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Festive Family Fun at the Carousel Hotel

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The Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums, located on 118th Street & Coastal Hwy., has it all when it comes to the holiday season.

Xmas-parade_post_img.jpgOcean City’s 37th Annual OC Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season in Ocean City, MD., on December 7, 2019. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Old Landing Rd. and marches northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Hwy. to the judges’ stand on 120th Street. The event will feature more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, antique cars, colorful holiday floats, and more. Professional judges will review bands and other units in nine categories.

The Carousel is proud to be the title sponsor of this year’s OC Christmas Parade, and will host post-parade festivities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. where trophies will be awarded. The Carousel brings additional family fun for participants and patrons alike, including half-priced ice skating, complimentary hot cocoa, coffee and cider, live entertainment, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and happy hour food and drink specials. In addition, complementary winter refreshments will be available.

Xmas-1-smaller_post_img_v.jpgTo participate in the Ocean City Christmas Parade, registrants should contact the Town of Ocean City’s Special Events Dept. at 410-250-0125. There is no charge to participate.

If you have never visited the Carousel during the holiday season, it is a wonderland that you won’t want to miss. From the time you walk in the front door to every nook and cranny the hotel is decorated from head to toe. It is a sight that not even the Grinch will miss. You heard that right, the Grinch!

Holiday events will continue at the Carousel on the weekend of December 14 – 15, 2019 and December 21 – 22, 2019 where the Grinch will be taking over Santa’s duties. On Saturdays the Grinch will make an appearance in the Atrium, and go ice skating from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. A special feature of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will follow on the big screen in the Pennsylvania Room at 7 p.m. Breakfast with the Grinch will take place the next morning, Sundays from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., at Reef 118’s breakfast buffet, followed by an Atrium appearance at 9 a.m. We challenge you to visit with the Grinch and help his heart grow an inch with every photo he takes with you and your family and friends. The more his heart grows, the less likely he try to steal Christmas!

Xmas-2-smaller_post_img.jpgNothing says, tis’ the season like an ice skating rink! The Carousel’s ice skating rink is open daily year-round to the public, hours depending. The rink is also open to host parties on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and all day Sunday. The Carousel can do it all by setting up tables with Birthday themed tableware, and catering with fruit and veggie trays, pizza, burgers, chicken tenders, wings and more! For more information on ice skating rink hours and operation visit our website at www.CarouselHotel.com. For more information or to book a party call Maija Ware at 410-520-2275.

For specific hours visit the Carousel’s website where the ice skating rink hours are updated on a weekly basis.

t1200-winterfest_post_img.jpgThis time of year is also perfect to visit Northside Park and take in one of the best things in Ocean City from now to New Year’s Eve, the Winterfest ofLights! Only a short walk or ride away, Northside Park located on 125th Street & the Bay, sparkles with million holiday lights and hundreds of animated light displays. Relax and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion, take a photo with Santa, and board the Winterfest Express to tour fairy tale themed exhibits. The one-mile journey takes you through 58 acres of lights and features a 50-foot Christmas tree. For more information call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

The Carousel will bring in the New Year with Reef 118’s annual Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The buffet will include Prime Rib, Petite Crab Cakes, Flounder, Salmon, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Pork Loin stuffed with Andouille Sausage and Cornbread, plus all the fixings and desert. Also enjoy a live Holiday Ice Skating Show put on by The Next Ice Age on December 30 and 31 starting at 6:30 p.m., free and open to the public. As well as, live entertainment on New Year’s Eve starting at 7:30 p.m. Call 410.520.2280 to make reservations for dinner.

Xmas-4-smaller_post_img.jpgThe Town of Ocean City will bring in 2020 with the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks on December 31, 2019 at Northside Park to celebrate the New Year. The fireworks display, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by live entertainment, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights one last time. This family-friendly event will allow visitors to travel through the winter paradise of lights and then listen to music by a local DJ as they wait for the countdown to midnight.

Mayors-NY-Concert_post_img.jpgThe Mayor’s New Year’s Day Concert will be held New Year’s Day, January 1, 2020, where Mayor Rick Meehan and members of the Ocean City Council will host a concert at the beautiful Performing Arts Center located at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street & Coastal Hwy. All residents and visitors are welcome to attend the free event. After a brief meet and greet with Ocean City elected officials and community partners, the 2020 Mayor’s New Year’s Day Concert will begin.

Penguin-Swim_post_img.jpgAlso on New Year’s Day, the annual Penguin Swim is held to benefit our not-for-profit community hospital, Atlantic General. Each year, hundreds of Penguins raise funds to help the hospital provide the excellent quality care our community depends on. Individual and Team fundraising efforts by Penguin Swim participants enable Atlantic General to continue to provide that care, but they can’t do it alone! Business sponsors help make the event a great success as the Penguin Swim is one of our largest fundraisers in support of Atlantic General Hospital’s Mission to create a coordinated care delivery system that will provide access to quality care, personalized service, and education to improve individual and community health.

The Penguin Swim is held at Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel on 91st Street & Coastal Hwy. The swim will take place at 1 p.m. on the beach. All swimmers must register either online or in-person, and check-in to receive a wristband to gain access to the Swim Area. The registration fee is $25.00 per swimmer. All registered swimmers will receive an official 2020 Penguin Swim T-shirt. Pre-Register by December 1 to guarantee size.

For more information contact Joy Stokes at 410-641-9671 or jstokes@atlanticgeneral.org.