Winter Wonderland

Holiday Activities in Cape May

There's no better place to spend Christmas and New Year's than in Cape May. Victorian homes all aglow with festive decoration, beautiful solstice sunsets over the Atlantic, cozy boutiques and restaurants round every corner.
Over at Congress Hall, our Elves have been busy preparing the magical Winter Wonderland events and traditions you love. Enjoy annual highlights like Carousel and Train Rides, Breakfast With Santa, Gingerbread Decorating and more, along with a host of new favorites like Holiday Bingo and Dinner with Blue the Pig & the Clauses. Explore all there is to do and plan your wintertime getaway today to discover the magic for yourself.

Holiday Highlights

Winter Wonderland
at Congress Hall

Celebrate the most magical time of year in Cape May with our annual holiday events for the whole family.

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holiday
decorations

in the historic district

While the gems of Gingerbread, Late Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial and Gothic Revival style that make up our Historic District are impressive at any time of the year, they certainly do shine a little brighter when the holidays come around. The timeless quality Cape May enjoys by architectural design fits perfectly with the spirit of the Christmas season. Resorts and private residences alike partake in the festivities, decking the halls with wreaths, string lights, pine garland and — occasionally — a mischievous Santa or two.

So set out with hot chocolate in hand to take in the seasonal sights. Popular attractions can be found along Jackson Street, Perry Street, Columbia Avenue, Gurney Street and Congress Place.

Winter Wonderland

at Congress Hall

Congress Hall's Winter Wonderland is Cape May's can't-miss holiday destination. Join us to welcome the yuletide season and watch the Big House By the Sea's enchanted transformation. Kids from 1 to 92 will love our festive holiday decorations, rides on the Congress Hall Express & Carousel, Santa's Workshop, arts & crafts, tasty treats and so much more.

Open Friday, November 29th - Tuesday, December 31st

Winter Wonderland

Enchanted Vendor Village

Need to find the perfect gift for that special someone? Winter Wonderland's Enchanted Vendor Village has you covered. Browse from over 18 specialty artisans selling local and handmade products ranging from clothing, toys, souvenirs, small batch foods and more.

Open Friday, November 29th - Tuesday, December 31st

Winter Wonderland

Train & Carousel Rides

It'll be hard not to find yourself in a merry mood after a ride on the Congress Hall Express or Carousel. Grab your tickets and hang tight to your horse, or find a seat on the train for a trip around the Congress Hall North Pole.

Available Friday, November 29th - Tuesday, December 31st

Winter Wonderland

Operating Hours

Friday, November 29th - Sunday, December 1st

Friday, November 29th: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday, November 30th: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, December 1st: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday, December 5th - Sunday, December 8th

Thursday, December 5th: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, December 6th: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday, December 7th: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday, December 8th: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday, December 12th - Sunday, December 15th

Thursday, December 12th: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, December 13th: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, December 14th: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, December 15th: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday, December 19th - Sunday, December 22nd

Thursday, December 19th: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, December 20th: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, December 21st: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, December 22nd: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Monday, December 23rd - Tuesday, December 31st

Monday, December 23rd: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 24th: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 25th: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday, December 26th: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday, December 27th: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, December 28th: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Sunday, December 29th: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Monday, December 30th: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 31st: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

The Annual Congress Hall

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Head to Congress Hall's Grand Lawn as we usher in the spirit of the holidays with our Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy live music from our Festival Choir as we wait in anticipation. Then, we'll count down together and throw the switch, illuminating our gorgeous 30-foot Tannenbaum.

Friday, December 6th

A Congress Hall Christmas

A Cape May Stage Production

Join us in the Harrison Room for an original holiday play: A Congress Hall Christmas. Written by Marlena Lustik and directed by Roy Steinberg of Cape May Stage, A Congress Hall Christmas is a heartwarming tale filled with Christmas and Congress Hall characters alike! The whole family will love this production about a rekindling of the holiday spirit.

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Join Blue the Pig, Santa and Mrs. Claus on a lighthearted holiday adventure. With Christmas soon approaching, Santa and Mrs. Claus head to their favorite vacation spot for some rest and relaxation. With the assistance of their new friend Blue, Mr. and Mrs. Claus soon meet some of the ghosts hanging around Congress Hall and find the holiday spirit they were searching for!

