November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023

What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May? This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a variety of fun tours and events.

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CHRISTMAS IN CAPE MAY CALENDAR

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS

The owner of the mission inn is leading a christmas candlelight house tour in her living room with a beautiful Christmas tree lit up behind her

Cape May MAC launched its first Christmas tour in 1974 and ever since this tour has been a beloved annual tradition and a highlight of the holiday season in America’s only National Historic Landmark City. This tour celebrates the best of Cape May at Christmas, as you travel Cape May’s gaslit streets, hear musicians and carolers, and visit more than a dozen homes, inns, B&Bs, churches and hotels where you’ll step inside to see both Victorian and more modern interiors beautifully decorated for the holidays. Don’t miss Cape May’s longest running and most popular Christmas tour.

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VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT
HOUSE TOUR

a victorian porch decorated for christmas

From the comfort of your home, experience Cape May’s Christmas Candlelight House Tour, a beloved annual tradition for nearly half a century, virtually! Watch this virtual tour with family and friends and bring a bit of Cape May at Christmas into your own home for years to come. Featured are 10 Cape May homes, B&Bs and inns decorated for the holidays including interviews with owners and innkeepers. Participating properties include: The John B. McCreary House (“The Abbey”), Angel of the Sea Bed & Breakfast, The Bedford Inn, The Cherry House, The Emlen Physick Estate, Franklin at 721, The Henry Sawyer Inn, The Mainstay Inn, The Mason Cottage and The Mission Inn.

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EVENING YULETIDE HOUSE TOUR

Emlen Physick Estate christmas tee

Take this guided tour of the first-floor rooms of the 1879 Physick House Museum, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas. See and hear how the Physick family might have entertained friends and family and celebrated in traditional Victorian fashion during the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House and visit “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery and see this popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept 56 Dickens village collection.

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Holiday Tours & Events

‘TIS THE SEASON:
THE FORGOTTEN CAROLER

victorian house in the snow

An unexpected winter storm brings all of the Bennett family’s plans to a crashing halt! It seems that not even a joyful troupe of carolers can help restore the family’s holidays spirit. Is all hope lost? Or will the Bennett family find a way to enjoy their holiday? This original play written by Jennifer Hickok brings the audience along as the drama of a Victorian Christmas gone wrong unfolds from room to room on the first floor of the 1879 Physick House Museum. Immerse yourself in this delightful and inspiring Victorian Christmas story that revels in the magic of the season.

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LAMPLIGHTER CHRISTMAS TOUR

street lamp decorated for christmas

See inside a selection of Cape May bed & breakfast inns and private homes, specially decorated for the holidays on this self-guided evening walking tour that includes a visit to An Old-fashioned Christmas Exhibit in the Carroll Gallery at the Physick Estate Carriage House. 

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SANTA’S TROLLEY RIDES

Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus comes direct from the North Pole to lead this tour! She tells stories and leads holiday songs on this jolly holiday trolley ride through town. Santa joins the fun at the Gazebo on the grounds of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. Begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. (with free parking available).

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GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST TROLLEY TOURS

CAPE MAY TROLLEY TOUR AT CHRISTMAS WITH LIGHTS ON THE HOUSES

Listen to dramatic tales of Christmas woe featuring Victorian ghosts, told by a member of the East Lynne Theater Company, on this ride along the historic streets of Cape May. You’ll be happy you live now, not then. Begins and ends at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth and travels through Cape May’s historic district.

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PHYSICK FAMILY CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR

The cape may Emlen physick estate victorian house museum dining room decorated for christmas

Take this guided living history tour of the magnificent 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style for Christmas. Your guide portrays a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s and shares stories and traditions. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery to see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit, a popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens village collection.

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

Victorian New Year card

Victorians ring in a new century! Trolley Tour

It’s the Christmas season in the late Victorian age and Mrs. Frances Brooks leads this first-person trolley tour as she does her important holiday shopping around town, regaling all with then and now stories of the many shops, hotels, landmarks and personalities that make up the lively Cape Island social landscape of her time. This tour immerses you in Cape May social history and takes two steps back in time, as Mrs. Brooks reflects on her present and her past, including memories of her dearest friends, the Physicks.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS TROLLEY RIDES

Christmas Trolley Tour

Who can resist the twinkle of Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes decorated for Christmas? This trolley ride through the historic streets of Cape May is a delight. Listen to Christmas music and enjoy hearing about the history of many of the Christmas traditions of today. Victorian Cape May is outstanding at Christmas and this is a ride to share with friends and family to revel in Cape May’s Christmas spirit. Trolleys are open-air. Blankets are recommended. Cape May MAC blankets are available for purchase at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth and the Physick Estate. Tour begins and ends at the trolley stop on Ocean Street.

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HOLIDAY INNS TOUR

Emlen Physick Estate christmas tee

Get into the Christmas spirit as you tour three of Cape May’s festively decorated Bed & Breakfast Inns and private homes. Tour handout and map is available at the Washington St. Mall Information Booth or the Physick Estate.

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT BELLA VIDA

SANTA CLAUS WITH CHILD

Share a delicious breakfast with family and friends and welcome special guest Santa Claus, himself, as he visits Bella Vida Restaurant, 406 Broadway, West Cape May, and stops at each table to greet guests on select dates leading up to Christmas. He will meet and greet his fans with time for photos and sharing wish lists. Event is limited. We cannot accommodate parties of 8 or more. Advance purchase required.

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT OCEAN 7

victorian building with christmas garland

Share a delicious breakfast with family and friends and welcome special guest Santa Claus, himself, as he visits Ocean 7 Restaurant, the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., and stops at each table to greet guests on select dates leading up to Christmas. He will meet and greet his fans with time for photos and sharing wish lists. Event is limited. Advance purchase required.

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HOLIDAY CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES SHOW

SEA GLASS CRAFTS VENDOR BOOTH

This two day craft & collectibles show in Cape May Convention Hall is the perfect place to stock up on Christmas gifts for friends and family. Featuring a selection of local and regional vendors.

“AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS” EXHIBIT

a ton of christmas ornaments and dicken villages on display at the cape may mac An Old Fashioned Christmas Exhibit

Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St.

November 18 2022 – January 1, 2023

Enter a holiday wonderland and feel like a child again as you see our extensive Dept. 56 Dickens Village collection beneath the boughs of our giant Christmas tree. All this plus old family photos, trains and more. There’s even a place to drop off your letters to Santa! Located at the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House.

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WINTER WONDERWALK

Emlen Physick Estate with a fresh coating of snow

November 28 2022 – January 1, 2023

The grounds of Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., have been transformed for the holiday season. Winter Wonderwalk is an exciting new addition to the decorated estate. Walk the grounds to see fun & whimsical holiday trees.

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‘TIS THE SEASON & DINNER AT VINTAGE

outdoor restaurant seating at night

Enjoy dinner at Vintage at 5pm followed by the 6:30 performance of Tis the Season: The Forgotten Caroler. Fridays, December 2nd, 9th and 16th.

This original play written by Jennifer Hickok brings the audience along as the drama of a Victorian Christmas gone wrong unfolds from room to room on the first floor of the 1879 Physick House Museum. Immerse yourself in this delightful and inspiring Victorian Christmas story that revels in the magic of the season.

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Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit

Decorating the Physick House Museum