WELCOME to the online edition of the 47th Annual Jersey Cape Vacation Guide

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Just like Little Nell's Christmas stocking, the holidays in Cape May County are filled to overflowing with parades, music, tours, shows and dozens of fun-filled events that make this season extra special for everyone on Santa's list!

That Jolly Old Elf arrives in style – as he has for nearly 50 years - Dec. 6th in the annual West Cape May Christmas Parade, one of the county's most endearing local holiday traditions.

Did you know that Prince Albert brought holiday customs from Germany to England when he married Queen Victoria? Learn more at the Christmas Traditions Lecture Dec. 6. Speaking of England, the
Dickens Christmas Extravaganza, Dec. 7 to 9, includes a feast at the Washington Inn, a wine tasting, lectures and performances.

Tours abound in Cape May throughout December: the Evening Yuletide Tour, a trolley ride through town and a tour of several rooms at the Emlen Physick Estate, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas; the Lamplighter Tour, a self-guided visit to five inns and private homes, each decorated in a different theme; or the Holiday Lights Trolley to enjoy beautiful outside decorations - plus a holiday sing-along.

Santa is making his list, and checking it twice, so be nice, not naughty, at Breakfast with Santa at the
Inn of Cape May or Congress Hall. Later, board Santa's Trolley Ride led by none other than Mrs. Claus herself.

The highlight of the holidays in Cape May is always the Christmas Candlelight House Tour with homes, inns, churches and hotels open for visitors, complete with shuttle service, caroling, warm beverages and homemade treats plus admission to the Physick Estate and "An Old Fashioned Christmas" exhibit in the Carroll Gallery.

Two on the aisle, please for Merry Melodies at
Cape May Stage, a musical revue filled with songs and carols, or Christmas in Wisconsin, East Lynne Theater Company's production at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May. For the mature elves among us, Santaland Diaries at Congress Hall in Cape May is a must see! Plus, music fills Cape May Convention Hall with several free holiday concerts.

Thinking ahead to New Year's? "It's All in the Bubbles" wine school will help with your champagne choices or enjoy the Cape May Wine Trail tour that includes lunch and trolley transportation to area wineries. Self-guided winery and brewery trail tours are also on the calendar throughout December.

Searching for that perfect gift for that special someone? Chances are you'll find it at Crafts at Christmas Dec. 6 at Cape May Convention Hall, paradise of handmade, one of a kind items for just about everyone on your list.

On Dec. 12, Santa and his entourage are in Wildwood for the
Jaycees Christmas Parade - and the fun continues Saturday with crafters, photos with Santa, entertainment much more at Wildwoods Convention Center.

The largest co-ed basketball tournament in the country, the
Boardwalk Basketball Classic, tips off Dec. 26 and the excitement continues through Dec. 30.

And here we are – New Year's Eve! In
Sea Isle City, festivities begins at 5:30 PM for a family celebration with fireworks on the beach at 8 PM.

Ocean City's First Night celebration is a shore tradition that kicks off at 4 PM with a long list of events all over town, plus jitney service and fireworks at midnight… then there's First Day at the Beach – and a dip in the ocean New Year's Day! Happy New year!

Stay informed on the latest and greatest Jersey Cape events, specials, and more by browsing this site or by contacting the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce at 609-465-7181 or
info@cmcchamber.com

CAPE MAY WHALE WATCH & RESEARCH CENTER

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Presenting an unparalleled seafaring safari to the oceanic wonders of the Atlantic. Thrill to breathtaking sights of the world's largest mammals surfacing and breaching. Enjoy the antics of man's best friends - the dolphins, as they cavort and frolic right alongside the boat. See pelagic birds soaring overhead. And stay alert for the sudden photo opportunity, by a seldom seen, rare and endangered species, for you to capture its essence on film. www.capemaywhalewatch.com

ZIPPY’S BIKES

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Zippy’s stocks a full line of bicycles from pre-owned bikes, fixies, beach cruisers to kids bikes. Also offering daily and weekly rentals with free pick-up and delivery available. Services include Bike Exchange, Pre-Owned Bikes, Convenient Buy-Back Program, Full-Service Repair Shop, Unique Accessories, Apparel and Beach Carts. Credit cards accepted with only 3-1/2% Sales Tax.
www.zippysbikes.com

EAST LYNNE THEATER

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Founded in 1980 to produce provocative classics and history-based contemporary entertainment that deal with the uniquely American experience. The Equity professional actors, directors, musicians, and designers work together throughout the year to create quality productions not seen anywhere else. This year's theatrical theme is "What Makes a Legend?" join them this season for drama, laughs and intrigue.
www.eastlynnetheater.org

STOCKTON INNS

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Discover why generations of Cape May visitors make Stockton Inns their home at the Jersey Shore. Known for its service excellence, a variety of lodging choices, and perfect beach access, our Cape May Inn is your ideal vacation destination. The beach and famous Cape May boardwalk are right across the street. Romantics love choosing rooms at the 1872 Victorian Stockton Manor. Families love the spacious well-appointed motel rooms and casual atmosphere at Stockton Inn.
www.stocktoninns.com

GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIER

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Check out the Thrill Zone with all new rides and attractions ready this summer! Still with all of your traditional favorites, Gillian's is a must visit as part of your Jersey Cape vacation. Day or night Gillian's is your families destination for fun!
www.gillians.com

PERIWINKLE INN

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Introducing the “new” Periwinkle Inn Hotel. This newly renovated, sparkling cosmopolitan style hotel is sure to please. Epitomizing chic design while offering guests a high level service. With sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean the Periwinkle Inn has a distinctive waterfront location with easy access to all the restaurants and all that Cape May has to offer. With a large 5 star pool surrounded by lush gardens it’s an ideal location for your Cape May vacation. www.periwinkleinn.com

