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Winterfest Packages and the Holidays in Ocean City 2022

Take a break from your every day routine, and head down to Ocean City for the sparkling, magical Winterfest of Lights.  A little escapism does us all good, and walking through the Winterfest of Lights will surely take you to your happy place. Even better, some Ocean City hotels have put together Winterfest Packages which include your room, tickets to Winterfest of Lights, and some other goodies, so you can make a whole weekend, or weekday break of it! Brighten up your dreary November and December with a visit to Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights. There’s lots of other events happening throughtout November and December too, culminating in New Year, with ball drops, and penguin swims. So come for the Holidays, come for New Year! Here are hotels with Winterfest Packages for you to choose from.  

Grand Hotel 

The Grand Hotel invite you to stay with them while you enjoy the Winterfest of Lights. Their Winterfest Package is available Wednesday-Sunday, from November 17th-December 31st. It includes two nights accommodations, two tickets for Winterfest of Lights, and two Hot Chocolate vouchers for Java Beach Cafe at the Grand.  Weekdays Starting at $106+tax, Weekends Starting at $128+tax

For more information, click here.




Park Place Hotel on the Boardwalk

Enjoy a winter stay at the Park Place Hotel, and experience Winterfest while you are here! The Park Place’s package includes a welcome gift at the time of check-in, 2 tickets for Winterfest of Lights, and an early check-in and late check-out upon request and based on availability. For more information and to make your reservation, click here





Princess Royale


Spend the holidays at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel and join them in their Tropical Atrium for a beautiful display of Holiday lights, live entertainment, complimentary signature drink and fun times all around. Package discounted rates includes access to the full winter wonderland experience of the decorated Atrium plus much more! Use Promo code: HOLIDAY22 to receive discounted rates and 2 complimentary tickets to Winterfest of Lights.






Aloft Ocean City

Aloft Hotel Ocean City, MD

Stay at the Aloft Ocean City between November 17, 2022 – January 1, 2023 and enjoy their Winterfest of Lights Package. Package includes 2 admission tickets to Winterfest of Lights, and a 1 pm late check out (based on availability). Use Promotional Code: HOL when making your reservation here.






Home2 Suites

The Home2 Suites Winterfest Package includes overnight accommodations in a spacious suites, full breakfast, 1pm late check-out and two admission tickets to Winterfest of Lights.  Use promotion code LHTK04 and make your reservation for this great mid town, pet friendly hotel here.




Breakfast with Santa at the Cambria

Stay at the Cambria and have breakfast with Santa! Stay Friday December 9th, and your package will include your overnight accommodation, a $50 Food Credit towards their expanded Breakfast Buffet Saturday with Santa on Saturday December 10th from 9am-11am, and 2 tickets to the Winterfest of Lights open Friday 5:30pm-9:30pm. Make your reservation here.







Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites

The Hilton has created a Winterfest Package for its guests which is available November 18th-23rd and November 27th – December 29th. The package includes Oceanfront suite accommodations, 2 tickets to Winterfest (Additional can be purchased at the desk) and a $50 Food and Beverage Credit to be used at 32 Palm Restaurant or Lounge. You can call the hotel direct on 410-289-6444 or click here to make your reservation.



Residence Inn Ocean City

Feel warm and cozy at the Residence Inn this Holiday season, and book their Toasty Holidays package. Bring your pet on a Wednesday to visit Winterfest of Lights and you’ll get half price pet fees during your stay. Book Friday December 9th and enjoy their Believe in Santa Breakfast, which benefits Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. Breakfast with Santa is December 10th from 8am to 11.45am. Click here to make your reservation. 


Howard Johnson Oceanfront Plaza

Stay at the Howard Johnson on 12th Street and get two nights accommodation plus 4-tickets to Winterfest of Lights, and $80 in meal vouchers! Weekday total price $279 (Sun. through Thurs.), and Weekend total price $325  (Fri. and Sat.) Available Nov. 18th through Dec. 28th  No black out dates! Additional nights available at a discounted rate. Click here to make your reservation.



Events for the Holidays!

Winterfest of Lights

Of course, the Winterfest of Lights. Need we say more? Open Wednesday though Sunday, November 17th – December 31st, 5.30pm – 9.30pm at Northside Park in Ocean City. $6 per person / 11 under are free.






