Quick information on Winterfest

  • The 2016 edition of Winterfest will take place from Thursday November 17 – Sunday January 1st.
  • 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.

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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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Bundled up for winterfest
The tents are warm and the cocoa is hot, so hanging out in the Christmas village is always a pleasure.

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

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

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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