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Christmas is only a few weeks away and Cape Resorts properties and its elves are already preparing for a festive season in one of the country’s merriest holiday destinations. You may already be familiar with Cape May for its award-winning beaches and charming Victorian architecture, but did you know it is one of the most treasured holiday beach towns in the country? And no one does it grander than the Grand Dame of the northeast, America’s oldest seaside resort, Congress Hall. Making spirits bright since 1816, this magical Big House by the Sea celebrates with an annual Winter Wonderland for kids 1 to 92. Even the jolly big guy in the red suit spends the holiday season in Cape May.

Congress Hall’s Christmas Tree Lighting: Congress Hall’s beloved annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will return on December 3, 2021. The hunt is still on for the best 2021 tree to showcase on the Grand Lawn.

Take a Walk in Winter Wonderland at West End Garage: Step into the holiday HQ as the West End Garage transforms into a festive holiday shopping scene. Visitors can take the provided shuttle to enjoy seasonal treats at the Beach Plum Farm Bakery & Café, shop for the perfect Cape May treasure or gift, enjoy holiday tunes, and even leave some mail for Santa himself.

Winter Igloos & Tents: It’s not Winter Wonderland without the return of Congress Hall’s Igloos! It's a beautiful sight: twelve snow-white igloos and three red-and-white-striped holiday tents set up on the Grand Lawn, warmed by the glow of the tree. Winter Igloos and Tents will feature an elevated menu of cocktails and light fare and can accommodate parties of up to eight. Menu and details to come.

Breakfast with Santa: One of the most anticipated Cape May holiday events of the season is Congress Hall's Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get the chance to see Jolly Old St. Nick. Kids will get the chance to tell Father Christmas all of their Christmas wishes, while parents snap a pretty picture for the mantle. Saturday and Sundays in Congress Hall’s Ballroom. Details to follow.

Holiday Dinner & Bingo with Blue and the Clauses: By popular demand, Bingo will be returning! Join Blue the Pig in the Ballroom every Wednesday as he hosts his very own dinner and rounds of Bingo, his favorite game.

Family Night Singalongs and Dinner: A festive and fun night for the whole family with holiday singalongs and a hearty meal. Keep your eyes open between choruses because a magical guest may have an appearance at the show as well.

Beach Plum Farm: Just two miles down the road at Beach Plum Farm (which provides ingredients to all of the Cape Resorts hotels & restaurants) guests of the farm can enjoy Holiday Farm-to-Table dinners on weekends during the holiday season, wreath making, and more to come.

Stay awhile: Stay in Cape May for a holiday experience the entire family will cherish forever. Retreat to your plush guest room at Congress Hall after a day of Winter Wonderland whimsy, or unwrap gifts in the cozy living room of one of our Beach Plum Farm cottages. With accommodations ranging from quaint and intimate boutique rooms to whole-house luxury rentals, a stay with Cape Resorts is a guarantee that your season will be merry and bright. Congress Hall’s Breakfast with Santa offer is one of the most popular holiday getaways! Visit for information

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America’s oldest seaside resort will again transform into a Winter Wonderland with a season of glad-tidings.

Cape May House and Trolley Tours & More: Victorian Cape May is at its holiday best and decked out for the season! Revel in the city’s bright lights, fragrant evergreens and garland, red bows and sparkling ornaments, all set in the loveliest Victorian town in the country. Make Cape May your destination for Christmas this year! Daytime and evening holiday tours and events begin the weekend before Thanksgiving and continue through the New Year. Santa arrives to start the celebrations during Holiday Preview Weekend, Nov. 19-21, but that’s just the beginning. Cape May’s holiday season includes six weeks of holiday tours, activities and events through the New Year!

Christmas Candlelight House Tours & Video: Cape May’s Christmas Candlelight House Tour has been a beloved annual tradition for nearly half a century! Since 1973, thousands of people on three nights in December walk the city’s cobbled stone walkways and gas lit streets and visit homes, inns, B&Bs, churches and hotels, stepping across the thresholds to take in interiors beautifully decorated for the holidays. Join us Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the return of this annual tradition. Also available is a virtual video tour experience that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.

Physick Family Christmas House Tours: Guided living history tours 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. Take the Evening Yuletide House Tour and see the the first-floor rooms of the 1879 Physick House Museum, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas, and see and hear how the Physick family might have entertained friends and family and celebrated in traditional Victorian fashion during the holidays. Take the Dr. Physick Christmas tour and join Dr. Physick for a first-person tour of the 1879 Physick House in this interpretive step back into the Victorian era. Take the Unexpected Gift tour and hear a very relatable and timeless holiday story that will make you laugh out loud.

Visit Cape May Inns and Homes: Lamplighter Christmas Tour: See inside a selection of Cape May bed & breakfast inns and private homes, specially decorated for the holidays on this self-guided evening walking tour that includes a gift and a visit to An Old-fashioned Christmas Exhibit at the Physick Estate Carriage House.

Holiday Inns Tour: See several of Cape May’s bed & breakfast inns festively decorated for the holidays during this self-guided afternoon tour with continuous trolley shuttle service.

Cheery Cherry House Christmas Tour: Frank and Beth Acker invite you into their circa 1849 home “The Cherry House” decorated for the holidays featuring a fully set table for Christmas dinner and the parlor Christmas tree ornamented with family decorations from the 1800s.

Holiday Trolley Ride or Holiday Lights Trolley Ride: Listen to Christmas music and enjoy hearing about the history of Victorian Christmas traditions on this evening trolley ride. Victorian Cape May at Christmas is magical, and this is a ride to share with friends and family.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Ride: Listen to dramatic tales of Christmas woe featuring Victorian ghosts, told by a member of the East Lynne Theater Company, on this ride along the historic streets of Cape May. You’ll be happy you live now, not then.

New! All That Glitters, Victorians Ring in a New Century Trolley Tour: Travel by trolley through Cape May in the year 1899 with a friend of the Physick family shopping for the biggest party of the new century! Then meet the Physick family at the Emlen Physick Estate and experience the hustle and bustle of the preparations.

Especially for Families and Children: Santa’s Trolley Ride: Mrs. Claus comes direct from the North Pole to lead this tour. She tells stories and leads holiday songs on this jolly holiday trolley ride through town. Santa joins the fun at the Gazebo on the grounds of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate.

Breakfast with Santa: Share a delicious breakfast with family and friends and welcome special guest Santa Claus, himself, at Cape May’s Aleathea’s Restaurant, the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. during the weeks leading up to Christmas. He will meet and greet with time for visits, photos and sharing wish lists. Event is limited.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony one November 20: A free concert of holiday music by the Atlantic Brass Band will herald Santa Claus’ arrival in Cape May to turn on the holiday lights! Plus, an Old-fashioned Christmas Exhibit Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show

*COVID-19 protocols will follow CDC guidelines and government mandates and may change. Schedule is subject to change. Masks are recommended for all in an abundance of caution and are required on some tours.

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