Cape May County Holiday Events Listing 2016

 

CAPE MAY COUNTY HOLIDAY EVENTS LISTING

This is a listing of the FREE, or Low Cost Family Friendly Cape May County Holiday Events for 2016.  Please check all listing for times, fees, and age requirements. Phone numbers and website links are listed for your convenience. Check out Dining with Santa and Friends listings and other holiday fun like Live Nativities, and the TV Holiday Lineup.

All Month Long:

The Flanders Hotel Gingerbread House Contest
Gingerbread House Contest at The Flanders Hotel
11th and the Boardwalk Ocean City 08226
ALL MONTH LONG
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED
Open to ALL AGES 
FREE
CALL: 609.399.1000
WEBSITE
Calling all Kids, big and little, to create a Gingerbread House and enter for a chance to win a wonderful prize! The Flanders tradition continues with our annual Gingerbread House Contest. Anyone may enter, categories for adults and children. Bring your creation to the Flanders between November 25th and December 30th. Judging will be on January 1st, 2017 at 12 noon. Every children’s entry receives a gift.

 

Congress Hall Winter Wonderland 2016
Congress Hall, Cape May 200 Congress Pl
Cape May 08204
11/25/2016 – 1/1/2017
Weekly on Thursday , Friday   5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Sundays: 9-6pm

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED
ALL AGES
COST: $Free Admission. Some activities are charged like train ride and Carousel
CALL: (609) 884-8421
WEBSITE
Escape to the North Pole this Holiday Season as Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Explore unique gifts from various merchants in our enchanted shopping village. Sip on a cozy cup of hot cocoa and enjoy special seasonal treats as you mosey on over to Santa’s Workshop. All aboard the Congress Hall Express! You won’t want to miss the train ride as it travels around Cape May’s North Pole. Every weekend is a new adventure. As the temperatures cool in Cape May, experience the warmth of the Holiday Season at Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland! November 25 – January 1 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Vendor Village Shops, Santa’s Workshop, Train Rides & Carousel Thurs-Fri: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturdays: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Sundays: 9-6pm

Bass Pro Shops FREE Photos with Santa & Kids Crafts
Bass Pro Shops – Atlantic City, NJ
30 N Christopher Columbus Blvd Atlantic City 08401
11/13/2016 – 12/24/2016 Weekly on Saturday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: (609) 449-4500
WEBSITE
Free photos with Santa! Free activities for kids such as crafts, big dig excavation area, Lincoln Log Building area, remote control trucks, foam toy arcade, laser arcade & so much more! Check website for compete details.

 

 

Thursday, December 1st.

Dennis Twp. Christmas Parade
Dennis Township Recreation Academy Road
Dennisville 08210
12/1/2016
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: (609) 861-1045
WEBSITE
Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 P.M. Academy Road, Dennisville Bleacher seating available on Academy Road. Post Parade festivities held in the school cafeteria. Refreshments will be served. Candy from Santa for children 12 and younger. Groups and organizations are invited to participate! Please call 861-1045 or email kim@dennistwp.org

 

Friday, December 2nd.

Parade Glazed Over Toddler Time: Painted Ornaments
(Ages 18 months- 5 Years)
Glazed Over Studios
704 Asbury Ave Ocean City 609-398-8880
12/2/2016  10:00 am – 10:45 am
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  
AGE RANGE: Preschoolers
COST: $10
CALL:609-398-8880
WEBSITE
Toddler Time at Glazed Over Studios is Friday at10 am for 45 minutes $10
Ages 18 months – 5 years. Pre-registration required. Please call to register!

 

Congress Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony & Concert
200 Congress Pl
Cape May 08204

12/2/2016 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED
FREE FOR All Ages
$Donations will be accepted for a local charity
CALL: (609) 884-6583
WEBSITE

Gather at Congress Hall for our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Grand Lawn on Friday, December 2, featuring a wonderful concert by the Congress Hall Festival Choir and the lighting of our beautiful outdoor tree at 9PM. Donations will be accepted for a local charity. Village open until 10:00PM First concert: 5:30 pm Second concert: 8:00 pm Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Call (609) 884-6583 for reservations. Train Ride and Carousel for the kids (additional fees)

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Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse  111 North Central Avenue
North Wildwood 08260
12/2/2016  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: 609.522.4520
WEBSITE
Festive ceremony will take place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central Avenues, in North Wildwood. Christmas tree lighting event includes music, cookies, hot chocolate, and Santa Claus! 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Fun for the whole family.

