Local Vibes

Local Vibes

Holiday Lights on Long Beach Island

Most people know Long Beach Island as a popular summer vacation spot for the beach and local businesses. However, once the warm weather goes away and the traffic lights start blinking yellow, you probably don’t think about taking a trip down to the popular beach town anymore. As a year-round resident of LBI myself, I usually like this time of year because it makes my drives down the boulevard go much faster with no traffic. Yes, it does feel very desolate at times, but there is another reason this time of year on the island is so great: the shopping!

As I mentioned, LBI is pretty well known for its small businesses and local shops. Think about it, name one major chain retail store on the island (besides CVS or Dollar General). While most of these shops close their doors for the season after Labor Day, some stay open on weekends or even re-open for the holiday season! As much as I would like to keep this my local secret, I feel like spreading the holiday spirit and letting you in on these shops to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. And you’ll be supporting small businesses while you’re at it!

If you want to make the shopping experience even more festive, on December 9th the businesses in Bay Village, Beach Haven compete in cookie wars! While you’re browsing the store, nibble on the cookie each business has displayed on trays or are handing out and once you’ve stopped into every store, vote on your favorite cookie! What a great way to get the community together while getting holiday shopping done!

  • Yuletide Christmas Shop - Beach Haven

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    Can’t talk about holiday shopping without mentioning this store!  This perfect spot for classic Christmas decor is open daily through New Year’s Eve.  

  • Chick’s LBI Shop - Beach Haven

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C0EhFIFu9Pb/?img_index=1 

    The LBI lover in your life needs a new sweater to show off their favorite beach town!  This shop for all things LBI is open Friday to Monday until the end of the year. 

  • Song of the Sea - Beach Haven

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CzwYk8lOS7l/?img_index=1 

    My family and I call this “the sign store” because they have plenty of decorative signs and flags, among other decorations.  This store is perfect for your mom, grandma, newlyweds and new parents.  Open Friday to Sunday. 

  • Sink R Swim - Long Beach Township

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Cz5JPR9t-JK/?img_index=1  

    One of the more well-known stores on the island, Sink R Swim offers luxury clothes for both men and women!  They reopened for the weekends until December 23rd. 

  • Mistletoe - Long Beach Township

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    Pretend it’s still Christmas in July at this shop that has rustic and beach themed Christmas decor.  Open Thursday to Sunday through Christmas Eve.

  • Garden State Surf and Art - Long Beach Township

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CzXDKV5Pajk/ 

    Speaking of rustic decor, this shop sells handmade wooden pieces, like these wooden snowmen!  Open Friday to Sunday.  

  • The Haymarket - Ship Bottom

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Cn52iy3uL_B/ 

    So far, this list has featured a lot of home stores and boutiques, and we all know the little ones don’t want clothes or home decor for Christmas.  This toy store is actually open Wednesday to Monday year-round, but it’s the perfect place to get the toys they have been begging for all year long! 

  • Wink Boutique - Surf City

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C0JrsNqurCG/ 

    Back to clothes now though!  This boutique has clothes that your wife, mom, and daughter alike will love!  Open Fridays to Sundays through the holidays.   

  • Little Bungalow - Surf City

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C0O7-ILuZBc/ 

    This store will bring you right back to those warm summer days on the beach.  Prepare for your sunny vacation or next summer with the clothes and accessories from Little Bungalow!  Open Saturdays and Sundays through the holidays

  • The Seawife - Barnegat Light

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CzxJyDptagl/ 

    If you walk into this store at any time of the year, the Christmas atmosphere is noticeable.  They’re open Saturday and Sunday with the most nostalgic holiday antiques! 

  • Yaatree Bazaar - Barnegat Light

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C0JuAzou66L/ 

    Bringing the patterns and apparel from Bali to the Jersey Shore!  This shop is open Friday to Sunday through December 24th and has everything you would need for the cultural loving family member. 

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