Even More Events Coming Up on Cape Cod!


The Christmas holiday is almost here and there are more fun events than ever happening in the next few weeks here on the Cape – from fun festivals to art exhibits and opportunities to help those in need. Here is the most recent list of activities – perfect for the whole family. If you’re looking for a list of local Holiday Strolls, you can find them here.

Spectacle of Trees – Spectacle of Trees is such a festive way to help local non-profit organizations during the holiday season! Creatively decorated and lavishly endowed trees are put on display at the Cape Cod Mall in an organized opportunity drawing. Cape Cod Mall – outside Ten Pin Eatery and near Santa’s Village, 769 Iyannough Road, Hyannis. This event is free.

10th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas and Special Exhibit: Made in Snow –The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present “Made In Snow,” a winter-themed exhibit focusing on all things snow-related. Highlighted from the Museum’s collection are hand-decorated glass winter landscapes made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, snowscape paintings by local artists, historic photographs of Sandwich knee-deep in snow, as well as whimsical snow globes and contemporary glass by the region’s most talented glass artists reflecting the season’s favorite precipitation. This event runs through 12/30.

Gardens Aglow – Join us for the celebration of lights that has become a treasured holiday tradition. In addition to the beautiful light displays throughout the gardens, the event features extensive indoor holiday décor and numerous activities around the grounds and galleries. Visit Santa Claus in the 1913 Model T Ford. View a stunning model train display and create a mural on our Giant Lite-Brite. People of all ages can take a spin (or two) on the vintage carousel and roast marshmallows together at the fire pits. Stroll the gardens with family and friends, and enjoy Heritage Museum & Gardens in a whole new light. This event runs through 12/29.

The Train to Christmas Town – Feel the holiday magic in the air the moment you arrive! Have your official Train to Christmas Town ticket ready to be punched by the conductor as you board our real working train. The music begins as we depart the station and you’ll be clapping along to our peppy theme song. Meet other book characters like Bumblebee the cuddly polar bear and the postman delivering letters to Santa. Elves will be dancing in the aisles leading sing-alongs of favorite Christmas songs. When you hear the “Chocolate Christmas” song begin to play you’ll know it’s time for cookies and hot chocolate to be served. Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main St., Buzzards Bay. This events runs through 12/23.

The Cape Cod Enchanted Village – Free and open to the public! Be dazzled by thousands of lights, a Santa’s Village and so much more at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Barnstable. Santa will be visiting to hear children’s wishes, and the Cape Cod Surftone Carolers sing holiday music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Bonfire nightly (weather permitting). Holiday lights go on at dusk. Please bring a gift card of new, unwrapped toy for the “Giving Tree.” Proceeds go to Independence House. This event runs through 1/2.

Elf: The Musical – This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF, as Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.  ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Times vary. Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre, W. Harwich. This event runs through 1/5.

12/11 Santa Stop – Come see Santa at one of this year’s “Santa Stop” stops! Today we’ll see him at Pure Vita in Eastham at 2 p.m.! See you there!

12/13 Santa Stop – Come see Santa at one of this year’s Santa Stop stops! Today we’ll see him at Simpler Pleasures in Chatham at 2:30 p.m.! See you there!

12/14 Yule for Fuel – Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is pleased to announce the return of Yule for Fuel, a showcase of the Cape’s talent, benefiting Lower Cape Outreach Council’s Fuel Assistance Program.

12/15 “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” live concert celebrates the pure, unadulterated meaning of Christmas. Three of the Cape’s finest musicians: Malcolm Granger on piano, Rich Hill on bass, and Michael Dunford on percussion are joined by the Cape Conservatory’s Youth Choir for this live benefit performance. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring supermarket gift cards from Stop & Shop, Star Market, Shaw’s, Trader Joe’s, BJs, and Whole Foods, with a minimum value of $10. The gift cards will be donated to Housing Assistance Corporation’s Angel House, which serves mothers with substance abuse issues and their children. Those who are unable to attend the concert may drop off their gift cards at the CCftA box office. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit.

12/15 The 16th Annual Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade to Benefit the Homeless – The Christmas Cavalcade Benefits For the Homeless has been a tradition for over a decade, raising a good deal of money over the years for the Noah Shelter for the Homeless and its parent organization, The Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod, and giving some of the bay state’s best musicians a chance to get together and do seasonal songs that either aren’t in their repertoire at all or only appear for a few weeks annually. They are hosted by Cape Cod icon Chandler Travis at the Mansion Ballroom at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, 2907 Main St., Brewster.

12/20-12/22 The Nutcracker – This is the 17th year of performing a beautiful full length production of The Nutcracker. Our four  performances are on: Friday December 20th at 6:30 pm, Saturday December 21st at 1 pm and 6:30 pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 1 pm.  This year we are performing at the beautiful new state of the art theater at the Monomoy Regional High School at 75 Oak Street in Harwich.  We are very proud of the caliber of our dancers, exquisite costuming and sets and this year we are delighted to have over 100 local dancers performing with us. Tickets will go on sale on November 1st.  Tickets are: $16 for children 10 and under, $20 for students; $25 for seniors and $30 for adults.  We will be using an online ticketing agency this year.  Please check out tututix.com for tickets. 


You might also be interested in the following events:

Through 12/19 Dr. Dolittle: The Musical – Matinees and evening shows available, Cotuit Center for the Arts

Through 12/20 Holiday Gift Show Exhibit – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable

Through 12/20 13th Annual Holidays at Highfield Fundraiser – Highfield Hall and Gardens, Falmouth

12/11 Tales to Tails Holiday Pajama Night – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hyannis Public Library

12/12 Be Merry! – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Curated holiday artisans’ popup, Parker House, Osterville Historical Museum

12/13 Winter Wonders Party – 5 to 7 p.m., Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit

12/13 MBL Falmouth Forum – “Empowering Women and Girls; Levers for Change” – 7:30 p.m., Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole

12/13-12/15 Cape Cod Synchronized Skating Classic – Hyannis Youth and Community Center, Hyannis

12/14 Author’s Book Reading – 11 a.m. to noon. Christina Laurie reads her book, The Lobsters’ Night Before Christmas, at Hyannis Public Library

12/14 Holiday Splash Open House – 8″30 to 11:30 a.m., continental breakfast with Santa, National Marine Life Center, Bourne

12/15 Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra presents “A Mostly English Holiday” – 3 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church, Harwich Port

12/15-12/16 Dark Night Cabaret, Holiday Edition – 7:30 p.m., Cotuit Center for the Arts

12/20 Locals Christmas Party – 6 to 9 p.m., Cape Cod beer, Hyannis

12/21 First Annual Winter Wonderland – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hyannis Youth Center

12/21 Christmas Bake Sale by Friends of Wheldon Library – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wheldon Library, 2401 Meetinghouse Way, W. Barnstable

12/22 Pianist Sergei Novikov, in concert – 4 to 6 p.m., Cultural Center of Cape Cod, S. Yarmouth

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Ann Luongo has been writing for Cape Cod and South Shore publications for over 15 years.

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