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Festival of Trees, Festive Friday and Snowfest Saturday: Nov. 27 and Nov. 29-30, 2019. The world is welcome back to Avalon for a trio of events that are sure to get you in the mood for Santa’s arrival. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a restaurant filled with Christmas Trees. On Wed., Nov. 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., the Whitebrier Restaurant located at 20th St. will showcase beautifully decorated Christmas trees throughout the restaurant donated by community organizations. The fun continues at Noon on Fri., Nov. 29. 609-967-3936. Downtown Avalon will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland for Festive Friday and Snowfest Saturday – Nov. 29-30, 2019. More than 40 activities including shopping, great food and more. 609-967-3936.

Christmas in Cape May: Nov. 22, 2019 – Jan. 1, 2020. The holidays always come early to this seaside town famous for gingerbread, gaslights and Victorian hospitality. Sip wassail, hop aboard the Holly Trolley, take tea with Mrs. Claus or stop by the Physick Estate, lavishly decorated in true Victorian style. Learn more about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era of the 1890s, experience a Dickens Christmas extravaganza, a Lamplighter Christmas tour or the annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours. In between there are concerts, performances at Cape May Stage and the East Lynne Theater Company, food and wine events, craft fairs and so much more for the merriest of holiday seasons. Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. 

OCEAN CITY: Earlier than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza: Nov. 23, 2019. Get out earlier than the bird & jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. You can even shop in your pajamas! Enjoy early bird shopping specials. 800-BEACH-NJ.

First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration in Ocean City:
Dec. 31, 2019. Various locations throughout America’s Greatest Family will be needed to showcase the many events that are planned in Ocean City. Visitors to Cape May County’s non-alcoholic New Year’s Celebration will be entertained with Ocean City Pops Orchestra featuring The Duprees, The Hegeman String Band, Let’s Rock: A Tribute to Rock and Roll and The Men of Broadway II. Children will enjoy jugglers, puppets and magic acts. The rides on Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will be open. A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. 800-BEACH-NJ.

Christmas in Sea Isle City: Dec. 7, 11, 12, 2019. Enjoy traditional Christmas events during the month of December beginning with an Open House at the Historical Museum at 4800 Central Ave. on Sat., Dec. 7. 609-263-2992. Santa’s calling the children of the Sea Isle City Community on Wed., Dec. 11. Local children will enjoy receiving phone calls directly from Santa Claus during the city’s Santa’s Calling Program! Do you decorate for the holidays? Why not enter the House lighting Contest and be recognized for your tribute to the season? Judging will take place on Thurs. Dec. 12. Register for Santa’s Calling and the House lighting Contest. Call 609-263-0050.

New Year's Eve Celebration in Sea Isle City: Dec. 31, 2019. The celebration in this seaside town – famous for its Polar Bear plunge in February – 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. The evening will “end with a bang” at the JFK Boulevard Beach at 8 p.m. with a Fireworks Display. 609-263-0050 or 609-263-8687.

Stone Harbor Island Holiday: Nov. 29-30, 2019. It’s a miracle on 96th Street in Stone Harbor’s downtown shopping district as the resort begins its Christmas celebration in November with festivities all weekend! Music, family activities, Scavenger Hunt, a pet parade and more. A Merchant Hospitality Night, Small Business Saturday, and a Christmas Parade will be celebrated on Sat., Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. 609-368-5102. or

Jaycees Christmas Parade: Dec. 6, 2019. Start a new family tradition with an exciting holiday celebration. Attend the Jaycees Christmas Parade on Friday night. Watch a festive line-up of floats, fire trucks and other creatively decorated vehicles parade down the streets of the Wildwoods accompanied by Santa himself! A tree lighting ceremony will take place at Byrne Plaza at Oak and Pacific Aves. 609-729-5501 or visit

Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration:
Dec. 14, 2019. Bring the family inside the Wildwoods Convention Center lobby on Saturday from 9am – 4pm for FREE admission to holiday-themed crafters, photos with Santa, entertainment and much more! 609-729-9000 or visit

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