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Christmas in the Downtown Celebration This Friday

CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN, also known as “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue,” and an “Old Fashioned Family Christmas” is from 2 to 5 p.m. along the award winning Asbury Ave. shopping district on Friday, Nov. 28.

The event features the arrival of Santa Claus from the City Hall Roof at 5 p.m., a special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic from 4 to 6 p.m. in the staging area in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., plus caroling and entertainment.

Santa will greet his fans and pose for photos at the Gazebo across from City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m., descend from City Hall Roof at 5 p.m., then return to the Gazebo from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Michael Hartman of The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will emcee and lead his performers and the audience in the singing of Christmas Carols from 4 to 5 p.m. in front of City Hall prior to Santa’s descent.

The program includes the Show Stoppers Carolers and String Band strolling from 6th to 9th St. from 2 to 4 p.m.; Nancy Fox, with her carolers and performers, strolling from 8th to 11th Sts. from 2 to 4 p.m.; Music by Keith Hickman at City Hall Steps, 9th and Asbury Ave., from 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Stilt Walker Dean Duncan entertaining from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. plus free Horse and Carriage Rides from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

Asbury Avenue is colorfully decorated for the Holidays as are many of the City’s 100 specialty shops and restaurants. The special holiday celebration is sponsored by the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Merchants Assn. of Ocean City.

(Nov. 27) The Fast and Furriest TURKEY TROT & One Mile Fun Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning and 1 mile Kids Fun Run benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, an award winning, no kill shelter. Race Day Registration 7 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Race starts 8:30 a.m. $25. fee. For information, call (609) 399-2800 or email idotridou@aol.com.           

(Nov. 29 – 30) Free HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES, noon to 3 p.m. Pick up 9th and Asbury.

(Nov. 29) TURKEY TROT SURF Contest: 9 a.m. at the 7th Street Beach. No wave date Nov. 30. Division for 13 and under, Junior Men 14-18, Men 19-30, Masters 30 and over, Longboard Open and Women’s Open. Awards first to third place in each category plus Wave of the Day Trophy. Fee is $10 per person. Day of event registration begins 8:30 a.m. For information, call (609) 525-9304.

(Nov. 29-30) PHOTOS WITH SANTA from noon to 3 p.m. at Music Pier, Fee $10.

(Dec. 4) CHRISTMAS BUS TRIP to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, annual candlelit Christmas tree. Seats still available $40. Bus leaves 7:30 am. For museum information,  www.metmuseum.org. Sponsored by the Ocean City Arts Center, call (609) 399-7628 for reservations.

(Dec. 5) Ocean City’s CHRISTMAS PARADE brings Santa to town starting 6:30 p.m. from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Floats, Bands and lots of family fun. Sponsored by the City of Ocean City, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Merchants Assn.  For information, call (609) 525-9338.

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

(Dec. 6-7) TRAIN SHOW, a popular holiday event at the Music Pier featuring large operating Lionel and Garden Railroad Displays, vendors selling trains, train parts, holiday decorations and memorabilia. Repairs done on site by technician Dick Yard. Show hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. Admission $3 for adults, $1 for children. For information, call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300. 

(Dec. 6-7) Free HORSE & CARRIAGE Rides, noon to 3 p.m. pick up 9th and Asbury.

(Dec. 6-7) PHOTOS WITH SANTA at the Music Pier, noon to 3 p.m., 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 Choral celebration of the joyous sounds of Christmas. Heraldic trumpets, dazzling bells and triumphant choirs join the Pops for this annual tradition at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15. Children under 12 are free. available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300.  Sponsored by Norman and Joanne Schaut.

(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, 859 Ocean Ave., M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or Ocean City Food Cupboard, 501 E. 8th St., M-F 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

(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 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

(Dec. 12) Christmas TROLLEY TOUR & Carol Sing: The Ocean City Historical Museum hosts a ride through the decorated neighborhoods and downtown Ocean City while singing carols and learning about the historic architecture. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets required. Call (609) 399-1801 or visit the Historical Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave.

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

(Dec. 13-14) FREE Horse and Carriage Rides Downtown and Photos with Santa at Music Pier, $10, both events are 12 p.m. to 3p.m. see previous information.

REMINDER: FIRST NIGHT, Ocean City’s family friendly, gala New Year’s Eve Celebration offers discounted admission buttons until Dec. 1 for $15. Buttons are $20 thereafter. So Act Now! Order buttons online at www.FirstNightOCNJ.com or call (609) 399-2412. They are on sale at the Bridge Welcome Center, 7 days a week, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4-30 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Also on sale at Gillian’s Downtown Stainton’s Square 7 days a week, starting 10 a.m.

First Night is followed by FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH which includes a 5K Run on the Boardwalk a 1 p.m. and a First Dip in the Ocean at 2 p.m. Call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300 for details.                                             

Enjoy BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at our restaurants Saturdays and Sundays now thru Christmas.  For Santa’s location call (609) 399-1412.

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