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Ocean City Holiday Events through New Year’s

Ocean City Holiday Events through New Year’s

Are you thinking of spending your holidays at the beach? With activities galore and no shortage of relaxation, Ocean City, Maryland presents the ideal getaway. Live music, winter lights, discounted shopping, parades, 5Ks—treat your family to a slate of Christmas and New Year’s events for an Ocean City holiday that they’ll remember.

Here’s what’s going on during Christmas and New Year’s in Ocean City.

Ocean City Christmas Events

  • Winterfest of Lights | November 15–December 31
    Ride the Boardwalk tram cars through this dazzling light display in Northside Park. Warm up with hot chocolate, get a snapshot with Santa, and explore the magical gift shop.
  • Light Up Downtown Winter Festival | November 17
    This is one Christmas event in Maryland you don’t want to miss. There’s tons to do for kids and adults alike, from crafts, carnival games, and prizes to live entertainment, vendors, and a tree lighting—and it’s all free!
  • Holiday Shoppers Fair | November 23–25
    Receive a door prize upon entry and find handmade gifts for your loved ones inside, including candles, jewelry, ceramics, and photography. This holiday event in Maryland includes face painting, too!
  • Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets | November 23
    Extended hours at Tanger Outlets means more time to save big on deals in over 30 stores. Plus, Shopper Services is offering a free Tanger gift card with qualified purchases in the morning hours.
  • Ocean City Christmas Parade | December 1
    This Christmas event in Maryland is the highlight of the holiday season. Get a prime view of more than 50 school bands, horses, antique cars, and holiday floats parading down Coastal Highway.
  • Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk | December 2
    Walk or run through more than a million lights at Northside Park in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K. After the race, snag your shirt, snack on cookies and hot chocolate, and ride through the sparkling lights on the Winterfest Express.

Ocean City New Year’s Eve Parties

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration | December 31
    One of the best Ocean City New Year’s Eve parties around, this celebration includes live entertainment, hot chocolate, and a fireworks show among the Winterfest of Lights. Watch the ball drop with your loved ones.
  • 25th Annual Penguin Swim | January 1
    Jump in the ocean to benefit the area’s Atlantic General Hospital. This New Year’s event in Maryland features a costume contest, carnival games, activities, prizes, and more.

Enjoy all these holiday events in Maryland and find a great home away from home this Christmas and New Year’s through Vantage Vacation Rentals. Book your vacation today!

Fall in Love with the Beach

Fall in Love with Ocean City

Temperatures May Drop, but Fall Events Heat Up

Dusting off school books, raking up leaves, and enjoying football on TV – who says vacations are just for the summer? Fall is the best time of year and even better in Ocean City! Forget the traffic, skip the lines, and enjoy life at a slower pace. Ocean City offers fall vacation deals for every budget.  With off-season temperatures in the 60s-70s, the local events never stop. From food festivals to car shows to Halloween traditions, visitors will fall in love with the shore.


  • 9/11 Parade of Brothers Motorcycle Ride  – Join riders from across the country in a memorial boardwalk parade.
  • 9/14-17 OC Bikefest – From the Boardwalk to the Convention Center to the Inlet, Bikefest promises great times with bands, stunt bikes, vendors, food & beverages.
  • 9/21-24 43rd Annual Sunfest & Sunfest Kite Festival – Celebrate fall in style! Enjoy the four-day event full of delicious food, arts and crafts, live music, rides, activities for the kids & more.
  • 9/22-23 13th Annual Sand Castle Home Tour – Spend the day touring ten of Ocean City’s most beautiful homes for a great cause, the Art League of OC!
  • 9/29-30 22nd Annual Wine on the Beach – Treat your taste buds! Start off your stress free weekend wining on the beach.


  • 10/5-8 20th Annual Endless Summer Crusin’– Car enthusiasts will love this event with over 2,000 Hot Rods, Wild Customs, and Trick Trucks at the Convention Center.
  • 10/21 O.C.toberfest Howl-o-ween Pet Parade Show – Ocean City goes to dogs, cats & any other family pet! Break out your best costume and join over 140 pet and owners alike for the Howl-o-ween Pet Parade.
  • 10/21-22 & 28-29 O.C.toberfest Halloween Beach Maze – Test your navigation skills in Ocean City’s largest beach maze!
  • 10/28 Great Pumpkin Race – Take the whole family to the Great Pumpkin Race: OC Edition! Creating your finest pumpkin race car and take part in this wacky down-hill race.


