December 2017 Calendar of Events

November 16 - December 31

Ocean City

See how Ocean City, MD, sparkles this winter and visit the Winterfest of Lights! You'll find more than one million holiday lights and hundreds of animated light displays throughout Northside Park. Relax and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion, take a photo with Santa, and board the Winterfest Express to tour fairy tale themed exhibits. The one-mile journey takes you through 58 acres of lights and features a 50-foot Christmas tree. Admission to board the train is only $5 for guests 12 years and older and FREE for children 11 years and younger. So grab your family and friends, and don't miss this award-winning holiday event! Date/Time Information: November 16th - December 31 st Sunday - Thursday 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday 5:30-10:30 p.m

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December 15 - December 16

Lewes

Dec. 15 & and Dec. 16, 17th Annual Living Nativity from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Conley's United Methodist Church 33106 Jolyn's Way, Lewes, DE 19958 (near Rt. 24 and Camp Arrowhead Road)

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December 16, 8:00am - 11:00am

Dewey Beach

Breakfast with Santa 8:00 - 10:00 AM Santa visits and crafts 8:00-11:00 AM Santa letter writing station sponsored by Dewey Beach Lions Club.

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December 16, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Lewes

Shop for delicious cookies at the Christmas Cookie Walk!

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December 16, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Lewes

The first Santa Claus Open Tournament will take place on Saturday, December 16th! Shotgun start at 10:00 am. 9 holes/ 2 person scramble - teams can consist of ANY 2 players. $20 for members; $25 for non-members - Register by Wednesday, December 13th (Golf cart and food included in fee). Sign-ups are in the clubhouse!

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December 16, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Bethany Beach

Celebrate the holidays in seaside style at Weekend Wonderland in Bethany. For the first three Saturdays in December, shoppers and visitors can take advantage of great shopping and fun holiday festivities, complete with caroling around the Christmas tree on the Bandstand! Elf On the Shelf Scavenger Hunt- Participating businesses will have an Elf displayed somewhere in their establishment, if you locate the Elf you will receive a sticker for your bingo card. When you get bingo, you can enter for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be announced on December 2nd and December 9th at 5 pm on the Bandstand. If you fill the entire bingo card, you will be entered to win the grand prize on December 16th. Bingo cards can be picked up at participating businesses. 3:00-5:00 p.m. Santa @ Bethany Blues 5:00-6:00 p.m. Caroling @ the Bandstand with Southern Delaware School of The Arts Show Choir

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December 31 - January 1

Ocean City

The Town of Ocean City offers free bus services for New Year's Eve from 6 a.m. New Year's Eve to 6 a.m. New Year's Day.

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December 31 - January 1

Ocean City

Join us for a 4-hour open bar, fabulous buffet menu, live music by The Real Geniuses (back by popular demand), champagne toast, desserts and incredible NYE dance party! $135 per person, $270 per couple. Overnight room+party packages start at $379 per couple. Stay overnight with us on December 31, 2017, and add Monday night, January 1st, 2018 for just $20.18 while supplies last!

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December 31 - January 1

Dewey Beach

Join us for music, party favors, and the 2018 midnight ball drop!

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December 31 - January 1

Lewes

Anchor drop at the Lightship Overfalls on the canal in Lewes with traditional big band music, bonfires, and hot chocolate starting at 11:30 on New Year's Eve. Join the Overfalls crew as we bring in the New Year by dropping our anchor. Make your resolutions as you watch our lighted anchor descend from the top of the mast to the deck while counting down to 2017. So join us for our sixth annual "Drop of the Anchor" as the whistle blasts and we welcome in the New Year. There will be toasty fires and hot chocolate to warm you up and seasonal music to keep you moving (bring your own libations). This event is weather dependent. We can handle cold and wind but, unlike our faithful Overfalls, not rain, ice and/or snow!Donations are appreciated.