 

 

Christmas in Middle Township Parade & Tree Lighting
Mechanic Street & Municipal Parking Lot.
Cape May Court House 08210
12/2/2016  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FREE FOR AGES
CALL: (609) 465-8732
WEBSITE
We will be hosting our annual Christmas Parade on December , 201 at 6:00pm. The parade begins in the Acme parking lot, with participants arriving at 5:00pm. From the Cape Savings parking lot we will  proceed south on Route 9 starting at 6:00pm. Judging will be in front of the Bellevue Tavern. We The parade will make a right onto Hand Ave and proceed to Boyd Street, then make a right onto Boyd Street and go to the tree lighting ceremony at Township Hall.  Santa will light the tree. Everyone can follow Santa back to the Firehouse. Santa will be giving candy canes, Mrs. Clause will be reading Christmas Stories and the Middle Township Volunteer Fire Department will be serving hot beverages and cookies for our guests. Fun for the whole family.

 

Cape May Tree Lighting
Rotary Park  498 Lafayette St Cape May 08204
12/2/2016  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: 609-884-9563
WEBSITE
Enjoy some old fashioned holiday cheer when the City of Cape May officially kicks off the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 7 p.m. with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, at the newly renovated Rotary Park Bandstand. The Bandstand is  located on the 400 block of Lafayette Street. The holiday family program will include caroling, a presentation from the LCMR chorus and a special visit from Santa Claus. Cape May City officials and representatives for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May, and Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities will also be present for the ceremony.

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Somers Point Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Shore Road from Dawes Ave. to New Jersey Ave. and up to City Hall.
Somers Point 08244
12/2/2016  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: 609-653-4991
WEBSITE
This festive, annual parade will lead Santa Claus down Shore Road from Dawes Ave. to New Jersey Ave. and up to City Hall. Festive floats, live music and groups from the community and school will march. NEW this year is a float-decorating contest €”don’€™t miss the excitement! Mayor Jack Glasser and Santa Claus will light the tree after the parade concludes. Inside City Hall, Santa Claus will meet with children for pictures while his elves give out special treats. Caroling performed by the Mainland Tri-M Choral. Special Thanks to the Somers Point Volunteer Fire Companies.

 

Downtown Holiday Dash & Santa Scamper
Ocean City Asbury Ave & 12th St.
Ocean City 08226
12/2/2016  5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED 
ALL AGES 
COST: Pre-registration $20.00 received by Nov. 28th . $25.00 day of race. Race time 5:30pm.
CALL: (609) 398-8277
WEBSITE
A one-mile race. Starting on Asbury Avenue at 12th Street. Race-day registration is 4:30 p.m. at the 12th and Asbury parking lot. Event is 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. Divisions include Santa Scamper (Open to anyone festive enough to run/finish the race dressed in Christmas attire.) (i.e. as Santa, Mrs. Santa, an Elf or Reindeer or a reasonable/acceptable facsimile)  Prizes will be given to the five best costumes. All runners are eligible for door prizes. All participants must be present & have their race bibs to be eligible for prizes. Please ‘NO pets, bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, skis or sleighs.

 

Ocean City Christmas Parade
Between 6th-11th Streets on Asbury
Ocean City 08226
12/2/2016 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
FREE FOR ALL
CALL: 609.399.6111
WEBSITE
Ocean City’s annual CHRISTMAS PARADE will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Route march from 6th Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue. It will include the Ocean City High School Marching Band, Pitman High School Marching Band, Pennsport String Band, Absegami High School Marching Band, and the Original Hobo Band of Pitman, and Erica Reichert, Collegiate Miss Majorette of N.J. There will be an array of colorful entries accompanying Santa Claus, who will ride into town via horse-drawn carriage. There will also be floats and costumed characters in the event. After the Parade Santa will meet youngsters at the gazebo, in Mark Soifer Park, across from City Hall and pose for photos.

 

 

Saturday, December 3rd.

Ocean City Church of the Advent Christmas Bazaar
Episcopal Church of the Advent Parish Hall
Cape May 08204
12/3/2016  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION
FREE TO ALL AGES
CALL: 609-898-9699
The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Cape May will hold a Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon on December 3 from 9 until 2 in the Parish Hall at 612 Franklin Street. The Bazaar is a real old-fashioned church fair with no outside vendors. Everything is made or donated by the people of Church of the Advent.

 

Build a Gingerbread Man Candy Dish at Home Depot
Home Depot Make It and Take It
21 Indian Trail Rd Cape May Court House 08210
12/3/2016  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED CALL AHEAD
FREE FOR ALL AGES ABLE TO PARTICIPATE
CALL: (609)463-8794
WEBSITE
Join our hands-on workshop where your child can create a festive Gingerbread Man Candy Dish.  All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

 

Michael’s Kids Club Sprout Stocking
Michael’s
3201 Route 9 S Rio Grande 08242
12/3/2016  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED BUT RECOMMENDED
OPEN TO ALL AGES ABLE TO PARTICIPATE
COST: $2
CALL: (609) 465-7014
WEBSITE
They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a sprout stocking project. Sign up online, in-store or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

 

Christmas Craft Show in Cape May
City of Cape May
714 Beach Ave Cape May 08204
12/3/2016 – 12/4/2016  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
FREE
CALL: (609) 884-9565
WEBSITE
Enjoy dozens of crafters and their wears, so you are sure to find all the perfect gifts you’ve been searching for.

