Christmas on Cape Cod 2016 Scheduled Events

Christmas on Cape Cod

Christmas on Cape Cod – We put the “Sea” in Season’s Greetings!

There is no better place to rediscover all that is magical about this holiday season than Cape Cod.

Every December, the Cape is home to countless special events and attractionsaccommodations packages, and holiday shopping opportunities.  Festive events include holiday strolls, Santa’s arrival by boat, craft fairs, harbor lights, parades, theater productions and quintessential Cape experiences like the Falmouth Christmas Parade and the lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree in Provincetown. Cape Cod Central Railroad transports families on a magical, storybook ride aboard the Polar Express.  Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich presents its Gardens Aglow celebration, featuring over nine miles of holiday lights throughout the gardens.

The season culminates with First Night celebrations in SandwichChatham and the new First Light Provincetown, which stretches the New Year’s celebration into a fun-filled weekend.

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Christmas on Cape Cod

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We love that so many Cape Cod businesses are getting into the Christmas spirit! Share a photo of the business YOU feel deserves “Best Dressed” honors with the hashtag #ChristmasonCapeCod on our Chamber Facebook page through December 13, 2016 for a chance to win just over $1000+ in gift cards to participating Santa’s helpers! And congrats to Heather H. of Nashville, TN, who won our first Santa’s Helpers promotion this season by sharing this adorable photo of what #ChristmasonCape Cod looks like to her!

Below is our list of 2016 Christmas on Cape Cod Santa’s Helpers:

Addison Art Gallery, 43 South Orleans Road (Route 28), Orleans
Artworks Productions, Junction 6A & 28, Orleans
Bed, Bath & Beyond, 65 Independence Drive, Hyannis
Cape Cod Home Remedies
Community of Jesus Book & Gift Shop, 5 Bay View Drive, Orleans
Consigning Women, 175 Route 137 in East Harwich and 220 Route 6A in Brewster
Dennis Cycle Center, 249 Great Western Road, South Dennis
Elixir Confections
Friends’ Marketplace & Garden Center, 57 Main Street, Orleans
Little Beach Gallery, 539 South Street, Hyannis
Oyster Island Emporium, 846 Main Street, Osterville
Oysterville Vodka
Ring Bros. Marketplace, 485 Route 134, South Dennis
Sapori d’Italia, 766 Route 6A, Dennis Village
Setting the Space, 19 Steeple Street, Mashpee Commons
Snow’s Home and Garden, 22 Main Street, Orleans and 706 Main Street, Harwich

BillyGoats BBQ, 581 Main Street, West Dennis
British Beer Company, 263 Grand Avenue, Falmouth
British Beer Company, 412 Main Street, Hyannis
British Beer Company, 46 Route 6A, Sandwich
Centerville Pie Co., 1671 Falmouth Road (Rte 28), Centerville
Cupcake Charlie’s, Falmouth and Mashpee
The Local Juice, 539 South Street, Hyannis
Mac’s Seafood, Wellfleet and Provincetown
PB Boulangerie Bistro, 15 Lecount Hollow Road, South Wellfleet
Quahog Republic, 97 Spring Bars Road, Falmouth
Sage Inn & Lounge, 336 Commercial Street, Provincetown

Cape Cod Art Bar, 27 Fountain Street, Mashpee Commons
Cape Cod Coffee, 348 Main Street, Mashpee
Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis
Cape Space, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis
Edaville USA, 5 Pine Street, Carver
Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich
Mashpee Christmas Parade - Starts froms Mashpee Commons, December 10, 2016
Provincetown Art Association & Museum, 460 Commercial Street, Provincetown
The Rowland Scherman Archives, 57 Route 6A, Orleans
Ryan Family Amusements, 441 Main Street, Hyannis
Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Museum at the Simmons Homestead Inn, 288 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis

Fairs, Festivals & Special Events in November

Glassblowers’ Christmas

When: November 14 – December 30, 2016

Where: Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich Village

Admission: Adults $9; Ages 6-14 $2; 5 and under free; Members free

More Info: (508) 888-0251 / Sandwich Glass Museum

The Sandwich Glass Museum is all dressed up for the Holidays with special trees decorated with hundreds of unique glass ornaments created by some of the region’s foremost glass artists.

This year’s special event theme is The 12 Days of Christmas. Don’t  miss it!

Eastham Turnip Festival

When: November 19, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road, Eastham

Admission: Free

More Info: Eastham Public Library / (508) 240-5950

Yes, you read that right … a turnip festival! The town of Eastham is famous for its turnips – the sweetest you’ll ever taste, courtesy of Cape Cod’s light sandy soil and sweet salt air.

This one-of-a-kind Cape Cod event celebrates the venerable hometown veggie with an afternoon full of games (turnip bowling, anyone?), fun contests for all ages, arts and crafts for the kids, live music, and lots of unique tastings from the turnip cook-off.   Eastham turnips will be on sale, too, just in time for your Thanksgiving feast!

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

When: November 23, 2016, 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: High Pole Hill, Provincetown

Admission: No charge to watch Lighting Ceremony

More Info: (508) 487-1310 / Pilgrim Monument

The spectacular 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument dazzles the night sky with thousands of white lights, celebrating the Pilgrims’ First Landing in Provincetown in November 1620. Traditionally, the illumination of the Monument occurs precisely at 6 p.m., and the lights continue to shine through the first week of January.

Annual Chatham Turkey Trot

When: November 24, 2016, 7 – 8 a.m. registration

Where: Begins behind the Orpheum Theater on Main Street in Chatham

Entry Fee: Ages 17+ $15 plus a bag of non-perishable grocery items; ages 5-16 $5; under 5 free with one grocery item

More Info: Turkey Trot

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner on a fun, family friendly walk/run along 3.1 miles of Chatham’s scenic roads. This ever-popular annual event benefits the Lower Cape Outreach Council’s emergency programs.

