Ocean City Today

New Year’s Eve celebration, fireworks at Northside Park

By Kara Hallissey | Dec 28, 2017

(Dec. 29, 2017) Undecided on where to take the family for New Year’s Eve? Why not check out the Town of Ocean City’s fireworks show and festivities at Northside Park on 125th Street to ring in 2018.

There will be live entertainment from Baltimore’s DJ Kutt, hot chocolate and baked goods available for a nominal fee, giveaways with a Coca-Cola Boardwalk beach cruiser bicycle as the major gift, and an opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights for the final time in 2017, which will have extended hours until 11:30 p.m. for the special occasion.

“It is designed to be a family-friendly atmosphere and the best experience in the area to bring children,” said Frank Miller, special events superintendent for the Town of Ocean City. “Kids will more than likely leave with some type of gift and the fireworks are all set to music. It is a great way to wrap up 2017 and kick off 2018 in Ocean City.”

Coca-Cola is a major sponsor of the event and there will be a wide range of product giveaways the entire evening. Jamaica Avenue from Abbey Burger’s deck to the Winterfest tents will be one large viewing area.

“Abbey Burger is right across the street and you can watch the fireworks from their back deck,” Miller said. “It is a great place to bring your family, get a burger to eat, some beer or wine to drink and catch the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. The mayor will say a few words and oversee the countdown.”

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.

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.

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 Jan. 1, 2018 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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