(Dec. 5, 2014) Celebrate the third annual lighting of downtown Ocean City tonight, Friday, at Sunset Park. “This event is an effort to bring back the lights to downtown Ocean City. It’s very dark down there,” said Lisa Aydelotte, event coordinator for the Downtown Association. “We want to help support the businesses and residents of downtown.”
This year, Light Up Downtown will be one intimate night of free fun, which is a change from previous years when a couple weekends of celebration took place.
“This year will be one perfect and spectacular night for the town,” Aydelotte said.
The festive holiday spirit will emerge when visitors hear local musicians perform Christmas music together in a jam session setting.
Santa will make an appearance and there will be hot chocolate and baked goods for sale. Families can take a ride on a horse and carriage for $5 per person. Children 3 and younger ride for free. Several non-profit groups will be at the park hand out information.
Last winter, cold temperatures prevented people from attending and numbers were down. In addition, the multiple weekend celebration was hard on children and the one night this year makes it easier for volunteers to participate, Aydelotte said.
“It’s a nice family event for downtown,” said Glenn Irwin, executive director of the Ocean City Development Corporation. “The lighting of the Sunset Park tower or Christmas tree is very visible for miles throughout the town.”
OCDC co-sponsors the event with the Downtown Association and the Town of Ocean City.
“The event is special because people come from near and far to Ocean City for the lights, celebrations and Christmas,” Aydelotte said. “I think putting our hearts and dedication into this event will bring more lights downtown and more people to local businesses.”
The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Sunset Park on Philadelphia Ave. next to the Coast Guard station.
“It is magical for the town and people coming across the 50 bridge who see the area lit up,” Aydelotte said. “People don’t realize the heart of Ocean City starts downtown and everything else wouldn’t be here without it.”
Take a ride on a horse and carriage for $5 at the Light Up
Downtown celebration tonight. Children 3 and under are free.
Photo courtesy of: Lisa Aydelotte