 

Candy Cane Drop 2016
Ocean View Volunteer Fire Dept

Route 9 Fire House
Check Below for Route Santa will take
Ocean View
12/3/2016  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
CALL: 609-624-3078
WEBSITE
Get a glimpse of Santa as the Ocean View Fire Company Candy Cane Drop will begin at 10am this Saturday December 3rd. Below is Santa’s Approximate route.
Leaving the Fire House at South Seaville will then head down Woodbine Blvd to Gracetown Road. Heading West on Dennisville Road to sunny lane down to Hagan Road to Route 9. Traveling North on Route 9 to Landing road, Raven Wood East continuing to cedar Drive and Alexandria Way. Santa then will continue on Academy to kings highway on to Timothy lane, through Ravenwood , North on kings highway to tattlers road. North on Dennisville Road to Main Street hitting side streets on the way, continuing North on Route 9 to Route 550 and side streets to Corsen Tavern road turning around at Outdoor world, Santa then will travel South on Kings Highway finishing at the South Seaville Fire House.
Please Keep an Eye on Facebook for updates of Santa Location!

 

Ocean City Train Show
Ocean City Train Show
6th Street and off the Boardwalk
Ocean City Sports & Civic Center
12/3/2016  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.
CALL: 609.399.6111
WEBSITE
December 3rd & 4th ‘€“ Train Show ‘€“ NEW LOCATION: Ocean City Sports & Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk. 10am- 5pm Saturday and 10am -4pm Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. For more information call 609-399-6111.

 

Glazed Over Studios Family Ornament Workshop 
(2 Sessions 10:30am & 4pm)
Glazed Over Studios
704 Asbury Ave Ocean City 609-398-8880
12/3/2016  10:30 am – 5:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED CALL TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: $10 for 2 ornaments
CALL: 609 398 8880
WEBSITE
Join us for our super popular hand crafted Christmas ornaments! First visit as scheduled…glazing date your choice. Family workshop Saturday, December 3rd 1st session 10:30-11:30 & 2nd session 4-5 Family Workshop $10 pp 2 ornaments each. Please call 609-398-8880 to register. Pre-registration required.

 

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Christmas Ornaments
Lowe’s 3171 Route 9 South Rio Grande 08242
12/3/2016  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Call or go online
OPEN TO ALL AGES
FREE
CALL: (609)463-5760
WEBSITE
Register for a free clinic at Lowe’s. Build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, and patch!

 

Open House with Santa
Open House with Santa
Cardiff Fire Company Auxiliary
6609 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township 08234
12/3/2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: $Donation Based.
WEBSITE
Featuring: Chinese Auction, 50/50 Raffle, Demonstrations, Snacks and Beverages Photos With Santa: Photo with Santa for a $5 donation (includes beverage and hot dog for every child in photo). Free photo with a donation of a new unwrapped toy. At The Door: Donations will be accepted for Food Bank, Toys for Tots and the Humane Society of Atlantic County.

Seashore Lines: The Santa Express 
The Santa Express (Multiple Departure Times)
Cape May Seashore Lines
Reading Ave & Mill Rd
Tuckahoe 08270
12/3/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Saturday , Sunday
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Adult Coach: $17 Child Coach: $10 Adult Cafè / Lounge: $30 Child Cafè / Lounge: $30
Email for info: conductor@capemayseashorelines.org
WEBSITE
A Christmas Tradition continues… The Seashore Lines provides a historic, comfortable and fun train ride with Santa Claus, as he returns to visit with children (young and old) on board THE SANTA EXPRESS! Online reserved ticket purchases are highly recommended. Seating aboard all THE SANTA EXPRESS! trains are primarily limited to passengers who have purchased their tickets online. A very limited number of “walk up” tickets for each of THE SANTA EXPRESS! trains may be available at each station prior to train departure. They are solely on a first come basis, and, only if seats are available on the next departure. Walk-up tickets will not go on sale until all ticketed passengers are seated and it is determined by the Conductor that space is available.

 

Bass Pro Shops FREE Photos with Santa & Kids Crafts
Bass Pro Shops – Atlantic City, NJ
30 N Christopher Columbus Blvd Atlantic City 08401
11/13/2016 – 12/24/2016 Weekly on Saturday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: (609) 449-4500
WEBSITE
Free photos with Santa! Free activities for kids such as crafts, big dig excavation area, Lincoln Log Building area, remote control trucks, foam toy arcade, laser arcade & so much more! Check website for compete details.

Sunday, December 4th.

Christmas Craft Show in Cape May
City of Cape May
714 Beach Ave Cape May 08204
12/3/2016 – 12/4/2016  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
FREE
CALL: (609) 884-9565
WEBSITE
Enjoy dozens of crafters and their wears, so you are sure to find all the perfect gifts you’ve been searching for.

