| Enjoy the 2018 holiday season in the Wildwoods with an exciting month filled with fun for the entire family.|
With festive activities and holiday events, along with exciting year-round attractions, there are plenty of ways to create holiday memories in this resort town. Check in to the Wildwoods; then check out the many ways to make the holiday season special for you and your whole family. A number of Wildwoods hotels are open during the holiday season, and a number of vacation rentals are offering low, off-season rates and specials. Visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com/Wildwood-Accommodations to see a list of places to stay in the Wildwoods.
Local wineries, craft microbreweries and distilleries offer local wines, beers, and spirits not found anywhere else and are located just minutes away.
Looking for something fun for the whole family? Take a day trip to the Cape May County Park & Zoo. Enjoy 85 acres of wildlife habitat with free year-round admission. You will discover more than 500 animals – including snow leopards, African lions, and bald eagles. For more information on the Cape May County Park & Zoo, please visit www.capemaycountynj.gov.
If relaxation is on your holiday bucket list, there’s plenty of “chill” activities to enjoy. Be awed by mother nature with a mesmerizing sunrise and morning stroll along the beach; grab your walking shoes and binoculars and spend a day wandering through a local nature preserve; or enjoy a relaxing bike ride on the famous Wildwoods’ Boardwalk or a romantic stroll along the water’s edge. End the day with an awe-inspiring, spectacular sunset viewed from the banks of beautiful Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest.
The schedule of 2018 holiday events taking place in the Wildwoods includes:*
Saturday, December 1
Family Holiday Celebration
Kick off the holiday season with the annual Family Holiday Celebration at the Wildwoods Convention Center! It will be sparkling with holiday lights and filled with the sounds of holiday music as the FREE Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration continues from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a full day of shopping, crafts, face painting, local school children’s choruses & band performances, music, dance performances, a magician, FREE holiday movies and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Saturday’s exciting and fun-filled entertainment schedule for the Family Holiday Celebration is as follows:
9 a.m. – Margaret Mace Choir
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Face Painters
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Shopping Bazaar, Children’s Craft Making Table, Free Holiday Movies and Stocking Making Table
9:30 a.m. – Cape Trinity Catholic Choir
10 a.m. – Cape May Dance Company
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Balloon Twisting
11 a.m. – Wildwood Catholic High School
11:30 a.m. – Santa Claus Arrives
Noon – Magician Ken Northridge
1 p.m. – Glenwood School Choir
1:20 p.m. – Wildwood Middle School Choir
1:40 p.m. – Wildwood High School Choir
2 p.m. – Avalon String Band
3 p.m. – Crest Memorial School Choir
3:30 p.m. – The Turning Pointe Dance Studio
4:30 p.m. – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
You can also grab a seat and enjoy FREE holiday movie classics. The movie schedule is as follows:
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9:30 a.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
10:30 a.m. – Frosty the Snowman
11:30 a.m. – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
12:30 p.m. – Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
1:30 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version)
2 p.m. – A Charlie Brown Christmas
2:30 p.m. – Polar Express (G)
Don’t miss your chance to take part in these fun-filled, FREE holiday events! Bring the entire family and share the holiday season with your loved ones in the Wildwoods. For additional information about the Family Holiday Celebration, please call 609-729-9000 or visit www.WildwoodHoliday.com.
Friday, December 7
Greater Wildwoods Jaycees Christmas Parade
The Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. at 16th and Central Avenues in North Wildwood and will proceed south along Central Avenue and continue down Pacific Avenue through the Holly Beach Station Mall until Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood where it heads west towards New Jersey Avenue and back north to Oak Avenue. At Oak Avenue, it heads east toward Pacific Avenue ending at Byrne Plaza where the awards ceremony will be held immediately followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
Registration will begin at 5 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center (10th and Central Avenues). Lineup will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the parade will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. There is no fee to submit a float entry for the parade. Trophies will be awarded to winners in four different categories. Awards will be given in the following divisions: Community Service, Commercial, Marching Bands and Public Service, and Individual/Small Group.
The rain date for the parade will be Sunday, December 9. Should the parade be postponed due to rain, the start time will be 5 p.m., with lineup at 4:30 p.m. If the weather is uncertain, tune in to 98.7 the Coast or visit www.WildwoodHoliday.com for confirmation.
For additional information about the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade, call 609-729-5501 or visit www.wildwoodholiday.com.
Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8
NEW! Christmas on the Plaza
New for 2018, there will be a Christmas on the Plaza event at Byrne Plaza at Oak and Pacific Avenues in Wildwood. This event will feature a craft bazaar, children's entertainment, music and refreshments! Hours are Friday, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
For additional information about Christmas on the Plaza, visit www.DOOWW.com
Friday, December 7
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Also on Friday, December 7, it’s the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.! The festive ceremony will take place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central Avenues, in North Wildwood. The event includes music, refreshments, a free tour of the lighthouse and Santa Claus! Admission is free.
For additional information on the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting, call 609-522-2955 or visit www.NorthWildwood.com
Saturday, December 8
Pinch the GrYnch Boardwalk 5K Run
The ‘Pinch the GrYnch’ Boardwalk 5K Run is fun for all ages! The 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. The race route will run south on the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Cresse Avenue, make a turn around and head north to 21st Street. Another turn will lead runners back to the Convention Center where refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded.
Registration is $30 per person or $15 if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for local children in need. For additional information or to register for the ‘Pinch the GrYnch’ Boardwalk 5K Run, call 609-849-8887 or visit www.lunchwithlynch.com/pinch.
Sunday, December 16
Christmas Concert and Holy Nativity
There will be a Christmas concert & holy nativity 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 the direction of Jonathan Delgado. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Saint Ann Church at 2901 Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood. A free-will offering will be taken.
Enjoy the holiday season in the Wildwoods this year with these fun-filled, free family events!
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.