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Uncover the Enchantment: A Guide to Festive Celebrations Across Cape Cod

Uncover the Enchantment: A Guide to Festive Celebrations Across Cape Cod

As temperatures drop and the fragrance of evergreen wafts through on the coastal breeze, Cape Cod undergoes a festive metamorphosis, adorned with glimmering lights and the jubilant sounds of the holiday season. The winter months on the Cape bring forth a sense of magic, where idyllic landscapes combine with spirited gatherings, crafting an enchanting ambiance for locals and visitors. From quaint coastal hamlets to historic landmarks, Cape Cod awakens with an array of holiday events that encapsulate the essence of this joyous time. Whether you're a seasoned admirer of Cape Cod or planning your inaugural trip, there's something to delight everyone in this festive revelry, bringing warmth, joy, and a dash of quintessential New England seaside allure to the holiday season.

Join us as we Uncover the Enchantment: A Guide to Festive Celebrations Across Cape Cod!

The Gift Show Exhibit Monday, November 13th - Thursday, December 21st, 2023

Step into our galleries and witness the enchanting collection of small works crafted by our Juried Artist Members. This exhibition is not just a visual delight; it's an exciting opportunity for those in search of the perfect gift for a loved one or a well-deserved treat for oneself. Our Gift Show Exhibit and Gift Shop beckon, promising a diverse array of treasures suitable for everyone.

As you explore, you'll encounter a curated selection of unique jewelry pieces, beautifully handcrafted ceramics, and artwork that exudes individuality. Each item is a testament to the artistic prowess of our Juried Artist Members, ensuring you'll find something truly special and exclusive.

With the holiday season approaching, our Gift Show Exhibit takes on a festive flair. Be sure to explore our holiday tree adorned with a variety of ornaments, each ready to add a touch of sparkle to your tree this year. It's the perfect time to infuse the spirit of the season into your home.

From the allure of handcrafted ceramics to the uniqueness of our jewelry pieces, our selection is unparalleled, offering one-of-a-kind treasures that you won't find anywhere else. Don't miss the chance to embark on a visual journey and discover the perfect gifts that reflect the spirit of artistry and celebration. Come on down, browse our selection, and make this holiday season truly special!

Falmouth Art Center's Holiday Market and Gift Gallery Saturday, November 18th - Sunday, December 24th, 2023

Prepare to be captivated by the expanded allure of the Market, offering extended hours to weave the vibrant tapestry of local artistry and craftsmanship into your daily life. From Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm, the Market warmly invites all, free and open daily to the public.

This year's Market hosts a remarkable gathering of over 100 local artists and crafters, promising a rich array of creative expressions. Immerse yourself in the diverse world of original artwork, spanning watercolor, pastel, oil, and acrylic paintings, accompanied by the intriguing allure of sculptures, mixed media, and collage masterpieces. Fine art photography and prints beckon art enthusiasts to explore further.

Fiber enthusiasts will discover a plethora of hand-knitted, sewn, and woven treasures, including scarfs, shawls, hats, mittens, bags, and endearing baby items. A dedicated space pays homage to the art of ceramics, unveiling an exquisite collection of mugs, bowls, plates, and vases meticulously crafted by instructors and advanced potters from the Art Center’s ceramics studio.

Home enthusiasts will find joy in the hand- and machine-embroidered section, featuring an array of linens, dish towels, runners, and potholders. The addition of stained glass boxes provides an elegant touch, while hand-crafted jewelry steals the spotlight with an array of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings.

As the holiday season approaches, the Market transforms into a haven for festive discoveries, offering holiday and note cards adorned with images by local artists, along with ornaments crafted from an eclectic mix of materials such as glass, ceramics, wood, and more! Join us in celebrating the local talent and craftsmanship that graces the Market, making every visit a sensory feast for art enthusiasts and holiday shoppers alike.

Brewster for the Holidays Festival Weekend, November 20th - December 24th 2023

Brewster for the Holidays Festival Weekend, November 20th - December 24th 2023

Get ready to be swept up in the magic of the season as Brewster, the historic "Sea Captains Town," comes alive with its cherished town-wide celebration – Brewster for the Holidays.

