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Winterfest of Lights FAQs: 14 of the most asked questions

Welcome to the enchanting world of Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, MD! As the holiday season descends upon the coastal town, the Winterfest of Lights becomes a beacon of festive cheer, captivating visitors of all ages. To guide you through this magical experience, we’ve compiled a list of 14 frequently asked questions that cover everything from the dazzling light displays to family-friendly activities and more. Discover the secrets behind the twinkling wonderland, learn about the event’s history, find out about special attractions, and get tips for making the most of your Winterfest adventure. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned Winterfest enthusiast, these FAQs will illuminate the path to a memorable and joy-filled holiday celebration on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore.

Winterfest of Lights Ocean City

The Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, Maryland is set up in Northside Park.  The address for your navigation system is:  

200 125th St, Ocean City, MD 21842

Parking is available inside the park and on the side streets around the park.  You can also take the Ocean City bus from your hotel.  These buses are running every half hour and the ride all day cost is $4.  You can see the real-time location of buses here: https://oct.transloc.com/

Absolutely!  Ocean City brought back the beloved Winterfest Express tram which provides a couple of stops as you go around the park so you can walk around and then get on the next tram.  The tram path and the walking path are different.   The tram path circumnavigates the park while the walking paths wind through the lights.

Yes, you can get a cup of hot chocolate, get a picture with Santa Claus, buy arts, crafts and unique gifts.

Yes, pets are welcome on Wednesday evenings at Winterfest of Lights.

Yes, mobility devices, including scooters and powered wheelchairs, are available for rent on-site at $10.00 per two hours. Standard wheelchairs are also available. For rentals, you can contact Scooters-4-Rent.com at (302) 280-6203.

Yes, the Winterfest of Lights is subject to closure for inclement weather. Visitors are advised to check for updates or call 410-289-2800 for more information.

Yes, you can enter Winterfest for free by participating in the Stuff The Jeep event on November 18-19. Donate a new toy (up to four per group) and enjoy free entry. The event is a collaboration with Marine Corps League, OC Jeep Club, Sugar Planet, and Toys for Tots.

Special attractions include the 50-foot Christmas tree, Santa Claus’s reindeer, the Field of Lights, 12 Drummers Drumming, and the Winterfest Ring selfie spot. These displays contribute to a magical and festive atmosphere.

Tickets for the Winterfest of Lights can be purchased on the Town’s commerce site.  Admission is $6 for guests aged 12 and older, and children aged 11 and younger can enter for free.

The 2023 Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, MD, features the beloved Winterfest Express tram ride, multiple trolley stops, a Stuff The Jeep event on November 18-19, and various attractions such as the 50-foot Christmas tree, Santa Claus’s reindeer, the Field of Lights, 12 Drummers Drumming, and the Winterfest Ring selfie spot.

The Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City is scheduled to run from November 16 to December 31, 2023. It will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, starting at 5:30 p.m. and closing at 9:30 p.m. 

The Winterfest of Lights is not open on Mondays and Tuesday except Christmas Day.  It will be open daily on Christmas Day through New Year’s Eve.

Admission to Winterfest of Lights is $6 for guests aged 12 and older. Children aged 11 and younger can enter for free.

Yes, there is a holiday-themed parade by the OC Jeep Club on November 18.  Shore Craft Beer is hosting a “Let’s Get Lit” Fest on December 2nd with hotel packages at the Cambria and wristbands for all ticket-holders that get’s them discounts at bars and restaurants around town all weekend.  Of course, the Ocean City Christmas Parade is a fun holiday event scheduled for December 2.

This map will help you navigate the 58-acre Northside Park and explore the various attractions.  

Winterfest map by the Town of Ocean City: https://www.ococean.com/winterfest/


Ann has been with StateVentures since 1999. She moved from Annapolis to Berlin, MD to be closer to Ocean City. She splits her work week between the two locations to help clients and visitors get the best information and value out of our sites. She loves a camera and any excuse to use it.  Her kids are both grown and off adventuring.  Ann loves to travel with her kids and lives with her dog Marley when she's not in Virginia fishing.

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