Ring in the New Year in Ocean City

With 2019 coming to a close and 2020 on the horizon, it’s time to finish the current year on a good note and start the new year out right. With all of the Ocean City festivities taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, this is an easy goal to accomplish! Check out the following happenings taking place in Ocean City on New Year’s Eve as well as on the first day of the new year:

First Night Ocean City on New Year’s Eve

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First Night Ocean City provides fun for the entire family from 4 p.m.–midnight at different locations throughout the town. Purchase a button ($20 each) and gain access to an expansive array of exciting events and activities, including the following:

  • Ice skating at the Civic Center
  • Imagination Movers concert at the Music Pier
  • Inflatables at the Civic Center
  • Open swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center
  • Open house at the Ocean City Historical Museum
  • Mentalist Dan Cain at the Ocean City Senior Center
  • The Duprees with the Ocean City POPS at The Tabernacle
  • Fireworks at midnight
  • And so much more!

There’s still time to purchase your buttons and take part in this festive Ocean City celebration to ring in the new year!

New Year’s Day Fun

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Once 2020 hits, the activities roll on in Ocean City. Here’s what’s happening on New Year’s Day:

  • 2020 First Day Ocean City Run/Walk
  • Beach Polar Plunge on the beach next to the Music Pier at 2 p.m. (free but participants must sign a waiver at the Music Pier before participating)

Plus, you can do some shopping and dining at the open shops and restaurants throughout town during this time. Some are closed for the season and the holiday, but here are some of the spots that will be open for this popular time period:

May you have an exciting New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year to you all!

 

Things to See and Do in Ocean City This Holiday Season

December is in full swing which means the holiday season is underway. If you’re looking for events to attend and things to do in Ocean City, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in each and every category! Here’s a list of things to see and do in Ocean City this month:

Holiday Festival at the Ocean City Library (Dec. 8)

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The annual Holiday Festival unfolds at the Ocean City Free Public Library today, Sunday, December 8, at 1 p.m. Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting display, refreshments, live music, holiday crafts, and a visit from Santa!

Countdown to Christmas Deals at B&B (Dec. 8 & 9)

If you’re a B&B Reward cardholder, you can take advantage of fabulous sales during the Countdown to Christmas event at B&B on Sunday, December 8, and Monday, December 9. Reward cardholders will receive specific discounts depending on the amount they spend.

Holiday Dinner at the Soma Supper Club (Dec. 15)

Don’t miss the final Soma Cafe dinner of the year! The holiday dinner will be held on Sunday, December 15, and you can enjoy a delicious four-course meal for $35 per person. Seating is limited so be sure to make your reservations ASAP by emailing somacafeoc@gmail.com.

Free Horse and Carriage Rides (Saturdays and Sundays)

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Get into the holiday spirit by enjoying free horse and carriage rides on Saturdays and Sundays in December. The rides will take place starting at City Hall on the following days/times:

  • Sunday, December 8: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14: 8–11 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 15: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 22: Noon–3 p.m.

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company Shows (Various Dates)

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is putting on a few shows this month. The ticketed events take place at the Music Pier and include the following:

  • Lights, Camera, Christmas!: December 13 at 7:30 p.m.; December 14 at 2 p.m.; December 20 at 7:30 p.m.; December 21 at 7:30 p.m.; December 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Frozen, Jr.: December 14 at 7:30 p.m.; December 15 at 2 p.m.

Purchase your tickets online today and attend these exciting shows while supporting our local theater company.

Photos with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays)

Bring the whole family to the boardwalk on Saturdays and Sundays this month for photos with the big guy! Get your photo taken with Santa at the Music Pier from noon–3 p.m. on the following days:

  • Sunday, December 8
  • Saturday, December 14
  • Sunday, December 15
  • Saturday, December 21
  • Sunday, December 22

The cost is $10 per photo.

