Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit
Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Tuesday, Dec. 6
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 www.capemaymac.org.
DIY Holiday Wreath and Garland Making Workshops
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.
Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May
The aroma of fresh evergreens ushers in the holidays for many of us. You are invited to come out to the Nature Center of Cape May to craft your own handmade holiday masterpiece. Using fresh evergreens of Douglas fir, spruce, pine, cedar and other natural materials, your creation will rival those found in expensive holiday stores or gracing the pages of expensive specialty catalogs. More importantly, this will be your very own creation! Materials and supplies are provided but everyone is encouraged to bring their own special decorations. Space is limited; pre-registration is a must! Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information and registration, call (609) 898-8848.
Cape May Stage Presents “One Christmas Carol”
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 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. Sunday, Dec. 4 is Pay-As-You-Wish. For more information, visit www.capemaystage.org or call (609) 770-8311.
Downtown Holiday Dash
Friday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m.
12th and Asbury Parking Lot, Ocean City
A one-mile race on Asbury Avenue, starting at 12th Street. Race-day registration is 4:30 p.m. at 12th and Asbury Parking Lot. Sponsored by the Ocean City Track and Field Boosters. Proceeds benefit the Boosters and Ocean City Food Cupboard. For more information on pre-registering and other questions, please call (609) 398-8277.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Beer Dinner ft. Cape May Brewery
Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May
Looking to tempt your taste buds? The Ferry has partnered with Cape May Brewery to host a five-course dinner with a special menu. Brewery representatives will be on hand to discuss the various beer styles offered. Due to limited capacity, reservations are required. Cost: $59 per person including beer, food, tax and gratuities. To reserve your ticket, please contact our Guest Services Department at (800) 643-3779.
Partners in Preservation Holiday Tour
Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Partners In Preservation presents a holiday tour consisting of local bed & breakfasts, churches, homes and the Wildwood Historical Museum. A $10 donation will be collected at the first place visited. Tour is self-guided from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Entry to the museum is FREE! For more information, call (609) 214-2253 or visit www.wildwoodnjhistory.com.
Lamplighter Christmas Tour
Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
From 7 to 9 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 www.capemaymac.org.
Crafts at Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m.
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May
Dozens of crafters offer everything from jewelry to leather goods, fashion and accessories to water colors, so you are sure to find all the perfect gifts you’ve been searching for—and of course, a little something for yourself. For more information, call (609) 884-9565 or visit www.discovercapemaynj.com.
Ocean City Train Show
Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.
Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, Boardwalk at 6th Street, Ocean City
One of the city’s most popular holiday attractions, featuring giant running displays, trains and train parts for sale, repairs done on site by experienced technicians, memorabilia and more.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children.
Build Your Own Gingerbread House
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.
Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, Price Hall, Academy & Seashore roads, Cold Spring
All children are invited to build their own gingerbread houses from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Supplies and refreshments are provided. Enjoy a surprise visit and gift from Santa! Admission is free. Seating is limited to the first 50 children. For more information and to register, call (609) 884-4065. Visit our website at www.oldbrickpresbyterian.com.
Free Horse & Carriage Rides in Ocean City
Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m.
City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave., Ocean City
Free horse & carriage rides are from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays starting in front of City Hall. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.
Cape May Wine School Class “Champagne and Sparkling Wines of the World”
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
Washington Inn, 801 Washington St., Cape May
Celebrate the holidays with a tasting of a selection of wines designed to refine your palate at the Washington Inn. Admission is $40. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Christmas with the Critters
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
Cape May Point State Park, Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point
Have a Christmas party with the Park’s animals. Enjoy a holiday puppet show, visit with Santa, crafts, cookies, juice and more! Donations of cookies are appreciated. Admission is $3. For more information, call (609) 884-2159.
Christmas Traditions Lecture
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.
Episcopal Church of the Advent, 686 Washington St., Cape May
Learn how Prince Albert brought Christmas traditions to England from Germany when he married Queen Victoria, and how these traditions spread to America in this richly illustrated lecture at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. Much of what we associate with the celebration of Christmas comes from the Victorian era, including Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas carols and our image of Santa Claus. Admission is $10. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Avalon Historical Society Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m.
Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon
Enjoy food, music, good company and good cheer. Be sure to view the newly restored gas lamp, browse the new displays and see the 2016 Christmas ornament featuring the vintage “Welcome to Avalon” sign! For more information, call (609) 967-7155.
43rd Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Throughout Cape May
This self-guided walking tour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the main attraction of Cape May’s festive holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate and “An Old-fashioned Christmas Exhibit” in the Carroll Gallery. Limited shuttle service. Adults $30, children $20 (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Chocolate Lover’s Feast
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.
Blue Rose Inn, 653 Washington St., Cape May
It’s a bountiful feast for chocolate lovers! Enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it at The Blue Rose Inn. Admission is $40. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org.
John Walter Cape Community Band Free Holiday Concerts
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
Middle Township PAC, 212 Bayberry Dr., Cape May Court House
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Ocean City Library, Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City
The John Walter Cape Community Band will present free holiday concerts. Come join your friends and neighbors and enjoy a wonderful evening of great music! We will be collecting non-perishable items for local food banks. For more information, visit www.johnwalterband.org.
East Lynne Theater Company Presents “Yuletide Tales”
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May
East Lynne’s holiday offering based on American classics and adapted and performed by artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth brings to life 30-plus characters in her unique storytelling style. Writers over the past 10 years from whom she’s adapted include Louisa May Alcott, Mary Wilkins Freeman, O. Henry, Bret Hart, Zona Gale, and L. Frank Baum. This year, she’s looking to Nathanial Hawthorne and Mark Twain. Tickets: $27 general; $17 students; ages 12 and under free. For more information and tickets, visit www.eastlynnetheater.org or call (609) 884-5898.