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New Year’s in Ocean City, MD



There is nothing like New Year’s at the beach!  Ocean City, Maryland goes all out to make your celebration of the New Year perfect.  There are many hotels that offer special packages replete with champagne and romantic dinners.  You can dance the night away or walk the famous Ocean City Boardwalk.  There is the Penguin Swim based out of the Princess Royale Hotel and benefiting Atlantic General Hospital if you like to jump into the cold Atlantic ocean to get your blood moving on the first day of the year — all while helping a very worthy cause.  You can also walk Assateague Island’s beach with environmentalists and park personnel for a beautiful and information gathering of like-minded beach lovers.  Dining is fabulous this time of year in more restaurants than you can remember.  If you like to stay in condos or you have your own place in Ocean City, many restaurants will cater your New Year’s Eve extravaganza.    Whatever your pleasure, you can find a wonderful way to celebrate the start of 2013 in style in the Ocean City, Maryland area.

New Year’s Eve

Ringing in 2015 with ocean dip

By: Kara Hallissey on January 9th, 2015

(Jan. 9, 2015) About 850 participants plunged into the 41-degree Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day during the 21st annual Penguin Swim, a fundraiser for Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

“This year’s swim went great and we thank the community for supporting us,” said AGH Development Assistant Heather Trader. “We are looking forward to next year’s event since it will fall on a Friday. It should be bigger and better.”

Swimmers gathered on the beach behind the Princess Royale hotel on 91st Street just before the icy dip.

At 1 p.m., the “penguins” dashed into the chilly ocean,

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Winterfest of Lights breaks record

By: Kara Hallissey on January 9th, 2015

(Jan. 9, 2015) The only thing broken at this past year’s Winterfest of Lights was the attendance record, with city records showing that 111,042 passengers took a ride through illuminated Northside Park during the 46-night holiday spectacular.

“We were up 18 percent from last year and broke all records this year. The only number that decreased was the number of tram cars used, which means we moved more people over a longer period of time,” said Frank Miller, Ocean City’s special events superintendent. “This year exceeded our expectations and I am happy the thousands of dollars made…

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Join Penguin Swim New Year’s Day

By: Kara Hallissey on December 26th, 2014

(Dec. 26, 2014) The 21st annual Penguin Swim will take place on New Year’s Day, when hundreds of people will plunge into the ocean off 91st Street to benefit Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

“It is a great family event that pulls the community together and raises awareness for the hospital,” AGH Development Assistant Heather Trader said. “The Penguin Swim is not your typical Ocean City event and everyone comes out to celebrate the new year with the ones they love.”

In addition to jumping into a 40-something-degree ocean, participants also will have the opportunity for some picture

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New Year’s Day Beach Walk on Assateague

By: Kara Hallissey on December 26th, 2014

(Dec. 26, 2014) Get some fresh air and be surrounded by nature during Assateague Coastal Trust ‘s 35th annual Ilia Fehrer/Judy Johnson New Year’s Day Beach Walk at Assateague State Park on Thursday, Jan. 1.

Former National State Park Service Ranger, Chris Seymour will be leading the group north, up the beach to scenic and pristine views, with Ocean City’s strip in the distance. Everyone will meet on the deck of the concession stand next to the beach, said Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips.

“[Seymour] loves to guide the annual beach walk for ACT,” she said.

The retired Park Ranger

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Visit OC park for NYE celebration, fireworks

By: Kara Hallissey on December 26th, 2014

(Dec. 26, 2014) No plans for New Year’s Eve? Why not go to Northside Park and catch the Town of Ocean City’s fireworks show to ring in 2015.

The fireworks display will begin at midnight with live entertainment, hot chocolate, giveaways and the opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights for the last time in 2014, which will extend its hours until midnight for the special occasion.

“It’s a nice alternative for families to ring in the new year together,” said Brenda Moore, Special Events coordinator for the Town of Ocean City. “Instead of spending a lot of money at a bar or elsewhere,

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Baltimore Ravens Beach Bash Weekend

from Thursday, 5/28 - Saturday, 5/30

Fans join Ravens players, coaches, cheerleaders, Playmakers, Poe, and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into “Ravenstown” for the weekend

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Play it Safe Tye Dye

from Saturday, 5/30 - Tuesday, 11/30

Play It Safe at the New Art League Of Ocean City Building 94th street next to Tennis Courts. Create Tie Dye T shirts. This free event is open to the first 100 high school seniors.

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Play it Safe Pizza Eating Contest

from Saturday, 5/30 - Tuesday, 11/30

Play it Safe Event - first 25 guys and first 25 girls that are 2015 high school graduates, are welcome to enter this pizza eating contest at Pizza Tugos.

(116th Street and Coastal Highway)

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Baltimore Ravens Roost Annual Parade

from Saturday, 5/30

The Annual Baltimore Ravens Roost Parade will showcase over 50 member roosts from MD, DE & PA, as they show pride for the Baltimore Ravens. The parade starts at 10 a.m. with players, cheerleaders, mascots, bands, floats & more appearing.

(19th to 26th Street)

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Play it Safe Free Roller Coaster at Trimper Rides

from Sunday, 5/31 - Tuesday, 11/30

Ride the Tidal Wave Roller Coaster For Free at Trimper's Rides, each Sunday from 8pm - 10pm! Valid May 31st, June 7th and June 14th .

(S 1st Street and the Boardwalk)

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Play It Safe Activities

from Sunday, 5/31 - Tuesday, 6/16

The “Play It Safe” program sponsors special, FREE, alcohol-free and drug-free events during June, honoring high school graduates who choose to celebrate their graduation in Ocean City, Maryland.

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OC Beach Patrol Rookie Graduation

from Tuesday, 6/2 - Thursday, 7/2

Graduation will take place on the beach between the Pier and the Inlet.

(The Inlet)

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Play it Safe Basketball

from Wednesday, 6/3 - Tuesday, 11/30

Play it Safe offers our high school graduates free entertainment. Northside Park has a 3 on 3 basket ball tournament with sign up at 7pm and games at 8pm.

(125th Street, Bay Side)

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Play it Safe Dodge Ball

from Thursday, 6/4 - Tuesday, 11/30

The Play it Safe campaign offers free Dodgeball for our High School Graduates at Northside Park from 7-9pm on Thursday evenings.

(125th Street)

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Play it Safe Laser Tag and Miniature Golf

from Thursday, 6/4 - Tuesday, 11/30

Play it Safe offers free entertainment for our High School graduates. Planet Maze and Laser Storm offer free laser tag and miniature golf for them to enjoy. First 200 for laser tag only.

(33rd Street and Coastal Highway)

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