Holiday spirit pervades town's traditional Main Street
Holiday festivities will conclude with Chatham First Night
Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Cape Cod, Chatham can take some time for out-of-towners to reach. Getting to Chatham, the only Lower Cape town not crossed by the Mid-Cape Highway, takes a conscious decision to go there. Set apart from the modernization that has spread over much of the Cape, the town in many ways is a throwback to an earlier Cape Cod.
That especially rings true during the town's Christmas By the Sea, an annual holiday event celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants' Association, Christmas By the Sea is a potpourri of cookies, hayrides, sales, dances, tours and general good cheer.
Saturday, dawning bright, clear and cold, saw the second day of the Main Street Stroll, which got going the previous day.
Events are slated to continue through New Year's, climaxing in First Night Chatham on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The event this year will celebrate Chatham in the 1940s.