Why so many people visit Cape May in December

While some shore towns seem ready for hibernation as winter approaches, Cape May keeps things lively through the holidays, with historic buildings decked in lights and garland inside and out. It’s part of an economic strategy that helps draw tourists throughout the year.

It also leverages Cape May’s biggest asset, its historic status. In 1976 the entire city of Cape May was designated a National Historic Landmark. Each December the city becomes a Victorian Christmas Village.

Cape May’s Rotary Park lit in purple. (Photo courtesy of Marcie Sixeas)

The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities offers a series of Christmas-themed walking tours, offering a glimpse inside some of the elaborately decorated inns and homes.

The organization’s Christmas candlelight house tours are a huge draw, gathering hundreds on December Saturdays. The final candlelight tour of the year is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

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We sent our photographer on the house tour for great inside photos and we got members of Cool Cape May to share some of their photos so you could see for yourself how festive Cape May can be during the holidays.

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