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Upcoming Festivals and Events

Here are the upcoming festivals and events going on down the shore. We’ve listed them first by dates and then by towns as well.

Weekend of November 22 – November 24, 2019

Cape May

Elaine’s Dinner Theater presents ‘How Rudolph Got His Glow Back’
Saturday November 16, 2019 – Sunday December 29, 2019
Elaine’s Dinner Theater, 513 Lafayette Street

Enjoy this holiday-themed production involving Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, Elf on a Shelf and other Christmas characters. Production is every night from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

Old Fashioned Christmas Exhibit at the Emlen Physick Estate
November 22, 2019 – January 1, 2020 (Hours vary)
Carroll Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street

Visit this exhibit and learn about holiday traditions through the years. The exhibit includes model trains, toys and much more. The Gallery is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas); hours vary. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday November 23, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street
Come enjoy the annual tree lighting event with special guests Santa Claus and Dr. Physick. Refreshments will be served, and guests can enjoy a free self-guided tour of the Physick Estate from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Santa arrives at 7:00 pm to light thousands of bulbs on the tree.

Ocean City

Ocean City – Earlier than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, November 23, 2019 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Asbury Avenue and Downtown Shops

Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas for early bird shopping specials.

Horse and Carriage Rides on Asbury
Saturday, November 23 – Sunday November 24, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
In front of City Hall, 9th Street & Asbury Avenue

This weekend is the first of several where Ocean City entertains visitors with holiday events. Take an old fashioned, horse-drawn carriage ride down Asbury Avenue. Pass by shops and get some ideas for gifts and enjoy the holiday decorations.  

Sea Isle City

Sea Isle City Girls’ Weekend
Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24, 2019
Throughout Sea Isle

Get the girls together and enjoy a weekend of specials and discounts at participating shops, restaurants and other businesses. The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will host their annual Fall Girls Weekend, with special offers at retailers, salon and fitness services, restaurants, lodging and other businesses throughout town.  Girls Weekend will also feature wine tastings, live entertainment, dancing and more.  Participating businesses will be easy to identify thanks to colorful “Girls Weekend” flags hanging in front of stores and restaurants. Jitney service will be available on Saturday from 3:00 pm – 12:00 am.  The fare is $2 before 11:00 pm, and $4 after 11:00 pm.

WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 1, 2019 (THANKSGIVING WEEKEND)

Saturday November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday. On this day, we celebrate and support small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of the shore. With the exception of a few grocery and convenience stores, most shops and restaurants at the shore are owned by local families. In addition to striving to keep their small business profitable, shore shops and restaurants shoulder the extra burden of trying to do so in a seasonal market. So please – if you are going to be down the shore this weekend, support a small business by making a purchase in one of these family-owned establishments.

November 30 is Small Business Saturday. Shop small. Shop local. Support small businesses.

Avalon

Avalon Festival of Trees
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – 5:00pm and Friday, November 29, 2019 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm 
The Whitebrier, 260 20th Street, Avalon

More than 30 trees and wreaths have been decorated by local businesses and residents. This event showcases their work and allows attendees to bid on their favorites. Bidding begins on Wednesday November 27 at 5:00 pm and continues on Friday November 29 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.

Avalon’s Turkey Trot
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 am
30th Street and Dune Drive

This 5k run and 1.5-mile family walk is a fun way to be together and raise money for a worthy cause.  Proceeds of the walk/run benefit the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children.


Avalon Festive Friday
Friday, November 29, 2019 – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Downtown Avalon

This festive event features over 40 holiday-themed activities for the entire family.

Avalon Snowfest Saturday
Saturday November 30, 2019 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Downtown Avalon
Avalon becomes a winter wonderland for this free holiday carnival featuring photos with Santa, rides and entertainment.

Cape May

Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show
Friday, November 29, 2019 and Saturday November 30, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm both days)
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue

Enjoy a vast assortment of craft vendors who have truly unique items for sale. Find a unique gift for that special someone

Winter Wonderland
Friday November 29, 2019 – Tuesday December 31, 2019 (Hours Vary)
On the grounds of Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place

Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland offers holiday fun for all ages. Take a ride on the Congress Hall Express train or whirl around on the Carousel. Visit the Enchanted Vendor Village featuring 18 specialty artisans selling local and handmade products ranging from clothing, toys, souvenirs, small batch foods and more. Enjoy the festive holiday decorations, Santa’s Workshop, arts & crafts, tasty treats and so much more.  

