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Margate Spectacular Shop Small Weekend

November 25 - November 27

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Margate will be celebrating Shop Small Business weekend beginning Friday, November 25 through to Sunday, November 27 by offering great sales, discounts, contests for shoppers and a drive through town by America Sign Language (ASL) Santa. 

Santa will leave from the Margate Fire Station on Washington Avenue at noon on Saturday, November 26,travel up Cedar Grove to Atlantic Avenue down to Coolidge Avenue and will then be escorted down the length of Ventnor Avenue by the Margate City Fire Department and the Margate City Police Department to Bocca Coal Fired Bistro, Essex Ave

Miss New Jersey 2022 Augustina Mallous, Leslie’s Dance Studio dancers, Playgroups Plus students, Atlantic County Utilities Authority CNG pickup truck with Supercan, Atlantic City Division, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Lucy the Elephant (the inflatable version) the 95.1 WAYV / 100.7 WZXL van will be playing all of your favorite holiday tunes.. Santa, his elves, a unicorn, Buzz Lightyear and the Minion will also be available for pictures and visits both outside of Bocca and then inside the restaurant where children can enjoy a complimentary slice of pizza and beverage along with a wrapped Wawa cookie and craft kit.  USADJ Karaoke will be offering Holiday Songs Karaoke, 95.1 WAYV will have DJ for a day and pianist Shawn Quigley will be performing on his red piano inside Bocca.  Margate Mothers Association will be offering a free holiday craft where children can fill their own holiday ornaments.

Children can drop off their letters to Santa at his slotted mailbox in the foyer of Bocca from Saturday, November 25 to December 4 at 6pm. 

A series of contests will be held including Receipts are all the Rage where a lucky winner will receive a Margate gift card and Your Favorite Business Photo Contest. Customers can take a photo of their receipt from any Margate business purchase made between Friday, November 25 and Sunday, November 27, and send the receipt photo to info@margatehasmore.com. There will be one randomly selected winner receive a gift certificate from the store of purchase. Winners will be notified via email. 

You can also participate in the Shop Small Selfie Contest! Take a picture in front of your favorite business and send the photo to info@margatehasmore.com by Sunday, November 27. On Monday, public voting for the best photo will begin with the winner announced on December 4!

On Saturday, a scavenger hunt for coupons hidden in small holiday boxes will be placed throughout the business districts, nothing will be hidden inside a business. Sustainable Margate will be distributing reusable bags on Saturday at Bocca and participants can spin a wheel or play the quiz game to win prizes. (Bags are limited.)  New Jersey Fairy Hair will be on hand at Bocca ready to adorn your hair with sparkly strand extensions.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program.

Guests are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the program.

Visit the annually decorated Margate recreation fields on Jerome Avenue. This year features NEW lights and attractions and will begin Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 23. The lights will go on daily at dusk.  Be sure to bring your camera!


Sponsors include Margate City Police Department, Margate City Fire Department, Margate Business Association, Bocca Coal Fire Pizza, USADJ, Wawa, Colmar Home Center, 95.1 WAYV, 100.7 WZXL, TacoCat, Giovanni’s Handkerchiefs, Sustainable Margate, Shore Local Newsmagazine  and Margate Mothers Association.