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don't miss the train this season!

Congress Hall is excited to welcome its 9th annual Winter Wonderland, Cape May's beloved holiday destination. Watch the Big House By the Sea's enchanted transformation from summer seaside hotel to a Christmastime spectacular complete with a carousel, train rides, a vendor shopping village, a 30-foot Christmas tree and a countless events the whole family will love. Enjoy annual highlights like Breakfast With Santa, Gingerbread House 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.

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Operating Hours

Thursdays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fridays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sundays: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Hours beginning December 23

Sunday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
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Congress Hall was recently honored as one of America's 10 Best Holiday Hotels by USA TODAY Reader's Choice. Now in its ninth year, Congress Hall's Winter Wonderland draws thousands of holiday visitors annually.

vendor village at congress hall

Enchanted Shopping Village
& Food Court

Searching for a unique holiday gift? We've got you covered. Browse from 29 local and artisan vendors in our Shopping Village. Discover finds ranging from clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more. Afterwards, warm up with a treat and drink from our Food Court & Bar.

Located on the
congress hall pool deck

train and carousel at congress hall

Train & Carousel Rides

It wouldn't be Winter Wonderland without a few rides on the Carousel and the Congress Hall Express. Climb up on a horse and enjoy a spin on the merry-go-round. Then, take a train-bound tour through Congress Hall's North Pole.

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train rides: congress hall veranda
carousel: congress hall lawn

Santa's Workshop

located in founder's hall

Kids from 1 to 92 will love an afternoon of Christmas crafts and storytelling at Santa's Workshop, located inside Congress Hall in Founder's Hall. Make your own Santa hat, decorate a pretty ornament to hang on your tree at home, and mail a letter to Santa. Then, gather 'round as we settle in for a story read by the one and only Mrs. Claus!


Christmas craft materials

Holiday arts & crafts

Thursdays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fridays: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sundays: 9:00am - 6:00pm
mrs. claus reading a story to children

story time
with mrs. claus

Saturdays & Sundays: 10:15am & 11:15am
letters to santa claus

Letters to santa

Thursdays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fridays: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sundays: 9:00am - 6:00pm


Holiday Dinner & Bingo

with blue and the clauses

Bingo is back, this time with a festive holiday spin! Bingo in the Ballroom was a smash hit this past summer. Now, Blue the Pig is bringing his favorite game back to Congress Hall just in time for Christmas. This time around, he'll be joined by a merry band of elves as well as two magical guests of honor: Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
Join us in the Ballroom for a delicious buffet-style dinner and a rounds of Bingo. Blue the Pig and the Congress Hall elves will be there all night to keep spirits bright, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance to interact with the crowd and join in on the game. Put on your Blue Pig ears (complimentary with your dinner ticket) and grab a card — this is family-friendly holiday fun that you won't want to miss!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 14TH, 21ST, & 28TH

learn more & view Dinner Menu Call the Concierge to Reserve: (609) 884-6542

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.

Gingerbread House Decorating

With Mrs. Claus

Head to the Harrison Room for an afternoon of Christmas crafts with Mrs. Claus! Decorate your very own gingerbread house to take home. We’ll supply the house and candy, so come prepared with your own decorating ideas and any extras you want to add!

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Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, December 22nd*
Saturdays: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Sundays: 10:00am to 12:00pm
in the Harrison Room at Congress Hall

$30 per house
Sessions are 1 hour long

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

*Blackout dates apply. Please call the Concierge for available dates and times.
Reservations required. Tickets to Gingerbread House Decorating with Mrs. Claus are paid at the time of booking and are non-refundable. Up to 2 decorators and 2 spectators are permitted per house (up to 4 persons per house permitted in room.)

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


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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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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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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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New Year's Eve Celebrations

Looking for the perfect place to ring in the New Year? We have a party you'll love here in Cape May. Celebrate in the historic grandeur of Congress Hall at the Glitter Ball, or share an intimate farm-to-table dinner at Beach Plum Farm. If something casual is more your style, the Rusty Nail is kicking back with our second-annual 'Aloha 2020!' New Year's Eve island bash.


new years celebration

Aloha 2020! New Year's Eve Bash

at the Rusty Nail
The Nail's New Year's Party is back! Say hello to 2020 at the Beach Shack this New Year’s Eve with an indoor beach party. Enjoy an open bar and rockin' live music. Watch the beach ball drop as we count down to midnight.
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new years celebration

New Year's Farm-to-Table Dinner

at Beach Plum Farm
Ring in the New Year with this magical evening at Beach Plum Farm. The final festive menu of 2019 will be curated by Beach Plum Farm’s own Chef Josh Liwoch inspired by what is fresh at the farm that week.
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New Year's Eve at the ebbitt room

Let the sounds of the piano serenade you in a round of Auld Lang Syne at the Ebbitt Room. Welcome the New Year with a four course meal and champagne toast.
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Glitter Ball

at Congress Hall
Elegant and lively, Congress Hall's Glitter Ball is the ultimate New Year's celebration. Enjoy a plated multi-course dinner, an open bar, a live band and more.
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Aloha 2020!

Beach Shack New Year's Eve Bash

Available December 27, 2019 through January 1, 2020

The Nail's New Year's Party is back! Say hello to 2020 at the Beach Shack this New Year’s Eve with an indoor beach party. 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.

The heat is on so put on your flip flops and Aloha shirts and dance the night away to the rockin’ sounds of the Smooth Edge Band. Watch the beach ball drop as we count down to midnight.

This package includes:

  • New Year's Eve Celebration Dinner for Two at the Rusty Nail*
  • 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

Call to Book: 1877-SHACK-07

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 Jennifer Barone at (484) 437-7504. Dinner has two seating times at 5:00pm and 7:00pm. Seatings are first-come, first-serve.

**Must be 21 years or older to attend the New Year's Eve Party.

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!

    Now through December 22nd

    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 and the Congress Place Suites.

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.

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    Wednesday, December 25th
    Served from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    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 your overnight stay: (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 and the Congress Place Suites.

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 honey glazed Berkshire ham 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 our Christmas Eve Farm-to-Table Dinner as a package enhancement*

Call Now to Book: (833) 327-6268


Book now! To make sure we have everything prepared for your Christmas Day cottage dinner, our 'Christmas at Beach Plum Farm' package must be booked by December 18th.

* 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.

Book Now

The Virginia Hotel & Cottages: (800) 732-4236

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.

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 four-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 10:00pm on December 31st.

Book Now

The Virginia Hotel & 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.*

Call now to book: (888) 944-1816

*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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