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Season’s Strolling through Cape Cod & the Islands

Season's Strolling through Cape Cod & the Islands, November/December 2017 Cape Cod LIFE |

Sandwich First Night

A sweet tradition in Yarmouth is the annual Holiday Cookie Stroll to support the South Yarmouth Library, this year taking place on Saturday, December 9. Ticket holders collect special cookies at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and Bass River homes in the heart of the Old Quaker District, and then enjoy hot cider and cranberry bread at the South Yarmouth Library.

The Hillport Gallery in Sandwich was opened in 2015 by professional woodcarver Doug Amidon as a place for local artisans to display their work. On December 10, see the gallery for yourself at their open house. Try your hand at woodcarving, listen to fun music, and enjoy some tasty refreshments.

For your next favorite holiday tradition, hop over to the Vineyard and embrace being on island time. Every year, Christmas in Edgartown puts together a fun-filled weekend that raises money for island-wide charities and nonprofits. The event will celebrate its 36th year December 7 through 10 with lightshows, a “Bah Humbug Walking Tour,” a lighting of the Harbor View Hotel Lighthouse, a family dance, a cookie contest, a Christmas parade and more. It’s a great way to enjoy island holiday spirit and support the local community.

The end of the year has come, and you need to celebrate. First Night in Chatham is a great family event, and this year the theme is “Oh Those ’60s,” celebrating the infamous decade with 1960s-themed performances. Purchase a button that gets you into all the events, start your day at noon with the town photo at Chatham Lighthouse, then head out to enjoy music performances, storytellers and even circus acts throughout town. The event culminates at midnight with fireworks at Oyster Pond.

Sandwich First Night is a similar family friendly (and alcohol-free) affair, with button holders enjoying a variety of art and multicultural activities, music and dance performances. While you’re there, don’t miss glass artist Michael Magyar’s “Giants,” gorgeous oversize light-studded figures found throughout Sandwich and East Sandwich during the holiday season.

Imagine starting 2018 on an island 30 miles out at sea. Nantucket really knows how to ring in the New Year, with events like the lavish New Year’s Eve Snow Ball at the glittering Nantucket Hotel. It’s a great reason to dress up in remembrance of the past year and in celebration of the one ahead. There’s a host of other events offered over the weekend, from nature walks to special menus at participating restaurants.

A brand-new year is finally here, and with it the Cape Symphony’s popular New Year’s Day Party, led by Conductor Jung-Ho Pak. Accompanied by confetti, balloons, and no doubt a few surprises, this sparkling event will feature singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb and vocalist Ashley Campbell as they honor the memory of Ashley’s father and Jimmy’s musical partner and friend, the late Glen Campbell. Let these talented musicians show you what the Cape Cod spirit is all about – and start 2018 in style.

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