Cape May County Holiday Events

Here’s the master list of holiday events across Cape May County. The holiday season is the second-busiest time of year here at the shore. From ice skating to tree lightings to Christmas parades to free carnivals, there’s something for everyone this holiday season. Have an event? Email chall@cmcherald.com

Avalon & Stone Harbor 

Wreath Making  

Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.  

Avalon Free Public Library  

Express your style and create your own holiday wreath with fresh greens and colorful accessories. Bad Cat Farms will host the event and provide the materials. Avalon property owners may register beginning Nov. 6. All others may register beginning Nov. 27 – register online at avalonfreelibrary.org/events/art-workshop-wreath-making 

Harp Performance with Stephanie Sussmeier  

Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m.  

Avalon Free Public Library  

Enjoy background classical music celebrating the new year with sounds by harpist Stephanie Sussmeier. 

Kid’s Event: Happy Noon Year!  

Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. 

Avalon Free Public Library 

Kids and their families are invited to ring in 2023 in style! Join us for a story, entertainment, cookies, and our famous apple juice champagne! 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks  

Saturday, Dec. 31  

The 2nd annual celebration returns to Avalon with a beautiful display of fireworks to kick-off 2023. Bring the family and enjoy music, crafts, and hot chocolate at Surfside Park followed by a beautiful display of lights from the 30th street beach. 

Cape May  

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall  

Nov. 25 through Jan 1  

Congress Hall 

Congress Hall is delighted to announce its twelfth annual Winter Wonderland—our beloved holiday spectacular that celebrates this special time of year in Cape May. Join us for old favorites like Breakfast with Santa, Congress Hall Express rides, and Santa’s Workshop activities. 

West Cape May Tree Lighting 

Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.  

Wilbraham Park, between Myrtle and Perry Streets in West Cape May 

Visitors can enjoy music, holiday favorites sing along, and light refreshments. This event is a great way to kick off the West Cape May Christmas parade weekend. This event is sponsored by the West Cape May Shade Tree Commission and the Friends of Wilbraham Park. 

Congress Hall’s Tree Lighting  

Friday, Dec. 2 – Lighting at 8 p.m.  

Congress Hall 

Head to Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn as we usher in the spirit of the holidays with our Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy live music from our Festival Choir as we wait in anticipation. Then, we’ll count down together and throw the switch, illuminating our gorgeous 30-foot Tannenbaum. 

6 p.m. – Live music on the lawn 

7:30 p.m. – Concert and singalong with the festive chir 

8 p.m. – Tree lighting ceremony begins  

Rotary Park Tree Lighting  

Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.  

Rotary Park  

The Cape May City Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be taking place in Rotary Park. Join us for a night of old – fashioned family fun including caroling, tree lighting and a special visit from Santa Claus! 

West Cape May Christmas Parade   

Saturday, December 3 at 5 p.m. (rain date Dec 4)   

Route starts at the Firehouse and ends at the end of Carpenter Lane.   

Now in its 55th year, the parade marches through town beginning at the West Cape May Volunteer Firehouse heading South on Broadway, turning East on Perry, and finishing its route through to the end of Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May. Each year a small group of volunteers assembles to create an unforgettable hometown memory, made possible by the donations received throughout the year by the Community and its guests. 

Cape May Holiday Craft Show  

Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 until 3 p.m.   

Cape May Convention Hall   

Shop when the doors open at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4th. Enjoy a wide range of gifts and holiday décor from local and regional artists and crafters. This arts & craft fair is free and open to the public.  

Hospitality Night  

Friday, Dec. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Washington Street Mall 

Enjoy carolers, our beautiful holiday décor, and a visit from Olde Saint Nick as participating merchants offer discounts and specials along with free lite bites and drinks.  

Holiday Concert and Reception   

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.  

