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Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 10:10 am

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The wonders of the season are all on display in the exhibit "An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years" at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. in Cape May. This year's main attraction will be the Dickens Village collection beneath a giant Christmas tree. This impressive Department 56 collection was generously donated by Ernie and Betsy Heegard. The exhibit runs through Jan. 1 and is open daily (except Christmas); hours vary. Admission is free. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

"This Wonderful Life" is this year's Cape May Stage holiday production. Share the hope and humor of Frank Capra's adored film "It's A Wonderful Life" in this stage adaptation. Performances run Thursdays through Sundays, now through Dec. 31 at 8 p.m., plus Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Additional performances are offered on Tuesdays, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27, and Wednesdays, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. The production takes place at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse at Bank and Lafayette streets. General admission is $35, seniors $30, children $15 and opening night $50. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Holiday Inn Tours: Tour the interiors of three of Cape May's festively decorated bed and breakfast inns from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, now through Dec. 15. Admission is $18 for adults and $13 for children (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Lamplighter Christmas Tours: Relive the memories of Christmas past by joining in this self-guided evening tour of five of Cape May's finest bed and breakfast inns, specially decorated for the holidays. Innkeepers will share their holiday spirit at each location. The tour also includes a visit to the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see "An Old Fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years" exhibit while enjoying warm beverages and traditional cookies. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children (3-12). Available Fridays now through Dec. 16; Tuesday Dec. 27 and Friday Dec. 30 from 7-9 p.m.

Physick Estate Christmas Tour: Visit the 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style. Learn about Victorian Christmas decorations and traditions on this guided daytime tour. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). Available Monday through Thursday now until Dec. 22. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Cape May's 38th annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours: Set for Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., tour at least 15 Victorian homes, churches, inns and hotels that have been decked out for the season. Christmas carols by candlelight, strolling musicians, trees and garland are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Hospitality centers offer hot beverages and home-baked goodies. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3-12) and includes entry to the holiday exhibit at the Physick Estate as well as continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys. The tours are limited; advance reservations are strongly recommended. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Cape May Spirit of Christmas Tour: Enjoy a charming Victorian holiday tale on an evening trolley ride through Cape May's festive streets. Then, visit the authentically decorated Emlen Physick Estate for a living history holiday presentation. Tours last about two hours. Admission is $18 for adults and $13 for children (ages 3-12). Nightly now through Dec. 30. No tours Dec. 3, 8, 10, 17, 24 and 25. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Holiday Lights Trolley Rides: Ride through Cape May's Historic District to see cheerfully decorated inns and homes as guides talk about Victorian Christmas traditions, lead sing-alongs and play Christmas music. Rides last about 30 minutes and cost $10 per seat. Your ticket is also good for admission to the Carriage House Gallery exhibit plus a 10 percent discount at any of MAC's museum shops. Now through Dec. 30 nightly. No tours Dec. 3, 8, 10, 17, 24 and 25. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Santa's Trolley Rides: Bring the kids to the Physick Estate on weekends 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 $8. Saturdays and Sundays, until Dec. 17. Reservations recommended. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides: A member of the East Lynne Theater Company will regale you with a Victorian holiday ghost tale as you ride through Cape May's festively decorated Historic District. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12). Tours are offered nightly, now through Dec. 31. No tours on Dec. 3, 8, 10, 17, 24 and 25. Reservations are recommended. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

East Lynne Theater Company presents "Christmas Presents from the Past" Dec. 4, 9 and 10 at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy classic American Christmas stories by Louisa May Alcott, O. Henry and Mark Twain told in storytelling fashion by Gayle Stahlhuth. Adults and seniors $25, students $15. Children under 12 admitted free. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

Village of Historic Smithville Light Show: From 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 2. More than 100 Christmas trees, magically floating on Lake Meone light up to music. Free. Call 609-748-8999 or visit smithvillenj.com.

Legends in Concert Holiday Show: Now through Jan. 1 at Bally's Atlantic City. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Wednesday 3 p.m. Adults $30 and children (3-16) $15.

Spirit of Christmas: Now through Dec. 14. at the Tropicana. Admission $25 and $35. Show tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or at the Tropicana Box Office.

Free Horse and Carriage Rides: For children, 12 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 25 in front of City Hall at 9th and Asbury avenues, Ocean City. Call 609-525-9300.

Photos with Santa: Take a photo with Santa while in an official Ocean City Lifeguard Boat from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday now through Dec. 25 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Free. Call 609-399-2629 for information.

