'Christmas Spectacular' in Hammonton

What Is It: There's Christmas spirit on the agenda in Hammonton, where the historic Eagle Theatre hosts a show, "Christmas Spectacular." The production brings together some stars of the Eagle's season, putting on a Christmas performance for all ages.

What To Expect: 'Tis the night before Christmas, and a group of family and friends are together to celebrate - and to enjoy their kids' growing anticipation of Santa's arrival. To entertain the children, the adults tell classic Christmas stories and sing favorites of the season, including "Deck the Halls."

Event Info: Showtime is 8 p.m. today, plus Thursday and Friday of next week, and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 or younger. For more details, call 609-704-5012 or see theeagletheatre.com

One-man play at Stockton College

What Is It: Commemorating the centennial of Simon Wiesen-thal's birth, critically acclaimed playwright and actor Tom Dugan's one-man play "Nazi Hunter - Simon Wiesenthal" makes a stop today in the Performing Arts Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

What To Expect: Dugan portrays the aging concentration camp survivor as he recounts his life's work of pursuing Nazi War criminals, Adolf Eichmann, Franz Stangl, Dr. Josef Mengele and Karl Silberbauer, the SS officer who imprisoned the famous Anne Frank. To play the role, the 47-year-old actor shaves his head, dons a custom-made padded suit that adds 40 pounds to his slight frame and speaks in a distinct Austrian/Hungarian accent.

Event Info: The show starts 2 p.m. today at Stockton in Ponoma. Tickets are $25 and $40 and available at 609-652-9000 or stockton.edu/pac

Clay Aiken at Trump Taj Mahal

Who Is He: Singer Clay Aiken was the first runner-up in the second season of "American Idol." Aiken, 33, has released seven full-length studio CDs since 2003. The vocalist appears tonight in the Mark G. Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.

What To Expect: Aiken is planning a concert format for the show, which will draw much of its material from his 2004 release "Merry Christmas with Love." Backing Aiken will be a 20-plus-piece orchestra mostly made up of local musicians, plus his traveling band. Aiken will not sing his pop hits during the show. He will appear at the public debut of "Winter Sweet," the new 3D sound and light show, at 6 tonight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Event Info: The entertainer performs 8 tonight at the Taj. Tickets, priced $19 and $34, are available at the Taj box office, Ticketmaster or

Holiday concert

in C.M.C.H.

What Is It: Linda Gentille and the Jersey Shore Pops present their final concert of the year, "Joy To The World," tonight at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House.

What To Expect: Broadway vocalist Jacklyn Buckingham stars in the final concert for the orchestra. The show will be a mix of traditional holiday music with some Buckingham's Broadway favorites. The orchestra also will perform a new orchestral arrangement of "The Hallelujah Chorus" from "The Messiah," arranged by Gentille, the pop's conductor.

Event Info: The concert begins 7:30 tonight at the Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Drive. Advance ticket prices range from $25 for balcony seats to $40 for orchestra center seats. Student tickets are available along with group tickets for $22. Call 609-463-1924 or 800-838-3006 or order at

Casinos

Kozak the Magician, Trop-icana, 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, Resorts Casino Hotel, Screening Room,

10 p.m. $25. 800-322-SHOW.

Legends in Concert Holiday Show, Bally's, Palace Theater, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $32.50 adults, $16.25 children. 609-340-2709.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, Harrah's, The Showroom, 2 p.m. $26, $41, $56. 800-2-HARRAH.

John Pinette, Borgata, Music Box, 9 p.m. $29.50, $35. 609-677-1000.

Brian Setzer Orchestra, Caesars, Circus Maximus Theater, 9 p.m. $57.50, $72.50, $87.50. 800-677-SHOW.

Hall and Oates, Borgata, Event Center, 8 p.m. $55, $65, $85. 609-677-1000.

Ron White: Moral Compass Tour, Harrah's, Showroom,

8 p.m. $45, $65, $85. 800-2-HARRAH.

Comedy

Brian McKim, Joey Carrol, Tony V, Borgata Comedy Club, The Music Box, 9 p.m., $20.

Sonya White, Jim Lauletta, Keith Anthony, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older, 9 p.m., $27; 11:15 p.m. $25.

Events

Atlantic City holiday parade, Atlantic Avenue, from New Hampshire Avenue to Michigan Avenue and then to Tanger Outlets The Walk, noon.

"Winter Sweet," family-friendly, nightly outdoor 3-D show,

6 p.m., exterior of Boardwalk Hall, between Georgia and Mississippi avenues, Atlantic City, free event 5:30 to 7 p.m., Kennedy Plaza, special guest Clay Aiken, holiday music, live entertainment, refreshments.

