A Winterfest Excursion – Things to Do in Ocean City Maryland

It was a cold night as we drove along the Route 90 into Ocean City. From the bridge, you could see the array of lights set along the coastline, illuminating the buildings all around town.

Quick information on Winterfest 2017

  • The 2017 edition of Winterfest, held at Northside Park on 125th Street, will take place from Nov.16 – Dec. 31.
  • Hours are Sunday to Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Entry to Winterfest at Northside Park costs $5 (kids under 11 are free).
  • Admission includes a trip on the Winterfest Express tram ride.
  • Tickets are available at the door as well as at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office. They also are part of many hotel packages.
  • Other attractions in the heated Winterplace Village include the opportunity to relax and sip hot chocolate, browse the Yukon Cornelius gift shop or have your photo taken with Santa.

Santa at Winterfest of Lights
Dustin Stoker and Jeni Hewitt helped Santa and Mrs. Claus keep all the kids happy at Winterfest.

An Ocean City Tradition

Ocean City, Maryland may be the premier vacation resort on the East Coast during the summer, but each winter it transforms into an award-winning holiday wonderland with the annual Winterfest of Lights. This award-winning annual celebration of the holiday season includes a light display with more than one million one Christmas bulbs.

Plan your Winterfest trip now

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The Winterfest of Lights display at the entrance to Northside Park.

Winterfest animated light displays

The hundreds of animated displays at Northside Park on 125th Street are the main attraction, but businesses and residents all over town join the fun with mesmerizing lights of their own. The boardwalk trams are transformed into tour buses, taking visitors on a ride around Northside Park as the displays twinkle and the Christmas music plays. It is an event not to be missed.

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Waiting in line isn’t a problem

The atmosphere is so festive at the heated Winterplace village that whether you’re waiting your turn or have just finished your Winterfest ride, the experience is pleasant. In addition to hot chocolate sales and snack vendors (all run by local nonprofits) there is the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop, where you can purchase holiday trinkets or souvenirs from your excursion. And, of course, no visit is complete without stopping by to say hello to Santa.

Winterfest Events

Ocean City Christmas Parade
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Ocean City Christmas Parade

The 35th Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade will march up Coastal Highway from Old Landing Rd to the judges at 120th St. The event will feature more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, antique cars, colorful holiday floats, and more. Bring your chair and blanket and enjoy the day in Ocean City!

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Pizza with Santa
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Pizza with Santa

Come and have a pizza party with Santa! Activities include arts and crafts, a ride through the spectacular Winterfest of Lights, cookie-decorating, refreshments, visits with Santa, and more.

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Seacret's Christmas Party
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Seacret's Christmas Party

Seacrets would like to wish you Merry Christmas and invite you to their FREE event in the Morley Hall and New Old Mane Bar. There will be complimentary appetizers along with food & drink specials. They will also be collecting for Toys For Tots so please bring a toy if you are able to donate. Live music will ensure the party is in full swing all night long.

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Polar Express Movie Experience at the Dunes
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Polar Express Movie Experience at the Dunes

Arrive in your pajamas, drink hot chocolate and and cookies made by elves, and enjoy a special viewing of the Polar Express. There's no charge for this wonderful evening, and you don't have to be staying at the Dunes, all are welcome, just bring a toy for a needy child.

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The Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker

Get in the Christmas spirit with the Sussex Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 17, 2pm Tickets are $13 for Seniors and Children 12 & under, $15 for theater and $18 for Orchestra

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Polar Express Movie Experience at the Dunes
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Polar Express Movie Experience at the Dunes

Arrive in your pajamas, drink hot chocolate and and cookies made by elves, and enjoy a special viewing of the Polar Express. There's no charge for this wonderful evening, and you don't have to be staying at the Dunes, all are welcome, just bring a toy for a needy child.

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New Years Eve Fireworks
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New Years Eve Fireworks

Celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 with a free fireworks display at Northside Park. The fireworks, which will begin at midnight, will be accompanied by live entertainment, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights. Come early and experience the Winterfest of Lights first. The hours for this fantastic spectacle will be extended on New Years...

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