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Special opening ceremony to kick off Winterfest of Lights

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OCEAN
CITY – The 18th annual Winterfest of Lights kicks off 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 with a special opening ceremony and celebration at
Northside
Park’s

Winterfest
Village
,

127th Street
and the bay.

The public is invited to attend the Winterfest opening ceremony, which begins

Ocean
City
’s dazzling holiday season. Throughout the resort, thousands of twinkling lights will outline hundreds of displays.

The opening ceremony features the

Ocean
City
Elementary School
’s “OC Stars” performing holiday song and dance. Then, Mayor Rick Meehan and the children will “throw the switch” to light the entire

Winterfest
Park
. Santa will make a surprise entrance and then the Winterfest Express Train will be free for everyone attending this opening evening.

Following the ceremony, Winterfest of Lights runs nightly through Jan. 2. Hours of operation are 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Visit Northside Park and enjoy a ride on the Winterfest Express as it makes its way along a mile-long path filled with delightful illuminated displays. Admission to the train ride is just $4 for anyone 10 and over, and children 9 years of age and under are free.

While at
Northside
Park, visit the

Winterfest
Village
located inside a heated and festively decorated tent for a cup of hot chocolate, browse Yukon Cornelius’ Gift Shop for holiday presents and have your photo taken with Santa. Santa will be on hand to receive your holiday wish lists each and every night until Dec. 23.         

On selected Winterfest nights, free musical entertainment has been scheduled at the

Winterfest
Village
. For information, call the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department at 410-250-0125 or visit www.ococean.com.