Old Fashioned Family Christmas Highlights Weekend Events – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Nov. 25)  Big doings in the downtown on Friday. Ocean City celebrates an OLD FASHIONED Family Christmas from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be free horse and carriage rides, photos with Santa in a Beach Patrol life boat at 9th and Asbury Ave., face painters, carolers and more.

The Philly Phanatic will visit from 4 to 5:30 p.m. And yes! Santa will land on the roof of City Hall and descend toAsbury Ave. with the assistance of a City Fire Department hook and ladder truck.

There will be shopping and dining specials all weekend. So SHOP LOCALLY for great buys and unbeatable personal service.

(Nov. 26-27) Enjoy BREAKFAST with Santa Saturdays and Sundays  at a different downtown restaurant every weekend. For a schedule access www.oceancityvacation.com or call 609-399-1412. There will be PHOTOS with Santa at the Music Pier in a lifeboat both days noon to 3 p.m and free HORSE & CARRIAGE rides noon to 3 p.m. at 9th andAsbury Ave.

(Nov. 24) The TURKEY TROT, a 5K Run-Walk, 1 mile fun run for children benefits the Ocean City Humane Society and the Ocean City Police K-9 Unit. Registration is7 a.m.in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For information, call (609)398-5068.

NOTE: Every Friday ( Dec.2-23) is Hospitality Night in the Downtown from 5 to 8 p.m.with free horse and carriage rides, Evening Shopping specials, Carolers, Santa and more. Free Horse and Carriage rides are available from noon to 3 p.m. every Sat. and Sun. beginning Nov. 26-27 and ending Dec.17-18.


(Dec. 2) The Annual Downtown CHRISTMAS PARADE, featuring Santa, 6 p.m.from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Afterwards, Santa poses for photos and gives out treats at Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave.

(Dec. 3) 4 p.m., MESSIAH SING IN with the Atlantic Youth Orchestra and other professional musicians.  Church Choirs are scheduled and the public is invited to join this “Flash Mob” type event to either sing or listen. The gathering is set for the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th andWesley Ave., for an informal, inspirational, singing of Handel’s Messiah. Call (609) 399-1915.

(Dec. 3) OCEAN CITY POPS Holiday Concert, Hughes Performing ArtsCenterat O.C.High School. 6th andAtlantic Ave. at7:30 p.m. For information, call 609-525-9300.

(Dec.3-4) The popular Ocean City TRAIN SHOW at the Music Pier, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. Features include large working displays in Solarium and on stage, vendors with trains, accessories and memorabilia for sale, repairs done on site by technician, Dick Yard. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children.

(Dec. 7)  The Gardens Civic Assn. sponsors a bus trip to LONGWOOD GARDENS to support local charities. For information, call Edith, (609) 398-0028.

(Dec. 9) A Christmas BIRTHDAY is set for 7 to 11 p.m. at the Flanders Hotel featuring Blues Sensation, Terri Showers. Buffet dinner and desserts are included. Seating limited. Tickets $49.  Call Peaches Lukens, (609) 398-8781.

(Dec. 10) Annual SANTA PAWS Photo Op event at the Ocean City Humane Society, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shelter Rd. off Bay and Tennessee Ave. Visitors are welcome to bring their pets and have photos taken with Santa. Cost is $10 per photo. Call (609) 399-2018.

(Dec. 10) 2 p.m. Living, outdoor NATIVITY SCENE presented by Youth of the O.C. Tabernacle 5th and Wesley Ave. Call (609)399-1915.

(Dec. 10) CHRISTMAS CONCERT at Tabernacle featuring tenor, John Taylor, Tapestry Strings, Angelus Choir, 4 p.m.Call (609)399-1915 or access info@octabernacle.org.

(Dec. 16-18) A Christmas Wonderland HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR by the Ocean City Theatre Co., produced by Michael Hartman at the Music Pier. Cast of professionals provides a dazzling show. Tickets range from $12 to $15.  Call 609-525-9300.

(Dec. 31)  FIRST NIGHT, Ocean City’s gala New Year’s Eve Celebration offers 70 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m. till midnight capped by fireworks. Admission buttons available 7 days a week from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.at Downtown Gillian’s, 838-B Asbury Ave., call (609) 391-0060. You can also order buttons at www.firstnightocnj.com. An Angel Fund is available for those who can’t afford admissions. For buttons or to support fund, call 609-525-9300.

O.C. REPERTORY Theater Events, 813 Asbury Ave. (Nov. 25) at 7 p.m.MAYBE AWAKE and Brand New Color, live rock music performed by two local bands, admission $5; (Nov. 26) SOHCAHTOA and Note to Self, live Punk Rock and Rock music, 7:30 p.m. admission $5; (Nov.27) at 2 p.m., An Afternoon of Broadway Songs featuring Theater musical director, Andrew Hink and a cast of talented local singers, admission $10 (includes a dessert reception). For reservations to these events call (609) 457-6686 or access www.ocrep.org.


( Nov. 28 through Dec. 19) 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Main Lecture Room, Classic Film Discussion Group with Dr. Walter Brown. Free Admission. Dr. Brown will present each film and briefly discuss its importance: Films include, Nov. 28 -Three days of the Condor, Dec. 12- Anatomy of a Murder, Dec. 19 – Vertigo.

(Sun. Dec.4) 2 p.m., Lecture Room: Holiday Music and Merriment with the Package Goods Orchestra. This popular group incorporates a wide variety of sounds in their shows from acoustic guitar to electric ukulele along with a host of bells, whistles and other unique instruments to add a twist of whimsy and merriment to timeless holiday music.

(Thurs., Dec. 8) 7 p.m., Room 110, Richard Paul, author of the number one best seller, The Christmas Box, speaks on the power of books. This book has sold over 8 million copies and Paul has written twelve consecutive New York Times Best Sellers.

(Sat, Dec.10) 7 p.m.in the Lecture Room,  Amnesty International-Cape May County, is hosting International Human Rights Day with poet Ketan Ben Caesar of Philadelphia introduced by Bill Sherman, PhD-Poet.

(Sun., Dec. 11) 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., The Library’s Holiday Festival featuring Sam  Sardina performing Holiday songs at 2 p.m. in the Atrium; Meeting Santa Claus from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Small Meeting Room, N116; Performance by the Somers Point Jazz Society in the Main Lecture Room, N 110 from 2 to 4 p.m. plus face painters, stilt walkers, tattoo artists, puppeteers and more with refreshments provided by Yanni’s Café.

ALSO: (Nov. 29 at3 p.m.), Kelly Osborne Faust, acclaimed Founder of SUNSHINE HOPE will present a program geared toward youth and adults alike in room N116. It is designed to help people overcome life’s challenges through self determination and the support of others. Kelley creates ways for folks to seek refuge from stress and feel better about their lives and the world around them.  She has helped hundreds through sessions at schools, nursing homes, hospitals, prisons and cancer support groups.

Kelly founded Sunshine Hope in 2007 while living inOceanCityand has spent summers here for years at her parents Guest House.


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