Christmas in Cape May 2012

This weekend starts Cape May’s whirlwind holiday season. Here’s a quick wrap up of Christmas in Cape May:

House Tours:

It must be the voyeur in us that makes us love peeking inside all those well decorated homes. In Cape May, MAC gives you several opportunities to do just that.  You get to see the first floor of several local bed and breakfast inns, all decked out for the holidays. No one does holiday decorating better than a Cape May innkeeper. The tours are called Candlelight Tours, but don’t worry, no need to carry lit candles from inn to inn.

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In Dennisville, a tiny historic village in Cape May County, you actually get to go inside private homes. This is a once a year event. You pick up tickets at the little post office, then find your way along darkened streets (in this case you wish you had some candlelight – best bring a flashlight)  and go into any house that has a marker at the gate.   Lots of fun and homemade cookies at the end.

More info on Dennisville House Tour


West Cape May has the ultimate Christmas parade. Dress warmly – it’s always cold that night. And be patient.  The parade starts on Broadway in West Cape May, then pauses near Wilbraham Park, at the reviewing stand.   The parade eventually gets to the far reaches of Cape May, but it takes awhile. No one’s in any hurry. They’re all having way too much fun, and so will you.

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Wildwood also has a Christmas Parade. Parade junkies can never get enough marching bands and floats. Check it out this year:

More info on Wildwood Christmas Parade

Christmas Trees:

Cape May has not one but three Christmas trees, each with its own lighting ceremony. The Physick Estate Tree is already lit.  The Rotary Bandstand and the Congress Hall trees will be lit this weekend.  They’ll stay lit through the holidays, so stop by anytime.


What are the holidays without a little music? Some interesting concerts this year, including one singer with her very own Sound of Music. And some special theater you won’t want to miss.

More info on Holiday concerts

More info on Holiday theater 

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Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.