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Christmas Parade, Holiday Dash, Train Show this Weekend

Whats Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/30/16

(Dec. 2) Ocean City's annual CHRISTMAS PARADE will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Route will be from 6th Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue. It will include the Ocean City High School Marching Band, Pitman High School Marching Band, Pennsport String Band, Absegami High School Marching Band, and the Original Hobo Band of Pitman.  Erica Reichert, Collegiate Miss Majorette of N.J. and featured Rutgers University baton twirler, will be a special guest. The parade has more than 50 entries. Emcee is former Miss Philadelphia, Ocean City resident and recording artist Julia Rae! Julia's original song, "Be That Girl," is the theme song for the major motion picture "The Greening of Whitney Brown," starring Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson. Julia has appeared on Radio Disney, sung at Major League Baseball games, has been a featured singer in the ABC Thanksgiving Day Parades for eight years and was a solo performer in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.

There will be an array of colorful entries accompanying Santa Claus, who will ride into town via horse-drawn carriage.  There will also be floats and costumed characters in the event. After the Parade Santa will meet youngsters at the gazebo, in Mark Soifer Park, across from City Hall and pose for photos. 

EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS: stores on Asbury Ave. will be open every Friday till 8pm till Christmas!

 

(Dec. 2) DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DASH: A one-mile race starting on Asbury Avenue at 12th Street. Race-day registration is 4:30 p.m. at the 12th and Asbury parking lot. Event is sponsored by the Ocean City Track and Field Boosters. Proceeds benefit the Boosters and Ocean City Food Cupboard. For more information on pre-registering and other questions, please call (609) 398-8277.

(Dec. 3-4) TRAIN SHOW: One of the city's most popular holiday attractions. NEW LOCATION: Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Features include trains, train parts, holiday decorations for home displays and memorabilia for sale. Large running displays by the Garden Railroad Club and S-Gaugers will entertain visitors and provide photo ops. Train repairs will be available from technician Dick Yard. Event is dedicated to Jay Eggly, founder of the show. Admission  $3 for adults, $1 for children (10 and under). For information, call (609)-399-6111.

(Dec. 3-18) FREE HORSE-AND-CARRIAGE RIDES will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays starting in front of City Hall on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

(Now through Dec. 23) DOWNTOWN ASBURY AVENUE STORES are open Friday nights till 8 p.m.

(Dec. 3-18) PHOTOS WITH SANTA IN A LIFEBOAT will be available between 5th and 6th Sts. on the Boardwalk from noon-3 p.m. for $10 on these dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18.  Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information. 

(Dec. 4) CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY FESTIVAL at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy lighting of the Library's beautiful tree decorated by the Ocean City Garden Club; a free party with Santa; a visit from Miss New Jersey, Brenna Weick; special gifts for the first 200 guests; Mrs. Claus's Market, (a holiday shop at the Historical Museum); unique handmade gifts in the Art Center's gift shop; live music; snacks; balloon sculptures; crafts and more.  Access www.oceancitylibrary.org for information about all of its free entertainment, classes, special events and its holiday hours or call (609) 399-2434.

SAVE NOW ON FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS for $15: Available now at City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave., the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the causeway and at Stainton's, 810 Asbury Ave. The event offers entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight on New Year's Eve plus a midnight fireworks display.  December 15, the price of admission buttons will be raised to $20. This is the best entertainment value on the Jersey Shore for the holiday.  For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com where you will be able to find the entire entertainment schedule and order admission buttons online.  

(Now through Dec. 9) WINTER CLOTHES DRIVE by the Ocean City Board of Realtors. They are collecting coats, sweaters, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves and more. The winter drive will gather new or gently used items to be donated to the Ecumenical Clothes Closet. Of special need are children's coats, children's snow boots, and ladies and men sweatshirts and pants. Funds will be accepted to purchase items requested. The Realtors committee will shop for you. Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors Office, 405 22nd St. (Office Hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) For pick up please call the office (609) 399-0128 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(Dec. 6) FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT by the John Walter Cape Community Band 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 18th and Simpson Ave. Please bring non-perishable food items for the City Food Cupboard.  

(Dec. 8) DAN SKELDON talks about the upcoming winter weather and what to expect at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Program is free.

(Dec. 9) ASTRONOMY FOR EVERYONE is a virtual journey through the cosmos at 6:30 p.m.  This free program will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the lobby.

(Dec. 9 - 11) AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS is a family opera appropriate for all ages and an inspirational Christmas favorite. At Moorlyn Family Theatre, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk.  Fri. 9 p.m., Sat.. and Sun. 3 p.m. Admission: $5 children 11 and  under, $15 adults and $10 seniors. For more information call, (609) 399-7291 

(Dec. 10) CHRISTMAS TROLLEY HISTORY TOUR AND CAROL SING: Join the Ocean City Historical Museum on a trolley tour at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the City's decorations while singing carols and visiting the historic homes of Peter and Ellen Pospiech (312 Central Avenue) and the Northwood Bed and Breakfast (401 Wesley Ave.) After the tour, holiday refreshments will be served in the Museum. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for the general public. Call (609) 399-1801 or visit the Museum at the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave.

(Dec.10) POSTAL SERVICE FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Leave your non perishable donation at your mailbox or bring it to the Post Office, 9th and Ocean Ave.

(Dec.10) LIVE NATIVITY AND CONCERT at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Nativity is outside from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The concert features the 65-voice Angelus Chorus directed by Dr. Richard Stanislaw.  Featuring John Taylor tenor, Sandy Miller's Tapestry Strings, Jan Schopfer's bells, and local young soprano Treasa Hayes at 4 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.

(Dec.16-17) 2016 HOLIDAY SHOW: The Ocean City Pops and the Ocean City Theatre Company will present "A Very Ocean City Christmas" at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This will be a high energy, family oriented song and dance tribute to Christmas. The holiday will come to life with a brand new journey through seasonal favorites. Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children (12 and under), $18 for seniors, $20 for adults. All tickets are general admission. Available at City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave. or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Dec. 18) 12 FLUTES OF CHRISTMAS featuring Pamela Whitman at 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Library.

(Dec. 31) FIRST NIGHT CELEBRATION: This popular event offers 70 entertainment programs 4 p.m. until midnight on New Year's Eve plus an impressive display of fireworks at midnight. December 15 price of buttons will be raised from $10 to $15. This is the best entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. Welcome 2017 in safe, non-alcoholic environment. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com  where you will be able to find the entire entertainment schedule and order admission buttons on line.

(Jan. 1) 5K BOARDWALK RUN, 1 p.m. Pre-register at www.jbsportstiming.com. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Jan 1) FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH featuring first dip in the Ocean 2 p.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration starts at noon. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Jan. 1) FIRST DAY SHOPPNG EXTRAVAGANZA: Downtown shopping specials plus free horse-and-carriage rides noon to 3 p.m. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

NOTE: The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. (609) 399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League (609) 814-0308 both offer on-going free exhibits, artwork for sale and an array of interesting and helpful art classes.