Happenings

Thursday, Dec. 6

Galloway Township, Holiday Light Show, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday to Sundays, to Jan. 6, on Lake Meone, Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, free.

Hammonton, Holiday House Tour, 4:30 to 8 p.m., from Historical Society Museum, 333 School Lane, $25 includes tour, spaghetti dinner, Easton Church Hand Bell Choir concert. 609-270-7652.

Friday, Dec. 7

Egg Harbor Township, Holiday model train display, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 20, Atlantic County 4H Model Railroad Club, Shore Mall, Black Horse Pike, across from Children's Museum and DMV. 609-703-5975.

Friday, Dec. 7

Galloway Township, Noyes Museum Holiday Party, opening reception for Associate Artists Exhibition, 5 to 8 p.m., Noyes Museum of Art, 733 Lily Lake Road, live Latin music by Elvis Batista, salsa dance lessons with Roger Weber, guests encouraged to bring donation of canned goods for Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

Ocean City, Christmas Parade, 7 p.m., from 6th to 11th streets on Asbury Avenue, marching bands, floats, costumed characters, Santa greets children after parade at corner of 9th and Asbury Avenue. 609-525-9300.

North Wildwood, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 1st and Central avenues, school choirs, Santa and Mrs. Claus greet children, lighthouse open for tours, hot chocolate and cookies served, free. 609-522-4520.

North Wildwood, Holiday house tours, 7 to 9 p.m., Candlelight Bed and Breakfast, 24th and Central avenues, Summer Nites Bed and Breakfast, 2110 Atlantic Ave., and J. Thompson Baker House, 3008 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood, free. 609-522-3639.

Somers Point, "A Somers Point Christmas," 7 p.m., Dec. 7, 14, Grace Lutheran Church, Shore Road and Dawes Avenue, $15, proceeds benefit renovation of Gateway Playhouse, bring non-perishable food or toiletry item for Grace Lutheran Food Pantry. 609-653-0553.

Vineland, Swimming with Santa, 6 to 8 p.m., YMCA, 1159 East Landis Ave., pool time with Mr. Claus, snacks, swimming, open to community, $4 facility members, $8 program members, $12 nonmembers, based on family of four, must register by Dec. 6. 856-691-0030.

Wildwood, Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade, rain date Dec. 9, 7 p.m., from 15th Avenue in North Wildwood, through Wildwood Crest, to Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, followed by tree lighting ceremony, free hot chocolate and cookies. www.WildwoodHoliday.com

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

Atlantic City, Diving Santa Claus, 11 a.m., Dec. 8, 15, 22, live diver feeding show, Atlantic City Aquarium, Historic Gardner's Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., visitors watch and interact with Santa in scuba gear inside 25,000-gallon tank, show included with admission, aquarium open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 4 to 12, free to ages 3 and younger, coupons for discounted admission available on website. 609-348-2880.

Atlantic City, "Light Up The Holidays," 6 to 8 p.m., Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., entertainment by "Holiday Cheer," wine and beer, light refreshments, lighthouse night climb, official lighting of Christmas Tree, $20. 609-449-1360.

Cape May, Brunch, Bingo & Lace, 9:30 a.m., Aleathea's Restaurant, Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., for ladies only, brunch buffet, fashion show, bingo, $25. www.capemaymac.org

Cape May, Homespun Holiday traditions, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 23, Historic Cold Spring Village, Route 9, meet Father Christmas noon to 2 p.m. at Country Store, model railway exhibit, carriage rides through village. 609-898-2300 or www.hcsv.org

Cape May, Community Open House Candlelight Tour and Christmas Concert, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, tours of theater, carolers from Cape May Lutheran Church, part of the theater's "Meet Your Seat" series, for all ages, free. 609-884-1341 or

Cape May, 39th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 8, 15, Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington and Ocean streets, heated trolley shuttle to Victorian inns, homes, churches, hotels, carols by candlelight, strolling musicians, vintage holiday decorations, hospitality centers for refreshments, $25 adults, $20 ages 3 to 12, limited seating, advance tickets recommended. 609-884-5404.

