November 20, 2020 through January 1, 2021

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.

Christmas Candlelight House Tours

Henry Sawyer Bed & Breakfast decorated with christmas lights

We are thrilled to announce that the 47th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour will be virtual in 2020! Cape May MAC is creating a video featuring a dozen Cape May properties, all decorated for the holiday season, with interviews and more!
Details on how to pre-order the video coming soon.

This presentation is sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank and Brown & Brown Insurance.

Light Up Cape May

Decorate your home or business, help make Cape May a holiday wonderland and win prizes!
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Featured Events

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HOLIDAY TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY

Kick-off the Holiday season!

November 21, 2020
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Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings. Enjoy a free performance of holiday classics by the Atlantic Brass Band as we join Santa in lighting the tree!

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Scrambled eggs, sausage and toast plated on a table next to a bingo card for cape may macs Brunch & Bingo at the beach event.

BRUNCH & BINGO AT THE BEACH

Saturday, Nov. 21
9:30 am
Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St.

C’mon, girls…this is all about you! Leave the kids and your significant other behind and join us for a morning of brunch, bingo and a fashion show just for you from the lovely ladies at Cape May’s Lace Silhouettes and the Cotton Company.  You can win some great prizes and get free gift cards for these wonderful shops, too!

Tickets  $25

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santa saying high to a child an his family eating breakfast

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturdays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19: 10am
Sundays, Dec. 6 & 13: 10am

Enjoy a family-friendly table served breakfast at the Inn of Cape May as children visit with Santa.  Christmas lists accepted!  Treats for the kids.

Adults $20; Children (ages 3-12) $12; $5 children under age 3

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Holiday Trolley & Walking Tours

Christmas Trolley Tour

HOLIDAY LIGHTS TROLLEY RIDES

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 our Christmas traditions 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, across from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, on Ocean Street.    

Adults: $15; Children (3-12): $10

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Accessible with advance notice.

THE LAMPLIGHTER: A WALKING TOUR MYSTERY

A man.  A lamp.  A mystery. Take a historical walking tour and see the festively-decorated Victorian gems for which Cape May is famous. Enjoy the holiday lights of Cape May and help solve a mystery along the way. Tour begins and ends at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth on Ocean Street.    

Adults: $35; Children (3-12): $28

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SANTA’S TROLLEY RIDES

Bring the kids to the Physick Estate on weekends for a ride around Cape May with stories and songs led by Mrs. Claus.  Santa will greet children with a sweet in the gazebo on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. All rides start at the Emlen Physick Estate.

Adults $10; Children (ages 3-12) $8.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Trolleys are open-air, please dress accordingly.

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CAPE MAY TROLLEY TOUR AT CHRISTMAS WITH LIGHTS ON THE HOUSES

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST TROLLEY RIDE

A member of the East Lynne Theater Company regales you with a Victorian holiday ghost tale as you ride through Cape May’s festively decorated Historic District. Rides start and end at the trolley stop, across from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, on Ocean Street.    

Tickets $15 adults; $8 children (ages 3-12).

Advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Trolleys are open-air, please dress accordingly.

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Holiday House Tours

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

A DR. PHYSICK CHRISTMAS TOUR

Dr. Physick welcomes you to his home. Christmas is a wonderful time of year to come to Cape May and the Emlen Physick Estate is decorated to the nines! In this first person tour, Dr. Physick walks guests through his home, pointing out Victorian decorations and telling stories of his family and friends at Christmas.

Adults $15; Children (3-12) $8

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a christmas carol illustration of scrooge being visited by jacob marley

A DICKENS OF A MURDER

At the Emlen Physick Estate

BAH! HUMBUG! Ebenezer Scrooge is known for his miserly, uncompassionate ways, but he’s a changed man; he’s been practically giving his money away! Scrooge’s nephew, Fred Sawyer, is throwing a Christmas party and everyone is delighted by Scrooge’s appearance!  But when things go awry and murder is for served for supper, the guests may just become detectives…or even suspects.  This Christmas party’s a hoppin’, but there’s a murderer a knockin’! This evening will be a Dickens of a Murder!

Adults: $35; Children (3-12): $28

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

PHYSICK FAMILY CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR

This 1879 Victorian house museum sparkles for the holidays with authentic Victorian decorations that invite you to step back into Christmas past! On the Physick Family Christmas House Tour, you will visit the Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style, for a unique living history experience with members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. Also see the “Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit at the Carroll Gallery at the Carriage House, a breathtaking Dept. 56 Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree.

Adults: $15; Children (3-12): $8

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Emlen Physick Estate christmas tee

EVENING YULETIDE HOUSE TOUR

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 where a commemorative gift is yours to keep: a special Christmas ornament designed in 2020 featuring the 1879 Physick House. 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.

Adults $20; Children (3-12) $18

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Free Experiences

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

“AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS” EXHIBIT

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.

Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St.

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A MUSICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: TRADITIONS FROM HOME AND ABROAD

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Featuring a Choice Selection of  Melodies and Songs from France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, England and America.

Long-time friends and peers Conductors Jed Gaylin and Eliot Bailen, of the Bay Atlantic Symphony and the New York Chamber Ensemble respectively, will be presenting a holiday themed concert for classical music lovers to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes! After, join the Zoom Q&A session to ask questions about the performance as well as past music festival concerts. Participation is free and easy, although donations are always welcome!

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Emlen Physick Estate with a fresh coating of snow

WINTER WONDERWALK

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 and vote for your favorite fun & whimsical display of winters past.

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Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit

Decorating the Physick House Museum