There are only a few days remaining to enjoy the holidays in South Jersey, but there are plenty of classic movies — and sing-alongs — theater productions, Christmas house tours and even holiday laser shows to keep those in the spirit busy.
Toys for Tots Event
at P’ville Music Shoppe
Head to the Pleasantville Music Shoppe on Saturday, Dec. 21, where surprises, special guests and plenty of live music will be going on from noon to 5 p.m. during its annual Toys for Tots collection drive.
The Misfit Toys Band, Jim Craine and the Atlantic City All-Star Band will be performing.
Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to less fortunate children by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The Pleasantville Music Shoppe is a certified U.S. Marine Corps drop-off point, and this will be one of the last pickups by the local unit of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve this year.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program strives to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas. The shop is located at 15 E. Black Horse Pike in Pleasantville.
Call 609-641-4600 or go to
at Surflight Theatre
The Surflight Theatre continues its run of the holiday song-and-dance spectacular, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” now through Sunday, Dec. 22.
The production, based on the 1954 hit Paramount movie, tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn and find their perfect mates in the bargain. The show features classic Irving Berlin hits such as “Blue Skies,” “Sisters,” “Happy Holiday,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “I Love a Piano” and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.”
Surflight Theatre is located at 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven. Showtimes are 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $45. Call 609-492-9477 or go to
at Congress Hall
Cape May Stage and Congress Hall continues their look at the darker side of the holiday season with David Sedaris’ comical “Santaland Diaries,” running now through Sunday, Dec. 29, at Congress Hall.
“The Santaland Diaries” tells the story of a young man working as a Christmas elf in Macy’s department store and the trials and tribulations he must endure. Elf training, bad Santas and abusive customers abound. The show is meant for mature audiences.
Performances take place in the Harrison Room at Congress Hall 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Congress Hall located at 200 Congress Place in downtown Cape May.
Tickets are $25 for general admission. There is the option for “Dinner and a Show” at The Blue Pig Tavern Thursday through Saturday night for $59, or a “Lunch and a Show” option at The Blue Pig Tavern on Sunday afternoon for $39.
For general admission and stand-by tickets, call 609-770-8311. For ‘Dinner and a Show’ reservations, call 609-884-8422. Tax, beverage and gratuity are not included in the ‘Dinner and a Show’ package. Bar service will be available before and after the shows.
at Levoy Theatre
Head to the Levoy Theatre in Millville this weekend for two family-friendly sing-alongs featuring two classic holiday films.
Re-visit the timeless classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday, Dec. 20, with a presentation of the full-length movie and sing-along from 8 to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 21, enjoy the holiday favorite “Miracle on 34th Street” with a presentation of the full movie and sing-along, also from 8 to 10 p.m.
Tickets for “Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” sing-along are both $10. The Levoy Theatre is located at 130 N. High St., downtown Millville. Call 856-327-6400 or go to Levoy.net.
by Cape May Stage
Cape May Stage continues its run of one of the greatest Christmas classics of all time — with a twist — now through Dec. 29. with “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.”
Jacob Marley is condemned for all of eternity, unless he can redeem the soul of his old partner, the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge. Accompanied by a spirit guide of sorts, Marley embarks on his quest in a Christmas adventure that is equal parts funny and terrifying.
All shows take place at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, located in downtown Cape May on the corner of Lafayette and Bank streets. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 seniors 62 and older and $15 for students. Call 609-770-8311 or go to
The Ocean County College Arts & Community Center and Exit 82 (A Toms River Theatre Company) continues its run of “White Christmas: The Musical,” through Saturday, Dec. 21.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Performances take place in the ACC Theatre on OCC’s Main Campus, Building 18, College Drive in Toms River.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Call 732-255-0500 or go to Ocean.edu.
The Robert J. Novins Planetarium, one of the largest and most active planetariums in the state, is offering a variety of holiday and children’s laser shows now through Feb. 1.
“Season of Light” — This traditional, family-friendly holiday presentation explores some cultural festivals filled with light and cheer and takes a closer look at the most famous mystery of the season — the star of wonder. Also, learn about the season’s constellations and visible planets in our current night sky.
Shows take place 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Tuesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 26, Friday, Dec. 27, Saturday, Dec. 28, and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 21 28.
“Laser Holidays” — This laser concert features classic holiday favorites such as "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," modern hits such as "Jingle Bell Rock" and unique renditions of timeless songs. Showtimes are 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 26, 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Tuesday, Dec. 24, Friday, Dec. 27, Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 4. There are 8:30 p.m. shows Friday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Jan. 3, and 9:45 p.m. shows on Saturday, Dec. 21, Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28.
The planetarium is located on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, in Toms River. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 seniors 60 and older and OCC Rewards Members with card and $7 for children 12 and under unless otherwise noted. A family pack is $35 (a $41 value) and includes admission for two adults and three children.
All shows run about one hour and shows begin promptly. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to showtime, as there is no admittance or re-admittance once the show has begun. The Planetarium building does not open until 11 a.m. for daytime shows.
