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Top Things to Do in Cape May for the Christmas Holidays

Cape May Christmas Get Into the Holiday Spirit and visit Cape May During the Holiday Season

Top 10 Things to Do for Christmas in Cape May

Spend a Holiday Weekend in Cape May for Christmas

Come to Cape May this Christmas to get in the mood for this Holiday Season. Cape May is transformed during the Holiday Season with decorated Victorian Homes, gaslit streets and holiday trimmings throughout the town. You can take a Christmas Trolley Ride or enjoy a special Christmas Dinner with your family and friends. The Cape May City Tree Lighting ceremony will take place every year

Always a holiday favorite , the West Cape May Christmas Parade will take place during the Holiday.    December 4 (Saturday) – COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
Parade start time:  5:00pm The West Cape May Community Christmas Parade is funded solely by donations, and sets the stage for the areas holiday season.  Always held on the first Saturday in December, now in its 55th year, the parade marches through town beginning at the West Cape May Volunteer Firehouse heading South on Broadway, turning East on Perry, and finishing its route through to the end of Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May.  Each year a small group of volunteers assemble creating an unforgettable hometown memory, made possible by the donations received through out the year by the Community and its guests

Top Things to Do in Cape May for the Christmas Holidays

Cape May Christmas Top 10 List of things to do during the holiday season.

  1. Here’s a list of things to do during the Christmas Holiday in Cape May
  2. Take a Cape May Christmas Holiday Tour or Trolley Ride
  3. Visit the Congress Hall and start a family tradition at the Winter Wonderland
  4. Visit a Cape May Winery for a wine tasting tour
  5. Do so Christmas shopping at the Cape May Washington Street Mall
  6. Don’t forget to visit West Cape May for the Christmas Parade
  7. Visit the Cape May Lighthouse for a spectacular view
  8. Walk the beach and spend an afternoon at the Brown Room warming up at Congress Hall
  9. Dine in Cape May at many of the gourmet restaurants open for the Holiday Season
  10. Take a Santa Holiday Trolley Ride

cape may restaurants

Cape May Business Updates

Cape May Restaurants

Indoor dining at the NJ State mandated 25% capacity is currently in effect. However, not all restaurants are offering an indoor option yet. Some have chosen to offer creative outdoor dining for the fall. And other restaurants have opted to close early this year. We will update hours for individual restaurants in the spring. Until then, please contact each restaurant directly to inquire about current days/hours of operation.

Click on the “Restaurant Name” column heading to sort the restaurants alphabetically.

