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What's Happening in OCNJ 12/17/19

Ocean City will continue to roll out the red carpet for residents and visitors with a variety of events through Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Ocean City Theatre Company will give three more performances of "Lights, Camera Christmas: the 2019 Holiday Spectacular" at the Ocean City Music Pier. Purchase at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the causeway leading to Ninth Street).

Saturday and Sunday will provide the last opportunities for children to visit with Santa Claus before he heads back to the North Pole to get ready for the big day. He will meet with families during Breakfast With Santa 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at these restaurants: 


Saturday, Dec. 21: Yianni's Cafe(841 Asbury Avenue, 609-391-1113)

Sunday, Dec. 22: Jon & Patty's Coffee Bar and Bistro (637 Asbury Avenue, 609-399-3377)

Santa will be available to pose for holiday family photos in an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard boat noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 21 and 22) outside the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). Photos are $10 each.

Free horse-drawn carriage rides on downtown Asbury Avenue will be available noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 and again on New Year's Day. Board in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.

Join the Downtown Merchants for Wish List Wednesday along Asbury Avenue. Wander the shops from 5-8 P.M., making a wish list as you go! Leave your list at each store so loved ones can come and check it out. 

All-inclusive admission buttons for Ocean City's popular and family-friendly First Night New Year's Eve celebration are on sale now. They can be purchased at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111. You can also purchase tickets in person by visiting the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway, City Hall's Welcome Center at 861 Asbury Avenue or the Welcome Center at the Ocean City Music Pier (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday). First Night includes more than 70 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City. Visit firstnightocnj.com for more information.

Pre-register for the annual 1 p.m. First Day 5K boardwalk run at firstnightocnj.com, get ready for the First Dip in the Atlantic Ocean at 2 p.m. adjacent to the Ocean City Music Pier, and take advantage of bargains in downtown Ocean City's First Day Shopping Extravaganza.