Ocean City, Santa Paws, pet photos with Santa, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ocean City Humane Society, Shelter Road, off Bay and Tennessee avenues, $10. 609-399-2018.

Ocean City, Human Rights Day Celebration, 7 p.m., poetry reading by Lamont Steptoe, Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., free and open to public, donations accepted. 609 442 2407.

Ocean City, Photos with Santa in lifeguard boat, noon to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, to Dec. 16, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, $10. 609-399-1412.

Richard Stockton College, 8th Annual International Gift Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Campus Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. www.southjerseyfairtrade.org

Sea Isle City, Holiday Open House, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sea Isle City Historical Museum, first level, Cape May County Library, 4800 Central Ave., light refreshments, tour of Bridal Exhibit, Military Exhibit, gift shop open. 609-263-2992.

Wildwood, Family Holiday Celebration, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, shopping, crafts, face painting, school children's choruses and bands, music, magic show, holiday movies, visit from Santa Claus, free. 609-729-9000.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Hammonton, A Holiday Celebration: "Batsto Through the Years," music of 18th century concert by Robert Mouland, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Visitor Center auditorium, Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Village Road, $5, seating at noon; events continue to 4 p.m. through village. 609-561-0024.

Ventnor, Book signing, 2 to 6 p.m., Malelani Cafe, 5205 Atlantic Ave., children's author Leesa Toscano and illustrator Janet Bodoff, entertainment by Dylan Martello, also homemade jewelry sale by Janet Bodoff. 609-289-1213.

Monday, Dec. 10

Atlantic City, Winter Wonderland Holiday Event, 6 to 9 p.m., Resorts Casino, Horizon Room, dining level, 1133 Boardwalk, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, benefits Just 4 Kids Foundation, $20 or donation of new, unwrapped gift. 609-641-7811.

Ocean City, Classic film series, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Avenue, Dec. 10: It's A Wonderful Life. www.oceancitylibrary.org

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Ocean City, Music lecture, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., history on music during the last two centuries, free. 609-399-2434.

Millville, Tuesdays with Tricia, 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Feb. 12, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 North High St., series of films on a known artist or genre led by Tricia Dufford, free. 856-327-4500.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Atlantic City, Holiday Mixer-Toy Drive, Greater Atlantic City Chamber, 5 to 7 p.m., McCormick & Schmick's restaurant, Harrah's, 777 Harrah's Blvd., members free, nonmembers $10 or free with toy donation. 609-345-4524.

Kids

Saturday, Dec. 8

Cape May, Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m., Dec. 8, 15, Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., $15 adults, $10 ages 3 to 12. 609-884-5404 or

Galloway Township, Magical Talking Tree, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday through December, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, free. 609-748-8999.

Galloway Township, Christmas Train Ride, 10 a.m. to closing, Saturday, Sunday through Dec., Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, $2. 609-748-8999.

Galloway Township, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sunday through Dec., Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Christmas Cottage, free. 609-748-8999.

Galloway Township, Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 8, 15, Fred & Ethal's Lantern Light, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, buffet breakfast and photo with Santa, reservations required. www.ColonialInnSmithville.com

Mays Landing, Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Hamilton Mall, food court, 4403 Black Horse Pike, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday characters, magic of Chad Juros, $5, proceeds benefit Spread the Magic Foundation. 609-646-6392.

