Happenings

Thursday, Nov. 29

Atlantic City, Gilda Rocks On, 6 to 10 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, Trump Taj Mahal, live music by Dion, auction, appetizers, celebrity appearances, gift bag, $200. RSVP www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org

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

Friday, Nov. 30

Atlantic City, Yoga Rave, 6:30 p.m., Boogie Nights, Tropicana Casino And Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, free "glow wear" to guests who wear neon, body painting, drink specials, $10 advance, $15 door, proceeds benefit Off the Mat Philly and South Jersey. www.tropicana.net

Cape May, Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., Victorian Bandstand, Rotary Park, Lafayette Street, caroling, reading of the "The Night Before Christmas," live music by Mary Roth, Santa Claus greets children, music by Cape Harmonaires Barbershop Singers. 609-884-9565.

Cape May, Dinner with Santa, 6 p.m., family-friendly dinner buffet, Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., $25 adults, $15 ages 3 to 12. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Ocean City, Photos with Santa in lifeguard boat, noon to 3 p.m., weekends through Dec. 23, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk; free horse and carriage rides, noon to 3 p.m., City Hall. 609-525-9300.

Somers Point, Holiday Parade, 6:30 p.m., from Dawes Avenue to City Hall, 1 West New Jersey Ave., followed by tree lighting ceremony, complimentary refreshments and goodies for children. www.somerspointgov.org

Saturday, Dec. 1

Atlantic City, Running of the Santas, 10 p.m., down the Boardwalk to The Quarter, Tropicana Casino & Resort,led by Hooters Girls, Boogie Nights characters, Savage Men Male Revue dancers, after parties until 1 a.m., $15 advance, $20 gate, portion of proceeds donated to American Red Cross for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

Atlantic City, Kwanzaa program, 2 p.m., Free Public Library, One North Tennessee Ave., Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre, for all ages, free. 609-345-2269, ext. 3115.

Belleplain, Holiday Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 1, 2, North Country Knits/The Sheep Farm, 551 Hands Mill Road, rain or shine, crafters, local artisans. 609-861-0328.

Cape May, Crafts at Christmas, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., free admission and parking. 609-884-9565.

Cape May, Winery Cellar Tour & Tastings, 3 p.m., daily to Dec. 31 (no tours Dec. 23-25), Cape May Winery, 711 Town Bank Road, $20, includes complimentary souvenir tasting glass, advance tickets only, purchase at Washington Street Mall Information Booth. www.capemaymac.org

Cape May, Wassail Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Historic Cold Spring Village, Route 9, select buildings open for refreshments, historical interpreters, meet Father Christmas noon to 2 p.m. at Country Store, free. www.hcsv.org

Egg Harbor City, Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7 p.m., in front of Atlantic County Library Rose Mohr Learning Center, 134 Philadelphia Ave., music by Cedar Creek High School Brass Ensemble and Choir, Santa arrives on firetruck.

Somers Point, Holiday craft making event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Senior Citizens Building, 22 Ambler Road, for all ages; Evening of Cheer, 6:30 p.m., stroll along Bay Avenue or Shore Road, live bluegrass holiday music.

West Cape May, Annual Christmas parade, 5 p.m., rain date Dec. 2, from Volunteer Firehouse on Broadway to Carpenter Lane in Cape May. 609-884-1005.

Wildwood, Cheer Tech Spirit National Championship, cheerleading competition, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, spectators $15 adults, $10 ages 10 and younger, free age 3 and younger. 800-992-9732

 

Sunday, Dec. 2

Northfield, Manna at the Shore, fundraiser, 6 to 9 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, dinner, music of Melanie Rice Orchestra, dancing, bring bag of non-perishable food or personal items for victims of Sandy, reservations suggested, $100 per person. 609-641-3600.

Monday, Dec. 3

Cape May, Great Cookie Exchange, 6 to 8 p.m., Cape May Elementary School, Lafeyetter Street, make and decorate cookie baskets and hats, make holiday cards and ornaments, photo with Santa, for all ages, free, open to the public. 609-884-7525

Galloway Township, Hospitality Night and Frost Bite Car Cruise, 6 to 8 p.m., music, food tastings, discount shopping, Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road.

