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Gunkholing: Celebrate the Holidays on the Cape & Islands

‘Tis the season to give thanks and celebrate.

Photo 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

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 Shortsleeve
Publisher, Cape Cod Life Publications

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