Ocean View to get Santa visit

Date Published: 
Dec. 8, 2017

The Town of Ocean View has a direct line to that jolly fellow in the red suit and has invited Santa Claus to visit town hall this weekend to light the Town’s Christmas tree.

On Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Holiday in the Park event, offering free family fun to help kick off the holiday season in John West Park.

“It’s just been a tradition of the town ever since I’ve been here,” said Town Manager Dianne Vogel, noting that they’ve changed the event up in recent years.

This year, Santa Claus will arrive at town hall via fire truck, thanks to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company. The family-centered event will also have face-painting and a balloon artist available for the little ones in attendance. Kids will also have the opportunity to write letters to Santa.

Vogel said refreshments will be served — cookies with punch or hot chocolate, depending on the day’s weather.

At 5 o’clock, everyone will move outside to watch Santa help light the Town’s Christmas tree, before returning inside to sing carols.

“There will be some of our council members leading the carols, like Carol Bodine, and Bob Lawless, one of our former council members. Last year, Mayor Curran participated. There are a number of different people participating in the carols and leading them.”

While the weather forecast may seem gray for the day, Vogel said not to worry — people can enjoy the day’s events inside and out of the elements.

“It’s important to note all activities will be inside, with the exception of the tree-lighting ceremony,” she said. “We’ll be doing the caroling indoors. For people who may be hesitant because they think we are going to be outside… There’s no reason for people to worry about rain or snow. They’ll be warm and toasty, and be able to enjoy the event, whatever the weather.”

The completely free event will take place following the Ocean View Historical Society’s Coastal Christmas, which runs at the historic complex (across the park) from noon to 3 p.m. Vogel said it’s a great opportunity for families to enjoy both events.

“We always hope people will come out and enjoy it,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for people to come out and meet their neighbors and enjoy the holidays, or kick off the holidays.”