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Wonderland Amusement Pier has installed a mini amusement park for kids at 901 Asbury Ave. It's a main feature of the City's Old Fashioned Christmas in the Downtown that kicks off the holiday season Fri., Nov. 26. The free rides will open 1 p.m. and be available till 5 p.m. That's when Santa arrives dramatically from City Hall roof with assistance from a fire department ladder truck.

The day's schedule includes free photos with Santa in a lifeboat from 1 to 3 p.m. on City Hall Lawn and holiday readings and face painting at Stainton's Square, 8th and Asbury Ave. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at Stainton's. Free horse drawn carriage rides with Santa are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. starting at City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. Local carolers will brighten the day with holiday selections beginning 1 p.m. The Philly Phanatic and the Ocean City Theatre Company will entertain between 4 and 5 p.m.

Shop keepers will feature specials and restaurants will be open, some offering free refreshments.

On Sat. Nov. 27 and Sun., Nov. 28, there will be photos with Santa in an Ocean City lifeboat from noon till 3 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

On Sun., Nov. 28 Breakfast with Santa is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Yummy Stuff, 825A Asbury Ave. There will be free horse drawn carriage rides from noon till 3 p.m. at 9th and Asbury Ave.

The Weekend of Dec. 4-5 is also busy with Holiday Events. The City's popular Train Show will be at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show features colorful working exhibits of Lionel's and Garden Railroads. Train accessories and memorabilia will be for sale There will be repairs while you wait by Dick Yard. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children with proceeds benefiting City recreation programs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun. Free parking is available at City lots near the Boardwalk. For information call, 609-525-9300.

Ocean City's Christmas Parade will be held on Sat., Dec.4 starting 10:30 a.m. Route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. The Parade ushers Santa into town and features bands, floats and costumed characters. Following the Parade, Santa will greet children, pose for photos and distribute treats at Stainton's Square, 8th and Asbury Ave.

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra will present Joy to the World, a symphonic and choral celebration of the glorious sounds of Christmas 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 4 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. The program will feature a varied selection of traditional and popular holiday favorites. Tickets are $15, available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., 609-525-9300, on line at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or at the door.

The Ocean City Historical Museum will hold its annual Sindia Day on Sat., Dec. 4 and the Ocean City Arts Center will present a Craft Show on that same date. Both events will be held in the Community Center Complex, 17th and Simpson Ave., 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Stop in at the Museum to hear stories and learn about Ocean City's famous shipwreck, The Sindia. See vintage photographs and additional Sindia objects from the Museum's archives that are not usually on display. Children and families will be given a special tour and take part in an art making activity. Call 399-1801 for information.

The Arts Center's Craft Show is set for the Atrium of the Community Center. The work of local artists will be for sale including paintings, scarves, jewelry, photographs, books, specialized and artistic note cards, pottery and holiday décor. Music will be provided by local piano students. Call 399-7628 for information.

Fund Raisers: The Ocean City PTA will sponsor a a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 18th and Bay Ave. Twenty local vendors will participate. Features include a chair massage, concession stand, PTA Charity Pin Sale and free gift wrapping. Purchase holiday cookies by the pound. Free admission, open to public.

The Movay-Miley Post of the American Legion holds its Pancake Breakfast, Sun., Dec.5 from 8 a.m. till noon at the Masonic Hall, 10th and Wesley Ave. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, juice. Adults $5, children $3. Proceeds benefit veteran's projects.

First Night Buffet: A Taste of the Jersey Shore will be provided by the Ocean City Restaurant Assn. during the First Night New Year's Eve Celebration. The dinner will be available in the cafeteria of Ocean City High School with first seating at 4 p.m. and final seating at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Reservations may be made at Downtown Gillian's 838B Asbury Ave. when purchasing First Night Admission buttons. Call 609-391-0060 or access www.firstnightocnj.com. The extensive menu includes soups, salads, a variety of main courses, assorted freshly baked sweets and beverages. Full details are provided in the First Night program book. First Night has an Angel Fund for those who can't afford admission. To receive buttons or support the fund, call 609-525-9300.

