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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/2/09

Every Saturday & Sunday until Christmas - Photos with Santa in an Official Ocean City Lifeguard Boat, 12pm-3pm, Ocean City Music Pier, Photos $6.

Thursday, December 3 - A Holiday Shopping Extravaganza will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 18th and Bay Ave. The PTA fund raiser will feature twenty local vendors. Admission is free. The event is open to the public.

Saturday, December 5 - Christmas Parade: Santa arrives in town to pose for photos with children and distribute treats, 10:30 a.m., Parade route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. To register to be in Parade, call 609-525-9300.

Saturday, December 5 - A Holiday Open House is set at City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., The event will begin following the City's annual Christmas Parade set for 10:30 a.m. in the downtown from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave.

Saturday, December 5 - Sindia Day & Open House. Hear stories and learn about Ocean City's famous shipwreck, The Sindia. See vintage photographs and objects from the Museum's storage not usually on display. Children and their families will be given a special tour and take part in an art-making activity. Ocean City Historical Museum, 11:00 to 2:00, free event, call 609-399-1801 or visit www.ocnjmuseum.org for information.

More Holiday Happenings:

Train Show, Dec.5-6: This popular, annual event includes large train displays for children to enjoy, vendors selling trains, train accessories and memorabilia and technician, Dick Yard, doing repairs on site. Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun. Admission $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Free Horse and Carriage Rides, Dec.5-6, 12-13, 19-20, noon to 3 p.m. from in front of City Hall steps.

Ronan Tynan, the world famous Irish Tenor, will be featured in a Holiday Concert at the Music Pier, 8 p.m., Dec.10 to benefit the Holy Spirit High School Music Department. Tickets are $75 for the main auditorium, $50 for the Solarium and $150 for a pre-concert reception at the Flanders Hotel plus front of the auditorium seating. Call 609-525-9300 or visit ocnj.us to order tickets.

The Ocean City Repertory Theater presents the Best Christmas Pageant Ever for young audiences,6 p.m., Dec.11-16 at 810 Asbury Ave. and a Candlelight Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Call 609-231-3263.

Saturday, December 12, 4 pm & 7 pm (two identical performances). Traditional Carols from the Angelus Chorus of Cape May Court House, the Tabernacle Choir, tenor John Taylor, and the New Jersey Chamber Brass. Admission is free, with an offering received. http://www.OCTabernacle.org

Michael Hartman's Ocean City Theatre Co. returns with its spectacular Holiday Revue, A Christmas Wonderland, Dec.18-20 at the Music Pier.(Dec.18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.) This is a fully staged production with professional singers, actors and dancers, Ocean City's version of the Radio City show. Hartman has staged many acclaimed productions in Ocean City, most recently Little Shop of Horrors at Halloween time. Tickets are $10 for children under 12 and $12 for adults. Call 609-525-9300, access ocnj.us or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Gillian's Wonderland Pier.

Joy to the World, the Ocean City Pops annual orchestral and choral celebration of Christmas is set for 8 p.m., Dec.19 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. Maestro Bill Scheible will conduct and the Pops will be joined by the Heraldic Trumpets, glorious choirs, dazzling bells and musicologist Dr. Richard Stanislaw. Tickets are $15. Sponsored by Norman and JoAnn Schaut. Call 525-9300 or stop at City Hall Annex.

GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS NOW! Downtown Gillian's, 838-Asbury Ave., across from City Hall is now selling admission buttons with complete schedules for our First Night New Year's Eve gala. The program includes over 60 entertainment programs at central locations with fireworks at midnight. And for just $14. New this year: free miniature golf with admission button at Gillian's Island, 4 p.m. till midnight. There's an Angel Fund for those who can't afford buttons, call 609-525-9300.