Restaurant NameBYOBPhone #Address
Cold Spring GrangeYes609-675-4382735 Seashore Rd.
Good Earth Organic EateryYes609-898-6161600 Park Blvd.
Bella Vida Garden CafeYes609-884-6332406 N. Broadway
Big Wave BurritoYes609-898-8646605 Lafayette St.
C-View InnNo609-884-47121380 Washington St.
Exit Zero Filling StationNo609-770-8479110 Sunset Blvd.
Gecko’sYes609-898-7750479 West Perry St.
George’s PlaceYes609-884-6088301 Beach Ave.
Harpoons on the BayNo609-886-552991 Beach Dr.
Key West TacosNo609-898-8226479 W. Perry St.
Mad BatterNo609-884-597019 Jackson St.
Panico’s BistroYes609-884-7170422 Broadway
Rusty NailNo609-884-0017205 Beach Ave.
Ugly MugNo609-884-3459426 Washington St.
Viggianos on SunsetYes609-435-5026109 Sunset Blvd.
YBYes609-898-2009314 Beach Ave.
Homestyle To GoNo609-600-2084102 Sunset Blvd.
Ocean View DinerYes609-884-3772235 Beach Ave
Harry’sNo609-884-27791025 Beach Ave
Oyster BayNo609-884-2111615 Lafayette Street
Sapore ItalianoYes609-600-1422416 S Broadway
Aleathea’sNo609-884-55557 Ocean Street
Westside MarketNo609-884-3061517 Broadway
Willow Creek WineryNo609-770-8782160-168 Stevens St.
Fins Bar & GrilleNo(609) 884-3449142 Decatur St
Hot Dog Tommy’sNo609-884-8388319 Beach Ave.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake HouseNo609-884-7199261 Beach Ave.
Mario’s PizzaNo609-884-0085315 Ocean St
Quincy’s Lobster RollsNo609-305-4379320 Washington Street
Godmother’sNo609-884-4543413 South Broadway
Peter Shield’s InnYes609-884-90901301 Beach Ave.
Taco Caballito TequileriaNo609-884-4800429 Beach Ave.
H&H SeafoodYes609-884-4555956A Ocean Drive
Tisha’sYes609-884-9119322 Washington Street
Iccara Italian BistroYes609-884-0200311 Mansion Street
Merion InnNo609-884-8363106 Decatur Street
PrawnYes609-408-7070409 Elmira Street
Lucky BonesNo609-408-26631200 NJ 109
Freda’s CafeYes609-884-7887210 Ocean Street
Lobster House Raw Bar/Dockside DiningNo609-884-8296906 Schellengers Landing Rd
A Ca MiaYes609-884-6661524 Washington Street
Backstreet Simply DeliciousYes609-884-7660600 Park Blvd.
Magnolia RoomNo609-884-8409301 Howard Street
The Washington InnNo609-884-5697801 Washington Street
Hemmingway’sNo609-884-5611 x5501045 Beach Ave.
410 Bank StreetYes609-884-2127410 Bank Street
Harbor ViewNo609-884-5444954 Ocean Drive
Seasalt RestaurantNo609-884-70001035 Beach Ave.
La Doña Restaurante MexicanoYes609-884-550331 Perry Street
The Grille at Sunset BeachNo609-884-0008502 Sunset Blvd.
Saltwater CafeYes609-884-24031231 Route 109
Delaney’sNo609-770-8559400 Washington Street
Beach Plum Farm – Dinner SeriesYes609-602-0128140 Stevens Street
Congress Hall’s “Grand Lawn”No609-884-1816200 Congress Place
Ebbitt Room GardenNo609-884-570025 Jackson Street
McGlades on the PierYes609-884-2614722 Beach Ave
Vintage (at the Physick Estate)Yes609-884-60881048 Washington Street
Louisa’s CafeYes609-884-5882104 Jackson Street
Dry Dock Ice Cream Bar & GrillNo609-884-34341440 Texas Ave.
Elaine’sNo609-884-4358513 Lafayette Street
Pier HouseNo609-898-22441317 Beach Ave.
Stewart’s Root BeerNo609-849-9255502 Washington Street
Carney’sNo609-884-4424411 Beach Ave.
Mayer’s TavernNo609-435-5078894 3rd Ave.
Blue Pig TavernNo609-884-6500200 Congress Place
Black DuckYes609-898-01001 Sunset Blvd.
Cove Restaurant and Seaside DeckNo609-884-5159405 S. Beach Ave.
Union ParkYes609-884-8811727 Beach Ave.
Cape May Fish MarketNo609-770-3790426 Washington Street
The Red StoreYes609-884-5757500 Cape Ave.

Cape May Coffee and Dessert Places

Business NameAddressPhone Number
Peace Pie326 Carpenters Lane609-435-5321
Fine Fellows Ice Cream313 Beach Ave609-854-4934
Dry Dock Ice Cream1440 Texas Ave.609-884-3434
Chez Michele600 Park Blvd.609-435-5982
Ostara’s Coffee House600 Park Blvd.609-770-7718
Coffee Tyme414 Washington Street Mall609-435-5647


Most of Cape May’s breweries, wineries, and distilleries are open for outdoor seating, curbside pick-up and/or local delivery. Be sure to call ahead to place your order.Show 10202550100 entriesSearch:

Business NameAddressPhone NumberPick Up
Cape May Brewing Company1288 Hornet Rd609-849-9933Yes
Cold Spring Brewery733 Seashore Road(609) 854-3077Yes
Gusto Brewing Company3860 Bayshore Road609-849-8620Yes
Cape May Winery711 Townbank Road609-884-1169Yes
Willow Creek Winery160-168 Stevens Street609-770-8782Yes

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub provides New Jerseyans with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the State’s response, including information about services such as food assistance and small business assistance.

Have general questions about COVID-19?
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19:
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Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ or nj.gov/health for additional information

Visit the COVID-19 Information Hub


COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.The virus is most likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing and from contact with surfaces where those droplets have landed. Since this virus is new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.

