Ocean City Holiday Events

Horse & Carriage Rides  

Saturdays and Sunday through Dec. 18 from 12 to 3 p.m. 

Come to Ocean City for a horse-drawn carriage ride every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.! The rides will continue every weekend until Christmas  

Photos with Santa  

Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18 from 12 to 3 p.m. 

Music Pier 

Santa Claus himself returns to the Music Pier in Ocean City to spread holiday cheer and to – of course – take Christmas photos with families, kids, and the young at heart.  

Annual Fast & Furriest 5k Turkey Trot  

Thursday, Nov. 24 – registration at 7 a.m., race at 8:30 a.m.  

Race starts at Music Pier  

The annual Fast & Furriest 5k Turkey Trot returns for a race down the OC Boardwalk. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information call 609-398-9500 ext. 4 or visit hsocnj.org  

Ocean City Downtown Christmas Kickoff  

Friday, Nov. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m.   

Asbury Avenue, Ocean City   

Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” – will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join the merchants & Chamber of Commerce in kicking off an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas.  

Library Holiday Book Sale 

Friday, Dec. 2 from 10 am to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. 

Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue 

Shop for books, audiobooks, and more as great Holiday gifts! For more information, go to friendsvolunteersocfpl.com 

Ocean City Christmas Parade  

Friday, December 2 from 6 to 7 p.m.   

Asbury Avenue from 6th to 12th Streets   

Registration information at ocnj.us/christmas-parade.   

St. John’s Christmas Bazaar  

Friday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

1001 Central Ave., Ocean City 

St. John Lutheran Church’s Annual Christmas Bazaar features a wide variety of new and slightly used gift items for reasonable prices. Santa will visit both days- (Friday 5-7, Sat. 10-noon). Proceeds benefit victims of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian. More info, visit www.stjohnlutheranoc.org 

Ocean City Train Show   

Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City  

Model trains will be on display and for sale at the annual Train Show. Admission is free.   

Ocean City’s Holiday Spectacular  

Friday, Dec. 16 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  

Music Pier  

The enchanting cast of professional singers and dancers will present a high-energy, family–oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays.  Through dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit in all of us as the magic of the season comes to life in a musical journey through seasonal favorites. Show dates December 16th & 17th @ 7:30PM & December 17th & 18th @ 2PM at the Music Pier.  For tickets visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice. 

First Night & New Year’s Eve Celebration  

Saturday, Dec. 31 from 4 p.m. to midnight  

First Night brings family-friendly events all over town, with all-access given to those with first night buttons. For the most up to date schedule, please visit firstnightocnj.com