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Thursday, Dec. 14

BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; all welcome; Seashore Gardens Living Center, 22 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $6. 609-645-3269.

CAPE ASSIST TREE OF HOPE EVENT: 6 to 8 p.m.; inspirational tree lighting and holiday reception; purchase an ornament in advance to benefit the organization; Cape Assist, 3819 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood. 609-522-5960 or CapeAssist.org.

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CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 25; hundreds of high quality, fresh-cut Christmas trees; benefits local Catholic charities; Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 724 Maple Ave., Linwood. 609-927-1154 or OurLadyofSorrows.us.

HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW: dark to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Jan. 6; more than 100 Christmas trees magically float over Lake Meone and light up to holiday music; Historic Smithville & Village Green, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Smithville. HistoricSmithville.com.

PICTURES WITH SANTA: daily through Dec. 24; Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 609-382-4728 or ShopHamilton.com.

THANKFUL THURSDAY EVENT: 4 to 8 p.m.; benefits Cape May Stage; Cold Spring Brewery, 733 Seashore Road, Cape May. 609-898-2300.

Friday, Dec. 15

HOLIDAY TRAIN DISPLAY: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays through Dec. 31; hosted by the Atlantic Shore Model Railroaders; 80-square feet, contains numerous North Pole buildings and operating displays; City Hall, 500 Mill Road, Absecon, free admission. 609-646-7940.

Saturday, Dec. 16

BREAKFAST AND STORY TIME WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUS: 9 and 10:30 a.m.; buffet breakfast, meet and greet with Santa, storytime; Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May; reservations required; $21 adults; $14 ages 3 to 12; free ages 2 and younger. 800-643-3779 or CMLF.com.

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; self-guided walking tour of homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays; caroling, strolling musicians, warm beverages, exhibit; Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, $35 adults, $20 kids. 609-884-5404 or CapeMayMac.org.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK & SANTA'S GIFT SHOPPE: 9 a.m. to noon; cookies, hot chocolate, vendors; Women's Club of St. Thomas the Apostle Brigantine, 331 S. 8th St., Brigantine, $8 per pound. 570-956-2241.

CONNI'S HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE: 9 a.m. to noon; cookie sale; Santa will be taking pics with the kids; Northfield Community School, 2000 New Road, Northfield, $8 per pound. 609-484-1133 or TheAlcove.org.

COOKIE WALK: 9 to 11 a.m.; 4th annual cookie walk; cookies, gift baskets; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Hall, 591 New Jersey Ave., Absecon, $8 per pound. 609-703-2802.

EGG HARBOR CITY HOLIDAY PARADE: 6 to 8 p.m.; bands, fire trucks, floats, civic groups and Santa; line–up begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 500 London Ave., Egg Harbor City; proceeds toward Philadelphia Avenue. 609-332-1425.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 1 to 4 p.m.; around 20 vendors; silent auction; benefits Ranch Hope Atlantic County Auxiliary; Atlantic Christian School, 39 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township. 609-476-3250.

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW & SALE: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; handmade works such as jewelry, candles, pottery; Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Alantic Ave., Ventnor City. 609-823-7952 or VentnorArts.org.

HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; sponsored by the Tuckerton Library Association; for ages 12 and older; Ocean County Library, 380 Bay Ave., Tuckerton, registration required. 609-296-1470 or TheOceanCountyLibrary.org.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: A HANUKKAH HAPPENING: 6 to 7:30 p.m.; lighting of the hanukkiah, fellowship, song and, of course, traditional holiday snacks, including sufganyot; 421 Washington Street Mall, Cape May. 609-522-7541.

LIVE NATIVITY: 5 to 8 p.m.; live nativity performance, tree lighting, live animals, magic show, dance performances train display indoors, pictures with St. Nick; pizza, refreshments; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 146 S. Pitney Road, Galloway. 609-457-1086 or OLPHParish-NJ.org.

PATCONG VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16, 17; Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 6 through 21; HO train layout; Patcong Valley Model Railroad, 40 Fir Ave., Richland, free admission. 856-308-8309.

SANTACON VS. KRAMPUS KRAWL: 1 p.m.; dress as Santa and travel throughout various locations in Atlantic City. SantaCon.info.

Sunday, Dec. 17

CHABAD'S CHANUKAH BOUNCE PARTY: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Chanukah treats, menorah lighting, raffle, prizes; Blake's Gymnastics, 1225 W. Mill Road, Northfield, $8 kids, $20 per family, reservations required. 609-822-8500 or ChabadAC.com.

Monday, Dec. 18

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 18, Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 609-382-4728 or ShopHamilton.com.

Thursday, Dec. 21

THIRD THURDAY: JINGLE & MINGLE & POSADA: 6 to 9 p.m.; shopping, dining; Downtown Hammonton, 10 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. 609-567-9017. 