 

Ocean City Train Show
Ocean City Train Show
6th Street and off the Boardwalk
Ocean City Sports & Civic Center
12/4/2016  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.
CALL: 609.399.6111
WEBSITE
December 3rd & 4th ‘€“ Train Show ‘€“ NEW LOCATION: Ocean City Sports & Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk. 10am ‘€“ 5pm Saturday and 10am ‘€“ 4pm Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. For more information call 609-399-6111.

 

Seashore Lines: The Santa Express 
The Santa Express (Multiple Departure Times)
Cape May Seashore Lines
Reading Ave & Mill Rd
Tuckahoe 08270
12/3/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Saturday , Sunday
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Adult Coach: $17 Child Coach: $10 Adult Cafè / Lounge: $30 Child Cafè / Lounge: $30
Email for info: conductor@capemayseashorelines.org
WEBSITE
A Christmas Tradition continues… The Seashore Lines provides a historic, comfortable and fun train ride with Santa Claus, as he returns to visit with children (young and old) on board THE SANTA EXPRESS! Online reserved ticket purchases are highly recommended. Seating aboard all THE SANTA EXPRESS! trains are primarily limited to passengers who have purchased their tickets online. A very limited number of “walk up” tickets for each of THE SANTA EXPRESS! trains may be available at each station prior to train departure. They are solely on a first come basis, and, only if seats are available on the next departure. Walk-up tickets will not go on sale until all ticketed passengers are seated and it is determined by the Conductor that space is available.

 

Congress Hall Winter Wonderland 2016
Congress Hall, Cape May 200 Congress Pl
Cape May 08204
11/25/2016 – 1/1/2017
Weekly on Thursday , Friday   5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Sundays: 9-6pm

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED
ALL AGES
COST: $Free Admission. Some activities are charged like train ride and Carousel
CALL: (609) 884-8421
WEBSITE
Escape to the North Pole this Holiday Season as Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Explore unique gifts from various merchants in our enchanted shopping village. Sip on a cozy cup of hot cocoa and enjoy special seasonal treats as you mosey on over to Santa’s Workshop. All aboard the Congress Hall Express! You won’t want to miss the train ride as it travels around Cape May’s North Pole. Every weekend is a new adventure. As the temperatures cool in Cape May, experience the warmth of the Holiday Season at Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland! November 25 – January 1 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Vendor Village Shops, Santa’s Workshop, Train Rides & Carousel Thurs-Fri: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturdays: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Sundays: 9-6pm

 

Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt
Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt
Emlen Physick Estate 1048 Washington St
Cape May 08204
6/21/2016 – 12/31/2016  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: $5 includes map & clues (only one needed per family)
CALL: (609) 884-5404
WEBSITE
New in 2016! Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt: Go on a clues hunt and discover answers to questions as you search the grounds of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Purchase a packet for $5 that includes a clue sheet and ponder the answers as you explore the estate grounds as a family. Learn together about Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum – one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country. Available daily, year-round. Costs $5 per packet (only one packet is needed per family). 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.

 

 

Pet Photos with Santa at the Hamilton Mall
Hamilton Mall 4403 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing 08330
12/4/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Sunday  11:00 am – 6:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
CALL: (609) 646-8326
WEBSITE
Bring your favorite pet in for a keepsake photo with Santa available on December 4, 11 & 18 from 11am-6pm. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Atlantic County SPCA. (All pets must be in a carrier or on a leash).

 

International Cheetah Day
Cape May County Park & Zoo
707 Rt 9 North
Cape May Court House 08210
12/4/2016  11:00 am – 2:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: (609) 465-5271
WEBSITE
Special Cheetah related programs, activities and Zookeeper Talks are planned throughout the day. Get up to the minute details on the AAZK facebook site www.facebook.com/CMCZAAZK

 

Santa Trolley Rides in Cape May
Mid Atlantic Center for The Arts 1048 Washington St
Cape May 08204-1737
11/27/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Sunday  11:45 am – 2:15 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Adults $10; Children (ages 3-12) $8. Advance reservations are strongly recommended
CALL: (609) 884-5404
WEBSITE
Bring the kids to the Physick Estate on weekends for a ride around Cape May with stories and songs led by Mrs. Claus. Santa will greet children with a sweet in the Carriage House. Tours are 30 minutes long. Click on “website link” to purchase tickets for specific times. Adults $10; Children (ages 3-12) $8. Advance reservations are strongly recommended Purchase tickets at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street or at the Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St. at the Carriage House or the Hill House Office.

Photos with Santa in OCNJ
Between 5th & 6th on the Boardwalk
Ocean City 08226
11/26/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Saturday , Sunday
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: $10
CALL: 1-800-BEACH-NJ
WEBSITE
The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce has invited Santa Claus to Ocean City for photographs. Photos will be taken between 5th and 6th Streets on the Boardwalk (weather permitting), with Santa in an official Ocean City Lifeguard Boat. Please note, this is a new location due to Boardwalk construction. Santa Claus will be in town on Saturday’€™s & Sunday’€™s from noon to 3pm beginning November 26th. Cost is $10.00 per photograph. For more information please call 399-1412 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com.

