Ring in the new year with a little island magic!

December 21, 2022 | news

Close out 2022 and welcome 2023 by spending a long weekend with us on the island! New Year’s weekend will be full of opportunities for fun and adventure along Chincoteague’s incredible shore. Bring your coat, and enjoy a walk on the beach. Take a ride on the Wildlife Loop. Enjoy a special New Year’s Eve Dinner at AJ’s on the Creek before heading to the Downtown Waterfront Park for the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade! Our reduced off-season rates are the perfect reason to start the new year in the most relaxing spot on the East Coast. 


Special Features at Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks

Reserve your spot at Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks and prepare to experience a meal you won’t soon forget! Features from their holiday menu include Shrimp & Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Herb Roasted Prime Rib & Shrimp, and Baked Apple Crisp. Call 757-336-5831 to reserve your fine dining experience– they’re sure to book up ahead of time. 


Special New Year’s Eve Dinner at AJ’s On the Creek

From 4-9 p.m., relax and enjoy the island atmosphere and delicious food from AJ’s On the Creek. Ron Cole will provide live music beginning at 6 p.m. RSVP online at www.ajsotc.com as this event is likely to sell out.


New Year’s Eve Concert at the Island Theatre

Ring in the new year Chincoteague-style at the Island historic Theatre on December 31st from 8:00-11:00pm — featuring the music of WW Tunes and their renditions of hits from the 40s to today! Get your tickets at chincoteagueislandarts.com.


New Year’s Eve– Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade

At 11 p.m., join us as we celebrate the holiday with a promenade of costumes leading up to the lighted horseshoe drop at midnight. This year’s theme is Cowboy “Culture” to celebrate our World-Famous Saltwater Cowboys. Dress warm and bring a camera–these will be memories you don’t want to forget!


New Year’s Day– Polar Pony Plunge

On Sunday, January 1, join us for our annual Polar Pony Plunge! Participants are invited to dress up, dress silly, or simply dress warm. Many participants wear costumes for this event, and bystanders enjoy witnessing the excitement. The event begins at 1 p.m. For more information or to sign up as a Polar Plunge participant, visit www.chincoteaguechristmas.com.


For those diners hoping to try additional options, The Village Restaurant will be open from December 28-December 31. Amarin Coffee will be open until noon on New Year’s Eve for all your coffee and croissant indulgences. 


We hope you will join us for a relaxing and fun celebration. Book online or call us today at 757-336-5511 to lock in your low rate for the holiday!

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Chincoteague, VA 23336


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