Are you thinking of spending your holidays at the beach? With activities galore and no shortage of relaxation, Ocean City, Maryland presents the ideal getaway. Live music, winter lights, discounted shopping, parades, 5Ks—treat your family to a slate of Christmas and New Year’s events for an Ocean City holiday that they’ll remember.
Here’s what’s going on during Christmas and New Year’s in Ocean City.
Ocean City Christmas Events
- Winterfest of Lights | November 15–December 31
Ride the Boardwalk tram cars through this dazzling light display in Northside Park. Warm up with hot chocolate, get a snapshot with Santa, and explore the magical gift shop.
- Light Up Downtown Winter Festival | November 17
This is one Christmas event in Maryland you don’t want to miss. There’s tons to do for kids and adults alike, from crafts, carnival games, and prizes to live entertainment, vendors, and a tree lighting—and it’s all free!
- Holiday Shoppers Fair | November 23–25
Receive a door prize upon entry and find handmade gifts for your loved ones inside, including candles, jewelry, ceramics, and photography. This holiday event in Maryland includes face painting, too!
- Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets | November 23
Extended hours at Tanger Outlets means more time to save big on deals in over 30 stores. Plus, Shopper Services is offering a free Tanger gift card with qualified purchases in the morning hours.
- Ocean City Christmas Parade | December 1
This Christmas event in Maryland is the highlight of the holiday season. Get a prime view of more than 50 school bands, horses, antique cars, and holiday floats parading down Coastal Highway.
- Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk | December 2
Walk or run through more than a million lights at Northside Park in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K. After the race, snag your shirt, snack on cookies and hot chocolate, and ride through the sparkling lights on the Winterfest Express.
Ocean City New Year’s Eve Parties
- New Year’s Eve Celebration | December 31
One of the best Ocean City New Year’s Eve parties around, this celebration includes live entertainment, hot chocolate, and a fireworks show among the Winterfest of Lights. Watch the ball drop with your loved ones.
- 25th Annual Penguin Swim | January 1
Jump in the ocean to benefit the area’s Atlantic General Hospital. This New Year’s event in Maryland features a costume contest, carnival games, activities, prizes, and more.
Enjoy all these holiday events in Maryland and find a great home away from home this Christmas and New Year’s through Vantage Vacation Rentals. Book your vacation today!