  • 11/16 – 12/31 Winterfest of LightsHop aboard the Winterfest Express for the best tour of the one million Christmas light display. Enjoy festive music, hot chocolate, gift shops & pictures with Santa!

Plan your fall getaway to Ocean City at VantageOceanCity.com.  Or give our Vacation Coordinators a call at (410) 723-2002 – we would be happy to help you find the rental that’s just right for you!

Winter at the Beach | Chill Out in OCMD

Often times, people don`t pair the winter season with feeling the sand between their toes; however, the winter season can be a great time to travel to the beach. There are plenty of advantages of traveling to Ocean City, Maryland during the colder season. Come discover why we love winter at the beach!

Less Crowds

Not a fan of large summer crowds? You won`t have to deal with the chaos of crowds on the Boardwalk if you visit Ocean City during the winter months. During these months, you will find less people on the beach, driving on Coastal Highway, or just around town, making it a much more peaceful and relaxing vacation experience. If you choose to drive to Ocean City, you will also have the luxury of not experiencing the usual beach traffic that is almost inevitable during the summer months.

Save Money

There are a variety of deals that occur during winter in Ocean City from restaurant deals to activity savings. You can also take advantage of our lower prices on Vantage vacation rentals during the winter season. Interested in a stay during the holidays? Check out our current special here where you can have a pre-lit tree in your vacation rental without the hassle of setting it up or taking it down (we will take care of that) for just $49. This deal also comes with a festive starter amenities bag and a special surprise!

Experience Holiday Events

Get a change of scenery for the holiday season and head to the beach for one of the iconic events that the town has to offer. Ocean City hosts their signature Winterfest of Lights event at Northeast Park from now until January 3, 2016 which features over one million holiday lights. Climb aboard the Winterfest Express and explore the many exhibits along with seeing the iconic 50-foot Christmas tree. Interested in ringing in the New Year at the beach? Stay over New Year`s Eve weekend and attend the free fireworks show along with live entertainment.

Get Active

From October 1st to April 30th, Ocean City allows travelers to walk their dogs on the beach and Boardwalk. Keep in mind that dogs must be leashed at all times and that owners are required to remove any waste. In addition, if you choose to bring your pet, you must stay in a pet-friendly Vantage rental or keep your dog in a kennel. During the winter, you can also bike, roller blade or skateboard on the Boardwalk at your leisure.

Give us a call or browse our website to find your perfect rental to enjoy winter at the beach!

Spend Thanksgiving at the beach this year, and get a FREE dinner on us!

Thanksgiving on Us | Free Dinner!


What could possibly make Thanksgiving better than that? The BEACH!

Vantage invites you to spend Thanksgiving in beautiful Ocean City, MD! And to make your stay even more relaxing, we`ve decided that your feast is on us! Guests visiting for Thanksgiving will receive a FREE dinner* for up to 10 guests ($49.99 value), prepared fresh by Harris Teeter Food Market. All you do is heat & enjoy!

Wouldn`t you like to focus more on relaxing than fussing over Thanksgiving details? Come enjoy gorgeous fall color & laid-back coastal atmosphere at one of our beautiful vacation rentals. Vantage vacation homes are located in some of Ocean City`s best-loved communities, and can accommodate families of every size & budget.  And while you`re here, check out these fun activities:

Black Friday Deals at Tanger Outlets in W. OCMD or Rehoboth Beach, DE – open 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving
Holiday Shopper’s Fair at Roland E. Powell Convention Center – open 10:00 a.m. daily Nov. 28-30
Winterfest of Lights, pictures with Santa & hot cocoa at Northside Park – open 5:30 p.m. daily Nov. 20-Jan. 4

* Use Promo Code GOBBLEOC. Free Harris Teeter gift card valid only with rentals of $199/night & up. 3-night minimum stay required. Must check-in between 11/25/14 & 11/29/14. Not valid on bookings made prior to 9/22/14. Cannot be combined with other offers.