The festivities kick off even before Thanksgiving, setting the stage for a month-long celebration filled with enticing offerings. From exciting shopping sales and silent auctions to captivating book signings and delightful giveaways, Brewster for the Holidays is a joyous affair that captures the essence of the season.

As Drummer Boy Park lights up for the Holidays, Santa makes a special appearance, and the air is filled with the sounds of the season both indoors and out. It's a spectacle that transforms Brewster into a winter wonderland, creating an enchanting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike.

And let's not forget the delectable treats that await – be sure to bring your sweet tooth as the town is adorned with plenty of yummy offerings to satisfy every craving.

Join us in embracing the holiday spirit during this time-honored tradition in Brewster. Whether you're seeking festive shopping experiences, the magic of Santa's visit, or simply indulging in sweet delights, Brewster for the Holidays is your ticket to a season filled with joy, warmth, and community spirit.

Our 16th Annual Holiday exhibition will be open from November 25th, 2023 and running through December 11th, 2023The Gift Show Exhibit Monday, November 13th - Thursday, December 21st, 2023

ADMISSION: $10, Children & Military free

HOURS: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A cherished tradition has taken root in our community, where art, music, and the beauty of the natural world converge to create the enchanting experience that is Holidays at Highfield Hall. This festive season, the theme is 'Home,' inviting visitors to embark on a journey through each room, with each space unveiling a new chapter in the heartwarming tale of "Home for the Holidays." Excitingly, this year introduces a special exhibition featuring the exceptional paintings of Marieluise Hutchinson, a talented artist hailing from both Cape Cod and Maine.

Event designer Rita Pacheco brings a fresh perspective to holiday decorating, seamlessly blending her signature style with sustainability in surprising and delightful ways. From table settings to tree adornments, Pacheco's touch exudes impeccable artistry and originality, promising a visual feast for all who enter. The first floor beckons with the return of creches from around the world, while the gift gallery, brimming with unique arts and crafts, offers a haven for those in search of that one-of-a-kind, special something.

Let the sounds of the season envelop you as harpist Maria Rindello, the Victorian Carolers, Mike Oakland on guitar, and other musical talents fill the air with melodies of joy. Their performances add an extra layer of magic to this festive celebration.

The craft room has become a beloved staple of our holiday gatherings, providing a space for creativity to blossom amidst the warmth of friends and family. Join us in this festive season to experience the unique blend of tradition and innovation at Holidays at Highfield Hall, where every nook and cranny resonates with the true spirit of the holidays.

Gardens Aglow; November 30 – December 3; December 7 – 10, December 14-17, and December 20-23, 2023

Gardens Aglow; November 30 – December 3; December 7 – 10, December 14-17, and December 20-23, 2023

Admission:  Adults: $25; Youth (3-17): $15; Member Adult: $23; Member Youth (3-17): $13; Children 2 and under: Free*

Get ready to be dazzled because Heritage Museums & Gardens is once again putting on the glitz this Holiday Season with its cherished annual event – Gardens Aglow!

As the festive season unfolds, the dedicated team at Heritage works their magic, transforming acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands into a mesmerizing spectacle with over 10 miles of twinkling, sparkling lights. It's a sight that truly captivates the senses and adds a touch of awe-inspiring magic to the winter landscape. Join us in celebrating the season with Gardens Aglow, where the grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens come alive with the enchantment of thousands of lights, creating an experience that is nothing short of extraordinary.

*Sorry to say this year’s event is sold out. Here is your reminder to add it to your calendar early for next year so you don’t miss out again if you weren’t able to secure tickets! 

