Kick-off the 2010 holiday season with the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the 3rd Annual Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration, Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4!

The festivities start on Friday, December 3, when the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse hosts a special Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the Lighthouse Courtyard. Santa Claus will make a special appearance and refreshments will be available. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and is free to attend. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is located at 1st and Central Avenues in North Wildwood.

The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration starts with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade on Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs and some hot cocoa, and enjoy a festive holiday procession along the streets of the Wildwoods. The parade route is as follows: The parade steps off from 16th Avenue in North Wildwood and heads south along Central and Pacific Avenues through the Holly Beach Station Mall 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 where the traditional tree-lighting ceremony will take place. Afterwards, make your way inside the Convention Center for some holiday warmth as the Wildwoods Convention Center hosts an evening of family fun!

On Saturday, December 4, the free Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration continues at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with a full day of shopping, crafts, face painting, local school children’s choruses and band performances, music, gymnastics and cheer performances, a magician, free holiday movies with free popcorn provided, and, last but not least, a special visit from Santa Claus!

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