Now that we have all gotten our fill of turkey, and the roasting pan is put away for another year, it’s already time to think about Christmas!
Here are some upcoming festive events in Cape May County happening throughout the month of December that will surely get you into the holiday spirit.
Crafts at Christmas: Christmastime is a great time for making holiday cookies, paper snowflakes, and crafts! If you are a crafts fanatic, then head to the Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Ave from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 1st through December 18th to get your fix of holiday-themed arts and crafts. Call 609 884-9565 or visit www.discovercapemaynj.com to learn more.
Ocean City Free Horse & Carriage Rides in Ocean City: What better way to soak up the holiday season than by enjoying a free carriage ride through the decorated city? Rides begin in front of City Hall on 9th and Asbury Ave in December leading up to Christmas. Rides are available December 8th-9th; 15th-16th; and the 22nd-23rd. You can also enjoy FREE photos with Santa between December 2nd through December 17th. Call 800-BEACH-NJ or visit www.ocnj.us to learn more.
Physick Family Christmas House Tour: Visit the Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St. to see this truly historic and inspirational property decorated in Victorian style. You will get to experience first-hand what living with the members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s was really like. Admission for adults is $12; children is $8 (ages 3 to 12). Visit www.capemaymac.org to learn more.
Holiday Lights Trolley Rides: Ride through Cape May’s Historic District to see the old inns and homes decorated for the season. You can also take a guided tour to learn more about the Victorian Christmas traditions, lead sing-alongs, and play Christmas music. Rides last approximately 30 minutes. Visit www.capemaymac.org for more information.
Cape May Holiday Inns Tour: Get into the Christmas spirit by visiting three famous and oldest festively-decorated Bed and Breakfast Inns in Cape May. You will also be able to enjoy a holiday presentation at each inn. Call 609-884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org for more information.
Christmas Candlelight Tours in Cape May: One of the unique characteristics of Cape May is the town’s historic inns, hotels, and churches. Visiting Cape May County any time of year won’t disappoint but seeing Cape May County decorated for the holiday season is surely something special.
Enjoy self-guided walking tours of Cape May’s featured homes, inns, hotels, and churches decorated for the holidays on December 1st, December 8th, and December 15th. You can also enjoy a little caroling, marvel at the strolling musicians, and just some good old-fashioned cheer. There will also be warm beverages and traditional holiday treats. Call 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org for more information.
A Dickens Christmas Extravaganza in Cape May: Are you fascinated by old-fashioned literature? This is your chance to immerse yourself in the storied world of Dickens with lectures and performances offered daily beginning on Sunday, December 2nd through December 4th. Even if you aren’t a literature buff, you can still enjoy a Dickensian-style feast along with a wine tasting and a holiday tour of Cape May. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org to learn more.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Head down to the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard at First and Central Avenues in North Wildwood on December 7th at 5:30 pm for the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. This event also includes music, refreshments, and a free lighthouse tour—and a visit from Old St. Nick himself! Call 609-522-2955 or visit www.northwildwood.com to learn more.
Stone Harbor Caroling and Tree Lighting: Pay a visit to Borough Hall on December 11th at 4:45 pm for the official tree lighting. You can enjoy trolley rides through town and even donuts with Frosty. Call 609-368-5102 or visit www.SHNJ.org.
Santa Family Workshop at the Zoo: Making a trip to the Cape May County Park and Zoo doesn’t have to be a seasonal event. On December 8th from 11 am until 2 pm, you can visit the zoo, have pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy crafts, candy, music, a scavenger hunt and more. Call 609-465-5271 or visit www.cmczoo.com for more information.
Nick Federoff Community Christmas Celebration: In 2015, the first Annual Community Christmas Celebration was established in honor of Captain Nicholas “Nick” Fedoroff #513, an honorable Police Officer who served his community for over 26 years passed away on February 19th, 2015.
The Captain Nick Fedoroff Community Christmas Celebration will be held at the Cape May Convention Hall at 12 pm until 3 pm on Sunday, December 9th. This is also a family-friendly event and an opportunity for the Police Department and citizens to celebrate the season together with fun-filled activities, games and prizes, refreshments, face painting and pictures with Santa. This event is free for all.
For more information, questions or donations, please contact the Administration Office at (609) 884-9539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa is Calling: Do you have something special to tell Santa? Here’s your chance. On December 12th, local children will receive phone calls during from Santa during Sea Isle City’s Annual ‘Santa is Calling’ event. Call 609-263-0050 or visit www.visitsicnj.com for more information.
House Lighting Contest: Calling all property owners in Cape May County! Do you love decorating your home or property for Christmas? Enter the contest by submitting an official entry form to the Department of Recreation by December 13th. Call 609-263-0050 or visit www.visitsicnj.com to learn more.
Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour: On December 15th, the third Saturday in December every year, eight homeowners in the Historic Dennisville area open their beautifully-decorated homes to be a part of the annual Christmas House tour from 4 pm until 8 pm. What better way to begin your holiday season and get into the holiday spirit by experiencing a festive glimpse of history in Dennisville at Christmas time? Call 609-861-1338 or visit www.dhhoa.org for more information.
Boardwalk Basketball Classic “Battle at the Boards.” If you love sporting events, then you can get into the holiday season by watching the largest co-ed basketball tournament from teams from all over the country. Tournament games will be held at various times beginning on December 22nd through December 30th at the Wildwoods Convention Center at 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. Call 609-522-3355 or www.bbclassic.net for a specific schedule.
Sea Isle City’s New Year’s Eve Celebration: Get ready to ring in 2019 by enjoying food, dancing, family activities, entertainment, and an early countdown to midnight at 7 pm (for kids). This event will be held on New Year’s Eve, December 31st from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at 4501 Park Rd. Space is limited, so call to reserve a spot at 609-263-0050. Visit www.visitsicnj.com to learn more.
Sea Isle City New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Who said fireworks are only for the 4th of July or Labor Day? Don’t miss the spectacular Sea Isle City New Year’s Eve fireworks at JFK Blvd Beach on December 31st at 8:00 pm. Visit www.visitsicnj.com for more information.
First Night New Years in Ocean City: Spend your New Year’s Eve and ring in 2019 by enjoying fun, entertainment, and fireworks at midnight in Sea Isle City on December 31st. Call 800-BEACH-NJ or visit www.oceancityvacation.com for more information.
If you want to take some time away from holiday shopping, family get-togethers, and party planning, then pay a visit to Cape May County for a little festive fun during the most wonderful time of the year.