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Cape Kicks off Christmas, Three Big Events December 1st

Are you looking for some things to do in Cape May this week end . Well Decemeber 1st in Cape may kicks off the Christmas Candelight House tour starting from 5:50 to 8:30 PM. You can pick up tickets at the Washington Street Mall in Cape May. While visiting Cape May this week end don’t forget that the West Cape May Community Christmas Parade starts at 5:00 PM. While waiting for the Parade to start you can get some shopping in at the new Cape May Convention hall while visiting the Crafts at Christmas events which goes from 1 PM to 4PM.


Christmas Candlelight House Tour 

Saturdays, December 1, 8 & 15, 2012: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Experience the high point of Cape May’s holiday season during these self-guided tours, which feature:

 • Homes, inns, hotels & churches specially decorated for the holidays (at least a dozen each night)
 • Christmas caroling and strolling musicians, trees and garland & good old-fashioned cheer
 • Hospitality centers with warm beverages & home-baked goodies
 • Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, and to “An Old-fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years” exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery
 • Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys

$25 adults, $20 children (ages 3-12). Limited tours. Reserve early! Call             609-884-5404       or             800-275-4278      .

Tickets are available online or at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean and the Hill House office at the Emlen Physick Estate

West Cape May Community Christmas Parade to Be Held Dec. 1

WEST CAPE MAY – It’s time for the 47th Annual West Cape May Community Christmas Parade
Sat., Dec. 1, the 47th Annual West Cape May Community Christmas Parade will step off at 5:00 p.m.

West Cape May Christmas Parade This Saturday December 1st

Crafts at Christmas December 1, 9am- 4pm Cape May Convention Hall

26th Annual Crafts at Christmas 

Saturday, December 1, 2012 

9am – 4pm  

Cape May Convention Hall

Crafts at Christmas December 1st in Cape May


December Cape May Christmas Events this weekend December 1st

  • December 1, 8, 15  Christmas Candlelight House Tour, MAC, 884-5404
  • December 1 Crafts at Christmas Show, 10-4pm. Cape May Convention Hall
  • December 1 Annual West Cape May Christmas Parade, 5pm, 884-1005
  • December 6-7 Candlelight Hospitality Nights, 7-9pm, Washington St. Mall

About Cape May and Cape May Resort.com

Cape May is a city at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula in Cape May County, New Jersey, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. With a rich history, award-winning beaches & boating, designation as a top birding location, and many Victorian structures, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. Cape May was recognized as one of America’s top 10 beaches by the Travel Channel and its beach was ranked fifth in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches.

CapeMayResort.com is a site that’s totally dedicated to the historic Cape May Resort vacation area. We have two goals – to promote our beautiful town’s local businesses and to assist potential visitors in finding anything they could want or need in and around Cape May.

This site is home to custom pages and video of easy to navigate information about Cape May- from restaurant choices to weather reports to local events in Cape May We also host a local Cape May Blog featuring  local events, Things to Do in Cape May, shopping and beach information and much more.   You can check out Blog at http://capemayresort.blogspot.com/

http://capemayvictorian.com CapeMayVictorian.com is a custom photo sharing site in which you can explore local Cape May images, download your favorite vacation spot or order a custom framed picture or a one of kind gift of your vacation memory.

http://capemayresort.com Cape May Resort.com is a local Cape May Web Site featuring Things to Do in Cape May, along with Cape May Digital Coupons for savings. If you’re looking for information and reviews for your next trip to Cape may, you’ve come to the right place. At Cape May Resort.com we’ll give you the most current information from Yelp and real time local You Tube Videos to preview your next vacation or week-end trip.  We offer the best in recent reviews from Real People with Real Reviews from Yelp.

http://capemayresort.blogspot.com/  Looking for Something to Do in Cape May New Jersey. Spend a day at the beach, or go Dolphin and Whale Watching. Visit a local winery or check out the lighthouse and sunken ship at Cape May State Park. Cape May offers beach lovers Victorian architecture, fine dining, bird watching, boating and fishing in addition to world class resort and vacation accommodations.  If you’re looking for information and reviews for your next trip to Cape may, you’ve come to the right place.Cape May Resort.com has been part of the South Jersey Cape May area since 1988. Let us put our local experience to work for you.

