The Cape will be part of this year's Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the State House on Tuesday, December 1. Following caroling and the tree lighting, a holiday open house will be held. The open house will showcase Massachusetts growers and tourism venues.
"Massachusetts has an array of locally-produced and hosted holiday products, tourism opportunities and family-friendly events," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Politio. "As we kick off the holiday season, I hope everyone will join us in making this a true Massachusetts holiday."
Items (including food) produced in Massachusetts are an integral part of holiday celebrations--from Christmas trees and poinsettias to wine and cheese, turkeys and cranberries. The evening, according to Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton is "a special way to recognize their contributions to our local food system".
Seventeen businesses and venues from across the Commonwealth will participate in the holiday open house. The Cape Cod Central Railroad's Train to Christmastown, based in Hyannis and Island Alpaca Co. from Martha's Vineyard will represent the Cape and Islands. According to the governor's office, the Commonwealth attracts 22.9 million domestic visitors and 1.5 million international visitors each year. Those visitors contribute $18.5 million in revenue annually. "Massachusetts is a magical place during the holidays for residents and visitors alike," said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & Interim Director of the state's Office of Travel and Tourism.
The evening begins with holiday carols at the Grand Staircase from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony in Doric Hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., then the holiday open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. Santa will also be making a visit during the open house.
"We look forward to welcoming everyone to the State House to get into the holiday spirit and learn about all Massachusetts has to offer this time of year," said Governor Charlie Baker.