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Sometimes the best events are when the crowds are gone...
Cape May Stage presents One Christmas Carol: 11/25-12/31/16. With one actor and over 35 distinct characters, this one-man tour de force is an intimate and spirited evening of theatre that everyone in the family will love! Suggested age guidance 6 years and older. 609-770-8311. www.capemaystage.org

Fire Pit Fridays at Willow Creek Winery: 160-168 Stevens Street, West Cape May. 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Join us every Friday night year round for delicious wines, sensational sangria and tasty tapas. The Fire Pit will be lit outside and we’ll have LIVE local entertainment too! Great way to end that work week and begin your weekend! Reservations are STRONGLY Suggested! Please call for more information and reservations 609-770-8782. www.willowcreekwinerycapemay.com
Holiday Light Show at the Towne of Historic Smithville: 11/23/17 – 1/7/17. 1 N New York Rd., Smithville. Thursday through Sunday from dark to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy popular songs of the Holiday Season synchronized with a dazzling Christmas tree light show sure to get you in the Holiday spirit. Over 120 Christmas Trees constructed from over 50,000 Christmas lights, magically float on Lake Meone in the center of Historic Smithville. The moment darkness falls, an orchestrated show of lights and music is played out across the lake. The lights seem to dance and chase each other to the music all the while reflecting off the water’s surface. This show can be seen from either side of the village as well as the bridge. 609-748-8999. www.historicsmithvillenj.com

Festival of Lights at The Cohanzick Zoo: 11/30/17 to 12/2/17. Presented by the by the Bridgeton Recreation Department. 856-453-1675.

Cape May City Christmas Tree Lighting: 12/1/17. Rotary Bandstand, Lyle Lane, Cape May. 7 p.m. Cape May City’s Christmas season kicks off in spectacular style with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Victorian Bandstand in Rotary Park. 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Tree Lighting Celebration at the Cape May County Zoo: 12/1/17. Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. 5 p.m. Don’t miss this new holiday tradition for the entire family brought to you by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Gerald M. Thornton - Director Leonard C. Desiderio - Vice-Director, E. Marie Hayes, Will Morey, Jeffrey L. Pierson. The celebration will include live holiday music, a story reading, treats for the children and a visit by the jolly man himself in the red suit. 609-465-5271. www.cmczoo.com

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Treelighting Ceremony: 12/1/17. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central Avenues in North Wildwood. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, free tour of lighthouse and Santa Claus! 609-522-2955. www.northwildwood.com

West Cape May Christmas Parade: 12/2/17. Now in her 52nd year, the parade steps off at 5pm sharp from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse and marches South on Broadway, winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May. The WCM Community Christmas Parade sets the stage for the areas holiday season. A small army of volunteers assembles an unforgettable hometown memory each year! The Parade reschedules to December 3rd in the case of inclement weather. www.westcapemay.us

Crafts at Christmas: 12/2/17. Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Ave. 10am - 4pm. Holiday themed arts and crafts. 609 884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village: 12/2/17. 720 U.S. 9, Cape May. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Village paths come alive with the sounds and smells of wintertime at this free family event. Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy hands-on crafts, live music, hot beverages and holiday treats served by historical clothed interpreters. Visitors can meet Father Christmas in the Country Store. The Country Store will be open and stocked with unique holiday gift ideas including traditionally-processed wool, artisan crafts for the home, books, jewelry, toys and old fashioned candy. 609-898-2300. www.hcsv.org

Train Show: 12/2-3/17. Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ. 10am – 4pm. Saturday and 11am – 4pm Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us

Ocean City Free Horse & Carriage Rides in Ocean City: 12/2 -17/17. In front of City hall, 9th & Asbury Ave. Noon - 3pm. Enjoy a free carriage ride throughout the city! FREE! Photos with Santa: 12/2 - 17/17. Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ. 12pm – 3pm Get a photo with Mr. Christmas himself – SANTA CLAUS!. 800-BEACH-NJ. www.ocnj.us

Photos with Santa in Ocean City: 12/2 - 17/17. Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ. 12pm – 3pm Get a photo with Mr. Christmas himself- SANTA CLAUS!. 800-BEACH-NJ. www.ocnj.us

Physick Family Christmas House Tour: Multiple dates and times. Visit the Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St. decorated in true Victorian style, for a unique living history experience with members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. Adults: $12; children (3-12): $8. www.capemaymac.org

Holiday Lights Trolley Rides: Multiple dates and times. Ride through Cape May’s Historic District to see festively decorated inns and homes as guides talk about Victorian Christmas traditions, lead sing-alongs, and play Christmas music. Rides last about 30 minutes. www.capemaymac.org

Cape May Holiday Inns Tour: Varied dates and times. Get into the Christmas spirit at three of Cape May’s festively decorated Bed and Breakfast Inns. You’ll be treated to a holiday presentation at each inn. 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org

