Happening This Week: Shopping Events, Annual Christmas Parade and Other Holiday Festivities Fill the Roster

It’s that time of year. A time where holiday festivities are abound and individuals have plenty of fun events to choose from each week throughout December. Ocean City residents and visitors will find plentiful options to enjoy around town and on the mainland this holiday season. Here’s your go-to itinerary for this week:

2nd Annual Holiday Sip n’ Shop at Bohemian Mama (Dec. 6)

Bohemian Mama will be hosting its 2nd Annual Holiday Sip n’ Shop on Thursday, December 6, from 6–9 p.m., at their store located at 741 Asbury Avenue. This holiday event will feature cocktails, sweet treats from Beachin’ Bakery, delicious culinary offerings from City2Shore Gourmet and Soma Cafe and storewide discounts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have their nails done at the pop-up manicure station presented by Sunray Nails and Spa, learn about the latest hair care trends from Flippin’ Fabulous Hair with Nikki and grab a free chair massage courtesy of Jenergy Fitness and Wellness, to name a few of the special offerings of the night. RSVP to Bohemian Mama and ask them to reserve a spot for you on Thursday night!

Ocean City Christmas Parade (Dec. 7)

The annual Christmas Parade is a highly-anticipated event during the holiday season in Ocean City. This year’s parade will unfold on Friday, December 7, starting at 6 p.m. The parade participants will begin the march down Asbury Avenue at 6th Street and continue along the parade route until 11th Street. Marching bands, floats, community organizations and other festive participants will take part in the exciting holiday event. It has also been said that Santa will once again make an appearance at this year’s parade!

Ugly Sweater Contest at EX BAR (Dec. 8)

Start shopping for the best ugly holiday sweater you can find and wear it to the Ugly Sweater Contest at EX BAR in Linwood on Saturday, December 8. The event runs from 7–10 p.m. at the new bar at The Exchange at Linwood and will also feature ornament painting, the opportunity to grab some cool giveaway items and more!

Breakfast with Santa (Dec. 8 and 9)

Santa is making the breakfast rounds this holiday season in Ocean City and will be making special appearances at the following local eateries:

Santa will also be available for photos at the Music Pier from noon–3 p.m. on both Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9.

Holiday Mart at The Exchange in Linwood (Fridays and Saturdays in Dec.)

Visit The Exchange in Linwood on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December for dining, cocktails and shopping. The Holiday Mart is held Fridays, 4–7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Support local businesses by shopping at the wide array of vendors tables at The Exchange and find gifts for all of your loved ones on your holiday list this year. Some of the items will include jewelry, accessories, clothing, home goods and more.

Free Horse and Carriage Rides Through Downtown Ocean City (Dec. 8 and 9)

Enjoy free horse and carriage rides around downtown Ocean City on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9, from noon–3 p.m. The starting location is in front of City Hall at 9th Street and Asbury Avenue.


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