Events this Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 6, 2023

This week is another big one for holiday events. Three big holiday parades take place this week, one on Wildwood, one in Ocean City, and the biggest one of the year in West Cape May. Congress Hall, in downtown Cape May, will host its annual lighting of the biggest Christmas tree in Cape May County this week. Two movies, Barbie and Groundhog Day, are screening for free this week too. Find something to do with the list below, in order by date – orange events are clickable.

Free Movie: Barbie 

Wednesday, November 29 at 3 p.m. 

Ocean City Library Room N110 

Free snacks – bring a friend! 

Wetlands Touch Tank 

Thursday, November 30 from 4 to 4:45 

Avalon Free Public Library  

Stop by the library at 4 p.m. for a kids’ interactive activity, presented by the Wetlands Institute. Suggested for ages 3-6. 

Festive Fridays in Ocean City 

Every Friday through Christmas 

Join Downtown Ocean City Merchants as they celebrate the holiday season with shopping specials.  Enjoy Horse and Carriage Rides from 4 to 7 p.m. p.m. departing at 6th & Asbury through the downtown adorned with thousands of Christmas lights and shop for some for the best gifts this holiday season! 

Meet Santa in Ocean City 

Santa will be in Ocean City every Friday through Christmas from 9 to 11 a.m. at Soifer Park and from noon to 3 p.m. at Music Pier.  

Wildwood’s Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach Park 

Daily starting Dec. 8  

123 E. Andrews Avenue, Wildwood 

Enjoy Wildwood’s very own Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach Park. The light show will kick off on December 8-9 and run every half hour from 5-9 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy the light show with complimentary hot chocolate, popcorn, letter writing to Santa, and a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Light show and decorations will be on display nightly from 6:30–7 p.m. through mid-January. 

Wildwoods Jaycees Christmas Parade 

Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. 

Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center (10th and Central Avenues). Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. and the parade starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. with a new route and followed by a Tree Lighting Ceremony and parade awards at 7:30 p.m. at Byrne Plaza. Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 3. 

Congress Hall Tree Lighting 

Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Congress Hall, Cape May 

The evening kicks off with live music from the Don Evans Trio at 6 p.m. and with a concert and sing-a-long featuring the Congress Hall Festive Choir at 7:30 p.m. After the singalong, at 8 p.m., everyone will count down together and light the switch. 

West Cape May Tree Lighting 

Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. 

Wilbraham Park, at Myrtle Avenue and Perry Street 

Visitors can enjoy music, holiday favorites sing along, and light refreshments. 

OC Library Holiday Book Sale 

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Ocean City Public Library 

Items sold include fiction, nonfiction and childrens books, and jigsaw puzzles. Cash only – come get great books for great prices.  

Rotary Park Tree Lighting  

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. 

Rotary Park in Cape May 

The festive family program will include caroling, remarks from dignitaries, and a special visit from Santa Claus! 

Ocean City Christmas Parade 

Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.  

Asbury Avenue, Ocean City  

6th Street to 11th Street. Registration information at 

Wildwood Crest Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.  

Sunset Lake at Atlanta and New Jersey Avenues 

Tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Christmas season in the borough. Music, light refreshments, a visit from Santa Claus and more! 

“Holiday Pops” Concert in Middle Township

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.

Middle Township Performing Arts Center.  

This concert will feature Music Director and international entertainer Linda Gentille, Violinist  Susan Elsayed, soprano and Pops favorite Jacklyn Buckingham, and vocal impressionist Keith Hickman. This concert will feature treasured holiday classics and spiritual standards. Buy tickets here, and call 609-628-4544 for more info.

Sea Isle Historic Museum Holiday Open House  

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

4800 Central Avenue Sea Isle City 

Come get into the Holiday Spirit. Take a “Stroll Through Time” while enjoying light refreshments and Holiday Music. 

Sheep Farm Holiday Craft Show 

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 from 19 a.m. to 4 p..m 

551 Hands Mill Road, Belleplain 

This annual craft show celebrates its 30th year – come out to find handmade wool sweaters, yarns, and gifts from over 18 different vendors. Breakfast, lunch, and baked goods are also available. 


Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village 

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

735 Seashore Road entrance only  

Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy live music, hot beverages, and holiday treats served by historical interpreters in period clothing. Visitors can meet Father Christmas in the Country Store. 

Ocean City Train Show 

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Music Pier, Ocean City 

This annual event has lots of model train vendors and wonderful displays. Free admission! 

West Cape May Christmas Parade 

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.  

The West Cape May Community Christmas Parade, Cape May’s biggest event of the winter, steps off at 5 p.m. at the West Cape May Fire Hall. The parade can be expected to arrive in the Mall area sometime after 5 p.m., with a route that takes it on Perry Street and down Carpenters Lane. 

North Wildwood Tree Lighting 

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.  

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse 

Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, self-guided tour of the lighthouse and Santa Claus! Free admission. 

Avalon Historical Society Holiday Party 

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.  

History Center, 215 39th St, Avalon 

Enjoy food & refreshments, music, good company, and good cheer at this open house! 

Holiday Marketplace at the Nature Center of Cape May 

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave 

Come support local artists at this fundraiser event. Stop by the hot chocolate station as you shop and stroll or take a break and warm up by the fire pit. Proceeds go directly to support artist and author friends of the Nature Center who have volunteered and donated.  

Santa and Co. at the Mall 

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.  

Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves and Musicians will stroll the mall. Take pictures with these jolly visitors, who are collecting money for the Cape May Food Bank.   

Annual Crafts at Christmas Show 

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 from 9 to 4 p.m.  

Cape May Convention Hall 

Holiday Drag Queen Bingo 

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. 

Wildwoods Convention Center 

Have a little extra fun with some Holiday Cheer featuring all Drag Queens – this event helps local families in need through the Wildwood Chamber’s Foundation for a Better Community. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation 

John Walter Band’s Holiday Spectacular

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.

Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Dr., Court House

The John Walter Band, the Community Concert Band of Cape May County, presents its Annual free Holiday Concert spectacular – the band will perform a musical tribute titled “Splendor of the Holidays” to celebrate its 27th year serving Cape May County through Music and Community Service.  

Holidays at Henville 

Sunday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 10 

MudHen Brewing Co. on Rio Grande Ave in Wildwood 

Come wrap up your holiday shopping with a bow at our annual Shopping Village at MudHen Brewing Company. Enjoy entertainment for the entire family! Make sure to visit all of our wonderful vendors in the parking lot and finish that list! Live music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Ocean City Library Holiday Festival  

Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. 

Ocean City Public Library 

The event kicks off in the Atrium at 1 p.m. – there will be holiday crafts, a balloon sculptor, live music, refreshments, a visit from Santa (brings your letters!) and Mrs. Claus, and a reading from a children’s book author.  

Angelus Chorus Christmas Concert 

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.  

Middle Township PAC, 212 Bayberry Dr, Court House 

This special performance from the community choir of Cape May County features accompaniment from the John Walter Band.   

Cape Choral Concert: “Bells of Christmas” 

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. 

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay, Ocean City 

Come see Cape Choral’s festive Christmas concert! This concert includes guest musicians Red Shriver, tenor, Emily and Nicholl & Vera Bojco, violinists, William Shea, bassist. Light refreshments and free-will offering. 

Free Movie: Groundhog Day 

Monday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. 

Ocean City Library Room N110 

Angelus Chorus Christmas Concert #2 

Monday, December 4 at 7 p.m. 

Cape May Methodist Church, 635 Washington Ave. 

Come hear resounding voices sing with holiday cheer at this special performance from Cape May County’s community choir.  

Angelus Chorus Christmas Concert #3 

Wednesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. 

Cape May Convention Center, 714 Beach Drive 

Come hear resounding voices sing with holiday cheer at this special performance from Cape May County’s community choir. 

Avalon Concert: Sounds of the Season 

Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. 

Avalon Free Public Library 

Pianist and music Historian Jay Daniels will delight the audience with music for the holidays – from Christmas classics to Hanukkah favorites. 

Christmas on the Homefront 

Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.  

Virtual event by Naval Air Station Wildwood – sign up by clicking here

Historian Mary Rasa will transport you back to the World War II homefront and share the heartwarming stories of Christmas during wartime.