Christmas Candlelight Tours in Cape May: 12/ 2/17, 12/9/17, 12/17/17. This self-guided walking tour is the main attraction of Cape May’s festive holiday season and features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

A Dickens Christmas Extravaganza in Cape May: 12/3-5/17. Immerse yourself in the storied world of Dickens with lectures and performances offered daily. Included in the Extravaganza is a Dickensian-style feast along with a wine tasting and a holiday tour of Cape May. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Stone Harbor Caroling & Tree Lighting: 12/6/17. 4:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Caroling by trolley throughout town. Treelighting at Borough Hall followed by donuts with Frosty. 609-368-5102. www.SHNJ.org

Santa’s Calling: 12/6/17. Sea Isle City. Local children will enjoy receiving phone calls directly from Santa Claus during Sea Isle City’s Annual Santa’s Calling Program! 609-263-0050. www.visitsicnj.com

House Lighting Contest: 12/7/17. Any property owner wishing to enter the contest must pre-register by submitting an official entry form to the Department of Recreation. 609-263-0050. www.visitsicnj.com

Bridgeton Holiday House Tour: 12/8/17. Historic Bridgeton’s signature holiday event tours of historic buildings, homes, & churches. Enjoy the Downtown Historic District, where shops & restaurants will be bustling with special holiday enticements. 856-453-8130.

Second Saturday Wine Tasting at Glasstown Arts District in Millville: 12/9/17. 501 N. High St. Every 2nd Saturday of the month, the Village on High holds a wine tasting and food pairings. Cost is $15 per person. Live music and shopping. Call for reservations: 609-254-3021. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

Soul of the Season at the Glasstown Arts District in Millville: 12/9/17. Celebration of the holidays with horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment including Nutcracker Ballet vignettes, choirs, carolers, holiday revue, Santa’s Village & much more! Free Trolley transportation all evening. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

Mauricetown Candlelight House Tour: Mauricetown. 12/9/17. 3pm - 7pm. Annual evening tour of private homes decorated in 19th century style. 856-785-1137. www.mauricetownhistoricalsociety.org

Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration: 12/9/17. The event takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. FREE admission to holiday-themed crafters and movies, photos with Santa, entertainment and much more! For more information call 609.729.9000 or visit www.WildwoodHoliday.com for a detailed schedule of events.

Santa Family Workshop at the Zoo: 12/9/17. Cape May County Park & Zoo at Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. 11am to 2:00 pm. You can have pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take individual pics of the kids! Enjoy crafts, candy, music, a scavenger hunt and more. A letter to Santa Mailbox drop too! FREE! 609-465-5271. www.cmczoo.com

Nick Federoff Community Christmas Celebration: 12/10/17. Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Ave. Noon to 3 p.m. 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Greenwich Christmas House Tour: 12/10/17. Tour through the town’s historic homes and enjoy the spirit of the season. 856-455-8580.

Third Friday at the Glasstown Arts District in Millville: 12/15/17 High Street in the District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour: 12/16/17. 4pm-8pm. On the 3rd Saturday of December each year a minimum of 8 home owners open their beautifully decorated homes to the tour. Please think about starting your holiday season with a festive glimpse of history in Dennisville at Christmas time! 609-861-1338. www.dhhoa.org

Third Thursday in the Downtown Hammonton Art District: 12/21/17. “JINGLE AND MINGLE: Glitz, Glimmer, and Holiday Shimmer.” Star light, start bright, Downtown Hammonton lights the night! Experience the ambience of the holiday season created by your favorite downtown as you eat, shop and enjoy. 609-567-9014. www.downtownhammonton.com

Boardwalk Basketball Classic “Battle at the Boards.” 12/23-30/17. Wildwoods Convention Center at 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. Varied times. The largest holiday co-ed basketball tournament with teams from all over the country. 609-522-3355. www.bbclassic.net

Sea Isle City’s New Year’s Eve Celebration: 12/31/17. 4501 Park Rd. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The celebration allows kids to ring-in the New Year at a reasonable hour. The event features food, dancing, family activities, entertainment and an early countdown to midnight at 7pm. Call to reserve a spot. 609-263-0050. www.visitsicnj.com

Sea Isle City New Year’s Eve Fireworks: 12/31/17. JFK Blvd. Beach. 8:00 pm Enjoy the dazzling lights of New Year’s Eve Fireworks as you countdown to the new year! FREE! 609-263-8687. www.visitsicnj.com

Noon Year’s Eve Bash: Behind the Moon. Downtown Hammonton. 12/31/17. Bring the kids dressed for a day out on the town and enjoy a countdown on New Year’s Eve at 12 noon. Noisemakers and a great party make this a special day that your children or grandchildren are sure to remember. 609-704-2600. www.behindthemoonshop.com

First Night New Years in Ocean City: 12/31/17. Varied venues and times. A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. Call 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com
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