Thursday, October 18, 2007

Christmas on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is well known as a fantastic summer destination. The beaches, the dunes, the sailing, whale watching, golf - all and many more attractions draw crowds of visitors from end of May to end of August. But it's a gem during the remaining months of the year and well worth a trip, even if you could only make it a weekend getaway (but it certainly deserves a longer stay with so many things to do!)

The holiday season is fast approaching and Christmas is a lovely time to spend on Cape Cod. This is the time of tradition and celebration on Cape Cod and you are invited to experience it with the native Cape Codders.

Many towns and villages have tree lighting, Christmas strolls, caroling, special concerts and performances. Historical homes and inns decked in holiday finery open up their doors to visitors. Towns like Falmouth and Chatham have Christmas-by-the-sea traditional celebrations that start right after Thanksgiving day and go into New Years.

Dunbar Tea Shop in Sandwich features a Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol reading - a favorite that always draws a full room. Dunbar Tea Shop is a "historical tea room in the heart of old Sandwich, Massachusetts" - check out their afternoon tea menu for that pick-me-up treat after an afternoon of gift shopping.

Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod and is full of history and charm. The Heritage Museum and Gardens are decorated with holiday lights on at the end of November. The holiday festivities include a Christmas stroll through the town center, caroling, indoor Victorian displays, and free rides on an antique carousel.

Chatham and Falmouth have a month long Christmas by the Sea celebrations - take part in holiday strolls, tree lighting ceremony, tour the historical inns. Caroling in the famous Nobska Lighthouse in Falmouth, decorate your own gingerbread house, watch Santa arrive by boat into the Falmouth Harbor - for the complete schedule of events, check Falmouth Chamber of Commerce:

Falmouth Christmas By The Sea Schedule

Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll along the Hyannis harbor and take part in the Harbor lighting ceremony, Watch the wonderful boat parade, see Santa arrive in a lobster boat, partake of the cheer, fabulous Christmas lights all around, free chowder, piping hot chocolate, and the festive hayride.

The Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis sets up a enchanted village lights and figures in the courtyard - this is always a favorite with children.

Schedule of holiday events in Hyannis

Santa Train on Cape Cod Railroad in Hyannis on Saturdays and Sundays

Enjoy a train ride and lunch with Santa - Cape Cod Central Railroad features special Santa on Saturday and Sunday - music, caroling and candy canes galore!

Don't forget the fabulous shopping and dining opportunities available on Cape Cod throughout the year.

And of course, the beaches remain spectacular no matter the season!

At the end of the day, relax in one of our Cape Cod vacation rentals, in front of a roaring fire, enjoying the peace and tranquility of the area.