Ocean City never really gets quiet. It slows down, but there always seems to be something to do. Sure, you find yourself occasionally going from one end of town to another without hitting a red light, but that’s like seeing Big Foot; often talked about, but never any evidence of it happening. The off season brings a welcome change in how the town feels. Instead of the hustle and bustle of crowds and packed events in the Summer, you’re given a chance to slow down and explore the magical holiday spectacles and fun filled events that invite you to relax and enjoy.
A yearly tradition, and a national award-winning event, the Winterfest of Lights is the highlight of the holiday season in Ocean City. Hop aboard a boardwalk tram, appropriately renamed the “Winterfest Express” for this event, and enjoy a ride through a magical display of holiday lights and festive features. Located at Northside Park on 125th st., this event is something that the whole family can, and most certainly should, enjoy. The Winterfest Express takes you on a journey that features over one million sparkling holiday lights, hundreds of animated displays, and guaranteed smiles for everyone.
Having enjoyed this event myself a few times, I’d like to pass along some helpful pointers. You’ll definitely want to bundle up. After all, the ride is outside and the wind coming off the bay in the winter can bring chills to anyone. I’ve told this next one to countless people, and they all thank me for it: Take a blanket to sit on! The tram seats get very cold during the winter and can make the journey a little less enjoyable if you’re not prepared. Last but not least, make sure to grab a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider for the ride. They sell both in the heated tent where the Winterfest Express picks you up and it’s nice to have something warm to sip on while on the ride.
Although the Winterfest of Lights is the main event in Ocean City, there are plenty of other holiday experiences to be found throughout town. If outdoor adventures aren’t for you, cozy up in the new Performing Arts Center and be treated to one-of-a-kind holiday shows that are sure to delight. Featured in the month of December, Ronnie Milsap is bringing his Christmas themed show to town on December 4th. Tickets for this must-see event can be found here.
Another Holiday classic being presented at the Performing Arts Center is “The Nutcracker”. This will be the first time Ocean City has hosted the Sussex Ballet: a preprofessional ballet company comprised of students from Sussex Dance Academy, under the artistic directing of Kate Downes Walker. Information about the performance, which is scheduled for December 5th, can be found here.
There is a plethora of events scheduled for Ocean City during the holiday season. From horse and carriage rides with Santa, to an OC Christmas Parade and more, there is sure to be an event that you and your family can enjoy. We invite you to explore Ocean City during the offseason where the opportunity to experience happiness and joy is around every corner.
For a complete list of events in Ocean City during the Winter season click here.