Ocean View to hold Carols in the Park

Date Published: 
December 9, 2011

The Town of Ocean View will hold the 28th Annual Carols in the Park on Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m.

Coastal Point • File photo: Last year’s ‘Carols in the Park’ brought locals together to sing the songs of the season during the tree lighting in Ocean View.Coastal Point • File photo
Last year’s ‘Carols in the Park’ brought locals together to sing the songs of the season during the tree lighting in Ocean View.

“The program, the mayor typically opens it up and then we light the Christmas tree and we sing while it’s being lit,” explained Town Manager pro tem Lee Brubaker. Adding that Mariner’s Bethel Pastor Woodrow Wilson (“Pastor Woody”) will offer an opening prayer.

The event will be held in John West Park and attendees will be able to sing numerous holiday classics before a special guest arrives.

“We sing ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town,’ and then the jolly fellow arrives, typically on a fire truck. Last year there was a fire during the event and Millville Fire Company was dispatched to the fire. So Santa was driven down the street by an Ocean View Police Officer,” said Brubaker.

Santa will then join in on the final carol of the evening, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” before leading everyone inside for hot chocolate and cookies.

“Santa leads the way and he’s there to hear all the Christmas wishes of all the little boys and sometimes big boys and girls.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, had close to 50 people in attendance last year.

“The people who come seem to enjoy it. The people who attend always seem to enjoy it,” he said. Adding, “there’s room for more.”

Brubaker said that the event would not be a success without Betty Jane Keen, who has been the organizing force behind the event.

He added that he hopes that community members will join in the town’s celebration and official start to the holiday.

“We’re hoping that everybody comes out and has a safe and Merry Christmas. And kick off the holiday season.”

For more information, call (302) 539-9797 or visit the Town’s Web site at www..oceanviewde.com.