Ocean City, Maryland – Winter 2001/2002
Who wants to go to the beach during the winter? Surprisingly enough, a trip to Ocean City in the off-season has its advantages. The room rates are really low (a good room can be found for under $30), restaurants offer half-price menus, and you can travel from one end of the island to the other in a fraction of the time it would take in the summer. Best of all, the weather can be quite mild and the beaches are deserted (just pack a windbreaker and a warm pair of gloves).
Here are a few excuses to make the trip:
Santa breaks free from the OCPD
Winterfest of Lights
Ocean City sparkles and shimmers as its streets and parks are filled with vibrant displays of holiday lights. Hundreds of animated displays are scattered throughout the city (including a humongous spooky Santa peering over the O.C. Police Department), but the main displays can be found at either end of town.
If you are in downtown O.C., cruise down the Avenue of Trees (Baltimore Ave from 15th to 32nd Street), then head over to the inlet parking lot, where you can drive through the Tunnel of Lights and peer out at the displays lighting up the beach. Uptown? Then check out Northside Park (125th St, Bayside) at dusk. There you can catch the Winterfest Express Train and enjoy a 10 minute ride through a extensive display of Christmas images mixed in with less traditional twinkling crabs and marlins. When you’re finished, take a stroll through the Winterfest Village and have a seat on Santa’s lap.
Northside Park trains run from 5:30 to 9:30 pm on Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 10:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $3 for adults – kids under 12 ride for free.
For information call the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department at (410) 250-0125.
Head down to the Dunes Manor Hotel (28th St, Oceanfront) to get into the Christmas spirit – it’s decorated with gorgeous Victorian Christmas decorations and features a toy train garden. Other extras include free pictures with jolly ‘ol Saint Nick and free weekend entertainment.
For information call: (800) 523-2888.
Ocean City Christmas Parade
Something’s fishy at Winterfest
Bundle up and head uptown for this annual parade featuring marching bands, floats, horses, antique cars and holiday cheer! The parade starts at 11 am and marches along from 100th to 115th Street.
Celebration 2002 – The Year For You
Grab your family and friends and head over to the Ocean City Convention Center for this New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s a tad tamer than many of the area nightclub offerings, but it’s more affordable. Entertainment includes various tribute bands that cover the songs of the Temptations, Supremes, Beach Boys, and Frank Sinatra.
Midnight brings the fall of the Giant Beach Ball outside the convention. It doesn’t quite catch the essence and excitement of the ball dropping in Times Square – but hey, this is Ocean City!
Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under (with a parent/guardian), and includes entertainment, party favors and door prizes. Food and beverages will be available. Doors open at 7pm, and entertainment begins at 8pm.
For tickets, call the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office: (410)-289-8314.
Nautical and Wildlife Art Festival and North American Craft Show
This juried arts and crafts show is a great excuse to get away for the weekend. View paintings, sculptures, carvings and crafts with nautical, wildlife, and seaside themes. Works are by both nationally acclaimed artists and local talent.
Held Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm at the Convention Center (40th St. bayside).
For information call Don Hastings (410) 524-9177.
Ocean City Seaside Boat Show
Get geared up for a summer on the water by whetting your appetite at the largest boat show on the Eastern Shore. This gigantic indoor event boasts over 150 vendors and 350 boats ranging from sport cruisers to performance motorboats. While you’re there – try your luck at winning an 18′ pontoon boat!
Held Friday from 2-8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday 11 am-5 pm at the Convention Center (40th St. bayside).
For information call Wayne Cott: (410) 289-8271.