Celebrate the season and welcome in the holidays with these can’t-miss Shore events.
Embrace your inner detective at Sherlock Holmes Weekend in Cape May. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will lead you through a weekend of intrigue as you solve the mystery of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Discarded Woman.” Find clues and treasures along your journey and compete for the $250 grand prize.
Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5, times vary; or 609-884-5404.
Stroll through history at the annual Candlelight Walk at Historic Cold Spring Village, located at 720 U.S. 9 in Cape May and hosted by the Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village. Luminaries will light your way around the historic village, with plenty of wine, beer, and refreshments to enjoy. Afterwards, head to the Village Pavilion for warm drinks, delicious desserts, and live musical entertainment.
Saturday, November 4, 6-8pm; or 609-898-2300.
Lace up your sneakers for the Trail of Two Cities 5k Run & Walk over the 9th Street Bridge connecting Ocean City and Somers Point. Registration begins at 7am for this fun event (or register online before the race), with the run and walk starting at 8am.
Saturday, November 4; or 609-399-6111.
Crafters unite at the Fall Arts & Crafts Festival at 714 Beach Avenue in Cape May. Dozens of vendors will gather to sell their handmade wares, making it a great place to pick up seasonal decorations and original holiday gifts.
Saturday, November 4, 10am-4pm; or 609-884-5404.
It’s time for one of New Jersey’s biggest music festivals. The Exit Zero Jazz Festival will feature more than 100 international touring musicians playing live at the Cape May Convention Hall and nearby club venues. From jazz to reggae to R&B and soul, this weekend-long event will have something for everybody.
Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12, concert times vary; or 609-849-9202.
It wouldn’t be Christmastime on the Shore without Cape May’s Holiday Season. Celebrate with six weekends of Christmas cheer, with events including trolley rides with Santa, the 44th annual Christmas Candelight House Tours, ghosts of Christmas past trolley rides, and more!
Friday, November 17 through Monday, January 1, event times vary; or 609-884-5404.
Speaking of Cape May’s Holiday Season, the event kicks off with the Cape May Holiday Preview Weekend at the Physick Estate. The estate will be decked out in lights and decorations, and you’ll get to enjoy a variety of tours and food and wine events. Santa will be stopping by on Saturday, November 18 for the annual Tree-Lighting ceremony, and you can enjoy free, self-guided tours of the estate that evening.
Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19, event times vary; or 609-884-5404.
Do your holiday shopping ahead of schedule at the Earlier Than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza in downtown Ocean City. Keep your pajamas on for this pre-Thanksgiving event and enjoy holiday lights and plenty of early bird deals.
Saturday, November 18, 8am-noon; or 800-BEACH-NJ.
Get a taste of nostalgia at Christmas in the Downtown “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” event in downtown Ocean City. Local merchants and chamber staff will be there to join you in celebrating the start of the season.
Friday, November 24, 2-5pm; or 800-BEACH-NJ.
Want the most original decorations on the block? Local businesses have designed more than 30 trees and wreaths to be displayed and auctioned off at the annual Festival of Trees at 260 20th Street in Avalon.
Wednesday, November 22, 5pm & Friday, November 24, noon; or 609-967-3936.
The holidays will be in full swing at Festive Friday at the shopping district in Avalon. More than 40 holiday activities will be set up for you and your family to enjoy, followed by the town’s tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa.
Friday, November 24, 11am-4pm with tree lighting and Santa at 5pm; or 609-967-3936.
It’s two days of cheer at the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Island Holiday in Stone Harbor. Events include a pet parade, holiday scavenger hunt, Christmas parade, and shopping deals with local merchants.
Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25, event times vary; .
Snow or no snow, it will be a winter wonderland at Snowfest Saturday in downtown Avalon. Cozy up for festival games, ice skating, winter train rides, and Santa’s workshop.
Saturday, November 25, 11am-4pm; or 609-967-3936.