Dec. 2

Ocean City Christmas Parade: 6 to 7 p.m. on Asbury Avenue between 6th and 11th streets. Call 609-525-9300.

Christmas in Cape May Court House: Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Activities, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mechanic Street and Municipal Parking Lot, include the annual Christmas tree lighting. Santa will stop by and Mrs. Claus will tell Christmas stories. Children's crafts, carolers and food vendors. Free admission. Sponsored by the Middle Township Recreation Department.

Tree of Life: Tree display at the Old Fire House in Middle Township from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Tree auction starts at 8:45 p.m. Tree of Life is celebrating its 25th anniversary of helping local public service organizations by raising money through the decoration and sale of Christmas trees. Funds raised this year will be donated to support Holy Redeemer Hospice, Cape Assist and United Way of Cape May County. Call Mary Kisielewski at 609-463-6722 for information.

Dec. 3

Wassail Day: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9 in Cape May, will host its annual Wassail Day event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seasonal caroling will fill the Village lanes and a special children's sing-along will take place in the Welcome Center. Guests can also meet Father Christmas in the country store, which features a unique line of specialty and handmade gift ideas. A selection of the Village's historic buildings, dating back to 1691, will be open and adorned in holiday trimmings. Call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the village website at hcsv.org.

An Irish Christmas: This holiday show at Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway, features the best of traditional Irish songs and the best loved Christmas music with stories from the Emerald Isle. Starts at 7:30 p.m. $40 orchestra, $25 mezzanine, $35 senior orchestra, $20 senior mezzanine (age 60 and above) $10 children (under 12 with adult ticket).

Fourth annual Running of the Santas: Dress in your Santa best and get ready for this lively holiday tradition brought to you by The Tropicana, featuring food and drink specials at participating venues. The Santa run starts on the A.C. Boardwalk and ends in The Quarter. Registration is in The Marketplace, 8 to 9 p.m. Run takes place at 10 p.m., followed by a sexy Santa contest at A Dam Good Sports Bar. Visit runningofthesantas.com.

Ocean City Pops: Holiday concert at 7:30 p.m., William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic avenues. Call 609-525-9300.

O.C. Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Arlene's, 624 Asbury Ave. Call 609-399-3639.

Santa Breakfast Buffet: Enjoy a family-friendly breakfast buffet 10 a.m. at the Inn of Cape May as children visit with Santa and hear a Christmas story. Treats for the kids. Adults $15; children (3-12) $10. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

Christmas Traditions Lecture: Learn how Prince Albert brought Christmas traditions to England from Germany when he married Queen Victoria, and how these traditions spread to America in this richly illustrated lecture at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets. Admission is $10. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

The Caesars Tribute II: A Salute to the Ladies of Ice: Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission $149, $79, $50 and $39. Call 609-348-7000.

Messiah Sing-in: 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Gathering of choirs, individual choral singers, soloists, and orchestra joining informally to sing the Christmas portions of Handel's oratorio, Messiah. Listening audience welcome. Free. For more information go to octabernacle.org.

West Cape May Christmas Parade: The WCM Community Christmas Parade sets the stage for the areas holiday season. Now in its 46th year, the parade steps off at 5 p.m. sharp from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse and marches south on Broadway, winds east on Perry, and onto Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May.

Frost Bite Car Cruise: Cruise on down to the Historic Smithville Village and visit its 60 shops and eateries. Visit smithvillenj.com.

Bridgeton Christmas House Tour: East side tour 1 to 5 p.m.; west side tour 3 to 7 p.m. Call the Cumberland County Tourism Advisory Council at 856-453-2184 or visit co.cumberland.nj.us.

Festival of Lights: Bridgeton City Park. 4 to 8 p.m. Call the Cumberland County Tourism Advisory Council at 856-453-2184 or visit co.cumberland.nj.us.

Dec. 3-4

Holiday Train Show at Ocean City Music Pier: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for children. Call 609-525-9300.

Celebration of Crafts: Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Story Time with Mrs Claus: At Historic Smithville Village from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mrs. Claus will read stories to the children in her Christmas cottage. Free admission. Call 609-748-8999 or visit smithvillenj.com.

Dec. 4

O.C. Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Yianni's, 841 Asbury Ave. Call 609-391-1113.

Cumberland County College Winter Concert: 3 p.m. Call the Cumberland County Tourism Advisory Council at 856-453-2184 or visit co.cumberland.nj.us.

Holy Spirit High School Christmas Craft Fair: Holy Spirit High School in Absecon will host its annual Christmas Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event features more than 100 crafters, offers refreshments and a visit from Santa. For more information contact Toni Walsh at 609-788-4040 or amwjj@comcast.net.

