Thursday, Dec. 1

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT AT SMITHVILLE: 6 to 8 p.m.; evening of shopping and food tastings; Historic Smithville & Village Greene, 615 East Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township, free admission. 609-748-8999 or ColonialInnSmithville.com.

HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW: 6 to 8:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 6; come and see 120 Christmas trees floating on Lake Meone and timed to music; Historic Smithville & Village Greene, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-748-8999 or ColonialInnSmithville.com.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, Sundays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; through Dec. 31; local artists will sell handmade items for holiday gifts; Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High St., Millville. 856-327-4500 or RRCArts.com.

Friday, Dec. 2

CAPE MAY CITY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: 7 to 9 p.m.; caroling, a presentation from the LCMR chorus, and a special visit from Santa Claus; Rotary Park, 400 Lafayette St., Cape May. 609-844-9565 or DiscoverCapeMayNJ.com.

CAPE MAY FERRY BEER DINNER: 5:30 to 10 p.m.; five-course dinner with special menu; beer pairings provided by Cape May Brewery; Cape May - Lewes Ferry, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May, $59. 800-643-3779 or CMLF.com.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 4; paintings, prints, notecards, hand-made quilts, aprons, wooden signs, and more; Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 609-653-4991 or GreatBayArtGallery.com.

HOWLIDAY YAPPY HOUR: 5 to 7 p.m.; benefits Atlantic County SPCA; Happy Hour, raffles; Gregory's Bar & Restaurant, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point, $5. 609-432-4503 or AtlanticCountySPCA.org.

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP TREE LIGHTING: 7 to 9 p.m.; Santa will arrive by Fire Truck to light the tree; refreshments and activities following ceremony at the Fire Hall; Main Street and Franklin Street, Cedarville. 856-447-1000.

STORYTELLING NIGHT: 7 to 9 p.m.; learn the art of environmental storytelling from Brian Hayes from the National Storytelling Network; Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 800 E. Great Creek Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-1665.

'WHEATON WIDE OPEN' WEEKEND: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 4, Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center Inc, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, free admission. 856-825-6800 or WheatonArts.org.

Saturday, Dec. 3

10TH ANNUAL HAPPY DRUNK XMAS PARTY: 7 p.m.; live performances by Punk Rock Karaoke, Loafass, The Ray Grady's, Bionic Monkey, After the Burn, School Drugs and Manananggal; sing punk with a live band and win prizes; BoneYard Bar & Grill, 20 S. Virginia Ave., Atlantic City, $10. 732-604-0118 or BoneyardAC.com.

CAPE MAY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; hosted by The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Cape May; handmade crafts, gifts, ornaments, fresh wreaths; homemade soups, chili and sandwiches; Episcopal Church of the Advent Parish hall, 612 Franklin St., Cape May. 609-884-3065. 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & GOURMET CUPBOARD: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton's 26th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Gourmet Cupboard; handcrafted items including Christmas decorations and ornaments, table runners, angels, wall hangings, doll clothes and knitting nook; First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton, 210 E. Main St., Tuckerton. 609-296-8894 or FPCTuckerton.org.

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; self-guided walking tours featuring homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays; Christmas caroling, strolling musicians; warm beverages and goodies; Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, $30, $20. 609-884-5404 or CapeMayMac.org.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRITTERS: 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Christmas party with State Park animals; meet and touch all kinds of creatures; holiday puppet show; crafts, cookies and juice; for ages 3 to 12; Cape May Point State Park, Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point, $3 kids, free parents. 609-884-2159.

CRAFTS AT CHRISTMAS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dozens of crafters with jewelry, leather goods, photography, accessories, and more; Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, $1 admission. 609-884-9565 or DiscoverCapeMayNJ.com.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE CRAFT: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; open to all; bring your own gingerbread walls and large cardboard base; additional items provided; Atlantic County Library, 451 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. 609-561-2264 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW AT THE SHEEP FARM: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 4; 24th Annual Holiday Craft Show at The Sheep Farm; quality handmade crafts for sale; rain or shine; North Country Knits, 551 Hands Mill Road, Belleplain. 609-861-0328.

HOSPITALITY NIGHT AT SMITHVILLE: 6 to 8 p.m.; music, food tastings, discounts; Historic Smithville & Village Greene, 615 East Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township. 609-748-8999 or ColonialInnSmithville.com.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION: 2 to 3 p.m.; 29th annual Kwanzaa celebration hosted by the Atlantic City Free Public Library; performance by Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre; song with traditional and contemporary dance; Public Library, 1 North Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City, free. 609-345-2269, ext. 3112 or ACFPL.org.

LITTLE EGG HARBOR CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; variety of handmade crafts; gourmet foods, baked goods, snacks, lunch; Little Egg Harbor Senior Center, 641 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor. 609-812-0325.

PATCONG VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 4; open house; Patcong Valley Railroad Club, 40 Fir Ave. and Route 40, Buena Vista. 856-308-8309.