A Congress Hall Christmas: A Cape May Stage Production
Friday November 29, 2019 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Harrison Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place
“A Congress Hall Christmas”, an original play, is a heartwarming tale filled with Christmas and Congress Hall characters alike. Join Blue the Pig, Santa and Mrs. Claus on a lighthearted holiday adventure. With Christmas soon approaching, Santa and Mrs. Claus head to their favorite vacation spot for some rest and relaxation. With the assistance of their new friend Blue, Mr. and Mrs. Claus soon meet some of the ghosts hanging around Congress Hall and find the holiday spirit they were searching for. (This event repeats each Sunday in December from the 1st to the 29th).

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit with Santa. This breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, bacon, fruit, buttermilk pancakes, sweet treats, and much more. Kids will get the chance to tell St. Nick all of their Christmas wishes. This event repeats every Saturday and Sunday through December 22.

Willow Creek Winery’s 2nd Annual Harvest Festival & Holiday Shopping Preview
Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Willow Creek Winery, 160-168 Stevens Street

Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Willow Creek’s 2nd Annual Harvest Festival and Holiday Shopping Preview. Bring the whole family to celebrate a banner harvest with the winery’s iconic selection of locally grown, produced, and estate-bottled wines. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with unique gifts crafted by local artisans, makers, and bakers. Hayrides, face painting and corn hole for the kids.

Ocean City

12th Annual Fast & Furriest 5k Turkey Trot
Thursday November 28, 2019
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk

A 5K run/walk will be held on Thanksgiving morning to benefit the Ocean City Humane Society. Bring your family and friends along to participate in this fun-filled holiday tradition. The race begins at the Music Pier, heads south to 23rd to the turnaround and finishes at the Music Pier Following the 5k, there is a 1M fun run for kids 14 and under. The kids run starts at the Music Pier, heads north to Fifth and back to the Music Pier. T-shirts to pre-registered athletes along with awards and post-race refreshments.

Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue”
Friday November 29, 2019 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Asbury Avenue

Join the merchants & Chamber in kicking off an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas.

Horse and Carriage Rides on Asbury
Friday November 29, 2019 – Sunday December 1, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
In front of City Hall, 9th Street & Asbury Avenue

Take an old fashioned, horse-drawn carriage ride down Asbury Avenue. Pass by shops and get some ideas for gifts and enjoy the holiday decorations. 

Holiday Pops: Musical Sounds of the Season
Saturday November 30, 2019 7:30 pm Ocean City
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk

Enjoy popular holiday songs featuring the Ocean City POPS Orchestra. Special performances by vocalist Scott Coulter and his cast of Broadway soloists. Children of all ages will enjoy the Classic Christmas songs. Joining the OC POPS will be professional dancers from the Atlantic City Ballet’s production of the “Nutcracker”.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday November 30, 2019 and Sunday December 1, 2019 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday at the Sunrise Café, 1200 Asbury Avenue. On Sunday, you can enjoy breakfast with Santa at Arlene’s on Asbury, 624 Asbury Avenue.

Photos with Santa
Saturday November 30, 2019 and Sunday December 1, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Music Peir, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk
Take a festive photo with Santa at the Music Pier.

Sea Isle City

Sea Isle City Holiday Extravaganza Parade
Friday, November 29, 2019 – 6:00pm
JFK Blvd. & Central Ave. to Excursion Park
The Christmas Parade sponsored by the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce & Revitalization will kick-off the upcoming holiday season. The Parade Route will run from JFK Blvd. & Park Road to Excursion Park.

Sea Isle City Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival
Friday, November 29, 2019 – 6:30pm
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard & Pleasure Avenue

Bring the family and enjoy a traditional Holiday evening with Mayor Desiderio as Santa Claus arrives to light the tree in Excursion Park. In addition to launching the Holiday Season with Santa’s arrival, the event will also give people the opportunity to make donations to Mayor Desiderio’s Holiday Toy and Food Drive.  Collection boxes will be positioned at Excursion Park, where unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items will be collected for families in need. The Toy and Food Drive is a fine opportunity for everyone to participate in the true meaning of the season.

Holiday Dash 1-Mile Run/Walk
Saturday November 30, 2019 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Avenue

The Holiday Dash is a 1-Mile Run/Walk that benefits Mayor Desiderio’s Holiday Toy and Food Drive.Walkers and runners are asked to bring donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food and everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite holiday attire (a prize will go to the most festively dressed participant). Run starts at Kix McNutley’s to 59th St. & Landis Avenue and back to be greeted by Santa at the finish line. Sponsored by the Cape May County Chiefs of Police.

