Christmas Comes To Ocean City

🎡 Ocean City, NJ's only weekly newsletter

The Christmas season is upon us. Plenty of holiday cheer to go around this week.

In the email today:

📆 Upcoming events

🏖️ Beach replenishment

👨‍💼 Official(s) news

🎅 Santa, I know him!

🍦 Ice cream

🏠 Real estate update

🎟️ Tickets and discounts

🌊 Weather and tides

📆 Upcoming Events in (and around) Ocean City

  • November 25

    • Santa in the Downtown

      • When: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

      • Where: Solder Park 901 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City

      • Description: Visit Santa in the Downtown area at Solder Park for a chance to meet and greet.

    • Horse & Carriage Rides

      • When: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

      • Where: Asbury Ave

      • Description: Enjoy the charm of the holidays with horse & carriage rides along Asbury Avenue.

    • Photos with Santa

      • When: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

      • Where: Music Pier

      • Description: Capture the holiday spirit with photos with Santa at the Music Pier.

    • Holidays with the Ocean City Pops

      • When: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

      • Where: Music Pier

      • Description: Experience the joy of the season with the Ocean City Pops' holiday concert featuring classic favorites and modern hits.

  • November 26

    • Santa in the Downtown

      • When: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

      • Where: Solder Park 901 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City

      • Description: Visit Santa in the Downtown area at Solder Park for a chance to meet and greet.

    • Horse & Carriage Rides

      • When: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

      • Where: Asbury Ave

      • Description: Enjoy the charm of the holidays with horse & carriage rides along Asbury Avenue.

    • Photos with Santa

      • When: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

      • Where: Music Pier

      • Description: Capture the holiday spirit with photos with Santa at the Music Pier.

Also note the Ocean City Library has many events for adults and kids alike on their calendar, which can be viewed here.

You can see the full list of events in all nearby Shore towns with the following links: Ocean City | Sea Isle | Margate | Avalon | Stone Harbor | Somers Point | Wildwood | Cape May | Ventnor

Other events to look forward to: Christmas Parade (December 1), Train Show (December 2)

🤳 News Bits

Beach Replenishment Moves Forward in the South End 🏖️

Now underway, replenishment begins at 45th Street in Ocean City through the entirety of Sea Isle.

  • Work will begin in Ocean City from 56th Street to 45th Street with about 1,000 feet of beach closed at a time.

  • The section from 56th Street to 59th Street will then be done in the opposite direction, going South.

  • Work in Ocean City should be completed by mid-December, weather permitting, before crews move on to Strathmere and Sea Isle.

  • The total project will cost $33.7 million. The federal government picks up 65% of the cost, with the state and towns paying the remaining 35%. Ocean City will wind up paying only about $850,000.

  • The North End had its beach replenishment completed last offseason.

Official(s) News 👨‍💼

Ocean City saw the departure of School Superintendent Matthew Friedman and Police Chief Jay Prettyman this year.

Full-time replacements have been named for one off those positions…

  • Bill Campbell was sworn in as Ocean City’s new police chief earlier this month. The 55-year-old grew up in Lansdowne, PA and has been with the department for more than 30 years serving in various roles. Prettyman recommended him for the role.

    • Campbell said he would continue with efforts to curb rowdy crowds, including curfews and backpack bans.

  • Meanwhile, the city is looking for a new interim school superintendent. The current interim superintendent, Dr. Scott McCartney, will leave the post on January 1. The city says it is confident it will have a replacement by that date as the search continues for a permanent replacement.

  • Outgoing police chief Jay Prettyman was honored as Citizen of the Year.

🎅 Santa, I Know Him!

There will be plenty of chances to see Santa in Ocean City in the coming weeks, according to The Patch:

  • At Ocean City's Christmas parade on Dec. 1

  • At the Ocean City Community Center’s annual Holiday Festival from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3

  • Get photos with Santa in a lifeguard boat through Dec. 23 noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Music Pier

  • Visit Santa downtown through Dec. 23 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Mark Soifer Park, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue

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🍦 Ice Cream

A La Mode Ice Cream wins second best ice cream at the National Ice Cream Convention in Las Vegas.

Here’s what they posted on Facebook:

We have some exciting news! We recently attended a National Ice Cream Convention in Las Vegas, and we submitted our Vanilla for judging- we won a second place award!

Last year, we entered and won 3rd place, so we made a few tweaks, and "when you know better, you do better." Excited to keep growing, learning, and bringing the best to our corner of 55th St!

Imagine the conversation when you tell your spouse you’re headed to the National Ice Cream Convention in Las Vegas for the second year in a row.

Tough job, someone has to do it.

Meanwhile, Kessel’s, which is unabashedly a Bryers establishment, just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Best part? Their prices are 50 years old, too.

🏠 Real Estate Update

Did you know Walking The Boards has a newsletter dedicated to Ocean City Real Estate?

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🎟️ Tickets and Discounts

  • 2024 seasonal beach tags just went on sale— you can get them at the discounted price of $30 between now and May right here

  • Gillians is running 50% off sale on tickets— you can get them right here

  • Dockside Kitchen is running a gift card sale and has memberships available for their 2024 dinner club— get them here

🌊 Weather and Tides

As always, we recommend getting up-to-date forecasts from THE GOAT of South Jersey weather, NorEaster Nick, directly on his Facebook page. You can also download his app.

Tides (9th Street):

  • Saturday (11/25)

    • High: 5:52 AM

    • Low: 12:19 PM

    • High: 6:12 PM

    Sunday (11/26)

    • High: 6:37 AM

    • Low: 12:18 AM

    • High: 7:00 PM

    • Low: 1:09 PM

    Monday (11/27)

    • Low: 1:03 AM

    • High: 7:21 AM

    • Low: 1:57 PM

    • High: 7:46 PM

    Tuesday (11/28)

    • Low: 1:46 AM

    • High: 8:04 AM

    • Low: 2:45 PM

    • High: 8:32 PM

    Wednesday (11/29)

    • Low: 2:30 AM

    • High: 8:47 AM

    • Low: 3:31 PM

    • High: 9:17 PM

Thanks! Enjoy the weekend.

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