Somers Point, Brunch with Santa, two seatings, 9 a.m. and noon, Great Bay Country Club, 90 Mays Landing Road, $6.95 children, $16.95 members, $18.95 nonmembers. Reservations required. 609-927-5071, ext. 127.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Hammonton, Movie in Pajamas: The Polar Express, 3 p.m. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., doors open 2:30 p.m., floor seating on first-come, first-serve basis, $8.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Atlantic City, Holiday Tales and Crafts, preschool story time, 11 a.m. Atlantic City Aquarium, Historic Gardner's Basin, 800 North New Hampshire Ave., includes craft or activity, free with regular admission, Dec. 11: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; aquarium open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 4-12, coupons for discounted admission on website. www.acaquarium.com

Music

Friday, Dec. 7

Cape May, Angelus Chorus, 7 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., sacred and secular holiday music, free will offering.

Somers Point, "Gloria," Christmas concert, 8 p.m., Mainland Choral Society, Christ Episcopal Church, Shore Road and Meyran Avenue, offering. 609-266-8912.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Avalon, Big Band dance, Tony Deluca & The Paisans, 8:30 to 11 p.m., doors open 8 p.m., Community Hall, 30th Street and Avalon Avenue, $7.50. Reservations suggested. 609-967-3066.

Cape May, Package Goods Orchestra, holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., desserts and beverages courtesy of City of Cape May, free admission, guests encouraged to donate one unwrapped gift to benefit Sgt. Bill Alvarez Memorial Toy Drive. 609- 884-9565.

Cumberland County College, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, holiday concert, 8 p.m., Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center, Sherman Avenue and College Drive, Vineland, $25.

Ocean City, Angelus Chorus, 4 p.m., Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., sacred and secular holiday music, offering. 609-399-1915.

Millville, Old Spirituals and Gospel Concert, 7:30 p.m., WheatonArts, Event Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Whittington Family of Port Norris and South Jersey Community Men's Gospel Choir, $10 advance, $15 door, $9 WheatonArts members, age 12 and younger free but require a ticket. 800-998-4552.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Richard Stockton College, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, holiday concert, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, 2 p.m., Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $25. www.stockton.edu/pac

Richard Stockton College, Holiday Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m., I-Wing Gymnasium, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, Stockton Oratorio Society, College Chorale, College Chorus, guest performers, $8 general admission, $6 students. 609-652-9000

Monday, Dec. 10

Avalon, Angelus Chorus, 7 p.m., Maris Stella R.C. Church, 5012 Dune Drive, sacred and secular holiday music, free will offering. 609-967-3746.

Cape May, "37 Stories in Which I Come Off Badly," 8 p.m., Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $20.

Richard Stockton College, "The Bells of Christmas," 7:30 p.m., South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, holiday concert, Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $10. 609-652-9000.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Brigantine, Suite Inspiration, "An American Christmas," 7 p.m., Brigantine North School, LaFayette and Evans boulevards, free. 609-748-1583.

Cape May Court House, Hurricane Sandy concert, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center of Middle Township, 212 Bayberry Drive, guest entertainer Bill Gulino, $10 donation benefits Cape May County chapter of the American Red Cross. 609-463-1924.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Margate, "Chanukah Fever," Mama Doni Band, 6:30 to 8 p.m, Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., entertainment, refreshments, celebration of Jewish culture, for all ages, attendees receive complimentary Mama Doni Band CD, $10 per person, $36 family of four, proceeds benefit local victims of Hurricane Sandy. www.jccatlantic.org

Ocean County College, Midweek Jazz Series, 8 p.m., Arts and Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, Dec.12: Pianist Jess Gelber; Jan. 16: clarinetists Dan Levinson, Will Anderson and Pete Anderson; $18 adults, $15 seniors. 732-255-0500.

Theater

Thursday, Dec. 6

Cape May, "A Tuna Christmas," comedy, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; to Dec. 30, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students (receive $10 off regular admission with donation of three non-perishable items for food bank). Dec. 9: half-price senior matinee 3 p.m. 609-884-1341.

Cape May, "Scrooge, The Musical," dinner theater, 7:30 p.m., various dates through December, Elaine's, 513 Lafayette St., matinee shows available, $44.95 adults, $34.95 teens, $24.95 children, reservations required. 609-884-1199.

