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A December to remember in Somers Point - Ocean City Sentinel: News

A December to remember in Somers Point

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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:56 am

SOMERS POINT — A perfect flurry of holiday activities is happening in Somers Point this December, including a Christmas parade, tree lightings, a zany take on the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” and seasonal jazz.

The Somers Point Community Education and Recreation Office will again kick things off Friday, Dec. 6, with a grand parade down Shore Road ending at City Hall, where Santa Claus will be meeting all of the children inside. A float competition, music and a variety of other entrants will make this parade wonderful way to kick off the season.

The CER Office will also be hosting a free children’s tree trimming afternoon from noon to 2 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Children will learn about the way trees were decorated in Early America, using traditional materials such as fruits, “candlesticks” and fabric. The decorations they create will be hung on the Somers Mansion tree before the evening festivities described below.

Great Bay Gallery, at 829 Bay Ave., will add to the fun with a Holiday Open House from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 6-8. 

On Dec. 7, the festivities will continue with a tree lighting with traditional ornaments created by local students, refreshments and festive music from the Victorian “Village Carolers” at 5 p.m. at Somers Mansion, which will be followed by a four-act spoof of “A Christmas Carol” that will take place on four different porches in the bayfront Historic District starting at 6 p.m. at 37 Somers Ave. 

The fun will continue Dec. 8 with “Jazz on an Early December Afternoon” featuring award-winning jazz pianist John Colliani from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Gregory’s, 900 Shore Road.

The Gateway Playhouse will get in in the spirit by offering a production of “Home for the Holidays” on Dec. 6-8, 13-15. This fully staged and costumed production welcomes the audience into a crazy holiday party with laughter, music and even a few special surprises. Presented by the Shaken Not Stirred Players. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Adding to the festive mix will be Shore Medical Center’s gala tree lighting ceremony at 4 p.m. Dec. 12. The lawn will be filled with a variety of trees decorated by local community groups and volunteers.

The December vibe will be further enhanced when the South Jersey Jazz Society presents the Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band, with special guest Cathy Rocco, paying tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Greate Bay Country Club.

Most of these activities are free but some require an admission fee or registration. For more information, contact the Somers Point CER Office at (609) 927-2053, ext. 3101, by visiting spunique.weebly.com or by emailing spuniquenj@gmail.com.

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