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Cape Kicks off Christmas, Three Big Events December 1st

Are you looking for some things to do in Cape May this week end . Well Decemeber 1st in Cape may kicks off the Christmas Candelight House tour starting from 5:50 to 8:30 PM. You can pick up tickets at the Washington Street Mall in Cape May. While visiting Cape May this week end don’t forget that the West Cape May Community Christmas Parade starts at 5:00 PM. While waiting for the Parade to start you can get some shopping in at the new Cape May Convention hall while visiting the Crafts at Christmas events which goes from 1 PM to 4PM.


Christmas Candlelight House Tour 

Saturdays, December 1, 8 & 15, 2012: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Experience the high point of Cape May’s holiday season during these self-guided tours, which feature:

 • Homes, inns, hotels & churches specially decorated for the holidays (at least a dozen each night)
 • Christmas caroling and strolling musicians, trees and garland & good old-fashioned cheer
 • Hospitality centers with warm beverages & home-baked goodies
 • Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, and to “An Old-fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years” exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery
 • Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys

$25 adults, $20 children (ages 3-12). Limited tours. Reserve early! Call             609-884-5404       or             800-275-4278      .

Tickets are available online or at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean and the Hill House office at the Emlen Physick Estate

West Cape May Community Christmas Parade to Be Held Dec. 1

WEST CAPE MAY – It’s time for the 47th Annual West Cape May Community Christmas Parade
Sat., Dec. 1, the 47th Annual West Cape May Community Christmas Parade will step off at 5:00 p.m.

West Cape May Christmas Parade This Saturday December 1st

Crafts at Christmas December 1, 9am- 4pm Cape May Convention Hall

26th Annual Crafts at Christmas 

Saturday, December 1, 2012 

9am – 4pm  

Cape May Convention Hall

Crafts at Christmas December 1st in Cape May


December Cape May Christmas Events this weekend December 1st

  • December 1, 8, 15  Christmas Candlelight House Tour, MAC, 884-5404
  • December 1 Crafts at Christmas Show, 10-4pm. Cape May Convention Hall
  • December 1 Annual West Cape May Christmas Parade, 5pm, 884-1005
  • December 6-7 Candlelight Hospitality Nights, 7-9pm, Washington St. Mall

About Cape May and Cape May Resort.com

Cape May is a city at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula in Cape May County, New Jersey, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. With a rich history, award-winning beaches & boating, designation as a top birding location, and many Victorian structures, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. Cape May was recognized as one of America’s top 10 beaches by the Travel Channel and its beach was ranked fifth in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches.

CapeMayResort.com is a site that’s totally dedicated to the historic Cape May Resort vacation area. We have two goals – to promote our beautiful town’s local businesses and to assist potential visitors in finding anything they could want or need in and around Cape May.

This site is home to custom pages and video of easy to navigate information about Cape May- from restaurant choices to weather reports to local events in Cape May We also host a local Cape May Blog featuring  local events, Things to Do in Cape May, shopping and beach information and much more.   You can check out Blog at http://capemayresort.blogspot.com/

http://capemayvictorian.com CapeMayVictorian.com is a custom photo sharing site in which you can explore local Cape May images, download your favorite vacation spot or order a custom framed picture or a one of kind gift of your vacation memory.

http://capemayresort.com Cape May Resort.com is a local Cape May Web Site featuring Things to Do in Cape May, along with Cape May Digital Coupons for savings. If you’re looking for information and reviews for your next trip to Cape may, you’ve come to the right place. At Cape May Resort.com we’ll give you the most current information from Yelp and real time local You Tube Videos to preview your next vacation or week-end trip.  We offer the best in recent reviews from Real People with Real Reviews from Yelp.

http://capemayresort.blogspot.com/  Looking for Something to Do in Cape May New Jersey. Spend a day at the beach, or go Dolphin and Whale Watching. Visit a local winery or check out the lighthouse and sunken ship at Cape May State Park. Cape May offers beach lovers Victorian architecture, fine dining, bird watching, boating and fishing in addition to world class resort and vacation accommodations.  If you’re looking for information and reviews for your next trip to Cape may, you’ve come to the right place.Cape May Resort.com has been part of the South Jersey Cape May area since 1988. Let us put our local experience to work for you.

