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It’s not too early to plan your holiday getaway to the Jersey Cape! The spirit of Christmas comes early to your favorite beach towns beginning in the nation’s oldest seaside resort of Cape May and ending in Ocean City with a First Night celebration. Santa plans a quick getaway to the Jersey Cape to enjoy holiday season activities in Cape May, The Wildwoods, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle City, and Ocean City, beginning Nov. 18. Check out the holiday activities below and mark your calendars for a holiday getaway to the Jersey Cape.

FESTIVE FRIDAY: Nov. 24: 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. 25: Avalon. Throughout 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.

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CAPE MAY’S HOLIDAY SEASON: Cape May. Six weeks (Nov. 17-Jan. 1, 2024). The holidays always come early to this seaside town famous for gingerbread, gaslights and Victorian hospitality. Sip wassail, hop aboard a holiday themed trolley tour, 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 Tours, Santa Trolley Rides, Holiday Lights Trolley Rides, Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides or the annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours (Dec. 2,9,16) Enjoy 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.

DOUBLE VALUE GIFT CARDS: Nov. 25, 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. 18: 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. 18-19, 24-26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23: 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.

MAYOR’S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & SANTA’s ARRIVAL: Nov. 24: Santa Claus is coming to town! Kick-off the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony and holiday festivities and Santa’s arrival at Excursion Park at 41st St. in Sea Isle City beginning at 6:30 p.m. Holiday events in December in Sea Isle City include Santa’s Calling, a House Lighting Contest, Brunch with Santa, a live nativity event and New Year’s Eve fireworks.

HOLIDAY HOSPITALITY NIGHT AND CHRISTMAS PARADE: Nov. 24: Enjoy a festive evening sipping & shopping your way in the small businesses from 6 to 9 p.m. on 96th St. in the shopping district. Bring your holiday lists and SHOP SMALL, while enjoying complimentary sips & snacks. Stone Harbor’s Christmas Parade will take place Nov. 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring the family, wear your best holiday accessories, and enjoy Stone Harbor’s Christmas Parade along 96th St. in the resort.

FAMILY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:  Nov. 24 - Dec. 18. Enjoy five weekends of family fun in the Wildwoods. Friends, family, and holiday cheer, make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate 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, a bonfire, parades, light shows, craft fairs, tree lightings, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and so much more.

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