More event, music, kids events and theater listings can be found at www.pressofac.com/ats

 

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Margate, Wine tasting benefit for Women's Center, 6 to 8 p.m., Sofia Restaurant, 9314 Amherst Ave., hors d'oeurves, wines, $25. 609-601-9925, ext. 209, or www.acwc.org

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 or www.rrcarts.com

Ocean City, Art-inspired movies, 6:30 p.m., Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., free. Nov. 13: "America's Heart and Soul," documenatry by film maker Louis Schwarzberg; Dec. 4: "Agatha," fictional solution to mystery of Agatha Christie's disappearance. 609-814-0308 or 609-399-2434.

Thursday, Dec. 6

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

Kids

Friday, Nov. 30

Cape May, Dinner with Santa, 6 p.m., Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., family-friendly buffet, $25 adults, $15 ages 3 to 12. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Saturday, Dec. 1

Cape May, Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m., Dec. 1, 8, 15, Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., $15 adults, $10 ages 3 to 12. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Galloway Township, Magical Talking Tree, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday through Dec., 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.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Vineland, Doktor Kaboom! The Interactive Science Comedy Show, 2 p.m., Appel Farm at the Landis, Landis Theater, 830 East Landis Ave., for all ages, $14. 856-691-1121or www.landistheater.com

Ventnor, Concert for young children, 5 p.m., Congregation Beth Judah, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Music Together of Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township, guest appearance by recording artist Gerry Dignan, ages 8 and younger and families, $10, $25 per family, proceeds benefit Jewish Family Services of Atlantic County and St. Peter's United Methodist of Ocean City. Weejammers.com

Tuesday, Dec. 4

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. 4: Snowflakes; Dec. 11: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; Dec. 18: The Night Before Christmas; aquarium open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 4-12, coupons for discounted admission on website. 609-348-2880 or www.acaquarium.com

Saturday, Dec. 8

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. 609-652-0544 or 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.

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. 609-502-7588 or www.hammontonmothersclub.com

Saturday, Dec. 15

Ocean County College, Pajama Night: Story telling Under the Stars, 6 and 7 p.m., Robert J. Novins Planetarium, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, bring pillow or blanket, $8, reservations recommended. 732-255-0343 or tickets.ocean.edu; recorded show information 732-255-0342 or www.ocean.edu/planet.htm

Friday, Dec. 28

Mays Landing, Holiday Magic, 12:30 p.m., Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., second floor, magic by the "Great Haldini," free, but register early, space is limited. 609-645-5960.

Music

Friday, Nov. 30

Cape May Court House, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, gospel Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center of Middle Township, 212 Bayberry Drive, $25. 609-463-1924.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Atlantic City, Sounds of the Season, local school choirs, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; local dance studios, noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 1-23, Resorts Casino & Hotel, free entertainment benefitting MAPS Foundation. mapsfoundationofsj.org

Ocean City, "Joy To The World," Ocean City Pops, 7:30 p.m., Hughes Performing Art Center, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue, $15. 609-525-9300.

Ocean City, Annual Messiah Sing In, 4 p.m., Tabernacle, Sixth and Wesley, free and open to public.

Ocean County College, A Children's Christmas, 8 p.m., OCC Concert Band, Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $20 adult, $17 senior, $10 student. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Vineland, Broadway star Linda Eder, 8 p.m., Appel Farm at the Landis, Landis Theater, 830 East Landis Ave., $43, $50, $65. 856-691-1121 or landistheater.com

Sunday, Dec. 2

Cape May, Angelus Chorus, 1:30 p.m., Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, 780 Seashore Road, sacred and secular holiday music, free will offering. 609 884-4065.

Ocean City, Package Goods Orchestra, holiday concert, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Public Library, lecture room, 1735 Simpson Ave., free.

