Happenings

Thursday, Dec. 27

Atlantic City, Family Winter Break at Atlantic City Aquarium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 31, Historic Gardner's Basin, New Hampshire Avenue, 11 a.m. Live Diver Feeding Show, noon and 3 p.m. feeding time for juvenile cow nose rays and bat rays (hand feed these species by purchasing cups of food), 2 p.m. Exotic Animal Show, activities included with admission, $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 4 to 12, coupons for discounted admission on website. 609-348-2880 or go to

Galloway Township, Holiday Light Show, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday to Sundays, to Jan. 6, on Lake Meone, Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, free. 609-748-8999 or go to

Ocean County College, "Laser Holidays," family laser light show, 3 p.m. Dec. 27, 28, 31; Robert J. Novins Planetarium, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, holiday music, special effects, $10. 732-255-0343 or go to

Ocean County College, Planetarium show, "Wonders of the Holiday Sky," for ages 10 and older, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 27, 28, 31, 1 p.m. Dec. 29, 30; ; "Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions," for ages 10 and older, 7 p.m., Dec. 29, Robert J. Novins Planetarium, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $10 adults, $8 seniors, 7 children. 732-255-0343 or go to tickets.ocean.edu

Friday, Dec. 28

Egg Harbor Township, Holiday model train display, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 20, Atlantic County 4H Model Railroad Club, Shore Mall, Black Horse Pike, across from Children's Museum and DMV. 609-703-5975.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Cape May, Cape May Wine Trail, noon to 5 p.m., board trolley at Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., lunch at Lucky Bones Backwater Grille, visits to Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery, $60 includes lunch, wine tastings at each vineyard, wine tasting glass, limited seating, early reservations recommended. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or go to

Monday, Dec. 31

Ocean City, First Night, non-alcoholic New Year celebration, 4 p.m. to midnight, various venues throughout the city, free jitney service to venues from 5 p.m. to midnight, $15 admission button includes rides on Wonderland Pier from 5 to 9 p.m., miniature golf at Gillian's Adventure Golf 2 to 9 p.m., fireworks at midnight from 6th Street off Boardwalk. 609-399-1412 or www.firstnightocnj.com

Vineland, New Years Eve Dinner & Dance, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church Hall, 2211 West Landis Ave., Russian cuisine buffet, live music, entertainment for kids, Russian beverages available, $35 adults, $15 age 12 and younger, limited seating, reservations. 856-692-2805 or 856-690-1449.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Atlantic City, Polar Bear Plunge, promptly at noon, meet 11 a.m., on beach in front of Resorts Casino Hotel, event benefits Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. Go to

Brigantine, Polar Bear Plunge, 11 a.m., 14th Street South Beach, live music, refreshments, proceeds benefit Fisher House for wounded military members and their families, post-plunge party at Laguna Grill 1400 Ocean Ave. 609-892-7339.

Cape May, Physick Estate Christmas Tour, 2:15 p.m., 1048 Washington St., guided tour includes Christmas exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, $10 adults, $5 ages 3 to 12. 609-884-5404 or go to www.capemaymac.org

Ocean City, First Day 5k Run/Walk, 1 p.m., registration begins 11 a.m., Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, $18 pre-registration by Dec. 18; $20 race day. www.firstnightocnj.com

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Millville, Tuesdays with Tricia, 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Feb. 12, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 North High St., series of films on a known artist or genre led by Tricia Dufford, free. 856-327-4500.

Monday, Jan 14

Ocean City, Classic film series, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Avenue, Jan. 14: Obsession; Jan. 28: The Age of Innocence; Feb. 11: Roxanne; Feb. 25: The Color of Money. 609-399-2434, ext. 5238.

Kids

Friday, Dec. 28

Mays Landing, Holiday Magic, 12:30 p.m., Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., second floor, magic by "Great Haldini," free, registration required, space limited. 609-645-5960.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Galloway Township, Magical Talking Tree, noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 29, 30, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, free. 609-748-8999.

