Pottery Show

Look for unique and original gifts at the pottery show at the Ocean City Arts Center.

It’s the most wonderful time of year. Full of jolly and jingle, there’s no better time to mingle. Atlantic County is loaded with fun and festive events for the family. So bundle up and head on ou

Parades and Tree Lightings

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The Ocean City's annual Christmas Parade kicked off on time on Friday evening from 6th Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue. Dec. 2, 2016 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

Ocean City’s Annual Christmas Parade: Get in the festive spirit as participants march along Asbury Avenue. 6 p.m., Dec. 6. OCNJ.us

Northfield’s Volunteer Fire Company and Auxiliary’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Local Scout Troops will decorate the tree and Santa will arrive by fire truck and meet the kids inside. There will be refreshments and the auxiliary will have handmade crafts available for holiday shopping. 7 p.m., Dec. 6. CityOfNorthfield.org

Somers Point Holiday Parade and City Hall Tree Lighting: The parade will march along Shore Road with Santa in tow. The parade will finish at City Hall. Following the parade, Mayor Jack Glasser and Santa Claus will light City Hall’s tree, then Santa and his elves will go inside for pictures and special treats. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. SPUnique.weebly.com

Somers Point Mansion Tree Lighting & Victorian “Village Carolers”: Decked with traditional ornaments made by children at the Afternoon Tree Trimming Event. Head to the mansion grounds. Refreshments will be served. 5 p.m., Dec. 7. SPUnique.weebly.com

Somers Point-Community First Tree Lighting Event: Tree lighting on the grounds of Shore Medical Center off Bay Avenue in Somers Point. Listen to the Holy Spirit High School choir as Santa arrives on a fire truck and you enjoy hot chocolate and other goodies. 4 p.m., Dec. 12 SPUnique.weebly.com

Downtown Hammonton Tree Lighting: Enjoy carriage rides, carolers, dance and theatrical performances and the big guy himself, Santa. 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 8. DowntownHammonton.com

Atlantic City Christmas Parade: Get into the holiday spirit with parade hosts, Nor’Easter Nick Pittman and Michelle Dawn Mooney, as floats, bands and more march along the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14 NorEasterNick.com

In the Spirit of Giving

Swing into Christmas benefiting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots: Head to Resorts Casino Hotel and join Jim “The Singing Lifeguard” Craine & The Atlantic City Allstar Band, “Gentleman Jim” Huffstickler, Suzie Neustadter “Atlantic City’s Songstress, Leslie’s Dance Studio and other surprise guests. Admission is free for guests that bring an unwrapped toy. There will be a cash bar. 7 p.m., Dec. 6. ResortsAC.com

Winter Wonderland Party 5th Annual “Fill the Cruiser” Toy Drive: Join Margate, Ventnor and Longport Police and Fire Unions at the Margate Baseball Fields for a fun and festive night of giving. Enjoy holiday music, pictures with Santa, train rides, spectacular light display, Christmas tree lighting, Menorah raising, crafts, special guests, face painting, refreshments and more. The event is free, guests are just asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to Atlantic County’s Toys for Kids Program. 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 6. VentnorCity.org

For Atlantic City By Atlantic City: Romanelli’s will be accepting toys all season long, as well as host a special Santa breakfast where guests can bring their toy donations and get a picture with the man in red from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 7. RomanellisGardenCafe.com

Santa Paws: Beacon Animal Rescue will host its 4th annual Santa Paws at Fischer Flowers in Linwood. Bring your furry friend and a donation for Beacon Animal Rescue, and get a picture of your pet with Santa. Noon to 2 p.m., Dec. 14. BeaconAnimalRescue.org

Joyful Performances

Musical Sounds of the Season: Join the Ocean City Pops along with vocalist Scott Coulter and a cast of Broadway soloists. Enjoy renditions of classic Christmas songs and performances from the Atlantic City Ballet’s production of the “Nutcracker”. This show is family-friendly for kids of all ages. Tickets are $25 and $20. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30. OCNJ.tix.com

“Lights, Camera, Christmas: 2019 Holiday Spectacular: Ocean City Theatre Company heads to the Music Pier to present their movie-themed holiday show that will have you “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”. The show runs Dec. 13 to 22. OceanCityTheatreCompany.com

