Cape Cod: Get ready for a holly jolly weekend

Strolls, Santa and other seasonal cheer take over through Sunday
Provincetown's famous lobster trap tree with the Pilgrim Monument in the background. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

Although the bells seemed to start jingling earlier than ever this year, this weekend, December 6-8 marks the biggest holiday celebration in many Cape Cod towns.  

There will be strolls, shopping, singing and cider sipping in villages across the Cape.  And no one will be busier than Old St. Nick himself. In between photo shoots, he'll be appearing all over the Cape, marching in parades, breakfasting with kids and generally being jolly.

As you run from sale to sale, making sure you cross off every name on your list, take the time to enjoy this weekend's festive sounds, sparkling lights and Cape Cod community cheer.

Our calendar has all the events, but here's a quick run down:

  • Bourne - Christmas in Old Bourne (December 6-8). There will be a tree lighting, craft show and new this year, the Bourne Hidden Treasures & Holiday Homes Tour.
  • Brewster - Brewster for the Holidays (December 6-8). Over 70 events including an illumination ceremony at Drummer Boy Park on Friday, Breakfast with Santa and the Polar Plunge on Saturday.
  • Buzzards Bay - Train to Christmas Town (through December 29). There are still tickets available this weekend--don't miss this magical journey by train!
  • Chatham - Chatham's Christmas by the Sea Holiday Weekend Stroll (December 13-14). Although Chatham stroll will be the following weekend (save up some holiday spirit for it), Santa will be making his official arrival at the Chatham Fish Pier on on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. From there, he will head to the Chatham Community Center to meet with the children.
  • Dennis - Dennis Christmas Stroll (December 8). There will be lots of holiday fun along Route 6A in Dennis. Shop, enjoy entertainment, fun for the kids, refreshments and a tree lighting on the Dennis Village Green.
  • Eastham - Eastham Holiday Festival & Toy Drive (December 7). This annual event is a holiday favorite for families in Eastham and surrounding towns.
  • Falmouth - Falmouth Holidays by the Sea Weekend (December 6-8). There will be caroling at dusk at Nobska Lighthouse on Friday. Santa arrives at the harbor by boat on Saturday just in time for the annual pancake breakfast and the Jingle Jog and Kids Elf Run starts at 12:30 p.m. Don't miss the biggest small town parade in Southeastern New England on Sunday, when the 50th annual Falmouth Christmas Parade kicks off at 12 p.m.
  • Hyannis - Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll (December 7). The Hyannis Village Stroll begins with Breakfast with Santa at the British Beer Company on Main Street in Hyannis. Most of the days events including the European-style Christmas market, the Santa's Boat Parade and the Village Green Tree Lighting all take place on or around Main Street and the harbor.
  • Mashpee - 8th Annual Christmas Parade (December 7). Mashpee's annual Christmas parade is a blast! Sponsored by the Mashpee Chamber, the parade kicks off at the town library at 5:30 p.m. and makes its way to South Cape Village for the finale at 6 p.m.
  • Orleans - A Seaside Christmas in Orleans (all month). Orleans, like Sandwich, celebrates all month too. In fact, Santa slipped into town early on November 30 this year! There are fun events all through December, but this weekend, you won't want to miss the annual Christmas Stroll and Tree Lighting and the Santa Stampede 5K and Family Run on Saturday.
  • Provincetown - Holly Folly (December 6-8) - You'll have a gay old time at Holly Folly--a gay and lesbian holiday festival in Provincetown. This year's events include the 1st annual Provincetown Business Guild Santa Speedo Run and the 1st annual Holiday Drag Bingo, in addition to holiday sing-alongs, karaoke, shopping and other festive events.
  • Sandwich - Holly Days in Sandwich (all month). The Sandwich Christmas celebration is so big, it lasts all month! This weekend there is plenty of fun stuff to do including the Community Carol Sing on Friday and the Sweet Sandwich Cookie Stroll on Sunday. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on