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Big Christmas Parade, Train Show Highlight Weekend

(Dec. 5) Ocean City’s Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE gives youngsters an opportunity to meet and greet Santa in Ocean City on Friday. The Parade starts 6:30 p.m. with a route from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. This will be the largest Christmas Parade in recent years.

There will be many Floats some with music. The Ocean City High School Band and Pennsport String Band will entertain. There will be themed cars, special displays and costumed characters. The Boys and Girls Ocean City High School Soccer teams ranked number one in South Jersey, The High School Field Hockey Team Group III Champs and the High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Cape Atlantic Champions will also march.

Santa arrives in a horse and carriage. After the Parade, Santa will greet youngsters, dispense treats and pose for photos at the Park across from City Hall. The event is sponsored by the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ocean City and the Downtown Merchants Assn. For information, call (609) 399-1412.

(Dec. 6-7) The City’s annual Jay Eggly TRAIN SHOW is a popular event at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace offering an entertaining and nostalgia holiday experience to visitors. The event features large Garden Railroad and Lionel Operating displays plus many vendors exhibiting and selling trains, train parts, holiday decorations and memorabilia. Repairs are done on site by technician Dick Yard. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. For information, call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300.

(Dec. 5-6) Holiday BOOK SALE at Ocean City Free Public Library, Fri.-3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(Dec. 6-7) Free HORSE & CARRIAGE Rides noon to 3 p.m. pick up Ninth and Asbury.

(Dec. 6-7) PHOTOS WITH SANTA at Music Pier, 12pm-3pm, fee $10.

(Dec. 6) MESSIAH SING IN: The audience joins the Atlantic Youth Orchestra to sing Christmas portions of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. Scores provided or bring your own. Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 4 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

(Dec. 6) Ocean City Pops Concert, JOY TO THE WORLD, a symphonic and choral celebration of the joyous sounds of Christmas. Heraldic trumpets, dazzling bells and triumphant choirs. Join the Pops at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15, children 12 and under are free, available at www.ocnj/boxoffice or by calling (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300.

(Dec. 6) HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: The South Jersey Chapter of Amnesty International will feature author and activist Dr. Linda Rabben to help commemorate International Human Rights Day from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. Each year this grassroots group celebrates the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dr. Rabben will discuss her most recent book, “Give Refuge to the Stranger: the Past, Present and Future Sanctuary.” The program is free and open to the public.

(Dec.6) Cape May County Postal FOOD DRIVE benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Please leave any non-perishable foods by your mailbox and your mail carrier will pick it up. You can also drop off food at the Ocean City Post Office, 9th and Ocean Ave., Mon,-Fri. from 8:30 to 5 p.m., Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at the Food Cupboard, 501 E. 8th St., Mon.-Fri., 1-3 p.m.

(Dec. 12) Ocean City Community Center Association AN AFTERNOON OF APPRECIATION to recognize the contributors who have made the Ocean City Community Center possible. Event will feature Donor Wall Unveiling in the lobby of the Center at 4 p.m. and a Community Gathering in the Ocean City Senior Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. that will include Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Light Fare, Refreshments and Holiday Entertainment. Admission to the gathering is a voluntary donation to the Ocean City Community Center Association. The Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave.

(Dec. 12-14) 2014 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. A cast of professional singers and dancers present a high energy, family oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Featuring dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe tapping numbers and special effects, this holiday extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit in all of us as the magic of the season comes to life: Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

(Dec. 12) Christmas TROLLEY TOUR and Carol Sing: the Ocean City Historical Museum hosts a ride through decorated neighborhoods and downtown Ocean City accompanied by the singing of carols and learning about historic architecture, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets required. Call (609) 399-1801 or visit the Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Ave.

(Dec. 13) Christmas Music with the ANGELUS CHOIR, Tapestry Strings Quartet and tenor John Taylor at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 4 p.m., admission free. For information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.OCTabernacle.org.

(Dec. 13-14) Free HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES in the Downtown with pick up at 9th and Asbury.

(Dec. 13-14) Photos with Santa at the Music Pier for $10. Both events are 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

(Dec. 14) FREE HOLIDAY HEALTH FAIR! Our friends from the Adventist University of the Philippines Alumni Health Dept. will bring its physicians, technicians and nurses back for its comprehensive Health Fair to include free 15 minute Massage (back and shoulders) for stress relief; Health Screening: Blood Glucose Test, Blood Cholesterol Test, Harvard Step Cholesterol Test, Harvard Test Body Mass Index, Lung Capacity and Blood Pressure.

Health Fair will be held on Sun., Dec. 14th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300 for information and copies of flier that can be distributed to groups.

REMINDER: First Night New Year’s Eve admission buttons are now on sale for $20 online at www.FirstNightOCNJ.com or by calling (609) 399-1412. They are also available at the Causeway-Bridge Welcome Center, 7 days a week, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and at Gillian’s Downtown Stainton’s Square starting 10 a.m. 7 days a week. First Night offers eight hours of family entertainment on New Years Eve from 4 p.m. till midnight capped by a colorful fireworks display.

First Night has an ANGEL FUND to help those who can’t afford admission buttons. Call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300 to request buttons or to support the fund.
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