 

 

Pet Photos with Santa at the Wagging Tail
The Wagging Tail Cape May
337 Route 9 (Shore Rd)
Erma 08204
12/4/2016 – 12/11/2016 Weekly on Sunday
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
AGE RANGE: All Ages
COST: Call for details
CALL: (609) 886-5999
WEBSITE
Bring your pet for a great photo with Santa! Beautifully executed as always at a calm, private location in our store.

Crafts with Critters at Zoo
Crafts with Critters at the Zoo
Cape May County Park & Zoo 707 Rt 9 North
Cape May Court House 08210
10/9/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Sunday  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
AGE RANGE: Preschoolers to Elementary
COST: $5
CALL: (609) 465-5271
WEBSITE
Come join our education staff for an extra special animal craft project.Guest critters will be on hand to help! This program will be held every Sunday afternoon beginning October 9th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Ages 3 to 10, parents/caregivers are welcome! Crafts with critters will be held at the Education Station just outside the zoo entrance. No registration is necessary, just drop by! Only $5 per child/craft project.

 

Gingerbread Decorating with the Elves
Congress Hall, Cape May
200 Congress Pl Cape May 08204
11/27/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Sunday
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please Call
AGE RANGE: All Ages
COST: Reservations are $25.00 per house
CALL: (609) 884-6583
WEBSITE
Turn ordinary gingerbread houses into culinary works of art. Make your very own sweet creations in Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom with the help of some of Santa’s finest Elves. Kids will get a gingerbread house with plenty of icing and candy like gum drops, peppermint, jelly rings and more to decorate a personalized Christmas cottage. Reservations are $25.00 per house Limited space is available. Sessions run every half hour from 1:00 pm through 3:30 pm Call (609) 884-6583 for reservations!

 

Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Festival
Ocean City Public Library 1735 Simpson Ave
Ocean City 08226
12/4/2016
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES RANGE
CALL: (609) 399-2434
WEBSITE
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and join us for our annual Holiday Festival. Enjoy the lighting of our beautiful tree, decorated by the Garden Club of Ocean City, plus: A free party with Santa

 

Goshen’s Annual Town Christmas Party
Goshen Volunteer Fire Department 331 RT. 47
Cape May Court House
12/4/2016  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: (609) 465-8714
WEBSITE
Goshen Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting their annual towns Christmas celebration with light refreshments and a visit from the big guy himself. SANTA CLAUS!!! So, bring your cameras and snap a memory of your little ones receiving a special treat from Santa!! As always, from our family to yours have a very safe and healthy Holiday Season!!

 

Friday, December 9th:

 

Pet Photos with Santa at the Wagging Tail
The Wagging Tail Cape May
337 Route 9 (Shore Rd)
Erma 08204
12/4/2016 – 12/11/2016 Weekly on Sunday
1 pm – 5:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
AGE RANGE: All Ages
COST: Call for details
CALL: (609) 886-5999
WEBSITE
Bring your pet for a great photo with Santa! Beautifully executed as always at a calm, private location in our store.

 

 WonderFEST Cape May Ferry (Lewes Terminal)
(Lewes Terminal)
Cape May – Lewes Ferry
LEWES TERMINAL
North Cape May 08204
12/9/2016 – 12/17/2016 Weekly on Friday , Saturday
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR FERRY TRIP (TICKETS FOR WONDERFEST AND LIGHT SHOW CHEAPER IF ORDERED IN ADVANCE ON WEBSITE.)
AGE RANGE: All Ages
COST: Check Website for Ferry Fees
CALL: (800) 643-3779
WEBSITE
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. The Ferry offers shuttles to the Spectacular Light Show in Cape Henlopen State Park! We have a variety of ferry packages available. If you have questions or would like to make reservations, please call our Customer Service Team – 1.800.643.3779. Winter Carnival Dates (at the Lewes Ferry Terminal) November 25th – December 17th, Friday & Saturday ONLY (except 12/2 and 12/3) December 22nd – December 23rd, Thursday & Friday December 26th through January 1st, DAILY Time: 5pm – 9pm

The Winter WonderFest features a 2-mile drive through Cape Henlopen State Park with a series of light displays along the way. Up the road at the ferry terminal, a Christmas Village includes a synthetic ice rink for outdoor skating, Santa, crafts, Smores fire pit, music and a full-size Ferris wheel among other things.

 

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
16th & Central Avenues to Convention Center
Wildwood 08260
12/9/2016  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES (Check website for a complete listing of activities and event times)
CALL: 609.729.5501 
WEBSITE
Watch a festive line-up of floats, fire trucks and other creatively decorated vehicles parade down the streets of the Wildwoods accompanied by Santa himself! Registration begins at 5 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center (10th & Central Aves); line-up begins at 5:30 p.m.; parade steps off at 6 p.m. at 16th & Central Avenues, then continues South on Pacific Avenue through Wildwood to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest, then ends at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Parade awards will be presented in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the 7:15 p.m. tree lighting ceremony. Trophies will be awarded in these categories: Commercial, Community Service, Marching Bands, and Public Service. (Rain date for parade is Sunday, December 11 with registration at 4 p.m.)