Cape May Convention Hall    

This free holiday reception will once again feature America’s Sweethearts, this time with their live band. The New York City-based trio of classy ladies will perform a concert filled with your favorite holiday tunes. With songs like “Sisters”, “Christmas Land” and “Let It Snow”, you’ll be snuggling up to your sweetie in no time! Light refreshments will be served at the concert.  

Ocean City  

Horse & Carriage Rides  

Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18 from 12 to 3 p.m. 

Come to Ocean City for a horse-drawn carriage ride every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.! The rides will continue every weekend until Christmas  

Photos with Santa  

Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18 from 12 to 3 p.m. 

Music Pier 

Santa Claus himself returns to the Music Pier in Ocean City to spread holiday cheer and to – of course – take Christmas photos with families, kids, and the young at heart.  

Library Holiday Book Sale 

Friday, Dec. 2 from 10 am to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. 

Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue 

Shop for books, audiobooks,  and more as great Holiday gifts! For more information, go to friendsvolunteersocfpl.com 

Ocean City Christmas Parade  

Friday, December 2 from 6 to 7 p.m.   

Asbury Avenue from 6th to 12th Streets   

Registration information at ocnj.us/christmas-parade.   

St. John’s Christmas Bazaar  

Friday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

1001 Central Ave., Ocean City 

St. John Lutheran Church’s Annual Christmas Bazaar features a wide variety of new and slightly used gift items for reasonable prices. Santa will visit both days- (Friday 5-7, Sat. 10-noon). Proceeds benefit victims of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian. More info, visit www.stjohnlutheranoc.org 

Ocean City Train Show   

Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City  

Model trains will be on display and for sale at the annual Train Show. Admission is free.   

Ocean City’s Holiday Spectacular  

Friday, Dec. 16 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  

Music Pier  

The enchanting cast of professional singers and dancers will present a high-energy, family–oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays.  Through dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit in all of us as the magic of the season comes to life in a musical journey through seasonal favorites. Show dates December 16th & 17th @ 7:30PM & December 17th & 18th @ 2PM at the Music Pier.  For tickets visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice. 

First Night & New Year’s Eve Celebration  

Saturday, Dec. 31 from 4 p.m. to midnight  

First Night brings family-friendly events all over town, with all-access given to those with first night buttons. For the most up to date schedule, please visit firstnightocnj.com 

Offshore (Lower, Middle, Upper, Dennis)  

Middle Township Christmas Parade

Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

The parade starts at 6 p.m. and will travel north on Route 9 from Pacific Ave and will make a left onto Mechanic Street, ending at the Cape May County Library.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop at Township Hall afterwards for the tree lighting ceremony before going to the Middle Township Volunteer Fire Dept. on Hand Ave to hand out candy canes and stockings, a Christmas Carole sing-along for the children and free hot beverages and cookies for guests provided by the Fire Dept. Girl Scout Troop 46436 will provide a S’more bar.

Kids’ Christmas Bazaar  

Saturday, Dec. 17 from 12 to 4 p.m.  

Deeply Rooted Learning Center, 1159 Rt. 9 South, Cape May Court House  

Shop local this holiday season at Cape May County’s only all-kid vendor show. Find handmade items of all kinds, including macrame, clay jewelry, crocheted items, playdough kits, food and drink, and more.  

Sea Isle City  

Sea Isle City Historical Museum Holiday Open House  

Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Historical Museum, 4800 Central Ave 

Come join the museum for a time of community and holiday cheer. Light refreshments will be served and a dedication will take place for the newly-donated carousel horse (from the Marconi Carousel) that was rescued from the destroyed Sea Isle boardwalk.

Holiday Lighting Contest 

Nov. 29 – Dec. 8  

Preregistration required: Nov. 29 to Dec. 8. Register by call 609-263-6163 or at seaislerec.recdesk.com 

Judging starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 – Sea Isle City homes and businesses are invited to participate in this holiday competition. Prizes go to first, second and third place winners. 

Brunch with Santa  

Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m.  

VFW Post 1963, 301 JFK Blvd  

Come have an early lunch with Santa himself at the local VFW! Registration begins on November 28 by calling the recreation office at 609-263-0050. 

