Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa continues through Dec. 18.

St. Nick will be in town on a regular basis in the run-up to Christmas. Along with the city’s “Photos with Santa” event to take place on three weekends in December, Santa will be on hand for breakfast at Sunrise, Arlene’s on Asbury and Yianni’s Café from 8 to 11:30 a.m. over the next several weeks.

Check out his schedule here:

Dec. 3: Yianni’s Café, 841 Asbury Ave.

Dec. 4: Sunrise Café, 1200 Asbury Ave.

Dec. 10: Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury Ave.

Dec. 11: Yianni’s Café

Dec. 17: Arlene’s on Asbury

Dec. 18: Jon & Patty’s

Downtown Holiday Dash

The Downtown Holiday Dash, a one-mile race on Asbury Avenue, starts 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

Pre-registration for $20 ends Monday, Nov. 28. Race-day registration is $25 at the 12th Street parking lot on Asbury. The race, sponsored by the Ocean City Track and Field Boosters, benefits the boosters and the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

For more information call 609-398-8277.

Christmas Parade

The city’s annual Christmas parade runs on Asbury Avenue from Sixth to 11th streets Friday, Dec. 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. Santa ends the event from his carriage. Register at

Train Show

The city’s popular train show moves to the Sports and Civic Center this year when it takes place Dec. 3 and 4. The attraction will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 10 to 4 on Sunday. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children. Trains, train parts and memorabilia will be for sale. Technician Dick Yard will also be on hand for train repairs.

Free horse and carriage rides offered

The resort will offer free horse and carriage rides on three weekends in December.

Rides step off in front of City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave., Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 from noon to 3 p.m. each day. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

Photos with Santa on the boardwalk

Santa’s in town for photos next month between Fifth and Sixth streets on the boardwalk.

Photos will be available for a charge from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for information.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival

Ocean City will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting at the Ocean City Library, inside the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.

The Ocean City Garden Club will decorate the tree, according to officials. The free event includes a party with Santa, a visit from Miss New Jersey Brenna Weick and gifts for the first 200 guests who arrive. Also included is Mrs. Claus’ Market, a holiday shop at the Historical Museum inside the Community Center; handmade gifts in the Art Center gift shop; live music; snacks; balloon sculptures; crafts and more. See for more information or call 609-399-2434.

Free Holiday Concert

The John Walter Cape Community Band is set to play a free holiday show 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Ocean City Senior Center, inside the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave.

Call 609-399-6111 for more information.

Winter Weather Lecture

Dan Skeldon, meteorologist for The Press of Atlantic City and Longport Media, will be on hand to discuss the upcoming winter and what to expect in a 6:30 p.m. lecture Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Ocean City Library’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. The lecture is free. Call 609-399-2434 for more information.

The library sits inside the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave.

Astronomy for Everyone comes to library 

Astronomy for Everyone is a virtual journey through the cosmos coming to the Ocean City Library in a lecture set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The lecture, which is free, will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

The library is inside the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave.

For more information call the library at 609-399-2434.

Live Nativity and Concert

The 65-voice Angelus Chorus returns to the Ocean City Tabernacle with a few guests for a performance 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

Directed by Richard Stanislaw, the chorus will perform with tenor John Taylor, Sandy Miller’s tapestry strings, Jan Schopfer’s bells and local young soprano Tresa Hayes. The traditional Christmas-themed concert will include songs, carols and classical excerpts.

No tickets are needed for the free event, but donations will be accepted.

Before the show, students from The Tabernacle’s after-school program will enact a live nativity scene outside the church from 2 to 4 p.m.

Christmas Trolley History Tour and Caroling

The Ocean City Historical Museum takes a trolley tour of the city’s decorations and a couple of historic buildings 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

All are welcome to join the tour, which includes visiting the home of Peter and Ellen Pospiech, 312 Central Ave., as well as the Northwood Inn Bed & Breakfast, owned by John and Marge Loeper at 401 Wesley Ave.

Refreshments will be served after the tour at the museum, inside the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. Tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Call 609-399-1801 or visit the museum for tickets and more information.

Postal Service Food Drive

The U.S. Post Office in Ocean City will hold its annual food drive Saturday, Dec. 10. Non-perishable foods can be left in mailboxes or brought to the post office at Ninth Street and Ocean Avenue.

A Very Ocean City Christmas

The Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company will present its annual holiday show, a family-oriented song and dance tribute to Christmas, at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Showings are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for children 12 and under.

All tickets are general admission with doors opening 30 minutes before the show. Tickets are available at the City Hall Welcome Center, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, or at Call 609-399-6111 for more information.

Buttons on sale for First Night

First Night buttons are available for $15 at the City Hall Welcome Center, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, as well as Wonderland Pier's kiosk in Stainton's Square, Eighth Street and Asbury Avenue and the Roy Gillian Information Center on the Route 52 causeway.

The event includes 70 family entertainment programs from 4 p.m. to midnight on New Year's Eve, and a fireworks display at midnight. Starting Dec. 15, button prices increase to $20. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or see

Andrew Parent can be reached at or 609-365-6173.