Do The Shore: Dec. 26 to Jan. 1

Chefs’ Dine-Around
Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m.
Cape May

Join this unforgettable five-course holiday gourmet feast and a chance to taste the best of the best in Cape May! Five premier Cape May restaurants each serve a course paired with a different wine from the evening’s sponsoring winery. A winery representative accompanies the group and explores the subtleties of the pairing with each dish. A trolley shuttle transports you between courses. Reserve early for this very special evening; limited to 34 people per night. $125 (gratuity included). For more information and tickets, visit

Lamplighter Christmas Tour
Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.
Cape May

Relive the memories of Christmas past on this self-guided evening tour of a selection of Cape May’s fine Bed and Breakfast inns and private homes, specially decorated for the holidays, with a unique theme at each location. Innkeepers will share a presentation at each location. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit, receive your souvenir gift and enjoy warm beverages and holiday treats. Adults $20; children (3-12) $15. For more information and tickets, visit

Boardwalk Basketball Classic
Wednesday, Dec. 26 to Monday, Dec. 31
Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood

The largest holiday co-ed basketball tournament in the country! Event is held in the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring an impressive lineup of high school boys and girls basketball teams from the South Jersey and Delaware Valley areas, totaling approximately 1,000 competitors. Call (609) 846-2720 for more information or visit for team schedules, times, ticket prices and past results.

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall
Wednesday, Dec. 26 to Monday, Dec. 31
Congress Hall, 200 Congress Pl., Cape May

The North Pole comes to Cape May at Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland! Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and sweet treats while shopping 15 specialty vendors. Be sure to hop on the Congress Hall Express and Carousel. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26-28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 29-30, and 12 to 6 p.m. Dec. 31. For more information, visit

Cape May Stage Presents “An Actor’s Carol”
Thursday, Dec. 27 to Sunday, Dec. 30
Robert Shackleton Playhouse, corner of Bank & Lafayette streets, Cape May

Having played Scrooge many times, a cranky actor finds himself visited by three spirits of his own. A cast of four play 17 characters in this hilarious new look at a classic that reminds us that the most jaded among us can find magic in the holiday season – and in the theater as well. Hours are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit

Roller Skating at Cape May Convention Hall
Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May

A Cape May tradition continues with roller skating at Cape May Convention Hall! Family Skate: Fridays 4-6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.; Teen Skate: Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Toddler Skating: Fridays starting on Jan. 4, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Guests may bring their own standard or in-line skates or they are available to rent. Admission fee for Family Skate is $5 per skater and $2 for non-skaters, and admission fee for Teen Skate is $5 for all entries. Skate rental is $2 for traditional skates and $4 for in-line skates. For more information, call (609) 884-9565 or visit

Cape May Wine Trail
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m.
Cape May County Wineries

Spend an afternoon visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. Travel via trolley to Willow Creek Winery where you’ll enjoy tastings, a brief tour and lunch. You’ll also travel to Natali Vineyards for tastings there with cheese and crackers and receive a souvenir glass. Admission is $75. For more information and tickets, visit

First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration
Monday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m.
Ocean City

Ocean City’s First Night offers more than 70 opportunities to catch more than 30 different shows and activities at 22 venues throughout town, from 4 p.m. until midnight. The lineup includes entertainment to satisfy every taste and age group. A fireworks display rings in the New Year at midnight. Buttons ($20) are good for all events. For buttons, more information and a full schedule of events, visit

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Monday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Gymnasium, 4501 Park Rd., Sea Isle City

The celebration allows kids to ring-in the New Year at a reasonable hour. The event features food, dancing, family activities, entertainment and an early countdown to midnight at 7 p.m. Call (609) 263-0050o to reserve a spot. Preregistration required.

Lower Township Dept. of Parks & Recreation’s New Year’s Eve Party
Monday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.
Lower Township Recreation Center, 2600 Bayshore Rd., Villas

Come celebrate the old year and ring in the new with friends and family! All ages are invited to the Lower Township Recreation Center on Monday, Dec. 31 during the family friendly hours of 6 to 9 p.m. Festivities will feature games, music, inflatable rides, food and refreshments. For more information, call (609) 886-7880 ext. 0.

New Year’s Day Shopping Extravaganza
Tuesday, Jan. 1
96th Street Shopping District, Downtown Stone Harbor

What better way to welcome the New Year than with some shopping! Head to Downtown Stone Harbor for great deals and discounts from all of your favorite shops and boutiques.

First Day 5k Boardwalk Run
Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.
Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City

The 5-kilometer Boardwalk Run starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. Race-day registration begins 11 a.m. at the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Those who pre-register receive shirts while supplies last. Refreshments are available after the race. Entry fee is $30. For online registration, visit

First Day at the Beach
Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.
Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City

Come be a part of Ocean City’s first dip in the ocean for the New Year! Participants should register in the Music Pier before heading to the beach to participate in Ocean City’s First Day at the Beach Polar Plunge. Registration is free, but all participants must sign a waiver at the Music Pier. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.