Galloway Township, Christmas Train Ride, 10 a.m. to closing, Dec. 29, 30, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, $2. 609-748-8999.

Galloway Township, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 29, 30, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Christmas Cottage, free. 609-748-8999.

Ocean County College, Planetarium show, "Legends of the Night Sky: Orion," for ages 10 and younger, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29; Robert J. Novins Planetarium, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children. 732-255-0343 or tickets.ocean.edu

Sunday, Dec. 30

Ocean County College, Planetarium show, "The Stars From My Backyard," for ages 10 and younger, 11:30 a.m., Dec. 30, Robert J. Novins Planetarium, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children. 732-255-0343 or tickets.ocean.edu

Saturday, Jan. 19

Ocean County College, "Wizard of Oz," Yates Musical Theatre, 1 p.m., Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, for young audiences, $12 all seats. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Music

Thursday, Dec. 27

Mays Landing, 2012 Tony Mart Christmas Party, "unplugged" concert Billy Walton Band, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Main Street American Caf´┐Ż, 6002 Main St., $22.50 plus gratuity includes five-course Italian family style feast, or $5 concert only. Go to

Sunday, Dec. 30

Millville, Trout Fishing in America, 4 p.m., Levoy Theater, 126 N. High St., $18 adults, $15 students, senior adults. 856-327-6400 or www.levoy.net

Sunday, Jan. 6

Ocean City, Cape Shore Chorale, Epiphany Concert, music of Bach and Vivaldi, 3 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Avenue, free will offering. Go to

Saturday, Jan. 12

Atlantic City, "A Night at The Speakeasy - Musical Journey Through the 1920's," 8 p.m., Dante Hall Theater of the Arts of Richard Stockton College, 14 North Mississippi Ave., entertainer Beth Tinnon and guests, $20 adults, $18 seniors and Stockton students with ID. 609-347-2162 or www.stockton.edu/dante

Theater

Thursday, Dec. 27

Cape May, "A Tuna Christmas," comedy, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; to Dec. 30, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students, bring three non-perishable items to box office and receive $10 discount, items donated to Food Closet. 609-884-1341 or www.capemaystage.org

Cape May, "Scrooge, The Musical," dinner theater, 7:30 p.m., various dates through Dec. 30, Elaine's, 513 Lafayette St., matinee shows available, $44.95 adults, $34.95 teens, $24.95 children, reservations required. 609-884-1199.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Atlantic City, "Scrooge Unplugged!" dinner theater, 1 p.m., three course matinee lunch and show, $55, $35 age 12 and younger, Palm Restaurant, 2801 Pacific Ave., The Quarter in Tropicana Casino and Resort, reservations required. 609-344-0483.

Friday, Jan. 11

Stafford Township, Music Man Jr., musical, 7 p.m. Jan. 11, 12; 2 p.m. Jan. 13, Our Gang Players Junior Division, OceanFirst Theater, Stafford Township Arts Center, 1000 McKinley Ave., Manahawkin, $15 adults, $12 seniors, students, $8 age 12 and younger. 609-597-0553 or go to

Friday, Jan. 18

Hammonton, "A Chorus Line," musical, 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9; 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., $25 general admission. 609-704-5012 or www.theeagletheatre.com

Friday, March 1

Hammonton, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," comedy, 8 p.m. March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23; 3 p.m. March 10, 17; Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., $25. 609-704-5012 or www.theeagletheatre.com

Thursday, April 11

Ocean County College, Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," 7:30 p.m. preview performance, OCC Theatre Company, Black Box Theatre, Academic Wing, Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, limited seating, $10. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Friday, April 12

Ocean County College, Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," 7:30 p.m. April 12, 19; 8 p.m. April 13, 20; 2 p.m. April 14, OCC Theatre Company, Black Box Theatre, Academic Wing, Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, limited seating, $22 adult, $20 senior adult, $10 student. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Friday, April 19

Hammonton, "Hair," rock musical, 8 p.m. April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11; 3 p.m. April 28, May 5, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., $25. 609-704-5012 or www.theeagletheatre.com

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