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The Ocean City Tabernacle will present a free Christmas Celebration featuring a live Nativity Scene and Concert on Sat., Dec.11. The program begins at 3 p.m. when youth from the Tabernacle's After School Program and other activities present the familiar Christmas scene, complete with live animals. The Tableau is directed by Eric Hitchner and Jeff Loesser. Tim Truman assisted Eric in building the manger. The Nativity Scene will be located at the 6th and Central Ave. area of the Tabernacle.

Visitors may drive by and view the Pageant or may park and stay for a free 4 p.m. Christmas Concert featuring tenor John Taylor, soprano Cynthia Rasmussen, the Tapestry Strings and the Angelus Chorus augmented by summer Tabernacle Choir singers. The program is directed by Tabernacle President, Richard Stanislaw.

Also on Dec. 11-12, there will be free train rides for kids atCity Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. starting approximately 11 a.m. The rides are provided by Wonderland Amusement Pier. There will be free horse drawn carriage rides at City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., from noon till 3 p.m. and photos with Santa in an Ocean City Life Boat for a fee at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace from noon till 3 p.m.

Dine With Santa: There will be Breakfast with Santa on Sat., Dec., 11 at the Shore Thing, 1018 Asbury Ave., from 8:30 till 11:30 a.m. On Sun., Dec. 12, there will be Breakfast with Santa at Arlene's on Asbury, 624 Asbury Ave., from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and dinner at Scully's Asbury Café, 955 Asbury Ave., from 4-7 p.m.

Santa Paws, the Ocean City Humane Society's popular tradition will be held Sat., Dec.11 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at Shelter Rd. off Bay and Tennessee Ave. For $10, you can have a family photo (including cats and dogs) taken with Santa Claus. The Shelter can accommodate other pets but call ahead to make sure, 609-399-2018. Proceeds benefit the Society.

The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., invites you to its free Holiday Open House, Sun. Dec.12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The White Walls will play 50's style music as well as holiday selections. There will be plenty of refreshments, face painting and more. Santa will visit with gifts for all the little girls and boys.

The day before, on Sat., Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., the Library presents a free lecture, From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus: the Travels and Transformation of America's favorite icon. Jill Furst, PhD., a Research Assistant at the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will be the speaker. Program is not suitable for young children. Program is set for Lecture Room N110, located on the 17th St. side of the Library. Access www.oceancitylibrary.org.

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, 6th and Atlantic Ave., with seating on the hour from 4 to 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. Full menu is provided in First Night Program book. First Night has an Angel Fund for those who can't afford admission. To receive buttons or support fund, call 609-525-9300.

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, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $12, Children $10. Call 609-525-9300, access www.ocnj.us or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. The program is sponsored by Gillian's Wonderland Pier.

Free Christmas Dinner: Peaches Lukens has announced that a free home cooked dinner will again be provided to the community on Christmas Day. The dinner will be available at the Ocean City Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. he menu includes turkey with all the fixings plus desserts galore, live music and a freebies table of clothing and gifts. oors open at 11 a.m. Take out and deliveries are available. Transportation will be provided when necessary. For a ride, general information, home delivery or to volunteer to cook call 609-398-8781.

The Ocean City Repertory Theater has added Santa's Missing List to its holiday presentations. One of Santa's Elves has stolen the Naughty and Nice List because he doesn't feel children understand the true meaning of Christmas. The toys in Santa's Workshop come alive to prove he's wrong. The show is scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 18 at the Black Box Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. Access www.ocrep.org or call Flossi Micciolo, 609-457-6686.