Holiday Shows Lead the Way to First Night 12/16/15

Holiday shows and opportunities to meet Santa lead the way to First Night, our gala New Year’s Eve Celebration.

(Dec.16) SHARON M. DRAPER, author, educator and prominent public speaker will talk about Education and Literacy 7 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Ms. Draper has been honored as National Teacher of the Year, is a New York Times Best Selling Author and is the recipient of the American Library Association’s Award for National Achievement. She is also a five time winner of Coretta Scott King Literary Awards. She is involved in motivating and encouraging teachers and students throughout the world.

(Dec. 18) SWINGIN’ INTO THE HOLIDAYS: 2015 Christmas Spectacular, at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Ocean City Theatre Co. has brightened our holiday season with a number of entertaining performances. This is one of them! A cast of professional singers and dancers present a high-energy, family oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays, directed and choreographed by the talented Michael Hartman. With familiar songs, toe tapping numbers, special effects and dazzling costumes, this production will kindle the holiday spirit in all of us with a brand new musical journey through seasonal favorites. Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 children 12 and under. Show times 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call (609) 399-6111 or visit

(Dec.19) 8 a.m.-11 a.m. BREAKFAST BUFFET WITH SANTA at Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. Every child will receive at treat from Santa. Bring your camera. Call (609) 399-1000 for reservations.

(Dec.19) Pizza with Santa,1-3 p.m., Bennie’s Bread, 1159 Asbury- call ahead 398-9450.

(Dec. 19) ELF JR., THE MUSICAL presented by the Ocean City Theatre Co., featuring students 3rd to 8th grade at the Music Pier. Show times 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The adventures of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag and is transported to the North Pole. Find out how Buddy rediscovers his birth family and makes them believers in Santa. Tickets, Adults $15, Children 12 and under $12. Call (609) 399-6l11 or visit

(Dec.19) at 1 p.m. LIVE FAMILY SHOW, HANSEL AND GRETEL for children and the entire family. Enjoy the magical, musical adventure of two youngsters and their escape from an evil witch. Presented by Fox Vocal Arts, Operafest International. Call the Flanders Hotel, for pricing and tickets (609) 399-1000.

(Dec. 19-20) BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sat., 12/19, Arlene’s on Asbury, 624 Asbury Ave., Sun., 12/20 Yianni’s Café, 841 Asbury Ave.

(Dec. 19-20) FREE HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES, noon to 3 p.m., start in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Dec. 19-20)  PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Noon to 3 p.m. in front of Music Pier. Photo fee, $10. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Dec. 19) The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents “THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS,” featuring Ocean City Pops musicians Pamela Whitman on flutes, Mark O’Kain, xylophone and Jeffrey Uhlig, piano. The music will capture the spirit of the season ranging from intimate and meditative to joyful and playful. Concert is 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall, admission is free.

(Dec. 20) SWINGIN’ INTO THE HOLIDAYS: This is a repeat performance of the Dec. 18th, colorful, high energy tribute to the season. The magic of the holidays comes to life thanks to the professional singers and dancers of the talented Theatre Company. Show time is 2 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $18 General Admission, $15 children 12 and under. Call (609) 399-6111 or visit

(Dec. 20) at 2 p.m. HOLIDAY HIGH TEA served in the elegant ballrooms of the Flanders Hotel. Enjoy carolers and special gourmet holiday tea menu. Gifts for each guest. Call Flanders for reservations and price, (609) 399-1000. NOTE: The Flanders Gingerbread House Contest is accepting entries until Dec. 30. Drop off your original creation. Prizes awarded. All can enter. Visit

(Dec. 25) FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER: For the 27th year, the Community Christmas Celebration Dinner will offer a free buffet dinner with all the trimmings. All are welcome!  The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. Take-Outs will be available. Volunteers will deliver to those who can’t attend. Transportation will be provided if needed. Call (609) 398-8781. There will be special access for the disabled and free parking. The dinner was started by Mike and Peaches Lukens and is now run by Holly Martinez, their daughter.

FIRST NIGHT, Ocean City’s gala New Year’s Eve Celebration, offers a variety of entertainment for families and individuals for just $20 a person. The Holiday Gala features 76 entertainment programs from 4 p.m. till midnight. There will be a fireworks show at midnight to cap the celebration.

“Where else can you find such varied entertainment for just $20? The only place to enjoy such an event at the New Jersey Shore is in Ocean City,” says First Night Chairperson, Michele Gillian. “Ocean City is the place to be on New Year’s Eve.”

Opening Ceremonies will be held 4 p.m. at the ice skating rink, a First Night attraction located at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. It will include greetings by City officials and entertainment.

A First Night admission button will entitle the bearer to free access to Wonderland Amusement rides from 5 to 9 p.m. Entertainment features events for every age group including children’s programs that adults will also enjoy. For instance acclaimed magician, Chad Juros, the Allo Puppets, Give and Take Jugglers, Jungle John, the Turtle Singers and more. A tribute to Neal Diamond is scheduled for the Music Pier, the Fabulous Grease Band will perform at the Civic Center, the Hegeman String Band will strut at the High School, the hilarious Abbott and Costello comedy show is booked for St. Peter’s Methodist Church. The Norristone Doo Wop Singers entertain at the Ocean City Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave.

Rock’n Roll Hall of Famer, Dick Richards, the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets will be featured at the High School. There will be plenty of the popular inflatables. First Nighters will be able to enjoy the night sky at the High School Planetarium. The Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., will open its pool from 4 to 7 p.m. The acclaimed Ocean City Pops Orchestra will greet the New Year with shows at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the Tabernacle. This is just a sample of the entertainment you can enjoy at First Night. All who buy admission buttons will be given a program book listing site locations, parking and jitney service. Many locations are within walking distance.

Buy your buttons now online at or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Buttons are also available at the Wonderland Booth in Stainton’s Square, 810 Asbury Ave., the Causeway Welcome Center, and the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave.

First Night has an Angel Fund for those who can’t afford buttons. Call (609) 525-9300 to receive buttons or support the Fund.


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