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The first of three Christmas Candlelight House Tours is set Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CAPE MAY – The first of three Christmas Candlelight House Tours is set Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Every year since 1974, Victorian inns, homes, churches, and hotels open their doors and welcome visitors on self-guided tours, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
Enjoy Christmas carols by candlelight, strolling musicians and vintage holiday decorations.

Featured properties include:

Beauclaire’s B&B Inn, 23 Ocean St.; The Bedford Inn, 805 Stockton Ave.; Congress Hall Hotel, Congress Place; The Dormer House, 800 Columbia Ave.; The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.; First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, Hughes and Decatur Streets; The Henry Sawyer Inn, 722 Columbia Ave.; The Mason Cottage, 623 Columbia Ave.; The Mission Inn, 1117 New Jersey Ave.; The Primrose Inn, 1102 Lafayette St.; The Summer Cottage Inn, 613 Columbia Ave.; The Thomas Webster House, 933 Washington St.; and the Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave.

Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3 to 12). The tour is limited and organizers recommend tickets be reserved in advance by calling 884-5404 or             800-275-4278       or at www.capemaymac.org. Any remaining tickets on the day of the tour may be purchased at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington and Ocean streets. Additional Christmas Candlelight House Tours will be held on Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Two hospitality centers, the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington streets, will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with warm beverages and traditional goodies. Free shuttle service on heated trolleys is provided throughout the evening.

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The first of three Christmas Candlelight House Tours is set Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CAPE MAY – The first of three Christmas Candlelight House Tours is set Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Every year since 1974, Victorian inns, homes, churches, and hotels open their doors and welcome visitors on self-guided tours, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
Enjoy Christmas carols by candlelight, strolling musicians and vintage holiday decorations.

Featured properties include:

Beauclaire’s B&B Inn, 23 Ocean St.; The Bedford Inn, 805 Stockton Ave.; Congress Hall Hotel, Congress Place; The Dormer House, 800 Columbia Ave.; The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.; First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, Hughes and Decatur Streets; The Henry Sawyer Inn, 722 Columbia Ave.; The Mason Cottage, 623 Columbia Ave.; The Mission Inn, 1117 New Jersey Ave.; The Primrose Inn, 1102 Lafayette St.; The Summer Cottage Inn, 613 Columbia Ave.; The Thomas Webster House, 933 Washington St.; and the Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave.

Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3 to 12). The tour is limited and organizers recommend tickets be reserved in advance by calling 884-5404 or             800-275-4278       or at www.capemaymac.org. Any remaining tickets on the day of the tour may be purchased at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington and Ocean streets. Additional Christmas Candlelight House Tours will be held on Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Two hospitality centers, the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington streets, will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with warm beverages and traditional goodies. Free shuttle service on heated trolleys is provided throughout the evening.

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Christmas in Cape May – Take the Cape May Lewes Ferry

Christmas in Cape May

November 24, 2012 through December 31, 2012

What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May?  This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights.  Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a seemingly endless variety of fun and tasty events.  From trolley rides to house tours, we offer something for everyone!

A Cape May Christmas Tour
New in 2012!  View some of Cape May’s grandest mansions by the sea on a narrated trolley tour along Beach Avenue, then tour one of Cape May’s famous Bed & Breakfast Inns.

Dates & Time:                  
Monday through Thursday November 26 – December 20 12:00 Noon

Departing Lewes:                          
09:15 a.m.

Lewes Return:                  
Return on any same-day departure; reservations required.

