Margate celebrates Shop Small Business Weekend, Nov. 27-29.

MARGATE – According to organizers at the Margate Business Association, area business and restaurant districts will be celebrating “Shop Small” business weekend Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28 by offering great sales, discounts, contests for shoppers and a drive through town by America Sign Language Santa. Social distancing and mask wearing guidelines will be followed.

Santa will leave Margate Firehouse No. 1 on Washington Avenue at noon Saturday, Nov. 27, 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 on Ventnor and Essex avenues.

Lucy the Elephant – the inflatable version – will also be a part of the festivities. Santa, his elves and some very special characters will be available for pictures outside Bocca. Santa moves indoors where  children can enjoy a complimentary slice of Bocca pizza and beverage along with a wrapped Wawa cookie and craft kit.

Children can drop off their letters to Santa at his slotted mailbox in the foyer of Bocca 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 3.

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. 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 while supplies last on Saturday at Bocca, and participants can spin a wheel or play the quiz game to win prizes.

Contest details are…

Receipts Are All the Rage: Customers can take a photo of their receipt from any Margate business purchase made Friday to Sunday, Nov. 26-28, and send the receipt photo to There will be one randomly selected winner who will receive a gift certificate from the store of purchase. Winners will be notified via email.

Shop Small Selfie Contest: Take a picture in front of your favorite business and send the photo to by Sunday, Nov. 28. On Monday, public voting for the best photo will begin with the winner announced on Dec. 4.

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