Updated on November 1, 2022.

The Christmas season in Cape May is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited. We hope you’ll join us at The Queen Victoria for this very special time of year, packed with holiday cheer! 

Every year MAC hosts a collection of festive Christmas events perfectly tailored for the holiday season. Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, tours, Craft & Collectibles shows, great shopping, and much more. Below are some seasonal highlights from MAC and The Queen Victoria. 


Christmas in Cape May  2022

In 2022, Christmas in Cape May will run from November 18 through January 1, 2022. Kick off the season with Cape May Christmas preview weekend and the holiday tree lighting on November 19. Celebrate with fellow Christmas lovers, sing carols, enjoy a free performance of holiday classics by the Atlantic Brass Band, PLUS a surprise visit from Santa! Fun for all ages. 

  • 2022 Christmas in Cape May Tours and Events 
  • Christmas Candlelight House Tours 
  • Virtual Christmas Candlelight House Tour 
  • ‘Tis The Season: The Forgotten Caroler 
  • ‘Tis The Season & Dinner at Vintage 
  • Santa’s Trolley Rides 
  • Ghosts Of Christmas Past Trolley Tours 
  • Physick Family Christmas House Tour 
  • All That Glitters Trolley Tour 
  • Evening Yuletide House Tour 
  • Holiday Lights Trolley Rides 
  • Holiday Inns Tour 
  • Lamplighter Christmas Tour 
  • Breakfast With Santa At Bella Vida 
  • Breakfast With Santa At Ocean 7 
  • Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show 
  • “An Old-fashioned Christmas” Exhibit 
  • Winter Wonderwalk 


Cape May Christmas 2022 Preview Weekend | November 18 – 19

Get a jump on the holidays! Join Santa and his elves as they deck the halls of Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings. Enjoy a wide variety of holiday tours, plus food and wine to get you in the Christmas spirit. For kids, there are Santa’s Trolley Rides and a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself. 


Holiday Crafts & Collectibles | November 25 

This Crafts & Collectibles show brings to Cape May all things Christmas and holiday. Expect handmade Christmas wares and crafts perfect for the holiday season. Plus enjoy seasonal food from local vendors and plenty of holiday cheer. 


Christmas Shopping at The Queen Victoria 

Now is the time to think about Christmas gifts from The Queen Victoria. Our gift shop is packed with great gifts for just about everyone on your list. Can’t decide what to pick? We’ve got an idea. Start with a The Queen Victoria gift certificate. We think The Queen Victoria gift certificate is a great holiday present because the fun doesn’t end once the gift is opened. In fact, it’s just beginning! 


Christmas Shopping in Cape May 

It’s no secret the Washington Street Mall in Cape May is home to an array of locally-owned shops and boutiques also full of unique gifts for your friends and family. Take a stroll through town and pop in to meet the shop owners and buy something truly special. 


Other Fall and The Queen Victoria Happenings

Fall Crafts & Collectibles | November 5

The Fall Crafts & Collectibles show offers an excellent selection of wares from local crafters, artists, and artisans. It’s the perfect event at which to enjoy the warmth (and flavors) of fall in the Northeast and get excited about the upcoming holiday season. Pick up some holiday gifts or find something just for you. 


Watercolor Weekend with Phil Courtney | November 15 & 16

Enjoy this on-site event where local artist Phil Courtney guides guests on a journey of imagination and creative expression. Phil is well-known for capturing the unique atmospheric conditions of the seashore and the play of sunlight and shadows cast by the intricate details of Cape May’s Victorian architecture. He paints a variety of subjects using oils and watercolors.

Phil Courtney has been painting professionally for over 40 years and enjoys using both watercolors and oils. He received his art education from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He began his career painting billboards for outdoor
advertisers and moved to painting his original works using both watercolors and oils about 25 years ago. His work has been featured in local galleries and in Philadelphia and has participated in several international juried exhibitions.

Phil paints a variety of subjects, indoors and out, using oils and watercolors, depending on the subject and location. He is proficient in both mediums and has developed techniques for capturing the unique atmospheric conditions of the seashore, and the play of sunlight and shadows cast by the intricate details of the Cape May Victorian architecture. He has also received international recognition for his very realistic paintings of floral images.

Phil has been presenting painting workshops for several years in the Cape May area. He enjoys introducing watercolor painting to beginners or to anyone wishing to learn new techniques.

The cost for this workshop is $200. Light refreshments will be served like cheese, crackers, and tea. BYOB.

Originally published on November 1, 2021.