Christmas in Cape May: Shopping, Sightseeing, and so much more!

christmas-316448_960_720Brrrrr. It’s a COLD start to the weekend here in Cape May! But that’s okay, because we are in the heart of the holiday season, and everything around town looks and feels just as festive as ever. For those of you who had the pleasure of attending West Cape May’s annual Christmas parade last week, we hope you had a great time and had the chance to wave to the Homestead cars! We remind everyone that tonight, Friday, December 9th, is the second night of Cape May’s annual hospitality event on the Washington Street Mall. If you’ve not been to the mall in some time, we especially recommend paying a visit this holiday season. Hospitality night is an ideal time to do so. You’ll find that the offerings have become a bit more eclectic in recent years, and there is truly something for everyone on your list…even if they aren’t a beach or shore decor lover.

 

 

 

With Christmas a mere two weeks away, there will be fervor of holiday events and activities around town. Here’s a look at what to do, where to be, and what not to miss over the next few weeks…

 

 

 

 

christmas-1750978_960_720The always popular Christmas Candlelight House tours continue, and if you’ve not yet experienced a tour you will want to hurry, as there are only two Saturday’s left before Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dscn1924If you’re excited to see Cape May’s Christmas lights but may not be enthusiastic about a full walking tour, a great alternative is the Evening Yuletide House Tour of the Emlen Physick Estate. This is a magical way to step into Christmas past, and it can also be combined with a Holiday Lights Trolley Ride! Relax and stay off your feet in the warmth of the trolley as you view Cape May’s historic district in its full Christmas glory.

 

 

 

 

 

wine-1078605_960_720On Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th, check out the Fourth Annual Holiday “Sip and Shop ‘Local Love Drive’” at the Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May. Admission is FREE. This is your chance to sample and purchase numerous local wines WHILE you shop! There will be over 60 vendors at the winery, indoors AND out. It will be cold, but be sure to bundle up and brave the outdoors because you won’t want to miss any of the fabulous selections of gifts crafted by local small business owners and artisans. Offerings will include jewelry, baked goods, and pottery…just to name 10174847_1523205574587789_1135376240108415258_na few! Finish up your holiday shopping and treat yourself while you’re at it. If you plan to attend this holiday event, it’s requested that you bring along a non-perishable food item to donate to the West Cape May Fire Department food drive. You may also bring an unwrapped toy for tots. Your donation will automatically qualify you to win over 50 prizes throughout the weekend. So shop, sip, and support this holiday season!

 

 

angel-8186_960_720Holiday events aren’t just for the weekend. On Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 pm, Angelus Chorus will be performing a FREE holiday concert at Cape May Convention Hall. Enjoy the sounds of the season as a beautiful selection of traditional and secular music will be performed.

 

 

 

 

 

christmas-1857461_960_720It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without attending a proper ugly Christmas sweater party. Have some fun on Saturday, December 17th at Fins Restaurant for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Ball. Enjoy food, friends, and even prizes! The event will begin at 10:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cmlfferrycrossingOn Sunday, December 18th from noon-3:00 pm, the place to be is the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal for a “Ferry Merry Christmas”. Santa will be on site, as well as Christmas games, a hot chocolate/cookie bar, and fun activities for children ages 3-9. This is a great event for the entire family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We hope you are able to enjoy some or all of these wonderful events over the exciting few weeks ahead. The anticipation of Christmas and the joy in the air creates a magical environment in Cape May, no matter what you choose to do! We encourage riding (or walking) around town to view the Christmas lights, dining in Cape May’s decked out restaurants, or maybe even taking a chilly stroll on the promenade while contemplating the beauty of the season and the tranquility of the winter to follow.

 

 

For our rental guests, whether you are planning a return to one of our properties or you’re discovering us for the first time…we thank you for your business and remind you to reserve soon. We know that after Christmas many of you turn thoughts to summer and sun! Everyone seems to have a similar idea, and there is a surge in summer bookings just after the commencement of the new year. So relax and book before the holidays to secure the summer property you want! Homestead also has numerous homes available for weekend rentals OR for the entire winter. It’s not too late to spend Christmas in Cape May, but if that’s not possible, try visiting just for a weekend!

 

 

We wish a joyous holiday season and a very Merry Christmas to our guests, neighbors, friends, and Homestead family. The holiday season will be end just as quickly as it began, so take time to relax and enjoy this wonderful time of the year.

