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Get Your First Night Buttons Now Before They Sell Out

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/21/16 BUY YOUR FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS NOW! All-inclusive admission buttons to this popular New Year’s Eve event have sold out in recent years. First Night is our gala New Year’s Eve Celebration that has provided professional, family entertainment here for 25 years. First Night Ocean City offers a wide variety of family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean. There are more than 70 programs available including a Neil Diamond Tribute, rides at Wonderland Pier, ice-skating, children’s shows, Abbott and Costello impersonators, nationally acclaimed magician Chad Juros, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Sounds of Broadway and the list goes on and on. Enjoy a wonderful evening in a non-alcoholic environment. The pool at the Ocean City... Read More

Special Christmas Show Set for this Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/14/16 (Dec. 16-17) 2016 HOLIDAY SHOW: The Ocean City Theatre Company will present "A Very Ocean City Christmas" at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This will be a high-energy, family-oriented song-and-dance tribute to Christmas. The holiday will come to life with a brand new journey through holiday favorites. New for 2016 are musicians from the Ocean City Pops orchestra, who will join the production. Professional triple-threat performers from New Your City will be featured in a show choreographed by Michael Hartman and Erika Wasko. With dazzling costumes, familiar songs, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit and offer a heart-warming experience for an audience of all ages. Enjoy this family musical revue on December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec.... Read More

First Night Celebration is Just Around the Corner

Ocean City’s gala New Year’s Eve celebration, FIRST NIGHT, is just three and a half weeks away. First Night admission buttons are now on sale for $15. The price will be raised to $20 on December 15. The event offers professional family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight with a giant fireworks display scheduled to welcome the New Year. This is the BEST ENTERTAINMENT VALUE AT THE JERSEY SHORE. Admission buttons are available now at: the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave.; the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street Causeway; and at Stainton’s, 810 Asbury Ave. Welcome 2017 in a safe non-alcoholic environment. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com, where you will find the entire entertainment schedule and also be able to purchase buttons online. Entertainment... Read More

Christmas Parade, Holiday Dash, Train Show this Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/30/16 (Dec. 2) Ocean City's annual CHRISTMAS PARADE will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Route will be from 6th Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue. It will include the Ocean City High School Marching Band, Pitman High School Marching Band, Pennsport String Band, Absegami High School Marching Band, and the Original Hobo Band of Pitman. Erica Reichert, Collegiate Miss Majorette of N.J. and featured Rutgers University baton twirler, will be a special guest. The parade has more than 50 entries. Emcee is former Miss Philadelphia, Ocean City resident and recording artist Julia Rae! Julia's original song, "Be That Girl," is the theme song for the major motion picture "The Greening of Whitney Brown," starring Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson. Julia... Read More

Downtown Christmas Celebration this Friday

(Nov. 25) OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVENUE, also known as Christmas in the Downtown, includes a warm and entertaining time in our award-winning downtown from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on "Black Friday." The event, billed as "An Old-Fashioned Holiday Christmas," will feature carolers, a string band quartet, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and performers from the Ocean City Theatre Company. Santa Claus will emerge from the rooftop of City Hall to cap the festivities with the lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Downtown stores will offer an array of gifts for Christmas and the many, fine Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. for more information. EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS: stores on Asbury Ave. will be open every Friday till 8pm till Christmas! (Nov. 24) THE FAST... Read More

Earlier than the Bird Event and Craft Show this Weekend

(Nov. 19) EARLIER THAN THE BIRD in the downtown runs from 8 a.m. till noon. Enjoy the savings and fun. Shop in your pajamas for a chance to win a free turkey for best dressed. Enjoy free coffee at Jon and Patty’s Bistro (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (9th and Asbury) and Starbucks (11th and Asbury). Register while you shop for a chance to win $150 in gift certificates from downtown merchants. There will be horse-and-carriage rides from noon to 3 p.m. in front of City Hall. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. (Nov. 19-20) CHRISTMAS FINE ARTS AND HANDICRAFT FESTIVAL: Master craftsmen will be featured at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will find quality “Made Only... Read More

Veterans Day and Quiet Festival this Week

(Nov. 10) QUIET FESTIVAL: Opening ceremonies will be held at noon at Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The event features unique quiet entertainment including the inspirational “Yawn Along” to the tune of “Beautiful Dreamer,” Doug Jewell (“The Quiet Pirate”) with kites and bubbles galore, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band, Nancy Fox (“The Quiet Soprano”), a yoga demonstration, quiet poetry, paper airplanes with Ken Thorpe and crew, and more. All in attendance will receive an “I Survived the 2016 Presidential Campaign” certificate to celebrate the conclusion of the noisy, unsettling event and the Quiet Festival’s soothing programs that are assisting in the recovery from weeks of hassle. Admission is free. (Nov. 11) VETERANS DAY PROGRAM in Ocean City at a NEW LOCATION,... Read More

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES TURNS 21 ON SATURDAY

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/3/16 The Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the 9th Street Causeway, an Ocean City-Somers Point tradition for 21 years now, returns on Saturday, Nov. 5. When the race started, Nick Regina, who later founded the South Jersey Jazz Society, was public relations director of Somers Point. He called me and suggested the two communities hold an event together. I thought this was a good idea. Running was gaining popularity at the time. So I suggested a run/walk over the old 9th Street Causeway. It would appeal to both runners and walkers alike and we could call it the “Trail of Two Cities.” The causeway, which was closed to pedestrians and bicycles at the time, would be closed to traffic for an hour or so,... Read More

Jr. Miss Pageant, Welcome Night, Halloween Parade Next

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/19/16 Ocean City has three pageants for young women. These include the Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Ocean City pageants. The winners of each pageant represent the community during the year at various events, contests and parades. They help to judge contests, pose for photos with visitors and work together. They are a valuable asset to Ocean City. This Saturday (Oct. 22), the JUNIOR MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT will feature 15 contestants competing at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Produced by the Ocean City Recreation Department, it invites girls at ages 12 through 15 to compete in judge’s interview, talent, poise, composure and on-stage question. The girls will be vying for... Read More