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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/11/19

Life Saving Station to Host Events on the Wreck of the Sindia

The Ocean City Music Pier stage will light up with the sights and sounds of the season as the Ocean City Theatre Company gives five performances of “Lights, Camera Christmas: the 2019 Holiday Spectacular” over the next two weekends. Tickets are on sale now for the annual holiday show.

The cast of professional singers and dancers will present a family–oriented, song-and-dance tribute to the holidays, directed and choreographed by Elizabeth Worley, Brendan Maly and Michael Hartman. Through dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit. Performances will be:

  • 7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 13
  • 2:00 pm Saturday, Dec. 14
  • 7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 20
  • 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec 21
  • 2 pm Sunday, Dec 22

The production will be staged at the Music Pier (Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk) with free parking nearby. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. 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). Group rates are available by calling 609-398-1118.

Ocean City Theatre Company students in grades 3 to 8 will give two performances of “Frozen JR,” based on the Disney classic: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 14) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 15) at the Ocean City Music Pier.  The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 609-399-6111 or by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.


On the 118th anniversary of the stormy night when the 329-foot sailing ship ran aground in Ocean City, the historic U.S. Life Saving Station 30 will welcome visitors interested in learning more about the wreck of the Sindia and the rescue of her crew.

The restored Life Saving Station (at the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue in Ocean City) will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. Special guest speakers will give lectures on the Sindia at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Portions of a Sindia journal found in 1960 will be read, and newly acquired Sindia artifacts will be on display.

At the same time, a new Sindia display at the Ocean City Historical Museum (1735 Simpson Avenue) will be unveiled, and photos will be available for purchase.

The Sindia came ashore in the surf near 17th Street on Dec. 15, 1901. Surfmen from Life Saving Station 30 helped bring the crew to safety. The station has been restored and appears as it would have in the era of the Sindia rescue.


FREE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES (Dec. 14 to Jan. 1): Rides on downtown Asbury Avenue will be available noon to 3 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 22 and again on New Year’s Day. Board in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (Dec. 14 to Dec. 22): Santa Claus will meet with children 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at local restaurants. The schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 14: Arlene’s on Asbury (624 Asbury Avenue, 609-399-3639)
  • Sunday, Dec. 15: Sunrise Café (1200 Asbury Avenue, 609-398-9300)
  • 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)

PHOTOS WITH SANTA (Dec. 14 to Dec. 22): Pose for holiday photos with Santa Claus in an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard boat. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22 outside the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). Photos are $10 each.


‘LE PETITE’ ART SHOW (Throughout December): The Ocean City Fine Arts League (711 Asbury Ave.) will go small with a “Le Petite” theme for its exhibition in December. There will be a "Meet The Artist" reception and awards presentation 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (609) 814-0308 or visit us at oceancityfineartsleague.org.

POTTERY & MOSAIC SALE (Through Dec. 14): The Ocean City Arts Center (1735 Simpson Avenue) will host its Pottery and Mosaic Show and Sale 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. A meet-the-artists reception will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

HOLIDAY BOOK SALE (Dec. 13-14): The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will hold a holiday book sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in the atrium outside the library.

ANGELUS CHORUS AND TENOR JOHN TAYLOR (Dec. 14): Tenor John Taylor joins the 55-voice Angelus Chorus directed by Richard Stanislaw in a concert of traditional Christmas music at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.14 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th Street and Central Avenue. The concert is free; an offering is received.  

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION (Dec. 19): The Ocean City Tabernacle invites all to a delicious family dinner, a musical program by the Son Club after-school program, a Christmas carol sing-along, professional family Christmas photos, face-painting for the kids and more. The free event is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. For more information, call 609-399-1915 or click the “Family Christmas Celebration” banner at octabernacle.org.

FIRST NIGHT (Dec. 31): All-inclusive admission buttons for Ocean City’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration are on sale now at firstnightocnj.com and at welcome centers in town.

FIRST DAY (Jan. 1): Pre-register for the annual 1 p.m. New Year’s 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.