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19 Things to Do in Ocean City, NJ During Winter

things to do in ocean city, NJ during winter When people think about planning a vacation to the Jersey Shore, they usually plan to visit during the summer months. After all, there’s plenty of sun, warm water and things to do. But Ocean City, NJ doesn't hibernate once winter comes around. In fact, a family winter vacation at the beach can be ideal for people who are looking for fun-filled activities and fewer crowds. There's plenty to do at the beach in winter. Check out these 19 options.

1. Celebrate the Holidays

Even Santa knows it's fun to visit the beach for a winter getaway. He makes his first appearance in Ocean City at the end of November, right around Thanksgiving. Then, he usually comes... Read More

Ocean City Ready for First Night and First Day 2018

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/19/17 Ocean City will start the New Year in style with its popular First Night and First Day celebrations. Now in its 26th year, First Night includes a spectacular lineup of more than 75 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during an alcohol-free celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. About 10,000 people will fill the streets and make New Year’s Eve feel like a summer night in Ocean City, before a midnight fireworks display rings in the year 2018. The fun continues on New Year’s Day with the all-day Shopping Extravaganza at stores throughout town, a 5-kilometer run and, of course, the ceremonial “First Plunge” of 2018 – featuring more than 1,000 hardy souls diving into the Atlantic Ocean for their... Read More

Tickets on Sale for First Night Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/13/17 All-inclusive First Night admission buttons – good for entry to every venue in Ocean City’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration – are on sale now for a discounted $15. On Friday (Dec. 15), the price goes up to $20. Visit to buy them online, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or stop by Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue) or the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Now in its 26th year, First Night includes a spectacular lineup of more than 60 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during the alcohol-free celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. Popular attractions such as rides on Wonderland Pier, outdoor ice-skating, Abbott and Costello impersonators, the... Read More

OCTC Presents a Musical ‘Christmas Carol’

 What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/6/17 The Ocean City Theatre Company will put a musical spin on a timeless story by Charles Dickens with six performances of “A Christmas Carol – The Broadway Musical” over the next two weeks. The production will feature a professional cast of performers under the direction of Shannon Agnew with choreography by Colleen Kreisel and music direction by John Grieco. Broadway’s Alan Menken (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”) and Lynn Ahrens (“Ragtime,” “Seussical,” “Once on This Island”) breathe new life into the classic tale with their adaptation. The musical remains true to the story with three ghosts leading the selfish Ebenezer Scrooge through his past, present and future. Scrooge ultimately greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before... Read More

Christmas Parade Dashes Down Asbury Avenue on Friday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/29/17 Ocean City’s Christmas Parade returns at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The season at America’s Greatest Family Resort extends far past the summer, and the annual parade is a highlight of the Christmas season -- with an array of bands, floats and other entries bringing a little warmth to the winter. The event gives spectators time to shop and dine on downtown Asbury Avenue before and after the 6 p.m. start time. The parade starts on the Avenue at Sixth Street and proceeds to 11th Street. This year’s parade features the Ocean City High School Band, Absegami High School Band, Wildwood High School Band, Egg Harbor Township High School Band and Pennsport String Band. Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, second runner-up in the Miss America Pageant,... Read More

Ocean City Celebrates a Downtown Christmas on Nov. 24

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/21/17 While the rest of the nation joins the mobs at the malls on “Black Friday,” Ocean City will celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas starting at 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. Christmas in the Downtown will be warm and entertaining time featuring carolers and performers throughout downtown Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street. Downtown stores will offer discount shopping for gifts, and many Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available. Entertainment and Christmas carols will begin at 4 p.m. on the steps of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. The event culminates around 5 p.m. when Santa Claus will emerge on the rooftop of City Hall. With the help of an Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck, Santa... Read More

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.)... Read More

Veterans Day and Holiday Craft Fair in Ocean City

 What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/8/17 Ocean City’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marked the end of the “Great War” (World War I), and that is now is the time when American citizens honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Ocean City’s ceremony is always well-attended – a strong show of support in recognition of all veterans. This year’s keynote speaker will be Charles Strange, president of the Michael Strange Foundation, named for his son, a decorated Navy cryptologist who was killed in action in Afghanistan. The foundation supports the families of recently fallen service members. The ceremony also will include music, remarks, prayer... Read More

Quiet Festival and Trail of Two Cities Highlight Weekend in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/31/17 Ocean City once again will welcome the calmer season with its annual Quiet Festival. This year’s event will take place Nov. 4 and 5 and will celebrate all the resources of the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue. Within the Community Center, the Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center and Howard S. Stainton Senior Center each will be host to activities during the two-day festival. Some of the activities will include: Crossword Competition: Crossword puzzle devotees are invited to a friendly competition featuring three puzzles of progressive difficulty. Two finalists will compete on boards, so the public can see the silent showdown. Separate category and puzzles for 13-and-unders. Checkers Tournament: An all-ages elimination tournament... Read More