Your Off-Season Guide: Winter Events in Ocean City, MD

This year, summer officially comes to a close on Sept. 22. But contrary to popular belief, the beach doesn’t then go into a prolonged period of hibernation until spring.

In fact, in a way, off-season in Ocean City, Maryland is when things are just getting started.

There are still plenty of major events lined up for the remainder of the year, and the mild climate means there are also plenty of great beach days left on the calendar. In fact, the only thing there are slightly less of during is tourists.

So if crowds aren’t your thing, the off-season is the perfect time to visit the world-famous resort and see everything it has to offer. There are also lots of events to travel in for.

Catch These Fall Events in Ocean City, MDar]

Light Up DowntownLight Up Downtown

Get into the holiday spirt during the Light Up Downtown Festival, Nov. 18, 3-6pm at the Boardwalk and inlet area. Plenty of free, fun events are lined up for the whole family, including kids’ crafts, games and prizes, gift drawings and visit from jolly old Saint Nicholas himself. Light Up Downtown also kicks off holiday shopping season, as vendors line up to offer unique items suitable for stockings of all sizes. For event details, please visit http://ococean.com/events/light-up-downtown-festival

Winterfest of LightsWinterfest of Lights

Winterfest of Lights, a much-celebrated holiday tradition at the resort, runs from Nov. 16 through Dec. 31st at Northside Park. Each year, the sprawling grounds of the park are transformed into a veritable winter wonderland, with more than a million lights strung up, along with hundreds of animated and lighting displays.

Ride through on the Winterfest Express, enjoy a hot chocolate in the cozy, heated Winterfest Village, or browse Yukon Cornelius’ gift shop and get your picture taken with the man himself, Santa Claus. To find out more details, please visit http://ococean.com/holidays-ocean-city

Holiday Shopper's FairHoliday Shopper’s Fair

Even more shopping can be done during the three-day Holiday Shopper’s Fair, Nov. 24-26 at the Ocean City Convention Center.

Vendors carry unique handmade merchandise, nautical-themed items, photography, florals, candles, jewelry and ceramics. Door prizes will be given out at the entrance, and the event includes activities for children, a nonshopper’s lounge, and another visit from Santa Claus. For event details, please visit http://ococean.com/events/holiday-shoppers-fair

OC Christmas ParadeOC Christmas Parade

Finally, the 34th annual OC Christmas Parade marches along Coastal Highway on Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at Old Landing Road and running north in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway. More than 50 floats are expected this year, bringing local businesses and nonprofits together with high school marching bands and fire companies in a festive, colorful and often creative display of holiday cheer.

The after party includes ice skating, complimentary refreshments, holiday music and one last visit with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to put the finishing touches on preparations for his annual Christmas Eve flight. For Parade details, please visit http://ococean.com/events/oc-christmas-parade

Whether you’re looking for family fun, a big festival, or just a small, intimate retreat along the Atlantic, Ocean City is still very much the place to be during the fall and winter. Most of the restaurants stay open during the shoulder season, and the resort seems to take on a special glow during this time of year.

Besides the festivities in the area, you will appreciate the many amenities of the Princess Royale – the indoor pool, the day spa, our oceanfront beach sunrises, and the health club. A great hotel can make a great vacation every greater!

Come see it for yourself, and build memories that can last a lifetime.