Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall in Cape May

Deck the halls with a Victorian twist

Congress Hall/Cape Resorts

Looking for a Christmas getaway near New York City and Philadelphia? Historic Congress Hall is a family-friendly property offering a seasonal Winter Wonderland of activities. Providing hospitality since 1816, Congress Hall is America’s oldest seaside resort and is located in the heart of the historic Victorian district of Cape May.

Congress Hall is the oldest seaside hotel in the United States and is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The historic hotel will be wrapping up its special bicentennial year with its annual Winter Wonderland festivities. 

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall

The resort's Winter Wonderland season runs from Nov. 25, 2016, through Jan. 1, 2017. Congress Hall’s grand lawn is transformed into a winter snowscape, over 20 vendors come together to make a holiday shopping village, and Santa meets with kids in his workshop. Meanwhile, the Congress Hall Express train travels around Cape May’s North Pole. 

Highlights include:

  • Tree-lighting ceremony
  • Holiday concert breakfast with Santa 
  • Gingerbread house-making 
  • Train rides on the Congress Hall Express
  • Story time with Mrs. Claus 
  • Santa’s workshop 
  • Congress Hall Express and carousel 
  • Holiday shopping village 
  • Winter Wonderland concert series 
  • The Santaland Diaries 

About Cape May

Cape May is a small city at the southern tip of the Cape May Peninsula of New Jersey, with Delaware Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. One of the country's oldest vacation resort destinations, the whole city is designated a National Historic Landmark due to its proliferation of Victorian architecture. During the summer, Cape May's population swells from 3,000 year-round residents to nearly 50,000.