Reminders: The Ocean City Theatre Company's holiday spectacular of song and dance, A Christmas Wonderland will be held Dec.17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec.19 at 2 p.m. in the Music Pier. General admission is $12, Children $10. For tickets, call 609-525-9300, access www.ocnj.us or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., will present a free Christmas Concert on Sat., Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. with John Taylor, the Angelus Choir and The Tapestry Strings. Musical Mondays, a cabaret series by the Ocean City Repertory Theater, is now underway at the Black Box Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. through Dec. 20. Show time is 7 p.m., tickets $10 at the door or call 609-457-6686.

NEWS FROM YOUR HUMANE SOCIETY The Fast and the Furriest (previously known as "Harriers for Hounds") is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition for local families as well as vacationers in Ocean City. The 5K walk/run and 1 mile fun run start 8:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, on the Boardwalk between 8th and 9th Sts. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov, 25. Registration is $30 per person the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Ocean City and the Ocean City Police Department K-9 Unit. For information or to register access www.Active.com or www.HSOCnj.org. The Humane Society of Ocean City is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for major holidays. For information on Humane Society events contact the shelter at 609-399-2018. The HSOC is a private, non profit 501C3.

NEWS FROM YOUR LIBRARY The Ocean City Free Public Library 1735 Simpson Ave. is hosting a Jazz Masters Series presented by the Somers Point Jazz Society. Each program focuses on the development of the jazz style on a particular musical instrument. The three part lecture series will be held in Room 110. Entry to the Lecture Room is located on the 17th Street side of the Library. Admission is free. www.oceancitylibrary.org.

Sunday, Nov., 28, at 3 p.m.: The Jazz Piano Masters: The Development of the jazz piano style, starting with ragtime and stride piano and airing at the present. The music styles of James Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Thelonius Monk, Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Bill Evans and Keith Jarret will be explored. A piano trio will demonstrate and perform. CONTACT: Chris Maloney, 609-399-2434, Ext. 5233, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Ocean City Free Public Library presents "Jinglebell the Cat" on December 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm. Tucker's Tales Puppeteers will perform "Jinglebell the cat." The show is for ages 6-10. Everything's quiet; as quiet as a mouse, in fact, until the cat appears and disrupts the party plans of the mice. Now Maynard, Max, Missie and Margaret have their work cut out for them as they plan a holiday party and try to avoid becoming the ingredients for the cat's "micemeat" pie! In this holiday version of Aesop's Fable "Belling the Cat", the clever mice must outwit the cat (and learn a little about the holiday spirit of sharing) or they'll have no holiday party. The show will be held in the Library's Lecture Room N110. Entry to the Lecture Room is located on the 17th Street side of the library.

The Ocean City Free Public Library Invites you to our Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 12 from 1:30 to 4pm. This year the music will be provided by The White Walls, playing 50's style music as well as holiday selections. There will be plenty of refreshments, face painting and more! Santa will be visiting with gifts for all the little Girls and Boys...so don't miss the fun!

HOLIDAY LECTURE PROGRAM AT LIBRARY The Ocean City Free Public Library is pleased to host Jill Furst, PhD., a Research Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Saturday December 11th at 2:00pm. Furst will give a lecture on "From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus: the Travels and Transformation of America's Favorite Holiday Icon".St. Nicholas began as a kindly Italian cleric who anonymously tossed bags of gold into the windows of poor girls as dowries. Santa Claus, on the other hand, took a detour through the far north, where he acquired reindeer and fur-trimmed Siberian clothing. This presentation traces how these opposites were combined into the Jolly Old Elf, and explores the role of anthropologists in creating our favorite holiday icon. The presentation is illustrated with engravings and lithographs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Not suitable for young children. The talk will be held in the Library's Lecture Room N110. Entry to the Lecture Room is located on the 17th Street side of the library. Admission is free. www.oceancitylibrary.org.