Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Make the Wildwoods Your Home for the Holidays


Escape the hustle and bustle of the season and head to the Wildwoods for the holidays. With shopping, hotel deals and holiday events, the Wildwoods are the perfect destination to make your season even brighter.

Enjoy the Friday, December 13 annual holiday parade from the window seat of one of many restaurants along Pacific Avenue; or come any day to explore the beautifully lit, downtown businesses competing in the fourth annual Downtown Business Holiday Decorating Contest, presented by the Greater Wildwood Jaycees and the Wildwood Business Improvement District.

Many shops selling unique gift and food items – some of which can only be found in the Wildwoods, will be open through the holiday shopping season to help you find that one-of-a-kind gift.

And no holiday is complete without fudge and salt water taffy from one of our many delicious fudge shops ; purchase a gift package that can be shipped anywhere in the country where such shore treasures are hard to find!

A number of hotels and motels are offering their lowest rates of the year; why not head to the Wildwoods to enjoy the serenity of winter sunsets and wistful waves along the shore?

The Wildwoods are also hosting plenty of FREE holiday events that are prefect for the whole family:

Friday, December 6
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, December 13
The Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 13
Wildwoods Convention Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Shopping Bazaar at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 14
Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration; a full day of shopping, crafts, face painting, local school children’s choruses & band performances, music, gymnastics & cheer performances, a magician, FREE holiday movies and a special visit from Santa Claus from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday’s exciting and fun-filled entertainment schedule for the Family Holiday Celebration is as follows:

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Children’s Stocking Making Table & Face Painters
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Shopping Bazaar, Children’s Craft Making Table & Holiday Movies
9:30 a.m. – Performance by Cape Trinity Catholic Choir
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Balloon Twisting
10:00 a.m. – Art of Gymnastics & Cheer
10:30 a.m. – Performance by Wildwood Catholic High School
11:00 a.m. – Santa Claus Arrives
11:30 a.m. – Magician Ken Northridge
12:30 p.m. – Performance by Glenwood Choir
12:50 p.m. – Performance by Wildwood Middle School Choir
1:10 p.m. – Performance by Wildwood High School Choir
1:30 p.m. – Performance by Avalon String Band
2:30 p.m. – Performance by Crest Memorial School Band & 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
9:30 a.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
10:30 a.m. – Frosty the Snowman
11:30 a.m. – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
12:30 p.m. – Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
1:30 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version)
2:00 p.m. – A Charlie Brown Christmas
2:30 p.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Meeting Room 3
9:30 a.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (starring Jim Carrey – PG)
11:30 a.m. – Polar Express (G)
1:20 p.m. – The Santa Clause (PG)

Don’t miss your chance to take part in these fun-filled, FREE holiday events! Book your stay now and start a family tradition by sharing the holiday season with your loved ones in the Wildwoods.

For additional information about the Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration, please call 609-729-9000 or visit

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.
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 selected in 2013 as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also 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 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 voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and were 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.

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

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