CAPE MAY, N.J., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The holidays always come early to Cape May County, this seaside region famous for gingerbread, gaslights and Victorian hospitality located at the southern tip of New Jersey.
And, fortunately, it's business as usual this holiday season in Cape May County, despite Hurricane Sandy, starting before Thanksgiving through New Year's.
Cape May County, with the exception of a few areas, was spared the worst of the devastating effects of the late October storm.
"We're grateful that most of our businesses can be open for the holidays and we can offer our visitors the special events that have always been part of their holiday tradition," noted Vicki Clark, president of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce.
In Cape May, Santa arrives Saturday, Nov. 17, to flip the switch on the towering Christmas tree on the grounds of the Physick Estate, undamaged thankfully, from the storm. For the next six weeks, visitors can sip wassail, hop aboard the Holly Trolley or experience an authentic Dickens Christmas extravaganza.
"Even as we begin our holiday celebrations, we are saddened by the losses that our friends in other parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York have endured," Clark added. "As a community, our residents have unselfishly organized a variety of events to help our neighbors in need," she said, adding that it's gratifying to see the response from individuals, organizations and just about everyone who has stepped up to support events to collect needed supplies, donate money and do what needs to be done to help those people who have lost everything to Hurricane Sandy.
"It says so much about the spirit of Cape May County that our residents have responded so quickly to help others," she added.
Cape May County beaches, boardwalks, and attractions sustained minimal damage from the storm and businesses are ready for the holidays and the coming summer season.
In Stone Harbor visitors can enjoy s'mores right from the fire pit on 96th Street on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, during Christmas Island Hospitality Night part of weekend-long festivities that include Santa's arrival, a parade and Breakfast with Frosty.
Still in your jammies? That's OK if you're in Ocean City. Enjoy the "Earlier than the Bird" and get a head start on your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving and maybe win a free turkey if you're lucky enough to have the best PJs. Shop downtown Ocean City all season long and experience First Night in Ocean City where friends and family gather to celebrate New Year's Eve with entertainment and good, clean fun.
Embrace the holiday season with Festive Friday in Avalon on Nov. 23 with dozens of activities including a Turkey Trot, a 5K race and 1.5-mile family walk. Or, lace up those skates and head for the ice skating rink at 23rd and Dune avenues.
The Boardwalk Classic Basketball Tournament hosted in The Wildwoods for six days over the Christmas holidays is currently the largest in the country. And in Sea Isle City, the festivities begin November 23 and extend until New Year's Day.
For a full calendar of special events in Cape May County through the end of the year, including holiday tours and activities visit www.CapeMayCountyChamber.com, or call 609-465-7181.
CONTACT: Vicki T. Clark, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, +1-609-465-7181,
John Kelly Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, 609-465-7181, firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOURCE Cape May County Chamber of Commerce