CHRISTMAS IN CAPE MAY: Nov. 18, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023
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CHRISTMAS IN CAPE MAY: Nov. 18, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023: What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May? This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens Village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap your self in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a variety of fun tours and events. For information about Christmas in Cape May, visit

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 at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 19 during Holiday Preview Weekend, Nov. 18-20, but that’s just the beginning. Cape May’s holiday season includes six weeks of holiday tours, activities, and events through the New Year!

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: Nov. 19
Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate. 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!

Christmas Candlelight House Tours: Dec. 3, 10, 17
Cape May’s Christmas Candlelight House Tour has been a beloved annual tradition for nearly half a century! Since 1973, on three nights in December, visitors travel the city’s Victorian, gas lit streets and see over a dozen homes, inns, B&Bs, churches and hotels lit up for the holidays, and step inside to see beautifully decorated, festive interiors. Join us Saturday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for this annual tradition. Also available is a virtual video tour experience that can be purchased and enjoyed at home, anytime, anywhere.

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 Tour: On this 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.

Evening Yuletide House Tour: On this guided tour of the first-floor rooms of the 1879 Physick House Museum, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas, see and hear how the Physick family might have entertained friends and family and celebrated in traditional Victorian fashion during the holidays.

A Dr. Physick Christmas: Join Dr. Physick for a first-person tour of the 1879 Physick House in this interpretive step back into the Victorian era.

The Unexpected Gift: The Physick House decorated for a Victorian Christmas is the setting for a very relatable and timeless holiday story that will make you laugh out loud.

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 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.

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.

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.

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, during the weeks leading up to Christmas. He will meet and greet with time for visits, photos and sharing wish lists. Event is limited.

Cape May Lighthouse: Climb the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse during the holidays.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit: Holiday Traditions through the Years: Experience an exhibit of holiday traditions complete with a giant Christmas tree, a Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos from Christmas past, toys and much more. Admission is free.

Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show: And more holiday tours, activities and events!

*COVID-19 protocols will follow CDC guidelines and government mandates and may change. Schedule is subject to change.

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