Cost:                                                    
$54.50 Vehicle/Driver Price (Fuel Surcharge May Apply)
$18.50 Age 13 and Older
$13.50 Child 3-12 years of age
 FREE Children 5 years and under

Physick Estate Christmas Tours
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.  The tour also includes a visit to the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Oldfashioned Christmas” exhibit

Dates & Time:                                  
11:45 a.m.
11/24 – 29, 12/1-6, 12/8, 12/10-13, 12/15, 12/17-20, and 12/24-31.

1:00 p.m.
11/30, 12/7, 12/14, and 12/23

Departing Lewes:                          
09:15 a.m.
Lewes Return:                  
Return on any same-day departure; reservations required.

Cost:                                                    
$50.50 Vehicle/Driver Price (Fuel Surcharge May Apply)
$14.50 Age 13 and Older
$9.50  Child 3-12 years of age
FREE   Children 5 years and under

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.

Dates & Time:                                  
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 24-Dec. 16, Sat., Dec. 22
1:00 p.m.
                                                               
Departing Lewes:                          
09:15 a.m.
Lewes Return:                                  
Return on any same-day departure; reservations required.

Cost:                                                    
$48.50 Vehicle/Driver Price (Fuel Surcharge May Apply)
$12.50 Age 13 and Older.
12.50  Child 3-12 years of age
FREE   Children 5 years and under

Holiday Inns Tours
Get into the Christmas spirit at three of Cape May’s festively decorated Bed and Breakfast Inns.  You’ll be treated to a holiday presentation at each inn.
Dates & Time:                                  
Mondays through Thursdays, Nov. 26-Dec. 20
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
                                                               
Departing Lewes:                    
09:15 a.m.
Lewes Return:                                
Return on any same-day departure; reservations required.

Cost:                                                    
$58.50 Vehicle/Driver Price (Fuel Surcharge May Apply)
$22.50 Age 13 and Older
$17.50   Child 3-12 years of age
FREE      Children 5 years and under

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Christmas in Cape May – Take the Cape May Lewes Ferry

Christmas in Cape May

November 24, 2012 through December 31, 2012

What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May?  This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights.  Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a seemingly endless variety of fun and tasty events.  From trolley rides to house tours, we offer something for everyone!

A Cape May Christmas Tour
New in 2012!  View some of Cape May’s grandest mansions by the sea on a narrated trolley tour along Beach Avenue, then tour one of Cape May’s famous Bed & Breakfast Inns.

Dates & Time:                  
Monday through Thursday November 26 – December 20 12:00 Noon

Departing Lewes:                          
09:15 a.m.

Lewes Return:                  
Return on any same-day departure; reservations required.

Cost:                                                    
$54.50 Vehicle/Driver Price (Fuel Surcharge May Apply)
$18.50 Age 13 and Older
$13.50 Child 3-12 years of age
 FREE Children 5 years and under

Physick Estate Christmas Tours
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.  The tour also includes a visit to the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Oldfashioned Christmas” exhibit

Dates & Time:                                  
11:45 a.m.
11/24 – 29, 12/1-6, 12/8, 12/10-13, 12/15, 12/17-20, and 12/24-31.

1:00 p.m.
11/30, 12/7, 12/14, and 12/23

Departing Lewes:                          
09:15 a.m.
Lewes Return:                  
Return on any same-day departure; reservations required.

Cost:                                                    
$50.50 Vehicle/Driver Price (Fuel Surcharge May Apply)
$14.50 Age 13 and Older
$9.50  Child 3-12 years of age
FREE   Children 5 years and under

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.

Dates & Time:                                  
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 24-Dec. 16, Sat., Dec. 22
1:00 p.m.
                                                               
Departing Lewes:                          
09:15 a.m.
Lewes Return:                                  
Return on any same-day departure; reservations required.

Cost:                                                    
$48.50 Vehicle/Driver Price (Fuel Surcharge May Apply)
$12.50 Age 13 and Older.
12.50  Child 3-12 years of age
FREE   Children 5 years and under

Holiday Inns Tours
Get into the Christmas spirit at three of Cape May’s festively decorated Bed and Breakfast Inns.  You’ll be treated to a holiday presentation at each inn.
Dates & Time:                                  
Mondays through Thursdays, Nov. 26-Dec. 20
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
                                                               
Departing Lewes:                    
09:15 a.m.
Lewes Return:                                
Return on any same-day departure; reservations required.

