A Holiday 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. 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. Entry to Winterfest at Northside Park costs $5 (kids under 11 are free). Admission includes a trip on the Winterfest Express tram ride. 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.

If you want to celebrate Winterfest in Ocean City, make the most of your trip by checking out discounted packages at Ocean City hotels, many of which include luxurious accommodations, dinner at local restaurants, and tickets to the eye-popping extravaganza.

The 2016 edition of Winterfest will take place 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday from Nov. 19 through Jan. 3.

Winterfest getaways

Once the winter sets in, people take advantage of the lower room rates and better availabilities and come down to the beach. In addition to attending the Winterfest of Lights, they go to Berlin to participate in Victorian Christmas, eat out at the great local restaurants and generally give themselves a holiday season break.

If you’re among those looking to enjoy a winter getaway, let us recommend some places to stay that have put together packages explicitly to make visiting Winterfest easier and more enjoyable for you and your family.

Clarion Resort Hotel Ocean City MD


The Clarion Fontainebleu offers a one-night package that includes overnight accommodations, a food and beverage credit and two tickets to Winterfest of Lights. Of course, guests can add additional nights onto the package and stay longer too.



Dunes Manor Ocean City MD dunesmanorcom

The Dunes Manor offers a two night and one night weekday and a weekend packages easily tailored to any travel plans. The Winterfest Wonderland Weekends package also includes breakfast.


The Grand Hotel and Spa Ocean City MD


The Grand Hotel offers two night packages that include tickets for two for the Winterfest of Lights event.





The Paradise Plaza will be providing a Winterfest of Lights package that includes Friday and Saturday night including an oceanfront or ocean view room, a dinner voucher valid one of their many partnering Ocean City restaurants or landmarks, two Winterfest of Lights tickets and two Paradise Plaza souvenir key chains.



The pet-friendly Fenwick Inn Winterfest Package includes one night hotel accommodation, two tickets to Winterfest of Lights and breakfast for two.




The Boardwalk Hotel Group, which includes the Days Inn on 23rd Street, and the Howard Johnsons’ on Boardwalk at 12th Street and 24th Street are offering a Winterfest of Lights package that includes a two night stay, tickets and meal vouchers.