Do The Shore: December 28 to January 3

Boardwalk Basketball Classic
Wednesday, Dec. 28 to Saturday, 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.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit
Wednesday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Jan. 1
Carroll Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
An exhibit of holiday traditions through the years complete with model trains, toys and much more! Now through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The Gallery is open daily (except Christmas); hours vary. Free admission. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information or gallery hours, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit

EcoVentures Winter Break Camp and Pool Party
Wednesday, Dec. 28 to Friday, Dec. 30 at 9 a.m.
The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Ave., Cape May
Join us for our award winning adventure programs at The Grand Hotel in Cape May! We’ll be snorkeling, exploring, creating and swimming in the 86-degree indoor pool. These drop-off programs take place from 9 to 11 a.m. each day and allow your children to have a blast while learning about the local ecology, participating in hands-on science programs and swimming in the pool! Daily rate is $20 per child; additional siblings are $15 each. Space is VERY limited, so visit today for a daily schedule and registration information.

Roller Skating at Convention Hall
Wednesday, Dec. 28 and Thursday, Dec. 29 at 1 and 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 and 4 p.m.
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May
Get ready to roll at Cape May Convention Hall for winter roller skating! Guests may bring their own standard or in-line skates or they can rent them from our facility. Admission fee is $5 per person. Skate rental is $2 for traditional skates and $4 for in-line skates. Admission for non-skaters is $2. Soft drinks, water and light snacks are available at the concession stand. For more information, visit

Winter WonderFEST
Wednesday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Take a ferry ride to the winter carnival at the Lewes Ferry Terminal with ice skating, amusement rides, crafts and activities at Santa’s Workshop from 5 to 9 p.m. The Ferry offers shuttles to the Spectacular Light Show in Cape Henlopen State Park! We have a variety of ferry packages available. For questions and reservations, call 1 (800) 643-3779. Winter WonderFEST runs through Jan. 1. For more information, visit

Cape May Stage Presents “One Christmas Carol”
Wednesday, Dec. 28, Thursday, Dec. 29 and Friday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
The Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette St., Cape May
With one actor and over 35 distinct characters, this one-man tour de force is an intimate and spirited evening of theatre that everyone in the family will love! Suggested age guidance is 6 years and older. Admission $38 adults, $33 seniors (62+), $18 students and active duty military. For more information, visit or call (609) 770-8311.

Family Night Bowling
Friday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m.
Mouse Trap Bowling Alley, 2051 Dennisville-Petersburg Rd., Woodbine
On Friday evenings, enjoy a family special from 3 to 7 p.m. $10 per person includes two games, shoes, a 16-inch pizza and a pitcher of soda! For more information, call (609) 861-2695.

New Year’s Eve Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 a.m.
Ocean City Masonic Lodge, 940 Wesley Ave., Ocean City
Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 is holding a New Year’s Eve pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City Lodge Building Renovation Fund. For more information, contact Rick Becker at (609) 992-4503 or visit

County Library Hosts Noon Year’s Eve Party
Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.
Cape May County Library Main Branch, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House
Too young to stay awake until midnight? Come ring in the New Year at our Noon Year’s Eve Party! Children and their families are invited to the Court House Library for New Year’s games, crafts and snacks. Our party will culminate in a group countdown to noon! Don’t miss out on the celebration just because you have an early bedtime. Registration is not required. For more information, contact the Children’s Room at (609) 463-6354 or visit

Lamplighter Christmas Tour
Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
From 1 to 3 p.m., relive the memories of Christmas past on this self-guided evening tour of a selection of Cape May’s finest bed & 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. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit

First Night Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m.
Throughout Ocean City
The event offers 70 entertainment programs from 4 p.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve, plus an impressive display of fireworks at midnight. Buttons for admission to First Night are $20. This is the best entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. Welcome 2017 in a safe, non-alcoholic environment. For information, call 1 (800) BEACH-NJ, or visit where you can find the entire entertainment schedule and order buttons online.

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Sea Isle City Gymnasium, 4501 Park Rd., Sea Isle City
Pre-registration required.
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. Pre-registration required. For more information and to reserve a spot, call (609) 263-0050.

New Year’s Day Shopping Extravaganza
Sunday, Jan. 1
Asbury Avenue from 5th to 14th streets, Ocean City
Take advantage of tremendous bargains all day long along Asbury Avenue from 5th to 14th streets! For more information, call 1 (800) BEACH-NJ or visit

5K Boardwalk Run
Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.
Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City
Start your New Year’s Day with Ocean City’s 5K Boardwalk Run. The race starts at 1 p.m., travels north and extends beyond the boardwalk due to a boardwalk reconstruction project. Pre-register for $20 through Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. at Race day registration is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, just off the boardwalk at Sixth Street, and is $30. This year’s event includes chip timing. For more information, call 1 (800) BEACH-NJ or visit

HERO Campaign Pledge & Plunge/First Day at the Beach
Sunday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.
Beach at Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk & Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City
Splashing their way into the New Year, more than 1,000 participants are expected to take the HERO Pledge and rush into the Ocean City surf at the Music Pier on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. The plunge is paired with a pledge to the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drunk driving by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. Plungers are asked to take the HERO Pledge to be a designated driver for friends and family whenever alcohol is served, and those who donate $25 to the campaign will receive a commemorative long-sleeved T-shirt. Event-day registration begins at noon. To register, donate or learn more, visit