Holiday Celebrations, Services and Closings


Photo Credit: Chris Parypa Photography

(December 23, 2013) – The Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The normal trash pickup schedule will be in effect on Tuesday, December 24, however; trash collection normally scheduled for Wednesday, December 25, will not be picked up until Thursday, December 26.

Also beginning December 26, the Town of Ocean City will once again provide a Christmas tree drop-off site at the 100th Street Municipal Parking Lot.  Trees can be placed in the northeast corner of the 100th Street lot December 26 through January 15.  Please remove all tinsel, ornaments and other non-wooden items from the tree. Trees collected at the site are taken to the county landfill where they are ground into mulch.

Citizens should also be reminded that Town of Ocean City administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.  There will be no trash collection on New Year’s Day.  Trash collection normally scheduled for Wednesday, January 1, will be picked up on Thursday, January 2.

With unanimous approval from the Mayor and City Council, the Town of Ocean City’s Transportation Department will also be offering free bus service from 6 a.m. on December 31 to 6 a.m. on January 1.  On December 31, bus services will run every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 10 minutes from 6 p.m. until 4 a.m. on January 1.  Busses on New Year’s Day will also run every 20 minutes from 4 a.m. until 7 a.m., at which time they will resume a normal winter service schedule of every 40 minutes.

Along with free bus services, the Town of Ocean City will be hosting a free fireworks show on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the beginning of 2014 and the 21st Annual Winterfest of Lights. The show, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by musical entertainment, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride the Winterfest of Lights.  Hours for Winterfest will be extended until 12 a.m. to allow visitors to travel through the winter paradise of lights and then listen to music by DJ Kutt as they wait for the countdown to midnight.

With more than one million holiday lights sparkling throughout Northside Park, the Winterfest of Lights New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show is unlike other celebrations around. “We added the New Year’s Eve fireworks show to the Winterfest of Lights last year and it was a huge hit amongst residents and visitors who were looking for a fun and family-friendly way to ring in the New Year,” said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “The fireworks show is free for everyone and is an exciting and affordable way for people of all ages to ring in the New Year in Ocean City.”  For more information about the Winterfest of Lights and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show, please visit

On New Year’s Day, the celebration continues at the Mayor and City Council’s 18th Annual Open House, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The Open House, which has been a community tradition since 1997, offers a different theme each year. This year’s theme is “Come Walk All Over Us: The Ocean City Downtown Association.”

Mayors and City Council members, both past and present, are invited to attend and will be on hand to greet visitors to the Open House.  Once inside, visitors can view the pictorial history of Ocean City displayed throughout the halls of City Hall.  Outside the festively decorated City Hall, the Ocean City Fire Department will have equipment on display and also back by popular community demand will be the mounted police and canine units of the Ocean City Police Department.

“The Open House offers the perfect opportunity for our citizens to visit City Hall and meet with the elected officials that have served over the years,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan.  “It is also a great opportunity for us to highlight an organization in our community that has had a tremendous effect on our town. This year, who better to feature than the Downtown Association, who advocates and promotes programs that enhance and improve the quality of life in Ocean City for both residents and vacationers?”

The Open House also offers storytelling sessions and this year will feature many of the Downtown Association past presidents and members, including Bob Givarz, Lauren Taylor, Nancy Howard and Tom Allen. A complete schedule of storytellers will be available the day of the event.  Entertainment by Brian Russo and light refreshments will also be provided for visitors.  For more information, please contact Jessica Waters at 410.289.8967.

For more information about Town of Ocean City services and holiday closings, please visit