The admission price for all First Night events is only $15 if purchased by December 15th and $20 if purchased after the December deadline. Our goal is to keep First Night "family affordable" to benefit individuals and families alike.

First Night offers over 60 entertainment programs ranging from popular children''s shows featuring magicians, jugglers, and puppeteers to Broadway Shows, the Fabulous Grease Band and much more.

You will find entertainment that satisfies every taste and age group. To realize maximum enjoyment from First Night, plan your itinerary in advance and have a great time.

Those of you who are not familiar with Ocean City''s many programs and activities, should access or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ to check out why Ocean City has been named the #1 Family Beach Resort in the nation.

Thank you for selecting First Night as your New Year''s entertainment. Have a happy and safe New Year.

First Night supports various local charities. These include scholarships for Ocean City High school students, the After Prom Committee that safeguards youngsters following the senior prom, the Ronald J. Moretti Foundation, the Hero Foundation that promotes the designated drivers' program and Waves of Caring that provides toys and clothes for needy children during the holidays. Thanks to the support of sponsors and volunteers, all extra funds raised by First Night Ocean City New Jersey are either donated to these worthy causes or re-invested to provide expanded entertainment for the next gala.


Ocean City First Night Board of Directors

  • Mr. Scott Halliday - President
    Halliday-Leonard Custom Builders
  • Mr. William J. McMahon - Treasurer
    The McMahon agency
  • Mrs. Myra Meis Corcoran - Sect.
    By Invitation Only
  • Michael Allegretto
    City of Ocean City
  • Mr. Steven E. Brady
    Ocean City Home Bank
  • Mr. Michael Dattilo
    City of Ocean City
  • Mr. Jay A. Gillian
    Gillian's Wonderland Pier

First Night Committee 2018

  • Jay A.Gillian
  • Michele B. Gillian
  • Jean Jacobson
  • Michael Allegretto
  • Bob Blevin
  • Tricia Ciliberto
  • Ken Cooper
  • Michael Hartman
  • Walt Hohman
  • Sally Huff
  • John Kavchok, III
  • Karen Mahar
  • Maura M. Primus
  • Rose Savastano
  • Ed Wood
  • Justin Juliano


A piece of history...

During the course of Ocean City First Night, these are the buttons that represented this special occasion over the years.

1994, 1995, 1996 1997, 1998, 1999
2000 2001
2002 2003
2004 2005
2006 2008
2009 2010
2011 2012
2013 2014
2015 2016