    November 29th - December 29th

    Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm
    Sunday Matinées at 3:00pm
    in the Harrison Room at Congress Hall

    $25 General Admission
    $15 Children

Reserve Show Tickets

Round out the evening with dinner and a show at the Blue Pig Tavern! Dinner seatings for the Thursday and Friday evening shows are recommended no later than 5:00pm. Lunch seatings for the Sunday matinée are recommended no later than 1:00pm. Please call (609) 884-8422 to set up your Blue Pig Tavern reservation.

Holiday Feasts

Everybody knows — the holidays are all about food, friends and family. Here in Cape May, we've prepared a number of dining events that will let you share in the spirit of the season with the ones you love. Join in on the fun at holiday Bingo & Dinner with Blue and the Clauses, or settle in to the warmth and elegance of a holiday Farm-to-Table Dinner at Beach Plum Farm. No matter your taste, we have a dining event that will help to make your season bright.
call the concierge to book: (609) 884-6542


santa claus taking to children at congress hall's breakfast with santa

Breakfast
with Santa

November 30th
December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd
at Congress Hall

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and a visit with the big man himself — Santa Claus!
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tablescape of a holiday dinner in the hoop house at beach plum farm, twinkle lights on the ceiling and a Christmas tree at the center

Holiday Farm-to-Table Dinners

at Beach Plum Farm
Communal tables under twinkle lights, plates that bring our fields to your fork — the Holiday Farm-to-Table Dinner series at Beach Plum Farm is one the winter season's most anticipated culinary events.
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blue the pig wearing a santa hat

Holiday Dinner & Bingo with Blue

December 14th, 21st & 28th
at Congress Hall

Bingo is back by popular demand, this time with a festive holiday spin! Join Blue the Pig in the Ballroom as he hosts his very own dinner and rounds of Bingo.
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congress hall ballroom set up for a Christmas banquet

Christmas Dinner
in the Ballroom

December 25th at Congress Hall
Leave this year's Christmas cooking to the chefs at Congress Hall. Enjoy a delicious banquet in the Congress Hall Ballroom featuring Christmas ham, buttery mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and more.
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holiday getaways

Breakfast with Santa at Congress Hall

Santa is coming to Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom! Enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit with Jolly Old St. Nick. Breakfast with Santa can be booked as a Stay Enhancement with room reservations at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, the Congress Place Suites and the Beach Shack.

This breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, bacon, fruit, buttermilk pancakes, sweet treats, and much more. Kids will get the chance to tell Father Christmas all of their Christmas wishes, while parents snap a pretty picture for the mantle. This is a Cape May holiday favorite that you won't want to miss!

    November 30th - December 22nd

    November 30th
    December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd

    9:00am - 2:00pm
    in the Congress Hall Ballroom

    Adults $28
    Children (ages 4-12) $16
    Children 3 and younger are complimentary

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Stay Overnight

Book Breakfast with Santa as a Stay Enhancement along with your getaway. Our Reservations Agents will be happy to help with arrangements.

Call to book your
overnight stay: (855) 290-8467

Breakfast with Santa can be booked as a Stay Enhancement with room reservations at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, the Congress Place Suites and the Beach Shack.

Reserve Your Tickets

Please call the Concierge Desk to reserve your tickets to Breakfast With Santa. Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are first-come, first-serve.

Call the Concierge Desk
to Reserve Tickets: (609) 884-6542

A credit card is required at the time of booking. Our cancelation policy states that the reservation must be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the reservation to avoid a full charge to the card for each ticket reserved.

Christmas Dinner in the Ballroom

Leave the Christmas cooking to the Chefs at Congress Hall this year and join us for a beautiful Dinner in the Ballroom. Christmas Dinner can be booked as a Stay Enhancement with room reservations at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, the Congress Place Suites and the Beach Shack.

Executive Chef Michael Greenstein has prepared a delicious buffet menu featuring Christmas ham, buttery mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and more. Join us in the Ballroom for the afternoon's feast, or choose to start a new holiday tradition this year and stay overnight in one of our beautiful Cape May hotels. When Santa takes his ride around the world, stay with us and wake up in Cape May on Christmas morning. Enjoy our Winter Wonderland, and sip on hot cocoa as you stroll along our Veranda. Walk around Cape May and discover the beautiful lights and charm of our Victorian town at this special time of year.

    Wednesday, December 25th
    Served from 1:00pm - 6:00pm

    Adults: $50
    Children: (ages 4-12) $20
    Children 3 and younger are complimentary

Stay Overnight

Book Christmas Dinner in the Ballroom as a Stay Enhancement along with your getaway. Our Reservations Agents will be happy to help with arrangements.

