On December 31st, New Brunswick will be home to the region’s most vibrant New Year’s celebration as The Restaurant Guys present the 9th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza.
A collaboration among the city’s hospitality and business communities and produced by Francis Schott and Mark Pascal — a/k/a The Restaurant Guys (owners of Stage Left Steak and Catherine Lombardi restaurants) — New Brunswick New Year’s Eve showcases the city’s prowess and pride as “the capital of Central New Jersey.”
Conceived by Francis and Mark in 2009 as a way for local restaurateurs to rally business during the depths of the Great Recession, what began as a modest event has helped make New Brunswick a holiday and cultural destination, fully funded by donations and sponsorships and drawing crowds of close to 5,000.Says Francis, “Our goal has been to be the opposite of a ‘First Night’ concept — we want to drive visitors into our bars and restaurants to generate business while showing off what a fun town we live and work in. We’ve succeeded beyond our wildest dreams!”
Spectacular fireworks, choreographed to music by world-champion Garden State Fireworks and shot from the roof of the Heldrich Hotel. Drinks specials at downtown restaurants and bars by event sponsors Taittinger Champagne, Hendrick’s Gin, Hudson Whiskey and Monkey Shoulder Scotch. DJ music in Monument Park. Extended hours at many establishments for a post-fireworks nightcap
11.30 pm ~ Monument Park, Livingston Avenue + George Street, New Brunswick, NJ Visitors are invited to explore dining and entertainment options pre- and post-fireworks — see list of participating venues at www.newbrunswicknewyearseve.com
Ring the New Year in right!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the LBI Region Wedding Road Show! For a decade now this event has been bringing in thousands of attendees seeking venues and services for their special day, turning Long Beach Island into a genuine wedding and special event destination. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 10th anniversary event will be held on Sunday April 22nd, 2018. The event will be free to the public, but registration is highly encouraged for this popular event!
The roadshow will consist of a self-guided tour through a variety of participating venues in the LBI region. This particular event will also feature samples, tastings, and many chances to win giveaways! Brides and potential party-throwers will also have the chance to meet directly with vendors and venue coordinators, giving them the advantage of booking right then and there if they so desire.
Some of the venues that will be open with the showcases include: The SeaShell Beach Resort, Surf City Yacht Club, The Surf City Hotel, The Brant Beach Yacht Club, and Parker’s Garage.
Register in advance for this award winning event by going to www.visitLBIregion.com, contacting Southern Ocean County Chamber directly at (609) 494-7211, or by stopping into the visitor center at 265 W Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, NJ.
Don’t miss this exciting event!
The holiday season is here – though it may not be December 1st yet, folks are already decorating trees, wrapping presents, and playing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Mariah forever!). All of us at Hip New Jersey want to do our part in making sure you and your loved ones are having the most festive holiday season you can this year, so we’ve compiled a list of the best and most beautiful holiday light displays in our lovely New Jersey for you to check out.
Sit back with a cup of hot cocoa, and take note! Here are our favorites:
Cranbury Christmas Lights – 128 North Main Street, Cranbury
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show – Galloway Township
Storybook Land’s Christmas Fantasy with Lights – Egg Harbor Township
Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Lights – 3 Bauer Avenue, Hazlet
Kloos Family Lights – 13 Sterling Court, East Brunswick
Skylands Stadium – 94 Championship Pl., Augusta
Night of Lights – Creamy Acres Farm, Mullica Hill
Holiday Lights Spectacular – Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange
T&A Sprinklers Light Show – 18 Central Avenue, Old Bridge
Bayville Christmas Light Show – 279 Woodhaven Blvd. SW, Bayville
While presents, egg nog, and funky holiday sweaters are super fun and officially in season, take the time to make some incredible memories this year.