Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Wildwoods Host a Weekend of FREE Festive Holiday Events, December 7 & 8


 Kick off the 2012 holiday season in the Wildwoods with an exciting celebration filled with fun for the entire family on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8.

On Friday, December 7, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will host a special Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Lighthouse Courtyard. Santa Claus will make a special appearance and refreshments will be available. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and is FREE to attend.

The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is located at 1st and Central Avenues in North Wildwood. For more information call 609-522-4520.

Holiday house tours will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Friday, December 7 at three locations in the Wildwoods – The Candlelight Bed and Breakfast, 24th and Central Avenues in North Wildwood; Summer Nites Bed and Breakfast, 2110 Atlantic Avenue in North Wildwood; and the J. Thompson Baker House, 3008 Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood.

The holiday house tours are FREE to attend. For more information call609-522-3639. The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration also takes place Friday, December 7 and starts with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade at 7 p.m.

Bring a blanket or chairs and some hot cocoa, and enjoy a festive holiday procession along the streets of the Wildwoods. The parade commences at 15th Avenue in North Wildwood and heads south along Central and Pacific Avenues, through the Holly Beach Station Mall to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest, then proceeds east onto Ocean Avenue, and makes its way north to the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Parade registration begins at 6 p.m. with parade line-up at 6:30 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, located at 10th and Central Avenues. There is no fee to submit an entry for the parade. Trophies will be awarded later in the evening during the Christmas Parade awards ceremony inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Awards will be given in the following divisions: Community Service, Commercial, Marching Bands and Public Service.

The rain date for the Christmas Parade is Sunday, December 9 at 5 p.m. with parade line-up at 4 p.m. If the weather is uncertain, tune in to 98.7 The Coast or visit www.WildwoodHoliday.com for more information. 

Immediately following the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade, the fun continues at the Wildwoods Convention Center with a traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. After the tree lighting ceremony, festivities continue inside the Convention Center with the Christmas Parade Awards Ceremony and free hot chocolate and cookies.

Prior to the Convention Center Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Parade awards ceremony, the venue will host a Holiday Shopping Bazaar beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring holiday-themed crafters offering unique, one-of-a-kind gift items.

On Saturday, December 8, the FREE Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration continues at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a full day of shopping, crafts, face painting, local school children’s choruses & band performances, music, gymnastics & cheer performances, a magician, FREE holiday movies with FREE popcorn and a special visit from Santa Claus. 

Saturday’s exciting and fun-filled entertainment schedule:

All Day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) - Children’s Holiday Craft Making Table & Face Painters
All Day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) - Shopping Bazaar, Holiday Movies & Fun Entertainers
10:30 a.m. – Performance by Gibson School of Irish Dance
11:00 a.m. – Art of Gymnastics & Cheer
11:30 a.m. – Performance by Wildwood Catholic High School
12:00 p.m. – Santa Claus Arrives 12:30 p.m. – Magician Ken Northridge
1:30 p.m. – Performance by Glenwood Choir (t.)
1:50 p.m. – Performance by Wildwood Middle School Choir (t.)
2:10 p.m. – Performance by Wildwood High School Choir (t.)
2:30 p.m. – Performance by Avalon String Band
3:30 p.m. – Performance by Cape Trinity Catholic Choir
4:00 p.m. – Performance by Margaret Mace Choir

You can also grab a seat and enjoy the show as two separate viewing rooms play FREE holiday movie classics!

The movie schedule is as follows:

Meeting Room 1 
10:30 a.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
11:30 a.m. – Frosty the Snowman
12:30 p.m. – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
1:30 p.m. – Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
2:30 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version)
3:00 p.m. – A Charlie Brown Christmas
3:30 p.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Meeting Room 2 

10:30 a.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (starring Jim Carrey – PG)
12:30 p.m. – Polar Express (G)
2:20 p.m. – The Santa Clause (PG)

Don’t miss your chance to take part in a fun-filled, FREE holiday weekend celebration! Bring the entire family and share the holiday season with your loved ones. For additional information about the Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration, please call 609-729-9000 or visit www.WildwoodHoliday.com.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 1-800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com.


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods were named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” 

The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and Homes.com voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” The Wildwoods also received the Delaware County Daily Times 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for “Favorite Shore Town”. In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 by Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and was one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. 

Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

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