SOMERS POINT HOLIDAY PORCH PERFORMANCE: 6 to 8:30 p.m.; presented by The Somers Point Unique Experiences Club and the Somers Point Business Association; performance of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," by the Riddlesbrood Players, on three separate porches in Somers Point; Act One: 37 Somers Ave.; Act Two: 829 Bay Ave.; Act Three: 21 Delaware Ave.; Act Four: Gregory's Restaurant, 900 Shore Road; free. 609-653-4991.

TINSEL & TREASURE MERCHANT MERCHANT MART: 1:30 to 5 p.m.; arts and crafts, holiday gifts, clothing, and more; Ship Bottom Firehouse, 2006 Central Ave., Ship Bottom. 609-207-6051.

Sunday, Dec. 4

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; hosted by Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church; local social service organizations set up displays and give information on the services they provide to the public; make a donation and receive cards that are given as holiday gifts to family and friends; Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church, 2116 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Township. 609-788-0271 or OHChurch.org.

CAPE MAY FERRY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 and 10:30 a.m.; buffet breakfast, meet and greet with Santa, and Christmas storytime; Cape May - Lewes Ferry, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May, $17 adults, $13 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger. 800-643-3779 or CMLF.com.

MANNA AT THE SHORE BENEFIT: 6 to 9 p.m.; hosted by MANNA at the Shore; event features signature dishes from 30 of the region's finest restaurants; Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield, $125. 609-641-3600 or MannaShoreNJ.org.

SLOW FOOD HOLIDAY MARKET: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; hosted by Slow Food South Jersey Shore; holiday market benefiting the Slow Food School Garden Program; speakers, cooking demonstrations, raffle; Windy Acres Farm, 153 Main St., Cape May Court House (Ocean View), $3 donation. slowfoodsouthjerseyshore@gmail.com.

Monday, Dec. 5

MARGATE LINE DANCING: 7 to 9 p.m. every other Monday through Dec. 19; all welcome; Martin Bloom Pavilion, Huntington Avenue and the beach, Margate, $7. 609-822-2285.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

FRONT PORCH HOLIDAY SLOT TOURNAMENT: noon to 1:30 p.m.; presented by the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center; benefits support services for women in need; participants will play for 5 minutes; slot tournament area located by the food court, Resorts Casino Hotel, Boardwalk and North Carolina Avenue, Atlantic City, $25. 609-653-4646 or ShoreMedicalCenter.org.

RECYCLED VINTAGE HOLIDAY CARD ORNAMENTS: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; open to all; take recycled holiday cards and make ornaments to hang on your tree; Atlantic County Library, 33 Martin L. King Jr. Ave., Pleasantville. 609-641-1778 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

Thursday, Dec. 8

UPCYCLING PROGRAM: 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Melinda Devonshire will teach participants how to make fun, festive ornaments out of recycled materials; for adults; supplies provided; Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, registration required. 856-794-4244, ext. 4243 or VinelandLibrary.org.

Saturday, Dec. 10

CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS: 3 to 7 p.m.; 30th Christmas Candlelight House Tour hosted by The Mauricetown Historical Society; features ten private homes; craft fair held in conjunction with tour; begins at the Historical Society, 1229 Front St., Mauricetown, $20, advance purchased required. 856-421-3025 or MauricetownHistoricalSociety.org.

COOKIE WALK: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church's 9th Annual Cookie Walk; home baked cookies, apple pies and other treats for sale; crafters, vendors, decadent hot chocolate; cookies are $8 per pound; Grace Lutheran Church, 11 East Dawes Ave., Somers Point. 609-233-4156.

Kids Stuff

Saturday, Dec. 3

MAVERICK ART STUDIO KIDS POTTERY WORKSHOP: 1 to 4 p.m.; kids will work with clay and glaze their own ornaments; supplies included; Maverick Art Studio, 106 N. Main St., Cape May Court House, $35. 609-465-9500 or MaverickArtStudio.com.

Sunday, Dec. 4

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8 to 11 a.m.; hosted by The Belleplain VFW Post 6257; 556 Woodbine Ave., Belleplain, $7 adults, $5 kids, free ages 2 and younger. 609-861-2298.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

HOLIDAY STORY & ORNAMENT CRAFT: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; for ages 3 1/2 to 7; enjoy a special holiday story and create an old-fashioned applesauce ornament; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing, registration requested. 609-625-2776 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

SING OUT LOUD IN YOUR HOLIDAY JAMMIES: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.; for ages 2 1/2 and older; wear your jammies for cookies, hot chocolate, fun holiday stories and joyful music with Grandfather Joe; Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-2352 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

'YOU CAN'T CATCH ME': 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; grab a seat and follow the Gingerbread Man for some stories and craft fun; for ages 2 to 8; Ocean County Library, 380 Bay Ave., Tuckerton, registration required. 609-296-1470 or TheOceanCountyLibrary.org.

