17th annual Winterfest of Lights

Where: : Northside Park, 127th Street and the bay, Ocean City

When: : 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 2

What: : Ocean City's seasonal event kicks off Thursday with an opening ceremony featuring holiday songs, children's performances and an appearance by Santa. Winterfest takes place throughout the park, with thousands of twinkling lights outlining hundreds of displays.

The Winterfest Village, located inside a heated and decorated tent, offers hot chocolate, a gift shop and photos with Santa (through Dec. 23). Visitors will be able to take a ride on the Winterfest Express Train as it makes its way along a milelong path of illuminated displays.

How much: : Admission is $4 for ages 10 and older; children 9 and under are free.

What's nearby: : While in Ocean City, drive along the Avenue of Trees on Baltimore Avenue from 15th to 32nd Street.

Information: : Call 410-250-0125 or visit

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