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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ

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

Every Saturday & Sunday until Christmas - Free Horse and Carriage Rides, noon to 3 p.m. from in front of City Hall steps. plus free children's train rides courtesy of Wonderland at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave.

Every Saturday, there will also be face painters, balloon sculptors, a string band and carousel organ in the downtown plus dining and shopping specials.

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.

Saturday, Dec 12 - Decorating Fun...Gingerbread Houses and Cookies! at Kidz Creations, 811 Asbury Avenue - 10am-2pm, Houses: $18, Cookies: $8. Hot cocoa will be served. Call 609-399-9922 to reserve your spot!

Saturday, Dec 12 - Decoupage Workshop at The Butterfly Boutique, 943 Asbury Avenue, 609.391.0812, www.butterflyboutiqueoc.net , Noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm -$8 per person - Turn a normal box into a work of art!

Other Holiday Happenings:

Dine with Santa on Asbury Avenue - 12/12, 8:30-11:30am @ Yanni's Cafe, 841 Asbury. 12/13, 8:30-11:30am @ Donkeys, 1018 Asbury. 12/13, 4-7pm @ Scully's, 955 Asbury. 12/14, 8-11am @ Jon & Patty's, 637 Asbury.

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, Dec 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.

COOKIE WALK FOR A CAUSE: The High School's Interact Club is joining the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for a tasty Cookie Walk on Fri., Dec. 18, 5:30-8:30pm, at the High School Cafeteria, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Thousands of cookies will be vying for your attention. Walk around and select your favorites. Pay by the pound. Stick around after you choose your cookies for free hot chocolate, Starbucks coffee, holiday music and a festive atmosphere. All proceeds benefit the FoodBank that feeds needy families in Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland Counties. Donations of non-perishable foods the night of the Cookie Walk would be greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch Executive Director, Margie Barham, 609-383-8843, ext.109.

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. First Night buttons can also be ordered online at www.firstnightocnj.com