Music

Friday, Dec. 2

CHRIS O'LEARY BAND: 7:30 to 10 p.m.; Chris's musi­cal back­ground includes lead singer and front man for The Barn­burn­ers; The Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main St., Tuckerton, $28, $35. 609-389-0118 or LizzieRoseMusic.com.

MAINLAND CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; "Christmas is Coming!" concert presented by the Mainland Choral Society, accompanied by The Atlantic County Pops; Christ Episcopal Church, 157 Shore Road, Somers Point, free-will offering taken. 609-432-7876.

JOYFUL RINGERS CONCERT: holiday performances by the Joyful Ringers of First Presbyterian Church; 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Cape May Court House Library, 30 Mechanic St.; 1 p.m. Dec. 5, Cape May City Library, 110 Ocean St.; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Lower Cape Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas; noon Dec. 7, Sea Isle City Library, 4800 Central Ave.; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Stone Harbor Library, 9508 Second Ave.; 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Wildwood Crest Library, 6300 Atlantic Ave.; 1 p.m. Dec. 10, Upper Cape Library, 2050 Route 631, Petersburg; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10 Woodbine Library, 800 Monroe Ave. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

PETER MAYER CONCERT: 8 to 11 p.m.; performance by American folk artist Peter Mayer; benefits the Stacy Moore Hagan Memorial Estuarine Internship; Campus Center Theater, Stockton University, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $20 advance, $25 at the door, $10 students with ID. 609-296-9150 or PeterMayerAtStockton.EventBrite.com.

Sunday, Dec. 4

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 3 p.m.; St. John's United Church Annual Christmas Concert; features soprano Anjanette Christy, harpist Stephanie Sussmeier, pianist Chad Kemp, and organist Joseph Rohr; refreshments following concert; St. John's, 307 London Ave., Egg Harbor City, free. 609-703-4288.

Monday, Dec. 5

SOUTH JERSEY AREA WIND ENSEMBLE HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7:30 to 9 p.m.; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" concert; Christmas music favorites like "Sleigh Ride", "The Polar Express" and "Let There Be Peace of Earth"; singers, dancers, lights, video and special effects; Performing Arts Center, Stockton University, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $17. 609-652-9000 or StocktonPAC.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

ED GOLDBERG AND THE ODESSA KLEZMER BAND: 7 p.m.; concert featuring Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band, sponsored by the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Library; Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-294-1197 or TheOceanCountyLibrary.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

BILL KIRCHEN'S HONKY TONK HOLIDAY SHOW: 7:30 to 10 p.m.; American guitarist, singer and songwriter; The Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main St., Tuckerton, $25, $30. 609-389-0118 or LizzieRoseMusic.com.

Theater

Sunday, Dec. 4

'YULETIDE TALES': 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 8, 9, 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 10; Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 10; storytelling performance by Gayle Stahlhuth; features pieces by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edward Everett Hale, Mark Twain, O. Henry; bring non-perishable items for the Cape May Food Closet; First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, $27 general admission, free ages 12 and younger. 609-884-5898 or EastLynneTheater.org.

Friday, Dec. 16

‘NUTCRACKER’: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 17; performance by the Atlantic City Ballet; Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. 609-348-7201 or ACBallet.org.

Sunday, April 23

‘CARMEN’: 4 to 6:30 p.m.; performance by the Atlantic City Ballet; Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. 609-348-7201 or ACBallet.org.

Sunday, May 21

‘SWAN LAKE’: 4 to 6:30 p.m.; performance by the Atlantic City Ballet; Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. 609-348-7201 or ACBallet.org.

Nature

Saturday, Dec. 3

DOG WALK IN THE WOODS: 9 a.m. to noon; Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner invites you to bring your pooch along on a free, 4-mile hike in Bass River State Forest; dogs not required for hike; meet at Forest Office parking lot, 762 Stage Road, Tuckerton; dog walker registration required. 609-296-1114.

Monday, Dec. 5

SEALS OF NEW JERSEY: 6 to 7 p.m.; hosted by the Cape May County Library; presented by Mara Cige and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey; presentation on seals along the Jersey coast; Public Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. 609-463-6386 or Events.CMCLibrary.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

'WEDNESDAY WALK IN THE WOODS' SERIES: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; hosted by Bass River State Forest; 5-mile round-trip, guided hike to the forgotten town of Martha in nearby Wharton State Forest; bring lunch, drink; meet Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner at the Bass River State Forest Office parking lot, 762 Stage Road, Tuckerton. 609-296-6574.

Saturday, Dec. 17

NATURE WALKS: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. third Saturday of the month, Upper Township; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. third Saturday of the month, Villas; presented by the Nature Center of Cape May; for all ages; taught by Sam Wilson; Upper Township: Upper Cape Library, 2050 Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg; Villas: Lower Cape Branch Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas; free. 609-463-6386.

2016 graduate of Ramapo College. Interned at SDC Journal, a quarterly publication for members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union. Editor-in-Chief for the Ramapo News, 2015-2016.