You’d think a small town on a small island would just roll-up the sidewalks once “tourist season” ends but not Chincoteague Island! Sure, we’re a lot quieter and less crowded once vacation season ends but frankly, that’s part of the reason the “off-season” may be the best time to visit! It’s still beautiful here and there’s still plenty to do and see, especially around the holidays.
A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve, for example, is chock-full of that unique island spirit and fun Chincoteague Island is so well known for.
It starts off with the Annual New Year’s Eve Concert at the Island Theatre. Bill Toms and Hard Rain are back this year with their hard mix of rock, rhythm and blues, soul, and folk. Bill Toms played lead guitar and sang back-up for Pittsburgh’s Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers for 19 years and has toured the US and Europe repeatedly, opening for artists like The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, so you know you’re in for a great show.
After the concert, quick change into your costume (if you want … or haven’t already!) and head down to the Robert Reed Downtown Park for the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade!
The Costume Promenade is an annual, silly spectacle that includes costume contests in a variety of categories and, yes, there are prizes! This year’s Costume Promenade theme is Saltwater Cowboys and Seaside Angels. Whether you intend to participate in the shenanigans or not, bring a camera and be prepared for a hilarious time that will includes music and dancing – or something approximating that, anyway.
At midnight comes the countdown and the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop. That’s right, who needs a glittery ball when you have a sparkly horseshoe? Count down to 2015 and give your loved ones a big squeeze!
Finally, if you’re feeling up to it – hey, New Year’s! – the first day of the new year brings … the 2015 Polar Pony Plunge! What better way to celebrate the new year than by throwing yourself into the ice-cold waters of the Atlantic? If you’re still in your costume from the night before, all the better because there are more prizes for crazy costumes and a 2015 Polar Pony Plunge t-shirt you can purchase as proof of your insanity.
and THAT is a Chincoteague New Year’s Eve.
Bill Toms and Hard Rain Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve Concert
Dec 31, 2015 – 8pm-11:30pm
The Island Theatre – 4074 Main St
Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade
Dec 31, 2015 – 10pm – Midnight
Robert Reed Downtown Park
2015 Polar Pony Plunge
January 1st, 2015 – 1:15pm
Assateague Island beach (look for the crowd)
Chincoteague New Year’s Eve Lodging
If you’re planning an off-season Chincoteague Island vacation and are looking for somewhere to stay, 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is open year-round! With nine tastefully decorated, luxury rooms, daily gourmet breakfasts, a snack room, game room, beach gear, concierge services, and more, we’re here to make your Chincoteague getaway the best it can possibly be – Happy New Year!
As with most smaller, island communities, we like to do things our own way here on Chincoteage Island. The Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade on New Year’s Eve is an example of that and another is the New Year’s Day, Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island.
Come New Year’s Day afternoon – January 1st, 2014 at 1:14pm (get it?) – you are given the opportunity to display your intestinal fortitude by taking the Polar Pony Plunge. That or you can display your sanity and enthusiasm for those crazy enough to take the aforementioned Polar Pony Plunge.
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