Bethany Beach ready to drop the ball to kick off 2018

Date Published: 
Dec. 29, 2017

Why go to Times Square (or even sit at home and watch it on TV) when there’s a ball drop right here at the beach? On New Year’s Eve, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites will host the third annual Beach Ball Drop alongside the boardwalk in Bethany.

Festivities kick off at 10:30 p.m. at Hollywood Street and the boardwalk; and the fun continues until 12:30 a.m. The party, which is free and open to everyone, offers food and beverages, New Year’s party favors, giveaways, a D.J. and light show, and, of course, the countdown to midnight.

In true Bethany Beach style, when the clock strikes 12, an oversized beach ball will drop on Hollywood Street, just as it has the past two years.

The ball itself is quite unique, according to Ocean Suites Activities Director Allyson Knight.

“It’s a 7-foot inflatable beach ball, and — fun fact — it’s actually made of the same material that the floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade are made out of,” Knight said.

The ball will actually “drop” on the boardwalk this year, instead of in the street, Knight said. The ball, which is filled with helium, is dropped from a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company ladder truck with the use of a pulley system, she said.

This year’s D.J. is Mike Warren from Just Kidding Around, and Knight said he will provide interactive fun, including a “pretty cool light show” and dance contests to keep everyone moving.

The New Year’s Eve celebration is just the beginning of a winter full of activities planned by the hotel. The “Frozen” Family Weekend, set for Jan. 19-21, offers guests who are fans of the Disney movie a chance to feel as if they are living in a fairytale. It includes a “royal” welcome at a reception on Friday, Jan. 19, a “melted” pool party, princess makeovers, royal ball and special guest appearances throughout the weekend.

On Jan. 26-29, the hotel will host its first ever Fire & Ice Festival. The centerpiece of that event is an ice sculpture tour in downtown Bethany Beach. Plans include live daily ice-carving demonstrations, warm-up stations, interactive ice games and plenty of food to keep participants warm.

While Bethany Beach has had its Jazz Funeral for years, this year it will add another New Orleans tradition. On Feb. 10, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites will hold its inaugural Mardi Gras celebration. The event will feature all the makings of a traditional Mardi Gras fête, including food, Dixieland jazz, bourbon sampling and classic king cake.

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