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In-Person Events in and Around Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland December 2023

In-Person Events in and Around Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland December 2023   December on Delmarva Sparkles with Dozens of Festive Holiday Events (noted in red and green).
Continuous / Numerous recreational events for youth and adults sponsored by Wicomico County Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. See the entire list at   Register your children now for this winter’s youth basketball leagues. There will be four age divisions, spanning from four years to fourteen years. Play begins on Jan. 3 or Jan. 6, 2024, depending on the division. Cost: $50 for Division One, $65 for other divisions. Go here to register:   Register your children now for the Eastern Shore Elite Volleyball Instructional Academy. Grades: K – 12. Dates: Jan. 31 – March 6, 2024. Place: Bennett Middle School. Times: 5 – 6 p.m. for grades K – 5; 6 – 7 p.m. for grades 6 – 12. Cost: $85 per player. Go here to register:
Fridays in December 2023 / Sip and Shop in Berlin, Md. Free tastings of local beer, mead, and wine every Friday until 8 p.m. in Berlin’s downtown shops.
Now through Dec. 31, 2023 (Wednesdays thru Sundays) / Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park, 200 125th St., Ocean City. Hop aboard a tram, or follow a paved path and walk past thousands of sparkling holiday lights and many animated light displays. Sip hot chocolate, take a photo with Santa, visit a gift shop, and view a 50-foot Christmas tree. Dates and times: Wednesdays through Sundays, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Admission: $6. Children under 12, free. Subject to closure for inclement weather. Check the town of Ocean City’s Facebook page before coming.
Now through Dec. 31, 2023 (every day) / Salisbury Holiday Hunt, downtown. Make your way around Salisbury’s most decked-out downtown attractions during the holiday season and complete challenges for points and a chance to win an amazing prize basket. The Salisbury Holiday Hunt will run from Nov. 25 to Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Preregister at Up to 500 participants can register. Registration is free; no purchase necessary.
Now through Dec. 31, 2023 (Wednesdays thru Sundays) / Holiday Train Display at the Ocean City Convention Center’s Welcoming Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. Bring the family to see a display constructed by local model-train enthusiasts. Time: 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Free.
Dec. 1 – 3 (Fri. thru Sun.) / The Nutcracker presented by the Eastern Shore Ballet Theater at the Wicomico High School Auditorium, Salisbury. Times: Dec. 1st at 7 p.m.; Dec. 2nd at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 3rd at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 – $20.
Dec. 1 – 3 & 7 – 10 / Estella Scrooge presented by the Clear Space Theater Co., 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del. Ebenezer Scrooge’s greedy great great grand-daughter learns her own Christmas lessons in a modern adaptation of the classic story. Times vary. Tickets: $20 – $34.50. For details and to purchase tickets, visit
Dec. 2 (Sat.) / Ocean City Christmas Parade. The Ocean City Parade runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets and arrive early to park and get a good viewing spot. The parade will proceed from Old Landing Road north to 120th Street. The southbound lanes of Coastal Highway will be closed for the parade in that general area, allowing spectators to gather curbside. Following the parade, visit the Carousel Hotel for family-friendly fun and an awards presentation.
Dec. 2 (Sat.) / Salisbury’s Holiday Lights Celebration, downtown on the Plaza. Santa, music by the Salisbury School Choir, a dance performance by Feet of Fire, a holiday market, free hot chocolate, and the lighting of Salisbury’s Christmas tree and menorah. Plus snow! Times: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Free. See schedule of events here:
Dec. 2 & 3 (Sat. & Sun.) / Delmarva Model Railroad Club Open House, 103 State St., Delmar, Del. Watch multiple trains operate on seven different layouts. Refreshments for sale. Times: Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun., noon – 4 p.m. Admission: free.
Dec. 3 (Sun.) / Frosty Festival at the Wicomico Civic Center, 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury. Attendees can enjoy festive live music, craft vendors, and wandering holiday characters. Tickets include unlimited access to the Water Boyz Inflatables bounce house village and the opportunity to create one craft ornament and one letter to Santa. For an additional fee, families can take photos with Santa or warm up with a festive drink at the hot cocoa bar. Food and other drinks (including adult beverages) will also be available for purchase. Time: Noon – 4 p.m. Tickets: $12 plus fee.
