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FESTIVAL OF TREES: Nov. 18-26: Avalon. Thanksgiving festivities begin with the start of the Festival of Trees. Starting Friday, Nov. 18, shoppers can cross off items on their Christmas list while visiting stores throughout town. While in stores, you’ll see a variety of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths of varying themes for you to bid on! Bidders can preview and place bids online or via mobile app throughout the length of the event. Afraid you’ll be outbid? No problem! Participants will receive notice of bidding competition with a chance to raise their bids to win the Christmas tree or wreath for the holiday season. Bidding will run through Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26, and mobile app bidders will be alerted of their winnings at 2pm.

FESTIVE FRIDAY: Nov. 25: Avalon. Thanksgiving is over, now it’s time to get festive! Stroll Dune Drive while shopping in the many stores and boutiques and enjoy live music and children’s performances throughout the day!

SNOWFEST SATURDAY: Nov. 26: Avalon. TThroughout the shopping district in Avalon. Make plans to return to Avalon through Saturday for great shopping specials and more live music, performances, and children’s activities throughout town!

CAPE MAY: See more Cape May Holiday events here
CAPE MAY’S HOLIDAY SEASON: Cape May. Six weeks Six weeks (Nov. 18-Jan. 1, 2023) of special holiday tours and events. Holiday Preview Weekend (Nov. 18-20), 47th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours (Dec. 3, 10, 17), Lamplighter Christmas Tours, Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides, Physick House Tours, Holiday Inns Tours. Trolley Rides, Breakfast with Santa, and more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

DOUBLE VALUE GIFT CARDS: Nov. 27, Glasstown Arts District, Millville. The Glasstown Arts District will be selling Double Value Gift Cards for the participating businesses on High Street until they are sold out.  Shoppers can “double the value” of the card with denominations of $25-$500.  For information contact: 856-293-0556 or

EARLIER THAN THE BIRD” DOWNTOWN SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: Nov. 19: Ocean City. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Shop in your pajamas for early bird shopping specials. 8 a.m. to Noon.

FREE HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES THROUGH DOWNTOWN: Nov. 19-20, 25-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18: 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, photos with Santa Claus and much more. For more information call 800-BEACH-NJ.

HOLIDAY PARADE & MAYORS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Nov. 25: Santa Claus is coming to town! Kick-off the holiday season with a parade beginning at 6 p.m. at 31st St. and Central Ave. and following a route along Central and Landis Aves. Fire engines, costumed characters and Saint Nick on a holiday float will highlight the parade. Immediately following, don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony and other festivities will happen at Excursion Park. Holiday events in December in Sea Isle City include Santa’s Calling, a Holiday Lighting Contest, Brunch with Santa, a live nativity event and New Year’s Eve fireworks. For more information on all the holiday activities, 609-263-8687 or visit.

STONE HARBOR ISLAND HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Nov. 25-26: Bring the family to Santa’s summer home and enjoy a variety of activities to celebrate the holidays including a Holiday Market, Pet Parade, Tree Lighting, Hospitality Night, Kids’ Downtown Holiday Dash, and a Caroling event. Stone Harbor’s Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 and travel along Third Ave. from 107th Street, right onto 96th Street to Second Ave. For more information, contact

FAMILY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY:  Nov. 19 - Dec.31. Enjoy five weekends of family fun in the Wildwoods. Friends, family, and holiday cheer, make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the holidays in the Wildwoods this winter season and experience the magic of the holidays. There is plenty of entertainment and activities to help create family memories including, a Shopping Village, bonfires, parades, light shows, craft fairs, tree lightings, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and so much more. For more information call 609.729.9000 or visit

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