Cape May, NJ – For people who love to peek inside other people’s homes, Christmas in Cape May offers many advantages.
Cape May House Tours
MAC once again offers its tried and true Christmas Candlelight House Tour three times during the holiday season. See Calendar.
Street lights, not candlelight, illuminate the way on this self guided tour. (Trolleys make the rounds, if you don’t want to walk.)
You’ll see the festively decorated first floors of about 20 of the town’s bed and breakfast inns and hotels. The inns go all out with their Christmas decor. No private houses are included on this tour but you do get admission to the Emlen Physick Estate. $25.
If you prefer a shorter tour, try the Lamplighter Tour, which features four inns and one private home. Those tours are scheduled a half dozen times during the holiday season. See Calendar. $20.
Dennisville Christmas House Tour
If you’re yearing to see some private homes and feel adventurous, take a drive up Route 47 North to the historic little village of Dennisville, NJ. Every year, homeowners in the town open their doors to holiday visitors. Many of the homes date back to the 1800′s.
There’s a genuine, old time ambiance about the place. Buy your tickets the night of the event at the village Post Office. Stop for cider and home baked cookies at the local church. Above all else, bring a flashlight to help light the way. December 1 7, 5PM to 9PM. See Calendar. $10.
Christmas in Greenwich
If you’re willing to go even farther afield, you can see homes dating back to the 1700′s in tiny Greenwich on the Cohansey River. About two dozen homeowners in this historic, bayshore community open their doors once a year for the annual holiday house tour.
In addition to the historic houses, stop by the Gingerbread House Contest at the Old Stone Schoolhouse.
Noon to 5PM on Sunday, December 11. A perfect detour, on your way home from a holiday weekend in Cape May. Buy tickets at the Gibbon House in Greenwich the day of the tour. See Calendar. $12.