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Get Your First Night Admission Buttons Now

Now is the time to get your First Night Admission buttons! New Year’s Eve is just a few weeks away! Don’t miss out on this outstanding evening of entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight, capped by a colorful fireworks display. It’s the best entertainment buy at the Jersey Shore for just $15 per person, children two years and younger are free. There have been years that First Night has sold out! So buy your admission buttons now. Don’t take a chance on being disappointed. Admission buttons are available for just $15 on line at www.firstnightocnj.com , can be ordered by credit card by calling (609) 399-1412 and are available at Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The first First Night began 22 years ago and... Read More

Christmas Parade, Train Show, Pops Concert This Week

There's plenty going on in Ocean City to keep you in the holiday spirit this week. Santa will make another of his frequent appearances in Ocean City during the Downtown's Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE set for Friday, Dec. 6th, starting 6:30 p.m. Parade route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. Following the Parade, Santa will be escorted to the Gazebo across from City Hall, 9th and Asbury Avenue. Here, he will greet youngsters, pose for photos and distribute treats. The Ocean City High School Band will keep the march lively as will the popular Pitman Hobo Band known for its great music and comical antics. There will be floats featuring Ocean City High School Championship sports teams. The World's only Walking Christmas Tree will light up and greet on-lookers for... Read More

Holiday Fun for Everyone on Friday in the Downtown

Bring the children, bring all of the family to Ocean City's downtown from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 29) for the annual "Miracle On Asbury Avenue! It's a warm and wonderful Christmas Party dramatically highlighted by Santa's descent from City Hall Roof when the clock strikes five. The downtown and 9th Street entrance to the City are both colorfully decorated for the holiday season. The stores are warmly lighted and there will be lots to see and do. There will be free photos with Santa in the Gazebo across from City Hall and free horse and carriage rides on Asbury Avenue. The Phillie Phanatic will hug and cavort from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be caroling and lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Lively entertainment is scheduled featuring Michael... Read More

Earlier Than The Bird, Huge Craft Show This Weekend

Two holiday special events are set for this weekend in Ocean City: The Second Big Holiday Craft Show at the Music Pier and the “Earlier than the Bird” pre-holiday extravaganza in the downtown from 8 a.m. till noon. Earlier than the Bird is a colorful, fun event set for Sat., Nov. 23 that extends from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Avenue. You are invited to check out special savings offered in over 100 downtown shops the Saturday before Thanksgiving. You are also invited to shop comfortably in your pajamas if you so choose. Free turkeys from Boyar’s Market will be awarded to the best dressed. There will be free coffee and give-aways at John and Patty’s Bistro, 6th and Asbury, Ocean City Coffee Shop, 9th and Asbury and Starbucks, 11th and... Read More

First Night Expands Programs on Football Field & Parking Lot

In addition to its usual array of outstanding indoor entertainment, First Night Ocean City has expanded its New Year’s Eve events at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk and the adjacent 5th St. Parking Lot. The new programs will feature everything from the largest ice rink south of Rockefeller Center to “Bouncy,” the world’s tallest snowman, a 30 ft. inflatable. There will also be a Dixie Dragonfly Swing Ride with ten swings that holds up to 20 adults or 30 children, a trackless train ride around the ice rink and an up and down Peanut the Elephant Ride. These attractions will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Pony rides are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. at the same location. Skates will be provided for use at the 80 ft. by 40... Read More

Quiet Festival This Week. Why Have One?

By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist I can’t tell you how many times people have stopped me on the street and shouted, “Hey Mark! why have a Quiet Festival?” I can’t tell you, because no one ever has. But still, it’s a good question. We started the Quiet Festival because of the hectic pace of modern life, the noise, confusion, speed and to foster a greater appreciation for natural things like twirling maple pods, the horizon, interesting clouds, bubbles, yawning, the wind and even quiet pets. The ulterior motive was to have another economical special event in Ocean City that no one else has. It is perhaps explained best by the “Quiet Festival Lament”: I do not hear your song, / I do not hear your words/I never watch the moon/ Or listen... Read More

Quiet Festival Features a Free Program for Kids

This year’s edition of Ocean City’s Quiet Festival will feature a free program that will entertain kids, their parents and the public. Highlight of the three day event will be a quiet extravaganza that includes a Quiet Pet Contest, a Quiet Magician, a Quiet Artist who will draw a cartoon of your child’s favorite animal, the Quiet Turtle Singers with their giant tortoise Big Bart, an ethereal harpist and the Snore at the Shore, the world’s only quiet snoring contest. Impossible you say? No one can possibly present all of this quietness any place on today’s mille second, bombastic planet. “Not so,” says NAP, the National Assn. of Tired People, presenters of the Quiet Festival for the past ten years with the blessing of the City. “We were providing quietness before quietness... Read More

Welcome Night, Halloween Parade, Frankenstein This Week

Two, popular, long running Ocean City events and a brand new one are set for this week in Ocean City and all are free: (Wed., Oct. 23) The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents WELCOME NIGHT at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ocean City organizations, groups and businesses meet with residents to acquaint them with their services and products.  It is a pleasant evening that includes giveaways, refreshments, and door prizes plus lots of valuable information about the community. Welcome Night was begun over 40 years ago. It was originally held at the old Ocean City High School in the cafeteria. Its popularity has never waned. It is especially helpful to new residents. But all residents find it a valuable and an enjoyable evening... Read More

Trail of Two Cities a Popular Event for Both Runners and Walkers

Ocean City’s TRAIL OF TWO CITIES 5K Run/Walk over the new Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point on Nov. 2 provides a spectacular experience for both runners and walkers alike. If you’re a runner you get to test your endurance over the high inclines of the bridges. If you’re a walker you are able to enjoy the scenic wetlands, and bay plus a panoramic view of the City. Bring a camera and wow your friends with some great photos. The run is open to all ages from 9 and under to 70 and over. It starts 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. Pre registration received by Oct.30 is $25, day of race at Transportation Center is $30. No mail-ins after Oct. 26. To be considered... Read More