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.

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!


Holiday Cookie Swap

Saturday, December 8, 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Jonathan Bourne Public Library
19 Sandwich Road, Bourne

Bring 5 dozen (one kind) of your own home-baked cookies to swap for 5 dozen assorted cookies.

Victorian Christmas Train


Buzzards Bay Station, Bourne,

Presented by the Bourne Historical Society. Leaves Buzzard Bay Station at 6:30 p.m. Travel by train over the Cape Cod Canal to a transformed Victorian Village for hot cidar, treats & period games. Sing carols, and listen to a reading of A Christmas Carol. Cost: $15. Seating is limited, call 508-759-6123.


Brewster for the Holidays

November 30-December 2, 2012

The holidays come alive during a magical weekend of memory making. It's a Cape Cod style celebration complete with concerts, parties, music, food, and family fun.

For more information on this and other holiday events, go here.


2012 A Seaside Christmas,
Featuring The Festival Of The Trees

Sponsored by the Chatham Garden Club

Saturday, December 1, 2012

12:00noon -4:00pm
Chatham Garden Club A Seaside Christmas - featuring the Festival of Trees at the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association
1566 Main Street, Chatham.

For more information go to:

Santa Visits Chatham Fish Pier and
Chatham Community Center

Sunday December 2, 2012 1:30 pm

39th Annual Santa Claus arrival at the Chatham Fish Pier on the Coast Guard Vessel, followed by a fire truck ride to the Community Center for a visit with Santa and a small gift.

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


Sunday, December 2, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmastime in Chatham. The quaint seaside village positively sparkles during the holidays. To find out about all of the planned holiday activities by the merchants, click here.

Annual Chatham Christmas Stroll

Friday, December 07, 2012 to Sunday, December 09, 2012


Dennis Village Stroll

12:00 PM Sunday, December 9, 2012

Gazebo on the Village Green
Corner of Old Bass River Rd & Route 6A Dennis

Be sure to stop by and enjoy a family afternoon of holiday festivities! Open houses, refreshments, stop by local shops, food sampler on the Village Green along with music on the band stand, hayrides, craft fair, breakfast with Santa at Carleton Hall, trolley rides and don't forget to bring your food pantry donation or a toy to place in the Toys For Tots box. Sponsored by the Northside Business Association in Dennis. (508) 385-6000


Eastham Holiday Festival

December 1 10 AM – 1 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

Community Holiday Party

December 8th 6:00-10:00 PM

This community holiday party is an opportunity for businesses, organizations, and families to show appreciation to their staff, clients, friends, and neighbors.

Billingsgate Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Eastham
3800 Route 6

Click here for more information.


Holidays-by-the-Sea Weekend 2012

Friday November 30-Sunday December 2

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

For more details, click here.

21st Annual "Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House"

December 1 12:00 PM

ShoreWay Acres Resort Inn
59 Shore Street
Falmouth 508-540-3000

This event is for children age 12 and under

$10.95 per child

1st Reserved Seating: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
2nd Reserved Seating: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Click here to see full list of Falmouth holiday events!

49th Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade

12 noon

Parade steps off at noontime at the Falmouth Mall and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Known as Southeastern Massachusetts' largest holiday parade featuring theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus!


Christmas in Harwich

November 30th, December 1st and 2nd

Harwich Port Stroll

Friday, November 30 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

Various events throughout the day on Saturday, December 1
from 8:00 AM-5:30 PM

East Harwich Stroll

December 1 1PM-4PM

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

Cove Club Open House

December 1 10AM-2PM

Lessons, Carols and Songs

Sunday, December 2

Christ Church Episcopal, Harwich Port 3-4pm

Christmas Concert

December 2

First Congregational Church, Harwich Center, 7 pm

Friends of Brooks Free Library Sing-A-Long

December 2

Brooks Free Library, Harwich Center 2:00 pm

For more information about the holidays in Harwich, click here.


