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Welcome to Fall at the Jersey Cape where unique special events, festivals, concerts and shows take the place of beach and boardwalk entertainment. And where nature based activities like bird watching, nature tours and fishing offer a peaceful escape before winter's chill. Then, come for the holidays where you'll feel the warmth of the holiday sprit at a variety of events, tours and shopping nooks that can only be found at the Jersey Cape.
Cape May County is filled with Holiday Fun!
From Thanksgiving to Christmas, the Jersey Cape is filled with holiday events, shopping and festive activities. We invite you to visit for a unique holiday experience.
The holiday season kicks off with many of the local restaurants offering traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner packages. So why not start a new tradition of Thanksgiving at the shore! You'll find great dinner and overnight packages at the Reed's Resort in Stone Harbor, or a wonderful Thanksgiving take-out experience from The Washington Inn. Visit the Where To Eat page for a list of delicious dining establishments.
Good old St. Nick pays a visit - as he has for nearly 50 years - Dec. 3rd in the annual West Cape May Christmas Parade, perhaps the county's most popular holiday tradition. During the holidays, Cape May becomes a Christmas wonderland with beautifully decorated streets and unique gift shops for that special someone on Santa's list. Its parades, tours and events makes it a must do during the holidays. In fact, all the towns of the Jersey Cape roll out their best during the holidays with events and shopping in the quaint downtowns of Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, The Wildwoods and Sea Isle City.
There's nothing like going to see a theatrical show during the holidays and the Jersey Cape is full of them. So catch "One Christmas Carol" by Cape May Stage and "Yuletide Tales" by East Lynne Theater and the Ocean City Pops & Theater Company's "A Very Ocean City Christmas" at the Ocean City Tabernacle.
Holiday themed Getaway Weekends start on November 25 -26 and a suggestion of must do events are Stone Harbor's "An Island Holiday/Christmas in Stone Harbor" citywide event and Cape May's Holiday Preview weekend November 18 -19.
The weekend of December 2nd starts with the Holiday Festival at Hereford Lighthouse Tree Lighting in North Wildwood on the 2nd and continues on the 3rd & 4th with Ocean City's Train Show and Pictures with Santa at he Music Pier on the boardwalk.
December 9 -11 starts with the Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration event on the 9th & 10th, then over to Santa's Workshop at the Cape May Park & Zoo on the 12th finished up with the 43rd Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours in Cape May on the 10th.
House Tours and Carriage Rides highlight the weekend of the 16th-18th with Sea Isle's Holiday House Tour on the 16th and Ocean City's free horse and carriage rides December 17th & 18th.
The holiday season wraps up with Ocean City's family friendly and wonderfully entertaining First Night Celebration on New Year's Eve.
Visit our full Events Calendar and our list of Accommodations for the best of things to do and places to stay this holiday season.