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Time for the Countdown: Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Ocean City, MD

As the year draws to a close and the anticipation of a fresh start fills the air, what better way to bid farewell to the old and welcome the new than by spending New Year’s Eve in Ocean City, Maryland? With its beautiful 10 mile beach, peaceful boardwalk, and a plethora of hotels and restaurants, Ocean City offers a unique and unforgettable experience for those looking to ring in the New Year in a beachside paradise. Picture yourself feeling the cold ocean breeze on your face as you stand on our beach, gazing out at the waves under the starry sky. Ocean City’s iconic boardwalk is open during the festive season, in fact, it never closes. So take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along its wooden planks, and enjoy it without the crowds. Then, as the clock ticks closer to midnight, head towards the beach to witness the fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. Or, stay in the warmth and party at your hotel or restaurant and celebrate the New Year there. 


Hotels offering NYE Dinner, Dancing and an Overnight Stay in Ocean City Md


Grand Hotel Ocean City

There’s 3 different options at the Grand Hotel Ocean City:

  • EPIC MIDNIGHT BASH – Available December 29th-December 31st. Two/Three Nights Accommodations. Open Bar at the Epic Bar and Grille between 9PM-1AM. Champagne Toast at Midnight, Music and Karaoke and Party Favors. Two Nights Stay Between December 30th – December 31st Starting at $428. Three Nights Stay Between December 29th – December 31st Starting at $491. Find out more here.
  • MIDNIGHT AT THE BEACH CELEBRATION – Available December 29th-December 31st. Two/Three Nights Accommodations. 3 Course Dinner at the Grand Terrace Restaurant between 5-9PM. Open Bar at the Epic Bar and Grille between 9PM-1AM
    Champagne Toast at Midnight, Music and Karaoke and Party Favors. Two Nights Stay Between December 30th – December 31st Starting at $532. Three Nights Stay Between December 29th – December 31st Starting at $595. Find out more here.
  • CHOOSE YOUR MIDNIGHT MEMORY – Available December 29th – December 31st. Two/Three Nights Accommodations. $60.00 Dinner Voucher to a Great Local Restaurant: Sunset Grille, Longboard Café, EPIC Bar & Grill, Pit and Pub, Sello’s Italian Oven & Bar, Coastal Salt, Ropewalk Ocean City. Open Bar at the Epic Bar and Grille between 9PM-1AM. Champagne Toast at Midnight, Music and Karaoke and Party Favors. Two Nights Stay Between December 30th – December 31st Starting at $501. Three Nights Stay Between December 31st – January 1st Starting at $564. Find out more here.


Park Place Hotel

Feel the festive spirit as you embrace the excitement, setting the stage for a night of pure joy and celebration. The highlight? A front-row view to witness a spectacular fireworks display illuminating the night sky! Your room will include a bottle of Champagne and two elegant glasses for a midnight toast that adds a sparkling touch to your celebration.
As the night unfolds, their Evening Turndown Service adds a touch of elegance, ensuring your New Year’s Eve is not just memorable but truly magical. Make your reservation here.



Residence Inn 

Come out for Ocean City’s ONLY live ball drop event on New Year’s Eve! At the Residence Inn, their live ball drop gives guests and locals the opportunity to ring in the new year, in Times Square-fashion. 
Watch the ball slowly drop before midnight from their bayfront locale, from inside the Bayview Bar and Grille, OR from your private hotel balcony! Stay packages available and complimentary champagne toast at midnight!
Hotel stay packages are available on Marriott.com so you can guarantee a FRONT ROW bayview suite for the ball drop! Find out all the details here!

Boardwalk Hotel Group

Ring in the New Year at the Howard Johnson® By Wyndham Oceanfront Plaza Hotel.  Celebrate all weekend with their New Year’s Eve Package. Package includes 2 or 3 nights accommodations, 3 course dinner, Live DJ starting at 7pm, cash bar, party favors, Champagne toast, New Year’s Day brunch, and 4PM late check out. More details here.

