Cape Cod Christmas Strolls

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Christmas on Cape Cod is like no other.

With snow on the ground, a warm fireplace, and good comfort food all around – it’s no wonder so many travelers make Cape Cod their top holiday destination. December, in particular, is a special time of year on Cape Cod.


Because that’s when the magic of picture-perfect New England scenes come to life. Many museums, resorts on Cape Cod, and stores and shops are decked out with their holiday finery for everyone to enjoy.

In fact in early December, many towns and villages have, what are called, Christmas Strolls… which are traditionally accompanied by tree lightings, Santa Claus’ arrival, carolers, craft fairs, and many other holiday events for kids and families.

Here is a complete town-by-town list of Cape Cod holiday events that are sure to please both the young – and the young at heart.


Christmas in Old Bourne Village: Saturday through December 3rd, December 9th & 10th
Presented by Bourne Historical Society
Christmas in Old Bourne Village, lighting of the Candles in Historic Old Bourne Village, tree lighting and puppet show at the Public Library, chowder at Bourne Historical Society, desert at the Briggs Mc Dermott House.


Chatham-by-the-Sea: Begins mid-November through New Year’s Eve
This event begins around mid-November and goes all the way through December. It concludes with a joyous First Night Celebration on New Year’s Eve. There are many activities to chose from during this festive time including a dinner dance at Chatham Bars Inn, arts and crafts fairs, candy cane making, and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Chatham Garden Club’s ninth annual Festival of Trees: November 24 & 25, December 1  , 2 – 4 PM
Atwood House Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Road
508-945-4112 or 508-945-0773
Place bids on designer trees, browse for decorations and gifts, tour historic Atwood House. Gala party and silent auction finale, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2. $5 one afternoon visit, children under 12 free with an adult; $15 for gala party and three afternoons

An Evening of Operatic Gems: December 30 ,  7:30 PM
Presented by the Cape Cod Opera
Held at the United Methodist Church, 595 Main Street, 508-945-0474
First Night Button required for admittance.

First Night ChathamDecember 31 , 11:58 AM
A wonderful schedule of events starting with a group photo at the Chatham Light at 11:58 AM.
Buttons available at Puritan Clothing, Chatham Ts, Sandi’s Diner, Chatham Hardware, D’Angelo’s Sandwich Shop (W. Chatham)
Cost: Adults $15; Children $5: Under 2 and under FREE


Christmas by the Sea Weekend
This 3-day event includes Christmas caroling at Nobska light, fairs, concerts, the lighting of the Falmouth Village Green, Santa’s arrival by boat, and concludes with a Christmas parade on Main Street on Sunday.


A Christmas Story:  December 8 through 30th
Harwich Junior Theatre, Division Street, Harwich 
HJT performs this timeless classic from the 1940s featuring Ralphie Parker and his pursuit of his perfect Christmas present. Tickets $12 to $18. To order call 508-432-202.

Harwich Port Stroll: December 1 , 5:30 – 9 PM
Features merchant open houses, music and refreshments. Tree-lighting ceremony and family carol sing, 5:30 p.m., Doane Park. Santa arrives by fire truck at visitor’s center, 6:15 p.m. (photos $5); visits until 8 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides through village.
Adult fare is $2 button, free for ages under 12.

East Harwich stroll:  December 2 ,  1 – 4 PM
Open houses, raffles, music and food.


Village of Lights Stroll:  December 1 & 2
Main Street, Hyannis, MA
800-4HYNNIS    (800-449-6647)
Santa Claus arrives on Barnstable Fire Department ladder truck, 7:30 p.m. Cape and Islands United Way Spectacle of Trees at JFK Hyannis Museum (proceeds support local nonprofits). Evening continues along Main Street with activities including hayrides, live music, shopping and kids’ activities.

Breakfast with Santa at British Beer Company: December 2nd 9 AM
Events continue with blessing of the animals, free outdoor movie and in-store demonstrations. Harbor lighting with appearance by Santa on Barnstable Fire Department boat, 4 p.m. Drawing of winners from Spectacle of Trees with final Santa appearance, 8 p.m. Dinner discounts at select restaurants.
Tickets, $6, available in advance only at BBC and JFK Hyannis Museum.

Hyannis Harbor Lighting & Boat Parade: December 2nd , 4 PM – 7 PM

“A Very, Merry Pops!”: December 2 & 3
Cape Symphony Orchestra
BHA Performing Arts Center, 407 North Street, Hyannis, MA
Info – 508-362-1111 ext. 100

“Harry’s” Hyannis 5K Road Race: December 3
Harry’s Restaurant, 700 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 

Vienna Choir Boys: December 9  -  7 PM
Mashpee High School Auditorium
500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee, MA 
The Cape Cod Performing Arts’ Boch Center presents the Vienna Choir Boys for the ninth year. You can purchase tickets in advance for this festive holiday concert at 508-862-2580.


Vivaldi and Handel :December 8, 7:30 PM
The Cape Cod Chorale performs Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus along with traditional carols. 
The United Methodist Church, 57 Pond Street, Osterville. Information and tickets – 508-778-5284.

37th Annual Osterville Village Christmas Stroll  ~  December 15


Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol: Readings on Sunday afternoons in December
Dunbar Tea Room, 1 Water Street,  Sandwich
This very popular event has been held for more than a decade. Space is very limited. Call 508-833-2485 for times and reservations.

Vivaldi andHandel: December 10, 3:00 PM
The Cape Cod Chorale performs Vivaldi’sGloriaand Handel’sHallelujah Chorus along with traditional carols.
Corpus Christi Parish, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich. Information and tickets – 508-778-5284.

Christmas Stroll: December 3rd, 1 – 4 PM
Holiday decorations, food and music at participating businesses, restaurants and bed & breakfasts along Route 6A. Special displays at The Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation and Edward Gorey House. Live animals on village common provided by Mill Farm. Free shuttle between main parking areas and participating sites. Tree lighting and caroling on Yarmouthport Common, 4:15 p.m.

Vivaldi and Handel: December 9, 8:00 PM
The Cape Cod Chorale performs Vivaldi’s
Gloria and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus along with traditional carols.
Saint Pius X Church, Station Avenue, South Yarmouth. Information and tickets – 508-778-5284.

Book a Cape Cod Holiday Vacation!

Whether you fancy a traditional Cape Cod Christmas stroll, a restful December getaway, or a holiday shopping excursion…. now is the time to take advantage of the many vacation package deals being offered RIGHT NOW by several hotels on Cape Cod.

Check them out. Book a trip. Then come experience what a true Cape Cod Christmas is all about.

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