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WINTER HOLIDAYS
It’s the hap-happiest season of all!
Who would ever disagree with Andy Williams and that sentiment!
 LONG BEFORE THE WINTER SOLSTICE
arrives, holiday activities in and around Southern New Jersey are in full swing.
Cape May is one of America’s best holiday towns. We’re not bragging – well, maybe we are – but this Victorian resort has made the A-list in that category in some prestigious publications. How about six or more weeks of festivities beginning before Thanksgiving filled with holly, jolly fun, a dose of Charles Dickens, concerts, Ghosts of Christmas Past trolley tours, the Physick Family Christmas House Tours, craft shows, hospitality nights and more.
Stroll the streets of this Victorian seaside resort, bathed in gaslights and shadows or snuggle down under a warm blanket for a carriage ride through town as families scurry past on their way to the West Cape May Christmas parade, a holiday event for more than 50 years.
At Cape May Stage, across the street from Rotary Park decorated in grand style, audiences can forget, at least for an evening, about shopping lists, trimming the tree and baking cookies as they enjoy The Hanukah Ham and Other Tragedies.
In Cumberland County, celebrate in Greenwich, a town with more history than Santa has toys in his sleigh – honest! Bridgeton has an historic house tour and
don’t forget Millville for Third Friday celebrations in the Glasstown Arts District.
Beautifully decorated 18th and 19th century historic homes and public buildings are the star attractions of a walking tour hosted by the Dennisville Historic Home Owners Association on the third Saturday in December offering a glimpse into how
holidays were celebrated centuries ago. What would the most wonderful time of the year be without The Nutcracker performed by the Atlantic City Ballet? The casinos are decked out in glam, glitter and lights from top to bottom, hosting some of the biggest show biz names throughout the
holidays.
Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue is an old-
fashioned Downtown Christmas that kicks off in Ocean City Thanksgiving weekend with delightful things – horse and carriage rides, music and shopping specials. Santa takes center stage for Photos with Santa at the Music Pier and Breakfast with the big guy on weekends. Don’t forget the Christmas Parade along Asbury Avenue Dec. 4th!
Catch your breath after weeks of parades, tours, shopping – and perhaps over indulging – with First Night in Ocean City, an alcohol-free celebration that’s been a tradition for years and is the perfect way of ring out the old and ring in the new. Or, to take it up a notch, check out polar plunges early in the new year. Really?
Ready to curl up in front of the fireplace in a comfy inn sipping a glass of wine or a hearty brew – both available from our local wineries or breweries. Actually, there’s no reason not to bundle up and check out Little
    Cape May
   Hawk Haven Winery
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