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Top 5 things not to miss this holiday season in Cape May

The holiday season is upon us in Cape May! Days are growing shorter; cold wind has started to blow. We can’t believe it either. Wasn’t it just summer? Anyway, here are our top picks of what to do in Cape May this holiday season.

Breakfast with Santa

Photo courtesy of Congress Hall
Photo courtesy of Congress Hall

Breakfast with Santa at Congress Hall – SOLD OUT
Congress Hall’s Breakfast with Santa is sold out for all dates. View more info

Brunch with Santa at Congress Hall
Sunday, December 4 & 18 from 11am-3pm. Brunch with Santa features an elegant buffet, a special reservation with Kris Kringle, and a complimentary 5×7 photo from our professional photographer. Enjoy a brunch buffet featuring a full spread of breakfast and lunch complete with omelet stations, carving stations, and desserts. Call (609) 884-6574 for reservations. View more info

Harbor View
Breakfast with Santa on December 3rd. Please call 609-884-5444 for more information.

Aleathea’s at the Inn of Cape May
November 26th; Dec 3rd, 4th & 10th. One seating from 9:45am – 10am. $17 adults, $12 kids. For reservations, call 609-884-5555. This event will sell out, so please reserve well in advance.

Cape May Ferry Terminal
December 4 & 9; 9am and 10:30am seatings. Each child will have time to sit with Santa and pose for photos taken by Mom and Dad. A buffet breakfast provides a variety of tasty brunch treats, and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand for two story time readings featuring special books Mrs. Claus picked out herself just for these occasions! $17 per adult; $13 per child; children under 4 free. View more info

Christmas Tree Lightings

Photo courtesy of MAC

Emlen Physick Estate – November 19
The Physick Estate’s tree is already lit, but you can visit it on the estate grounds!

Congress Hall – December 2
Gather at Congress Hall for our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Grand Lawn on Friday, December 2, featuring a wonderful concert by the Congress Hall Festival Choir and the lighting of the beautiful outdoor tree at 9PM. Donations will be accepted for a local charity.

City of Cape May – December 2
Enjoy some old fashioned holiday cheer when the City of Cape May officially kicks off the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 7 p.m. with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the newly renovated Rotary Park Bandstand located on the 400 block of Lafayette Street.  The festive family program will include caroling, a presentation from the LCMR chorus, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

West Cape May Christmas Parade


The WCM Community Christmas Parade sets the stage for the areas holiday season. Now in its 51st year, the parade steps off at 5:00PM sharp from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse and marches South on Broadway, winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May. A small army of volunteers assembles an unforgettable hometown memory each year!

The Parade reschedules to December 4th in the case of inclement weather.

MAC’s Christmas Candlelight House Tours

Photo courtesy of MAC

Experience the high point of Cape May’s holiday season during these self-guided walking tours on December 3, 10, and 17. $30 adults, $20 children (ages 3-12)  Limited tours. Reserve early! Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall

Photo courtesy of Congress Hall

Thursdays through Sundays, November 25 through January 1st. Escape to the North Pole this Holiday Season as Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Explore unique gifts from various merchants in our enchanted shopping village. Sip on a cozy cup of hot cocoa and enjoy special seasonal treats as you mosey on over to Santa’s Workshop. All aboard the Congress Hall Express! You won’t want to miss the train ride as it travels around Cape May’s North Pole. View more info

For a complete list of events in Cape May this holiday season, please visit our event calendar.