Ocean View to celebrate season at the park

Aiming to spread holiday cheer, the Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual Holiday in the Park this weekend. The public is being invited to join in the festivities at John West Park on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.

“The event will feature face-painting. … We’re going to have refreshments, and there will be a station for children to write letters to Santa,” said Ocean View Town Manager Dianne Vogel.

With the help of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, Santa Claus will arrive by firetruck to meet with children prior to the tree-lighting, which will cap the event at 5 p.m.

“It’s quite a fanfare when the police escort the fire truck with Santa,” Vogel said with a laugh.

Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran will officially light the tree in the park, which will be followed by the singing of Christmas carols, led by the St. Ann Catholic Church’s choir, accompanied by Councilwoman Carol Bodine on keyboard.

“We’ve had several hundred people attend last year. We were fortunate two years in a row to have temperatures in the 60s,” said Vogel, adding that the Town hopes to continue that trend of good weather this weekend.

In the past, the Ocean View Historical Society has had its historic complex open during the event for attendees to visit; however, this year the buildings will not be open to the public. Vogel noted that they will be decorated for the season, and visitors may still walk around and view the historic buildings.

Vogel said the Town is pleased to offer community-oriented events such as Holiday in the Park to its residents and visitors alike.

“It brings our community together and allows people to share time together with each other,” she said. “A lot of folks who come to these events don’t really know a thing about Ocean View. So it gives them a sense about our community, what we do and what we can offer for the people that live here in Ocean View.”

John West Park is located on West Avenue in Ocean View. For more information, visit www.oceanviewde.com or call (302) 539-9797.