Close Menu
Berlin, Ocean Pines News Worcester County Bayside Gazette Logo Berlin, Ocean Pines News Worcester County Bayside Gazette


Plenty of Christmas events in Ocean Pines

(Dec. 10, 2015) Although the lights went up in White Horse Park in late November, plenty of upcoming holiday events remain on Ocean Pines’ agenda, including bus trips, concerts, movie nights and several appearances by Santa Claus.
For homeowners, the annual “Light Up the Pines” competition invites residents to show off their inner Clark Griswolds by stringing Christmas lights, plugging in animatronic reindeer and generally driving their electric bills through the roof.
Sponsored by the OPA and Choptank Electric Cooperative, the event offers two free LED light bulbs to each registered participant, as well as a $50 gift certificate to the Cove restaurant and a $25 Choptank electric bill credit to winners in four categories: Top-Notch All-Around, Most Creative, Most Lights and People’s Choice.
Applications are due by Dec. 11. To register, submit your name, address and phone number by email to, fax at 410-641-5581, phone at 410-641-7717 ext. 3014, or in person at the administration building on 239 Ocean Parkway.
Ballots will be emailed and available online at
Santa will make regular appearances at White Horse Park at 239 Ocean Parkway, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Father Christmas will also take a dip in the Sports Core Pool on 11143 Cathell Road during the 8th annual Swim with Santa on Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee is $6 for swimmers and $3 for nonswimmers. Donations of food and unwrapped toys will also be accepted on behalf of the Worcester County Sheriff Department’s “Christmas for the Needy” program.
Children can send letters to Santa by visiting the community center at 235 Ocean Parkway, through Dec. 19.
For movie buffs, “The Polar Express” will screen at no charge at the community center on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
The Pines also will hold two free Kid’s Movie Night showings of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Cove at 1 Mumford Landing Road on Dec. 16. The screenings of the popular film air at 5 and 7 p.m. and include free popcorn. A “kid-friendly” buffet will also be available.
Chairs and tables will be provided, and guests are welcome to bring blankets and mats.  
National Recording Artist Jimmy Charles will perform “Superman” and other hits at the Yacht Club at 1 Mumford Landing Road during a fundraiser for Coastal Hospice on Dec. 17 from 6-9 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m. Reservations are suggested.  
Local artist Sara Ann will also perform, and a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will raise additional funds for the nonprofit.
Finally, on Dec. 19 the association is offering a bus trip to New York City. The bus departs from the community center at 5:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person. For more information, contact Debbie Donahue at 410-641-7052.
For more information on any of the events, call 410-641-7717 or visit