Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit
Wednesday, Nov. 23 to Tuesday, Nov. 29
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 Thanksgiving and 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 www.capemaymac.org.
Festival of Trees
Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 25 at 12 p.m.
The Whitebrier, 260 20th St., Avalon
The annual Festival of Trees event opens at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Whitebrier. Sponsored by the 7 Mile Business Community Association, the auction event features more than 40 trees and wreaths beautifully decorated by local businesses. While browsing the trees and wreaths, guests may bid on their favorites. The Whitebrier will offer a light fare menu as well. The bidding resumes on Friday from noon to 8 p.m. Once the auction is closed, winners will be able to take home their tree or wreath that day to get a start on holiday decorating. For more information, visit www.visitavalonnj.com or call (609) 967-5225.
Fast and Furriest 5K Turkey Trot & Kids Fun Run
Thursday, Nov. 24 at 7 a.m.
Ocean City Humane Society, 18th St. & Haven Ave., Ocean City
Bring your family and friends along to participate in this fun-filled holiday tradition! All proceeds benefit the Ocean City Humane Society. The race begins at the 18th and Haven Avenues goes out and back to 33rd Street. Following the 5K, there is a 1M fun run for kids 14 and under. Pre-registered athletes will receive T-shirts. After the race there will be awards and refreshments. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m., and the 5K run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Kids fun run follows the completion of the 5K. Pre-register at runsignup.com/race/nj/oceancity/thefastandthefurriest5kturkeytrot. For more information, call (609) 398-9500.
Cape May Fitness Center 14th Annual 5K Turkey Trot
Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8 a.m.
Cape May Fitness Center, 600 Park Blvd., Cape May
The 14th Annual Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving morning at the Cape May Fitness Center. Start your holiday with a 5K walk/trot/run for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Net proceeds will help support the Brendan Borek Endowed Fund at CHOP. Check in and registration is at 8 a.m. Race begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 pre-registration, $25 day of race registration. Pre-register at brendansfund.org/2016/10/2016-turkey-trot-sponsored-by-cape-may-fitness-centers. For more information, call 609-898-1515.
“Burn the Bird & Sweat the Gravy” Thanksgiving Day Workout for Childhood Cancer
Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Miracles Fitness, Joe Canal’s Plaza, Rio Grande
Miracles Fitness will host a “Burn the Bird & Sweat the Gravy” Thanksgiving Day Workout for childhood cancer. Cost is a $20 donation. From 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. choose either a Zumba Dance Party or Fitness Boot Camp, then finish with a relaxing yoga stretch session from 9:30 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome! For more information, call (609) 886-7070.
Stone Harbor Island Holiday
Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26
Downtown Shopping District, 96th St., Stone Harbor
Enjoy the Pet Parade, Merchants’ Hospitality Night on Friday night, Small Business Saturday, a scavenger hunt and family activities, and the Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.! For more information, visit www.stoneharborbeach.com.
Borough of Avalon 5th Annual Turkey Trot & 1 Mile Family Fun Walk
Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.
Avalon Community Hall, 30th St. & Avalon Ave., Avalon
Join the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children for the 5th Annual Turkey Trot 5K run and 1.5 mile family walk. Since we are kicking off Festive Friday in Avalon that day, there will be a prize for the most festive dressed team. Prizes are awarded to the top three men and women overall and top three in each age group. Please show up early if you would like to get a T-shirt and did not pre-register by 10/31. Cost is $25. Register at www.active.com/avalon-nj/running/turkey-trot-2016. 5K begins at 10 a.m. and 1.5 mile family walk begins at 10:15 a.m.
Holiday Crafts Fair
Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May
A must visit for those on your holiday gift lists. Shop for unique handmade gifts and seasonal decorations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, visit www.capemaymac.org, or call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278.
Friday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m.
Avalon Shopping District, Avalon
Sponsored by 7MBCA, there are more than 40 free activities scheduled throughout the day. Families will be able to pose for photos with different characters, write letters to Santa, create their own waxed hands and more. Pop into your favorite shops and get a head start on holiday shopping while enjoying refreshments and sales. The popular iceless ice skating rink will be located at 21st and Dune Dr. and will feature extended skating hours this year until 9 p.m. All of the activities lead up to Avalon’s tree lighting at 5 p.m. with the anticipated arrival of Santa Claus as he joins Mayor Martin Pagliughi to light the tree. For more information, visit www.visitavalonnj.com.
OC Christmas in the Downtown: “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue”
Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.
Downtown Ocean City, Asbury Ave., Ocean City
From 2 to 5 p.m. on downtown Asbury Ave., join merchants and the Chamber of Commerce in kicking off an old-fashioned holiday Christmas. The day includes continuous holiday entertainment with carolers and talented performers from the Ocean City Theatre Company. Santa Claus descends from the City Hall roof to cap the festivities. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.
Friday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.
Excursion Park, JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave., Sea Isle City
This annual Holiday Extravaganza will kick-off the holiday season in grand style with a parade, tree lighting, ice skating, caroling, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.seaislechamber.com or call (609) 263-9090.
Cape May Stage Presents “One Christmas Carol”
Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27 at 3 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. Official opening night is Nov. 25. Admission with party is $53. For more information, visit www.capemaystage.org or call (609) 770-8311.
Downtown Holiday Dash, Fun Run & Candy Scramble
Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8:30 a.m.
Women’s Civic Club of Stone Harbor, 96th St. & 1st Ave., Stone Harbor
Registration is at 8:30 a.m. at the Women’s Civic Club and the dash will take place at 10 a.m. Don’t forget to wear your silliest and most creative North Pole costumes, because there will be awards! Ages 6 and under are then invited to participate in the candy scramble after the race in the parking lot. Please remember to bring your new toy donation or gift card to the 8:30 a.m. check-in and Toys for Tots Breakfast at the Women’s Civic Club of Stone Harbor. Register at www.stoneharborrecreation.com/register-for-1128-downtown-holiday-dash.html. For more information, call (609) 368-5102.
Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m.
Downtown Avalon, Avalon
Join the Borough of Avalon for Snowfest Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With a second day of iceless ice skating, frosted festival games and an assortment of rides, the holiday cheer will be endless on Dune Dr. Santa will pose for free family photos in his custom sleigh at Veterans Plaza throughout the day, and families will be able to take home their photos in a keepsake frame, courtesy of the Borough of Avalon. For more information, visit www.visitavalonnj.com.