If you find yourself visiting Ocean City MD during the month of December you’re already aware we take our celebration of Christmas and Hanukah in a very big way – beginning with the wondrous ‘Winterfest of Lights’…and, the ‘can’t miss ‘ lovely streets and buildings arrayed in traditional holiday décor. But, did you know that our Town extends the celebration – adding several more exciting activities to celebrate the New Year?
New Year’s Day will find the crowds gathering on the beach in front of the Princess Royale Hotel (91st Street) to view or participate in the 18th Annual Penguin Swim! Everyone looks forward to this annual dip into the chilly Atlantic to benefit our local Atlantic Hospital. If you’re game – registration beings at 11:30 with the ‘swim’ at 1pm. Great fun for all…
After viewing the swim it’s only a quick drive down Coastal Highway to the Ocean City Town Hall located at 301 Baltimore Avenue to participate in another New Year’s Day tradition. The Mayor and City Council invite everyone to visit the beautifully decorated City Hall. There are themed exhibits and displays. This year’s focus is on the Art League of Ocean City. While there you may also view the Ocean City history panels displayed throughout the second floor – our Town during days gone by. There is live entertainment and light refreshments are available! Times – 1-3pm.
Finally, with luck, you can scoot down to the well-known, barrier island below Ocean City – Assateague, to work off the City Hall ‘refreshment’ visit. For the past 31 years folk have been gathering each January 1st to walk the beach. If you miss the guided walk beginning at the Assateague State Park Visitor Center – you can still take part and enjoy a cup of cocoa at the end of the day. This year the theme for the 2012 (yes, it’s here) will be ‘An Island and Time of Change.‘
That’s it – three exciting activities from which choose: any or all – your choice for a fun-filled day in which to begin your new year in Ocean City Maryland.
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