Information for:

Communities and the General Public  |  Schools and Businesses  |  Healthcare and Public Health Professionals

What are the “stay at home” rules in New Jersey? What businesses are closed?

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable, the State of New Jersey has directed all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as:

  • obtaining essential goods or services,
  • seeking medical attention,
  • visiting family or close friends,
  • reporting to work, and
  • engaging in outdoor activities.

All gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized, are prohibited. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners. Beginning Friday, April 10, all businesses still open must adopt mitigation requirements as required by Executive Order No. 122 and as described here.

Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders direct the closure of all non-essential retail businesses and all recreational and entertainment businesses. Additionally, effective Friday, April 10 at 8 pm, all non-essential construction projects must stop.

Essential construction is defined here.

Essential retail businesses which are allowed to remain open to the public are:

  • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, to deliver online purchases directly to customers, or to arrange for curbside pickup;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores;
  • Bars and restaurants for drive-through, delivery, and takeout only;
  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops (added 3/24/20);
  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair (added 3/24/20);
  • Livestock feed stores (added 3/24/20);
  • Nurseries and garden centers (added 3/24/20);
  • Farming equipment stores (added 3/24/20);
  • Child care centers, but only if they certify by Friday, March 27 that they will only serve children of essential workers starting April 1 (added 3/25/20);
  • Realtors, but only to show houses 1-on-1 (open houses are prohibited) (added 3/30/20);
  • Firearms retailers, by appointment only and during limited hours (added 3/30/20);
  • Microbreweries or brewpubs for home delivery only (added 3/30/20);

Businesses Required to Close:

Non-Essential Retail: If your business is a retail business that operates with a physical location that the public accesses your services from, you must close your business to the public. Delivery and online operations of retail businesses may continue.

Non-Essential Construction (effective April 10 at 8 pm): Non-essential construction projects, as defined here, must stop.

Recreational and Entertainment Businesses
Recreational and entertainment business must close. These include:

  • Casino gaming floors, including retail sports wagering lounges, and casino concert and entertainment venues;
  • Racetracks, including stabling facilities and retail sports wagering lounges;
  • Gyms and fitness centers and classes;
  • Golf courses;
  • Entertainment centers, including but not limited to, movie theaters, performing arts centers, other concert venues, and nightclubs;
  • All indoor portions of retail shopping malls. Restaurants and other stores located within shopping malls that have their own external entrances open to the public may continue offering only food delivery and/or take-out services.
  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.
  • Facilities where personal care services are performed that, by their very nature, result in noncompliance with social distancing guidelines, including but not limited to cosmetology shops; barber shops; beauty salons; hair braiding shops; nail salons; electrology facilities; spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedures are performed; massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and public and private social clubs, whether or not they serve alcohol, including but not limited to facilities owned or operated by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, and any other social clubs associated with community service organizations. This excludes any health facilities that provide medically necessary or therapeutic services.
  • All municipal, county, and State public libraries, and all libraries and computer labs at public and private colleges and universities.

Non-retail businesses may stay open, but must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements and must abide by enhanced mitigation requirements.

Simply put, people should not be outside of their home unless they absolutely need to be. For example, professional service firms — such as law firms, accounting firms, etc. — may continue to operate, but must accommodate their employees working from home. If a business or nonprofit has employees that must be on site, it must reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue.

Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • law enforcement officers
  • fire fighters
  • other first responders
  • cashiers or store clerks
  • construction workers
  • utility workers
  • repair workers
  • warehouse workers
  • lab researchers
  • IT maintenance workers
  • janitorial and custodial staff
  • certain administrative staff

Nothing in Executive Order No. 107 limits:

  1. the provision of health care or medical services
  2. access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks
  3. the operations of the media
  4. law enforcement agencies
  5. the operations of the federal government.

Executive Order No. 108 invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107, the “stay at home” order. Municipalities or counties cannot 1) make any additions to or deletions from the list of essential retail businesses; 2) impose any additional limitations on businesses beyond the Governor’s Order; 3) impose any additional density or social distancing requirements; or 4) impose any additional restrictions on freedom of movement. The only exceptions over which municipalities or counties may impose any additional restrictions are: 1) online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging; 2) municipal or county parks; and 3) local beaches and boardwalks.

For additional information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses, please visit the State of New Jersey business portal at https://cv.business.nj.gov.