Falmouth Theatre Guild Presents "It's A Wonderful Life" The Musical on December 1st - 17th, 2023

Falmouth Theatre Guild Presents "It's A Wonderful Life" The Musical on December 1st - 17th, 2023


Fridays 7:30pm

Saturdays 4:00pm

Sundays 4:00pm

$30* adults | $28* seniors (62+) | $25* under 18

Includes $3 service fee

Embark on a musical odyssey with a fresh take on the beloved 1946 film, where the creative prowess of Keith Ferguson and Bruce Greer converges to bring a classic tale to life. This musical adaptation faithfully mirrors the life of George Bailey, tracing his journey from childhood dreams to midlife disappointments and beyond. Together, we delve into the profound question of whether George's existence has left a lasting impact.

With a score crafted for the cinematic experience and a theatrical presentation, this adaptation infuses musical vitality into a familiar story. It preserves the heartwarming, humorous, and touching elements of the original narrative, creating a unique musical experience. This rendition breathes new life into a well-known tale, offering a fresh perspective that is set to become a holiday classic for both devoted enthusiasts and those encountering the story for the first time. Join us on this melodious journey as we revel in the enduring spirit of a cherished tale, transformed into a captivating musical experience.

Lobster Pot Christmas Tree, Throughout the Month of December 2023

Lobster Pot Christmas Tree, Throughout the Month of December 2023

Prepare to be enchanted by a holiday spectacle like no other – Provincetown's dazzling lobster pot Christmas tree! Standing at over 2 stories high and crafted from 100+ lobster pots, this unique creation is a sight to behold. Adorned with ribbons, garlands, and thousands of festive lights, it's guaranteed to immerse you in the holiday spirit.

Step into a world where tradition meets creativity, and check out one of the coolest Christmas trees you'll ever encounter! Provincetown's lobster pot Christmas tree is not just a festive decoration; it's a testament to the community's unique spirit and celebration of the season. Join us in marveling at this extraordinary holiday masterpiece that promises to add an extra touch of magic to your seasonal festivities.

Pilgrim Monument Illuminated, Throughout the Month of December 2023

Pilgrim Monument Illuminated, Throughout the Month of December 2023

As the sun sets over Provincetown, a breathtaking spectacle unfolds – the magnificent 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument adorned with thousands of glistening white lights. This dazzling display is a tribute to the historic Pilgrims' First Landing in Provincetown in November 1620, a celebration that lights up the night sky with a radiant glow.

The brilliance of the lights doesn't fade quickly; in fact, they continue to illuminate the darkness through the first week of January. This means you have ample time to plan your visit and witness this enchanting sight for yourself. The Pilgrim Monument stands not only as a symbol of history but also as a beacon of light that adds a touch of magic to the winter nights in Provincetown. Join us in embracing the beauty of this luminous display, capturing the essence of a historic journey and creating lasting memories under the starlit Provincetown sky.

Nauset Model Railroad Club Open House, Saturdays in December, 1 - 4 PM

Nauset Model Railroad Club Open House, Saturdays in December, 1 - 4 PM

Calling all model railroad enthusiasts, young and old! The Nauset Model Railroad Club's Holiday Open House is an absolute "must-attend" event. Brace yourself for a captivating display spanning over 2,000 feet of space, showcasing a delightful array of model trains meandering through miniature landscapes, all decked out in festive holiday decorations.

For those who find joy in the intricate world of model railroads, this open house promises an immersive experience that celebrates both the artistry of miniature train scenes and the festive spirit of the Holidays. Get ready to be transported to a world where creativity knows no bounds, and the clickety-clack of tiny wheels adds a symphony of charm to the seasonal celebrations. Join us at the Nauset Model Railroad Club's Holiday Open House – an event that guarantees to delight the inner child in everyone who appreciates the magic of model trains during the most wonderful time of the year!

The Polar Express Train, Weekends through Dec 23, 2023

The Polar Express Train, Weekends through Dec 23, 2023

Tickets: Adults $74 - $109; Children $64 - $99; Kids 2 and under $5 with adult ticket purchase (must sit on adult's lap)  

Embark on a magical journey as the train chugs along the tracks, bringing the Holiday spirit to life with every turn of the wheels. Picture this - merry music fills the air, The Polar Express story is read aloud, and the atmosphere is sweetened with delightful treats and steaming mugs of hot cocoa.

