Ocean City’s Winterfest Has Largest Crowd in 10 Years

OCEAN CITY, MD – Ocean City’s 19th annual Winterfest of Lights is off to a great start, with the largest crowd in attendance over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 10 years.

From Wednesday through Sunday, more than 21,000 visitors rode the Winterfest Express tram ride through the lighted displays at Northside Park. That marked an increase of more than 900 visitors over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday period.

“We were pleased to host everyone at Winterfest over the holiday weekend,” said Tom Shuster, Director of the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department. “Winterfest continues to grow in popularity and the appeal of this event for families gathering together in Ocean City for the Thanksgiving holiday remains strong.

Winterfest of Lights, which opened with a tree-lighting ceremony on November 17, continues nightly through January 1 at Northside Park, located at 125th St. and the bay, where you can take a ride on the Winterfest Express as it makes its way along a mile-long path filled with illuminated displays. Winterfest tram rides are  $5 for those 12 years of age and older, children 11 years and younger ride for free.

While at Northside Park visit the Winterfest Pavilion for a cup of hot chocolate, browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop and have your photo taken with Santa, who will be available nightly until Friday, December 23. Admission to the Winterfest Pavilion is free and on selected nights, free musical entertainment will be scheduled.

Winterfest of Lights is presented Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  For more information, call 1-800-626-2326 or visit the Ocean City website at www.ococean.com.

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