A highlight of the holiday festivities in Ocean Pines will be a traditional Christmas tree-lighting ceremony that is set for Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at White Horse Park.
Organized and sponsored by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department, the free annual event marks the start of the “holly, jolly season” in the largest residential community in Worcester County.
Event organizer Katie Goetzinger said a full schedule of special activities is planned during Hometown Christmas, including the lighting of 45 Christmas trees that will be decorated by area businesses, social clubs and residents who have sponsored the trees.
Before the traditional Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, entertainment at the Memorial Pavilion located within White Horse Park will feature a local choir of homeschool students from the Berlin/Ocean Pines area. The Little Dreamers Homeschool Choir is a new addition to the special event.
The Delmarva Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International – a non-profit organization of approximately 30,000 members in choruses and quartets worldwide – will also offer a musical performance.
The winner of the “Pup of the Pines” photo contest will be named at the holiday event, followed by a visit from Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas will be taking Christmas gift wishes and posing for photos.
Santa’s little helpers will have hot chocolate and cookies available at no cost for attendees. The cookies will be generously donated by the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines-Ocean City.