Pet Photos: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Dec. 5

Eddie Morgan and Rek'd 4 Jazz Holiday Concert: Christmas and holiday music has been a favorite for Atlantic City-based trumpeter Eddie Morgan for many years. Rek'd 4 Jazz will bring an entire concert featuring jazz-styled holiday music to Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, seniors take $5 off. Tickets may be ordered online at stockton.edu/pac or by calling the box office at 609-652-9000.

Girl Scout Caroling: Troops 15185 and 16263. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Dec. 9

Holiday Wine Dinner: 7:30 p.m. at the Mad Batter Restaurant. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. Call for reservations: 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

Dec. 9-10

Atlantic City Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" at Stockton: Using Tchaikovsky's romantic score, the program features colorful scenery, period costumes and a cast of nearly 100. Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9; 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets $10-$35. Visit stockton.edu/pac for information.

Walk of Lights: Dutch Neck Village. Call the Cumberland County Tourism Advisory Council at 856-453-2184 or visit co.cumberland.nj.us.

Dec. 10

O.C. Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Yianni's, 841 Asbury Ave. Call 609-391-1113.

Santa Breakfast Buffet: Enjoy a family-friendly breakfast buffet 10 a.m. at the Inn of Cape May as children visit with Santa and hear a Christmas story. Treats for the kids. Adults $15; children (3-12) $10. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

Breakfast with Santa: Will be served at Fred and Ethel's Lantern Light, Smithville. For reservations, call 609-652-0544.

Live Nativity Scene: 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Animals and actors bring the nativity crèche to life. Free. Go to octabernacle.org.

Ocean City Tabernacle's Christmas Concert: 4 p.m. at the Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Visit octabernacle.org for more information.

Christmas in Mauricetown: 4 to 8 p.m. Call the Cumberland County Tourism Advisory Council at 856-453-2184 or visit co.cumberland.nj.us.

Soul of the Season: Millville Arts District, 6 to 9 p.m. Call the Cumberland County Tourism Advisory Council at 856-453-2184 or visit co.cumberland.nj.us.

Christmas Dance Party for the Disabled: Gia's Suburban House, Bridgeton, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the Cumberland County Tourism Advisory Council at 856-453-2184 or visit co.cumberland.nj.us.

An Irish Christmas Celebration: 7 p.m. Mist of Ireland Dancers. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Santa Paws: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Humane Society of Ocean City. Visitors are welcome to bring their pets to have their pictures taken with Santa. Cost per photo is $10. For more information call 609-399-2018.

Sindia Day and Open House: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Historical Museum. Hear stories and learn about Ocean City's famous shipwreck, the Sindia. Free. Call 609-399-1801 or info@ocnjmuseum.org.

Dec. 10-11

Ninth annual Christkindlmarkt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An old-fashioned Christmas featuring holiday crafts and gifts under huge heated tents. Horse drawn cart, trackless train, bouncy rides, whimsical carousel, entertainment, quilt making, ornament making class, crafters, vendors, food and refreshments. Gluehwein (hot mulled wine) plus wine tasting. Suggested donation of $3. Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main St., Tuckerton, 609-296-8868, tuckertonseaport.org.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus: At Historic Smithville Village from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mrs. Claus will read stories to the children in her Christmas cottage. Free admission. Call 609-748-8999 or visit smithvillenj.com.

Dec. 11

O.C. Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Shore Thing, 1018 Asbury Ave. Call 609-398-6379.

Christmas in Greenwich House Tour: 12 to 5 p.m. Call the Cumberland County Tourism Advisory Council at 856-453-2184 or visit co.cumberland.nj.us.

Pet Photos: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Handel's ‘Messiah': The Stockton Oratorio Society Winter Concert Chorale Program is at St. Nicholas-Tolentine Church, 1409 Pacific Ave. at 7 p.m. General admission is $8 and $6 for students and seniors. Call 609-652-9000.

Dec. 12

Holiday concert ‘Snow Globe': The South Jersey Wind Ensemble celebrates the holiday season with music from around the world at Stockton Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10. Call 609-652-9000.

Dec. 16

A Christmas Wonderland: Ocean City's Holiday Spectacular comes to the Music Pier at 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $15 for adults and can be reserved at ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling 609-525-9300.

Sounds of the Season Violin Stroller: 4 to 6 p.m. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Carol: Ocean City Repertory Theater presents: We Wish You A Merry Christmas Carol! Adapted from the story by Charles Dickens, this classic has become a traditional holiday favorite in Ocean City. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets $10. The Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. For reservations call 609-457-6686 or visit ocrep.org.