Holiday Book Sale (Dec. 13 & 14)

Put a smile on the faces of all of your gift recipients by giving them a book this year. During the Holiday Book Sale at the Ocean City Free Public Library, you can kick your gift buying into high gear. The event takes place on Friday, December 13, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays)

Combine two wonderful things into one during the Breakfast with Santa event: good food and dining with Santa! The event is held at different restaurants from 8–11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday prior to Christmas and the lineup includes the following:

  • Saturday, December 14: Arlene’s on Asbury
  • Sunday, December 15: Sunrise Cafe
  • Saturday, December 21: Yianni’s Cafe
  • Sunday, December 22: Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro

 

Fun and Fellowship Will Fill the Afternoon at Island Fall Fest (Oct. 26)

Local churches will join forces on Saturday, October 26, from 2–4 p.m., to host Island Fall Fest.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, Coastal Christian, First Presbyterian, and St. Peter’s United Methodist invite the community to come together for this spectacular family-friendly event on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds.

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This free community event will include a wide array of kid’s activities and family entertainment such as trunk-or-treat, a video game truck, giveaways, face painting, and more. Delicious food offerings will also be available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, and even some sweet treats from Kona Ice.

Don’t miss this fun afternoon of fellowship with members of the Ocean City community!

 

Excellent Ways to Embrace the Halloween Spirit in Ocean City

With Halloween just a few weeks away, you may be wondering how you can embrace the spirit of the holiday in Ocean City. Whether you’re looking for activities to enjoy with the kids or seeking out entertainment options for the adults, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in Ocean City.

Ocean City Ghost Tours

The Ghost Tour of Ocean City provides an excellent way to get in the spirit of the spooky season. Based on the book, Ghost Stories of Ocean City, NJ, the Ghost Tour of Ocean City takes guests on a candlelight walking tour of Ocean City where stories of ghosts and unexplained occurrences fill the evening.

The tours are held every Friday and Saturday night in October, in addition to tours on Mischief Night and Halloween, and depart from 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The cost is $18 per adult/kids 13+; $12 for children ages 4–12. You can find out more about these spine-tingling ghost tours and purchase tickets on the Ghost Tour of Ocean City website.

Fall Brunch Featuring Discussion About the Jersey Devil (Oct. 20)

If you’re from New Jersey or well-versed in the folklore of the area, you are certain to be familiar with the story of the Jersey Devil. On Sunday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m., attend the Ocean City Historical Museum‘s Fall Fundraising Brunch at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. The guest speaker will be Galloway Township historian Ken Sooy who will entertain and inform the crowd with the myths and legends that exist regarding the Jersey Devil.

Guests will be treated to a brunch buffet during the event. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Historical Museum for $28 for museum members and $32 for all other guests.

Halloween Parade (Oct. 24)

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Every October, Ocean City residents and visitors put on their most creative costumes to attend and participate in the Ocean City Halloween Parade along Asbury Avenue. This year, the 72nd Annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City, will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 7:15–8:15 p.m. between 6th and 11th Streets.

Parade-goers will enjoy floats, marching bands, costumed participants, and so much more! Those who register and participate in the parade will be judged and have the opportunity to win prizes if they rank in the top spots for their individual event category.

 

Things to Know About the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party

In just a few days, the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will be in full swing. As you prepare to shop and dine the day away, here are some things you should know about one of the most popular Ocean City events of year:

When and Where?

The 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., along Asbury Avenue between 5th Street and 14th Street. This is a rain-or-shine event and free to attend.

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What Types of Vendors Will Be on Hand?

The vendors you’ll find at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party will be selling handcrafted items, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, artwork, bath and body products, holiday decor, and so much more.

Will There Be Food Available for Purchase?

You bet! In addition to being an event for shopping options galore, the Ocean City Fall Block Party is the prime location to grab all of your favorite food items. From soups to sandwiches to pizza to baked goods, no matter what you crave for refueling in between vendor table stops, you’re likely to find it at this year’s Block Party. Food will be offered at individual vendors along Asbury Avenue as well as at the local restaurants.

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Will There Be Live Entertainment?

Absolutely! Live entertainment will be unfolding along Asbury Avenue throughout the day. Look for the following live entertainment to unfold on Saturday:

  • Tidal Wave Band (10th Street)
  • Pennsport String Band (13th Street)
  • Cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes (City Hall)
  • And more!

