is guaranteed to be a great event! The South Wall Banquet Hall on Atlantic Avenue in Manasquan is hosting a family-friendly toy show on December 16 that will feature over 75 tables full of old and new action figures, comic books, model kits, trains, trucks, dolls, and so much more! There will be something for everyone, and thousands of the toys are under $5! Admission is free from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or for $5 you can get in early at 9:00 a.m. If you or your kids love collecting or playing with toys, this is the event for you!