And as the train comes to a stop just outside the North Pole, guess who's there to welcome everyone with a hearty "Ho, Ho, Ho!"? None other than the Jolly Old gentleman himself, spreading joy and warmth to all who've hopped on board.

It's more than just a train ride; it's a festive family adventure, a magical kick-off to the Holiday Season that promises to create cherished memories for all. Join us on this enchanting journey, where the spirit of the season comes alive, and the magic of the Polar Express brings smiles to young and old alike!

Hyannis: Harbor Lights Spectacular, December 1st – 31st, 2023

Hyannis: Harbor Lights Spectacular, December 1st – 31st, 2023

Immerse yourself in the enchantment of Hyannis with the Harbor Lights Spectacular, a month-long celebration from December 1st to 31st. Hyannis Harbor transforms into a breathtaking display, adorned with thousands of twinkling lights that promise to dazzle and delight. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, where the festive displays come to life, casting a magical glow over the harbor.

Mark your calendar for the highlight of the season – the tree lighting ceremony at Bismore Park on December 5th. Join the community in this heartwarming event as the lights on the majestic tree twinkle to life, officially heralding the holiday spirit. It's a spectacle not to be missed, adding a touch of magic to your December evenings in Hyannis. Bring friends and family to share in the joy and wonder of the Harbor Lights Spectacular, making memories that will sparkle long after the lights have faded.

Provincetown: Holly Folly Festival, December 8th – 10th, 2023

Provincetown: Holly Folly Festival, December 8th – 10th, 2023

Get ready for a three-day spectacle of holiday cheer at Provincetown's Holly Folly Festival, happening from December 8th to 10th. This festive extravaganza promises an array of delights, including a vibrant holiday market, the iconic Santa Speedo Run, and a holiday-themed drag show that adds a unique touch to the seasonal celebrations.

Immerse yourself in the merriment as Provincetown, with its distinctive charm, comes alive during the holidays. The Holly Folly Festival is not just an event; it's an experience that captures the spirit of the season in a way only Provincetown can. From exploring the holiday market filled with festive treasures to witnessing the jovial and iconic Santa Speedo Run, this festival is a celebration like no other. And let's not forget the holiday-themed drag show, adding a touch of glamour and flair to the festivities.

Join in the joy, laughter, and community spirit as Provincetown welcomes you to revel in the unique and vibrant atmosphere of the Holly Folly Festival. It's a chance to create cherished holiday memories in a setting that truly embraces the magic of the season. Don't miss out on the fun – mark your calendar for this enchanting three-day celebration!

Mashpee Christmas Parade, December 9, 2023, 5:30 PM

Mashpee Christmas Parade, December 9, 2023, 5:30 PM

In the lineup of merry events on Cape Cod in December, there's one celebration that stands out—the Annual Mashpee Christmas Parade. It's an extravaganza you definitely don't want to miss!

Every passing year seems to elevate the parade to new heights, making it even more spectacular. Anticipations are high, and this year is poised to be nothing short of extraordinary—I can feel it!

Bass River Holiday Cookie Stroll, December 9, 2023, 10 AM to 4 PM

Bass River Holiday Cookie Stroll, December 9, 2023, 10 AM to 4 PM

Embraced by historical charm, the Bass River neighborhood graces us with its beauty throughout the year. However, there's a special enchantment when the homes and businesses adorn themselves in Holiday splendor.

Enter the Cookie Stroll – a delightful opportunity to wander through designated homes and charming "she-sheds," all dressed up for the season. As you tour these festively decorated spaces, be prepared to indulge your sweet tooth with a tempting array of homemade cookies and candy treats.

But the journey doesn't end there. Explore additional stops on this holiday adventure, including the Cultural Center of Cape Cod for their Holiday Market Fair, the Bass River Yacht Club, the Old Main Street Fire Station, the United Methodist Church, and St. David’s Episcopal Church. And keep your eyes peeled, for you might just catch a glimpse of Santa making his way along the Bass River in his festive boat.

Join us in experiencing the magic of the season as we stroll through the historic streets of Bass River, where each stop promises to add a touch of sweetness and holiday cheer to your festivities.

