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Thanksgiving Weekend in Avalon: Nov. 20 – Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Weekend will return to Avalon with live entertainment and fun events for the entire family. This year, the need for festive fun and celebration is greater than ever. And after months of canceling events due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Borough of Avalon, the 7 Mile Business Community Association and various community organizations have come together to plan a safe and socially distanced Thanksgiving weekend. So, save the dates! While the town’s traditional weekend activities will be slightly modified, there will still be plenty of entertainment and fun for all ages. 609-967-3936.

Festival of Trees:
Nov. 20 - 28: This year, the Festival of Trees will be hosted by participating businesses and be held earlier than usual, starting Friday, Nov. 20. Shop your favorite Avalon stores while browsing a variety of trees and wreaths on display. Bid via mobile app and head to the next display. Bidding will run through Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28, and mobile app bidders will be alerted of their winnings at 2pm! 609-967-3936.

Turkey Trot – Virtual 5K:
Between Nov. 25 and Nov. 30: Burn those turkey calories with a virtual 5K to benefit the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. Register online, put on a costume if you like, and then complete your 5K at your leisure between Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Monday, Nov. 30. Head north, head south or just head around the block! The route is yours to choose. 609-967-3936.

Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration: Nov. 27 - Dec. 23 at varied locations: Did you know Cape May was voted the Best Christmas Town in the State of New Jersey by Readers Digest on This year, the nation’s oldest seaside, resort will host an Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23. Check Santa’s list of activities online. 

Holiday Wish List Contest:
Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2020: Follow the holiday lights to the end of the Parkway and head to Cape May this holiday season where you will find friendly faces and open spaces to enjoy a safe, open-air shopping experience with unique shops and delicious dining options. Simply visit any participating merchant for information and entry forms. Fill out a form and be automatically entered in our weekly prize drawings as well as the grand prize drawing for a weekend getaway to Cape May! Check back on Nov. 15th to see a list of participating stores and restaurants. 

Holiday Paws & Claws Photo Contest: Entries must be posted or emailed by midnight on Saturday, Dec. 19th. Dress up your pets in their holiday best! Then take a picture to enter to win prizes. Submit your photo by posting it on either Facebook or Instagram and tagging it with #cmholidaypawsandclaws. Entries must be posted by midnight on Saturday, December 19th.  

Not Your Grandma's Fruitcake Baking Contest: Register by email at by midnight on Saturday, Dec.19th: Do you have a new spin on this Christmas classic? Enter your version of a fruit cake to in this tasty competition. Register by midnight on Saturday, December 19th. Please include your name and a phone number. Entrants will receive more details about delivering their culinary creation for judging.  

Light Up Cape May Decorating Contest:
Cape May always shines bright at Christmas, and this year is no exception. Homes and businesses are decked out in their holiday best. 

12 Days of Christmas: Cape May Walking Tour & Holiday Hunt: Find all 12 holiday symbols hidden around Cape May, then snap a festive photo of you or your group and post it on Facebook or Instagram using #CapeMay12Days for a chance to win. Check back on November 15 to see more details about this family-friendly activity, download a PDF map of the symbols, or access an interactive version of the holiday hunt.  

Free Horse and Carriage Rides through Downtown: Nov. 21-22 and 27-29. Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20: The Asbury shopping district becomes a “Miracle on Asbury Avenue” celebrating the holiday with beautifully decorated shops and special holiday offers, free horse and carriage rides throughout the downtown and much more. 800-BEACH-NJ.

Downtown for the Holidays in Ocean City:
Nov. 21 - Jan. 1, 2021. Over 100 shops and cafes on Asbury Avenue in this seaside resort will host Downtown for the Holidays Celebration. For more information about these Downtown for the Holidays events. 800-BEACH-NJ.

"Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue":
Nov. 27: Downtown Shopping Specials. Free Horse & Carriage Rides. Santa tours the island and visits downtown on a fire truck. 800-BEACH-NJ.

Small Business Saturday:
Nov. 28: Shop Local. Shop Small. Shopping specials all day downtown. 800-BEACH-NJ.

First Day Shopping Extravaganza:
Jan. 1: Downtown Shopping Specials. Free Horse & Carriage Rides. 800-BEACH-NJ.

Wildwoods Holiday Shopping Village: Saturday, Nov. 28: A completely outdoor shopping experience. Dozens of local small business vendors will be on hand for you to purchase the perfect holiday gift. Start a new tradition and bring the family to this unique outdoor shopping event featuring local artisans specializing offering jewelry, handcrafted items, holiday decorations, baked goods, boutique shops, gifts and more. Byrne Plaza at 3400 Pacific Ave. will be transformed into a holiday shopping village with live entertainment and music, raffles and more. For more information, contact Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 609-729-4000 or follow us on FACEBOOK at Wildwoods Holiday Shopping Village. This event will also serve as a Gift Drop Location for: The Lynch Who Stole Christmas from the GrYnch Program. Please consider donating an unwrapped gift for the Lunch With Lynch Foundations. All gifts remain local.

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