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Cape May Congress Hall Winter Wonderland

Uncategorized - admin - December 3, 2018

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Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland 

Don’t miss the train this season! Celebrate the holidays in Cape May with Congress Halls annual holiday events for the whole family.


Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert

On the Grand Lawn of Congress Hall, Friday November 30th


West Cape May Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 1st


Breakfast with Santa

Santa is coming to Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom! Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit with Jolly Old St. Nick. the breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, bacon, fruit, buttermilk pancakes, sweet treats, and much more. Kids will get the chance to tell Father Christmas all of their Christmas wishes, while parents snap a pretty picture for the mantle!


Dinner with the Clauses

Join Blue the Pig and other friends from Congress Hall as we prepare for Santa’s arrival in Cape May! Sing along to your favorite Christmas carols and enjoy a delicious three-course meal in Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom. From “Deck the (Congress) Halls”, to “Blue (Pig) Christmas”, dinner with the Clauses is sure to be an evening of fun for the whole family.


The Santaland Diaries

Cape May Congress Hall’s own production of “The Santaland Diaries” with the help of Cape May Stage, in Congress Hall’s Harrison Room. Thursdays-Saturdays, November 30-December 28.


And Much More!

Festive Holiday Decorations, Ride the Congress Hall Express and Carousel, Holiday Shopping Village with over 15 specialty vendors, Crafts in Santa’s Workshop, Gingerbread Decorating and Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Holiday Ceramics, Winter Wonderland Concert Series, and Tasty Treats and Delicious Drinks!

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Visit Christmas in Cape May

Cape May News - admin - October 31, 2018

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Christmas in Cape May

Christmas in Cape may is very special. The town comes to life in color. The Christmas season is a particularly beautiful time of the year in Cape May. The Washington Street Mall is filled with lights, greenery, and decorations, and many of the historic homes and hotels around our town decorate in unique ways. A walk around town or a horse carriage ride is a favorite way to see the lights.

Holiday Events

West Cape May Christmas Parade
always the first Saturday of December

Tree lighting ceremonies
for Cape May City, Congress Hall, and the Emlen Physick Estate

Hospitality Nights on the Washington Street Mall
Merchants open their doors and offer shoppers refreshments while they browse

MAC’s holiday-themed trolley rides
Enjoy Victorial holiday ghost tales, a tour of Cape May’s holiday lights, or a visit with Santa

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall
Featuring an outdoor shopping village, concert series, and children’s activities

Christmas Questions

When does Cape May get decorated for the holidays?

No specific date that holiday lights go up and come down, but the town is decorated by the Christmas Parade (the first Saturday in December) and decorated into the new year.

Are restaurants and shops open?

Yes, many shops and restaurants are open through the holiday season, with extra shopping hours closer to Christmas.

There are restaurants that serve on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but many will be closed, so please call ahead to make sure your favorite will be open.

Does Santa visit Cape May?

Yes! Santa Claus is a frequent visitor to Cape May and makes appearances at a variety of Cape May restaurants and shops during the holiday season. He also rides on a firetruck in the West Cape May Christmas Parade and can be spotted outside the Original Fudge Kitchen during the holiday season. Several restaurants offer breakfast with Santa (or Mrs. Claus), too.

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Cape May Craft Beverage Festival 2018

Cape May News - admin - September 18, 2018

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Cost: $75
Willow Creek Winery
160-168 Stevens Street
West Cape May, NJ 08204

Celebrate Cape May’s craft beverage scene with four of our local breweries, two wineries, and a distillery.  Participants include Willow Creek Winery, Cape May Winery, Cape May Brewing Company, Mud Hen Brewing Company, Seven Mile Brewery, Cold Spring Brewery, and Nauti Spirits.  Join us at Willow Creek Winery for a full course buffet dinner paired with craft beverage tastings and talks. Tickets include dinner, a craft beverage of your choice and a musical performance by Avi Wisnia.

Proceeds to benefit the educational programs sponsored by Cape May Forum including TEDxCapeMay.

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Cape Mays Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival at Emlen Physick Estate

Cape May News - admin - July 27, 2018

Cape May 7th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival at Emlen Physick Estate

Mark your calendar for our 7th annual event and come to the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate for an all-day festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer foods … steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs, as well as food from regional vendors.

  • All-day music on outdoor stage
  • An old-fashioned Victorian circus with jugglers and acrobats from the Give & Take Jugglers 
  • Crafts and collectibles show
  • Craft beers and other spirits

MUSIC BEGINS AT 11am with Calamity Janes

Entertainment: Mackie the Stilt Walker and the Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus



  • Empanada Mama
  • Gaiss’ Market
  • Crespella
  • Matt’s BBQ
  • Executive Catering


  • Cape May Brewery
  • 7 Mile Brewery
  • Ludlam Island Brewery
  • Slack Tide Brewery
  • Bucket Brigade Brewery
  • Cape May Distillery
  • Tito’s Vodka

There will be a charge for food, beverages, and some activities. Commemorative T-shirts will be available

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), this fun summer event will benefit MAC’s free educational outreach programs.