Stone Harbor

White Christmas in Stone Harbor
Friday November 29, 2019 9:00 am – 8:30 pm – Saturday November 30, 2019 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
96th Street and Downtown Shopping District

The Annual Stone Harbor Island Holiday theme this year is White Christmas in Stone Harbor. The weekend is filled with holiday-themed activities. Each day of the celebration, there will be a Breakfast with Frosty, scavenger hunts, art classes, Santa letter writing workshops and more. On Friday, there will be a pet parade, a variety show for kids and a tree-lighting ceremony. On Saturday, there will be a Holiday Dash Fun Run along 96th Street, a Magic and Comedy Show and a Christmas Parade. Refreshments and entertainment will be offered both days with special sales from the downtown merchants for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Stone Harbor Christmas Parade
Saturday November 30, 2019 6:30 pm
3rd Avenue at 111th Street

The annual Stone Harbor Christmas Parade is the culmination of a two day holiday festival. The parade runs along Third Avenue, beginning at 111th Street, turning onto 96th Street and ending at the Beach Lot.

WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 6 – DECEMBER 8, 2019

Avalon

Avalon History Center Holiday Party and Open House
Saturday December 7, 2019 4:00 pm
Avalon History Center, 215 39th Street

Enjoy food & refreshments, music, good company, and good cheer at this open house.

Cape May

Cape May Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rotary Park
Friday December 6, 2019 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Rotary Park

This annual event is a night of old-fashioned family fun, including caroling, tree lighting, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

Tree Lighting & Holiday Concert at Congress Hall
Friday December 6, 2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place

Holiday festivities will be held on Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn to usher in the spirit of the holidays with an annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy live music from the Festival Choir as you count down to the magical illumination of a gorgeous 30-foot Tannenbaum.

West Cape May Christmas Parade
December 7, 2019 5:00 pm
West Cape May Firehouse

The parade kicks off from the West Cape May Firehouse and marches South on Broadway, winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenter Lane. Rain date December 8, 2019.

Annual Crafts at Christmas arts and craft show at Convention Hall
Saturday December 7, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday December 8, 2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue

This show features vendors offering handmade crafts and unique gift ideas including jewelry, photography, pottery, home accessories and much more. Enjoy the beautifully decorated Cape May Convention Hall while shopping for your holiday gifts. Admission is a $1 donation which benefits the City of Cape May Recreation programs.

46th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour
Saturday December 7, 2019 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Throughout Cape May

Experience the high point of cape may’s holiday season during these self-guided walking tours, which features homes, inns, hotels & churches specially decorated for the holidays. Christmas caroling and strolling musicians, trees and garland & good old-fashioned cheer hospitality centers with warm beverages & home-baked goodies. Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate, cape may’s only Victorian house museum, and to “an old-fashioned Christmas: holiday traditions through the Years” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery (includes hospitality in the Cafe & Tearoom tent). Limited trolley shuttle service provided. Limited tours. This event repeats on Saturday December 14 and Saturday December 28.

Ocean City

Ocean City’s Christmas Parade
Friday December 6, 2019 6:00pm
Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11th Street.

The annual parade runs along Asbury Avenue and features clowns, dance groups, cheer squads, musical groups, drill teams, antique vehicles, classic cars, pageant titleholders, business floats and much more.

Christmas Train Show
Saturday December 7, 2019 – Sunday December 8, 2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Trains on display for the public. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 7, 2019 and Sunday December 8, 2019 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday at Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury Avenue. On Sunday, you can enjoy breakfast with Santa at Yianni’s Café, 841 Asbury Avenue.

Horse and Carriage Rides on Asbury
Saturday December 7, 2019 – Sunday December 8, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
In front of City Hall, 9th Street & Asbury Avenue

Take an old fashioned, horse-drawn carriage ride down Asbury Avenue. Pass by shops and get some ideas for gifts and enjoy the holiday decorations. 

Photos with Santa
Saturday December 7, 2019 and Sunday December 8, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk
Take a festive photo with Santa at the Music Pier.

Sea Isle City

Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 7, 2019 11:00am to 4:00pm
Town-wide

Enjoy the spirit of the holidays in Sea Isle City during the Holiday Stroll. Participating businesses will offer sales and specials, while families enjoy entertainment and crafts throughout town. Families will also enjoy several chances for meet and greets with popular characters and Santa himself as they stroll through participating businesses.

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 11:00am to 2:00pm
Sea Isle City Historical Museum4800 Central Avenue

This annual holiday open house allows visitors to browse through the museum’s many artifacts while enjoying light refreshments, live harp music, and vintage holiday decorations.

Wildwood

Christmas on the Plaza
Friday December 6, 2019 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Saturday December 7, 2019 10:00 am – 5:00 pm  
Byrne Plaza, Oak and Pacific Avenues.
 