Dec. 3 (Sun.) / Yuletide Open House at the Poplar Hill Mansion, 117 Elizabeth St., Salisbury. See the beautiful floral decorations by the Four Seasons Garden Club with this year’s theme of an Enchanted Garden Christmas. Visit the second floor to see Christmas trees with over 1,500 ornaments, a holiday village, and over 100 nutcrackers. Scones, cookies, and holiday tea boxes with gourmet tea pyramids will be available for purchase. Admission is free and includes a small cookie bag for each guest. Donations are gladly accepted and appreciated. Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Dec. 3 (Sun.) / Salisbury Jaycees Christmas Parade, downtown Salisbury. Time: 1 p.m. Enjoy festive floats, marching bands, and dazzling performances. For 2023, the parade will begin at Mt. Hermon Road & East Main Street in Salisbury and will end at the City Park.
December 3 (Sun.) / The Mid-Atlantic Symphony presents “Holiday Joy,” a festive selection of Christmas music, at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $55.
Dec. 7 (Thurs.) / Berlin Christmas Parade, Berlin, Md. 80+ floats, dancers, fire trucks, Santa, and more. The parade starts at 7 p.m. at the Berlin Welcome Center, 14 S. Main St., then runs north to the Berlin Fire Company, 214 N. Main St. 
Dec. 9 (Sat.) / Salisbury Pops Orchestra at Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall. Christmas music and a visit from Santa. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: General public, $10; alumni, $8; seniors, $5; students, faculty, and staff, free.
Dec. 9 (Sat.) / Ocean City Comic Con at the O.C. Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. Characters, vendors, discussion panels, anime screenings, video game tournaments, and other activities. Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: adults, $12; children 9 and under, free (with paying adult). $1 off admission with a non-perishable food item for Diakonia; $1 off admission if in costume.
Dec. 10 (Sun.) / Jingle All the Way 5k Run/Walk beginning at the Mardela Athletic Complex, 210 Station St., Mardela, Md. The race officially starts at 9 a.m. All finishers will earn a medal after crossing the finish line. Registration includes a shirt (while supplies last), a bib number (with timing chip for 5K), water, and refreshments after completion of the race. Cost: $35. More info. here:
Dec. 14 (Thurs.) / Menorah Lighting at the Inn Berlin, Berlin, Md. “Join us as we light the menorah on the final night of Hanukkah.” Plus potato latkes and brisket, Sufganiyot (doughnuts), and dreidels.
Dec. 17 (Sun.) / On Your Feet, the Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan (musical theater), at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $55 – $75.!/1575/
Dec. 18 (Mon.) / Sip and Paint at the Burnish Beer Co., 2305 Northwood Drive, Suite E, Salisbury. Sip your favorite brew as you paint a 16-inch-tall nutcracker. Burnish will supply all necessary materials and will offer their full kitchen & bar menu, including their Monday night specials. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $45.
Dec. 26 – 30 (Tues. – Sat.) / Governor’s Challenge High School Basketball Tournament at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, the University of Md. Eastern Shore, and Wicomico High School. This year, 120 teams will compete. Weeklong admission: Adults, $40; children ages 3 – 11, $20.  Daily admission: adults, $15; children ages 3 – 11, $8. Children age 2 and under, free. For game schedules and locations, visit
Dec. 29 (Fri.) / The Beat Goes On (Cher Tribute Show) at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $35 – $45.
Dec. 31 / Jan. 1 (Sun. / Mon.) Music and New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the beach near Dorchester St., Ocean City. Time: 9 p.m. onwards. Park for free at the Inlet parking lot.
Dec. 31 / Jan. 1 (Sun. / Mon.) New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Party, Main St. and N. Division St., downtown Salisbury. This free, family-friendly event features live music ahead of confetti and a  ball drop at midnight. Beer and wine will be available for purchase outside, and local food trucks will be on-site. Free parking will be available in the parking garage. Time: 9 p.m. until just after midnight.
Jan. 1 (Mon.) Atlantic General Hospital’s Penguin Swim at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort, 9100 Coastal Hwy. in Ocean City. Take a wintery dip in the Atlantic to benefit the hospital. Registration: $30 on or before Dec. 30th; $35 on Dec. 31st or the day of the event. Times: check-in and day-of-event registration, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Swim begins at 12 noon.

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