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 on Main Street, Elm Street,
Swan Lane and Tihonet Village!

Saturday December 10, 2011
12:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

Parade starts at 3:30pm
Tree lighting and blessing at 4.
Sponsored by the Warham Village Association. Find more information here

Brewster Gingerbread Cake
Brewster Gingerbread Cake


Brewster For the Holidays

December 2, 3, 4 2011

Enjoy an old fashion town celebration complete with concerts, parties, music, food and family fun. For more details, go here.

Raffle tickets will be sold at several local businesses. Take a chance and win the basket full of gift certificates donated by Brewster businesses, valued at over $1000. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cape Cod Children's Place, a child care and family resource center who serves families in Brewster and surrounding towns.


14th Annual Festival of the Trees

Sponsored by the Chatham Garden Club

Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association
1566 Main Street, Chatham

Place silent bids on ornamentally themed tabletop trees, shop for holiday wreaths and decorations, and enjoy the magical beauty of this seasonal event. For more information check here.

Creative Arts Center in Chatham
Holiday Sale and Small Works Exhibition

Friday, November 25, 2011 to Friday, December 9, 2011

10:00AM - 4:00PM
154 Crowell Road, Chatham MA

One stop holiday shopping includes hand made items for gift giving and small works of art to enhance the home. For more info, call 508-945-3583 or click here.

Annual Holiday Christmas Stroll

Friday, December 09, 2011 to Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chatham Community Center and Down Main Street

Click here to see full listing of holiday happenings in Chatham!


Holiday Arts & Craft Show

December 4, 10-4

She Art Network holiday crafts at the West Dennis Graded School House, 67 School Street, West Dennis

Book Sale 7 Signing

December 4, 10-2

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Local Cape Cod authors on hand to sign their books for holiday giving

Dennis Village On the Green

December 12, all day

Route 6A, Dennis

Presented by the Northside Business Assocation, there will be hayrides & trolley rides, Christmas tree lighting, face painting, village stroll (visit all the shops), silent auctions, petty zoo, food sampler on Village Green, toys and food donations, Santa & Mrs. Class, FREE gifts, ornaments and so much more.


Holidays-by-the-Sea Weekend 2010

December 3 - December 5

Various Locations, Falmouth
Falmouth Chamber of Commerce 508-548-8500

An array of events including:

  • Holiday Carol Sing at Nobska Lighthouse
  • Family Pancake Breakfast & Parade Raffle
  • Seafaring Santa Sails into Falmouth
  • Nobska Lighthouse Public Viewing
  • Annual Lighting of the Falmouth Village Green
  • 47th Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade

For more details, click here.

Community Christmas Open House

December 4 1:00p.m.

Falmouth Museums on the Green
Julia Wood House, 55 Palmer Avenue
Falmouth. 508-540-0968

Stop by before the lighting on the Village Green for holiday treats, shopping and viewing of the Julia Wood House as decorated by the Falmouth Garden Club and the Conant House decorated by the Falmouth Newcomers Club.

A Free community event.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 4 - December 13

Highfield Theatre
58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth
Fridays at 7:30p.m. - Weekends at 4:00p.m.

Click here to see full list of Falmouth holiday events!


Eastham Holiday Festival

December 4 10 am – 2 pm

Sponsored by the Eastham Chamber of Commerce and The Gift Barn, this Free event draws hundreds of children every year to help kick off the holiday season. This festive day includes a visit with Santa at the Gift Barn.For more information on how to get involved in this event as a sponsor or participant, contact the Eastham Chamber 508-240-7211

Nauset High School Winter Festival and Tree Sale

Saturday, December 4 9:00-12:00

The Nauset Regional High School Music Department Sixth Annual Winter Festival and Tree Sale. Non-stop performances by award-winning band, choral and string music students. Festivities include a tree sale (most trees between $25-$45), kiddie crafts, face painting, concessions, bake sale and more. Performances include: Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Treble Chorus, Honors Chorus, Concert Chorus and Glee!


