Season’s Strolling through Cape Cod & the Islands
In the Lower Cape town of Orleans, “A Seaside Christmas” kicks off on November 25 and runs through December 31. The town-wide celebration has all the holiday fun you could possibly want, from a pancake breakfast with Mrs. Claus to a holiday 5K complete with a costume contest.
For something relaxing between all these activities, check out “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” on Nantucket, playing from November 23 until December 9. Step back in time and experience the golden age of radio. The White Heron Theatre Company performs the beloved tale of George Bailey as a 1940s live radio broadcast with a touch of comedy. With a dynamic cast of only five members, this innovative show is sure to renew your holiday cheer.
The Holidays by the Sea Weekend in Falmouth, set for December 1-3, features caroling at the historic Nobska Lighthouse, a Jingle Jog 5K, lighting of the Village Green and Santa’s arrival by boat. The weekend wraps up with the biggest small-town Christmas parade in all of Southeast New England.
Nothing lifts spirits like music, so join the talented Nauset Regional High School Honors Chorus in singing your favorite holiday tunes on the Eastham Windmill Green, and warm up with refreshments from Hole in One Donut Shop, on Saturday, December 2, from 5-6 p.m.
Need some holiday décor inspiration? On Sunday, December 3, head over to Barnstable, where for the second year, the Barnstable Historical Society has put together an afternoon of historic home tours along picturesque Route 6A. This event will feature six houses elegantly decked for the holidays, complete with interior tours and a brief history by homeowners and volunteers.
What started as an attempt to keep islanders from fleeing to the mainland for holiday shopping has since become an integral part of the Nantucket holiday season for over 40 years. The Nantucket Christmas Stroll, on the first full weekend of December, features hundreds of decorated trees lining the streets, costumed carolers, and events such as art shows and special dinners at local restaurants. See a 20-foot-tall magic talking tree at the top of Main Street, and on Stroll Saturday, follow the town crier, dressed in full regalia, as he rings in the event and leads everyone to the wharfs to see Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a Coast Guard cutter.
Merge the holidays with history by experiencing seven beautifully decorated inns and museums on Chatham’s Historic Inn and Museum Tour, Saturday, December 9. It’s part of the annual Chatham Christmas by the Sea Stroll, which kicks off December 8 and includes caroling, tree trimming and more.
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