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

Laser Holidays, light show, 8:15 p.m., Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, holiday music, special effects, $10. 732-255-0343 or tickets.ocean.edu; recorded show information

732-255-0342 or wocean.edu/planet.htm

Running of the Santas, pub crawl, 10 p.m., down the Boardwalk to The Quarter, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, after parties until

1 a.m., $15 advance, $20 gate, portion of proceeds donated to American Red Cross for Super-storm Sandy recovery efforts. runningofthesantas.com

Kwanzaa program, 2 p.m., Free Public Library, One North Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City, Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre, for all ages, free. 609-345-2269, ext. 3115.

Holiday Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., North Country Knits/The Sheep Farm, 551 Hands Mill Road, Belleplain, crafters, local artisans. 609-861-0328.

Crafts at Christmas, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May.

609-884-9565.

Winery Cellar Tour & Tastings, 3 p.m., Cape May Winery, 711 Town Bank Road, Cape May, $20, includes complimentary souvenir tasting glass, advance tickets only, purchase at Washington Street Mall Information Booth. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or capemaymac.org

39th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington and Ocean streets, Cape May, heated trolley shuttle to Victorian inns, homes, churches, hotels, carols by candlelight, strolling musicians, vintage holiday decorations, refreshments, $25 adults, $20 ages 3 to 12, limited seating, advance tickets recommended. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or capemaymac.org

Wassail Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Historic Cold Spring Village, Route 9, Cape May, refreshments, historical interpreters, meet Father Christmas noon to 2 p.m. at Country Store, free. 609-898-2300 or hcsv.org

Tree Lighting Ceremony,

7 p.m., in front of Atlantic County Library Rose Mohr Learning Center, 134 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City, music by Cedar Creek High School Brass Ensemble and Choir, Santa arrives, free.

Photos with Santa in lifeguard boat, noon to 3 p.m., Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, Ocean City, $10. 609-399-1412.

Holiday craft making event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Senior Citizens Building, 22 Ambler Road, Somers Point, Evening of Cheer, 6:30 p.m., stroll along Bay Avenue or Shore Road, live bluegrass holiday music.

609-927-9088 or

Annual Christmas parade,

5 p.m., rain date Sunday, from Volunteer Firehouse on Broadway, West Cape May, to Carpenter Lane in Cape May. 609-884-1005, ext. 2.

Cheer Tech Spirit National Championship, cheerleading competition, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, spectators $15 adults, $10 ages 10 and younger, free age 3 and younger. 800-992-9732 or WildwoodsNJ.com

Kids

"A Christmas Carol," 1 p.m., musical for children, Yates Musical Theatre, Ocean County College, Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $12. 732-255-0500 or ocean.edu

Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m., Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Cape May, $15 adults, $10 ages 3 to 12. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or capemaymac.org

Magical Talking Tree, noon to 5 p.m., Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-748-8999.

Christmas Train Ride, 10 a.m. to closing, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township, $2. 609-748-8999.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Christmas Cottage, Galloway Township, free. 609-748-8999.

Music

"Joy To The World," Ocean City Pops, 7:30 p.m., Hughes Performing Art Center, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, $15. 609-525-9300.

Annual Messiah Sing In,

4 p.m., Tabernacle, Sixth and Wesley, Ocean City, free.

A Children's Christmas,

8 p.m., OCC Concert Band, Ocean County College, Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, $20 adult, $17 senior, $10 student. 732-255-0500 or ocean.edu

Broadway star Linda Eder,

8 p.m., Appel Farm at the Landis, Landis Theater, 830 East Landis Ave., Vineland, $43, $50, $65. 856-691-1121 or

Theater

"ChoreoProject 34," dance performance, 7:30 p.m., Richard Stockton College, Experimental Theatre of Performing Arts Center, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $8 general admission, $7 students. 609-652-9000 or stockton.edu/pac

"A Tuna Christmas," comedy, 3 p.m., Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, Cape May, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students ($10 off regular admission with donation of three non-perishable items for food bank). 609-884-1341 or capemaystage.org

"Carl's Kris Kringle," 3 p.m., Cape Island Theatre Company, Old Grange Restaurant, Historic Cold Spring Village, Route 9, Cape May, family-friendly theme, doors open 2:30 p.m., seating limited, in lieu of ticket sales donations collected for Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County. 609-408-6595.

Nightlife

Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, 3400 Pacific Ave.: The Dizzy Dolphin, 609-340-4636 - Waynard, 6 p.m.; Carlo & Doug Duo, 9 p.m.

Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk: Blue Martini, 609-340-2000 - DJ Prefer, 9 p.m.; Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood, 609-340-2000 - Live music, 7 p.m.; The Lobby Bar, 609-340-2000 - Beth Tinnon Duo, 10 p.m.; The Mountain Bar, 609-340-2000 - DJ Cool Jon Sprang, 9 p.m., Vixens, 10 p.m.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa,

1 Borgata Way: MIXX, 609-317-1000 - DJ M.O.S. and DJ KISS, 10 p.m.; mur.mur, 609-317-1000 - Ob-One, 10 p.m.

Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave.: 21 Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ Be-Easy, 10 p.m.; Mia, 609-348-4411 - DJ Lu'AP, 10 p.m.; Toga Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ Ernesto and Dancers, 10 p.m.

Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard: Live Bar, 800-777-8477 - House DJ, 10 p.m.; 46 Bar, 800-777-8477- DJ, dancers, 10 p.m.

Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - Xcluzive, 9:15 p.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - Skeery Jones, DJs Belvedere Red Prom, 10 p.m.; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - DJ X-Tina and DJ April,10 p.m.

Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: ProBar, 800-336-6378 - Music Videos, 8 p.m., DJ Naj, 10 p.m., Gogo Boys,

11 p.m.

Revel, 500 Boardwalk: 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 - Manufactured Superstars, 10 p.m.

Showboat Casino-Hotel, 801 Boardwalk: Foundation Room, 609-343-4000 - DJ Vito G, 10 p.m.; House of Blues Party Pit, 609-343-4000 - DJ Aiden Scott, 8 p.m., Lucky You and Dancers, 10 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 - Boogie Night Jingle Ball, first 100 Santas receive free white afro, 10 p.m., DJ Gabor Kiss, 10 p.m.; Providence, The Quarter, 609-345-7800 - DJ Clinton Sparks, 10 p.m.; Ri Ra, The Quarter, 609-348-8600 - Fame & Fortune, 11:30 p.m.; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter, 609-340-4000 - Dancers, DJs, 10 p.m.; Cuba Libre, The Quarter, 609-348-6700 - Latin Floorshow, 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and midnight; Firewaters, 609-344-6699 - DJ Dance Party, 10 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 - Angels and DJ Freezie, 10 p..m.; Casbah, 609-449-5138 - DJ 10 p.m.

Atlantic City

The Irish Pub, 164 St. James Place, 609-344-9063 - DJ Fran, 9 p.m.

Bridgeton

The Bridgewater Pub, 22 S. Laurel St., 856-455-9551 - DJs, 9 p.m.

Towne Tavern, 694 N. Pearl St., 856-455-3474 - DJ, 8 p.m.

Cape May

Boiler Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - The Dane Anthony Band, 9 p.m.

Brown Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - Darin MacDonald, 8 p.m.

Ebbitt Room, The Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson St., 609-884-5700 - Paul Sottile, 6 p.m.

The Merion Inn, 106 Decatur St., at Columbia Avenue, 609-884-8363 - Jim Long, 3 p.m.

The Ugly Mug, 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459 - Live music, 9 p.m.

Galloway Township

Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.

Ram's Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1700 - Piano performance by John Arnett, 6 p.m.

Assaggio!, 500 W. White Horse Pike, 609-965-3303 - Live piano music, 7 p.m.

Hammonton

DiDonato's Bowling Center and Cocktail Lounge, 1151 White Horse Pike, 609-561-3040 - Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.

Margate

Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., 609-822-9111 - Live music and piano, 7 p.m.

Mays Landing

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.

Watering Hole Cafe, 6494 Weymouth Road, 609-625-9300 - The Johnny Cash Show, 9 p.m.

Richland

The Rail, Route 40 and Cedar Avenue, 856-697-RAIL - Jason Cooper Comedy Club

Somers Point

The Crab Trap, 2 Broadway, 609-927-7377 - Starr, 8 p.m.

Philippe Chin Bistro, 800 Bay Ave., 609-926-3500 - Jazz with Shawn Ashley, 8 p.m.

Upper Township

Yesterday's Tavern, 316 Roosevelt Blvd., 609-390-1757 - Live music, 9:30 p.m.

Nature

Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, crafts 1 p.m., animal program 2:15 p.m., $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. 609-368-1211.

N.J. Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and Northwood Center, Lily Lake, Cape May Point, Avalon Seawatch, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seventh Street and ocean, Avalon, free; birding trips, $10 show and go: Cape May Point State Park, 8 a.m., meet at Hawkwatch Platform. 609-861-0700.

Cape May Point State Park, Christmas with the Critters - snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and Patches Rat - and Santa, 1 p.m. 609-884-2159.

N.J. Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., holiday wreath and garland workshops, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., $20 includes materials. 609-898-8848.