The Beachcomber Holiday Guide

Santa Comes By Boat for Barnegat Light Tree Lighting

By Maria Scandale | Nov 08, 2019

We all have visions of “the night before Christmas.” Well, in Barnegat Light, “the night after Thanksgiving” means something, too.

That’s the time of the traditional tree lighting and carol singing, launched by Santa’s arrival in the most official maritime manner: by U.S. Coast Guard boat.

The town event draws out families, with kids on their dad’s shoulders to see, because it is such a unique tradition.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, everyone lines up at the boat ramp on West 10th Street, keeping an eye out for the boat lights that signal Santa. The important visitor in the red suit is officially escorted to shore by the U.S. Coast Guard, whose station is close by.

A flashing fire truck takes it from there, delivering the VIP to the post office on West 10th, where he will join Mayor Kirk Larson in lighting the Christmas tree.

Some spirited carol singing follows, and then everyone is invited to the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad building, diagonally across the street, for refreshments. —M.S.


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