Amplify POC Holiday Vendor Market, December 9th, 2023

Amplify POC Holiday Vendor Market, December 9th, 2023

It's that time of the year again, and you're warmly invited to join us at our 3rd Annual Amplify POC Holiday Vendor Market! With over 30 vendors offering an eclectic array of goods, this promises to be an immersive and diverse shopping experience like no other. But that's not all – get ready to groove to the sounds of The Conspiracy Of Noize and treat your taste buds to the delectable offerings from Island Cafe & Grill and Duck Island Shellfish.

This year, we're taking it up a notch by collaborating with Phases Creative Studios and The Cordial Eye Gallery and Artist Space. Step into a world of holiday magic with special photo sessions featuring our very own Black Santa, Earl Roberts, Realtor. It's an opportunity to capture the spirit of the season in a unique and culturally rich setting.

Best of all, this festive extravaganza is free to attend, with donations warmly welcomed. Join us for an unforgettable celebration of diversity, community, and the joy of the holiday season. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift, a unique photo session, or just want to soak in the vibrant atmosphere, the Amplify POC Holiday Vendor Market has something for everyone. See you there!

Chatham: Christmas by the Sea Stroll, December 15th – 17th, 2023

Chatham: Christmas by the Sea Stroll, December 15th – 17th, 2023

Get ready to step into a winter wonderland as Chatham's Main Street undergoes a festive transformation during the Christmas by the Sea Stroll from December 15th to 17th. This enchanting event promises a delightful array of activities, turning the heart of Chatham into a magical haven of holiday cheer.

As you wander down Main Street, let the melodies of carolers fill the air, creating a festive soundtrack to accompany your stroll. The lively atmosphere is heightened with captivating live entertainment that adds an extra layer of joy to the occasion. Immerse yourself in the nostalgic charm of horse-drawn carriage rides, a timeless experience that enhances the magical ambiance of the Christmas by the Sea Stroll.

While you're there, don't forget to explore the local shops, each offering a treasure trove of unique holiday finds. From charming boutiques to cozy cafes, Chatham's Main Street becomes a haven for those seeking special gifts and festive delights.

Join the community in this heartwarming celebration, where every corner of Chatham exudes the spirit of the season. The Christmas by the Sea Stroll is not just an event; it's a cherished tradition that invites you to create lasting memories in the midst of holiday magic. Mark your calendar and immerse yourself in the joyous ambiance of this winter wonderland in Chatham!

Glassblowers' Christmas, Through December 30th, 2023

Glassblowers' Christmas, Through December 30th, 2023

Get ready to be enchanted as the Sandwich Glass Museum invites you to experience the mesmerizing art of glassblowing at its annual event, Glassblowers' Christmas, happening from November 25th to December 30th. This magical occasion promises not only a visual feast but also an opportunity to find unique, handcrafted holiday treasures.

Step into a world where creativity knows no bounds. The Glassblowers' Christmas event at Sandwich Glass Museum showcases the exquisite craftsmanship of talented artisans. Marvel at the dazzling display of glass ornaments, each a testament to the skill and artistry involved in the delicate process of glassblowing.

Beyond the visual spectacle, this event offers a unique shopping experience. Explore the array of handcrafted holiday gifts, each piece telling a story of meticulous craftsmanship and artistic inspiration. From delicate ornaments to one-of-a-kind treasures, you're sure to find the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Join us in celebrating the magic of the season at the Glassblowers' Christmas event. It's more than an exhibition; it's an immersive journey into the world of art and craftsmanship. Mark your calendar and embrace the opportunity to witness the beauty of glassblowing while discovering special holiday gifts that are as unique as the spirit of the season itself.


Enjoy your foray into the Holiday events across Cape Cod if you haven’t already, and keep us in mind if you or anyone you know is in the market for a new home, or looking to sell, invest, rent, or anything else we can assist with!

Nichole Willey & Team

Call/ Text Nichole @ 508.737.3567

Call/ Text Evelynn @ 774.521.5899

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