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Remember: There are 12 days of Christmas even if you don’t have a partridge in a pear tree or seven swans a swimming. So, catch your breath and check out the many holiday events still happening before they vanish, like Santa, for another year.

“An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit: Holiday Traditions through the Years” in the Carroll Gallery on the grounds of Physick Estate in Cape May is a giant indoor Christmas tree display, an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos, toys and more. Guess what? t’s free – a wonderful thing after holiday expenditures and the kids will love it. www.capemaymac.org

Catch one of the remaining performances of One Christmas Carol at Cape May Stage and combine it with dinner, perhaps at the Cricket Club, the newest – and trendiest - spot in town. At the Levoy Theatre in Millville, it’s Genessa and the Selena Experience Dec. 29th or Almost Queen – Tribute to QUEEN on the 30th – a great way to start your New Year’s weekend. www.capemaystage.org; www.levoy.net

Check the schedule of Christmas week tours at Cape May MAC – a trolley tour of the historic district or a trolley ride that includes the lavish Physick Estate offering tours of the first two floors of this Victorian museum, lavishly decorated for the season. www.capemaymac.org

Ring in the New Year with a few thousand of your closest friends at Ocean City’s First Night, Dec. 31. That’s right – admission buttons are limited to 10,000 people, pretty amazing considering that 30 years ago about 800 people attended the first celebration that featured about 25 acts in five locations. This year, from 4 PM to midnight, revelers will enjoy more than 70 alcohol-free entertainment programs at 20 different venues culminating with fireworks at midnight to welcome 2023. Celebrate New Year’s Day your way - a First Day shopping extravaganza with great bargains on Asbury, one last horse and carriage ride, a First Day Run on the Boardwalk – or for the really brave, a First Plunge Jan.1st dip in the ocean….Brr! www.ocnj.us

Sea Isle City’s spectacular fireworks welcome 2023 with a bang at 8 PM on JFK Blvd. Beach. Bring a beach chair – and maybe a warm blanket - to watch the sky light up over the resort. www.seaislecitynj.us

New Year’s Eve dinner at The Lookout is almost a cruise ship experience – without leaving land or Cape May County. On the second floor of the Cape May Ferry terminal in North Cape May, The Lookout offers a panoramic view of sleek, lighted ferries gliding into port or leaving Cape May to cross the bay. Add delicacies from land and sea, handcrafted cocktails and your wine of choice and it’s a wonderful place to bid 2022 farewell. www.visitferrypark.com