5 Ways to Do The Shore this New Year’s Weekend: Dec. 29-Jan. 1

1. Winter Wonderland 2017
Friday, Dec. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.
Congress Hall, 200 Congress Pl., Cape May
Escape to the North Pole this Holiday Season as Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Explore unique gifts from various merchants in our enchanted shopping village. Sip on a cozy cup of hot cocoa and enjoy special seasonal treats. All aboard the Congress Hall Express! You won’t want to miss the train ride as it travels around Cape May’s North Pole. For more information, visit winterwonderland2017.com.

2. Ocean City’s First Night
Sunday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m.
Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City
The legendary Chubby Checker will help Ocean City celebrate New Year’s Eve with performances on the Ocean City Music Pier as part of the family-friendly 2018 First Night festivities. First Night offers over 75 entertainment programs ranging from popular children’s shows featuring magicians, jugglers and puppeteers to Broadway Shows, the Fabulous Grease Band and much more. Buttons are $20 and can be purchased at firstnightocnj.com, where a full schedule of events is also available.

3. Sea Isle City’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Sunday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Sea Isle City Gymnasium (inside the former Public School Building), 4501 Park Rd., Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City’s New Year’s Eve celebration allows kids to ring-in the New Year and still get to bed at a reasonable hour. The celebration will feature family activities, dancing, entertainment, food and refreshments, and an early countdown to midnight with a falling crystal ball. The evening will “end with a bang” with a fireworks display. Reservations are required (limited space availability). For more information, call the Recreation Office at (609) 263-0050.

4. Lower Township’s Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party
Sunday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.
Lower Township Recreation Center, Lower Township Recreation Center, 2600 Bayshore Rd., Villas
All ages are invited to Lower Township’s Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party! Festivities will feature the return of the popular Brain Buster game show, which is fun for all ages. The event will also have music, indoor inflatable rides and carnival games. Food and refreshments will be available. For more information, call (609) 886-7880 ext. 0.

5. First Day Shopping Extravaganza
Monday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.
Downtown Ocean City
The First Day Shopping Extravaganza will take place in Downtown Ocean City from 6th to 11th streets along Asbury Avenue. Visit Downtown Ocean City for unique finds and tremendous bargains! For more information, visit oceancityvacation.com or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

To see all the ways you can Do The Shore this weekend, visit our events calendar at www.capemaycountyherald.com/calendar.