Dec.17

Story Time with Mrs. Claus: At Historic Smithville Village from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mrs. Claus will read stories to the children in her Christmas cottage. Free admission. Call 609-748-8999 or visit www.smithvillenj.com.

A Christmas Wonderland: Ocean City's Holiday Spectacular comes to the Music Pier Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $15 for adults and can be reserved at ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling 609-525-9300.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Carol: Adapted from the story by Charles Dickens, this classic has become a traditional holiday favorite in Ocean City. Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m. Tickets $10. The Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. Call 609-457-6686 or visit ocrep.org.

AEG Live presents Jackie Evancho: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 7:30 p.m. show from the young breakout star of "America's Got Talent." Call Ticketmaster 800-736-1420 or visit ticketmaster.com.

O.C. Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Shore Thing, 1018 Asbury Ave. Call 609-398-6379.

Breakfast with Santa: Will be served at Fred and Ethel's Lantern Light, Smithville. Call 609-652-0544.

Dance and Fitness Holiday Show: 4 p.m. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Dec. 18

O.C. Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Shore Thing, 1018 Asbury Ave. Call 609-398-6379.

Swing Into Christmas: The Atlantic Allstar Band performs shows at 1 and 3 p.m. at Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Proceeds benefit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

A Christmas Wonderland: Ocean City's Holiday Spectacular comes to the Music Pier at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $15 for adults and can be reserved at ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling 609-525-9300.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus: At Historic Smithville Village from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mrs. Claus will read stories to the children in her Christmas cottage. Free admission. Call 609-748-8999 or visit www.smithvillenj.com.

Dec. 19

Community Band: Directed by Fred Rushmore, performs at 7 p.m. at Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Dec. 23

Christmas Eve Eve: Ocean City Repertory Theater presents: Christmas Eve Eve, a delightful and uplifting seasonal celebration featuring a wonderful blend of sacred and secular, popular and traditional music and dramatic readings of stories from O.Henry, Truman Capote, Dr Suess, Dylan Thomas and more. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. Call 609-457-6686 or visit ocrep.org.

Sounds of the Season Violin Stroller: 4 to 6 p.m. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Dec. 24

O.C. Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Casa del Dolce, 947 Asbury Ave. Call 609-398-9300.

Dec. 27

The Affair at Cedar Bridge: a celebration of the last documented land battle of the Revolutionary War. Experience the 1782 re-enactment of the battle at 2 p.m., 200 Old Halfway Road, Barnegat. Free admission. Call 609-296-8868 or visit tuckertonseaport.org.

Magician Chad Juros: 11 a.m. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Dec. 29

Holiday Chefs' Dine Around: Enjoy a five-course feast, with each course served in one of Cape May's premier restaurants. Wine will be provided with each course, with a representative from the sponsoring winery on hand to explain the pairings. A trolley shuttle between restaurants is provided. Reserve early; limited to 34 people. 6 p.m. $125 per person (gratuity included). Call 609-883-5404 or 800- 275-4278.

Storytelling/Music by Kids at Heart: 11 a.m. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Dec. 31

First Night New Year's Eve Celebration in Ocean City: First Night, Ocean City's New Year's Eve celebration, offers a variety of entertainment for families and individuals at $14 a person. The holiday gala features 60 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m. until midnight. There are fireworks at midnight, weather permitting. A First Night admission button will entitle the bearer access to Wonderland Amusement Park from 5 to 9 p.m. and Gillian's Miniature Golf from 4 to 9 p.m. For information, call 609-399-1412, 609-525-9300 or visit firstnightocnj.com.

Magician Ken and Face Painting by Jen: 11 a.m. Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-484-9500 or visit shoremall.com for information.

Jan. 1

First Day at the Beach: Ocean City's activities begin at 11:30 a.m. with entertainment in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. A 5K Boardwalk Run starts 1 p.m. at the pier. Entry fee is $20. Registration begins at noon the day of the race at the site. Call Mike Given, 609-861-0674 or contact runawayac@comcast.net.

A First Dip in the Ocean is set for 2 p.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach. About 400 enthusiastic bathers usually show up for the spirited and brief encounter with the ocean. All bathers receive a "Beach Nut" Certificate signifying they have braved the chilly waters. Shoppers will be able to kick off the new year with First Day in the Downtown along the center-city Asbury Avenue business district. Most stores will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., some earlier at 10 a.m. Call 609-525-9300.

 

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