Four little beach trees popped up by the sea in Ocean City, NJ! See details and photos of the Ocean City Beach Trees on North Street, 21st Street, 37th and 55th Streets.
The first Christmas beach tree popped up in 2019 on the North Street beach. Thanks to a need for Christmas magic — one little tree turned into four little trees all along the coast of Ocean City, NJ.
NORTH STREET BEACH
The first time a Christmas tree appeared on the North Street beach was in 2019, placed there by Sue McElwee (@mothergypsea on Instagram). Again, in 2020, Sue decided to put up another Christmas tree on the beach. The North Street beach tree became the Christmas joy we all needed to get us through the end of the year.
The tree took on a life of its own, filled with seashells and decorations added by the locals and beach visitors. At times, there were a line of people waiting along the beach for their turn to take a picture in front of the North Street beach tree.
21st STREET BEACH
The next Ocean City beach tree to pop up was the 21st Street beach tree. This tree was put up by Gerard Steven. Steven put the “Dogs’ Tree” up in memory of his dog, Roxy. Roxy passed away in 2020 at the age of 15. Pet lovers flocked to this beach tree to remember their favorite pets and leave a small momento in their honor.
I stopped by the 21st Street beach to leave a small memorial for my two dogs, Bentley and Gizmo. They spent many years enjoying Ocean City. Both Bentley and Gizmo passed away in 2018 at the ages of 15 and 13, respectively.
37th STREET BEACH
The next Christmas beach tree in Ocean City was the tree on 37th Street. This tree made its appearance later in the season and it is unknown who is responsible for this tree.
55th STREET BEACH
The 55th Street beach tree was placed on the South end of the island by the Stampone Family.
Stampone posted in a local Ocean City Facebook group with the following message, “Simple things bring the most joy – south end Christmas tree at 55th street.” She continued, “Bring your own shells to leave a message, we left the sharpie. Please post your pics. Happy & Healthy Holidays!”
Stampone credits the idea for the 55th Street beach tree to McElwee.
Thanks to everyone who helped make 2020 a little brighter and a bit more magical with their little beach trees by the sea!
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