(Dec. 28, 2018) Northside Park on 125th Street will again wrap up Winterfest of Lights with a bang and celebrate the start of 2019 with fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

There will be live entertainment from Baltimore’s DJ Kutt, hot chocolate and baked goods available for a small fee, giveaways from Coca-Cola and an opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights for the last time in 2018, which will have extended hours until 11:30 p.m. for the special occasion.

“In terms of environment, Winterfest still offers that family friendly [experience],” Frank Miller, special events director for the Town of Ocean City, said. “If you want to show up late in the evening, enjoy the heated tent at Winterfest, buy some New Year’s Eve tchotchkes that can help you celebrate the upcoming 2019 year, we have those available for sale inside the Marlin Marketplace gift shop.”

Coca-Cola is a major sponsor of the event and there will be a wide range of product giveaways the entire evening.

DJ Kutt will start spinning the tunes at 5:30 p.m. inside the pavilion and will move outdoors around 11 p.m. in preparation for the midnight fireworks display.

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Winterfest of Lights will end with a bang on New Year's Eve, filled with fireworks, music, and the last tram ride through the colorful light displays.

“It will be a fun occasion and if people have not come up to experience Winterfest yet, and they’re waiting until the last minute, there’s nothing like coming to do that on New Year’s Eve,” Miller said.

Attendees can also look forward to a couple photo opportunities and organizers are working on a sequence countdown to midnight on the 50-foot Christmas tree. The pavilion will have non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase as well.

Winterfest of Lights has become a tradition for residents and families visiting during the holiday season. Many check out the award-winning nighttime festival each year to take the guided open-air tour through the 125th Street park accompanied by holiday tunes.

The New Year’s Eve festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. inside the Winterfest Pavilion.

Winterfest of Lights runs nightly through Dec. 31 at Northside Park. Hours of operation are 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost to ride the train is $5 for adults. Children 11 and younger ride for free.

For information, call 410-250-0125 or visit www.ococean.com/events.

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