Hammonton, Christmas Spectacular, musical production, 8 p.m., Dec. 6, 7; 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., family entertainment, $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger. 609-704-5012.

Friday, Dec. 7

Cape May, Louisa May Alcott's Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 9, 14; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8, performed by Gayle Stahlhuth, East Lynne Theater Company, First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., $25 general admission, $15 students, free to age 12 and younger when accompanied by adult. Dec. 7: receive $3 discount with donation of Food Closet items; Dec. 14: $5 from every ticket sold benefits Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. 609-884-5898.

Friday, Dec. 7

Richard Stockton College, The Nutcracker, Atlantic City Ballet, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8, Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $20, $35; children $10 when accompanied by adult. 609-652-9000.

Stafford Township, "Home for the Holidays," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 13, 14; Ocean Professional Theatre Company, OceanFirst Theatre, Stafford Township Arts Center, 1000 McKinley Blvd., Manahawkin, $35 adults, $20 children 12 and younger. www.oceantheatre.org

Saturday, Dec. 8

Cape May, "Carl's Kris Kringle," 3 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, to Dec. 16, Cape Island Theatre Company, Old Grange Restaurant, Historic Cold Spring Village, Route 9, family-friendly theme, doors open 2:30 p.m., seating limited, in lieu of ticket sales donations collected for Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County. 609-408-6595.

Millville, Sister's Christmas Catechism, 5 p.m., Levoy Theater, 126 N. High St., $29.50/$32.50 adults, $17.50 students, senior adults. 856-327-6400 or www.levoy.net

Sunday, Dec. 9

Atlantic City, "A Very Noir Pinot or Sour Grapes" Murder Mystery, dinner theater, 6 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, Palm Restaurant, 2801 Pacific Ave., The Quarter in Tropicana Casino and Resort, $85, reservations required. 609-344-0483.

Atlantic City, "Scrooge Unplugged!" dinner theater, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30, three course matinee lunch and show, $55, $35 age 12 and younger; 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 17, 23, three course dinner and show, $85; Palm Restaurant, 2801 Pacific Ave., The Quarter in Tropicana Casino and Resort, reservations required. 609-344-0483.

 

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Cape May Court House, The Nutcracker, New Jersey Ballet Company, 1 and 4 p.m., Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Drive, $25 adults, $15 students. 609-463-1924.

Ocean County College, "The Nutcracker," Ballet for Young Audiences, 1 and 3 p.m., Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $12. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Thursday, Dec. 13

Vineland, Classic movie "White Christmas" (1954), 7:30 p.m., Apple Farm at the Landis, Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Ave., $5. 856-691-1121 or www.landistheater.com

Friday, Dec. 14

Ocean City, Christmas Holiday Spectacular, musical revue, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16; Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, Music Pier auditorium, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, $18 adults, $15 seniors, age 12 and younger. 609-525-9300 or www.ocnj.us

Vineland, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Cumberland Players, The Little Theatre, Sherman Avenue and the Boulevard. 856-692-5626 or www.cumberlandplayers.com

Saturday, Dec. 15

Ocean County College, Broadway Tonite, musical revue, 8 p.m., Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $28 adult, $25 senior, $10 student. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Cumberland County College, The Nutcracker, Vineland Regional Dance Company, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Frank Guaracini Jr. Performing Arts Center, main campus, College Drive, Vineland, $25-$35 adults, $20 seniors, students. 856-691-6059 or www.vrdc.org

Saturday, Dec. 22

Ocean City, "Yours Truly, Jack Frost," 2 and 7:30 p.m., Ocean City Theatre Company, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, fully staged play featuring students from third to eighth grades, $10. www.ocnj.us or 609-525-9300.

Friday, Jan. 18

Hammonton, "A Chorus Line," musical, 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9; 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., $25 general admission. 609-704-5012 or www.theeagletheatre.com

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