 

Saturday, December 10th:

 

Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration
The Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk Wildwood 08260
12/10/2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES  (view website for a complete listing of activities and events times)
CALL: 609.729.9000 
WEBSITE
Continue a family tradition with an exciting holiday celebration filled with fun for the entire family! Attend the Jaycees Christmas Parade on Friday night at 6:00 p.m., followed by a tree lighting ceremony and parade awards ceremony at the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7:15 p.m. Bring the family inside the Wildwoods Convention Center lobby on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for FREE admission to holiday-themed crafters and movies, photos with Santa, entertainment and much more! For more information call 609.729.9000 or visit http://www.WildwoodHoliday.com for a detailed schedule of events.

 

Pinch the Grinch Boardwalk 5K Run &1 Mile Fun Walk
Wildwood Convention Center 4501 Boardwalk
Wildwood 08260
12/10/2016  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  
AGE RANGE: All Ages
COST: $30 per person or $15 if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for local children in need.
CALL: 609.849.8887 
WEBSITE
This holiday boardwalk 5K run and 1 mile walk is fun for all ages! Event starts at 10 a.m. – rain or shine – registration begins at 9 a.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to dress in festive holiday outfits. The race route will run south on the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Cresse Avenue, make a turn around and head north to 21st Street. Another turn will lead runners back to the Convention Center where refreshments will be served and prizes awarded. Runners and walkers along with their cheering sections can then enjoy the Holiday Bazaar held inside the Convention Center. Registration is $30 per person or $15 if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for local children in need. For more information call 609.849.8887 or visit http://www.LunchWithLynch.com/pinch.

 

3rd Annual Hospitality Night & Tree Lighting with Santa at Poppi’s
Poppi’s Brick Oven Pizza
4709 New Jersey Ave Wildwood 08260
12/10/2016  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: This is a free event but please bring a gift donation for The Lynch Who Stole Christmas The Lunch With Lynch Foundation
CALL:
 (609) 600-3964
WEBSITE
Join us at Poppi’s Brick Oven for the 3rd Annual Tree Lighting and Hospitality Night! Poppi’s, Dogtooth and the entire Sciarra family invite you to join us for the festive evening filled with kids activities, crafts, live music, Tree Lighting and of course Santa Claus. This is a free event but please bring a gift donation for The Lynch Who Stole Christmas The Lunch With Lynch Foundation.  (Accepting donations in the form of: TOYS, GAMES & GIFTS CARDS for Boys & Girls 5 to 17, Food Cards to Acme,  Cash or Check)

 

WonderFEST Cape May Ferry (Lewes Terminal)
(Lewes Terminal)
Cape May – Lewes Ferry
LEWES TERMINAL
North Cape May 08204
12/9/2016 – 12/17/2016 Weekly on Friday , Saturday
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR FERRY TRIP (TICKETS FOR WONDERFEST AND LIGHT SHOW CHEAPER IF ORDERED IN ADVANCE ON WEBSITE.)
AGE RANGE: All Ages
COST: Check Website for Ferry Fees
CALL: (800) 643-3779
WEBSITE
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. The Ferry offers shuttles to the Spectacular Light Show in Cape Henlopen State Park! We have a variety of ferry packages available. If you have questions or would like to make reservations, please call our Customer Service Team – 1.800.643.3779. Winter Carnival Dates (at the Lewes Ferry Terminal) November 25th – December 17th, Friday & Saturday ONLY (except 12/2 and 12/3) December 22nd – December 23rd, Thursday & Friday December 26th through January 1st, DAILY Time: 5pm – 9pm

The Winter WonderFest features a 2-mile drive through Cape Henlopen State Park with a series of light displays along the way. Up the road at the ferry terminal, a Christmas Village includes a synthetic ice rink for outdoor skating, Santa, crafts, Smores fire pit, music and a full-size Ferris wheel among other things.

 

Michael’s Kids Club Clay Pot Elf
Michael’s
3201 Route 9 S Rio Grande 08242
240 Consumer Square, Mays Landing 08330 (Atlantic County)
12/10/2016  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES ABLE TO CRAFT
COST: $2
CALL: (609) 465-7014
WEBSITE
They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a clay pot elf project. Sign up online, in-store or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

 

