Free horse and carriage rides: Ocean City is offering free old-fashioned horse and carriage rides down Asbury Avenue noon-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23. Rides starts in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. For information call 800-BEACH-NJ.
Egg Harbor Township tree lighting: The Egg Harbor Township Historical Society hosts its annual event 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 on the grounds of the Museum and Research Library, 6647 West Jersey Ave. There will be special entertainment, holiday treats and a visit from Santa. For information, call 609-813-2002 or visit gehthsmuseum.org.
Holiday Social: The Friends of the Northfield Library will hold a holiday social 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Otto Bruyns Public Library, 241 W. Mill Road in Northfield. There will be holiday music, readings and refreshments. For information call 609-4476.
Holiday marketplace: The Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St., Port Norris, will hold its annual event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Vendor space is available. For information, call 856-785-2060 or visit bayshorecenter.org.
Holiday book sale: The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will hold a book sale from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the library atrium at 1735 Simpson Ave. Book, DVDs, CDs and more will be available. All proceeds support library programs. For more information, visit friendsvolunteersocfpl.com.
Cape May Christmas Candlelight House Tours: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16. Self-guided walking tour features more than a dozen Victorian inns, homes, churches and other locations, plus admission to the holiday exhibit at the Emlen Physick Estate, and hospitality centers. Tickets are $35 for adults and and $20 for children and can be purchased at capemaymac.org or by calling 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.
Christmas bazaar and breakfast: The Parish of Saint Monica will hold a Christmas bazaar and breakfast after all Masses Dec. 9 and 10 at Quaremba Hall, North Georgia Avenue. Tickets for the breakfast are $7 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady Star of the Sea School. Crafters can rent a table at the bazaar for $25. For information, call 609-345-1878, ext. 10.
Winter Wonderland Block Party: The annual Winter Wonderland Block Party for children ages 3 to 12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the City Hall courtyard at 1301 Bacharach Blvd. There will be rides, games, arts and crafts, a chance to meet Santa Claus and other special guests, a magic show and performances by the Atlantic City High School Choir and Xclusive Drill Team. The event is free, but tickets are needed for admission to the area. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last, at City Hall from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 and 6 and 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets will be distributed only to adults, who must show proof of residency and a photo ID. Each adult may receive a maximum of three children’s tickets. For information, call 609-347-5643.
Free Christmas concert: The Wilmington Handbell Ensemble will perform a free Christmas concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Wimberg Funeral Home, 211 E. Great Creek Road, Galloway. Light refreshments will be served. Call 609-382-5731 for information.
Breakfast with Santa: The Kiwanis Club and Knights of Columbus Council 3500 invite children and families to a Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 in the cafeteria at St. Nicholas School, 526 Chicago Ave., Egg Harbor City, via the Ninth Terrace entrance. Tickets are $5 for adults and children ages 7 and older. Younger children are free. Admission is by RSVP only. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, call Janine Caudo at 609-705-5914.
Twilight Holiday Parade: Ventnor will hold a Twilight Holiday Parade 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 on Ventnor Avenue between Dudley and Troy avenues. The theme “It’s a Small World” celebrates Ventnor’s diverse population. More than 60 units are expected to take part. A Kids Block Party will be held at the end of the parade route on Troy Avenue. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, an obstacle course, inflatables, concessions and vendors. To participate call Sean Gleason at 609-289-2791, Shelley D’Orazio at 267-980-7632 or Albie Battaglia at 609-576-7621.