Christmas in Harwich

December 3-5, call 508-430-1165 for more information

Harwich Port Stroll

Friday, December 3 5:30-9pm

Tree lighting ceremony * Family Carol Singing * Photos with Santa * Horse-drawn carriage rides * Merchant open houses * Music * Refreshments * Good Cheer! *

Harwich Center events

Saturday, Dec 4 10am-4pm

Harwich Family Run * Brooks Academy Exhibits * Albro House Bade Sale * Holiday Fair at Brooks Free Library * She Art Network Sale at Harwich Community Center * Harwich Junior Theatre activities * Transportation by Cape Cod Scenic Tours *

East Harwich Stroll


Merchant open houses * Music * Refreshments * Good Cheer! *

Tour of Harwich Homes


Sponsored by The Garden Club of Harwich

Cove Club Open House


Lessons, Carols and Songs

Sunday, December 5

Christ Church Episcopal, Harwich Port 3-4pm
First Congregational Church, Harwich Center, 7 pm


Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade

December 4, 2010

Hyannis Inner Harbor and Bismore Park-- Please keep your boat in the water and participate in this traditional Hyannis event.

Click here for more details.

Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll


Breakfast with Santa at The British Beer Company from 9:00-10:00. Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll on Main Street, Hyannis with music and holiday activities is from 10:00-4:00 Hyannis Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade is at Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Martha's Vineyard

Featherstone's 8th Annual Holiday Show

November 19-December 19th

12 noon - 4 pm
Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs
Admission Fee:
Benefit for Featherstone Center for the Arts

Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse & Hayrides

December 10th 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Start off Christmas in Edgartown with the Lighting of the Lighthouse. Hot chocolate to warm your hands and music by the Vintage Voices to warm the heart. Holiday goodies too! All at the Harbor View Hotels from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Free and all are welcome.

Gingerbread House Workshop

December 11th 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

Gumdrops, chocolates, peppermints and more! Decorate your own gingerbread house for the holiday season at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. Maximum 2 people per house. Three hour and a half session: 9 am-10:30 am, 11 am - 12:30 pm and 1-2:30 pm. The cost is $25 per house for members of Mass Audubon and $30 per house for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

Contact Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary for more details.

Click here for more holiday happenings on Martha's Vineyard!


5th Annual Mashpee Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 11, 2010 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Cost: Free! Email the Mashepee Chamber of Commerce for more details.


Nantucket Stroll

The 37th Annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend

December 3 - 5, 2010

Nantucket Noel Celebration

November 26 – December 31

A month-long celebration organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. Click here for a complete list of program highlights


The SheArt Network's Annual Holiday Art & Fine Craft Show

December 4th, 2010
10:00am - 4:00pm

The SheArt Network proudly presents its Annual Holiday Art and Fine Craft Show at The West Dennis Graded School House
67 School Street West Dennis

Featuring the work of more than 25 Cape Cod artists, including paintings, photography, pottery, hand-crafted jewelry, cards, textile designs, knitwear, weavings, home décor and holiday gifts. Come and support local women artisans and crafters and find unique and affordable gifts and treasures for you and your loved ones for the Holiday Season!


Holly Folly Weekend

December 3,4, & 5

Join the restaurants, galleries, shops and much more for a weekend of fun, including:

  • Holly Folly Shop Hop
  • Holly Folly Jolly Trolley
  • Holly Folly Classic Disco Night

Click here for all of the details!


Annual Carole Sing

December 3 7pm

Rte 130 & Old Main Street, Sandwich

Raise your voice in this fun filled hour for an old-fashioned Carole sing. Bring your friends and relatives, join your neighbors or meet new ones. The Dickens Carolers will lead sing-along.

First Annual Glass Blowers Christmas and Open House

December 4 & 5 9:30am-5pm

Sandwich Glass Museum
129 Main Street, Sandwich

Christmas highlights regional glass artists and glass studios. Artists will showcase their unique artistry. People's Choice Award for best tree exhibit runs November 22nd through December 30th. 508-888-0251

Click here to see entire list of Canal holiday happenings