Event will feature a holiday craft bazaar, ice skating, fire pits, food vendors, children’s entertainment, music and more!  Friday night at the plaza is in conjunction with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade; when the parade ends, Santa will light the Christmas Tree and awards will be presented to winners of the parade!

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade
Friday December 6, 2019 6:30 pm
Byrne Plaza

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., watch a festive line-up of floats, fire trucks and other creatively decorated vehicles parade down the streets of the Wildwoods accompanied by Santa himself. Following the parade, a tree lighting ceremony will take place at 7:30 pm at Byrne Plaza located at Oak and Pacific Avenues in Wildwood. If weather is uncertain, listen to 98.7 The Coast – rain date for the parade is scheduled for Sunday December 8 at 5:00 pm.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday December 6, 2019 4:30 pm
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 111 N Central Avenue, North Wildwood
Festive ceremony will take place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central Avenues, in North Wildwood. Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, free tour of lighthouse and Santa Claus.

Off-Island

Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village
Saturday, December 07, 2019 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9 South, Cape May

The Village paths come alive with the sounds and smells of wintertime at this free family event. Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy hands-on crafts, live music, hot beverages and holiday treats served by historical interpreters in period clothing. Visitors can meet Santa in the Country Store and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout the festively decorated Village grounds for a small donation. The Country Store will be open and stocked with unique holiday gift ideas including traditionally processed wool, artisan crafts for the home, books, jewelry, toys and old fashioned candy.

WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 13 – DECEMBER 15, 2019

Cape May

Hospitality Nights on the Washington Street Mall
Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Friday December 13, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Various shops

Enjoy shopping in festively decorated shops along the Washington Street Mall.

Mad Batter Wine Dinner “Home for the Holidays”
Friday, December 13, 2019 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mad Batter, 19 Jackson Street

Come home for the holidays and enjoy this five-course holiday menu paired with wines at the Mad Batter restaurant. Limited to 60.  Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Washington Inn
Saturday, December 14, 2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Washington Inn, 801 Washington Street

Chocolate lovers unite! You’ll savor a sumptuous buffet of chocolate desserts at The Washington Inn.  Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

Holiday Dinner & Bingo with Blue and the Clauses
Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place

Gather in the Ballroom for a delicious buffet-style dinner and a rounds of Bingo. Blue the Pig and the Congress Hall elves will be there all night to keep spirits bright, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance to interact with the crowd and join in on the game. This is family-friendly holiday fun that you won’t want to miss.

Cape May Holiday Reception and Concert
Saturday, December 14, 2019 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue

Festive holiday reception and concert.

Ocean City

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 14, 2019 and Sunday December 15, 2019 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday at Arlene’s on Asbury, 624 Asbury Avenue. On Sunday, you can enjoy breakfast with Santa at Sunrise Café, 1200 Asbury Avenue.

Horse and Carriage Rides on Asbury
Saturday December 14, 2019 – Sunday December 15, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
In front of City Hall, 9th Street & Asbury Avenue

Take an old fashioned, horse-drawn carriage ride down Asbury Avenue. Pass by shops and get some ideas for gifts and enjoy the holiday decorations. 

Photos with Santa
Saturday December 14, 2019 and Sunday December 15, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk
Take a festive photo with Santa at the Music Pier.

Ocean City Theatre Company presents Lights, Camera, Christmas: 2019 Holiday Spectacular
Friday December 13, 2019 7:30 pm and Saturday December 14, 2019 2:00 pm
Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk

The Ocean City Theater Company’s 22nd Annual Holiday Spectacular returns to the Ocean City Music Pier in a new movie-themed production for 2019. Rock around the Christmas tree as a cast of professional singers and dancers celebrate the season with a fully staged musical revue of songs from everyone’s favorite holiday\winter movies. The show will feature high-energy choreography, spectacular costumes, unbelievable professional talent, special effects and a phenomenal set. This show runs Fridays and Saturdays through December 21 and Sunday December 22.

Frozen, JR – Presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company 
Saturday December 14, 2019 7:30pm and Sunday December 15, 2019 2:00pm Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk
This chilly treat features students in 3rd – 8th Grades.  The enchanting modern classic from Disney is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. Presented with permission  by MTI Theatricals (mtishows.com).

Sea Isle City

Brunch with Santa
Sunday December 15, 2019 – 11:30am
VFW Post 1963, 301 41st Street

Children ages 10 years & younger are invited to join Santa Claus for brunch. Preregistration required.

