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December Events

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December 1 - December 31: Winterfest of Lights

Winterfest of Lights returns to Ocean City’s Northside Park throughout the month of December. The 2021 event has been modified to an expanded walking tour that takes visitors through animated light displays along the paved path. Attendees are invited to sip hot chocolate, take pictures with Santa and enjoy the holiday exhibits, including the 50-foot Christmas tree. Winterfest of Lights is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for guests ages 12 and older and free for children ages 11 and younger. For more information, call 410-250-0125.

December 4: Ocean City Christmas Parade

In celebration of the holiday season, the Town of Ocean City will host its annual Christmas Parade. Starting at Old Landing Road, the parade makes its way northward along the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway. The daytime event will feature more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, floats, antique cars and more. Plenty of seating will be available along the west side of Coastal Highway, where parade participants will make their way to the judges’ stand at 120th Street. The event starts promptly at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Brenda Moore at 410-250-0125.

Christmas Parade

December 5: Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum Open House

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum’s annual Open House returns on Sunday, December 5, at its Boardwalk establishment. Families can tour the museum with free admission and take part in a lineup of festivities, which include visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, nautical ornament making, story times and shop sales. The Open House runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum website. 

December 5: Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s “Holiday Joy”

Residents and visitors are invited to the Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s “Holiday Joy” concert featuring Norah Amsellem, a French soprano who has sung as prima donna at every major opera house in the world. Held at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center, doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person, and proof of vaccination must be shown to attend the concert. For more information, visit the Ocean City Performing Arts Center website. 

December 5: Winterfest of Lights Jingle Bell 5K Run

Run through Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights display in the Jingle Bell 5K Run. The race starts at 5 p.m. at Northside Park. Fees are $32 for participants ages 13 and older and $25 for those ages 12 and younger. 

Christmas Run

December 11: Ocean City Comic Con

Hosted at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, the Ocean City Comic Con returns for a day of “geeky fun.” Take a picture with Star Wars characters, compete in cosplay contests or purchase items from participating vendors and independent artists. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children ages 9 and younger with a paying adult. A $1 discount will be applied to admission with a non-perishable food item, or $1 off admission if in costume. 

December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks

Ring in the New Year with a free fireworks display at Northside Park. The celebration includes live entertainment, hot chocolate and an opportunity to walk through the Winterfest of Lights. The fireworks display begins at midnight.

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December 2: Berlin Christmas Parade

The Berlin Christmas Parade celebrates its golden anniversary with more than 80 floats, marching bands, dancers, fire trucks, Santa and more. Dubbed the largest holiday parade on the Eastern Shore, the evening event runs through the heart of Berlin, Main Street, and marches north toward the judges’ stand near the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the Berlin Welcome Center.

Marching Band

December 4-5, December 11-12, December 18-19: Merry Marketplace in Berlin

The Berlin Welcome Center parking lot transforms into a festival village featuring Kringle Kottage, Santa visits, food cultivators and free grab-and-go craft projects. Kids can also write a letter to Santa and receive a letter back with a coupon for a sweet treat. Festivities will take place around town, including the Berlin Commons, which will host vendors, artisans and a mead garden. Free carriage rides are also available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Pitts Street and Main Street. For more information, visit the Berlin Main Street website.

December 31: Berlin New Year’s Eve Celebration 

Ring in the New Year with two celebrations in downtown Berlin. A children’s ball drop will be held at 6 p.m., outside the Heart of Gold Kids store, followed by the traditional ball drop later in the evening on Main Street. The party begins at 9:30 p.m. with DJs Big Al Reno & Schwab, dancing, and beer and food vendors.


December 3: 60th Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade

The 60th Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season with an evening of food, floats, bands, beauty queens and much more. Parade participants make their way through downtown Selbyville as onlookers gather along Church Street. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Bethany Beach

December 4: Holiday Happenings

Activities begin at the Nature Center at 10:30 a.m. with a story time and book signing of “Goodness Gracious Golly Gee I Forgot My Christmas Tree!” Then visit with Santa and Sunshine the Clown at a Town Hall party, or take trolley and tractor rides, beginning at 1 p.m. A tree lighting ceremony will follow at 5 p.m.

December 4, December 11, December 18: Weekend Wonderland in Bethany

Held every weekend prior to Christmas, Weekend Wonderland is an opportunity for residents and visitors to take advantage of tax-free shopping, fun activities, Santa visits, Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt and a cocoa crawl. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout town.

Elf On the Shelf

Rehoboth Beach

December 1 - December 31: Schellville Enchanted Christmas Celebration

Schell Brothers’ holiday festivities return this year for an Enchanted Christmas Celebration. This year, the company is partnering with Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach to present a free festival featuring a snow zone, maze of lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty’s Food Trucks, roller rink and more. Schellville is open Thursdays through Sundays, 5-9 p.m., and every day between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The festival will be closed Dec. 24-25.

December 6: Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade

Presented by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, this year’s annual Christmas parade is expected to be the largest the town has ever had. All parade participants and attendees are invited to the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Station Museum after the event for Santa’s Christmas party, including refreshments, Santa visits and more. The parade begins at 6:30, with festivities to follow.


December 4: 48th Annual Christmas House Tour of Lewes

The Lewes Historical Society invites attendees to feel the spirit of the season while experiencing all historic Lewes has to offer with the 48th Annual Christmas House Tour. Virtually make your way through nine private residences and view the holiday decorations before joining organizers live at the outdoor Holiday Village and Market, located at the Lewes Historical Society’s main campus. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information can be found on the Lewes Historical Society’s website. 

Christmas Decorations

December 4: Lewes Christmas Parade

The Lewes Christmas Parade returns to downtown Lewes with festivities kicking off at 5 p.m. Per tradition, the parade will be followed by a Christmas tree lighting at Zwaanendael Park and candlelight caroling. The tree lighting ceremony commences after the last parade entry passes by the judges’ stand. For more information, visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce website.

December 4: Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s “Holiday Joy

Residents and visitors are invited to the Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s “Holiday Joy” concert featuring Norah Amsellem, a French soprano who has sung as prima donna at every major opera house in the world. Held at the Cape Henlopen High School, the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online, and proof of vaccination must be shown to attend the concert. For more information, visit the Mid-Atlantic Symphony website.

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December 10: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

The Lewes Public Library Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival have joined forces to present “A Christmas Carol,” performed by Gerald Dickens. An adaptation on the Christmas classic, Dickens will play over 30 characters using vocal and physical talents. Seating is limited, and registration is required. For more information, visit the Lewes Public Library website. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the library.

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