The Wildwoods, NJ – October 2, 2023 – With so many festive activities and holiday events planned in the Wildwoods, there are plenty of ways to experience the spirit of the season and create new family holiday memories. With lower room rates available, book your stay in the Wildwoods and experience the many ways to make the holiday season special for you and your whole family.
If relaxation is on your holiday bucket list, there’s 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. 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. Dining in the Wildwoods is a unique way to savor the flavors of the Jersey Shore, and embrace the sights, sounds, and smells of the vacation destination. The Wildwoods offer restaurants and menus for every appetite, every budget, and virtually every taste. From seafood caught fresh daily, to fine dining or casual family dining, to Mexican, Chinese, and Italian cuisine, the Wildwoods have every type of cuisine to satisfy any palate. A growing number of gourmet restaurants are located throughout the five-mile island, each of them garnering superb reviews from critics and patrons alike.
The many Doo-Wop style diners throughout the Wildwoods offer large menus and a unique setting the kids will love. With classic diner food along with retro jukeboxes, waitresses in poodle skirts and black and white checkered floors, the Wildwoods’ Doo-Wop style diners are a great place to bring the kids.
The 2023 line-up of holiday events taking place in the Wildwoods includes five weekends of family fun events:
Friday, November 24 – Sunday November 26
Christmas in North Wildwood
Olde New Jersey Ave., & 100 block of East 17th Ave., North Wildwood. Friday & Saturday from 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon, November 24-26, 2023. Enjoy outdoor firepits, hot chocolate, festive lights, decorations, scavenger hunt, 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 available for purchase. A donation of $10 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under is suggested. 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at 1st & Surf Ave., North Wildwood. Rain date is Saturday, November 25 from 4:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, November 25
Holiday Shopping Village- Small Business Saturday
Enjoy an outdoor holiday shopping experience at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. There will be local artisans and specialty shops, handcrafted items and decorations, baked goods, boutique shops, holiday music, and more! Hosted by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce. Follow @WildwoodsHolidayShoppingVillage on Facebook for more information.
Friday, December 1 & Saturday, December 2
Greater Wildwood Jaycees Downtown Wildwood Christmas in the Plaza
In Byrne Plaza, Downtown Wildwood, enjoy free carnival rides, musical entertainment, and vendors from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, December 1, and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. For more information call 609.729.5501 or visit www.wildwoodholiday.com.
Friday, December 1
Wildwood Business Improvement District Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join us in lighting up the holiday season with a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Byrne Plaza at approximately 8 p.m. on Friday, December 1. For more information call 609.729.5501 or visit WildwoodHoliday.com
Friday, December 1
Wildwood Crest Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunset Lake at Atlanta and New Jersey Avenues in Wildwood Crest at 5 p.m. on December 1. Tree lighting ceremony kicks 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 www.wildwoodcrest.org.
Saturday, December 2
North Wildwood Tree Lighting Ceremony
Taking place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, North Wildwood at 5 p.m. Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, free self-guided tour of lighthouse and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, visit northwildwood.com.
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 on 127 W. Rio Grande Ave., on Sundays, December 3 and 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 609.522.0159 x110 or www.mudhenbrew.com.
Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9; Friday, December 15 & Saturday, December 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 good, old-fashioned Holiday Cheer at the Annual Winter Wonderland at Holly Beach Park! The Park is located at 123 E. Andrews Ave. The light show kicks off Friday, December 8. Contact the Recreation Center at [email protected] 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 a.m. rain or shine. Participants are asked to register online. Participants are encouraged to dress in festive holiday outfits. For more information, contact 609.849.8887 or lynchtoydrive.com/.
Saturday, December 9
Family Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Enjoy a family-friendly event at the Wildwoods Convention Center 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 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 p.m. there will be a tree lighting ceremony. For more information call 609.729.9000 or visit WildwoodHoliday.com.
Monday, December 18
Wildwood Crest Holiday Lights Walk
Celebrate the season with among the bright light displays! Starting at 5:30 p.m., walkers will meet at the corner of Rambler Road and 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 [email protected].
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.