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Victorian Cape May at Christmas is a history buff’s delight! We open many of Cape May’s special Victorian homes, inns, churches and hotels to the public for visitors to take in the magic of the season. Learn about the history of Victorian Christmas traditions as you revel in the beauty of the lovingly restored Emlen Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style for Christmas, and much more.

Featured Tours & Events


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

Saturdays: Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 2020

 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Don’t miss the highlight of Cape May’s holiday season on only three nights in December! Christmas Candlelight House Tours feature over a dozen homes, inns, churches, hotels and B&Bs throughout Historic Cape May, meticulously decorated for the holidays, with their doors open for you! Relish in one of Cape May’s most popular traditions for nearly half a century during these self-guided walking tours.

$40 adults, $20 children (ages 3-12)

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See Cape May’s famous B&B inns!

Get into the Christmas spirit at three of Cape May’s festively decorated Bed and Breakfast Inns and private homes decorated for the holiday on these self-guided daytime tours.

Adults: $22; Children (3-12): $10

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Take a self-guided evening walking tour of five of Cape May’s finest Bed and Breakfast inns or private homes, specially decorated for the holidays.  Owners and Innkeepers will share their holiday spirit inside each location. The tour also includes a visit to the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit while enjoying warm beverages and traditional cookies.

Adults: $20; Children (3-12): $15

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interior photo of the the cape may Cherry House private home decorated for christmas

The Cheery Cherry House Christmas Tour boasts more than a dozen beautifully decorated rooms throughout this 167-year-old, privately-owned home at 637 Hughes St.  Frank and Beth Acker invite you to travel back in time while viewing Santa and Mrs. Claus beside the tinsel-covered tree; the dining room table set with the Christmas turkey and trimmings; the parlor Christmas tree ornamented with family decorations from the 1800s; and the Dickens Village lighting windows and mantel.

All tickets $10; Children (under age 10) free

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There is no more perfect place to celebrate the holidays, as it transforms to a Victorian Christmas Village during this season!
Join members of the Philadelphia Dickens Fellowship and step into a world influenced by Dickens’ writings. Includes a Dickensian Feast at Union Park.

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Cape May Henry Sawyer Inn decorated for christmas with lights on the house and the bushes

Take a 30-minute guided tour of the first floor of Cape May’s 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, decorated in authentic style for a Victorian Christmas. See how the Physick family would have entertained for the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit.

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

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Cape May Henry Sawyer Inn decorated for christmas with lights on the house and the bushes

Revel in the sparkly lights of Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes decorated for Christmas on this Holiday Lights Trolley Ride followed by a guided tour of the first floor rooms of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Tour begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop.

Adults $25; Children (3-12) $14

Combination tickets not available for online purchase. Click below to learn where to pruchase.



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

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 Christmas Traditions exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery, a breathtaking Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree.

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

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a christmas carol illustration of scrooge being visited by jacob marley

New Tour for 2020!

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