St. Joseph’s Live Nativity Event 

Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5   

Join St. Joseph’s for a live performance of the original Christmas story featuring live actors and live animals, including goats and a camel!   

New Year’s Eve Fireworks 

Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.  

JFK Blvd Beach  

Fireworks will ring in the new year! Bring a warm blanket and a chair to enjoy the show. 

Wildwoods 

Wildwood Crest Tree Lighting Ceremony   

Thursday, December 1 at 6 p.m.  

Sunset Lake 8000 Bayview Ave, Wildwood Crest  

Tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Christmas season in the borough. Live music, light refreshments, visit from Santa Claus and more!  

Christmas in the Plaza  

Friday, Dec. 2 – Saturday, Dec. 3 

Bryne Plaza, 3400 New Jersey Ave, Wildwood 

Enjoy free carnival rides and vendors at Byrne Plaza. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday and from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday 

North Wildwood Tree Lighting Ceremony  

Friday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m.  

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 111 N. Central Ave, North Wildwood 

Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, free tour of the lighthouse and a visit from Santa Claus! 

Wildwood Business District Tree Lighting Ceremony  

Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.  

Bryne Plaza, 3400 New jersey Ave, Wildwood 

Join us at Byrne Plaza for the annual tree lighting ceremony! 

Wildwoods Christmas Parade   

Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:60   

Parade starts at 15th and Central Ave, North Wildwood  

Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center (10th and Central Avenues). Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. and the parade starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. with a new route and followed by a Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade Awards at 7:30 p.m. at Byrne Plaza, Oak & Pacific Avenues, Wildwood, NJ. The rain date is Sunday December 4. 

MudHen Holiday Shopping Village  

Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.   

MudHen Brewing Co, 127 W Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood  

This year we are extending to two days in our brewery parking lot with vendors, s’mores stations, hot cocoa bar and photo ops from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. held in our main parking lot.  

Grab a pint or some complementary hot cocoa and browse from a selection of local artisans and vendors. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 4 to 8 p.m. on the patio and live music from KY & Johnny in our Biergarten. Donna Cox will be back for face painting, available from 1 to 5 p.m. Caricatures will also be available 2 to 5 p.m.   

Holly Beach Park Winter Wonderland  

Dec. 9 – Dec. 17  

123 E. Andrews Ave, Wildwood 

Enjoy Wildwood’s very own Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach Park. The light show will run every half hour from 5 p.m. to  9 p.m. on December 9-10 and 16-17. Bring the family and enjoy the light show with complimentary hot chocolate, popcorn, and a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Light show and decorations will be on display nightly from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. until January 13th. 

Convention Center Holiday Bazaar  

Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Wildwoods Convention Center  

The festivities begin with the Holiday Bazaar featuring family fun, entertainment, pictures with Santa, movies, and crafters. The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends with a tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. 

Wildwoods Boardwalk Christmas 5k   

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.   

Event starts at 10 a.m. – rain or shine – limited to the first 150 participants who are asked to register on-line. Participants are encouraged to dress in festive holiday outfits. The race route will take place on the Wildwoods Boardwalk and will be available closer to the event date. Registration is $30 per person or $20 if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for local children in need of holiday cheer. 609.849.8887 or lynchtoydrive.com/pinch  

North Wildwood Family Christmas Celebration  

Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17  

North Wildwood Entertainment District on Old New Jersey Ave.  

Come out and enjoy lots of fun family activities, firepits, holiday hayrides and much more! Times to be announced.  

Wildwood Crest Holiday Lights Walk   

Monday, Dec. 19 at 5:30   

Meet at the corner of Rambler Road and New Jersey  

Walkers will take an approximately 30-minute walk along Sunset Lake and the surrounding neighborhood to view the various holiday and Christmas light displays. The walk will be led by Wildwood Crest Mayor’s Wellness Campaign coordinator Laura Farrall. 

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