Wildwood

‘Pinch the GrYnch’ Boardwalk 5K Run
Saturday December 14, 2019 9:00 am
Wildwood Boardwalk

This holiday boardwalk 5K run and 1-mile walk is fun for all ages. Event starts at 10 am with registration at 9:00 am and is held rain or shine. Registration is inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to dress in festive holiday outfits. The race route will run south on the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Cresse Avenue, make a turn around and head north to 21st Street. Another turn will lead runners back to the Convention Center where refreshments will be served and prizes awarded. Runners and walkers along with their cheering sections can then enjoy the Holiday Bazaar held inside the Convention Center. Registration is $30 per person or $15 if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for local children in need.

Family Holiday Celebration
Saturday December 14, 2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Wildwoods Convention Center

Enjoy a family-friendly event at the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring free admission to holiday-themed crafters and movies, photos with Santa, choir performances, children’s craft making table, face painting, a magician, dance performances and much more.

WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 22, 2019

Cape May

3rd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Willow Creek Winery
Friday, December 20, 2019 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Willow Creek Winery, 160-168 Stevens Street

Gather around the Fire Pit from 5:30-9pm on December 20th for the winery’s 3rd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year” at the winery and farm with family and friends while wearing your most outrageous holiday-themed apparel.  Prizes will be given for the best sweater. And it’s rumored that Santa himself will even make an appearance. Live music with special holiday-themed live performances by the talented Cape May Dance Company will be offered. While walk-ins are always welcome, reservations are strongly suggested for guaranteed seating.

Ocean City

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 21, 2019 and Sunday December 22, 2019 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday at Yianni’s Café, 841 Asbury Avenue. On Sunday, you can enjoy breakfast with Santa at Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury Avenue.

Horse and Carriage Rides on Asbury
Saturday December 20, 2019 – Sunday December 21, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
In front of City Hall, 9th Street & Asbury Avenue

Take an old fashioned, horse-drawn carriage ride down Asbury Avenue. Pass by shops and get some ideas for gifts and enjoy the holiday decorations. 

Photos with Santa
Saturday December 21, 2019 and Sunday December 22, 2019 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk
Take a festive photo with Santa at the Music Pier.

DECEMBER 31 – JANUARY 1, 2020

Ocean City

First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration
Tuesday December 31, 2019 4:00 pm – Midnight
Throughout Ocean City

Join Ocean City as it rings in the new year. A full schedule of events includes rides at Wonderland Pier, an Ice Skating Rink, Inflatables and live performances from artists such as Magician Salazar, Mentalist Dan Kain, The Philly Keys Dueling Piano Show, Magician Chad Juros, The Men of Broadway and more. At midnight, there will be fireworks at the 5th Street beach. A complete schedule of entertainment can be found at firstnightocnj.com/  

First Day Shopping Extravaganza
Wednesday January 1, 2020 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Asbury Avenue between 6th and 14th Streets
Welcome the New Year by shopping for tremendous bargains in Downtown Ocean City, Asbury Avenue from 6th to 14th street.

Horse and Carriage Rides on Asbury
Wednesday January 1, 2020 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
In front of City Hall, 9th Street & Asbury Avenue

Take an old fashioned, horse-drawn carriage ride down Asbury Avenue and celebrate the new year.

First Day 5k Boardwalk Run
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk

Celebrate the new year with a 5k Boardwalk Run. You can pre-register online at https://runsignup.com/race/nj/oceancity/firstday5kboardwalkrun or on the day of the race at the Music Pier from 11:00am – 12:30pm. Race begins at 1:00 pm.

First Day at The Beach
Wednesday January 1, 2020 2:00 pm
Music Pier, Boardwalk & Moorlyn Terrace.

Ocean City’s First Day at the Beach invites visitors to take their first dip of the year in the frosty ocean.

Sea Isle City

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Gymnasium, 4501 Park Road

The Celebration will delight families with food, dancing, activities and an early countdown to Midnight. Every year, hundreds of children and their families attend this festive celebration that allows kids to ring-in the New Year and still get to bed at a reasonable hour. Reservations are required (limited space availability) and children must be accompanied by an adult.  Sandwiches and desserts will be provided and families are asked to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages. The evening will “end with a bang” at the JFK Boulevard Beach at 8pm with a Fireworks display. Jitney Service will be available from 6:00 pm until 4:00 am.  The Route will be from 29th Street to 94th Street, North and Southbound, along Landis Avenue. Please note that 42nd Place and Park Road is not on the Route, unless there is a request.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – 8:00pm
JFK Boulevard Beach

Ring in the New Year with fireworks on the beach. Jitney Service will be available from 6:00 pm until 4:00 am.  The Route will be from 29th Street to 94th Street, North and Southbound, along Landis Avenue. Please note that 42nd Place and Park Road is not on the Route, unless there is a request.

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