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 in the USA” products ranging from Christmas décor, ceramics and gourmet foods to jewelry, fine art, toys and much more. Proceeds from a $3 donation and rental fees benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard and Atlantic City Rescue Mission. There will be free parking at the 6th St. lot. Call (609) 365-2239 or 1-800-822-4112.

(Nov. 17-19) THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER: The Ocean City High School Drama Guild presents the popular comedy in three acts by George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart directed by Don Toal Jr. Shows are 7 p.m. Nov.17, 18 and 19 plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 19. All performances are at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Ocean City High School Box Office at (609) 399-1290 ext. 1422 or may be purchased at the door.

(Nov. 22) COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. at 7 p.m.

(Nov. 24) THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST TURKEY TROT: 8:30 a.m. 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run. NEW LOCATION – 18th and Haven. Online registration at www.Active.com or Nov. 23 from 4 -7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 18th and Simpson. Benefits the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, contact the race director at (609) 231-0118.

(Nov. 25) OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVE. — Christmas in the Downtown, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on award winning Asbury Ave. Join merchants and the Chamber of Commerce as they present an Old Fashioned Holiday Christmas including strolling 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. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

(Nov. 26) SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: The City and Chamber of Commerce are again celebrating this national event to promote the city’s outstanding, independent small businesses. It will be an ideal day to visit our shops and restaurants.

(Nov. 26) TURKEY TROT SURF CONTEST, 9 a.m. on the 7th Street Beach. No Wave Date, Nov. 27. Divisions include 13 and Under, Junior Men 14-18, Men 19-30, Masters 31 and Over, Longboard and a Women’s Open. Awards 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each category. Wave of the Day Trophy. Fee $10 per person. Sign up online until Nov. 23, 4 p.m. at www.ocnj.us/recreation under recreation activities. Day of event registration begins 8:30 a.m. on beach.

(Dec. 2) DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DASH: A one mile race on Asbury Ave. starting at 12th St. Day of registration is 4:30 p.m. at the 12th St. parking lot. Sponsored by the Ocean City Track and Field Boosters. Proceeds benefit the boosters and the Food Cupboard. For more information on pre-registering and other questions please call (609) 398-8277.

(Dec. 2) CHRISTMAS PARADE: 6:30 p.m. on Asbury Ave from 6th to 11th Streets. Register to participate at www.ocnj.us/christmas-parade. The parade will include: the Ocean City High School Marching Band, Pitman High School Marching Band, Pennsport String Band, Absegami High School Marching Band, The Original Hobo Band, Collegiate Miss Majorette of NJ and Featured Rutgers University Twirler Erica Reichert and an array of other entries, including, of course, Santa Claus. For more information call, (609) 399-6111.

(Dec. 3-4) TRAIN SHOW: One of the City’s most popular holiday attractions. NEW LOCATION: Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Features include trains, train parts, holiday train decorations for home displays and memorabilia for sale. Large running displays by the Garden Railroad Club and S-Gaugers will entertain visitors and offer photo ops. Train repairs will be available from technician Dick Yard. Event is dedicated to Jay Eggly, founder of the show. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children (10 and under). For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

ACT NOW AND SAVE! FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS are now available for $15 at City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave. and the Roy Gillian Information Center on the Causeway. The event offers 70 family entertainment programs from 4 p.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve plus an impressive fireworks display at midnight. On December 15 the price for buttons will be raised to $20. This is the best holiday entertainment value on the Jersey Shore. Welcome 2017 in a safe, non alcoholic environment. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com where you will be able to find the entire entertainment schedule and order buttons online.
(Now through Nov. 23) WINTER CLOTHES DRIVE by the Ocean City Board of Realtors. They are collecting coats, sweaters, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves and more. The Winter Drive will gather new or gently used items to be donated to the Ecumenical Clothes Closet for needy families. Of special need are children’s coats, children’s snow boots, and ladies and men’s sweatshirts and pants. Funds will be accepted to purchase items – we will shop for you! Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors Office, 405 22nd St. (Office Hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) For pick up please call the office (609) 399-0128 or Vicki Heebner, Vicki@ocbor.com.

(Dec. 10) POSTAL SERVICE FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Food Cupboard.

(Dec. 10) LIVE NATIVITY AND CONCERT at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Nativity is outside from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The concert features the Angelus Chorus with John Taylor as soloist at 4 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.

(Dec. 16-17) 2016 HOLIDAY SHOW: The Ocean City Pops and 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 seasonal favorites. Dec.16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children (12 and under), $18 for seniors, $20 for adults. All tickets are general admission. Available at City Hall Welcome Center or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
FREE HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES are set for noon to 3 p.m. starting in front of City Hall on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for information.
PHOTOS WITH SANTA will be available between 5th and 6th Streets on the Boardwalk from noon to 3 p.m. for $10. on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

(Dec. 31) FIRST NIGHT CELEBRATION – Get your button now !

(Jan. 1) 5K BOARDWALK RUN, 1 p.m. Pre-register at www.jbsportstiming.com. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Jan. 1) FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH featuring first dip in the ocean at 2 p.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration starts at noon. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

SHOP THE AWARD-WINNING Ocean City Downtown for the Holidays for value and outstanding personal service. Enjoy the many fine restaurants in the downtown and elsewhere in the City.
NOTE: The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. (609) 399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave. (609) 814-0308 both offer on-going free exhibits, artwork for sale and an array of interesting and helpful art classes.

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