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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

Festival of Lights: Cohanzick Zoo, Bridgeton. December 1,2 & 3. Free event and fun for the whole family. 856-453-1673. www.cityofbridgeton.com

Hereford Inlet Christmas Tree Lighting:
12/2/2016. 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. 609.522.4520 or www.herefordlighthouse.org

Cape May City Christmas Tree Lighting: 12/2/16. Rotary Bandstand, Lyle Lane, Cape May. Cape May City's Christmas season kicks off Friday, December 2 at 7pm. with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Victorian Bandstand in Rotary Park. 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Bridgeton Holiday House Tour: Bridgeton. 12/3/16. East Side Tour 1pm - 5pm. West Side Tour 3pm - 7pm. 856-453-8130.www.explorecumberlandnj.com

Crafts at Christmas:
12/3/16. Cape May Convention Hall. 9m - 4pm. Holiday themed arts and crafts. 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May. 609 884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Christmas Traditions Lecture: 12/3/16. 2pm. Learn how Prince Albert brought Christmas traditions to England from Germany when he married Queen Victoria, and how these traditions spread to America in this richly illustrated lecture at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets. Much of what we associate with the celebration of Christmas comes from the Victorian era, including Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas carols and our image of Santa Claus. www.capemaymac.org

West Cape May Christmas Parade:
12/3/16. Always the first Saturday in December, The WCM Community Christmas Parade sets the stage for the areas holiday season. Now in her 51st 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. A small army of volunteers assembles an unforgettable hometown memory each year! The Parade reschedules to December 4th in the case of inclement weather. westcapemay.us

Photos with Santa: 12/3 - 12/4/16. 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

Ocean City Free Horse & Carriage Rides: 12/3 - 12/4 In front of City hall, 9th & Asbury Ave. 12noon - 3pm. Enjoy a free carriage ride throughout the city! FREE! Photos with Santa: 12/3 - 12/4/16. 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: Visit the Physick Estate, 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 & 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: 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. www.capemaymac.org

Christmas Candlelight House Tour: December 3, 10, 17th, 2016. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Homes, inns, hotels & churches specially decorated for the holidays (at least a dozen each night); Christmas caroling and strolling musicians, trees and garland & good old-fashioned cheer; Hospitality centers with warm beverages & home-baked goodies; Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, and to “An Old-fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years” exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery; and continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys. www.capemaymac.org

Cape May Dickens Christmas Extravaganza: 12/4-6/16. Join world-renowned lecturer on Charles Dickens, Dr. Elliot Engel, and immerse yourself in the storied world of Dickens with lectures and performances offered daily. Engel’s mini-lecture series on Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country and his articles have appeared in national newspapers and magazines including Newsweek. Also featured are lectures by members of the Philadelphia Dickens Fellowships. Included in the Extravaganza is a Dickensian-style feast at the Washington Inn. If you choose not to stay in a participating inn, you may register at 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org

Train Show: 12/3 - 12/4/16. Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ. 10am – 5pm. Saturday and 11am – 4pm Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

Holiday Concert Band Performance in Middle Township: 12/4/16. PAC, Cape May Court House. 7pm. Enjoy your favorite Christmas and Hannukah songs in an hour-long celebration by the John Walter Cape Community Band. Performing Arts Center auditorium, 212 Bayberry Dr., Cape May Court House. FREE! www.johnwalterband.org

Knights of Columbus, Santa's Calling: 12/7/16. 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.seaislecitynj.us

Stone Harbor Christmas Caroling and Tree Lighting: 12/7/16. 4:45pm. 9508 Second Avenue. Everyone’s invited! Please join us for a trolley ride as we sing songs of the season. Then gather in front of Borough Hall for the ceremonial tree lighting, followed by donuts with Frosty at the Firehouse. www.stoneharborbeach.com

