An Olde Fashioned Cape May Christmas Celebration

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.”

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This winter Cape May has put together a full schedule of events for the holiday season. We invite all members of the Cape May community to join together in an Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration. Local residents, businesses, seasonal homeowners, and visitors are encouraged to participate in any or all of these family-friendly festivities. And when you do, we encourage you to post pictures and videos on social media using the hashtag #CapeMayChristmasCelebration. Let’s continue to come together as one community in the nation’s oldest seaside resort to shine bright and celebrate the holiday season!

Cape May City Tree Lighting at Rotary Park

Saturday, December 5th at 6 pm

Join us for a night of olde-fashioned family fun including caroling, a tree lighting ceremony , and a special visit from Santa Claus! Rotary Park is located at 400 Lafayette Street in Cape May, NJ. Social distancing and masks are required for this event.

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree:
Christmas Carol Karaoke

Saturdays at 6:00 pm in Rotary Park: November 28, December 5, 12, and 19

Sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes at Rotary Park. A fun and free event for you and your family and possibly a new holiday tradition! Social distancing and masks are required. 

Sponsored by Seashore Sound.

Holiday Paws & Claws Photo Contest

Dress up your pets in their holiday best! Then take a picture to enter to win prizes. Submit your photo by posting it on either Facebook or Instagram and tagging it with #cmholidaypawsandclaws. Or you can submit via email at Entries must be posted or emailed by midnight on Saturday, December 19th.

Sponsored by The Boarding House.

Not Your Grandma's Fruitcake Baking Contest

Do you have a new spin on this Christmas classic? Enter your version of a fruit cake to in this tasty competition. Register by email at by midnight on Saturday, December 19th. Please include your name and a phone number. Entrants will receive more details about delivering their culinary creation for judging.

Sponsored by Cape May Historic Accommodations

Holiday Wish List Contest

November 27 – December 23, 2020

Follow the holiday lights to the end of the Parkway and head to Cape May this holiday season where you will find friendly faces and open spaces to enjoy a safe, open-air shopping experience with unique shops and delicious dining options. Simply visit any participating merchant for information and entry forms. Fill out a form and be automatically entered in our weekly prize drawings as well as the grand prize drawing for a weekend getaway to Cape May! Check back on November 15th to see a list of participating stores and restaurants.

Did you know? Cape May was voted Best Christmas Town in the State of New Jersey by Readers Digest on

Light Up Cape May Decorating Contest

Cape May always shines bright at Christmas, and this year is no exception. Be part of the town’s decorating contest by dressing up the outside of your home or business in it’s holiday best. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Residence, Best Business, Best Window, Best Olde Fashioned Display, Judges’ Choice, and Peoples’ Choice. 

Click here to learn more and to enter by December 7th, 2020. 

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May.

12 Days of Christmas:
Cape May Walking Tour & Holiday Hunt

Find all 12 holiday symbols hidden around Cape May, then snap a festive photo of you or your group and post it on Facebook or Instagram using #CapeMay12Days for a chance to win. Check back on November 15 to see more details about this family-friendly activity, download a PDF map of the symbols, or access an interactive version of the holiday hunt.  

Sponsored by Curious Cape May Bike and Walking Tours.


If you have any question about any events during Cape May’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration, please send an email to


“We are excited to let you know about this year’s Olde Fashioned Cape May Christmas Celebration that features fun and family-friendly holiday activities from November 27th through the end of the year.  Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays from our traditional city Tree Lighting to new events like Christmas Carol Karaoke at Rotary Park.  Cape May was voted Best Christmas Town in the State of New Jersey by Readers Digest and is a magical place to visit during the holidays.  Our masks may hide our smiles but not the twinkle in our eyes this season. So please join me and celebrate the holidays with your family and friends in beautiful Cape May.“
Clarence Lear
Cape May City Mayor