Cost:                                                    
$58.50 Vehicle/Driver Price (Fuel Surcharge May Apply)
$22.50 Age 13 and Older
$17.50   Child 3-12 years of age
FREE      Children 5 years and under

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Deck the Halls A Cape May Christmas

Deck the Halls A Cape May Christmas – Jean Barraclough

     A lot of people I know tell me that by the time Christmas actually gets here, they are sick of it…sick of the Christmas music, the decorations, the crowds (and probably sick of me saying how much I love it!). Obviously, I’m not one of them. I gear up the Friday after Thanksgiving and it’s all about Christmas from there to Dec. 25. I can’t even count how many sappy Hallmark movies I’ve already watched…even the ones I watched umpteen times before.

A Cape May Christmas

     Here in Cape May, one of my favorite Christmas events are the Christmas Candlelight House Tours. We do these on three Saturday nights, so you still have time to get in on the fun.
The first year I was here, I was on one of the trolleys. We run all five of our trolleys on a continuous shuttle all night, and a MAC staff person goes along to help people find the houses they want to see, and let them know what to expect at each stop.

     Naturally, my first year, I had only the slightest idea what houses were at each stop. I tried to blame it on the fact that I was riding backwards, facing the passengers, when I would blithely point out a particular inn to the right, only to have the driver whisper, “No, it’s to the left!” Thank goodness I had a driver who knew where he was going or those passengers might still be looking for the inns.

Christmas in Victorian Cape May NJ

     In other years, I was stationed at some of the inns participating in the tours. This is the best part of these tours: Not only do you get to see all the beautiful outdoor decorations that I just can’t get enough of, but you get to go inside these inns, too, something you normally wouldn’t get to do unless you were a guest there.
Cape May’s innkeepers are a breed apart when it comes to making people feel welcome. I don’t know how cheerful I could be as hundreds of people trooped through my house, but these folks are accommodating and pleased to show off their beautiful properties.

     For the past few years, I’ve taken a turn here at the Physick Estate, where the Carriage House is open as a hospitality area and for people to see the Christmas exhibit. I’m telling you, if you haven’t seen it this year, don’t miss it!

     We make coffee and hot chocolate, offer cookies, directions and suggestions on which houses to visit next. Remember, some of those on the tour are newcomers to town and they’re trying to find their way around in the dark.

Take a Tour in Cape May during Christmas

     What’s most special about it, no matter where I’ve been stationed, is the people on the tour who are infused with the spirit of the season. One Candlelight Tour a few years ago, we had a rainy night and people were coming in covered with plastic bags and anything else they could find to keep dry. But they were still having a good time.

     It’s hard not to. With the beautiful lights and decorations, the music, the warmth and welcome of the innkeepers and property owners, how can you not have a good time? This is the answer to the Christmas spirit that is jaded or just buried beneath mountains of life’s problems. Come to Cape May and come back to Christmas.

Jean Barraclough is director of marketing and communications at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC)

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Holiday Preview Weekend Cape May NJ

Holiday Preview Weekend  November 16-18: 6pm-9pm

Christmas in Cape May

November 16, 2012 through January 6, 2013
What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May? This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a seemingly endless variety of fun and tasty events. From trolley rides to wine tastings, from house tours to themed dinners, we offer something for everyone!

Get a head start on the Holiday season!   Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings.  Enjoy a wide variety of holiday tours and food and wine events to get you into the Christmas spirit. The Physick Estate becomes a Christmas wonderland during the holiday season. The Carriage House Gallery exhibit, An Old-fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years, captures the feeling of Christmas past with a collection of model trains and  toys beneath the boughs of our giant Christmas tree (through January 3, 2013). Visit the Estate on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7pm as Santa arrives to flip the switch for the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony (sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank). That evening the Physick House will be open for free, self-guided tours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to share in the holiday spirit and bring a non-perishable food item for the Cape May Community Food Bank.  For kids, there are Santa’s Trolley Rides and a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself. Grown-ups will enjoy holiday ghost tales during Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides.