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January 1, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dewey Beach

Calling all Dunkers! The 2018 Dewey Dunk, a refreshing plunge into the Atlantic, will take place on Dagsworthy Beach at noon New Year’s Day! Many have made it their New Year’s Day ritual! This year, we hope to have our highest number of Dunkers with the ocean being so warm! So pack your bathing suits, costumes, gather up your friends and start a new tradition to welcome the new year! Registration for the Dunk begins at 12:00 p.m. at the Starboard or at the DBP tent on the beach at Dagsworthy. We will even have a bonfire to keep you warm, so there is no excuse! Dunk for Dewey! All Dunk proceeds go to support the Business Partnership’s FREE family-friendly events that happen all year long!

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January 1, 7:30pm - 4:00pm

Bethany Beach

RING IN 2018 in the QUIET RESORTS with a RUN & PLUNGE! The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation & the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce proudly present the Hair of the Dog 5k/10k and the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge! Highlights: HOD 5k/ 10k Race ELE Plunge Overall & Age Group Awards Music Family Fun and Festive Course Long-sleeved event shirt guaranteed to everyone registered by 12/5 Post Party at Mango's A New's Years Day Tradition Fun Team Awards Post Plunge Party at the Cottage Cafe Long-sleeved event shirt guaranteed to everyone registered by 12/5 Locations: Packet Pick-up: Race & Plunge Sunday, December 31st at Mango's (97 Garfield Parkway) Monday, January 1st on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Bandstand (Oceanfront Garfield Pkwy.) Race Start- Parkwood St. & Atlantic Ave., Bethany Beach Race Finish- Bethany Beach Boardwalk Bandstand (Oceanfront Garfield Parkway) Plunge- Beach (Oceanfront Garfield Parkway) Fees: Plunge $20 HOD 5k $35 HOD 10k $45 Combo 5k & 10K $50 Combo 5K & Plunge $45 Combo 10k & Plunge $55 Combo 10K, 5k, & Plunge $70 Extra Wristbands (non-runners)* $10 HOD Hoodie (Child's L- Adult XXL) $30 Additional Shirts (Child's L - Adult XXXL) $10 * Due to space limitation in Mango's at the after party only 100 additional wristbands will be sold for guests of participants. Includes beer, food, & warmth. Itinerary for HOD & ELE: Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:00-4:00 pm - packet pick-up at Mango's Bethany Beach for all runners and plungers Monday, January 1, 2018 7:30-8:30 am - Race day packet pick-up located at the Coastal Tented Events heated tent on the Bethany Beach Bandstand. Plunge packet pick-up will go until 11:30 am. 8:35 am- Mandatory Pre-Race (HOD) Meeting at the starting line 8:45 am- HOD 10k Start 9:40 am- HOD 10k Awards Presentations (must be picked up, awards will not be shipped) 10:00 am- HOD 5k Start 9:30-11:30 am- HOD Post Party and Mango's Bethany Beach 11:00 am- HOD 5k Awards 11:45 am- ELE Plungers gather on the beach in ocean front of Garfield Pkwy. NOON- ELE Plunge 12:30-4:00 pm- ELE Post Plunge Party at the Cottage Cafe and Award Presentations Awards: HOD 5k & 10K Race ELE Plunge Overall Male & Female Dog Owner (5k only) 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female Master Age Groups* 1st, 2nd & 3rd A Whale of a Team: Largest registered team Bathing Beauties: Best Team Attire/Theme -Judging on beach from 11:30-11-50am Leo Brady Award: Most donations raised for the William O'Murray Scholarship -Teams must have a minimum of 6 registrants to qualify.* Race Age Groups- 9 & Under and 10-14 (5k Only), 15 & Under (10k only), 15-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69,70+ Policies: HOD 5k & 10k Race ELE Plunge Rain or Shine Event Walkers permitted in 5k only Dogs & owners in permitted in 5k only Dogs must be on a leash at all times (no recoil leads) Doggy doo-doo bags are a must-have with all messes cleaned up No dogs allowed in Mango's post party Rain or shine event (with exception of lightning) All Plungers must wear their wristband to indicate affiliation with the event. Waivers must be signed for all participants. There will be lifeguards, and it is a "swim" plunge at your own risk event. Bathing suits only! Tax Deductible Donations support the Captain William O'Murray Scholarship: Captain William O. Murray Scholarship is awarded by the QRCF to a student who exhibits a strong commitment to civic and community service. Each scholarship recipient will be awarded $2,000 per year for four years. The scholarship is based on a combination of financial need, academics, school involvement, and community service. Captain William O. Murray Scholarship - 30% community involvement, 30% financial need, 20% academic achievement, and 20% personal statement. Team Donations- Printable Form- Donation Form All donations are due at Packet Pick-up (12/31 & 1/1) to be eligible for the award. The Team with the largest donation will receive the Leo Brady Award at the Post Plunge Party at the Cottage Cafe. Race Details & Information- HOD Course Maps- Click Here HOD Athlete Guide - Click Here Interested in plunging, but don't have a team? Join Team Cottage! Your Team Cottage registration fee covers a special Team Cottage hoodie, breakfast buffet at The Cottage Cafe, drink specials, transportation to and from the beach, and -- of course -- the post-plunge party at The Cottage Cafe with DJ Bump. Register now! Interested in volunteering? For more information on how you can support this annual event, contact Amy at amy@bethany-fenwick.org. ​

