Christmas scene in Cape May, NJ

Where to Find Holiday Cheer in Cape May County

Plenty of Ways to Get In the Spirit in Cape May!

If you're ready to celebrate the holiday season, you're going to want to make sure to put Cape May County on your intinerary. From tours, to Victorian homes, food, shopping, and so much more, there are no shortage of options. Check out some of what's on offer this season in the video below from our friends at FerryVision and the folks from, and read on for a few more suggestions.    


Cape May MAC 

If you prefer your holiday cheer with a touch of history thrown in, then Cape May MAC's tours, activities, and events are a perfect fit! 

Holiday House Tours
Immerse yourself in a Victorian Christmas during the Physick Family Christmas House Tours, a guided living history tour of the magnificent 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style for Christmas. Your guide portrays a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s and shares stories and traditions. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery to see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit, a popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens village collection. 

Christmas Candlelight Hours Tours - Sat, Dec 18
Travel to homes, inns, churches and hotels, stepping across the thresholds to take in interiors beautifully decorated for the holidays. This self-guided tour is one of Cape May MAC’s largest fund-raisers and a beloved annual tradition since 1973. Maps are provided. Wristbands for ticket purchasers are provided in advance or at central locations at the start of the tour and must be presented at each participating location for entry. The tour is limited. A trolley shuttle travels on a planned route with limited stops. Walking is encouraged! Can't make the trip to Cape May? A Virtual Christmas Candlelight House Tour is a timeless way to experience this tour from home.

Holiday Trolley Tours and Rides
Tour Cape May on one of Cape May MAC's open-air trolleys this holiday! Holiday-themed trolley tours and rides feature Holiday Lights Trolley Rides, New! All that Glitters Trolley Tours, Santa's Trolley Rides, Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides, and more. Also, learn about the history and architecture of this National Historic Landmark City on the Historic District Trolley Tour. 

Wildwoods' Family Holiday Celebration

Head to the Wildwoods for some holiday cheer at the beach! For more information on any of the events below, head over to

Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach Park
Enjoy Wildwood’s very own Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach Park. On Dec. 10 – 11 and 17 – 18 the light show will run every twenty minutes from 5p.m-9p.m. Bring the family and enjoy the light show with complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn. From Sunday, December 12th through Saturday December 18th the light show will display nightly from 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.  Lights and decorations will be on display until January 15th.

Family Holiday Beach Bonfire – Dec 18
Head to 2nd & Surf Avenue in North Wildwood from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m on December 18 and enjoy family fun including music and free photo ops with Santa and other winter wonderland characters! 

Holiday Light Walk – Dec 20
Held at Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest at 5:30 pm on December 20, and sponsored by the Wildwood Crest Mayor’s Wellness Campaign and the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department. Walkers will meet at the corner of Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue and will take an approximately 30-minute walk along Sunset Lake and the surrounding neighborhood to view the various holiday and Christmas light displays. The Holiday Lights Walk is free but registration is encouraged. 

Elaine's Cape May

From Dinner theater to food, movies, music, and more, Elaine's is the place to be! They've got a ton of holiday-themed activities happening, as well as indoor and outdoor dining, and a boutique for shopping.

The Santa Express

You'll have to travel a bit further out to the northern edges of Cape May County for this one, but the Santa Express is well worth the ride! Departing from Tuckahoe Village in Upper Township, you'll ride the Seashore Lines on a historic, comfortable and fun train ride with Santa Claus, as Santa returns to visit with children of all ages on board The Santa Express! All Santa Express trains are approximately 75 minute round trips, unless otherwise noted, and will run every weekend until Christmas.These are extremely popular, so please check their website for availability before making the trip!  

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