by Erik R. Slagle
Get the Bah out of your Humbug with a stocking full of delights for you and your family this season! Holiday spirit is in full effect at the Jersey Shore!
Whether you’re looking for parades, shows, shopping deals, or a peek into a Victorian-style Christmas, the Jersey Shore has something for everyone this season. Start at Cape May and work your way up the beach for an unbelievable array of holiday happenings this year!
“Exit 0” – Cape May: Start your shore holiday-hopping in the heart of historic Cape May. Tour the town and its breathtaking Victorian homes on foot, by trolley, or in a horse-drawn carriage. The community hosts caroling outings and skating parties throughout December, and its playhouses will host Christmas shows so visitors can soak in the spirit with an evening at the theatre. One standout is the vaudevillian “The Ultimate Christmas Show,” running at Cape May Stage (www.capemaystage.org) through December 30th. And be sure to check this out: the Carroll House Gallery at Emlen Physick Estate is hosting “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit,” including a grand collection of traditional holiday items, toys of yesteryear, and even a model train display.
6 – Avalon/North Wildwood: If you’ve never seen the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse or its immaculately kept grounds and gardens, you’re missing out. Starting with the tree lighting on December 1st, each year the Lighthouse transforms into an unforgettable hideaway where the season is celebrated just a little differently than anywhere else, in the spirit of the keepers who made sure Hereford’s light was always burning in Anglesea.
17 – Dennisville: On Saturday, December 16th, the town hosts their 28th Annual Christmas House Tour, giving you the chance to step inside historic homes decked out for the holidays while helping preserve these priceless landmarks for future generations!
44 – Smithville: The historic village of Smithville opens its annual holiday light show, November 23rd, and while you’re there be sure to drop in any of the dozens of specialty shops to find the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your Nice List this year! At www.smithvillenj.com you can learn more about hours for the light show, the weekend Christmas Train rides, and the magical Talking Christmas Tree. And bring the kids to breakfast with Santa December 9th and 16th!
63 – Ship Bottom: 2017 marks the 38th year that the town of Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island hosts its Christmas Parade, featuring homemade floats and antique cars. On Saturday, December 2nd, entrants and participants from throughout the state will gather on Long Beach Boulevard and the procession will run from 1-3 p.m. Judging takes place through the day, and prizes will be handed out!
The white sand may give way to whiter snow when the calendars turns through November and December, but the towns along the Jersey Shore are far from hibernating. For more information on all of these events and more, go to
www.new-jersey-leisure-guide.com/christmas-events.html - then start planning your Garden State road trip this holiday season and see why the fun doesn’t end when summer does!