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Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010 12:00 am

There will be a truck stop and train station at City Hall Annex this Friday, with colorful rides that little ones will find fascinating and fun.

Wonderland Amusement Pier has installed a mini amusement park for kids at 901 Asbury Ave. It’s a main feature of the city’s OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS in the Downtown that kicks off the holiday season Nov. 26.

The free rides will open at 1 p.m. and be available throughout the celebration that concludes at 5 p.m. That’s when Santa arrives dramatically from City Hall roof with assistance from a fire department hook and ladder truck. The rides will also be available at special times during the holiday season courtesy of Gillian’s.

The day’s schedule includes free photos with Santa in a lifeboat from 1 to 3 p.m. on the City Hall lawn and holiday readings and face painting at Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at Stainton’s and there will be free gift wrapping.

Free horse drawn carriage rides with Santa are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. starting at City Hall, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. Local carolers will brighten the day with holiday selections beginning at 1 p.m. The Philly Phanatic and Michael Hartman of the Ocean City Theatre Company will entertain between 4 and 5 p.m.

Then Santa will arrive from the roof of City Hall to the cheers of thousands.

Downtown shopkeepers will feature specials and restaurants will be open, some offering free refreshments. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean City Retail Merchants Association, Main Street Ocean City and the city. For information call (609) 399-1412 or (609) 525-9300.

On Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28, there will be photos with Santa in an Ocean City lifeboat from noon till 3 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. On Sunday, Nov. 28, Breakfast with Santa is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Yummy Stuff, 825A Asbury Avenue. There will be free horse drawn carriage rides from noon till 3 p.m. at 9th Street and Asbury Avenue.

The weekend of Dec. 4-5 is also busy with holiday events. The city’s popular TRAIN SHOW will be held those days at the Music Pier. The show features colorful working exhibits of Lionel’s and Garden Railroads. The Garden display will be on the Music Pier stage and includes large models in a rustic background. Train accessories and memorabilia will be for sale and there will be repairs while you wait by technician Dick Yard.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children, with proceeds benefiting city recreation programs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free parking is available at city lots near the Boardwalk. For information call (609) 525-9300.

Ocean City’s CHRISTMAS PARADE will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, starting 10:30 a.m. Route is from 6th to 11th streets on Asbury Avenue. The parade ushers Santa into town and features bands, floats and costumed characters. Following the parade, Santa will greet children, pose for photos and distribute treats at Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave.

The OCEAN CITY POPS Orchestra will present “Joy to the World,” a symphonic and choral celebration of the glorious sounds of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue.

The orchestra will be conducted by William Scheible, the Pops’ artistic director. Featured on the program will the Cape Shore Chorale, directed by Scott J. Breiner; baritone, Dominic Inferrera; and soprano, Colleen Daley Eberhardt. Musicologist Richard Stanislaw will emcee.

The program will feature a varied selection of traditional and popular holiday favorites. Tickets are $15, available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., (609) 525-9300, online at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or at the door. City parking lots at 6th and Atlantic and 5th and Boardwalk are open and free.

The Ocean City Historical Museum will hold its annual SINDIA DAY on Saturday, Dec. 4 and the Ocean City Arts Center will present a CRAFT SHOW on that same date. Both events will be held in the Community Center Complex, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop in at the Museum to hear stories and learn about Ocean City’s famous shipwreck, The Sindia. See vintage photographs and additional Sindia objects from the museum’s archives that are not usually on display. Children and families will be given a special tour and take part in an art making activity. Call 399-1801 for information.

The Arts Center’s CRAFT SHOW is set for the Atrium of the Community Center. The work of local artists will be for sale including paintings, scarves, jewelry, photographs, books, note cards, pottery and holiday décor. Music will be provided by local piano students. Call 399-7628 for information.

FUNDRAISERS: The Ocean City PTA will sponsor a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 18th and Bay Avenue. Twenty local vendors will participate. Features include a chair massage, concession stand, PTA Charity Pin Sale and free gift wrapping. Purchase holiday cookies by the pound. Free admission, open to public.

The Movay-Miley Post of the American Legion holds its famous PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. till noon at the Masonic Hall, 10th Street and Wesley Ave. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, juice. Adults $5, children $3. Proceeds benefit veteran’s projects.

FIRST NIGHT BUFFET: A Taste of the Jersey Shore will be provided by the Ocean City Restaurant Association during our First Night New Year’s Eve celebration. The dinner will be available in the cafeteria of Ocean City High School with first seating at 4 p.m. and final seating at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Reservations may be made at Downtown Gillian’s 838B Asbury Ave. when you purchase your First Night admission buttons. Call (609) 391-0060 or access www.firstnightocnj.com. The extensive menu includes soups, salads, a variety of main courses, assorted freshly baked sweets and beverages. Menu is provided in First Night program book.

First Night has an Angel Fund for those who can’t afford admission. To receive buttons or support the fund, call (609) 525-9300.

REMINDERS: The Ocean City Theatre Company’s holiday spectacular of song and dance, “A CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND,” will be held Dec. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec.19 at 2 p.m. in the Music Pier. General admission is $12, children $10. For tickets, call (609) 525-9300, go to www.ocnj.us or stop at City Hall Annex, at 901 Asbury Ave. The show is directed by Michael Hartman and sponsored by Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., presents a free CHRISTMAS CONCERT on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. featuring John Taylor, the Angelus Choir and the Tapestry Strings.

“MUSICAL MONDAYS,” a cabaret series by the Ocean City Repertory Theater, is now underway at the Black Box Theater, 813 Asbury Avenue, through Dec. 20. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door or call (609) 457-6686.

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