Holiday Lights Trolley Ride


One of my favorite things to do during the month of December is to get into the car and drive around the town and look at the beautiful lights that adorn the houses throughout the county. Our drive always includes a trip over the bridge to Cape May. Cape May decorates their houses with a sense of grace, simplicity and style. Don’t get me wrong I do love the new style of lights that most people decorate their houses with and TV shows like ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight has people taking Christmas Light Decorating to a level that has never been seen before,  but there is something beautiful about basic white lights and garland hanging from the magnificent Victorian homes in Cape May. So I was thrilled when Mac offered my family a chance to tour Cape May on their Holiday Lights Trolley Ride. We have never done a trolley ride through Cape May and this was the perfect chance for us to see the lights in Cape May.

The trolley itself is amazing because it is totally heated and the windows are very large so you can see everything. One of the biggest flaws driving around in my car is that we need to roll the windows down, so we are freezing within a few minutes, so this was nice that we were able to see all the houses and not have Jack Frost nipping at our nose. Our tour guide was very entertaining and not only told us about some fun facts such as the first Christmas lights were actually started with Candles and of course that made sense, since they did not have electric to light up the beautiful houses. Also F.W. Woolworth of five-and-dime fame had stocked his stores with glass ornaments and  by 1890, he was selling $25 million worth of ornaments at nickel and dime prices. Also I have to give props to my husband who was able to answer the trivia question right. I won’t tell you the answer or even the question, but he was very thrilled that he got the answer. He is a wee bit competitive. My favorite fun fact was about the history of Caroling. The first form of Caroling was actually called Wassailing which makes the “He we come A-wassailing” much more sense.

Another enjoyable part of the tour was the sing along we got to do . The tour guide would lead us in a song and we would all sing along. It was lots of fun and really made the ride much more enjoyable. The trolley ride is about 30 minutes and takes you all through Cape May City. This is a great family event and is fun for all ages. Please look below for where to purchase tickets. Tickets can be purchased online but a small processing fee will be applied.  Purchase tickets in advance as many tours sell out quickly.

Online Purchasing:

In person:

Carriage House at the Physick Estate

Washington St Mall Booth (Ocean Ave)

The cost of the Trolley ride is as following

Adults: $12.00

Children (3-12): $ 10.00

Children under 3 are free

The Mac has a number of events scheduled throughout the month of December and I would encourage you to go the mac site and look at the events.

Staff Writer

Georgia Dougherty

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