House Lighting Contest: 12/8/16. Any property owner wishing to enter the contest must pre-register by submitting an official entry form to the Department of Recreation by Tue., Dec. 6. Entry forms can be obtained at City Hall, 4416 Landis Avenue, at the Recreation Office, 6108 Central Avenue, 609-263-0050 or online at www.seaislecitynj.us

East Lynne Theater Company: Cape May. Save $5.00 per ticket for all shows, by using the promo code “boomerang”, go to website for discount or click HERE. Four performances remain for East Lynne Theater Company’s one-person show, “Yuletide Tales,” starring Gayle Stahlhuth. The tales, selected, adapted, memorized, and performed by Stahlhuth are “Susie’s Letter from Santa Claus” (Mark Twain), “9 Linwood Street” (Edward Everett Hale), “The Snow Image” (Nathanial Hawthorne), and “Gift of the Magi” (O. Henry). They are endearing, witty, and appropriate for all ages. Show times include: Thursday through Saturday, December 8, 9, 10 at 8pm, plus 2pm on December 10. Tickets: $27; $17 for students and military (active/retired/veteran). Ages twelve and under are free. Items for The Food Closet are being collected on show nights/matinee. Theater Location: First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street. For information and reservations, call ELTC at 609-884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org

Mauricetown Candlelight House Tour: Mauricetown. 12/10/16. 3pm - 7pm. Annual evening tour of private homes decorated in 19th century style. 856-785-1137. www.mauricetownhistoricalsociety.org

Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration
: 12/9-10/16. 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, photos with Santa, entertainment and much more! For more information call 609.729.9000 or visit www.WildwoodHoliday.com for a detailed list of entertainment. www.WildwoodHoliday.com

Santa Family Workshop at the Zoo: 12/10/16. Cape May County Park & Zoo. 11am to 2:00 pm. You can have pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take individual pics of the kids! Enjoy crafts, educational stations and goodies. FREE! More info here. 609-465-5271. www.cmczoo.com

Christmas in Greenwich:
Greenwich. 12/11/16. 12 Noon - 5pm. This colonial era tour features approximately 10 private homes as well as the towns historic buildings. $10 Adults, $5 Children. 856-455-4055. www.explorecumberlandnj.com

Holiday Concert Band Performance in Lower Township: 12/13/16. St. John Neumann auditorium, North Cape May. 7pm. Enjoy your favorite Christmas and Hannukah songs in an hour-long celebration by the John Walter Cape Community Band. St. John Neumann auditorium, 680 Town Bank Road, North Cape May. FREE! www.johnwalterband.org

Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour:
12/17/16. 3pm-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

Brunch with Santa:
12/18/16. 11:30am. Children 10 years old and younger. Sea Isle City VFW Post 1963, 609-263-0050.

Boardwalk Basketball Classic "Battle at the Boards": 12/23/16. Wildwoods Convention Center. This special one day basketball tournament will feature a handful of area and out-of-area boys and girls teams competing in showcase games, starting at 3 p.m. Included in the Battle at the Boards are the popular Andrew Alameno Memorial boys and girls island championship games between cross-town rivals Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high schools. For more information, team schedules and ticket prices, visit www.bbclassic.net

Boardwalk Basketball Classic: 12/26 - 30/16 Wildwoods Convention Center. The largest holiday co-ed basketball tournament in the country! Event is held at the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring an impressive lineup of high school boys and girls basketball teams from the South Jersey and Delaware Valley areas totaling approximately 1,000 competitors. Call 609.846.2720 for more information or visit www.bbclassic.net for team schedules, times, ticket prices, and past results. www.bbclassic.net

Sea Isle City New Year's Eve Fireworks: 12/31/16. JFK Blvd. Beach. 8:00pm Enjoy the dazzling lights of New Years Eve Fireworks as you countdown to the new year! FREE! 609-263-0050. www.seaislecitynj.us

First Night New Years Eve Celebration: 12/31/16. Various locations throughout OC. A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. 800-BEACH-NJ. www.firstnightoceancitynj.com

New Year's Eve Celebration: 12/31/16. Sea Isle City. 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.seaislecitynj.us