UGLY SWEATER PARTY: 3 to 4 p.m.; for all ages; cookie exchange, ugly sweater party, punch; Atlantic County Library, 201 S. 15th St., Brigantine, registration requested. 609-266-0110 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

ADVANCED SOUL LINE DANCING: 6 to 7 p.m. first and last Wednesdays through December; for individuals who have a solid foundation in line dancing; Public Library, 6300 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest, registration required. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

Kids Stuff

Saturday, Dec. 16

KID'S ACTIVITIES AT SMITHVILLE: Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24; kids activities for the holidays; Magical Talking Tree, train rides, story times with Mrs. Claus; Historic Smithville & Village Green, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Smithville. ColonialInnSmithville.com.

WINTER FEST ADVENTURE: 1 to 2:30 p.m.; for ages 4 and older; story, snow, craft; Atlantic County Library, 801 Shore Road, Somers Point. 609-927-7113 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

Monday, Dec. 18

BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE: 4 to 5:30 p.m.; construct a gingerbread house using icing-glue, then decorate it with candies; Public Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon, registration required. 609-967-7155 or AvalonFreeLibrary.org.

Music

Friday, Dec. 15

'ROCK THIS TOWN' HOLIDAY SHOW: 7:30 to 10 p.m.; Christmas spectacular show; Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 East Main St., Tuckerton, $30 advance, $35 day-of. 609-389-0118 or LizzieRoseMusic.com.

Saturday, Dec. 16

'A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS': 2 to 3 p.m.; holiday concert with Motown flair; Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township, registration required. 609-294-1197 or TheOceanCountyLibrary.org.

BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY HOLIDAY CONCERT: 8 to 9:30 p.m.; features original Annie star and Tony Award Nominee Andrea McArdle; holiday songs including classical works by Bach, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Schubert, Strauss, and more; Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, $25 and $35. 866-900-4849 or TheBorgata.com.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS, SONGS & ORIGINALS: 6 to 9:30 p.m.; performance by musician Lee Goldberg; wear an ugly sweater and receive a free coffee drink; Truth That Rocks Bookstore & Solid Grounds Coffee Lounge, 1100 New Road, Northfield, $5. 609-641-2665.

'CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND': 7 p.m.; performance by The Flynns; Margate Log Cabin, 600 North Jerome Ave., Margate. 609-823-9824.

'COME LET US ADORE HIM': 7 to 9 p.m.; worship concert including many of your Christmas favorites; features musician Eddy Mann; light refreshments, beverages; Transformation Church, corner of Second Street and Route 50, Mays Landing, free. 609-705-2089.

FANTASIA CHRISTMAS: 3 to 5 p.m.; performance by Linda Gentille and the Jersey Shore Pops; popular holiday songs, traditional hymns, Disney classics; Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House, $25-$40. 856-816-5807 or JerseyShorePops.org.

HOLIDAY MUSIC CONCERT: 3 to 4 p.m.; sounds of the season, featuring local youths; brought to you by the Music Studio of Linwood; Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 609-823-4614 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

Sunday, Dec. 17

JERSEY SHORE JAZZ VESPERS: 4 to 6 p.m. third Sundays; light refreshments; Asbury United Methodist Church, 1213 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, free will offering taken. 609-703-7907 or JazzVespers.com.

Monday, Dec. 18

'A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS' CONCERTS: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 18; Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band with special vocalist Cathy Rocco; presented by the South Jersey Jazz Society; Gateway Playhouse, 738 Bay Ave., Somers Point, $25. 609-927-6677 or SouthJerseyJazz.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

'THE MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS': 6 to 7 p.m.; medley of traditional and modern songs of the season; songs by Bach, Hander, Mendelssohn, and Irving Berlin; Public Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

Thursday, Dec. 21

HIGHEST PRAISE GOSPEL CHOIR: 6 to 8 p.m.; performance by the Highest Praise Gospel Choir, a student run organization; Kramer Hall, 30 Front St., Hammonton, free. 609-626-3840 or Stockton.edu/Hammonton.

Theater

Friday, Dec. 15

'HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS': 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 16; 2 p.m. Dec. 17; presented by the Shaken Not Stirred Players; Gateway Playhouse, 738 Bay Ave., Somers Point, tickets start at $20. GatewayByTheBay.org.

'YES VIRGINIA' THE MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m.; holiday show; St Peter's United Methodist Church, 501 E. 8th St., Ocean City, $5 adults, $3 kids. 609-437-4720.

Saturday, Dec. 16

ATLANTIC CITY BALLET'S 'NUTCRACKER': 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 17, Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, $40-$45. 609-348-7201 or ACBallet.org.

Nature

Thursday, Dec. 14

'NEW JERSEY'S RARE WILDLIFE: AN OVERVIEW': 6 to 7 p.m.; presented by David Wheeler, Executive Director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey; Public Library, 110 Ocean St., Cape May. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

HARBORSIDE CHATS: 6 to 8 p.m Tuesdays through Dec. 26, Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, $10 donation requested. 609-884-3045 or NJAudubon.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

ROAD TRIP TO WHARTON STATE FOREST: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; join Bass River State Forest's Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner for an 11-mile, moderate-paced hike on the Yellow Trail of Wharton State Forest; meet at Batsto Village parking lot (County Route 542) to carpool to Atsion Recreation Area. 609-296-1114 or NJParksAndForests.org.

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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.

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