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January 5, 9:00am - 10:00pm

Fenwick Island

Join us monthly for Fenwick First Fridays! Now's your chance to explore Fenwick Island -- without the summer crowds. Hosted monthly on the first Friday of each month, participating retailers and restaurants will offer specials and promos aimed at those visitors and locals who appreciate that the off-season is often the best time to savor and discover local gems.

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January 12, 8:00am - 10:00am

Ocean City

The 2018 Mayor's Prayer Breakfast is presented by the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce, the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, the Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce. Clarion Fontainebleau Crystal Ballroom Friday - January 12, 2018 Check-In 7:00 - 7:45 Speaker and Breakfast will begin promptly at 8:00 am $20 per person $300 Sponsor Table ( inc. 10 tix and Event Sponsor Recognition on table and in program. ) $100 Open Seating Sponsor (Includers Signage on Open Seating table as Events Sponsor & In Program) We are thrilled to announce this year's Key Note Speaker: Victor Mooney - The Goree Challenge #WhenWePray # GoreeChallenge After three failed attempts and four boats in a ten year period, Victor Mooney finally reached New York waters. In 2006, his homemade boat last thirty minutes and Senegalese coast guard rescued him. In 2009, his water systems failed and were rescued near Guinea-Bissau. In 2011, his boat took on water and survived 14 days drifting in the Atlantic Ocean from a life raft until he was rescued. On his fourth try, shark damaged his boat, lost 80lbs., and had no food for nearly sixty days, but he persevered against all odds. Mr. Mooney departed from Maspalomas, Gran Canaria on February 19, 2014, and landed at New York's Brooklyn Bridge on November 28, 2015. He became the first African-American to row across any ocean. Join us as he takes you along on his magnificent journey and how his faith, strength & determination brought him to complete this unbelievable feat .... this is something won't want to miss! Click Here to read more ... An Unplanned Stop in Ocean City This event has been such an inspiration and uplifting morning, where the entire community would come together- including our local citizens, community leaders, elected officials, church congregations, local police and fire departments, the business community, the Board of education, educators and school representatives and nonprofit organizers. It truly is the only event that spans the entire breadth of our community. Fees/Admission: $20 per person $300 Sponsor Table ( incl. 10 tix and Event Sponsor Recognition on the table and in the program. ) $100 Open Seating Sponsor ( Signage on Open Seating table as Events Sponsor & In Program)

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