News Release, Town of North Beach

Winter Waterfowl, Ducks on the Chesapeake Bay

What birds winter here on the Chesapeake Bay?  Did you know over 20 species of ducks, swans, geese, and loons call our waterfront their wintertime home?  Come learn to identify some of these beautiful birds in this indoor program.  Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 11 am to 12 noon we will discuss how conservation efforts keep these migrants returning annually.  We will follow-up with a short Duck Walk at the boardwalk on Saturday, December 14th at 10 am.   For information or to register, please contact Lisa Garrett at 443-646-2426 or

Duck Walk at the Boardwalk

As a follow up to our Winter Waterfowl discussion, we will be meeting at the North Beach Welcome Center for a short Duck Walk along the boardwalk on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 10 am for all that are curious about the many winter ducks that float along our waterfront.  A spotting scope will be provided to assist with identifying some of the winter waterfowl such as Canvasback and Merganser ducks, Loons and Buffleheads.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars.  For information or to register, please contact Lisa Garrett at 443-646-2426 or

Winter Wildlife Film Series at North Beach Town Hall

An Original Duckumentary, a PBS Nature film, about all the wonders of waterfowl.  Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 1pm – 2:15pm.  For more information please contact Lisa Garrett at 443-646-2426 or

Road Closures

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the following roads will be closed for the Christmas Market on 5th Street, Annual Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade and Santa & Christmas on the Beach:

Bay Avenue, between 1stStreet and 7thStreet

1st, 2nd, 3rdand 5thStreets between Bay Avenue and Chesapeake Avenue

All streets will be closed at 6am and will reopen at 5 pm. There will be no through traffic and no parking allowed on those streets. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call Town Hall with any questions or concerns regarding these street closings.

For your convenience, there are multiple parking lots and on-street parking areas conveniently located throughout town. If you encounter a road closure where you normally park, there are other parking options available. {southeast corner of Chesapeake Avenue and 5th Street, northeast corner of Chesapeake Avenue and 5th Street, on Chesapeake Avenue just south of 7th Street, on Chesapeake Avenue just south of 5th Street in the Senior Center parking lot}

Holiday Open House

Join the Town of North Beach at their Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 5-7 pm.

19th Annual Holiday Lights Contest

The North Beach House & Garden Club’s 19th Annual Holiday Lights Contest will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 6:00 pm.  There will be 1st, 2nd & 3rd place awards for private residences & one overall for businesses.  So deck those halls and string those lights and hang those wreaths…Let’s make North Beach the merriest little town ever!

Decking the Halls

The Town of North Beach Waterfront Staff has been busy ‘decking the halls’ around town! As many of you know, it takes about six to eight weeks to complete the installation of the holiday decorations and lights. This task must be completed each year prior to the Light Up the Town, the annual Holiday Parade and Santa on the Beach events.

For those of you wondering, here are some fun facts about the holiday decorations:

  • Installation usually takes over 500 hours to complete.
  • The total weight of all the decorations is over 7,000 pounds.
  • One mile of extension cords is installed.
  • The Christmas tree on the pavilion is 24 feet tall.
  • The Christmas tree is adorned with over 900 ornaments and takes two days to decorate.
  • The garland that stretches from 1st Street to 5th Street on the boardwalk is 1,875 feet or almost 4/10 of a mile.
  • The garland is dressed in 68 bows.

We hope you enjoy and appreciate the festive decorations as much as we do!

Join us for:

Light Up the Town
NOVEMBER 29, 2019 / 7 PM

Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade
DECEMBER 7, 2019 / 12 PM

North Beach Christmas Market
DECEMBER 7, 2019 10 AM TO 3 PM

Holiday Open House at Town Hall
DECEMBER 12, 2019 / 5 TO 7 PM

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...