Ocean City’s fourth annual Earlier Than the Bird Shopping Extravaganza will run from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The "Earlier Than the Bird" event begins at 7 a.m. and offers a chance for shoppers to get a jump on the holiday season and have a little fun at the same time. Those who shop in their pajamas will have the opportunity to win a free turkey.
The event includes free coffee, giveaways (at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue) and many early-bird specials at stores on Asbury Avenue between Sixth and 11th Streets. Santa Claus will be roaming the Avenue. Shoppers will be able to sign up in stores to win $25 gift certificates. Visitors may drop off canned or non-perishable food for the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard.
From noon to 3 p.m., there will be free horse-and-carriage rides, face-painting and photos with Santa. Earlier than the Bird is organized by Main Street Ocean City and is sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank and the Ocean City Tourism Commission.
- Gingham Whale: 636 Asbury, 20% off and 1/2 price table
- Jon & Patty’s: 637 Asbury, 7:30-noon Bistro Special $3.99 (2 eggs, homefries, toast & coffee). PLUS specialty coffees — buy 1 get 1 half off
- Animal House: 705 Asbury
- Gabrielle & Co.: 715 Asbury, 7-10am 30% Off Women’s, Kids & Jewelry; 20% off till Noon
- Could Be Yours Consignment Boutique: 716 Asbury, Best Prices Ever
- Rauhauser’s Candies: 721 Asbury, 9 to noon
- Donna Gay Dillon: 725 Asbury, 9 to noon, 20% off jewelry and evening bags, plus Sale Rack
- Sun Rose Words & Music: 756 Asbury, 7 to noon, 50% off and 30% off rest of day — CASH ONLY
- Pacific Soul: 817 Asbury, 7 a.m. through the day 20% off storewide (excluding furniture)
- Making Waves: 836 Asbury, 50% off merchandise
- League Shore: 838 Asbury, 50% off all clothes
- Yoasis Frozen Yogurt: 838B Asbury, noon to 3 p.m., 50% off, try the new seasonal flavors: spiced apple pie and cinnamon sticky bun
- Sting Ray: 854 Asbury, SIDEWALK SALE
- Spinning Wheel Florist: 858 Asbury, 7-10 am, 50% off silk arrangements, 25% off after 10
- Colette: 900 Asbury
- TaDah: 925, 1026, 1038 & 1040 Asbury — Free Gift and Gift Certificate Drawing
- Flying Carp Gift Gallery: 939 Asbury, 7-9 am, 25% off; 9-12, 15% off; 12-5, 10% off
- Heritage (temp location): 940 Asbury — Inventory is 50% original price (this location only)
- Annarelli’s: 1014 Asbury, 7am-Noon
- Lucky Find: 1035 Asbury, 7-Noon 20% off
- OC Wireless: 1059 Asbury, 20% off phone accessories
Earlier than the Bird kicks off free events held every weekend in downtown Ocean City during the holiday season including free horse-and-carriage rides from noon to 3 p.m. starting at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.
The downtown will also offer Friday Evening HOSPITALITY NIGHTS Dec. 14 and 21 from 5 to 8 p.m., including evening shopping specials, entertainment, free horse and carriage rides, Santa and more. The annual CHRISTMAS PARADE will be held Fri., December 7 at 7 p.m. through the downtown. Breakfast with Santa will begin Nov. 24 and run through Dec. 23. For more information on the downtown, call (609) 398-goOC or visit www.downtownOCnj.com.