Hyannis Main Street Stroll and Harbor Lighting/Boat Parade

December 1

  • 9:00 & 10:30 Breakfast with Santa at The British Beer Company
  • 11:00-3:00 is the Main Street village stroll with music and holiday activities
  • 4:00-7:00 is the Hyannis Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade on Ocean Street Docks

For more details and a full schedule, visit

Cape Symphony Orchestra presents "Holiday Pops Spectacular"

11/30/12 to 12/02/12
BHS Performing Arts Center, Hyannis

Pour in a little Pops. Mix in some Motown. Top with traditional favorites. Garnish with Gospel. It's another flashy, fun celebration with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, special guest artist Siobhan Magnus and friends! Ticket Prices: $27 - $66. Friday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m.

More information: 508-362-1111

11th Annual Cape Cod Enchanted Village

11/30/12 to 01/02/13

Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Hyannis

The village features a magnificent display of more than 100,000 lights, a Santa's Village, animated reindeer stall, snowmen and a bonfire (weather permitting)

Martha's Vineyard

The Nutcracker Gala

December 2, 2012, 2:00pm

Children In The Arts of Martha's Vineyard present the 15th Annual Nutcracker Gala at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Premium Seating: $25.00 Forward seating. General Admission: $15.00

Oak Bluffs Holiday Tree Lighting

November 28th 6pm

The Oak Bluffs Association will once again sponsor the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Post Office Square. Join the Vineyard Haven Band for caroling, then take a short stroll up to Dreamland for hot chocolate and a meeting with Santa. Donations of non-perishable goods will be collected and distributed to the Food Pantry by the OB Firemen.

Vineyard Artisans Holiday Festival

Saturday, December 8 10:00am to 4:00pm
Grange Hall West Tisbury

Christmas in Edgartown

December 7th-9th

The 31st Annual Christmas in Edgartown, presented by the Edgartown Board of Trade. Christmas in Edgartown is a Vineyard tradition. For more information contact the Edgartown Board of Trade at 508-939-0199.


Mashpee Chamber's Twelve Days of Christmas!

Saturday, December 1 - Wednesday, December 12

Click here to learn more about the event.

7th Annual Mashpee Christmas Parade

December 8th at 6pm

Free admission


Annual Chamber Christmas Tree Lighting & Community Caroling

November 25th at 5:00PM

Top of Main Street
Nantucket, MA

The 39th Annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend

11/30/12 to 12/02/12

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on Saturday via Coast Guard vessel and are escorted up Straight Wharf for a parade, while carolers in period costume, bell ringers and student choirs perform. Holiday craft shows, exhibitions and performances - including the Christmas House tour on Friday evening - add to the joyful festivities.

Nantucket Historical Association Festival of Trees

Nantucket Island, from 11/30/12 to 01/03/13

Visit here for more information


Seaside Christmas in Orleans

11/24/12 to 12/31/12

Click here to learm more about the festivities


42nd Annual Christmas Stroll

December 14th

Christmas Tea at the Library

December 22nd 1-3 pm

Come in relax, have some tea, and listen to Andrea McCarthy on harp.


Holly Folly Weekend

11/30/12 to 12/02/12

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

Caroling, cabaret, lighting contest and a holiday house tour!

Click here for all of the details!


Country Christmas Open House

12/01/12 to 12/02/12 10:00am - 4:00pm

Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, MA

Holly Days

Beginning on December 9th

Enjoy magical events that capture the spirit of a New England holiday season. Take a magical train ride to see Santa and his elves busy in their workshop! Click here to learn more.

Yarmouth Events

Celtic Christmas Concert at the Cultural Center

December 8th 7:30 PM - 9:00 pm

Cape Cod Cultural Center 307 Old Main Street South Yarmouth
Reservations Recommended 508-394-7100

Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll

December 2nd
Route 6A, Yarmouthport
1 p.m. to 4pm
508 362-3021

Visit the museums, bed and breakfasts, inns, and businesses along the Old Kings Highway as they welcome you with holiday decorations, tasty treats, and music of the season.