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Cape May 2018 Spring Celebration

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - January 15, 2018

cape may spring at Cape May Holly SuiteAPRIL 27-MAY 20, 2018

Order tickets online at or call 609-884-5404

 Ready to put the long, cold winter behind you? Come and celebrate the arrival of Spring in Cape May. Stroll the historic streets and enjoy the gorgeous blooms and the warm sunshine. We have lots for you to enjoy as you celebrate Spring!

Delight in Victorian Cape May during three and a half weeks of tours and activities that celebrate the arrival of Spring!

Designer House Tour Saturday, May 19: 11am-4pm It’s a design lover’s dream! Visitors can step across the thresholds of professionally designed, grand private homes in Cape May that are open to the public exclusively for this occasion. $25. Be inspired by a variety of beautiful décor ideas. Visitors receive a booklet with descriptions of the houses and a map. Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Sunday, April 29: 8pm-10pm Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 steps to the starry top of the Cape May Lighthouse. $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Chocolate Tasting Tour Saturday, May 5: 1pm-3pm See the interiors of select Cape May properties on this self-guided tour and enjoy a mouth-watering chocolate treat. This tour celebrates the variety of ways that chocolate desserts are delicious and that Cape May properties are beautiful. $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12). Sip Into Spring Festival Saturday, May 12: 10am-4pm New in 2018! Enjoy the lovely grounds of the Physick Estate transformed by vendors and crafters into an outdoor marketplace. Celebrate the season of rebirth and new growth! Be inspired by gardening and nature activities and demonstrations, and enjoy music, crafts & collectibles, festival food, wine, beer, Bloody Marys and mimosas. Jazz Brunch at the Estate for Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13: 10am Celebrate Mother’s Day under the tent at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom with brunch and enjoy live jazz from The Great American Songbook with Mary Lou Newnam, saxophone, and Sonny Troy, guitar. Advance reservations recommended. $30. Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 19: 11am This annual ceremony honors the dedicated military men and women who help preserve our freedom. The fully restored World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) is the perfect setting to pay them tribute. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower.

Murder Mystery Dinners Saturdays, April 28 & May 5, 12 & 19: 7pm The scene and the table are both set for a new mystery that will stimulate your imagination and satisfy your craving for a good whodunit. Enjoy a four-course dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant, the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street as you interact with the cast of likely suspects and the mystery unfolds around you. $50 Cape May Wine Trail Saturdays, April 28 & May 5: 11am-5pm Spend an afternoon visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. Travel via MAC’s red trolley to Willow Creek Winery where you’ll enjoy tastings, then enjoy a delicious lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Physick Estate. You’ll then travel to Natali Vineyards for tastings there. Admission includes wine tastings, trolley transportation and lunch. $75 Chocolate Lover’s Feast Saturdays, April 28 & May 19: 1pm It’s a bountiful feast for chocolate lovers! Enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it at The Blue Rose Inn, 653 Washington St. $40. Brunch, Bingo & Lace Sunday, April 29 & Saturday, May 19: 9:30am Grab your best girlfriends and have fun as you play a little bingo, enjoy a fashion show by Lace Silhouettes/Cotton Company and win some great prizes at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., all during a delicious brunch. $25 Show Us Your Undies Fashion Show & Brunch Sunday, May 6: 10am You’ll see how undergarments shaped the fashionable Victorian lady and what proper gentlemen of the era had to cope with when dressing for the day, all on live models in this fashion show from Grand Oak Plantation that includes brunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom. $25

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Christmas in Cape May

Cape May News - admin - August 14, 2017

Christmas in Cape May is like stepping back in time to the days of Norman Rockwell.

Here are a few wonderful things to do in Cape May during the Holidays.

  • West Cape May Christmas Parade

The First Saturday in December, the parade starts off at 5 p.m.  from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse and winds its way through Cape May

  • City of Cape May’s Christmas Tree Lighting

Located at the Rotary Park Gazebo/Bandstand, Lyle Lane, behind the Washington Street Mall, for the Cape May tree lighting. Santa is ready and waiting for the tikes.

  • Congress Hall Tree Lighting

Yep. We light another giant tree in Cape May. Located at Congress Hall

  • Christmas Candlelight Tours



Dec. 2, 9 & 16


The jewels in the crown of the holiday season!




 A member of the East Lynne Theater Company regales you with a Victorian holiday ghost tale as you ride through Cape May’s festively decorated Historic District.

Rides start at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, except Nov. 18, when rides start at the Physick Estate.

 Tickets $12 adults; $8 children (ages 3-12).  Advance reservation strongly recommended.



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