Electric trains in Egg Harbor Township
What Is It: Christmas is the ultimate holiday for electric-train fans. And the members of the Atlantic County 4H Model Railroad Club and other train buffs have their Christmas display up and running from now into the new year at the Shore Mall.
What To Expect: These displays can get pretty elaborate - which is just perfect for a Christmas train layout. So take the kids and enjoy the show; you have plenty of chances to do that through the holidays and after.
Event Info: The hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, every weekend through Jan. 20. The display is in a storefront across the hall from the Jersey Shore Children's Museum at the Shore Mall, 6725 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. For more details, call 609-703-5975.
Ocean City Christmas parade
What Is It: You know who will be the star of the show at the annual Christas parade down Ocean City's Asbury Avenue. It must be Santa Claus - and it is.
What To Expect: The sponsors promise that Father Christmas will "float" the route, between 6th and 11th streets. Santa will be joined by plenty of music too, including the Ocean City High School Band, the Pitman Hobo Band and the Pennsport String Band. Lots of local dignitaries will join the parade too - including Ocean City High's state-champion field-hockey team.
Event Info: The parade kicks off 7 p.m. at 6th and Asbury and after reaching 11th street, returns to 9th and Asbury for Santa to "greet his friends, pose for photos and distribute treats to children," the organizers promise. For more details, call 609-525-9300.
Stockton PAC hosts A.C. Ballet's 'Nutcracker'
What Is It: "The Nutcracker" is a Christmas tradition for many ballet companies, and the Atlantic City Ballet has long been a happy part of that tradition. The company brings the classic to the Performing Arts Center at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for three performances tonight and Saturday.
What To Expect: This is a beloved bit of ballet for a reason. All the favorites are part of it, from the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Land of Snow to the Christmas Party - and much more.
Event Info: Showtime is 7 p.m. today and 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday at the PAC on the Stockton campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Tickets are $20 and $35 with a $5 discount for seniors; kids tickets are $10 apiece with an adult. For more details, see acballet.org or call 609-652-9000.
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds at Harrah's
What Is It: Kenneth Edmonds, better known as "Babyface," is also well-known for his smooth handling of ballads. He brings his solo act to Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City for one show tonight.
What To Expect: Edmonds is a multi-talented guy - a writer, producer, singer and lately a judge on NBC's hit show, "The Voice." Look for him to work in some of his own hits tonight, including "When Can I See You" and "It's No Crime."
Event Info: The music starts 9 p.m. in the the Showroom at Harrah's, 777 Harrah's Blvd., Atlantic City.Tickets are $49, $69 and $89, available at the box office or at pressofatlanticcity.com/tickets. For more details, call 609- 441-5000.
Kozak the Magician, Tropicana, Comedy Stop, 6:30 p.m., dinner seating 5:30 p.m., $20 show only ($10 age 11 and younger); $30 dinner and show, mature PG-14 material. 609-348-0920.
Divas Do AC Holiday Show, Resorts Casino Hotel, Screening Room, 10 p.m., $25. 800-322-SHOW.
Legends in Concert Holiday Show, Bally's, Palace Theater, 8 p.m., $32.50 adults, $16.25 children. 609-340-2709.
Gordie Brown, Golden Nugget, Showroom, 8 p.m., $19.95, $29.95. 800-777-8477.
Bellator Fighting Champion-ships, Caesars, 6 p.m., $85. $125, $150. 800-677-SHOW.
Kelly Howard, Melvin George, Alan Havey, Borgata Comedy Club, The Music Box, 9 p.m., $20.
Rahn Hortman, Manny Oliveira, Jay Black, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older, 9 p.m., $27; 11:15 p.m. $25.
Holiday Light Show, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Lake Meone, Historic Smithville Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-748-8999 or ColonialInnSmithville.com
"Headliners" current events discussions, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Richard Stockton College, Campus Center lounge, top floor, main campus off Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township.
Pointe Blank Comedy Series, 9 p.m., Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, Somers Point, seating 8 p.m., national headliners and local showcase, $15 advance, $20 door. acrocksolid.com
Noyes Museum Holiday Party, opening reception for Associate Artists Exhibition,
5 to 8 p.m., Noyes Museum of Art, 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township, live Latin music by Elvis Batista, salsa dance lessons with Roger Weber, guests encouraged to bring donation of canned goods for Atlantic City Rescue Mission. 609-652-8848 or noyesmuseum.org
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 1st and Central avenues, North Wildwood, school choirs, Santa and Mrs. Claus greet children, lighthouse open for tours, hot chocolate and cookies served, free. 609-522-4520.
