Light up the holidays with these Christmas tree lightings in Cape May County!
Cape May – MAC’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
|At 7 p.m., Santa arrives to flip the switch for the festive Tree Lighting Ceremony on the grounds of the Physick Estate. That evening, the Physick Estate will be open for free, self-guided tours from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to share in the holiday spirit and bring a non-perishable food item for the Cape May Community Food Bank. For kids, there are Santa’s Trolley Rides and a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself. Grown-ups will enjoy holiday ghost tales during Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides and Holiday Lights Trolley Rides. For more information, visit www.capemaymac.org.
Avalon – Tree Lighting
Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.
21st and Dune Drive, Avalon
As part of Avalon’s Festive Friday celebration, join Mayor Pugliughi and Santa Claus to light up Avalon with a tree lighting at 5 p.m.! The tree lighting will take place at 21st and Dune Drive. Then, make sure to bring your cameras to take pictures with Santa and his Elves at 5:30 p.m.! For more information, visit visitavalonnj.com.
Ocean City – Tree Lighting
Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.
City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave., Ocean City
Enjoy entertainment and Christmas carols at 4 p.m. in preparation for Santa’s arrival. Santa will arrive at approximately 5 p.m. and descend from the roof of City Hall with the assistance of a Fire Department Ladder Truck. He will help illuminate the city’s Christmas tree and City Hall. For more information, call 1-800-BeachNJ or visit www.OceanCityVacation.com.
Stone Harbor – The Reeds at Shelter Haven’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Celebration
Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven, 9601 3rd Ave., Stone Harbor
Santa and his elves are on vacation in Stone Harbor, but they’ve agreed to help with one very important task… don’t miss the magical moment when the Reeds’ twinkling tree lights up the bay! Enjoy a festive sing-along with complimentary hot chocolate & cookies and live entertainment before the tree lighting at 4 p.m., and food and cocktail specials afterward during Fire Pit Friday.
Sea Isle City – Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival
Friday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard & Pleasure Avenue, Sea Isle City
Join Mayor Desiderio, Santa Claus and other holiday revelers for the Mayor’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Excursion Park. In addition to launching the Holiday Season with Santa’s arrival, the event will also give people the opportunity to make donations to Mayor Desiderio’s Holiday Toy and Food Drive. Collection boxes will be positioned at Excursion Park, where unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items will be collected for families in need. The ceremony will feature singing, merriment and the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree – and the chance to meet Saint Nick. Bring the entire family! For more information, visit www.VisitSICNJ.com or call (609) 263-4461 ext. 1245.
Middle Township – Cape May County Zoo’s Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.
Cape May County Park & Zoo, 707 Rt. 9 N., Cape May Court House
Don’t miss this new holiday tradition for the entire family, brought to you by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The celebration will include live holiday music, an ice sculpture demonstration, the polar express train ride, bounce house castle & slide, character appearances, free treats for all and a visit by the jolly man himself in the red suit. For more information, call (609) 465-5271 or visit cmczoo.com.
Cape May – Congress Hall’s Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m.
Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn, 200 Congress Pl., Cape May
Don’t miss the magical moment when Congress Hall’s Christmas tree lights up the night. Enjoy live music from the Festival Choir as you wait in anticipation. Sip on hot chocolate out on the lawn as you explore Winter Wonderland – featuring a shopping village with over 20 artisans and vendors, plus delicious treats and kids activities. For more information, visit caperesorts.com.
North Wildwood – Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central avenues, North Wildwood
Join us for this “Norman Rockwell-like” tradition in celebration of Christmas! Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Santa, music, refreshments, a few tour of the lighthouse, and many more guests! The beautiful Christmas tree will be lit following the festivities. For more information, call (609) 522-2955 or visit www.northwildwood.com.
Middle Township – Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Dec. 6 during the Christmas parade at 6 p.m.
Township Hall, 33 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House
During the Middle Township Christmas Parade at 6 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop at Township Hall for a tree lighting ceremony. Everyone can follow Santa and Mrs. Claus back to the firehouse for candy canes, Christmas stories, Christmas carol sing-alongs, hot beverages, and cookies. For more information, call (609) 465-8728.
Wildwood – Byrne Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Byrne Plaza, Oak & Pacific avenues, Wildwood
Come downtown for the lighting of the official Downtown Wildwood Christmas tree after the Wildwood Christmas Parade! Lots of downtown Wildwood stores and restaurants will be open. Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 9. For more information, call (609) 729-5501 or visit www.DOOWW.com.
Cape May – Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Rotary Park Bandstand, 400 block of Lafayette Street
Enjoy some old fashioned holiday cheer when the City of Cape May officially kicks off the holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festive family program will include caroling, a presentation from the Lower Cape May Regional High School choir, and a special visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call (609) 884-9565 or visit www.discovercapemaynj.com.
Wildwood –Tree Lighting Ceremony During Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m.
Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
Tree lighting ceremony takes place during the Wildwoods’ Family Holiday Celebration. For more information, call (609) 729-9000 or visit www.WildwoodHoliday.com.
Be on the lookout for more Christmas tree lightings happening in Cape May County!