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Visit OC park for NYE celebration, fireworks

(Dec. 26, 2014) No plans for New Year’s Eve? Why not go to Northside Park and catch the Town of Ocean City’s fireworks show to ring in 2015.

The fireworks display will begin at midnight with live entertainment, hot chocolate, giveaways and the opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights for the last time in 2014, which will extend its hours until midnight for the special occasion.

“It’s a nice alternative for families to ring in the new year together,” said Brenda Moore, Special Events coordinator for the Town of Ocean City. “Instead of spending a lot of money at a bar or elsewhere, families have the opportunity to celebrate at Northside Park.”

This family-friendly event is in its third year. It will feature DJ Kutt from Baltimore and special giveaways will be handed out as families wait for the countdown to midnight.

Winterfest of Lights has become a tradition for local residents and families visiting during the holiday season. Many visit the award-winning festival each year to take the guided open-air tour through the 125th Street park accompanied by holiday tunes.

The Winterfest of Lights has won many awards and received an abundance of accolades throughout its 22 years. The American Bus Association named Winterfest of Lights one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2014, an honor it also earned in 2013 and 2011. Maryland Life Magazine has voted it “Maryland’s Finest Holiday Tradition.”

The attraction was ranked No. 1 in 2008 on the Professional Travel Guide Editor’s Top 10 of the nation’s largest and best holiday lights displays. Winterfest of Lights was No. 2 in the country on “America Online City Guide’s Top 11 Lighting Displays.” It followed Disney-MGM Studios display in Orlando.

Winterfest of Lights runs nightly through Jan. 4, 2015 at Northside Park. Hours of operation are 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost to ride the train is $5 for adults. Children 11 and younger ride for free.

For more information, call the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department at 410-250-0125.

The Town of Ocean City’s Transportation Department will offer free bus services from 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1. On Dec. 31, bus services will run every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 10 minutes from 6 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Jan. 1. Busses on New Year’s Day will also run every 20 minutes from 4-7 a.m., at which time they will resume a normal winter service schedule of every 40 minutes.

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