The merchants of the Washington Street Mall invite you kick off the holiday season and celebrate their 50th anniversary at the Lights and Love Holiday Kickoff on Black Friday, November 26th. Decorating of the Mall will be complete, and Cape May's small town Christmas charm will be alive and well as the heart of Cape May is officially illuminated for the holidays!
In the spirit of the season, the event will support the Cape May Community Food Closet, which is in dire need to donations to serve 4,000 adults and 1,000 children this year in the greater Cape May area. Donation boxes for nonperishable food items will be located on the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of Washington Street from 9am through 5pm. In addition, beginning Black Friday and lasting through Christmas Eve, the following businesses on the Mall will accept monetary donations for the food closet: Across the Way, Bath Time, Beachlove Cape May, Good Scents, Great White Shark, Import Bazaar, Madame's Port, Quirk & Co., Red Oak Trading, South of Jackson, Splash, and Whale's Tale. 100% of the contributions will go to the food closet.
The event will also continue the Washington Street Mall's 50th anniversary celebration, as we will be officially unveiling our new decorative string lights! Because of the generous contributions of several Mall merchants and local citizens, we were able install "bistro" lights across sections of the Mall, which serve to enhance both aesthetics as well as lighting levels. New banners highlighting our 50th anniversary have also been installed on outer areas of the Mall.
Santa Claus will be strolling the Mall from 4pm to 5pm, posing for pictures and handing out candy canes donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May. Additionally, local musicians Gordon Vincent, The Honeyhawks, and Bernadette & Amy have donated their time and talents and will be performing on the Mall. At 4:45pm at the Rotary Clock on the 300 block of Washington Street, Mayor Zack Mullock, Councilwoman Lorraine Baldwin, and others will provide words of welcome marking our 50th anniversary and officially kicking off the holiday season! Be sure to come early and stay late to take advantage of some of the great Black Friday deals from our Mall merchants and to indulge in our fabulous restaurants.