The Wildwoods Convention Center Hosts 9th Annual ‘Family Holiday Celebration’ Dec. 9 & 10

THE WILDWOODS – Enjoy the 2016 holiday season in the Wildwoods with exciting festivities for the entire family on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 during the 9th Annual ‘Family Holiday Celebration.’

The Wildwoods ‘Family Holiday Celebration’ kicks off Friday, Dec. 9 with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs and some hot cocoa, and enjoy a festive holiday procession along the streets of the Wildwoods. The parade commences at 16th & Central avenues then continues South on Pacific Avenue through Wildwood to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest, then North on Ocean Avenue ending at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Parade registration begins at 5 p.m. with parade line-up at 5:30 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, located at 10th and Central avenues. There is no fee to submit a float entry for the parade. Trophies will be awarded to winners in four different categories later in the evening during the Christmas Parade Awards Ceremony inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Awards will be given in the following divisions: Community Service, Commercial, Marching Bands and Public Service. The rain date for the Christmas Parade is Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m., with registration at 4 p.m. and parade line-up at 4:30 p.m. If the weather is uncertain, tune in to 98.7 The Coast or visit for more information.

Immediately following the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade, the fun continues at the Wildwoods Convention Center with a traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. After the tree lighting ceremony, festivities continue inside the Convention Center with the Christmas Parade Awards Ceremony and free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone. Prior to the Convention Center Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Parade Awards Ceremony, the venue will host a Holiday Shopping Bazaar beginning at 6 p.m., featuring holiday-themed crafters offering unique, one-of-a-kind gift items.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Wildwoods Convention Center will be sparkling with holiday lights and filled with the sounds of holiday music as the FREE Wildwoods ‘Family Holiday Celebration’ continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a full day of shopping, crafts, face painting, local school children’s choruses & band performances, music, gymnastics & cheer performances, a magician, FREE holiday movies and a special visit from Santa Claus.

Saturday’s exciting and fun-filled entertainment schedule for the ‘Family Holiday Celebration’ at the Wildwoods Convention Center is as follows:

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Face Painters
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Shopping Bazaar, Children’s Craft Making Table, Free Holiday Movies and Stocking Making Table
9 a.m. – Margaret Mace Choir
9:30 a.m. – Cape Trinity Catholic Choir
10 a.m. – Art of Gymnastics & Cheer
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Balloon Twisting
10:30 a.m. – Wildwood Catholic High School
11 a.m. – Santa Claus Arrives
11:30 a.m. – Magician Ken Northridge
12:30 p.m. – Glenwood School Choir
12:50 p.m. – Wildwood Middle School Choir
1:10 p.m. – Wildwood High School Choir
1:30 p.m. – Avalon String Band
2:30 p.m. – Crest Memorial School

You can also grab a seat in Meeting Room 3 and enjoy FREE holiday movie classics. The movie schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
10:30 a.m. – Frosty the Snowman
11:30 a.m. – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
12:30 p.m. – Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
1:30 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version)
2 p.m. – A Charlie Brown Christmas
2:30 p.m. – Polar Express (G)

Don’t miss your chance to take part in these fun-filled, FREE holiday events! Bring the entire family and share the holiday season with your loved ones in the Wildwoods.

For additional information about the Family Holiday Celebration, visit or call (609) 729-9000.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call (800) 992-9732.