Cape May Wins USA Today 10 Best Light Displays Award

Cape May Wins USA Today 10 Best Light Displays Award

A question recently posted on the Cape May Live Facebook group asked about the lights in Cape May. Where can one see the best Cape May light displays?

When asked that question, I usually point to Columbia Avenue. Home of the Mainstay Bed and Breakfast and other well-decorated B & B’s.


Victorian Cape May, the Nation’s Oldest Seashore Resort, has been voted one of America’s Best Public Holiday Light Displays in the USA Today’s “10 Best” Readers Choice Awards.


“Cape May is a wonderful sight during the holiday season,” James Ridgway, President of the Greater Cape May Chamber of Commerce, noted. “Our visitors tell us that we resemble a Dickens Village with the lights on our Victorian homes and businesses complemented with the gas lamps on our streets.


“Light Up Cape May” is a community effort the Chamber started in 2015 when the town needed more holiday lights. With community partners and the support of several sponsors, including Atlantic City Electric and Cape May MAC, the Chamber initiated a contest for homes and businesses.


Award-winning light displays

This year, Elaine’s Cape May was the overall business winner with businesses on the Washington Street Mall, including the Cape May Fish Market, Bath Time, and Victorious voted window display winners. A complete list of winners is at


Cape May celebrates the holiday season in style with various trolley tours, carriage rides, and special events, including concerts and productions at Cape May Stage and East Lynne Theater Company through New Year’s Day.


The resort’s charm continues through the winter when a long weekend can chase those winter blues away with a few days at a bed and breakfast, a visit to a local winery, or dinner at a gourmet restaurant. For information about Cape May during the winter months, contact the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508.

Spirit Catcher Photography walks around town with her camera and catches unique Christmas displays.


Tina manages to capture even the subtlest decorations splendidly on some of the busiest streets.

Of course, no trip to Cape May to see holiday lights is complete without stopping at Congress Hall.

“I am thrilled Cape May gets some excellent press,” Doreen Talley, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May, said.
“Lighting up Cape May is a group effort of which everyone can be proud.”

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  1. Anita de Satnick
    December 24, 2021 / 4:29 pm

    Well done, John, as always! Thanks for keeping us updated. Merry Christmas to you and Suzanne!

    • December 24, 2021 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you, Anita. And to you, Dennis, and the family.