Three Nights (Fri.-Mon.) Side View: $600 per couple, Oceanfront: $700 per couple

Two Nights (Sat.-Mon.), Side View: $479 per couple, Oceanfront: $545 per couple

Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort

Join the Princess Royale for their Midnight Masquerade – A Royale New Year’s Eve Party guaranteed to start 2024 with tons of fun, delicious menu and live entertainment! Don’t Stop will dance you into the New Year in style, and there will be Champagne and a signature open bar. Cocktail hour in Schooners at 7pm. Dinner starts at 8pm in Palmetto Ballroom.
Dress code must include masquerade mask to go with the masquerade party theme plus will get you a chance to win the best dress award at the end of the night! Tickets are $169 per person (taxes and gratuity included) and include. Room packages are also available. Call 1-800-476-9253 or 410-524-7777 ext. 2009 or find out more details here.



Fenwick Inn

Ring in the New Year in style with the Fenwick’s exclusive New Year’s Eve package. Join them at Vista Rooftop for the NYE Masquerade Bash on December 31st from 8pm-1am featuring live music, a premium open bar, chef-hosted dinner stations, and a sparkling midnight Champagne toast. Book direct to SAVE at 800-641-0011. 15% OFF Rooms with a NYE Ticket Package Purchase. NYE Masquerade tickets: $129 per adult.






Carousel’s NYE Dinner

Celebrate the New Year at the Carousel Hotel with food, music by MC Nigel & Friends, and a Champagne toast at Midnight! Dinner Buffet is 7 pm – 9 pm (see menu here) and doors close at 1 am. Book your hotel reservations at 800 641 0011 or at carouselhotel.com.







Ashore Resort & Beach Club

The Ashore Resort & Beach Club are having a NYE dinner and NYE party this year! Enjoy NYE dinner in the Tide Room with their $50, 3-course menu, set to a live guitarist. Make a night of it with their Shore Deck Party, featuring the Doug Kaetz Band and an open bar. You can make your reservations now at https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hotel-10100-coastal-highway-ocean-city.en-us.html?aid=390739&label=bookithappenings/activities/




Restaurants offering NYE Dinner and celebrations in Ocean City Md


Ring in the New Year at Seacrets! Their Annual NYE Bash has a complimentary Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Then you can party ’til 4am with live entertainment all night! Buy your tickets right now! Click here for more info.








Captains Table

The Captain’s Table, on the Boardwalk inside the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, is known locally for their South African lobster tail, whole lobsters, and Certified Angus Beef® steaks. They invite you to spend New Years Eve with them. Check out their New Years Eve menu here.







Spain Wine Bar

Spain’s elevated all-inclusive NYE event is a curated evening of their finest charcuterie boards, tapas, paella, decadent desserts, and handcrafted elixirs.
Unlimited wines, beers, spirits, and handcrafted cocktails.
Live music by DJ AMRA and Marcella Daniella
Discover beauty and enchantment at Spain Wine Bar’s first-ever NYE event.






Beach Barrels

Join Beach Barrels for one EPIC New Year’s Eve Party – featuring live music from The Chesapeake Sons, an open bar from 9pm – 12:30am (shots not included), a champagne toast and party favors. Lite fare included in price until 11PM. Purchase your tickets here.




There will be fireworks and music on the Boardwalk leading to a countdown at midnight, an admission is FREE, plus there is plenty of parking at the Inlet Lot. Find out more here. New Years Day has the 30th Annual Penguin Swim which will take place on the beach at The Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel at 91st Street and the beach. Watch or take part, it up to you!

Spending New Year’s Eve in Ocean City, MD, can be as peaceful or as exciting as you wish. Whether you choose to stroll along the boardwalk, enjoy a beachside bonfire, or dance the night away at a lively party, Ocean City provides a unique and memorable way to usher in the New Year. So, pack your warmest layers, grab your loved ones, and get ready for a  countdown like no other, in our favorite beach resort.

Anne grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came across Ocean City for the first time over 30 years ago and shortly after it became her permanent home.  When time allows, Anne still loves to travel. She has been with OceanCity.com since September 2014.

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