Call to book: (855) 290-8467

Christmas Dinner in the Ballroom can be booked as a Stay Enhancement with room reservations at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, the Congress Place Suites and the Beach Shack.

Reserve Your Tickets

Please call the Concierge Desk to reserve your tickets to Christmas Dinner in the Ballroom. Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are first-come, first-serve.

Call the Concierge Desk
to Reserve Tickets: (609) 884-6542

A credit card is required at the time of booking. Our cancelation policy states that the reservation must be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the reservation to avoid a full charge to the card for each ticket reserved.

Christmas at Beach Plum Farm

Available December 23rd through 26th

Celebrate Christmas surrounded by the magic of our farm. Enjoy luxurious cottage accommodations, Christmas dinner in your cottage complete with all the trimmings, guided excursions and more.

Christmas at Beach Plum Farm

Start a new tradition during this special time of year with the ones you love in our idyllic cottages at Beach Plum Farm. As you open the front door adorned with a fresh wreath made of pine, inside you’ll find the stockings hung and picture-perfect twinkle lights. Join in on a farm-to-table dining experience at the hoop house on Christmas Eve, then it’s back to the cottage for sweet dreams as you await Santa’s arrival. On Christmas Day you’ll find the elves have stocked the fridge with a seasoned turkey and side dishes prepared to perfection. You just pop them in the oven, which leaves more time for relaxing, opening gifts, playing games and making memories with your family. At night the back trails of the Elfin marsh are lit by star-studded winter skies, perfect for star gazing, hot chocolate and holiday storytelling. This Christmas, enjoy a picture-perfect holiday surrounded by the ones you love at Beach Plum Farm.

Your Christmas Holiday includes:

  • Cottage or Barn Accommodations at Beach Plum Farm, perfect for your entire family, extended family or your favorite group of friends
  • Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for four in your cottage (with the option to add more people)
  • Guided excursion of your choice, each day
  • Access to Beach Plum Farm golf carts and bicycles
  • Plus, you can add the Christmas Eve Farm To table Dinner as a package enhancement*

Call Now to Book: (833) 327-6268


* Package enhancements can be added when making your reservation.

'Twas the Night at the Virginia

Available through December 28th

Celebrate Christmas this year in the warmth and sophistication of the Virginia. Enjoy deluxe accommodations, Christmas dinner for two in the Ebbitt Room, decadent chocolate with a bottle of wine at turn down on Christmas Eve and more.

Wake up in Cape May on Christmas morning among evergreens, twinkle lights, and beautifully decked halls. Relax and enjoy a perfect dinner in the Ebbitt Room, with all of the holiday trimmings. Stroll along the Victorian Streets, stop by Congress Hall's festive Winter Wonderland, and discover the charm of our Victorian town at this special time of year.

Package includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Christmas Dinner for Two in the Ebbitt Room*
  • Decadent Chocolate with a Bottle of Wine at turn down on Christmas Eve
  • Continental Breakfast for Two each morning
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

Once you book the "'Twas the Night" package, please call the Ebbitt Room at (609) 884-5700 to reserve your seats for Christmas Dinner. Dinner is served from 2:00pm to 7:00pm on December 25th.

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the Virginia Hotel call to book the Virginia cottages: (800) 732-4236

Aloha 2020!

Beach Shack New Year's Eve Bash

Available December 27, 2019 through January 1, 2020

Say hello to 2020 at The Rusty Nail's Beach Bash this New Year's Eve. Enjoy deluxe accommodations at the Beach Shack, a New Year's Eve dinner celebration for two at the Nail, a recovery kit to bounce back in the morning and a 5pm late checkout on New Year's Day.

We're sending out 2019 with the second annual Rusty Nail New Year's indoor beach party. The heat is on so put on your flip flops and Aloha shirts and dance the night away to a live band. Count down to midnight, and watch as the beach ball drops at midnight.

This package includes:

  • New Year's Eve Celebration Dinner for Two at the Rusty Nail ($75 dining credit)*
  • Open Bar and Champagne Toast along with Savory bites at Midnight**
  • Recovery Kit for two with everything you need to bounce back: juice, bottled water and individual aspirin packets
  • Guaranteed 5pm Late Checkout on January 1st

Book Now

Ring in the New Year with friends! Additional adult Party tickets may be purchased as a Stay Enhancement at the time of booking.