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Deck the Halls A Cape May Christmas

Deck the Halls A Cape May Christmas – Jean Barraclough

     A lot of people I know tell me that by the time Christmas actually gets here, they are sick of it…sick of the Christmas music, the decorations, the crowds (and probably sick of me saying how much I love it!). Obviously, I’m not one of them. I gear up the Friday after Thanksgiving and it’s all about Christmas from there to Dec. 25. I can’t even count how many sappy Hallmark movies I’ve already watched…even the ones I watched umpteen times before.

A Cape May Christmas

     Here in Cape May, one of my favorite Christmas events are the Christmas Candlelight House Tours. We do these on three Saturday nights, so you still have time to get in on the fun.
The first year I was here, I was on one of the trolleys. We run all five of our trolleys on a continuous shuttle all night, and a MAC staff person goes along to help people find the houses they want to see, and let them know what to expect at each stop.

     Naturally, my first year, I had only the slightest idea what houses were at each stop. I tried to blame it on the fact that I was riding backwards, facing the passengers, when I would blithely point out a particular inn to the right, only to have the driver whisper, “No, it’s to the left!” Thank goodness I had a driver who knew where he was going or those passengers might still be looking for the inns.

Christmas in Victorian Cape May NJ

     In other years, I was stationed at some of the inns participating in the tours. This is the best part of these tours: Not only do you get to see all the beautiful outdoor decorations that I just can’t get enough of, but you get to go inside these inns, too, something you normally wouldn’t get to do unless you were a guest there.
Cape May’s innkeepers are a breed apart when it comes to making people feel welcome. I don’t know how cheerful I could be as hundreds of people trooped through my house, but these folks are accommodating and pleased to show off their beautiful properties.

     For the past few years, I’ve taken a turn here at the Physick Estate, where the Carriage House is open as a hospitality area and for people to see the Christmas exhibit. I’m telling you, if you haven’t seen it this year, don’t miss it!

     We make coffee and hot chocolate, offer cookies, directions and suggestions on which houses to visit next. Remember, some of those on the tour are newcomers to town and they’re trying to find their way around in the dark.

Take a Tour in Cape May during Christmas

     What’s most special about it, no matter where I’ve been stationed, is the people on the tour who are infused with the spirit of the season. One Candlelight Tour a few years ago, we had a rainy night and people were coming in covered with plastic bags and anything else they could find to keep dry. But they were still having a good time.

     It’s hard not to. With the beautiful lights and decorations, the music, the warmth and welcome of the innkeepers and property owners, how can you not have a good time? This is the answer to the Christmas spirit that is jaded or just buried beneath mountains of life’s problems. Come to Cape May and come back to Christmas.

Jean Barraclough is director of marketing and communications at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC)

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Holiday Preview Weekend Cape May NJ

Holiday Preview Weekend  November 16-18: 6pm-9pm

Christmas in Cape May

November 16, 2012 through January 6, 2013
What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May? This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a seemingly endless variety of fun and tasty events. From trolley rides to wine tastings, from house tours to themed dinners, we offer something for everyone!

Get a head start on the Holiday season!   Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings.  Enjoy a wide variety of holiday tours and food and wine events to get you into the Christmas spirit. The Physick Estate becomes a Christmas wonderland during the holiday season. The Carriage House Gallery exhibit, An Old-fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years, captures the feeling of Christmas past with a collection of model trains and  toys beneath the boughs of our giant Christmas tree (through January 3, 2013). Visit the Estate on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7pm as Santa arrives to flip the switch for the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony (sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank). That evening the Physick House will be open for free, self-guided tours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to share in the holiday spirit and bring a non-perishable food item for the Cape May Community Food Bank.  For kids, there are Santa’s Trolley Rides and a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself. Grown-ups will enjoy holiday ghost tales during Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides.

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