Lower Twp. Rotary Christmas Parade
Lower Twp. Recreation Department
Breakwater and Bayshore Rd and travels south on Bayshore ending in NCM at Rosehill Ave
Lower Township
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR PARADE APPLICANTS
12/10/2016  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: 609-827- 8771
WEBSITE
A host of floats, bands, community groups and brightly decorated fire trucks will step off from the starting point at Bayshore and Breakwater roads and head south on Bayshore Road to the ending point at Rosehill Parkway. The parade is celebrating 36 years of marching down Bayshore Road, and is a chance for the community to come together in a fun and festive way. It is a continued goal for the Lower Township Rotary to grow the size of the parade and get more community or businesses signed up to participate in what has become a long-standing valued tradition in Lower Township. There is no sign up FEE  to be in the parade and it is open to families, individuals, community groups, churches, bands, businesses to participate. For parade applications, call 609-827- 8771

 

Woodbine Christmastime Parade
Woodbine
Bryant Street Woodbine NJ
12/10/16 6pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: (609)861-2464
WEBSITE
On Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, the Borough will be hosting its annual Christmastime parade, sponsored by the Woodbine Volunteer Fire Company. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and line up will start at 5 p.m. along Bryant Street. The parade route will be the same as on previous years: starting on Bryant head south onto Washington continue to Clay Street, head east on Clay to Heilprin Avenue continue north on Heilprin then proceed west on DeHirsch Avenue stopping at the Firehouse. Santa will join the Mayor in lighting the Christmas Tree on the bikepath and then conclude the evening at the Firehouse where refreshments will be served and trophies awarded while Santa visits with the children. (Please: no other “Santas” present in the various floats, etc.) Categories for prizes will be: Best appearing Fire Company, Best appearing Rescue Squad; Best appearing Float; Best Marching Unit. “We invite all local fire, rescue, and other first responders, as well as marching bands, floats, and other organizations to register and participate in this seasonal celebration,” invited Mayor Pikolycky. For further information and to register call Jeanette at (609) 861-2464; if no answer please leave message.

 

 All Ages Snowman Painting
Artist on the Rocks
3305 Bayshore Rd Suite 1
North Cape May 08204
12/10/2016  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED  Please Call to Reserve Spot
OPEN TO ALL AGES ABLE TO PARTICIPATE
COST: $25
CALL: (215) 778-4895
WEBSITE
Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 6:00pm-8:30pm
$25.00 per seat All Ages Welcomed! Please pre-register!

 

 

Seashore Lines: The Santa Express 
The Santa Express (Multiple Departure Times)
Cape May Seashore Lines
Reading Ave & Mill Rd
Tuckahoe 08270
12/3/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Saturday , Sunday
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Adult Coach: $17 Child Coach: $10 Adult Cafè / Lounge: $30 Child Cafè / Lounge: $30
Email for info: conductor@capemayseashorelines.org
WEBSITE
A Christmas Tradition continues… The Seashore Lines provides a historic, comfortable and fun train ride with Santa Claus, as he returns to visit with children (young and old) on board THE SANTA EXPRESS! Online reserved ticket purchases are highly recommended. Seating aboard all THE SANTA EXPRESS! trains are primarily limited to passengers who have purchased their tickets online. A very limited number of “walk up” tickets for each of THE SANTA EXPRESS! trains may be available at each station prior to train departure. They are solely on a first come basis, and, only if seats are available on the next departure. Walk-up tickets will not go on sale until all ticketed passengers are seated and it is determined by the Conductor that space is available.

 

Holiday Lights & Santa Trolley Rides
Mid Atlantic Center for The Arts
1048 Washington St Cape May 08204-1737
11/26/2016 – 12/17/2016 Weekly on Saturday
11:00 am – 2:30 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED (Purchasing advanced tickets is recommended)
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Adults $10; Children (ages 3-12) $8. Advance reservations are strongly recommended
CALL: (609) 884-5404
WEBSITE
Bring the kids to the Physick Estate on weekends for a ride around Cape May with stories and songs led by Mrs. Claus. Santa will greet children with a sweet in the Carriage House. Tours are 30 minutes long. Go to the website to purchase tickets for specific times. Adults $10; Children (ages 3-12) $8. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. You can also purchase tickets at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street or at the Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St. at the Carriage House or the Hill House Office.
Check out our trip on the Holiday Lights Trolley Ride in Cape May

 

Santa’s Family Workshop at the Zoo
Cape May County Park & Zoo
707 Rt 9 North Cape May Court House 08210
12/10/2016  11:00 am – 2:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: (609) 465-5271
WEBSITE
Santa will be making a visit to the Cape May County Park and Zoo! Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders invite the public to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus during “Santa’s Family Workshop” on Saturday, December 10th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. This free, family event, hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, will also include crafts, education stations, entertainment and special animal themed gifts for sale.

 

Pictures with Santa at Woodland Village
Woodland Village
1943 Route 9 North
Clermont 08210
12/3/2016 – 12/17/2016 Weekly on Saturday
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: (609) 624-1350
WEBSITE
Santa will be dropped off by his reindeer from 11am-3pm at Woodland Village so grab your little ones and get your picture taken and maybe a candy cane too!

