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Holiday happenings

Around Cape Cod


When most people think of Cape Cod, they envision warm breezes and sunshine sparkling on the Atlantic Ocean. Sun, sand, and summer fun.

But there’s still fun to be had during a winter on the Cape – with Holiday Events scheduled in every Cape town from Bourne to Provincetown up to and including First Night Festivities and the annual “Dropping of the Cod” in Chatham!

While the December merriment lasts all month long, much of it is concentrated in the first two weekends. Check out our listing for ideas (alphabetical by town), but make sure to visit the websites for last minute schedule changes.

And don’t forget your scarf and mittens!


Christmas in Old Bourne Village, Dec 4-6.
Visit for details.

Lemon Tree Pottery, Brewster for the Holidays: A Sea of Lights
Lemon Tree Pottery, Brewster for the Holidays: A Sea of Lights


“Brewster for the Holidays: A Sea of Lights,” December 4-6.
Call 508-896-3500 for more information.
Visit for details.

Chatham's First Night celebration


“Twelfth Annual Festival of Trees,” December 4, 1-4pm
presented by the Chatham Garden Club at the Atwood House Museum
Visit for details.

“31st Annual Christmas by the Sea,” December 6-31.
A month long celebration sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association. Highlights include:

  • Santa’sarrival by boat at the Fish Pier, December 6, 1:30pm
  • The 31st Annual Christmas Stroll, December 11-12
  • Chatham’s Historic Inn Tour at participating inns, December 12 1:30-4pm.

Visit for more details.

Chatham’s First Night Celebration, December 31.
Visit for details.

Gingerbread Village Display at the Chatham Bars Inn, 2008
Gingerbread Village Display at the Chatham Bars Inn, 2008. Photographs by
Sean O'Sullivan, age 13, Harwich Middle School


“Christmas Stroll in Dennis,” December 13.
Visit for details.


“Falmouth Holidays-by-the-Sea weekend,” December 4-6.
Holiday activities and concerts, including Santa’s arrival by boat in Falmouth Harbor and the holiday parade on Sunday at noon. Visit for details.


“Christmas in the Harwiches,” December 4-5.
Entertainment, open houses, Christmas stroll, caroling and more.
Visit for details.

Santa arrives at Orleans Yacht Club for Christmas in Orleans
Santa arrives at Orleans Yacht Club for Christmas in Orleans Photograph by © William F. Pomeroy


“Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade/Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll,” December 4-5
Harbor tours, hayrides, chowder, boat parade and more.
Visit for details.

“8th Annual Enchanted Village at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa,” December 4-January 2.

Featuring more than 100,000 lights, Santas Village, animatronic figures, and a bonfire. Strolling carolers each Friday and Saturday from 5:30-8:30pm and Sunday from 5-7pm through Dec 20 Strolling carolers each Friday and Saturday from 5:30-8:30pm and Sunday from 5-7pm through December 20.
Visit for details.

Martha's Vineyard:

“Christmas in Edgartown,” December 11-13.
Highlights include

  • “Evening of Enchantment” December 11, 6-8pm
  • Parade on Main Street, December 12, 10am
  • Vineyard Artisans Festival December 12, 10-4pm
  • Breakfast with Santa, December 13.

Visit for details.

Christmas Stroll Weekend


“Nantucket Noel,” December 4-31.
Month long celebration of the holidays, starting with the Christmas stroll weekend, December 4-6. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to the island via a Coast Guard vessel and ride up Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by the Town Crier. Carolers in Victorian costumes, bell ringers, student choirs and other musicians perform. For more information, please call 508-228-1700 or visit

Christmas in Orleans


“Christmas in Orleans,” November 27-January 1
A season-long celebration of the holidays, including a Christmas Stroll down Main Street and a pancake breakfast with Santa at the Orleans Yacht Club.
Visit for details.


“40th Osterville Christmas Open House and Stroll,” December 11.
Visit for details.

Holly Folly


“Holly Folly Weekend,” December 4-6.
Visit for details.


“Annual Sandwich Holly Days Celebration,” November 27-December 18.
Celebrate a Country Christmas at the Greenbriar Nature Center, stroll through Sandwich Village, and Holly Days Home Tours of private homes and historic inns.
Visit for details.

“North Pole Express,” Sandwich Depot at Jarvis Street, December 4-6.
Take a magical train ride to visit Santa, Mr. Claus and the elves at the North Pole. Tickets went on sale October 1, $25 each.
“Pancakes with Santa,” Grange Hall in Sandwich.
Seatings at 8, 9 & 10am Tickets $6.


Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll, December 6, 1-4pm
Stroll along 6A sampling goodies from local stores and visit museums
and inns.
Visit for details.

“The Friday Club Christmas Goodie and Gift Sale,”
December 5-6, 12-4 pm
365 Main Street, Rt. 6A, Yarmouth Port
Homemade baked goods and handmade crafts and gifts.

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