“Gardens Aglow” Annual Celebration of Lights

When: November 25 – December 18, 2016, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich

Admission: Adults $18; children $7; under age 2 free

More Info: (508) 888-3300 / Heritage Museums & Gardens

The largest public garden in Southern New England glitters in a seasonal display of colorful holiday lights. Stroll the grounds, toast marshmallows at the Magnolia Cafe, enjoy holiday music and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, ride the indoor antique carousel, and have a photo taken with Santa in a classic Model T Ford.

Holiday Open House at Nauset Model Railroad Club

When: Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m., from Thanksgiving through the end of December

Where: Nauset Model Railroad Club, Hilltop Plaza, Orleans

Admission: Free

More Info: Nauset Model Railroad Club

The Nauset Model Railroad Club’s Holiday Open House is a “don’t-miss” for model railroad fans of all ages. Over 2,000 feet of display space features a variety of model trains chugging and tooting through miniature scenes festively decorated for the Holidays.

Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree

When: 2016 date – TBA

Where: Lopes Square in Provincetown

Admission: Free

More Info: Lobster Pot Christmas Tree – FB Page

Made from 100+ lobster pots stacked over 2 stories high and decorated with ribbons, garland and thousands of festive lights, artist Julian Popko’s lobster pot Christmas tree will put you in the Holiday mood for sure.

Come watch the illumination of one of the coolest Christmas trees you’ll ever see!

The Polar Express Train

When: Nov. 18-20, 23, 25-27, 2016 (see CCCR website for times)

Where: Leaves from Cape Cod Central Railroad Depot, Main Street, Hyannis

Tickets: Ticket prices vary

More Info: (888) 797-7245Cape Cod Central Railroad
The delightful children’s story, The Polar Express, comes alive as you board the railroad’s festively decorated train cars for a ride to visit Santa and his elves.

As the train chugs along the tracks, everyone gets into the Holiday spirit with merry music, a reading of the Polar Express story, sweet treats and mugs of hot cocoa.

Of course, the Jolly Old gentleman himself will be there when the train stops just outside the North Pole, meeting and greeting everyone with a rousing “Ho, Ho, Ho!”.

What a fun way for the whole family to kick off the Holiday Season!

Some Cape Cod Trivia For Your Reading Pleasure

Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Potato Chips | Flickr - Photo Sharing!                 
  Cranberry bog on Cape Cod
Oyster beds in Cape Cod. Oyster Beds in Cape Cod

Do you know how Cape Cod became famous for Oysters, Cranberries and Potato Chips?  Here’s a little trivia for your reading pleasure:

Jonathan Swift once observed, “It was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” Yet the concept of eating raw seafood has existed among primitives forever. One wonders how our ancestors discerned the briny, delicious delight that lies inside tightly closed oyster shells. Seafood lovers gratefully pay homage to that brave soul who “first ate an oyster” every time they down a couple of dozen on the half shell. Wellfleet fishermen produce and harvest oysters famous throughout the world. The taste is unique because of the water flow, and an abundance of nutrients, minerals, and fresh water intrusion. Oysters are at their plumpest and sweetest in months with an “r” in it. They spawn in the months without an R, May through August, and reach their flavorful height by late October. Wellfleet Oysters are prized by chefs the world over for their delicacy and sweetness. Millionaire railroad tycoon ‘Diamond Jim’ Brady would often just have to have these for a mid-morning snack—and no other oysters would do. The town incorporated into the Town of Wellfleet in 1763 and is claimed to be the namesake of the Wellfleet (or Wallfleet), England, another town renowned for its oysters (oysters still are an important commodity to this Cape town). The town has been famous for Wellfleet Oysters ever since these tickled Champlain’s Gallic taste buds in 1606 (Champlain christened Wellfleet Port aux Huitres—literally “port of the oysters”). Wellfleeters and gourmands happily agree that these choice shellfish are the most fragrant and sweetest of all oysters. There is a Wellfleet Oyster Weekend in October each year. Activities include an oyster shucking contest, raw bar, live auction, live music, road races, arts and crafts and more.

Cape Cod Potato Chips—some say the world’s BEST. Each chip is hand-cooked and -inspected before packaging and shipping to stores all over the globe.

To its credit, cultivation of cranberries in bogs originated in Dennis on Cape Cod. In 1815, retired Dennis sea captain Henry Hall observed that wild cranberries seemed to flourish in areas where the sand blew over them. He is widely considered to be the first individual replicating such conditions as a preferred way to cultivate the tart berries. Once a whaling port, Harwich went on to pioneer the cranberry industry in 1846 and it was in this small town that the first commercial cranberry bogs in the nation were established. Harwich is still a leading grower of cranberries because of its ideal soil conditions and extended growing season. The cranberry is now Massachusetts’ leading agricultural product.

Adventure Park & Heritage Museum and Parks: Opening Mid-April

The Adventure Park & Heritage Museum and Parks:  Opening Mid-April

Adventure Awaits You Here In The Trees at The Adventure Park! | Zipline MA!

Are you ready for the best climbing and zip line that Massachusetts has to offer? The Adventure Park provides family fun for ages 7 and up. This aerial forest adventure is fun, exciting and safe for all participants. We provide a harness and equipment and give you a safety briefing that demonstrates how to climb and zip line in the park. There are 5 separate trails of varying levels of difficulty. Each trail has zip lines but primarily consist of “bridges” between tree platforms made of rope, cable and wood configurations creating over 65 unique challenges. You will develop skills, endurance, and confidence during your time in the Park. Trained Adventure Park staff members monitor the Park and are there to assist if needed.



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