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Ocean City Starts Season ‘Earlier Than the Bird’

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/14/17

Ocean City’s downtown shopping district kicks off the holiday season with a unique small-town event on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The “Earlier Than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza invites everybody to shop in their pajamas to take advantage of early-bird shopping specials from 8 a.m. to noon. The event gives everybody a chance to beat the crowds, avoid the malls and get some shopping done on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

In addition to taking advantage of hourly discounts and specials, shoppers can enter in stores to win door prizes and gift certificates. Free coffee will be available at Jon and Patty’s Bistro (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue) and Starbucks (11th Street and Asbury Avenue). Drip and Scoop (960 Asbury Ave.) will offer free standard doughnuts.

WAYV-FM 95.1 will broadcast live from Mark Soifer Park at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and that’s where the door prize winners will be announced at about 11 a.m. Ocean City’s own turkey mascot will be strolling the Avenue and awarding free turkeys to the best-dressed. Later in the day, free horse-and-carriage rides will be available from noon to 3 p.m. in front of City Hall.

For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

MORE FALL EVENTS IN OCEAN CITY

‘STAGE DOOR’ (Nov. 16 to 18): The Ocean City High School Drama Guild presents a play written by Edna Ferber and George S. Kauffman. The play tells the story of a Midwest girl determined to become a leading actress in Depression-era New York City. More than 100 OCHS students are involved in the production. Shows are 7 p.m. Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at the high school. Tickets are available by calling 609-399-1290, ext. 1442 or at the door. Visit www.ochsdramaguild.org for more information.

FREE HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES (Weekends Nov. 18 to Dec. 23): Enjoy an old-fashioned ride down Asbury Avenue noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Start in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

CHRISTMAS ARTS AND HANDICRAFTS FESTIVAL (Nov. 18-19): Fine crafters, artists, photographers and gourmet food specialists display and sell their work 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Everything for the holidays including wreaths, floral decorations, jewelry, custom gift baskets, wooden toys, glass, blankets, metal art, dog and cat apparel and treats, floral décor, soaps and lotions. Every offering is handmade in the U.S. by the seller. Your $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. For more information, call 609-365-2239.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE (Nov. 21): Residents of all denominations are invited to give thanks to God at the annual Ocean City Ecumenical Council Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. The service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 701 Wesley Avenue. Attendees are asked to bring a donation of canned goods for the needy. Dessert fellowship follows the service.

CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN (Nov. 24):  “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” takes place 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join merchants and the Chamber of Commerce in kicking off an old-fashioned downtown Christmas. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (Weekends Nov. 25 to Dec. 23): 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Sunrise Café (1200 Asbury Avenue, 609-398-9300) and Sunday, Nov. 26, at Arlene’s on Asbury (624 Asbury Avenue, 609-399-3639). See oceancityvacation.com for full schedule.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA (Weekends Nov. 25 to Dec. 23):  Join Santa in an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard boat for photos noon to 3 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

CHRISTMAS PARADE (Dec. 1): 6 p.m. on Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. Register to participate at www.ocnj.us/christmas-parade. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

NEW YORK TRIP TO THE MET (Dec. 7): The Ocean City Arts Center is again sponsoring a bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Thursday, Dec. 7. Tickets cost $50 and must be reserved in advance by calling the Arts Center at (609) 399-7628. The bus leaves from the Ocean City Community Center at 7 a.m. and leaves New York at 5:30 p.m.  Admission to the Met is by donation at the door.

‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL’ (Dec. 15-16): Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. But he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean City Music Pier. Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company. Tickets are on sale now at www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice