Quarter inside the Tropicana in Atlantic City New Years Eve

Many gathered for the fireworks display in front of the Tropicana in Atlantic City New Years Eve Saturday, December 31, 2016. Dave Griffin / for the Press

Dave Griffin

Despite some canceled events, there are still plenty of options for ringing in 2018 in South Jersey.

Weather experts are predicting record-low temperatures for Monday, so multiple towns have either canceled or postponed their polar plunges. Still, there are countless indoor and outdoor celebrations going on in the area.

Here is your guide to what has been canceled and what is still going on.

What’s on:

First Night in Ocean City

For a nonalcoholic way to celebrate New Year’s, First Night and First Day are great.

The event takes place in Ocean City at different locations. The following day includes a 5K run, shopping deals and performances.

Atlantic City plunge and parties

It seems like Atlantic City is still moving forward with its annual dip in the ocean.

The 27th annual Polar Bear Plunge, which brings thousands of people to the Jersey Shore, is scheduled to begin at noon on New Year’s Day in front of Resorts Casino Hotel despite multiple other towns canceling the event due to frigid temperatures in the area.

For New Year’s Eve night, the Claridge Hotel will offer a roaring ’20s-style party at its rooftop bar and lounge. The Wild Wild West at Bally’s, The Pool After Dark Harrah’s Resort and Boogie Nights at Tropicana are just a few places with New Year’s Eve celebrations Sunday night.

Hammonton New Year’s Eve Beach Bash

The event will be held outside in front of Town Hall with a live outdoor party band and free party hats and noisemakers for the first 300 guests. A giant blueberry-colored ball will drop at midnight in downtown Hammonton at the Hammonton Town Hall. There will be fire spinners and a performance by Covert Pop.

Fireworks in Sea Isle City

Hosted by the Division of Recreation and the Municipal Alliance Committee, the party will take place from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the gymnasium at 4501 Park Road. At 8p.m., head to JFK Boulevard Beach for early fireworks.

Slo-Mo Bowl in Absecon

If you want to toss the pigskin around but avoid injury on New Year’s Day, the Slo-Mo Bowl is perfect for you. The event takes place at noon across from the Absecon City Library and is open to the public. Ages for the event have ranged from 2 to 82 years old.

Weather will not affect the event, according to founding member Pete Elco.

“We’re going straight into the wind. We like those challenges,” said Elco, 71, of Galloway. “Anyone can come down. Join us and you may be MVP or Rookie of the Year.”

What’s off:

Polar plunges around the region

The Brigantine Polar Bear Club has rescheduled its annual New Year’s Day polar bear plunge to Jan. 13, while Ocean City and Ventnor have canceled their plunges due to threats of frigid temperatures. Margate also postponed its polar plunge to Jan. 7.

Temperatures are expected to be 18 degrees, organizers said.

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I’ve written for multiple publications including Levittown Now, Passyunk Post, Philadelphia Neighborhoods,Temple News and JUMP Magazine. I’ve covered arts, entertainment, business, music, sports and local government. Experienced in videography.

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