Ice Skating at the Carousel

Did you know, Ocean City’s has an indoor ice rink? It’s located inside the Carousel Hotel, and is open Sunday: 9 am-9pm, Monday – Thursday: 4pm-9pm, Friday: 4pm-10pm and Saturday: 10am-10pm. It’s open to the general public, but if you stay at the hotel you get a discount! They have skates for everyone, from toddlers, to grown men, and they have free kids and adult walkers, for those who are a little shaky on their skates! You can skate as long as you want, so long as you are inside the rink area. It’s the perfect activity for the Holidays! Come December 10th and 11th and skate with the Grinch!








Mobile Railroad Display

On your way to Winterfest, be sure to stop by the Roland E. Powell Convention Center Rotunda for a model railroad display! Entry is free with donations being taken in support of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. The display will be open from 5:30pm – 9pm, Wednesday through Sunday for the duration of Winterfest.






Flagship Cinemas Ocean City

Flagship Cinemas Ocean City in West Ocean City have FREE movies this festive season! Saturday, December 10th, there will be a FREE showing of Elf, Saturday December 17th, it’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and on Christmas Eve, it’s The Polar Express. Happy Holidays! https://flagshipcinemas.com/ocean-city











New Years Eve Ball Drop at the Residence Inn Ocean City

Three years in and it’s getting bigger and better. Come out for Ocean City’s ONLY live ball drop event on New Year’s Eve! Our 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 our bayfront locale, from inside our Bayview Bar and Grille, OR from your private hotel balcony! Stay packages available and complimentary champagne toast at midnight! Come early and kickoff the party with our exciting entertainment lineup! 4pm to 7pm Pre-Party with DJ Wax, 7pm to 10pm Summer Anna Duo, 10pm to 1am Karaoke Party and NYE Ball Drop with DJ Donnie. As always, No Cover! Stay and Play on the Bay!


New Year at the Carousel Hotel

Enjoy a New Years Eve Party at the Carousel Hotel and welcome in 2023 with a dinner buffet, DJ, dancing and a Champagne toast at midnight. Cost is $60 per person and anyone who purchases tickets will receive 10% off their room rate! The doors open at 6pm, and the dinner buffet is served from 7pm- 9pm. For more details and to make your reservation, click here.







Aloft Hotel Ocean City, MDCheers to the New Year the Aloft Ocean City!

At the Aloft Ocean City the New Year Celebration lasts all weekend long. Come ring in 2023 at the Aloft Ocean City. Live entertainment in the lounge will delight you all weekend. Enjoy our drink specials and Bloody Mary bar (additional cost). You are welcome to hit the snooze button – late check out (1 pm) included.

  • Live entertainment
  • Drink specials and Bloody Mary bar (additional cost)
  • Party favors and late check out
  • Promotional Code: 11P What’s this?
  • Valid Stay Dates: December 30, 2022 – January 1, 2023
  • 2 night minimum required for Friday. 1 day advance booking notice for reservations. Reservations are sent to frontdesk@aloftoceancity.com. Stay dates: Dec 30th – Jan 1st


New Year’s Eve in Berlin

Berlin brings you 2 ball drops! Little Kids can celebrate 5-6pm with a laser show set to music and ball drop at 6pm. Live music downtown 6:15-9:30pm and then Ocean98 DJs Big Al Reno & Schwab help you dance away the rest of 2022! The second Laser show brings in 2023 as the ball drops at midnight. Beer/Wine fundraiser for the Berlin Chamber of Commerce.

4th of July Fireworks Over Ocean City Maryland

New Year Eve Fireworks in Ocean City!

Ring in the New Year in Ocean City and enjoy fireworks at two locations! 

New Year’s Eve Drive-In Movie & Fireworks – The Town of Ocean City will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show in two locations to celebrate the beginning of 2023.

Location #1: Ocean City Inlet Parking Lot
New Year’s Eve, discover the fun, nostalgia, and magic of drive-in movies under the stars at the Inlet Parking Lot.  Bring the family out for a fun drive-in movie theatre experience with amazing fireworks and food trucks.

Schedule of Events

7pm – Movie #1 – Encanto

9:30pm – Movie #2 – Top Gun Maverick

Midnight – Fireworks display

Location #2: Northside Park

Fireworks display will begin promptly at midnight and can be watched from the sidewalks and parking lots. 






29th Annual Penguin Swim

The 29th Annual Penguin Swim is Sunday, January 1, 2023 and will take place on the beach at The Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel at 91st Street. Watch or take part in the event, it’s a great way to start the New Year and help raise money for Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin Md.




For a full list of all events taking place in Ocean City during the Holidays, click here.

Anne grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came across Ocean City for the first time over 25 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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