Stop by Congress Hall for a tree lighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 1

Stop by Congress Hall for a tree lighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 1. Submitted photo.

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf

1. Congress Hall, Cape May

An evening of live music will conclude with the lighting of Congress Hall’s 30-foot blue spruce 5 and 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Feel your level of holiday spirit soar during performances by the Congress Hall Festival Choir, St. Nicholas Aurora Carolers and a brass ensemble, then gather for the tree lighting ceremony outside on the courtyard, while munching on complimentary cookies. Admission to the concerts is free, but donations can be made to either Toys for Tots, the Cape May Food Closet or a monetary donation of $10. Go to

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2. Cape May County Zoo

Live holiday music will fill the air during the Cape May County Zoo’s tree lighting celebration starting 5 p.m. Friday. There will be an ice sculpture demonstration, Polar Express train ride, bounce house castle and more. 707 N. Route 9, Cape May Court House.

3. Hereford Lighthouse, North Wildwood

Christmas music, refreshments and Santa Claus bring a dose of holiday spirit to the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse’s Christmas Tree Lighting celebration 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. 105 N. Central Ave., North Wildwood.

4. Cape May’s Rotary Park

Join in on some old-fashioned caroling during the City of Cape May’s annual tree lighting ceremony 7 p.m. Friday at the Rotary Park Bandstand, 400 Lafayette St. There will also be a performance by the LCMRHS choir and a visit from Santa.

5. Stone Harbor’s Borough Hall

Willing carolers can meet in front of Borough Hall (9508 Second Ave.) in Stone Harbor at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, for a musical trolley tour. Afterwards, stick around for the city’s tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., plus donuts and refreshments with Frosty at the Firehouse (175 96th St.).

6. The Quarter at Tropicana

Watch the 35-foot tree inside the Quarter at Tropicana blink to your favorite holiday tunes from noon to 10 p.m., every hour on the hour, daily through Tuesday, Jan. 2. 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to

7. Historic Smithville

More than 120 Christmas trees float over Lake Meone while blinking their lights in rhythm to holiday classics during Historic Smithville’s holiday light show, Thursdays through Sundays through Jan. 6. Starts at 5:30 and goes till 8:30 p.m. 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township. 609-748-8999 or

—Jacklyn McQuarrie

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I interned with a small magazine in Wildwood before starting at The Press in 2013. I currently handle our Hometown and At The Shore calendar of events submissions and enjoy interacting with the local community.

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