An Old Fashioned Family Christmas in Downtown Ocean City Returns Nov. 29


An Old Fashioned Family Christmas in Downtown Ocean City is scheduled for November 29, the day after Thanksgiving which is traditionally known as Black Friday.  This event will be full of holiday spirit and entertainment to accompany everyone’s holiday shopping experience beginning at 2 p.m.

The event will feature visits with Santa in a lifeboat at the Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  There will be a special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Carolers in Victorian costumes, free horse and carriage rides from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and other entertainment on Asbury Avenue.

At 5 p.m. the Christmas Tree at City Hall will be lit.  Santa will arrive in Ocean City and descend from the roof of City Hall with the assistance of a Fire Department ladder truck.  This dramatic entrance is nostalgic of days past and continues a tradition that began in the 1960s.

Downtown shops and restaurants will be open late offering discounts.

The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Development Commission and the City of Ocean City.  For information, contact the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-BeachNJ or visit online at

The Annual Downtown Christmas Parade will take place on Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. along Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11th St.  Floats, bands and of course Santa Clause will be present.