Gunkholing: Celebrate the Holidays on the Cape & Islands

Cape Cod Life  /  November/December 2022 /

Writer: Brian Shortsleeve

Festive boat on water with holiday lights

‘Tis the season to give thanks and celebrate. gunk’holing is the art of getting a boat into any small shallow cove, forbidden to boats of deeper draft and out again, without running aground much over a dozen times. — J. BenjaminPhoto by Betsy Young Starting the day before Thanksgiving, celebrate the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Thanksgiving weekend in Plymouth offers several events to mark the First Thanksgiving. Throughout December, the villages and towns from Falmouth to Provincetown sponsor parades and celebration events. Just about every town on the Cape and Islands has its own events. For a complete list and schedule, check with the Chamber of Commerce in your favorite area or areas or on capecodlife.com.  The photographs on this page are from the Hyannis Village Stroll, including the very popular Santa’s Boat Parade, which is part of the Hyannis holiday festivities. The photo was submitted by the “Love Live Local” organization which is dedicated to community advocacy and educating consumers on the importance of shopping local. The islands don’t miss out; treat yourself to Christmas in Edgartown, or Christmas Stroll weekend on Nantucket. And don’t overlook New Year’s weekend, for example: First Light Provincetown New Year’s Eve Festival, First Night in Chatham, First Night in Sandwich, and Nantucket New Year’s. Just pick your favorite area to visit for dinner, lodging and shopping, and then choose your schedule of festivities. My Best, Brian ShortsleevePublisher, Cape Cod Life Publications

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Brian Shortsleeve

Brian Shortsleeve is the owner, publisher, and founder of Cape Cod Life Publications. His personal column, “Gunkholing,” has appeared in all issues of Cape Cod LIFE since the very first issue in 1979.