What Else is There to Do?

If you’re looking for even more reasons to attend the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party in addition to shopping and dining, there are other activities taking place throughout the day and evening, including the following:

  • Pony rides at the Ocean City Tabernacle during the event hours (6th Street and Asbury Avenue)
  • Fireworks display over the ocean by the Ocean City Music Pier at 9 p.m.

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Where Can I Park?

I’m not going to lie. The city gets a bit crowded during this popular event but don’t worry, parking is definitely doable. And, best of all, parking is free at all metered spots and municipal parking lots, including the Transportation Center lot (9th Street and Haven Avenue), 700 block of Central Avenue lot, and 800 block of Central Avenue lot.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

The main thing to keep in mind is that you will likely leave with a lot of new purchases, so make sure you can carry everything. There are plenty of big items to purchase along the Block Party route, so be certain to have a game plan in place for how much you can carry and where you’re going to put it when you buy it. With so many fabulous vendors and unique items, your shopping bags will definitely fill up quickly at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party!

 

 

Fire Education and Fun to Unfold at the 2019 Fire Prevention Open House (Oct. 10)

On Thursday, October 10, the Ocean City Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Open House at its headquarters located at 550 Asbury Avenue.

This fun and educational event will run from 5–8 p.m. and include the following activities:

  • Live burn demonstration
  • Smoke house
  • Helicopter landing
  • Tours of the trucks
  • Stop, drop, and roll
  • Hot dogs and pretzels

This free event provides the community with an inside look into the Ocean City Fire Department and offers the opportunity to meet the firefighters as well as learn some extremely important fire prevention tips.

Bring the entire family to this exciting event on October 10. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date of October 11 has been reserved.

Maximizing Your Labor Day Weekend in Ocean City

Let’s be honest. Labor Day weekend is tough. It’s the end of the unofficial summer and a time when many kids are getting ready to head back to school. Basically, it’s a bummer! But, don’t be sad, because with Labor Day weekend comes end-of-season sales and the opportunity to grab your last bite of seasonal shore food. Plus, in addition to year-round residents looking forward to “locals summer,” it’s also a time for visitors and seasonal homeowners to enjoy the bevy of activities which occur throughout Ocean City during the fall season.

So, what can you look forward to this weekend? Plenty!

Sales and Specials Galore

As the summer season is nearing its end, many stores are putting their inventory on sale and clearance. Some of the not-to-be-missed sale spots and offerings include the following:

  • Hoy’s 5 & 10: 30-40% off marked price items throughout the store
  • Salty Seahorse20% off beach totes, hats and Ayala Bar products
  • Henry’s: Free gift with $100 purchase of Dune Jewelry
  • Harbor Outfitters: Bote Board blowout sale! $200-$500 off, depending on board style.
  • Seagrass Boutique: At the Linwood and Ocean City shops, Seagrass Boutique will be hosting its Labor Day sale with 20% off throughout the entire store.

Seasonal Last Bites

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Okay, so whether you live in Ocean City year-round, own a summer home, or are visiting temporarily, chances are you love the smell of caramel corn in the air and cold bites of soft serve. Well, unfortunately, some of these seasonal bites will be paused until next summer. So, what does that mean? You better stock up on your favorites while you can! Here’s a list of must-visit spots and menu items in which to indulge to hold you over until next summer (or your next visit to OC):

Whatever you choose to do this holiday weekend, may it be filled with family, friends, and fun!

 

 

 

 

Support Operation First Response While Enjoying the Day at Playland’s Castaway Cove (August 13)

Operation First Response has been hosting its annual Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City since 2009. Every September, Operation First Response brings supporters together for the annual walk which raises money to support our wounded soldiers and their family members. Another event which helps to support this nonprofit organization is the Operation First Response Wristband Day at Playland’s Castaway Cove.

On Tuesday, August 13, from 1–4 p.m., Playland’s Castaway Cove will be selling $15 wristbands which provide for unlimited rides (excluding Gale Force) during this special event. All proceeds raised as a result of the wristband sales will go directly to Operation First Response in support of its mission to offer financial and emotional support to wounded military members and their families.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support Operation First Response on August 13 and be sure to reserve the date of Saturday, September 28, for the Annual Walk for the Wounded event.

