The holidays are nearly here, and in Ocean City, that means a list of Christmas-time events that make the season one to remember each and every year. I particular, there are two big Christmas events, some smaller side-events, and another New Year’s Eve follow-up that should definitely be on your radar. Make your plans, find out where to stay in Ocean City MD, and get ready to have the holiday season of a lifetime when you immerse yourself in the amazement of Christmas—beachfront style. From shopping to celebrating, Ocean City has all your Christmas-time needs covered.
Holiday Shopper’s Fair
In the run up to actual Christmas celebrating, it’s a good idea to get at least some of that holiday shopping out of the way. The Holiday Shopper’s Fair, held from November 24th-26th, gives folks a chance to do exactly that. Held at the Ocean City Convention Center on Coastal Highway, this gathering of artisans features a bevy of unique handmade merchandise, from candles to photographs to ceramics and beyond. You’ll be able to find all kinds of creative smaller gifts, enjoy some food from the food court, and get a chance to win some door prizes as well.
The Ocean City Christmas Parade
Is there a bigger, better way to celebrate Christmas than a parade? The annual Ocean City Christmas Parade is entering it’s 35th year, and this time, the even will feature “more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, antique cars, colorful holiday floats, and more.” There are expected to be thousands of spectators taking a look at the fun unfolding on Coastal Highway, and you can snag yourself a spot among the crowd for free.
It promises to be quite the spectacle, as it is every year, and the array of colorful entrants will be marching for over a half-mile while the crowd cheers them on. In addition, they’ll be critiqued on their style and flair by the parade’s professional judging body. After the parade, the winners will be handed their well-earned trophies, and anyone who wants to help celebrate is invited to the post-parade reception.
During the reception, attendees will get to enjoy”half-priced ice skating, a DJ playing continuous holiday music and fee photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.” There will also be plenty of refreshments available to recharge your batteries and get you ready for the next event on your Christmas itinerary.
Pizza With Santa
Kids get to meet Santa all the time, but how often do they get to chow down on Pizza with Ol’ Saint Nick? Pizza With Santa will be a great opportunity to join in on a pizza party with the man himself, and will also feature arts & crafts displays, rides, cookie decorating, and themed holiday refreshments. Just head on down to Northside Park on December 6th, and enjoy a few hours in a family-friendly setting that’s sure to delight.
This production is known by nearly all. It’s a holiday tradition across the country, and in Ocean City, you’ll get to see The Nutcracker performed by the Sussex Ballet at the Performing Arts Center on Coastal Highway on December 17th. Doors open promptly at 1:30PM, so be sure to get your tickets now to reserve your spot at the production. Even those who aren’t normal fans of the ballet will get a kick out of this one—it’s a classic that will bring cheer to faces of all in attendance.
The Winterfest Of Lights
Perhaps the most spectacular of Ocean City’s holiday events is the yearly Winterfest Of Lights, where “more than one million holiday lights sparkle throughout your favorite beach resort.” In Northside Park is where you’ll be able to find the fabulous lights, but it’s not just the lights that you’ll wonder at. The even features a complete, “one-mile journey” that “takes you through 58 acres of lights and features a 50-foot Christmas tree.” You’ll be able to board the Winterfest Express and tour the various fairy tale exhibits. You’ll also be able to sip on hot chocolate and relax while you take photos with Santa Claus. Admission is only $5 for guests over 12, and free for all younger children, so don’t miss out on bringing the whole family along for this spectacular showing.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
The fun isn’t over at Christmas. There’s also a big fireworks show at Northside Park to bring in the New Year:
“The fireworks display, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by live entertainment, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights.”
It’ll be like the cherry on top of the sundae that is the Ocean City holiday season, and one that you’ll not want to miss out on. Make this holiday one for the memory books.
Don’t Forget Where To Stay In Ocean City MD
For the best positioning for all of these amazing holiday festivities, make sure to grab a room or suite at Princess Bayside. This amazing resort puts you right on 48th Street and Coastal Highway, and savvy guests will be sure to make use of all the great deals they have on offer to make their stay the best it can possibly be.