By MediaWize, OCNJDAILY
Get ready for a great new year of family fun and music in Ocean City. Admission buttons for the family-friendly First Night New Year’s Eve celebration are on sale now, and the first two acts in the 2024 Summer Concert Series at the Ocean City Music Pier have been announced.
Two bands that performed in last summer’s series will be back by popular demand in 2024.
Killer Queen pays tribute to Freddie Mercury and the rock band Queen. The high-energy band features Patrick Myers and brings to life all of the Queen classics and anthems. The Wailers are part of the legacy of reggae legend Bob Marley’s band and perform his timeless classics.
The shows are presented by the City of Ocean City and the series is co-produced by BRE Presents and Rose Productions. For tickets to either show, visit etix.com starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, or follow these direct links: Killer Queen – A Tribute to Queen and the Wailers. A special presale (use code BRE) will take place 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.
ADMISSION BUTTONS ON SALE FOR FIRST NIGHT
Come celebrate a family-friendly New Year’s Eve in Ocean City. First Night offers entertainment that satisfies every taste and age group.
First Night was founded 31 years ago and modeled after an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration in Boston that marked the nation’s bicentennial in 1976.
The first celebration in Ocean City included 25 entertainment acts at five different locations with about 800 people attending. While other First Night events have faded, Ocean City’s has only grown more popular with families making it an annual tradition for a safe New Year’s Eve. Today, attendance is capped at 10,000 with admission buttons selling out year after year.
First Night offers more than 70 entertain programs at 20 different venues throughout town on Dec. 31. One $22 (inclusive of service fees) button is good for all programs.
Headline entertainment at the Ocean City Music Pier this year will include “GYPSY,” a tribute to the music of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, and “Motor City,” a revue of Motown’s greatest hits.
The return of perennial favorites like outdoor ice-skating (with extended hours this year), rides at Wonderland Pier, magic shows, the Harlem Wizards and a variety of musical performances also highlight the entertainment lineup. The Ocean City Pops will perform with a returning favorite – the Chicago tribute band Brass Transit. In their first-ever First Night appearance, the Atlantic City Ballet will perform a holiday show.
First Night’s 2024 sponsors include the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage, McMahon Insurance Agency, Ocean City Free Public Library, Wonderland Pier and Atlantic City Electric.
Tickets are available:
- Online: firstnightocnj.com
- By phone: 609-399-6111.
- At the City Hall Welcome Center at 861 Asbury Avenue (9th Street entrance): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
- At the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (9th Street causeway): 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- At the 46th Street Welcome Center (4500 block of West Avenue): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
DOWNTOWN ASBURY AVENUE CELEBRATES ‘FESTIVE FRIDAYS’
Downtown merchants are celebrating “Festive Fridays” this year. The fun started on Nov. 24 with Ocean City’s traditional Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” event and continued on Dec. 1 with the annual Christmas Parade. Asbury Avenue will host another Festive Friday on Dec. 15 with shopping, carolers, and free horse-and-carriage rides from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (with boarding at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue). Festive Friday returnS on Dec. 22.
Photos with Santa in Lifeguard Boat (Dec. 16-Dec. 23): Noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Ocean City Music Pier.
Visits with Santa in the Downtown (Dec. 16-Dec. 23): 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Mark Soifer Park, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.
First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dec. 31): Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the entire family. The 31st anniversary of this Ocean City event will feature traditional favorites like rides, ice-skating and magicians, along with headline entertainment including the Stevie Nicks tribute band Gypsy and the Motown revue Motor City.
For a complete schedule and to purchase all-inclusive admission buttons, please visit firstnightocnj.com.
First Day Celebration (Jan. 1, 2024): Activities include a 1 p.m. 5K run on the Boardwalk (pre-register at www.ocnj.us/race-events), a 2 p.m. First Dip polar plunge, and an all-day Shopping Extravaganza. Visit firstnightocnj.com for more information.