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Holiday recital series at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall
The Historic Organ Restoration Committee Inc. is hosting a series of free holiday recitals around Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall’s Deck the Hall event. Local organists will play 10 recitals Mondays through Fridays at noon between Dec. 9 and Dec. 20.
Atlantic County Parks Letter from Santa
Through Dec. 14, a county program is helping Santa answer his mail. To get a letter, have your child write a letter to Santa with the following information included: child's first and last name, child's complete address, boy or girl, age, grade in school, the names of any siblings, best friends, and/or pets, a gift the child would like to ask Santa for and one that they will definitely be receiving, list a big accomplishment they had this year (example: an 'A' in school), and be sure to also include in the letter the name of a parent or guardian with their contact number or email.
Drop off the letter in the “Mailbox to the North Pole” at the Nature Center during office hours – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. If you are unable to stop in, you can mail it to The Nature Center at 109 Route 50 South, Mays Landing, NJ 08330, or email the letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions please call the Nature Center staff at (609) 625-1897.
Atlantic County Utilities Authority food drive
Through Dec. 13, Atlantic County residents can place non-perishable food items at the curb on their recycling collection day for the food drive. Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) recycling crews will collect the food with regularly scheduled recycling pick-ups.
To learn more about how you can help, contact the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township location at (609) 383-8843 or visit cfbnj.org. For more information, call (609) 272-6950 or visit www.acua.com/fooddrive.
Choir Performance in Linwood
CHANCEL CHOIR PERFORMANCE: 4 p.m. Dec. 15; Christmas cantata, "The Light of the World," featuring traditional Christmas music; Central United Methodist Church, 5 Marvin Ave., Linwood. 609-823-4590 or 609-287-1671.
Toy drive at Romanelli's Garden Cafe
Romanelli's Garden Cafe is partnering up with For Atlantic City By Atlantic City (4ACxAC) to help the children of Atlantic City receive Christmas toys and are offering discounts to those who bring in donations.
The donation drive started Nov. 18 and is focusing on toys for ages 5 and up for the children in the Atlantic City Homework program, ran by Dr. Colon of Stockton University.
New toys, in their original packaging, can be dropped off at the cafe, 279 S. New York Road, Galloway
Cape May County
Captain Nick Fedoroff Christmas Community Celebration in Cape May
The city police department’s fifth annual celebration is set for noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue.
The event features free activities, including bouncy houses, face painting, crafts, games, refreshments, entertainment and more. Santa will be stopping in from the North Pole for photos.
There will also be bike giveaways for Christmas and an opportunity to win prizes.
Anyone wishing to donate an unwrapped toy to help support the Sgt. William Alvarez Annual Toy Drive can drop their gift at the door.
For additional information, visit CapeMayCity.com or contact The Cape May Police Department at 609-884-9505.
Holiday concerts at Cape May Convention Hall
The city is hosting their annual, free holiday concerts at Cape May Convention Hall. America’s Sweethearts will go on at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and The Angelus Chorus will perform 7 p.m. Dec. 18.
Lower Township Rotary Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Rotary Christmas Parade: The parade starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Bayshore and Breakwater roads and head south on Bayshore Road to the ending point at Rosehill Parkway. That section of Bayshore Road is expected to be closed from about 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For parade applications, call 609-827- 8771 or email LTRotaryClub@gmail.com.
Ocean City’s Old-Fashioned Family Christmas
AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT: daily through Jan. 1; exhibit of holiday traditions through the years complete with model trains, toys and more; Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. 609-884-5404 or CapeMayMAC.org.
Sea Isle City
• Brunch With Santa: VFW Post 1963 will host a Brunch With Santa Claus for local children (up to age 10) on Sunday, December 15, at 11:30 a.m. at Post 1963, 301 JFK Boulevard. Families are asked to register by December 9 by phoning the Recreation Office at 609-263-0050.
‘Pinch the GrYnch’ Boardwalk 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
This holiday Boardwalk 5K run and 1-mile walk is fun for all ages! Event starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine, with registration at 9 a.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to dress in festive holiday outfits. Afterwards, runners and walkers, along with their cheering sections, can then enjoy the Holiday Bazaar held inside the Convention Center.
Family Holiday Celebration at the Wildwoods Convention Center
The Convention Center will be sparkling with holiday lights and filled with the sounds of holiday music as the FREE celebration takes place from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Enjoy unique crafts and gifts, face painting, local school children’s choruses & band performances, music, gymnastics & cheer performances, a magician, FREE holiday movies and a special visit from Santa Claus. The Celebration will conclude with a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony outside the Wildwoods Convention Center at 4:30 p.m.
Spirit Brands Cheerleading Festival
Taking place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the Spirit Brands holiday cheerleading competition will feature performances choreographed to music and sound effects, and winning teams will be awarded prizes.
Holiday Tours of B&B’s, Churches and the George. F. Boyer Museum
Partners in Preservation will host the fifth annual Holiday Tour of B&B’s, Churches and the George. F. Boyer Museum in Wildwood. Take a self-guided tour of historical landmarks in the Wildwoods such as Summer Nites, Candlelight Inn, Avair House, Holly Beach, St. Simeon's Church, George F. Boyer Museum, and Sea Gypsy B&B.
2nd Annual “Prelude to Christmas” Concert
A Christmas Concert and Holy Nativity will be held at 6 p.m. featuring The Notre Dame de la Mer Parish’s Adult, Contemporary, and Children’s Choirs accompanied by Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion, Piano and Organ, under the direction of Jonathan Delgado. The event will take place at Saint Ann Church, 2901 Atlantic Avenue, in Wildwood.