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Free things to do in Cape May this holiday season

Looking for budget-friendly activities this season? Here are some ideas for things your family can enjoy while on vacation or a day trip.

The Christmas Tree at Rotary Park.

Christmas Tree Lightings

Cape May City: December 1st from 7 pm-9 pm in Rotary Park

Congress Hall: December 1st from 6 pm-9 pm

These events are free to attend! Make sure you bundle up and bring a chair or blanket as there will be music to enjoy.

Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, and Musicians on the Mall!

December 2 from 4 pm – 6 pm

Enjoy the music on the mall and see Santa and friends before the parade. This is a free event.

West Cape May Christmas Parade

December 2nd from 5 pm-8 pm

An annual tradition! Watch the parade anywhere along the route that starts from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse South on Broadway and winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May!

Annual Crafts at Christmas Show

December 2nd and 3rd from 9 pm-3 pm in Cape May Convention Hall

This craft show is free to attend and we’re sure you’ll find something special.

Hospitality Night on the Washington Street Mall

December 8th, 2023 from 7 pm-9 pm

Each year, the mall merchants offer discounts and some even give out hot drinks! It’s free to browse the mall and warm up with a beverage.

Winter Wonder Land at Congress Hall

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall

Available through January 1, 2024

It’s free to walk around the hotel grounds. There are outdoor shop stalls, yummy snacks available for purchase, and a few things for kids to do. (There is a fee to ride the carousel and train.)

Explore the Holiday Lights

Homes generally stay decorated into January!

Enjoy walking the town or driving down the streets to see all the homes decked out for the holidays! Our favorite streets are:

  • Jackson Street
  • Hughes Street
  • Columbia Ave
  • Washington Street and the Washington Street Mall
  • Bonus: Rotary Park between Lafayette Street and Lyle Lane

Free Holiday Concerts

Cape May Holiday Reception and Concert at Convention Hall
December 9th from 7 pm–9 pm

Holiday Concert with the Angelus Community Singers
December 4th from 7 pm–8:30 pm

Holiday Concert with the Angelus Community Singers at Convention Hall

December 6th from 7 pm- 8:30 pm