Christmas Events around the Cape, Dec 8 – 15

Congress Hall has many “winter igloos’ for guests to enjoy outdoor dining. Photo courtesy of Congress Hall.

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall  

Every day starting Dec. 1; event runs for most of the day; call for specific hours.  

200 Congress Pl, Cape May 

Congress Hall is delighted to announce its eleventh 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, as well our beautiful Winter Igloos at Congress Hall and Holiday Bingo with Blue. 

Woodbine Christmas Parade 

Friday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.  

Woodbine Elementary School heading west to Washington  

Please join the Borough of Woodbine in celebrating the upcoming holiday season. This year Woodbine Recreation again will be hosting Woodbine’s annual holiday parade. The parade will be on Friday, December 10, at 6 pm, with line up at 5 pm behind Woodbine Elementary School (801 Webster Avenue) and will head west to Washington, then north on Washington to Bryant, right onto Adams, then south on Adams to the Public Safety Building (former Ambulance Building). 

Trophies will be awarded (1st & 2nd place) to the best decorated Fire/Rescue Apparatus and Marching Unit. Everyone will receive a participant plaque. 

Woodbine Tree Lighting   

Friday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. (after the parade)  


Following the Woodbine Christmas parade, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Elementary School, Santa will join the mayor in lighting the Christmas Tree on the bikepath. Afterwards, trophies will be awarded and refreshments served at the bikepath gazebo where Santa will visit with the children. 

Lower Township Rotary Parade 

Saturday, Dec. 11th at 6 p.m. 

Begins at Big Lots  

Because of the road construction on Bayshore Road the parade will line up in the Big Lot’s parking lot. The parade will proceed down Townbank Road and turn left on Bayshore Road and end at the North Cape May shopping mall. 

Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Wildwoods Convention Center 

Enjoy a family-friendly event at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. featuring FREE admission to holiday-themed crafters and movies, photos with Santa, choir performances, children’s craft making table, a magician, face painting, dance performances and much more! At 4:30 pm there will be a tree lighting ceremony. For more information call 609.729.9000 or visit for a detailed schedule of events. 

Ocean City: Free Horse and Carriage Rides 

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, from 12 to 3 p.m. 

6th & Asbury Ave 

Christmas Open House at the Cape May Historical Society  

Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House 

Join us in celebration of the holidays! The Museum will be holding an open house to all members and guests on December 11th, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our gallery will host a Christmas Victorian Village display for this special occasion. 

Mud Hen Holiday Sip’n Shop  

Saturday, Dec. 11 from 12 to 6 p.m.  

127 W. Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood 

Sip N’ Shop along at our outdoor biergarten for MudHen’s first ever Holiday Shopping Bazaar! Six local vendors will be joining us to sell their products, in addition to complimentary hot chocolate and live entertainment. 

Cape May Holiday Reception and Concert  

Saturday, Dec 11 at 7 p.m.  

714 Beach Ave, Cape May 

Have yourself a swingin’ holiday with America’s Sweethearts! This fabulous New York City-based trio is thrilled to be back in Cape May – and this time with their live band! The Sweets are sure to get your toes tappin’ with classic big band numbers, Andrews Sisters favorites, and holiday tunes. With songs like ‘Sisters’, ‘Christmas Island’, and ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’, you’ll be snuggling up to your sweetie in no time. Make your holiday season a little Sweeter with America’s Sweethearts. 

OCTC Presents: Swingin’ Through the Holidays  

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m.  

Music Pier 

Ocean City’s annual Holiday Extravaganza is back! Join us at the Music Pier as an 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, 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 brand-new musical journey through seasonal favorites. Show times: December 10th at 7:30 p.m., December 11th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and December 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets $15/$18. Call 609-399-6111 or visit 

Community Christmas at Lighthouse 

Wednesday, Dec. 15th from 6 to 8 p.m.  

Lighthouse Church, 1248 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House 

Join us for an evening of outdoor Christmas cheer! Hot chocolate, games, caroling, cookie decorating, s’mores, and more! Grab the family and get in the Christmas spirit with us! 

Ocean City: First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration 

Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, from 4 p.m. to midnight  

Come celebrate a family-friendly New Year’s Eve in Ocean City, N.J. First Night offers more than 70 opportunities to catch 30 different shows and activities at 21 venues throughout town. You will find entertainment that satisfies every taste and age group.  

The headliner for First Night 2022 is the Grammy-winning group Tavares. Top hits from Tavares include “It Only Takes a Minute,” “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “Don’t Take Away the Music” and “More Than a Woman”. The rides at Wonderland Pier will return this year, and other returning favorites include the ice-skating rink, inflatables, the Harlem Wizards, Dan Cain Mentalist, a karaoke party, magician Chad Juros, a Country Line Dance Experience and the Legacy Band. For admission buttons and more information, visit or call 609-399-6111.