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Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is open all year, and invites everyone to get frosty with special events that showcase the beauty of winter in the Long Beach Island Region of New Jersey.

The pristine beaches and bountiful Pine lands of the Long Beach Island Region bring a certain serenity during the winter months. Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members are determined to get you out in the cold to make the most of exceptional events that celebrate low temperatures and high energy in 2018.

Beginning with the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts & Sciences and their DEEP FREEZE FEST taking place January 26 from 7-10pm. This fun, Friday Night out transforms the LBIF gallery into a cozy winter wonderland with live music, a German-style pretzel bar, fire pits & s’mores, snacks, plus cold brews! This community fundraiser will benefit the LBI Foundation to help maintain year round programming for the arts & sciences. The more the merrier with FREE Admission! Beer wristbands & snacks will be available for purchase at the door. $20 Beer Wristbands will be available for purchase at the door ONLY. (Must be 21+ to purchase wrist band, please be prepared with ID). Guests may leave their cars in our parking lot overnight, not to encourage drinking and driving. http://lbifoundation.org/

Feb 3 Polar Paddle 11am 5pm South End Surf and Alliance for a Living Ocean, remind us that just because winter has rolled around doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the Barnegat Bay. Grab your wetsuits and booties, a wool cap and join us for a winter paddle race in our frigid (hopefully not frozen) waters. Pre-registration is available online and race packet pick up will be available before start of race. Registration will be at South End Surf N Paddle, a Southern Ocean Made Accredited Business and part of the Surf and Sip Brew Trail located at 220 S Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ beginning at 11AM. Race start is at Noon one block over from the shop, just a short walk away. There is plenty of free parking at both at the shop and at the race start location. Join the crew back at South End Surf N Paddle for the potluck after party, where you will find food, drinks and awards and prizes. Planning to bring a dish or snack or need more information contact [email protected] .

Get moving before the Big Game with the 14th Annual Super “PLUNGE” Sunday February 4 at 1:00 PM Are you part Polar Bear? Join St Francis Center and others brave enough to take on the icy cold Atlantic Ocean in February. Save the date and meet us on the 48th Street beach (in Brant Beach), and be home in plenty of time for the big game! Pre-Registration is required by contacting St Francis Community Center or downloading the registration form.

Back by popular demand, Chocolate Week takes place February 11-18 which brings a series of offers, activities and events that include Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend. Keeping the focus on simple pleasures that tie in with Valentine’s Day and mid winter escapes, the Southern Ocean County Chamber coordinates local businesses and organizations to extend special promotions, offers and classes that are being to create a sweet vibe throughout the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore from Barnegat, Long Beach Island, Stafford and Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor. A good place to start for all 21 and over is the Southern Ocean Made Surf and Sip Brew Trail featuring offerings and events from three local craft breweries as well as surf experience related galleries, shops and hands on exhibits to keep that summer feeling coming throughout the winter. Download the brew trail info at https://southernoceanmade.com/brew-trail/ . For families looking for something to do with the under 21 set, Passport of LBI is loaded with non profit cultural organizations will have movie screenings, demos and events to make your stay even richer. Pick up a copy at our visitor center and make a winter connection.

Close out the colder months with a blast, FEB 24 Eskimo Outreach hosted at Mud City Crab House from noon until 8pmA Community Clambake of Arctic Proportions to benefit the Jetty Rock Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/jettyrockfoundation/) featuring live music, craft beer, spiked hot beverages, cider, hot chocolate igloo, Little Eskimo activities, auctions & more.

For updates and more information regarding these events please sure to follow @southernoceanchamber and @lbiregion on social as well as www.visitLBIregion.com for updates on the latest listings. Stop into the Southern Ocean Chamber Visitor Center at 265 W Ninth Street for a sweet treat through the week and pick up the latest maps, guides and business information or call at 609 494 7211.