There’s still a short time left until this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, but the area’s best and brightest holiday light displays are already set to kick off the coastal region’s Christmas festivities for 2020.
Both the Winter Wonderfest at Hudson Fields near Milton and the regionally renowned Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City will be opening for the Christmas season on the weekend of November 20-22 here in the coastal region.
Each of these fantastic displays are well worth the drive and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit, in advance of the annual appearance by Jolly Ole’ Saint Nick himself on December 25.
Here’s what each organization is planning for the 2020 Christmas season:
Winter WonderFest (November 21 – December 31)
This fabulous holiday event is being held for the second consecutive year at the Hudson Fields complex near Milton after outgrowing its initial location at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and existing state mandated health restrictions, the main focus of this year’s event will be the spectacular lights display, which gets better every year and is well worth the price of admission.
The light show involves a mile-long car ride, with lots of great displays for the entire family to enjoy, as well as an interactive scavenger hunt and a “Journey to Santa’s Workshop.” It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit, while easily practicing social distancing within the confines of your own vehicle.
Santa will also be accepting “wish lists” from all children in attendance, so be sure to have these ready for Santa’s helpers when meandering through the big man’s workshop.
The light displays are open each night between the hours of 5 and 10 p.m. Prices for 2020 are $20 per car or $18 via advance online purchase, from Monday to Wednesday, and $5 more between Thursday and Sunday evenings.
Vans are $40 from Monday to Wednesday and $45 Thursday through Sunday. Buses are $60 and $65, depending on the day of the week.
Thousands of dollars are donated each year by Winterfest organizers to several Sussex County nonprofit organizations, so head out for some Christmas joy while also supporting a handful of great local causes.
All vehicles entering the light display area will enter the Hudson Fields complex through the north gate located on Hudson Road.
For more information on this year’s Winter Wonderfest, visit www.wonderfestde.org.
Winterfest of Lights (November 19 – January 2)
This award-winning attraction in Ocean City has become a family tradition of sorts since its first year in 1992. More than a million lights will once again be on display in Northside Park on 125th Street, including hundreds of animated displays.
This walking holiday event features 58 acres of lights, a 50-foot tall Christmas tree, a gift shop, visits and photos with Santa Claus and lots of holiday themed exhibits.
Masks are required both inside and outside this year, in keeping with current health restrictions that are in place in the state of Maryland.
Tickets for the 2020 Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City are $5 per person, with children under 11 years of age admitted for free. Opening night on Thursday, November 19, is free to the public.
Winterfest of Lights is open Wednesdays through Sundays through Saturday, January 2, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event is closed on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125 for more information on the 2020 Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park in Ocean City.
Stay tuned to the Coastal Compass in the coming weeks for much more on this year’s Christmas themed events in the coastal regions of both Delaware and Maryland.
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