 

Santa Arrives at Secluded Acres 
Secluded Acres Farm
1024 Route 47 S Rio Grande 08242
12/10/2016  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED
FREE FOR ALL AGES CALL: (609) 886-8574
WEBSITE
Santa is arriving by fire truck on December 10th! Join us for refreshments, hot apple cider, kids crafts and fun for the entire family!

 

 

Sea Isle Holiday Stroll
Sea Isle CityIMG_2465
12/10/2016  11:00 am – 6:00 pm
FREE FOR ALL AGES
CALL: 609-263-9090
WEBSITE
Santa, Shopping, Dining, Carolers, Entertainment & More! Check off something for everyone on your list this year as you stroll through Sea Isle City on Saturday, December 10 to get your holiday shopping done! Browse through a variety of Sea Isle City businesses featuring discounts and hospitalities as we debut this brand new event! Santa arrives at 11 am along with the carolers, they are arriving at Excursion Park then for a few songs then they will be strolling around Sea Isle. Each of the businesses will be open their own independent hrs.

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Free Horse & Carriage Rides in OCNJ
Ocean City
9th & Asbury  In Front of City Hall 08226
12/3/2016 – 12/4/2016  12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED
FREE FOR  ALL AGES
CALL: 1-800-BEACH-NJ
WEBSITE
Happening Saturday’s & Sunday’s through December 18th! Head onover to Ocean City for FREE Horse & Carriage Rides! Rides happen from Noon’€“ 3pm, in front of City Hall, 9th & Asbury Ave. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

 

Photos with Santa in Ocean City
Between 5th & 6th on the Boardwalk
Ocean City 08226
11/26/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Saturday , Sunday
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: $10
CALL: 1-800-BEACH-NJ
WEBSITE
The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce has invited Santa Claus to Ocean City for photographs. Photos will be taken between 5th and 6th Streets on the Boardwalk (weather permitting), with Santa in an official Ocean City Lifeguard Boat. Please note, this is a new location due to Boardwalk construction. Santa Claus will be in town on Saturday’s & Sunday’s from 12 noon -3pm cost is $10.00 per photograph. For more information please call 399-1412 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com.

 

Lighthouse Elves Pizza Party, Holiday Crafts & Climb to meet Santa (Atlantic County )

Absecon Lighthouse
31 S Rhode Island Ave Atlantic City 08401
12/10/2016  12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
REGISTRATION IS  REQUIRED 
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12
CALL: (609) 449-1360
Absecon Lighthouse will light up the holidays on Saturday, December 10th, from NOON to 3:30pm. Mrs. Santa Claus and their Lighthouse Elves will host kids of all ages for holiday crafts in the museum, a climb to the top to meet Santa Claus, and pizza from the award winning restaurant Tony Boloney’s. Guests will enjoy the official lighting of our Holiday Tree at 1pm, and have a chance to do some holiday shopping in our charming gift shop. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12 and can be reserved by calling Absecon Lighthouse at 609-449-1360. All proceeds benefit the education programs at Absecon Lighthouse.

 

 

Sunday, December 11th:

Seashore Lines: The Santa Express 
The Santa Express (Multiple Departure Times)
Cape May Seashore Lines
Reading Ave & Mill Rd
Tuckahoe 08270
12/3/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Saturday , Sunday
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: Adult Coach: $17 Child Coach: $10 Adult Cafè / Lounge: $30 Child Cafè / Lounge: $30
Email for info: conductor@capemayseashorelines.org
WEBSITE
A Christmas Tradition continues… The Seashore Lines provides a historic, comfortable and fun train ride with Santa Claus, as he returns to visit with children (young and old) on board THE SANTA EXPRESS! Online reserved ticket purchases are highly recommended. Seating aboard all THE SANTA EXPRESS! trains are primarily limited to passengers who have purchased their tickets online. A very limited number of “walk up” tickets for each of THE SANTA EXPRESS! trains may be available at each station prior to train departure. They are solely on a first come basis, and, only if seats are available on the next departure. Walk-up tickets will not go on sale until all ticketed passengers are seated and it is determined by the Conductor that space is available.

 

Photos with Santa in Ocean City
Between 5th & 6th on the Boardwalk
Ocean City 08226
11/26/2016 – 12/18/2016 Weekly on Saturday , Sunday
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
OPEN TO ALL AGES
COST: $10
CALL: 1-800-BEACH-NJ
WEBSITE
The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce has invited Santa Claus to Ocean City for photographs. Photos will be taken between 5th and 6th Streets on the Boardwalk (weather permitting), with Santa in an official Ocean City Lifeguard Boat. Please note, this is a new location due to Boardwalk construction. Santa Claus will be in town on Saturday’s & Sunday’s from 12 noon -3pm cost is $10.00 per photograph. For more information please call 399-1412 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com.

 

 

Handy Holiday Links:

Dining with Santa and Friends

holiday fun like Live Nativities,

TV Holiday Lineup

Holiday Lights Trolley Ride in Cape May

Cape May Carriage Company Christmas Tours

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