How to Beat the Heat in Ocean City

With the temperatures rising heading into the weekend, you may be looking for some fun activities where you can keep cool at the same time. If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat in Ocean City, in addition to spending much of the day swimming in the Atlantic, the following ideas can help you get started as you make your list.

Ocean City Free Public Library Two-Day Book Sale (July 19 and 20)

Hosted by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library, the two-day book sale at the library on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, offers an excellent opportunity to keep cool and purchase a wide array of books at a discounted price. The sale will be held in the Atrium of the library and feature various genres for all book aficionados to enjoy. The hours for the sale are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on July 19 and 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on July 20.

Ocean City Waterpark

If you want to stay cool in the water and find that lounging poolside is what you crave, a day at the Ocean City Waterpark is sure to keep you cool and entertained. From thrilling waterslides to a lazy river, you’ll find both excitement and relaxation at the Ocean City Waterpark, no matter what type of water activity you’re hoping to find.

Indoor Miniature Golf Courses with Air Conditioning

Haunted Golf and Congo Falls Adventure Golf are two golf courses on the boardwalk which offer indoor golfing with the luxury of air conditioning included. Practice your mini-golfing skills in an invigorating and refreshing air-conditioned setting.

Take a Break from the Beach and Do Some Shopping

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Ocean City is filled with so many wonderful shops on the boardwalk and throughout the town. Clothing boutiques, food vendors, home decor shops, and so much more offer plentiful shopping options. Spend the day shopping in a delightful air-conditioned setting. And, if you’re looking to shop the offerings of a wide array of vendors in one set location, visit Stainton’s where you’ll find products from more than 70 unique shops.

No matter what you choose to do for fun during these high-heat days, make sure to stay hydrated and seek out cool locations whenever possible.

Start Making Plans for Night in Venice (July 13)

On Saturday, July 13, the 65th Annual Night in Venice boat parade will unfold in Ocean City and provide a fun and festive evening for all who attend.

Boat owners and bayside homeowners participate in this unique boat parade by decorating their boats and homes for all to see as they compete to win prizes for the best of their category. The boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport bridge and the boat procession continues all the way to Tennessee Avenue. The participating boats will weave in and out of the lagoons along the way, providing bayside homeowners with a birds-eye view of the creatively decorated boats with the “Celebrate! 65 Years of Night in Venice” theme in mind.

Night In Venice Villanova Boat (800x450)In addition to viewing the extensive parade of boats with eye-catching decorations and fun themes, there will be special guests taking part in this year’s Night in Venice, including singer Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery of “The Office” fame, broadway star Caissie Levy, and former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell.

For the best viewing spots for spectators, there will be grandstands set up at the end of various streets along the bay, running from Battersea Road to 16th Street, as well as at Tennessee Avenue. The grandstand locations can be found at the following streets:

  • Battersea Road
  • North Street
  • First Street
  • Second Street Marina
  • Fourth Street
  • Sixth Street
  • 11th Street
  • 13th Street
  • 15th Street
  • 16th Street
  • Tennessee Avenue

The stand seating is first-come, first-served, so you want to be sure to get there nice and early to reserve your spot for the big show.

And, after the boat parade ends, don’t go too far, as there will be an extraordinary fireworks display over the bayfront at 9 p.m.

If you’re looking to take your Night in Venice viewing one step further, Dockside Kitchen at 228 Bay Avenue is hosting a three-course prix fixe dinner from 4:30–7:30 p.m. and you can even stay for the fireworks display! Currently, 23 seats remain, so make your reservations ASAP for this delicious Night in Venice opportunity!

If you have yet to attend a Night in Venice event in Ocean City, you simply must go to see this exciting boat parade in person. If you are already a fan of Night in Venice, then you probably already have your desired viewing spot in mind.

Good luck to all of the participants and, to the Night in Venice spectators, have a wonderful evening viewing the 65th Annual Night in Venice parade!