The holiday season really sparkles in Ocean City! You’ll see millions of pretty holiday lights, glistening and frigid ocean waters, great deals and discounts at your favorite summer-time restaurants and hotels, and if you’re really lucky, you’ll even see some snow! If you’re searching for a reason to visit Ocean City in the winter, here are a few seasonal recommendations…
Winterfest of Lights is Ocean City’s most dazzling attraction from November 18th, 2010 to January 2nd, 2011. The spectacle of lights is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The Tunnel of Lights at the Inlet Parking Lot in Ocean City will also be decorated with thousands of holiday lights. The Tunnel of Lights at the inlet lot is decorated with a nautical theme. Also lit is the Avenue of Trees. The Avenue of Trees runs from 15th to 32nd Streets. Each street has a tree display decorated in lights and wreaths. The Winterfest Express is a tram-car ride that will give you a tour of the Winterfest of Lights. The lighted displays are huge and magnificent! You’ll see fairy tale scenes, pictures from some of your favorite stories, and lots of recognizable characters all made out of holiday lights. The ride costs $4 for those 12 years and older and is free for those under the age of 11.
The 28th Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade marches along Coastal Highway on Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. The holiday parade starts at 100th Street and marches northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway to the Gold Coast Mall at 115th Street. More than 80 walking units make this parade a must see! The parade is to run from 11 am until 3 pm, tentatively. This parade is a great for children and adults alike. Along with traditional floats, the Ocean City Christmas parade also features marching units, horses, llamas, antique cars, musicians and bands, and clowns. Be sure that you don’t miss Mrs. Claus and Santa as they wrap up the parade at the mall.
This year’s Victorian Christmas in Berlin will be beautiful! The historically charming and artistically alive town is located only 6 miles west of Ocean City. The town will be decked out for the holidays! Check out the holiday window displays while strolling down Main Street to take a carriage ride or meet Santa.
Holiday Events in Berlin, MD Include:
– Town of Berlin Christmas Tree Lighting: Friday, November 26, 5:30 PM
– Holiday Arts Night: Friday, November 26, 6 – 9 PM
– Annual Christmas Parade: Thursday, December 2, 7 PM
– 2nd Friday Art Stroll: Friday, December 10, 5 – 8 PM
– Santa Claus visits Berlin: Every Saturday & Sunday in December
– Scenic Horse & Carriage Rides: Every Saturday & Sunday in December
– Holiday Dickens Dinner: Atlantic Hotel (Reservations Required 410-641-3589)
– Victorian Weekend: December 3rd, 4th, & 5th
– Breakfast with Santa: Throughout the Season
– Calvin B. Taylor House Museum Open House: Throughout the Season
– Daily Victorian Christmas Tours, Victorian Holiday Packages, Traditional Holiday Menu & Desserts at the Atlantic Hotel
During the holiday season, go to The Globe every Tuesday night for Free Holiday Movie Night. The movies are scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. The Globe will be showing some movies on Tuesday and Wednesday due to overwhelming response. Call The Globe for preferred seating, 410-641-0784, because seats fill fast. Guests may purchase dinner and drinks during the movie. A great kids menu is available that includes chicken tenders, grilled cheese, curly fries, mac-n-cheese, house salads, and pita pizzas, is available. The Globe restaurant in historic downtown Berlin, Maryland, is located just 6 miles from Ocean City, Maryland, at 12 Broad Street
Check out the holiday movie schedule:
November 23rd: A Christmas Story
November 30th: Christmas Vacation
December 8th: Charlie Brown Christmas (6:00 pm and 7:30 pm showings)
December 14th: It’s a Wonderful Life
December 21st: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
December 22nd: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
December 28th: White Christmas
Fager’s Island knows how to host a holiday party! Join your friends at Fager’s Island for their Customer Appreciation Christmas Party on Friday, December 17th at 9:00 pm. The Christmas Buffet is complimentary and the bar drinks are going to be at Happy Hour prices all evening. There will be entertainment throughout the night, too. The Fager’s staff asks that everyone who attends brings either a toy for Toys-For-Tots or give a cash donation that will go towards the purchase of a toy for needy children. Celebrate for a good cause on December 17th.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner, try Captain’s Table. Celebrate Christmas at the Captain’s Table! The Christmas specials are offered from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and include a choice of Prime Rib (12 ounces for $15.95 or 16 ounces for $18.95) or Baked Ham for $14.95 and include any 2 side from a large selection. A regular menu will also be available.
Many Ocean City hotels have terrific specials for this jolly season. You’ll snag a great deal if you stay at any of the following fine hotels in OC during the winter months.
The Grand Hotel, the largest hotel on the boardwalk in Ocean City, is offering a Winter Wonderland package from November 19th through December 30th, 2010. Enjoy 2-nights in a premier-view room at the Grand and 2 tickets to OC’s Winterfest of Lights. The base capacity for this deal is 2 people and the maximum capacity is 4. Enjoy the panoramic views of Ocean City in the winter and the convenience of being just a few steps to the beach. The Grand has a great heated indoor pool, too! The Grand Hotel is located at 2100 Baltimore Avenue.
The Princess Royale, located on 91st Street, is offering a Winterfest Warmup Package to those looking to spend some time in Ocean City during the winter months. Celebrate Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights by relaxing in one of the Princess’ luxurious two-room ocean view suites for 2 nights and 3 days. Enjoy a delectable dinner in Schooner’s, the Princess Royale’s oceanfront restaurant. Rise early for a tantalizing breakfast before swimming in the heated indoor pool located in the tropical atrium. Check our reservations page for more information about the Princess Royale’s Winterfest Warmup package.
The Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza has 2 different Winterfest packages to suite your Ocean City needs. The 2-night Winterfest package includes 2 nights, standard accommodations with 2 breakfasts per person and 2 tickets to Winterfest of Lights. This package is based on double occupancy and has a capacity of 4 persons. The 1-night Winterfest package includes 1 night of standard accommodations with 2 breakfasts and 2 tickets to Winterfest of Lights. This package is also based on double occupancy with a maximum capacity of 4 people. The efficient and friendly service you’ll receive at the Howard Johnson and the newly decorated rooms with upgraded amenities will make the Howard Johnson your favorite year-round Ocean City destination. The Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza is located on 12th Street and the boardwalk.
The OceanCity.com staff wishes you and yours a truly special holiday season!