Holiday house tours, 7 to
9 p.m., Candlelight Bed and Breakfast, 24th and Central avenues, Summer Nites Bed and Breakfast, 2110 Atlantic Ave., both in North Wildwood, and J. Thompson Baker House, 3008 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood, free. 609-522-3639.
"A Somers Point Christmas," 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Shore Road and Dawes Avenue, Somers Point, $15, proceeds benefit renovation of Gateway Playhouse, bring non-perishable food or toiletry item for Grace Lutheran Food Pantry. 609-653-0553.
Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade, rain date Sunday, 7 p.m., from 15th Avenue in North Wildwood, through Wildwood Crest, to Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, followed by tree lighting ceremony, free hot chocolate and cookies. WildwoodHoliday.com
"A Tuna Christmas," comedy, 8 p.m., Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, Cape May, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students (receive $10 off regular admission with donation of three non-perishable items for food bank). 609-884-1341 or capemaystage.org
"Scrooge, The Musical," dinner theater, 7:30 p.m., various dates, Elaine's, 513 Lafayette St., Cape May, matinee shows available, $44.95 adults, $34.95 teens, $24.95 children, reservations required. 609-884-1199.
Christmas Spectacular, musical production, 8 p.m., Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton, family entertainment, $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger. 609-704-5012 or theeagletheatre.com
"Kill Me Now: The Ultimate Dance Competition Show," live reality show, Rowan University, Department of Theatre and Dance, 8 p.m., Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlin Student Center, Route 322, Glassboro, $15 general admission, $10 seniors, non-Rowan students, alumni, free to Rowan students and staff. 856-256-4545.
"Louisa May Alcott's Christmas," 8 p.m., performed by Gayle Stahlhuth, East Lynne Theater Company, First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, $25 general admission, $15 students, free to age 12 and younger when accompanied by adult; receive $3 discount with donation of Food Closet items. 609-884-5898 or
"Home for the Holidays,"
7:30 p.m., Ocean Professional Theatre Company, OceanFirst Theatre, Stafford Township Arts Center, 1000 McKinley Blvd., Manahawkin, Stafford Township, $35 adults, $20 children 12 and younger. 609-312-8306 or oceantheatre.org
Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, 3400 Pacific Ave.: The Dizzy Dolphin, 609-340-4636 - Flip N' Mickey's, 9 p.m.
Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk: Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood, 609-340-2000 - Live music, 7 p.m.; The Mountain Bar, 609-340-2000 - DJ Kyle Sweeny, 9 p.m.; Vixens, 10 p.m.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa,
1 Borgata Way: Gypsy Bar, 609-317-1000 - Trippin' Carla, 7 p.m.; The Rockets, 11 p.m.; mur.mur, 609-317-1000 - Eli Escobar, 10 p.m.
Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave.: Dusk, 609-345-3875 - DJ Royale, 10 p.m.; Mia, 609-348-4411 - DJ Lu'AP, 10 p.m.; Toga Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ Micah and Toga Dancers, 10 p.m.
Golden Nugget,Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard: Rush Lounge, 800-777-8477 - Richie Balin, 6 p.m.; All Souled Out, 10 p.m.; 46 Bar, 800-777-8477 - DJ and Dancers, 10 p.m.
Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - The Exceptions, 9 p.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - Aqua Fridays - Melissa Gorga performing live, Music By Ed Smooth, DJ Casanova, 10 p.m.; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - DJ Hannah Rad, 11:30 p.m.
Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: 25 Hours, 800-336-6378 - Blanche, 4 p.m.; Kelly & Nick, 10 p.m.; ProBar, 800-336-6378 - Music Videos, 8 p.m.; DJ Zathan, 10 p.m.; Gogo Boys, 11 p.m.
Revel, 500 Boardwalk: The Social, 609-572-6488 - Lifespeed, 8 p.m.; Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, 609-225-9898 - DJs, Classic Burlesque 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Rock 'n Roll Burlesque 2 a.m.; HQ, 855-348-0500 - Dalton, 10 p.m.
Showboat Casino-Hotel, 801 Boardwalk: House of Blues Party Pit, 609-343-4000 - DJ Sonatra, 9 p.m.
Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk: Anthem, 609-576-5206 - DJ Luap and DJ B Easy, 10 p.m.; Boogie Nights, 888-940-7080 - First Friday Cougars and Cubs Ball - Ladies 40-plus and men 21 to 29 free until 11 p.m.; Providence, The Quarter, 609-345-7800 - Rick Wonder, 10 p.m.; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter, 609-340-4000 - Dancers and DJs, 10 p.m.; Cuba Libre, The Quarter, 609-348-6700 - Late Night Latin Floorshow, 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and midnight; Firewaters, 609-344-6699 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.; Tango's Lounge, 609-345-7800 - Faith, 7 p.m.; DJ Ralph D'Amelio, 11 p.m.; Planet Rose Karaoke Lounge, The Quarter, 609-344-6565 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue: Ego, 609-449-5138 - Almost Angels and DJ K Styles, 10 p.m.; Casbah, 609-449-5138 - DJ, 10 p.m.
W.L.Goodfellows and Co., 310 E. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1942 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Le Grand Fromage, 25 Gordon's Alley, 609-347-2743 - Recovery Council, 9 p.m.
Tun Tavern, 2 Convention Blvd., 609-347-7800 - Bryan McCabe, 8 p.m.
The Bridgewater Pub, 22 S. Laurel St., 856-455-9551 - DJs, 9 p.m.
Boiler Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - DJ Dramadik, 9 p.m.
Brown Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - Wesley Ochs, 8 p.m.
Ebbitt Room, The Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson St., 609-884-5700 - Paul Sottile, 6 p.m.
Hemingway's, Cape May Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia avenues, 609-884-5611 - DJ, 9 p.m.
Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., 609-884-5970 - Gordon Vincent, 7 p.m.
The Merion Inn, 106 Decatur St. at Columbia Avemue, 609-884-8363 - Dean Schneider, 5:30 p.m.
The Pilot House, 142 Decatur St., on Washington Street Mall, Cape May, 609-884-3449 - Open mic hosted by Barry, 8 p.m.
The Ugly Mug, 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459 - Live music, 9 p.m.
Buck Tavern, 621 New Jersey 50, 609-628-3117 - Spencer Belz, 6 p.m.
Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.
Assaggio!, 500 W. White Horse Pike, 609-965-3303 - Live piano music, 7 p.m.
DiDonato's Bowling Center and Cocktail Lounge, 1151 White Horse Pike, 609-561-3040 - Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.
Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., 609-822-9111 - Live music and piano, 7 p.m.
Steve and Cookie's By the Bay, Amherst Ave., 609-823-1163 - Lew London and Chris Sooy, 7 p.m.
The Dockside Grille, The Inn at Sugar Hill, 5704 Mays Landing Road, 609-625-2226 - Local musicians Rock The Dock, 6 p.m.
Testa's Good Guys Pub, 5698 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, 609-625-1926 - DJ dance party, 10 p.m.
Bogart's Books, 210 N. High St., 856-327-3714 - Dominic Mancini Duo, 7 p.m.
Old Oar House Irish Pub, 123 N. High St., 856-293-1200 - Kids Don't Bounce, 9 p.m.
Something Sweet, 206 N. High St., 856-765-3819 - Bill Gatier and Friends, 7 p.m.
The Rail, Route 40 and Cedar Avenue, 856-697-RAIL - Fame & Fortune.
Philippe Chin Bistro, 800 Bay Ave., 609-926-3500 - Jazz with Shawn Ashley, 8 p.m.
The Crab Trap, 2 Broadway, 609-927-7377 - Higher Ground
Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, 609-927-2759 - John and Yvonne, 7 p.m.
Tuckahoe Inn, Route 9, Tuckahoe, 609-390-3322 - Ben Singleton and the People's Choice, 6 p.m.
Yesterday's Tavern, 316 Roosevelt Blvd., 609-390-1757 - Live music, 9:30 p.m.
Luna's Outdoor Grill at Merighi's Savoy Inn, 4940 Landis Ave., 856-691-8051 - Live entertainment, 8 p.m.
Cattle 'n Clover, 3817 Pacific Ave., 609- 522-3800 - Johnny's Cousin Steve,, 6 p.m.; DJ Denny Oh, 9 p.m.
Dog Tooth Bar and Grill, 100 E. Taylor Ave., 609-522-8383 - Name the Tune, 9 p.m.
Angelus Chorus, 7 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, sacred and secular holiday music, free-will offering.
"Gloria," Christmas concert,
8 p.m., Mainland Choral Society, Christ Episcopal Church, Shore Road and Meyran Avenue, Somers Point, free-will offering. 609-266-8912.
N.J. Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and North-wood Center, Lily Lake, Cape May Point - Avalon Seawatch continues 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seventh Street and ocean, Avalon, free. 609-861-0700.
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, science program, 2:15 p.m., $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. 609-368-1211.