Christmas in Wildwood

The 2010 holiday season celebrations on five-mile-island start with the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 3 and continue with the Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration through that weekend.

The Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, located at 1st and Central avenues in North Wildwood.

The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration starts with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The parade route is as follows: the parade steps off from 16th Avenue in North Wildwood and heads south along Central and Pacific avenues to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest, then proceeds left onto Ocean Avenue, as the parade makes its way north ending at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Parade registration will begin at 6 p.m. with parade line-up at 6:30 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, located at 10th and Central Avenues. There is no fee to submit an entry for the parade. Trophies will be awarded later in the evening at the Christmas Parade awards ceremony inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Awards will be given in the following divisions: Community Service, Commercial, Marching Bands and Public Service. The rain date for the Christmas Parade is scheduled for Dec. 5, with the parade starting an hour earlier, at 6 p.m.

Immediately following the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade, the Wildwoods Convention Center will host a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

The Convention Center will also host a shopping bazaar beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Dec. 4, the Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration continues at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a full day of shopping, crafts, local school children’s choruses and band performances, gymnastics and cheer performances, a magician, holiday movies, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

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