The Wildwoods, NJ – January 11, 2023 –The Wildwoods are prepared to keep visitors feeling warm throughout the winter by welcoming one and all to enjoy fun-filled special events taking place January through early March.
One of the primary missions for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) is to extend the Wildwoods’ tourism season and keep the resort destination active year-round by funding and promoting winter events during what might otherwise be a slower part of the year. The Wildwoods Convention Center, which opened in 2003, provides the Wildwoods with the perfect venue to attract signature events all winter long, giving the community a much-needed boost in the off-season.
The Wildwoods will welcome hundreds of plungers to get ‘freezin for a reason’ during the annual Wildwoods Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics, taking place at the Wildwoods Convention Center and on the Wildwood beach on Saturday, January 14. The Polar Bear Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics New Jersey athletes by jumping into the frigid Atlantic waters. Plunge participants help raise money for the more than 21,000 Special Olympics athletes that train and compete year-round, throughout New Jersey. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the plunge takes place at 1 p.m. followed by a hot catered lunch for all plungers inside the warm Convention Center. For more information, visit www.plungewildwood.org.
The fun continues inside the Wildwoods Convention Center with the annual WILD-CON Convention on Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event will feature numerous cosplay/costume groups, artists, writers, creators, vendors, crafts, and video games. Artists, writers, creators, and vendors will have art, books, comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, non-sport trading cards, Pokemon, gaming items, toys, Funko’s, Lego, sci-fi, pop culture, comic themed crafts, collectibles, and more! Adult admission is $10, and children 12 and under are FREE with a paying adult. For more information, visit https://jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com/wild-con.
In February, the Wildwoods welcomes thousands of youth athletes for various month-long youth sporting events at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The first event is the National Youth Wrestling Duals, taking place Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5. The Atlantic Coast Wrestling Association hosts an elementary and middle school wrestling tournament for grades K through 8, with over 1,500 wrestlers! For more information, visit www.atlanticcoastwrestling.com/.
Also in February, the Wildwoods host amazingly athletic and talented cheerleaders from throughout the country for the Spirit Brands National Cheerleading Championship Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19. Performances will be choreographed to music and sound effects, and winning teams will be awarded prizes. An admission fee will be charged at the door the day of the event. For more information, call 866-52-CHEER or visit www.spiritbrands.org.
Cheer championships return to the Wildwoods Convention Center in March with the Mid-Atlantic Cheer Championships Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5. For more information, call 866-397-3034 or visit www.varsity.com/mac.
With lower room rates available, book your stay in the Wildwoods for a relaxing winter escape with plenty of “chill” activities to enjoy. Be awed by mother nature with a mesmerizing sunrise and morning stroll along the beach; grab your walking shoes and binoculars and spend a day wandering through a local nature preserve; or enjoy a relaxing bike ride on the famous Wildwoods’ Boardwalk or a romantic stroll along the water’s edge. And end the day with an awe-inspiring, spectacular sunset viewed from the banks of beautiful Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest.
Local wineries, craft microbreweries, and distilleries offer local wines, beers, and spirits not found anywhere else and are located just minutes away. Also, there are a number of great restaurants open all winter long to serve even the most discriminating guest.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.