It’s that time of year again when children start getting excited to see Santa. The Herald has your guide to finding him all over Cape May County this holiday season so you and your little ones won’t miss out!
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities – Santa’s Trolley Rides
Take a trolley ride around Cape May with stories and songs led by Mrs. Claus. Santa will greet children with a sweet in the Carriage House afterwards! Trolley rides will be on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Hours vary. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). For more information, call (609) 884-5404.
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities – Breakfast with Santa
Share a family-friendly breakfast buffet with Santa at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Cape May! Children can visit with Santa Claus, share their Christmas lists and hear a Christmas story. Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children (ages 3-12) and includes a special treat for the kids. Breakfast with Santa is at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 and Sundays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6. For more information, call (609) 884-5404.
Winterwood Gift & Christmas Shoppe – Visit with Santa
Father Christmas will be at Winterwood’s Cape May store, 526 Washington St., Cape May, on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. He then travels to Winterwood’s Rio Grande store, 3137 S. Route 9, Rio Grande, on Sunday, Nov. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., and back to the Cape May store for Cape May’s Hospitality Night on Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Santa will be signing the Old World Ornaments you purchase. Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa! For more information, call the Cape May store at (609) 884-8949 or the Rio Grande store at (609) 465-3641, or visit www.winterwoodgift.com.
Congress Hall – Breakfast with Santa
On Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Santa will come to Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom at 200 Congress Pl., Cape May. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet which includes scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, bacon, fruit, buttermilk pancakes, sweet treats and much more. Kids will get the chance to tell Santa all of their Christmas wishes, while parents snap a pretty picture for the mantle. Tickets are $16.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids ages 4-12. Those ages 3 and under are free. For reservations call (609) 884-6574.
E.M. Hemingway’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Restaurant – Breakfast with Santa
Our family invites your family to our breakfast buffet with Santa! Come enjoy a bountiful breakfast with Santa on Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hemingway’s Restaurant at the Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Ave., Cape May. Enjoy made-to-order omelets plus kids’ favorites at our breakfast buffet. For more information, call (609) 884-5611.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry – Breakfast with Santa
Bring the whole family to the Cape May Terminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on Sunday, Dec. 6 for a festive breakfast buffet, tasty brunch treats and a visit from the big guy himself! Kids can sit with Santa and tell him their wish list as well as pose for a photo. Mrs. Claus will be on hand for a special story time for kids young and old to enjoy. Reservations required; 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. seatings available. For more information and to make reservations, call (800) 643-3779 or visit www.CMLF.com.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven – Santa’s Workshop & Brunch
Enjoy a festive holiday brunch and bring your children to experience the “North Pole” on Sundays, Dec. 6 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reeds at Shelter Haven, 9601 3rd Ave., Stone Harbor. Children are invited to Santa’s Workshop to craft special gifts for the family, with the Reeds’ own “elves” on hand to help. Cost is $30 per person and $20 for ages 12 and under, which includes all Workshop gifts. Reservations suggested, and required for parties of six or more. For more information and to makes reservations, call (609) 368-0100.
Atkinson’s Tavern – Lunch with Santa
Visit with Santa and enjoy a delicious lunch at Atkinson’s Tavern, 1010 Rt. 9, Cape May Court House! On Sundays, Dec. 6 and 13 from 12 to 2 p.m., Atkinson’s Tavern will offer a select menu for both children and adults, and welcomes children to take photos with Santa (please bring your own camera) and share their Christmas wishes. Cost is $12.95 for children and $15.95 for adults. Reservations recommended. For more information and to make reservations, call (609) 465-5641. Don’t forget your Christmas list!
Congress Hall – Brunch with Santa
On Dec. 6 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visit Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom at 200 Congress Pl., Cape May for brunch featuring an elegant buffet, a special reservation with Santa and a complimentary 5×7 photo from our professional photographer. Each child will get a reservation for time with Santa, so no waiting in. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22 for kids ages 4-12. For reservations call (609) 884-6574.
Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration – Photos with Santa
On Saturday, Dec. 12 during the Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration, bring the family inside the Wildwoods Convention Center lobby, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, at 11 a.m. as Santa arrives and makes his grand entrance! Take FREE photos with Santa and enjoy holiday-themed crafters, entertainment and much more! For more information, call (609) 729-9000 or visit wildwoodholiday.com.
Cape May County Park & Zoo – Santa’s Family Workshop
The Zoo’s zebras snuck Rudolph and his crew in the back gates! On Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit the Cape May County Park & Zoo, 707 Rt. 9 N., Cape May Court House, and get your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Reptile House. Other special events are planned throughout the day, including crafts stations, education animals and more! Another family-friendly and FREE event sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information, call (609) 465-5271 or visit www.cmcZoo.com.
Wildwood Golf and Country Club – Breakfast with Santa
Santa invites girls and boys of all ages to join him for breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Wildwood Golf and Country Club, 1170 Golf Club Rd., Cape May Court House. Mrs. Claus and the elves will provide a special buffet, and then Santa will arrive at 10 a.m. Each child on the nice list will participate in arts and crafts with one of Santa’s elves. For more information, call (609) 465-7824.
Cape May County Animal Shelter – Holiday Open House & Pet Photos with Santa
On Sunday, Dec. 13 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., you and your furry friend are invited to an open house and FREE photos with “Santa Claws” at the Cape May County Animal Shelter, 110 Shelter Rd., Cape May Court House. Bring your own camera and take a photo of Santa and your pet, and enjoy our holiday open house with refreshments! For more information, call (609) 465-8923, email Animal.Shelter@cmcsheriff.net or visit capemaycountynj.gov.
Tuckahoe Inn – Dinner with Santa
On Sunday, Dec. 13 from 12 to 3 p.m., Tuckahoe Inn, 1 Harbor Rd., Beesley’s Point, will host a special dinner with Santa. There will be a second dinner, the Feast of the Seven Seas, on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring carolers and Santa visits all night long! For more information, call (609) 390-3322 or visit www.tuckahoeinn.com.
Avalon Links Restaurant at the Avalon Golf Club – Breakfast with Santa
Join Santa and his helpers for our breakfast buffet on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Avalon Links Restaurant, 1510 Rt. 9 N., Cape May Court House. Cost is $15.99 for adults, $9.99 for children 2-10 years old and free for children under 2. Cost includes buffet breakfast, crafts, face painting, photo with Santa and a special gift for children on Santa’s nice list! Reservations are recommended. For more information and to make reservations, call (609) 465-8086 or visit avalonlinks.net.
Santa will not be limited to these events. He can also be seen at various community events and parades!