Updated: 4/8/20

Cape May Zoo

Cape May Zoo Covid 19 Virtual

Virtual Zoo School

Don’t get stir crazy! The Park & Zoo may be closed but we are bringing the ZOO-to-YOU! Welcome to our virtual Zoo School! Join us Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM as we take you on a virtual tour of the zoo! Each day we will feature a short clip of a different animal and teach you all about it. At the end of every clip we have a challenge for YOU to do right at home. You can show us how you completed your challenges by sharing photos or videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by using #cmczooschool.

Videos will be featured on our Facebook Page and on this page daily at 11:30 AM. 

COVID 19 Cape May NJ

Governor Murphy orders non-essential New Jersey businesses to close, residents to stay home

TRENTON, New Jersey (WPVI) — On Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered residents to stay home, banned all gatherings and told nonessential retail businesses to close by 9 p.m. to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“I take personal responsibility for the public health and safety of New Jersey,” he tweeted. “If you are unhappy about our aggressive social distancing measures, I’m sorry. But your safety is my highest priority.”

Murphy said he guessed that restrictions would have to remain for “weeks to months.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Saturday directing most New Jersey residents to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New Jersey has closed restaurants and bars for eat-in service starting March 16 at 8pm. Additionally, Governor Murphy strongly discourages “all non-essential and non-emergency travel” from 8pm to 5am. In his press conference, he asked everyone to stay home during those times, when possible, until further notice.

Cape May Fireworks

Join the Stewart Family and all American crew aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher for a fireworks cruise celebrating Independence Day.

Begin the trip with some dolphin watching, followed by a beautiful sunset and then an up-close and personal view of the fireworks show. Our fireworks cruises include FREE pizza and hot dogs. A cash bar will be available for fountain sodas, bottled water, hot beverages, and other snacks. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase at the cash bar.

On July 3rd, Lower Township’s fireworks display can be seen in the Delaware Bay near North Cape May. The display is co-sponsored by Cape May Whale Watcher and other local businesses and contributors. The fireworks display typically begins at 9 p.m.


On the 4th of July, the fireworks cruise will be on the Cape May beachfront in the Atlantic Ocean. The fireworks are sponsored by the City of Cape May and begin around 9 p.m.

Sit back and enjoy the best view in the Cape May area while aboard one of our fireworks cruises.

Free passes, vouchers, and discounts are not accepted on the fireworks cruises.

Your on vacation at the Jersey Shore and don’t want to be hassled with paper tickets or printers at hotels. Simply order your Whale Watcher, Dolphin or Fishing event with your iPhone, Android or Blackberry Smart Phone and show your phone for boarding. A confirmed PDF of your ticket will be e-mailed to you for boarding after final credit card approval. Please also 30 minutes as a minimum for all boarding.

Whale Watching in Cape May NJ


Book tickets as you travel to the shore for the Cape May Whale Watcherhttps://capemayresort.simpletix.com/

Are you looking for a local event Sightseeing Event in Cape May Jersey? If you are coming to Cape May for the day, a weekend or for a vacation, pre-plan and check out the local Cape May Events available for your trip. Find the date below on the Cape May Resort Event Calendar below and click on the date for more information. 

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Order tickets on your smartphone during vacation and board 30 minutes before your Cape May Whale Watcher Event

Your on vacation at the Jersey Shore and don’t want to be hassled with paper tickets or printers at hotels. Simply order your Whale Watcher, Dolphin or Fishing event with your iPhone, Android or Blackberry Smart Phone and show your phone for boarding. A confirmed PDF of your ticket will be e-mailed to you for boarding after final credit card approval. Please also 30 minutes as a minimum for all boarding.

Cape May Ferry Excursion Packages

Throughout the year, passengers can enjoy various day trip tour packages available through the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. In most cases, your excursion ticket includes a roundtrip ferry ride as a foot passenger, transportation to and from the attraction and admission to the attraction. Occasionally vehicle excursion packages are also available.

Due to limited seating on shuttles and busses, reservations are recommended for all excursion packages. Call Customer Service to book your tour package at 1.800.643.3779. To see what tours are coming up, check out the Events Calendar. 

Popular excursion packages include:

For ideas on great day and weekend trips to Lewes and Cape May, check out our travel posts in Explore Cape May and Explore Lewes. Most are self-guided tours, but provide great ideas for a wonderful day across the bay!

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