Ship Bottom — Time is ticking, and loudly. It’s three weeks until Christmas Day and four weeks until a new decade of the 2000s begins. Luckily, it’s only a few more days until the annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade on Long Beach Island. Here’s what everyone needs to know to successfully maneuver through the borough for this year’s 40th annual celebration.
• Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
• Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
• Where: Fifth to 25th streets along the Boulevard; judging station is at 16th and the Boulevard
• Theme: 40 Years of Christmas Pasts
• Grand Marshal: Susan Hay
• What to wear: Remember to dress in layers so you can take away as needed, and comfortable shoes
• What to bring: Beach chairs or blankets if you want to sit during the parade. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa Claus for the postal cancellation stamp.
• Restrooms: Borough Hall and Grace Calvary Church, 17th Street and the Boulevard
Before Santa arrives at the end of the parade, prepare to be entertained by floats, local bands and musicians. Can’t make it due to the short turn-around between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year? It’s being broadcast on SNN cable channel 21. And remember, the annual Christmas tree lighting is slated for 5:30 p.m., Dec. 6. It’s sponsored by the Ship Bottom Merchants Association.