Ocean City Lights

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November 17, 2005|By SARAH YURGEALITIS AND SAM SESSA | SARAH YURGEALITIS AND SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTERS

Looking to get out of the house and into the holiday spirit? Then head to the Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City today through Jan. 2. There, visitors will find activities pleasing to all ages.

The main attraction of this seasonal treat is the Winterfest Express, a ride that makes its way for a mile past dazzling displays of lights. The ride usually lasts about 11 minutes, said Veronica Donaldson, advertising and marketing manager for special events. Visitors can wait in a heated tent and have a cup of hot cocoa before departure. They can also have their picture taken with Santa.

After visiting Northside Park, where the lights are displayed, drive to the southern end of Ocean City to view the Avenue of Trees, where decorated trees line the median on Baltimore Avenue from 15th to 32nd street. At the Inlet Lot, visitors can see lights arranged in a nautical theme.

More than a million lights are used to create this yearly spectacle, which is in its 13th season, Donaldson said.

"It's tradition now," she said. "People have made it a tradition. We see them many times - more than once every season."

Other light-arrangement themes include the 12 Days of Christmas, and Maryland history and heritage, symbolized in part by moving crabs. One new light display is a 60-foot by 30-foot entranceway arch, Donaldson said. The lights are popular with adults as well as children, she said.

"Let's face it - us adults are young at heart."

Inside Winterfest Village, visitors will find the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop with all sorts of items, including shirts and hats. Performers sing Christmas carols on certain dates. The DelMarVa Chorus will perform from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com sarah.yurgealitis@baltsun.com

The Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City runs today through Jan. 2. The Winterfest Express is in Northside Park, 125th Street and the Bayside, and runs nightly from 5:30 to 9:30. The Avenue of Trees decorates the median on Baltimore Avenue from 15th to 32nd streets, and the Inlet Lot features a tunnel of lights. Tickets are $4 for ages 12 and older, and children 11 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit ococean.com or call 410-250-0125.

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