Call 732-255-0343 or go to Tickets.ocean.edu. Tickets also go on sale at the door 30 minutes before the first show. Go to
Christmas House Tour on Saturday
The Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour, sponsored by the Dennisville Historic Homeowners Association, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with home tours on Saturday, Dec. 21.
The Christmas House Tour is the homeowners association’s premier fundraising event, with a minimum of eight beautifully decorated 18th and 19th century historic homes, two bonus houses, several public buildings and two churches — all open to the public.
Tours will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are sold the day of the tour at the Dennisville Post Office, located at 24 Hall Ave., Dennisville. Ticket sales begin at 3:30 p.m. Greeters will distribute programs and assist tour-goers on their way.
A soup and sandwich supper will take place at the South Dennis Trinity United Methodist Church beginning at 3 p.m. until food runs out. Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. There will be light refreshments and comfort stations at the Dennisville United Methodist Church Social Hall and Dennis Volunteer Fire Station, where new and antique equipment will also be on display.
The Middletones Carolers (Middle Township High School a cappella vocal quartet) will perform through the village in period costumes.
Call Jack Connolly at 609-861-1338, e-mail DennisvilleChristmasHouseTour@verizon.net or go to
Cape May Holiday Events Continue
There are still plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday season in Cape May, with house tours, trolley rides and fine dining at area restaurants.
Lamplighter Christmas Tours — Relive the memories of Christmas past on this self-guided evening tour of five of Cape May’s finest bed and breakfast inns and private homes, specially decorated for the holidays, with a unique theme at each location. Innkeepers will share a presentation at each location. The tour also includes a visit to the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate, where attendees can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit, receive a souvenir gift and enjoy warm beverages and holiday treats. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12. Tours take place 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21.
Santa’s Trolley Rides — Bring the kids to the Physick Estate on the weekend for a ride around Cape May with stories and songs led by Mrs. Claus. Santa will greet children with a sweet in the Carriage House. All seats are $8. Rides take place 11:45 a.m., 1 and 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Trolley rides leave from the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May.
Chefs’ Dine-Around — Enjoy a five-course, gourmet feast for the holiday, with each course served in one of Cape May’s premier restaurants, on Thursday, Dec. 26. Wine will be provided with each course, and a representative will be on hand from the sponsoring winery to explain the pairings. A trolley shuttle between restaurants is provided. Reserve early as space is limited to 34 people. Cost is $125 per person (gratuity included). Dinner begins at 6 p.m.
All events are sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Call MAC at 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or go to CapeMayMAC.org.
‘A Little Nutcracker’ at Mainland
Enjoy a shortened version of the holiday ballet classic when New Motion Dance Studio in Linwood will present "A Little Nutcracker," 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Mainland Regional High School auditorium.
The production is shortened version of “The Nutcracker,” perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Mainland Regional High School is located at 1301 Oak Ave., Linwood. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 15 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling New Motion Dance Studio at 609-927-3004. Go to NewMotionDance.com.
‘Scrooge Unplugged!’ Returns to Palm
The Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City will bring back its combination of award-winning dining along with encore performances of the acclaimed “Scrooge Unplugged!” matinee and dinner shows.
“Scrooge Unplugged!” combines the time-honored message of “A Christmas Carol” with the hilarity of a Marx Brothers movie. The performance, which is suitable for all ages, includes audience participation.
“Scrooge Unplugged!” three-course matinee lunch and show takes place 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Cost is $55 per person and $35 for children 12 and under. The three-course dinner and show takes place 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. and is $85 per person.
The Palm Atlantic City is located at 2801 Pacific Ave., inside The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort. Call 609-344-7526 or go to ThePalm.com/AtlanticCity.
Center Citi Holiday Concert in A.C.
The City of Atlantic City will host its 2nd annual Center Citi Holiday Music Concert 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Center Citi Park on Atlantic and South Carolina avenues.
The event will kick off the holiday season with an evening of great music and fun. A Hard Act to Follow and Essence Pittman will both perform. Refreshments will be provided by Mr. T’s Bustaraunt. The concert is free and open to the public. Call Omar Nobles or Kiara Davis in the Office of Special Events at 609-347-5643.
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro in Somers Point
Ocean City Repertory Theater continues its 2013 season with a holiday production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Sandi Point Coastal Bistro in Somers Point.
Enjoy a three-course dinner before the show begins. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. You must make your menu selection at the time of booking.
Sandi Point Coastal Bistro is located at 908 Shore Road in Somers Point. The show is approximately 90 minutes long. Tickets are $40 for dinner and show with tax and gratuity included for adults, and $20 for those 12 and younger. For reservations, call 609-457-6686 or go to OCRep.org.
Children’s Christmas Program at Linwood Community Church
The Linwood Community Church will present their annual Children’s Christmas Program 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. The program will focus on the Christmas story through song and scripture. Linwood Community Church is located at 1838 Shore Road. Call Sally Hastings at 609-927-2950.