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“It’s your Holiday Wake-Up Call!” The Popular “Earlier than the Bird” pre-holiday savings spree is set for Sat., Nov. 22nd from 8 a.m. till Noon. The event extends from 6th to 11th St. on Asbury Ave., in the City’s Downtown, recently voted the best in South Jersey.

You are encouraged to shop early in your pajamas to enjoy the best buys. There will be free turkeys for best dressed. Plus free coffee and giveaways at Jon & Patty’s Bistro, 6th and Asbury Ave., Ocean City Coffee, 9th and Asbury and Starbucks, 11th and Asbury.

Sign up in stores to win up to $150 in gift certificates. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be free horse and carriage rides and free photos with Santa. NOTE: The best deals will be from 8 a.m. till noon. For details call 1-800-BeachNJ or access www.oceancityvacation.com.


(Nov.22-23) The CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL features 75 booths from leading crafters throughout the East Coast. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This is the second crafts show of the season produced by Norman and JoAnne Schaut who have raised thousands of dollars for local charities with their festivals. It will feature all new crafters exhibiting and selling their unique creations. Call 800-822-4112 for more information.

(Nov. 22-23)  Free HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES in the downtown from noon to 3 p.m. start at 9th and Asbury Ave.

(Nov. 25) Coastal Christian Ocean City will host the Ocean City Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Location is the corner of 8th St. and West Ave. The service is sponsored by the Ocean City Ministerium and City Ecumenical Council. Program will include Thanksgiving Hymns, the Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation and Thanksgiving Sermon. Mayor Gillian will present opening remarks and will read the Proclamation. City clergy members will participate.

A free will offering will be taken to support the work of the Ecumenical Council that includes the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet. Contributions of non-perishable food items for the Food Cupboard would be appreciated to assist those needy in the community. Dessert Fellowship will follow the service. Public is invited.

(Nov. 25) The John Walter Cape Community Band will perform a FREE CONCERT at the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. at 7 p.m. Free refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of outstanding music.

(Nov. 27) The Fast and the Furriest TURKEY TROT & One Mile Fun Run. A 5K Run/ Walk Thanksgiving morning and 1 mile Kids fun run benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, an award winning, no-kill Shelter. Pre-register on line at www.active.com. Pre-registered packet pick up, Wed., Nov. 26 from 4-7 p.m. at Ocean City Senior Center. Race day registration 7 a.m.-8:25 a.m. in front of Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Race starts 8:30 a.m. Applications available at Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., The Sneaker Shop and Humane Society. For more information, call (609) 398-5068.

(Nov. 28-30) Free HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES, noon to 3 p.m. pick up 9th and Asbury Ave.

(Nov. 28) Christmas in the Downtown ”OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVE.” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join merchants and Chamber of Commerce in celebrating an old fashioned, Downtown Christmas and the arrival of Santa from the top of City Hall roof.

(Nov. 29)  TURKEY TROT SURFING Contest: 9 a.m. at the 7th St. Beach. No Wave Date Nov. 30. Divisions for 13 and Under, Junior Men 14-18, Men 19-30, Masters 30 and over, Longboard Open and Women’s Open. Awards first to third place in each category plus Wave of the Day Trophy.  Fee is $10 per person. Sign up through 11/25 at 4 p.m. at www.ocnj.us/recreation under recreation activities. Day of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call (609) 525-9304.

(Nov. 29-30) PHOTOS WITH SANTA from noon to 3 p.m. at Music Pier. Fee $10.

(Dec. 4) CHRISTMAS BUS Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, annual candle lit Christmas tree, Neapolitan Baroque Creche, Nativity figures and silk clad hovering angels. Feature Exhibit: El Greco, Thomas Hart Benton, etc. For more exhibit information access www.metmuseum.org. Sponsored by the Ocean City Arts Center, for reservations, call (609) 399-7628.

(Dec. 5) Ocean City’s Christmas Parade brings Santa to town 6:30 p.m. from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. Floats, bands, lots of family fun. Sponsored by the City of Ocean City, the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Merchants Assn. For Information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9338.

(Dec. 6-7) TRAIN SHOW, a popular holiday event at Music Pier featuring large operating Lionel and Garden Railway displays, vendors selling trains, train parts, holiday decorations and memorabilia, and repairs done on site by technician Dick Yard. Show hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. Admission $3 for adults, $1 for children. For information, call (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300.

(Dec. 6-7) Free HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES noon to 3 p.m. Pick up area 9th and Asbury Ave.

(Dec. 6-7)  PHOTOS with Santa at Music Pier, noon to 3 p.m., Fee $10.

(Dec. 6) Messiah SING IN; The audience joins the Atlantic Youth Orchestra to sing Christmas portions of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. Scores provided or bring your own. Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 4 p.m. Free admission. For more information call (609) 399-1915 or visit www. Tabernacle.org.

(Dec. 6) Ocean City Pops Concert JOY TO THE WORLD: A symphonic Choral celebration of the joyous sound of Christmas. Heraldic trumpets, dazzling bells and triumphant choirs  join the Pops for this annual holiday tradition at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300. Children under 12 are free. Sponsored by Norman and JoAnne Schaut.

(Dec. 12-14) 2014 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR by the Ocean City Theatre Co. A cast of professional singers and dancers will present a high energy family song and dance tribute to the holidays directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Featuring dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests and toe tapping numbers and special effects, this holiday extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit in all of us as the magic of the season comes to life. Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets range $15-$18. Call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Dec. 12) Christmas TROLLEY TOUR & Carol Sing: The Ocean City Historical Museum hosts a ride through the decorated neighborhoods and downtown Ocean City while singing carols and learning about the historic architecture. Advance tickets required. Call (609) 399-1801 or visit the Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Ave.

FIRST NIGHT, Ocean City’s family friendly, gala New Year’s Eve Celebration, $15 until Dec. 1, $20 thereafter. Act now! Order your buttons and SAVE. Order buttons at www.FirstNightOCNJ.com or call (609) 399-1412. They are on sale at the Bridge Welcome Center 7 days a week, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. They are also on sale at Gillian’s Downtown Stainton’s Square 7 days a week at 10 a.m.

(Jan. 1) 5K Run and First Day at the BEACH OCEAN PLUNGE. Call (609) 399-6111-Ext. 9300. More details in this column next week.