Discounted Admission Buttons Available for “First Night” Celebration

Discounted Admission Buttons Available for “First Night” Celebration

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First Night offers entertainment and activities for families to ring in the New Year. (Photos courtesy of Ocean City)

Admission buttons for Ocean City’s First Night celebration are on sale now. A $5 discount for those who purchase early will be available only through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The buttons are on sale for $15. The price goes up to $20 on Dec. 1. Purchase them online at firstnightocnj.com or by calling 609-399-6111.

They are also available for purchase:

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. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The popular non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration features more than 70 entertainment programs at 20 different locations in Ocean City from 4 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. A fireworks display rings in the New Year at midnight.

Rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and other attractions will make for a fun evening.

The headliner for First Night 2022 is the Grammy-winning group Tavares. Top hits from Tavares include, “It Only Takes a Minute,” “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “Don’t Take Away the Music” and “More Than a Woman.”

The kids will love Grammy-nominated children’s artist Tim Kubart, who will be joined on stage for an interactive show by his band, the Space Cadets.

The rides at Wonderland Pier will return this year, and other returning favorites include the ice-skating rink, inflatables, the Harlem Wizards, Dan Cain Mentalist, a karaoke party, magician Chad Juros, a Country Line Dance Experience and the Legacy Band.

The Ocean City Arts Center will join the fun this year with a social music listening activity called “Hear Here!” That will make the Ocean City Community Center a special place for activities with events under the same roof at the Free Public Library, Aquatic & Fitness Center, Historical Museum, Library Atrium and the Senior Center.

The celebration will continue on New Year’s Day with the First Day 5K Boardwalk run, the annual First Plunge in the chilly ocean and the First Day Shopping Extravaganza. Registration is open for the First Day 5K at ocnj.recdesk.com.

For more information and schedule updates, visit firstnightocnj.com.

The First Night celebration offers an array of family-friendly entertainment.