When it comes to getting into the holiday spirit, the Jersey Shore is one of the merriest places in the U.S., according to Travel + Leisure.
The prominent travel magazine named Cape May and Atlantic City to its recently released list of “25 Best Christmas Towns in the USA.”
The compilation of “the most charming towns” to spend the holidays features destinations from coast to coast, with Aspen, Colo., ranked No. 1, followed by Ogunquit, Maine; Vail, Colo.; Nantucket, Mass., and Orlando, Fla.
Coming in at No. 21, Cape May drew praise for its family-friendly activities, quaint architecture and sweet treats.
“This Jersey Shore town has a strong Victorian streak and the holiday season pushes it a little further on the Dickensian scale. The walkable Washington Street Mall gets draped in greenery and festive lights. To sweeten the season, drop by the Original Fudge Kitchen, which also offers great fudge and saltwater taffy gift boxes,” the publication said. “If you have kids, check in to Congress Hall, where the Grand Lawn across from the beach turns into a seaside winter wonderland complete with festive activities.”
Atlantic City’s lively spirit helped it earn the No. 23 spot on Travel + Leisure’s list.
“A casino and boardwalk don’t exactly conjure images of plum puddings and carolers, yet travelers appreciate Atlantic City’s wild weekend spirit and vivid people-watching around the holidays,” the magazine wrote. “Festivities this year include the Tree Lighting and Holiday Musical Light Show at The Quarter at Tropicana. Plus, don’t miss the Atlantic City Bazaar at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University.”
This year also marks the start of a new, citywide celebration – the Atlantic City Tinseltown Holiday Experience, which features an array of holiday fun for the whole family, such as a winter wonderland parade and a Santa Claus-themed 5K/Kids Dash.
“Atlantic City is providing an experiential holiday celebration like never before for our visitors,” said Karen Martin, acting director of communications & marketing for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). “Whether it’s touring the amazing decorations throughout the resort, taking in a holiday show at one of the casinos, shopping at the Tanger Outlets, or enjoying holiday-themed beverages by a fire pit, Atlantic City is the place to celebrate the holiday season with friends and families this year.”