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Winterfest of Lights 2020

Ocean City's premier spot to celebrate Christmas and the New Year


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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

Winterfest of Lights is an annual Christmas event at Northside Park in Ocean City, MD. Over a million sparkling holiday lights and numerous animated light displays can be seen throughout the festive Northside Park. Visitors can warm up and drink a cup of hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion. Kids can take a photo with Santa and ride the Winterfest Express. The 1-mile (1.6-km) tour through fairytale-themed exhibits includes 58 acres (23.5 ha) illuminated with lights and a 50-feet (15-m) Christmas tree. The attraction is free for kids aged 11 or younger.

Northside Park, located between 125th Street and the bay, is a popular outdoor getaway in Ocean City at any time of year. But only during the holiday season, you can ride the magical Winterfest Express to find yourself in a winter wonderland. The 1-mile (1.6-km) long light trail is synchronized to holiday music. The most popular displays are Twelve Days of Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, and, of course, a sparkling Christmas tree. Visit Santa's Workshop and take part in a sing-along of Christmas carols.

Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park is also a popular spot for New Year’s Eve celebration. It attracts thousands of people with its beautiful decorations and great entertainment. The event features a big stage, a live DJ, many giveaways, and fireworks.

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