Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Unique dining experiences are being offered for the holidays at Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland celebration. At the 12 heated, winter-white the Winter Igloos arranged on the lawn overlooking the ocean, you'll find an elevated menu of cocktails and light fare, The 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. The Igloos are available seven nights a week after 5:30 pm. You pay an Igloo fee of at least $50 on top of your food and beverage. Reservations can be made through Concierge@caperesorts.com.
At Congress Hall you can also dine at Veranda Bar, where guests can warm-up at the Hot Cocoa Bar and enjoy the same menu available at The Igloos to pair with themed a la carte cocktails; no reservations required. Blue Pig Tavern’s a la carte menu is be updated for the season while additional seating is available on the outdoor patio in heated tents overlooking a roaring fireplace.
Also in Cape May, the tree is lit, the tours have begun and the Physick Estate is open. While at the
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Estate, visit “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery from 10am-8pm. The exhibit features a giant indoor Christmas tree display, an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos, toys and much more. Open daily now through the New Year (except Thanksgiving and Christmas). Go to capemaymac.org
At Holiday in The Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, lights, seasonal treats, Santa’s village and more than 30 thrilling rides are waiting for you this holiday season. Now through New Years, each themed area has been given a holiday makeover celebrating traditions from around the world. Kids can visit Santa in his workshop. Stay until after sunset to see a snowy finale. Fridays through Sunday through Christmas. After dark through Dec. 17, drive through Holiday in the Park, distinctly different areas throughout the 140-acre theme park which will be filled with twinkling lights, live entertainment, and festive music. Guests will enjoy distanced greetings from beloved holiday characters decked out for the holidays, popular iconic holiday decorations, a drive-by featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves, and much more.
And don't forget to make your reservation for Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy with Lights in Egg Harbor Township, just east of Atlantic City. They are open weekends in November including the Friday after Thanksgiving. In December, they are open EVERY DAY between Dec. 2-23. Advance tickets are $26.95 online.
For shoppers, Historic Smithville provides an array of shops and restaurants in an outdoor setting decorated for the holidays. With more than 60 restaurants and shoppes surrounding a lake, avoid the hustle and bustle of the indoor mall scene and have to wear a mask the entire time. Take a ride on the Holiday Train with your kids or enjoy the evening Holiday Light Show on the Lake which happens every night at dusk. Weekends in December, there are special events such as Dickens Fest, the Magic Talking Tree and Girls Night Out. Hours are: 10am-6pm Monday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm Thursday-Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday.