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The 2024 Winterfest of Lights will be November 21, 2024 – December 31, 2024!

Quick information on Winterfest 2024

This year, not only can you take a walk through the Winterfest of Lights, we are bringing back the Winterfest Express tram ride with multiple “trolly” stops to assist in making your way around the 58 acre Northside Park. This walking and tram event will take you through thousands of sparkling holiday lights and many animated light displays located along a paved path in Northside Park. Watch for photo opportunities– including several interactive displays. Come see the 50-foot Christmas tree put on a show for you and soak up all of the holiday spirit at Winterfest of Lights. And don’t worry, Santa will be still be here so you can say hello to him!

  • The 2024 edition of Winterfest, held at Northside Park on 125th Street, will take place Nov. 21- Dec 31.
  • Hours are Wednesday to Sunday to 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Entry to Winterfest at Northside Park costs $6 (kids under 11 are free).
  • ½ Mile Walk around a Decorated, Paved Path with Surprises along the way
  • Visits and Photos with Santa Claus available
  • The Winterfest gift shop will be open
  • Hot Chocolate and Glow Products Available for Purchase
  • November 16th is FREE to walk through for the public
  • Bring your pets on Wednesday nights!
  • Tickets can be purchased on site or online here
  • Mobility Devices available for rent on site. $10.00 per two hours (scooters, powered wheelchairs)
  • The Winterfest of Lights is subject to closure for inclement weather. Please always check the Town of Ocean City Facebook for updates before planning your visit!
  • For more information, call 410-250-0125.
  • Winterfest Hotel Packages here.
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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.
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/
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.
Admission to Winterfest of Lights is $6 for guests aged 12 and older. Children aged 11 and younger can enter for free.
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/
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.
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, 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, you can get a cup of hot chocolate, get a picture with Santa Claus, buy arts, crafts and unique gifts.
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.
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.

Lights across the water at Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City
Lights across the water at Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City

 

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Love the lights. A little disappointed that it’s not open on Monday and Tuesday this year. I work retail and it easier to get away during the week.

    What constituents as bad weather? I’m trying to get down this Sunday.

  2. I have always enjoyed going thru the park enjoying the light displays however, I am handicapped and unable to walk thru. I did see that you were renting mobile chairs for $10 , that seems very unfair for someone handicapped to need to spend $16. To enjoy the lights.

  3. Love winterfest of lights
    Came every year with my grandkids and now would like to bring my Great grand kids
    But I will miss the tram
    I have arthritis and cannot walk the whole park
    And the additional charge for the devices does not seem fair.
    Merry Christmas

  4. I took my great grandkids in November and some grandkids on New Year’s Eve. I enjoyed both trips and hope to get back this year.

  5. Love the lights and walking through them but please do more lights and different ones and have more vendors maybe on the weekends

  6. As a family that has been attending the Winterfest of lights since the beginning, I really enjoy the walking through the park much better whereby you can take you time, take pictures and the enjoy the display. My only disappointment was not seeing the big American Flag at the beginning of the display.

  7. My wife and I come for the winterfest of lights every year, but I was very disappointed after seeing what was done to, what I’d consider, the best part of the display. The grove of trees on the slope near the pond bridge in past years has been excellent! Each tree with it’s own solid colored lights. This year those trees are full of garbage! Who wants to see that???

  8. Always enjoy the lights. Was a tradition with my Mom. She is now passed and my family continues the tradition on Black Friday.

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