SNOW LEOPARD ROCK CLIMBING WALL

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Now you can get an even better view of the Cape May County Park & Zoo by scaling the new Rock Climbing Wall. The new Snow Leopard Mountain Climbing Wall will help raise funds towards the Snow Leopard Habitat and Maternity Den project to break ground this fall. The new snow leopard habitat is the highest priority and the most expensive project to date in our Big Cats Fund. The Zoo Society's goal is to raise $250,000 for the first phase of this project, and they are halfway there! The new exhibit will include a water feature, elevated land forms, cooling elements to beat the summer heat and a visitor area for close-up viewing of these magnificent cats. Donations can also be made online at www.capemaycountyzoo.org www.capemaycountyzoo.org

THUNDER CAT BOAT RIDES

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If you are seeking a sun filled, breeze blowing through your hair, flying on the ocean kind of day, then jump aboard the Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch Speedboat. Offering up close and personal tours, cruises along the beaches of Wildwood and Cape May while experiencing sea life at its best! Enjoy the thrill of seeking out those irresistible Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins. In addition to playing with our dolphin friends, you will also see migrating birds, sea turtles and other marine life. You will have the same opportunity to spot a Humpback Whale or Finback Whale, as all local captains’ work well together in spotting these occasional whale watching events.
www.thundercatdolphinwatch.com

PORT-O-CALL HOTEL

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An idyllic family vacation resort noted for its excellent service and fine surroundings. This Ocean City, New Jersey hotel is located in the heart of it all and overlooks the Ocean City Boardwalk and beach, but you will want to enjoy the pool area too! Offering spectacular beachfront accommodations with breathtaking ocean views while providing an uncompromising commitment to guest service. Enjoy morning strolls, boardwalk bike rides and all this Ocean City hotel icon has to offer.
www.portocallhotel.com

MAD BATTER RESTAURANT

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Located in the historic Cape May hotel, The Carroll Villa Hotel, this award winning restaurant offers a great breakfast menu, delicious lunches and unique dinner options. The Mad Batter is home to musical entertainment, art exhibits and is open to private group events all year .www.madbatter.com

THE REEDS AT SHELTER HAVEN

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The Jersey Cape's new boutique hotel offers 37 distinctively designed guest rooms and suites that encompass fresh seaside breezes and breathtaking sunsets… a natural ambience to rejuvenate and inspire you. Enjoy seaside’s best in comfort and serenity. Abundant and refined amenities lend themselves to so much more than rest. Designed to exceed the comforts of home, all accommodations at The Reeds are rich in appointments, elegance and easy style with warm rustic tones and fine furnishings. www.reedsatshelterhaven.com

SHORE GATE GOLF

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Shore Gate Golf Club opened in 2002 to rave reviews and has maintained its first-rate standards ever since. It is the only golf course at the Jersey Shore to have been named to both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine's list of best new public golf courses nationally. It has been repeatedly ranked among the top 20 public golf courses in New Jersey by Golf Digest. www.shoregategolfclub.com

CAPE MAY WHALE WATCHER & SPIRIT of CAPE MAY

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The 110 foot Cape May Whale Watcher has been whale and dolphin watching in the Cape May, Wildwood, Stone Harbor area since 1993 and continue a long history with the all new 110 foot air-conditioned Spirit of Cape May. Offering the largest and fastest marine mammal watching boats in New Jersey and the only boats with the never expiring marine mammal sighting guarantee. Enjoy Dinner Cruising with the PRIME RIB Dinner CRUISE Buffet Upgrade on the sunset cruise, as well as Famous Lighthouse Cruises. Sailing from March until December from the Miss Chris Marina Dock in Cape May, NJ- with Daily Fishing, Boat Rentals, Kayak Rentals and Tours, Bird Watching Tours. Enjoy free parking and visit www.capemaywhalewatcher.com or call 1-800-786-5445 for more information. www.capemaywhalewatcher.com

AVALON, NEW JERSEY 9-11 MEMORIAL PARK

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This new September 11th Memorial Plaza is located one block north of Veterans Plaza on Dune Drive in Avalon. The focal point is a 1,800 pound steel I-beam artifact recovered from the site of Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in New York City. This artifact will stand 9’-11” tall, and will respectfully lean at an angle of nine degrees and eleven minutes towards Manhattan. The plaza includes a scored concrete walkway that leads visitors to a circular walking area and a small wall that will include subtle bronze lettering that reads “all that is good will endure”. Features include ground set-up lights that will shine at the plaza during the evening hours. An interpretive sign will welcome visitors to the plaza and also serve as recognition for benefactors who have made the plaza possible.
www.avalonboro.org

CAPE MAY WHALE WATCHER & SPIRIT of CAPE MAY

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The 110 foot Cape May Whale Watcher has been whale and dolphin watching in the Cape May, Wildwood, Stone Harbor area since 1993 and continue a long history with the all new 110 foot air-conditioned Spirit of Cape May. Offering the largest and fastest marine mammal watching boats in New Jersey and the only boats with the never expiring marine mammal sighting guarantee. Enjoy Dinner Cruising with the PRIME RIB Dinner CRUISE Buffet Upgrade on the sunset cruise, as well as Famous Lighthouse Cruises. Sailing from March until December from the Miss Chris Marina Dock in Cape May, NJ- with Daily Fishing, Boat Rentals, Kayak Rentals and Tours, Bird Watching Tours. Enjoy free parking and visit www.capemaywhalewatcher.com or call 1-800-786-5445 for more information. www.capemaywhalewatcher.com
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