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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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Christmas in Cape May, Get a head Start on the Season

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!

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Check out the Christmas in Cape May Video

Holiday Preview Weekend
November 16-18: 6pm-9pm
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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Christmas in Cape May, Get a head Start on the Season

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!

Click here to for a brochure

Check out the Christmas in Cape May Video

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