Cape May knows how to do summer. We all know that. There are few towns on this planet that do summer the way Cape May does — the beaches, the bars, the restaurants. It’s a veritable cornucopia of summer fun in Cape May.
What you may not know is that Cape May also knows how to do Christmas. Like… really knows how to do Christmas. With the sheer preponderance of Victorian architecture, our little town practically cries out for winter decorations, transforming each November from beach haven to life-sized gingerbread town.
And, at Cape May Brewing Co., we love getting into the holiday spirit! So, we’ve got two places around town where you’ll be able to get into the holiday spirit and get into your favorite CMBC swag!
We’ve told you all about the West End Garage before — it’s the hip, new, trendy shopping co-op in town. It began its life as a garage and gas station, and now it brings together numerous vendors under one roof, offering one-stop shopping to locals and visitors alike.
We opened our booth back in July with a selection of our swag. Now, we’ve got all of our new, fall merchandise available!
“I love the new crew neck,” says Assistant Tasting Room Manager Danielle White, who’s been lending her hand to getting our off-site spaces up and running. “It’s so soft, and it’s simple. It’s not overly busy with a lot of intricate designs — just a comfortable sweatshirt with block letters.”
The whole of the West End Garage is ready for Christmas, decorated to the hilt.
“It’s totally decked out for Christmas,” Danielle says. “It looks really cool, and the Christmas music is playing all over the place.”
The West End Garage will be open for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday from 10am to 6pm, so be sure to check them out!
Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall
Seriously, it’s practically the North Pole. You could go to Congress Hall between November 23rd and December 25th with the Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge, and every villain in every Hallmark Christmas movie ever, and everyone will end up singing “All I Want for Christmas is You” in four-part harmony by the end of the day.
There’s so much joy, it’s almost falling from the sky.
And CMBC is there for it all!
Congress Hall gathers together some fifteen of the area’s Christmas-iest vendors, and we get to put up a booth outside on their lawn by the tree within sight of Santa!
David Macomber — our good friend, resident artist, and newly-minted official United States Coast Guard Artist (congrats, David!) — designed us a Kegmas tree — a fully-decorated Christmas tree made of kegs with shelves to show off our wares.
“We made it look like someone’s living room,” Danielle tells us. “We’ve got a chimney for Santa, and I found this really cool nutcracker that looks like it’s going to come alive and start dancing. Everyone wants one of those in their living room. It looks really cool.”
In addition to the Holiday Shopping Village, Congress Hall has a full lineup of holiday fun. One may even call it an “extravaganza.”
- Friday, November 30th — Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert
- Saturday, December 1st — West Cape May Christmas Parade (CMBC will be there, too!)
- Saturdays and Sundays, November 24th-December 23 — Breakfast with Santa
- Fridays, December 7-21 — Dinner with the Clauses
- Saturdays and Sundays, December 1-23 — Gingerbread Decorating with Mrs. Claus
And don’t miss the Congress Hall Express! It’s a train traveling throughout the grounds, with a stop at the Carousel!
We’re not kidding when we say that Congress Hall really knows their stuff when it comes to Christmas.
Swing down to the West End Garage or Congress Hall this holiday season and say hello! We’ll see you there!