Somers Point, Meistersingers Madrigal Concert & Dinner, 5 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 157 Shore Road, $35, reservations required. 609-927-6262 or www.christchurchsomerspoint.org

Monday, Dec. 3

Cape May, Angelus Chorus, 7:15 p.m., United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., sacred and secular holiday music, free will offering.

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, "Glorias," Christmas concert, 8 p.m., Mainland Choral Society, Christ Episcopal Church, Shore Road and Meyran Avenue, free-will 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. 856- 692-8499 or www.bayatlanticsymphony.org

Ocean City, Angelus Chorus, 4 p.m., Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., sacred and secular holiday music, free will 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 or 856-825-6800, ext. 100, or www.wheatonarts.org

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. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac

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. 609-884-1341 or www.capemaystage.com

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 or www.stockton.edu/pac

Wednesday, Dec. 12

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 or tickets.ocean.edu

Friday, Dec. 14

Ocean City, Holiday Spectacular, musical revue, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Music Pier stage, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, $18 adults, $15 seniors, children 12 and younger. 609-525-9300.

Vineland, Steel Magnolia, 8:00 p.m., country Christmas show, Appel Farm at the Landis, Landis Theater, 830 East Landis Ave., $25 orchestra, $40 mezzanine. 856-691-1121 or landistheater.com

Saturday, Dec. 15

Cape May, Elisabeth von Trapp and The Empire Brass, 8 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., $35. www.capmaycity.com or 855-708-9699.

Sea Isle City, Angelus Chorus, 4 p.m., Methodist Church, 4102 Central Ave., sacred and secular holiday music, free will offering. 609-263-3353.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Cape May, All Star Jazz Vespers Benefit, 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Hughes and Decatur streets, proceeds benefit church building fund, $5 minimum donation. 609-884-0680 or www.capemayjazzvespers.com

Cape May Court House, Angelus Chorus, 3 p.m., Our Lady Of The Angels R.C. Church, 35 East Mechanic St., sacred and secular holiday music, free will offering. 609-465-5432.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Millville, Trout Fishing in America, 4 p.m., Levoy Theater, 126 N. High St., $18 adults, $15 students, senior adults. 856-327-6400 or www.levoy.net

Theater

Thursday, Nov. 29

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 or www.capemaystage.org

Friday, Nov. 30

Hammonton, Christmas Spectacular, musical production, 8 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7; 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., family entertainment, $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger. 609-704-5012 or www.theeagletheatre.com

Saturday, Dec. 1

Cape May, "Carl's Kris Kringle," 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-16, 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.

Ocean County College, "A Christmas Carol," 1 p.m., musical for children, Yates Musical Theatre, Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $12. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Richard Stockton College, "Nazi Hunter – Simon Wiesenthal," 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, one-man play, $25 mezzanine, $40 orchestra, seniors $5 off, children $10 with adult ticket. 609-652-9000.

Vineland, Auditions for "Romeo and Juliet," 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 3, doors open 7 p.m., Cumberland Players, Little Theatre, Sherman Avenue and the Boulevard, men and women aged 16-70. 856-692-5626.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Atlantic City, "A Very Noir Pinot or Sour Grapes" Murder Mystery, dinner theater, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 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. 2, 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.

Cape May, Louisa May Alcott's Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 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. 2: American Sign Language interpretation performance; 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 or www.eastlynnetheater.org

Thursday, Dec. 6

Rowan University, "Kill Me Now: The Ultimate Dance Competition Show," live reality show, Department of Theatre and Dance, 8 p.m., Dec. 6, 7, 8, Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlin Student Center, Route 322, Glassboro, $15 general admission, $10 seniors,non-Rowan students, alumni, free to Rowan students and staff. 856-256-4545.

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 or www.stockton.edu/pac

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. 609-312-8306 or www.oceantheatre.org

Saturday, Dec. 8

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

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

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

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, Holiday Hits Bandstand, musical revue, 10:30 a.m. and 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, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, $18 adults, $15 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, 2 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

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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