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About Ocean City New Year’s Events and Beyond

REMINDER: Ocean City’s FIRST NIGHT New Year’s Eve celebration offers you a selection of over 60 entertainment programs from 4 p.m. until midnight capped by colorful fireworks. You’ll enjoy 8 hours of family oriented entertainment that appeals to every age group. Admission buttons are just $20, children 2 and under are free. First Night Admission buttons are available on New Year’s Eve Day at the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Bridge Causeway, at Downtown Gillian’s located in Stainton’s Square, 810 Asbury Ave. and at the City Hall Information Center, 9th and Asbury Ave., or by calling (609) 399-1412. Buttons may also be ordered on line at www.FirstNightOCNJ.com and can be picked up until 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Stainton’s. Ocean City’s FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH... Read More

First Night, First Day Events Coming Your Way!

Ocean City is the place to be on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Plenty of fun and family oriented activities at a moderate cost. If you are in the mood to plunge into the Ocean on New Year’s Day at 2 p.m., be our guest!  We’ll even present you with a BEACH NUT Certificate you can show your friends. They will be thrilled to know that you successfully challenged the Atlantic. You will be taking the plunge this year with members of the HERO CAMPAIGN who are dashing and splashing with us. They will be promoting their life saving designated Drivers Campaign and selling long sleeved T Shirts to support the program. These shirts will take the place of the ones usually sold by First Night Committee... Read More

Downtown Holiday Dash Debuts on Friday

Ocean City has held races on the Boardwalk, over the causeway, on the beach, along the railroad tracks, and now through the downtown. Friday, Dec. 19th will mark the inauguration of our first DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DASH starting 6 p.m. Men, Women, Children and folks in Santa and Holiday garb will have the opportunity to participate. Non-racers will be able to enjoy the action while shopping and dining in the City’s Award winning downtown. Most businesses will be open until 8 p.m. The Ocean City Track and Field Boosters Club, the City, Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants have devised yet another Ocean City first to entertain the public. Asbury Avenue will become a race course between 5th St. to just beyond 14th St. A Children’s run is set for 5th... Read More

Holiday Spectacular at Music Pier This Weekend

The Holiday treats continue in Ocean City. This weekend enjoy a holiday show that rivals anything you’ll see on Broadway. Plus a comprehensive free Holiday Health Fair, free horse carriage rides in the downtown, many special events, and the pleasures of shopping on Asbury Avenue voted the BEST SHOPPING DISTRICT in SOUTH JERSEY! (Dec. 12-14) The 2014 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. has become one of the musical highlights of the season. You can always count on this talented group of professional performers directed and choreographed by the talented Michael Hartman for an outstanding show. This weekend’s production is a high energy, family oriented, song and dance spectacular. It features dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe-tapping numbers and colorful effects that kindles the Holiday... Read More

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... Read More

America’s Love Affair with the Beach [Infographic]

Chances are, if I ask you to picture the word “vacation,” your thoughts are going to drift to the beach. It’s not because you’re unoriginal; for generations, Americans have been packing up their families for a leisurely stay in coastal regions near and far. It’s a truly iconic American vacation. Our love affair with the beach has influenced our migratory habits, our entertainment, and has even shaped our cultural identity. Every year, there are 90,957,172 visitors to America’s beaches. The average American shells out over $1,000 in travel spending per year, and the average family of four spends $4,580. Collectively, that adds up to a bunch of money – and states on the West Coast lead the pack with an average annual spend of over $44 million, more than twice as... Read More

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... Read More

Earlier Than The Bird Kicks Off Holiday Events Saturday

“It’s your Holiday Wake-Up Call!” The Popular “Earlier than the Bird” pre-holiday savings spree is set for Sat., Nov. 22nd from 8 a.m. till Noon. The event extends from 6th to 11th St. on Asbury Ave., in the City’s Downtown, recently voted the best in South Jersey. You are encouraged to shop early in your pajamas to enjoy the best buys. There will be free turkeys for best dressed. Plus free coffee and giveaways at Jon & Patty’s Bistro, 6th and Asbury Ave., Ocean City Coffee, 9th and Asbury and Starbucks, 11th and Asbury. Sign up in stores to win up to $150 in gift certificates. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be free horse and carriage rides and free photos with Santa.... Read More

Shhhhhhh….Enjoy the Quiet Festival This Weekend

This is a fast paced, noisy world we live in with music that relies more on amplification and thunderous repetition than melody… and TV programs and movies that feature ear shattering explosions and cars that sail into space before disintegrating in flames. Noise! Noise! Noise! Speed! Speed! Speed! Enter the Quiet Festival, Ocean City’s celebration of serenity and soundless stuff. The event is set for Nov. 14-16. The Centerpiece of the Festival is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 15 at the Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Here you will find events ranging from the Quiet Pet Contest and Maple Pod Fish Exhibition to the making and flying of paper airplanes and a snoring contest. The event set for 10 a.m. to noon in the spacious Senior Room of the Community... Read More