(Dec. 27, 2019) Northside Park on 125th Street will have fireworks, hot chocolate and prize giveaways to celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of a new decade on New Year’s Eve.
Guests can take one last tram ride through the Winterfest of Lights display across 53 acres of Northside Park on New Year’s Eve, which will have extended hours until 11:30 p.m.
In addition to the tram rides, there will be live entertainment from Baltimore’s DJ Kutt, hot chocolate and baked goods available for a small fee, and giveaways from Coca-Cola, Northside Park’s largest sponsor for New Year’s Eve.
“Winterfest is always a great family experience and we even have people who will bring along their sparking non-alcoholic wines or juice and they’ll have that ready to toast at midnight, which is allowed,” Frank Miller, special events director for the Town of Ocean City, said.
DJ Kutt will start playing music at 5:30 p.m. inside the pavilion and will move outdoors around 11 p.m. in preparation for the midnight fireworks display.
Abbey Burger Bistro, located right across the street, will be open during the event, Miller said.
“In addition to what’s going on inside the Winterfest Pavilion, Abbey Burger Bistro will have a DJ, so if you’re hungry or need a beverage, you can go across the street to Abbey Burger and warm up there as well and then come back for the fireworks,” he said.
Attendees can look forward to a couple photo opportunities and children can enjoy face painting and other activities inside the heated pavilion, which will have non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase.
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.
“Winterfest is the place to be for fireworks on New Year’s Eve,” Miller said. “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,”
The New Year’s Eve festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. inside the Winterfest Pavilion. There is no cost to attend, although there is a charge to ride through the light displays.
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.