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The Magic Returns to Congress Hall

Congress Hall is delighted to announce its tenth annual Winter Wonderland—our beloved holiday spectacular that celebrates this special time of year in Cape May. We've reimagined our grand holiday offerings for these times, complete with social distancing measures and enhanced safety protocols. You'll recognize old favorites like Breakfast with Santa, Congress Hall Express rides, and Santa's Workshop activities, as well as new offerings like the beautiful Winter Igloos at Congress Hall.
Yes, this year will be different, but it will still be magical—and we can't wait to share it with you.

Open through Saturday, January 2nd

Frequently Asked Questions

We've reimagined our Winter Wonderland offerings to provide a safe and socially-distant holiday experience.
Please view our Frequently Asked Questions for information on how Winter Wonderland will operate this season.

Winter Igloos

at Congress Hall
It's a beautiful sight: twelve snow-white igloos set up on the Grand Lawn of Congress Hall, warmed by the glow of our thirty-foot Tannenbaum. Featuring an elevated menu of cocktails and light fare, our Winter Igloos can accommodate parties of up to eight, making them the perfect private and socially-distant outdoor dining option for groups looking to toast the season together.
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Breakfast with Santa

at Congress Hall
Breakfast with Santa returns! We're thrilled to host this Congress Hall holiday classic again this season, reimagined with plenty of family fun and socially-distant visits from Saint Nick himself! Click here to view a menu and learn more about this year's Breakfasts.
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To learn more about how Breakfast with Santa will operate this year, please view our Winter Wonderland Frequently Asked Questions.

The Congress Hall Express

at Congress Hall
All aboard! The Congress Hall Express returns this year for train rides around Congress Hall's North Pole. The train will run every weekend at Congress Hall, cruising from the Veranda to the Flagpole and back again.
Congress Hall Express Train Schedule*:
Saturdays: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Sundays:9:30am - 2:30pm

*Through Saturday, January 2nd.

Train Rides are available to Cape Resorts Guests, as well as to dining guests with reservations at the Blue Pig Tavern, the Brown Room, the Ballroom and the Igloos at Congress Hall.


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Winter Wonderland

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Winter Wonderland open to the public this year?

Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland will be open to Cape Resorts hotel guests this year, as well as to dining guests with reservations at the Blue Pig Tavern, the Brown Room, the Ballroom, and the Winter Igloos at Congress Hall.

We invite all dining guests to enjoy Congress Hall’s grounds up to one hour before their reservation time.

Will you have the Vendor Village this year?

Due to capacity restrictions, we will not be hosting a Vendor Village at Congress Hall this year. But fear not! West End Garage on West Perry Street offers a warm indoor holiday shopping experience where you can find many of your favorite local vendors.

Are you hosting Breakfast With Santa this year?

Yes! We are excited to host reimagined, socially-distant Breakfasts with Santa in the Ballroom at Congress Hall, as well as in the Dining Rooms of the Blue Pig Tavern to provide extra space. Breakfast with Santa will take place every Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am - 3:00pm, beginning November 28th through December 27th.

Chef Michael is offering a playful new children's menu complete with holiday drinks and a special dessert. Adults will also enjoy a prix fixe menu, including beverages and a variety of entrees to chose from.

Santa will be popping in from time to time to wave hello between the hours of 7:30am and 1pm. He will be available on the Grand Lawn for photos from 1pm-3pm. To comply with health and safety standards, Santa will be available for contactless photos and appearances only.

To make sure that Saint Nick receives each Christmas wish, we'll provide every table with plenty of special stationary to write letters to Santa. We'll include a few expert elfin tips in your menu on how to write the perfect letter to Mr. Claus. After breakfast, head out to the Veranda at Congress Hall, where you'll find our classic Red Mailbox to ship your letter right to the North Pole.

What are the Winter Igloos at Congress Hall?

We’re thrilled to debut the Winter Igloos at Congress Hall—Cape May’s newest holiday dining experience. We’ve set up twelve Winter Igloos on the Grand Lawn of Congress Hall under the glow of our Christmas Tree, each providing private parties with an intimate, socially-distant dining experience. The Winter Igloos can be rented nightly for a party of up to 8 people.

We'll post more information—like Igloo Menus—here soon. In the meantime, you can reserve your Igloo here.

Please note: there is an Igloo Rental Fee of $50 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; $100 on Thursdays; $150 on Fridays & Saturdays; and $100 on Sundays. The Igloo Rental Fee will be charged upon arrival. You may cancel your Igloo reservation up to three days (72 hours) from the time of your reservation. Inside 72 hours, a $25 cancelation fee will be charged.

Will the Train be running? What about the Carousel?

The Congress Hall Express will be running every weekend throughout Winter Wonderland on a first-come, first-serve basis for Cape Resorts hotel guests, as well as for dining guests with reservations at the Blue Pig Tavern, the Ballroom, and the Winter Igloos at Congress Hall.

Congress Hall Express Train Schedule*:
Saturdays: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Sundays: 9:30am - 2:30pm

* Through Saturday, January 2nd.
Due to capacity restrictions, we will not run the Carousel this year.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are required to wear while on property and not seated at your dining table. Elf hats, however, are optional.

I have a question that’s not on this list. Who should I contact?

The Congress Hall Concierge is a great resource. You can call them at (609) 884-6542 or email them at [email protected].

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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