Angelus Chorus and Tenor John Taylor Holiday Concert: Tenor John Taylor will join the 55-voice Angelus Chorus, directed by Richard Stanislaw. This Christmas concert will be at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, in Ocean City. 4 p.m., Dec. 14. MakingWaves.church

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Historic Smithville’s Holiday Light Show: With more than 100 Christmas trees, constructed from more than 50,000 lights that are choreographed to seemingly dance to classic holiday tunes, this show is sure to delight all ages. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thurdays through Sundays, Nov. 28 through Jan. 6. HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com

Home for the Holidays at the Gateway Playhouse: The Shaken Not Stirred Players bring this Christmas classic in a fully staged and costumed production. Tickets are $25. 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m., Sundays. Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. GatewayByTheBay.org

The Christmas Carol — Holiday Porch Performance: A delightfully quirky performance by the Riddlesbrood Players of this Dickens’ classic will be take place on the porches in the Bayfront Historic District in Somers Point. Each act will take place on a different, but nearby porch. The evening will wrap up at Gregory’s Restaurant with light, holiday refreshments. 6 p.m., Dec. 7. SPUnique.weebly.com

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Special guest vocalist along with the Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band lend their talents to the Christmas classic at Great Bay Country Club. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members and includes a holiday buffet. 6:30 to 9 p.m., Dec. 16. SouthJerseyJazz.org

”Messiah”: This community performance will feature a choir of 150 singers composed of Stockton University students, community members and locals. Tickets range from $8 to $14. 7 p.m., Dec. 8. TheBorgata.com

Bay Atlantic Symphony Holiday Concert Series: Led by music director, Jed Gaylin, this holiday spectacular with delight audiences with festive classics. There will be two concerts: 2 p.m., Dec. 8 at Stockton. BayAtlanticSymphony.org

The Nutcracker: Atlantic City Ballet brings this holiday classic back to the stage. Join Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the many sweet characters for a magical journey. Performances start Dec. 13 and run through Dec. 22 at various venues. ACBallet.org

Festivals and Shopping

Holiday Wine Trail Weekend: Explore South Jersey’s rich winemaking tradition with tastings, new releases, special entertainment and food pairings. Participants will receive free ornaments and grapevine wreaths at stops along the way. Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. NewJerseyWines.com

The Christmas in the Downtown, “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue”: Ocean City’s version of “Black Friday” shops, along Asbury Avenue will offer discounts and gifts. There will be free horse-and-carriage rides. At 4 p.m., carolers will perform on the steps of City Hall. Around 5 p.m. Santa will make a special entrance to help light the City Hall Christmas Tree and illuminate City Hall. 2 to 5 p.m, Nov. 29. OCNJ.us

Show Us Your “Rack” — A Margate Shopping Extravaganza: City-wide sidewalk sales, carnival rides, pictures with Santa, carolers and more. Noon to 4 p.m., Nov. 30. MargateHasMore.com

OC Arts Center “Meet the Artists” Reception and Pottery & Mosaic Gift Sale: For unique gifts, starting at just $5 head to the O.C. Arts Center. 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 6. OceanCityArtsCenter.org

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Fred & Ethel’s will host breakfast with Santa and the Mrs.

Breakfast with Santa: Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern in Historic Smithville will host breakfast with Santa and classic breakfast favorites. Reservations are required. There is one seating, starting at 9 a.m., Dec 7 and 14. HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com

Arts and Crafts

Christmas Ceramic Paint Night with Sea La Vie at Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House: Choose from six different ceramic options to paint and enjoy a light buffet. Tickets are $40 and also include a drink voucher. 6 p.m., Dec. 2. SeaLaVieNJ.com

Luminary Light Festival at Absecon Lighthouse: Guests will decorate a luminary bag, fill it with beach sand and place a candle inside. You can light your luminary in honor of a loved one or just for fun. There will be live violin music, sing-a-long caroling, a tower climb, wine or beer and light nibbles. This event is $20. 5 to 7 p.m., Dec. 7. AbseconLighthouse.org

Children’s Tree Trimming Afternoon Craft: Children are invited to make a traditional Christmas tree decoration and learn how trees were decorated in early America with fruit, candlesticks and fabric. The creations will be hung on the Somers Point Mansion tree. This event is free and will be hosted at the Senior Citizens’ Center. Noon to 2 p.m., Dec.7. SPUnique.weebly.com

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