2011 Big Christmas Weekend in Cape May

Cape May, NJ – In Cape May, the biggest holiday weekend of the year isn’t Christmas weekend. It’s three weeks earlier.

The first weekend of December most definitely is the time to be here.   Just about every group in the Cape May – Wildwood area holds a holiday event this coming weekend.

From Friday night to Sunday evening, there are:

  • Two tree lightings
  • Two Christmas parades
  • Two different holiday plays
  • Two house tours
  • Two open houses.

That’s all within 48 hours. Just check the Events Calendar.

Can you do it all? A valid question for those who don’t like to miss anything or insult anyone. Let’s make a go of it.


Start Friday Evening at 5:30PM at the Hereford Inlet Tree lighting. That’s in North Wildwood.  While in Wildwood, see just the first five minutes of the Wildwood Christmas Parade at 7PM.

Then hop in the car and head down the Parkway to Rotary Park in Cape May for the the last half of the Cape May tree lighting ceremony (starts at 7PM.)  Catch some caroling, maybe the tree lighting.  Then it’s off to the Lamplighter House Tour.  Also starts at 7PM, but it’s self guided so you can get there late. Just walk fast – you can get to all five inns in 15 mintues, can’t you?

If you wrap up the tour by 8:25PM, you can see East Lynne’s production of Christmas Presents from the Past at the First Presbyterian Church on Hughes St. at 8:30PM.


Saturday daytime is easy. Split your time between  Historic Cold Spring Village’s Wassail Day open house (11AM-3PM), Wildwood’s Family at the Convention Center (10AM-5PM) and shopping in Cape May.

Saturday evening,  the night of the popular West Cape May Christmas Parade, there are a couple of plans of attack:

Plan one:  Watch the start of the West Cape May Christmas Parade  at 5PM, on Broadway. About 7PM, run over to the other side of town, to the self guided tour of about 20 bed and breakfast inns in Cape May.

That tour lasts until 8:30PM. If you never got to the East Lynne theater production the night before, this is the night to see it.

Plan two: Start with the B&B tour at 5:30 PM.  Squeeze in as many Inns as you can by 7PM. Then head over to Carpenter’s Lane, and watch the end of the West Cape May Parade.


Sunday, daytime, is free time.  Maybe you finally can get some shopping done.

On the evening agenda – the Cape May Stage production of Wonderful Life at 8PM.


If you make it to Monday, treat yourself to a helping of homemade Christmas cookies at the annual Great Cookie Exchange Monday evening at 6PM. Don’t forget to bring some of your own!

For more details on where and when, as well as ticket info for each activity,  see the Cape May Events Calendar.

Also see  More on Christmas House Tours.

and don’t forget : Santa in Cape May

Happy Holidays!


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