 

 

 

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Give Thanks for Holiday Fun!

sunflower-187985_960_720Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s to hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday and a relaxing long weekend. The Homestead staff is especially thankful for YOU, our loyal clients. However it is that you’ve come to know of Homestead, we thank you for being a part of our family. We are a constantly evolving company, and this evolution would not be possible without our patrons and followers. So thank you for your business and your support. It’s very important to us and is never taken for granted.

 

 

Here at Homestead, we love to continuously remind our guests that Cape May is a wonderful place to be at ALL times of the year. This is especially true during the holidays. The magical winter wonderland that will take shape within the next week is quite simply an unparalleled experience, and the holiday season just isn’t complete without a visit to Cape May. It’s truly a step into Christmas past! With festivities kicking into high gear this weekend, here’s a look at what you will NOT want to miss this holiday season…

 

 

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By now, your email inbox AND regular mailbox have no doubt been bombarded with advertisements for Black Friday shopping. It’s true that Black Friday is an opportune time to shop for everyone on your Christmas list, and we remind you that many fantastic deals and sales will be available right here in town. Find unique gifts for everyone at the best prices of the season! The Washington Street Mall is the perfect place to begin your Cape May shopping endeavor…but we remind you that there are many other merchants around town that you may not be aware of. One such location is Free Love Bridal. While Free Love offers a lovely selection of fine gifts, they will also be hosting their first ever Bridal Gown Sample Sale. Dresses will be sold on a “first come-first served” basis…so be among the first to arrive on Black Friday at 11:00 am. For the brides to be dreaming of a Cape May wedding…treating yourself to a dress from Free Love is a perfect start. The bridal gown sample sale will continue at Free Love from 2 pm to 8 pm on Saturday, November 26th.

 

 

 

lynnardensSpeaking of which, the day after Black Friday is universally known as Small Business Saturday. Here in Cape May nearly ALL businesses are small, family owned operations, so this day is very important to our town. Once again, local shopping destinations will be open for business with special deals. Additionally, Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts will be presenting the Small Business Saturday Scavenger Hunt. This promises to be a fun way to shop and support our local businesses. To participate, simply pick up a scavenger hunt clue sheet at the information booth located at the Ocean Street end of the Washington Street Mall. Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

Friday , November 25th marks the return of the alwaysimg_6582
popular Congress Hall Winter Wonderland. Bask in the beauty of fantastic holiday decorations; let the children enjoy a ride on the Congress Hall Express, and shop the open air “shopping village” featuring one-of-a-kind gifts from a wide selection of vendors. The winter wonderland event continues through December 23rd.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, November 26th, don’t miss the Holiday Crafts Fair at Cape May Convention Hall. This is an especially ideal location to procure unique decorations for your holiday displays, tablescapes, and Christmas trees!

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm, the place to be is Cape May’s newly rebuilt Rotary Park Bandstand for the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Santa will be paying a visit! There will also be caroling, with a special presentation from the Lower Cape May Regional High School chorus.

 

 

 

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Beginning on Saturday, December 3rd (and also taking place on the 10th and 17th) Cape May will be featuring the always favorite Christmas Candlelight House Tours. There’s no better way to experience the charm of a Cape May Christmas, so be sure to reserve your tour early!

 

 

 

The venerable West Cape May Christmas Parade will be taking place on Saturday, December 3rd. The parade is back for its 51st year! It begins promptly at 5:00 pm from the West Cape May Volunteer Fire Department and makes its way down Broadway to Perry Street, winding up at the end of Carpenter’s Lane. This annual event is sure to bring Christmas cheer to all ages! (In case of rain, the parade will take place on Sunday, December 4th).

 

 

On Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th, be sure to return to the Washington Street Mall for Cape May’s annual Hospitality Night. Merchants will open their doors to sales, refreshments, and fun! This annual event is always popular for Cape May locals and visitors alike.

 

 

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Homestead hopes you and yours are able to thoroughly enjoy these hometown holiday events of Cape May. We won’t say that it’s the MOST wonderful time of the year (because yes, it’s not beach weather!), but it’s certainly one of the very best times of the year here in town. We can’t wait for you to experience all that Christmas in Cape May has to offer. We also remind you that summer 2017 bookings continue straight through the holiday season….and Cape May vacations or weekend getaways make fantastic gifts! So don’t forget to keep Homestead Rentals in mind when planning your holiday shopping this season.

 

 

Once again, we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a very merry Christmas season full of good cheer. The halls are decked; lights lit, preparations made and stores open. Cape May Christmas memories are ready to be made…don’t let them escape you.

 

 

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