Thursday, October 26, 2023

Catch the spirit of the holiday season in the Wildwoods

The Wildwoods host four weekends of holiday fun with a Holiday Shopping Village, Holidays at HenVille and Small Business Holiday Shopping...


THE WILDWOODS - Embrace the festive spirit of the season in the Wildwoods by indulging in small business shopping and exciting holiday events!

The Wildwoods may be a favorite summer destination, thanks to its free white sandy beaches, world famous boardwalk and vintage Doo Wop architecture, but the cooler temperatures signal the transformation of the island into a fun holiday destination. Year round businesses are gearing up for the holiday season with special offerings and personalized service you can't get with the large box stores for from shopping online; and shopping small has an undeniable trickle-down effect.

For every $100 dollars spent at a locally-owned business, nearly $70 stays in the community and contributes to local economic growth. 

"Shopping small" also allows customers to get to know the people behind the product or service, which results in unbeatable customer service and personalization. Whether it's fudge, bikes, surf boards, jewelry, clothing, pet supplies or home decor, you can find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. For a list of local businesses, be sure to visit

Small Business Saturday

The Wildwoods' 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Village is back, promising a Small Business Saturday experience like never before. The copletely outdoor shopping experience will take place at Byrne Plaza on Saturday, November 25 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, and will feature numerous small business vendors offering everything visitors need for their holiday shopping lists. From handcrafted jewelry to baked goods, holiday decorations and so much more, this year's Holiday Shopping Village is a must-visit for the holidays in the Wildwoods. 

Holidays in HenVille

In addition to the Small Business Saturday festivities, MudHen Brewing Company is hosting Holidays at HenVille, a pop-up shopping experience at 127@. Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood on Sunday, Cecember 3 and Sunday, December 10. Holidays at HenVille features plenty of activities for the whole family, including face painting, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa, s'mores stations and live music. Visitors won't want to miss the shopping at this favorite annual event. With outdoor pop-up vendors, family activities and more, this year's Holidays at HenVille will be sure to please.

The Wildwoods know how to celebrate the season, with a festive list of Holiday Celebrations that are perfect for the entire family:

November 2023

Friday, November 24 - Sunday, November 26

Christmas in North Wildwood

Olde New Jersey Avenue & 100 block of East 17th Avenue, North Wildwood. Friday & Saturday from 2 pm and Sunday starting at noon. Enjoy outdoor fire pits, hot chocolate, festive lights, decorations and music while enjoying the holidays in North Wildwood. 

Friday, November 24

Family Holiday Beach Bonfire

Enjoy family fun including music and free photo-ops with Santa and other winter wonderland characters, hosted by North Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company #1. Food will be available for purchase. Donation fee TBA. The event will run from 4:30 - 9 pm at 2nd Street & Surf Avenue in North Wildwood. Rain date is Saturday, November 25. 

Saturday, November 25

Holiday Shopping Village - Small Business Saturday

Enjoy an outdoor holiday shopping experience at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. There will be local artisans and specialty shops, handcrafted items and decorations, baked goods, boutique shops, entertainment and music, a raffle and more. Hosted by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce. Follow @WildwoodsHolidayShoppingVillage on Facebook for more information.

December 2023

Friday, December 1

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade

Parade registration/check-in begins at 5 pm at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, 10th & Central Avenues in North Wildwood. The parade lines up along Central AVenue and steps off 16th AVenue at 6:30 pm, proceeding along Central Avenue, then Pacific Avenue to Spicer Avenue, where the parade will turn toward Byrne Plaza. Awards will be announced for floats and decorated business lighting contest at approximately 7:30 pm at Byrne Plaza. (Rain date is December 3: line-up at 4 pm, step-off at 5 pm.) For more information, call 609-729-5501 or visit

Friday, December 1

Wildwood Business Improvement District Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us in lighting up the holiday season with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Byrne Plaza at 8 pm on Friday, December 1. For more information, call 609-729-5501 or visit

Friday, December 1

Wildwood Crest Holiday Tree Lighting Cerempony

Sunset Lake at Atlanta & New Jersey Avenues in Wildwood Crest at 5 pm on Friday, December 1. Tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Christmas season in the borough. Live music, light refreshments, visit from Santa Claus and more! For more info, call 609-523-0202 or visit

Friday, December 1 & Saturday, December 2

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Downtown Wildwood Christmas in the Plaza

At Byrne Plaza, Downtown Wildwood, enjoy free carnival rides, musical entertainment and vendors from 5 - 9 pm on Friday, December 1 and from 10 am - 3 pm on Saturday, December 2. For more information, call 609-729-5501 or visit

Saturday, December 2

Holiday Drag Queen Bingo

Have a little extra adults-only fun with some holiday cheer and join us for Holiday Drag Queen Bingo, with 12 rounds of bingo and cash prizes at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased through the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 609-729-4000, by visiting the office at 3306 Pacific Avenue or at

Saturday, December 2

North Wildwood Tree Lighting Ceremony

Taking place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard in North Wildwood at 5 pm. Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, free tour of the lighthouse and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, visit

Sunday, December 3 & Sunday, December 10

Holidays at HenVille: Shopping Village

Wrap up your holiday shopping at the annual Shopping Village at MudHen Brewing Company at 127 W. Rio Grande Avenue, on Sundays, December 3 & 10, with entertainment for the entire family. The event will also feature numerous vendors in the parking lot for additional local shopping. For more information, call 609-522-0159 x110 or visit

Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9; Friday & Saturday, December 15 & 16

Wildwood's Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach Park

The Wildwood Recreation and Fire Department elves and friends are back at it again this year, spreading old fashioned holiday cheer at the Annual Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach Park. The park is located at 123 E. Andrews Avenue. The light show kicks off Friday, December 8. For more info, contact the Recreation Center at or 609-522-5837.

Saturday, December 9

"Pinch the GrYnch" Boardwalk 5K Run

This holiday Boardwalk 5K run and 1-mile walk is fun for all ages! Event starts at 10 am - rain or shine. Participants are asked to register online and are encouraged to dress in festive holiday outfits. For more information, contact 609-849-8887 or visit

Saturday, December 9

Family Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Enjoy a family-friendly event at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 9 am - 4:30 pm, featuring FREE admission to holiday-themed crafters and movies, photos with Santa, choir performances, children's craft-making table, a magician, face painting, dance performances, Story Time with Mrs. Claus and much more! At 4:30 pm, there will be a tree lighting ceremony. For more information, call 609-729-9000 or visit

Monday, December 18

Wildwood Crest Holiday Lights Walk

Celebrate the season among bright light displays! Starting at 5:30 pm, walkers will meet at the corner of Rambler Road & New Jersey Avenue and take an approximately 30-minute walk along Sunset Lake and the surrounding neighborhood to view the various holiday and Christmas light displays. The event is free to attend but registration is encouraged. All participants will receive a small holiday gift at the conclusion of the walk. For more information, please email

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.

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