After booking your package, please make your reservation for the Rusty Nail New Year's Eve Dinner by calling (609) 884-6542. Dinner is available from 8:30 until 10:00. The New Year's Eve Party ends at 1:30am.

*Dinner must be signed to room for $75 dining credit to be applied.
**Must be 21 years or older to attend the New Year's Eve Party.

New Year's Eve at Beach Plum Farm

Available December 27th through 31st

Ring in 2020 in the splendor of Beach Plum Farm. Enjoy deluxe cottage accommodations, a New Year's Eve Dinner & Celebration in our Hoop House & Barn, a stocked refrigerator with farm-fresh goods and more.

Ring in 2020 at Beach Plum Farm

Plant the seed for the perfect year by celebrating with us at Beach Plum Farm. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres underscored by the sounds of the farm and the fiddle. Bring your own spirits, and we’ll add a touch of our fresh herbs and juices to make the perfect artisanal cocktails. After a farm-to-table New Year’s feast in the hoop house, enjoy a hayride to the back fields. Take a look up at the night sky and make your wish upon a New Year’s star before heading back to the barn for dancing. Join us in the countdown to midnight as we celebrate the second annual Beach Plum Farm New Year’s Egg Drop. The final festive menu of the year will be curated by Chef Joshua Liwoch, inspired by what is fresh and in season.

Your New Years Holiday includes:

  • Cottage or Barn Accommodations at Beach Plum Farm, perfect for your entire family, extended family or your favorite group of friends
  • NYE Celebration for four with Farm-to-Table dinner in the Hoop House and dancing in the Amish barn (with the option to add more people)
  • Stocked refrigerator with all the makings for a farm fresh breakfast plus other treats
  • Guided excursion of your choice, each day
  • Access to Beach Plum Farm golf carts and bicycles
  • Late Checkout of 5pm

Call Now to Book: (833) 327-6268

New Year's Eve at the Virginia

Available through January 1, 2020

Toast to the New Year with someone special at the Virginia. Enjoy dinner in the Ebbitt Room, glasses of champagne, a late check out on New Year's Day and more.

Savor a New Year's meal of farm fresh cuisine. Our Executive Chef Jason Hanin has been meticulously preparing a special three-course menu to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to new beginnings. Ring in the New Year with a champagne toast for two. Let the sounds of the piano serenade you in a round of Auld Lang Syne as you welcome the New Year in Cape May.

Your package includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Dinner for Two in the Ebbitt Room on New Year's Eve*
  • Two Glasses of Champagne
  • Continental Breakfast each morning of your stay
  • 3pm Late Check-out
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

Once you book the "New Year's Eve at the Virginia" package, please call the Ebbitt Room at (609) 884-5700 to reserve your seats for New Year's Eve Dinner. Dinner is served from 5:00pm to 7:45pm or 8:00pm to 10:30pm on December 31st.

Book Now

the Virginia Hotel call to book the Virginia cottages: (800) 732-4236

Glitter Ball Getaway

Available through January 1, 2020

Cheers to 2020 with family and friends in Congress Hall's Beautiful Grand Ballroom at America’s first seaside resort. Enjoy deluxe accommodations, two tickets to the Glitter Ball, a late checkout on New Year's Day and more.

Celebrate the evening with dinner and dancing to live music. You can dance the night away and head right up to your room, or keep the party going at the Boiler Room after-party. The only way to welcome 2020 is at Congress Hall's Glitter Ball!

As our guest you will enjoy:

  • Two Tickets to Congress Hall's Glitter Ball, which includes:
    — Open Bar
    — Passed hors d' oeuvres
    — A three-course plated dinner
    — Champagne Toast
  • $30 Blue Pig Breakfast Dining Credit, per room night**
  • 3pm Late Checkout
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

Celebrate New Year's Eve with friends! Additional tickets to the Glitter Ball can be purchased as a Stay Enhancement at the time of booking.*

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*Guests can purchase no more than two extra tickets per room.
**$30 Blue Pig dining credit must be signed to your room to be applied. No Cash Value.

stay overnight

& create a new holiday tradition

Stay in Cape May for a holiday experience the entire family will cherish forever. Retreat to your plush guest room at Congress Hall after a day of Winter Wonderland whimsy, or unwrap gifts in the cozy living room of one of our Beach Plum Farm cottages. With accommodations ranging from quaint and intimate boutique rooms to whole-house luxury rentals, a stay with Cape Resorts is a guarantee that your season will be merry and bright.
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