November's Cape Cod events calendar kicks off the Holiday season in grand style!
Festivities this month run the gamut from Chatham's Thanksgiving "Turkey Trot" to the lighting of the Lobster Pot Christmas Tree in Provincetown (a must-see!), and the spectacular illumination of the Pilgrim Monument with thousands of white lights.
Looking for things to do indoors? You'll find seasonal arts and crafts fairs, museum exhibits, and open houses all across Cape Cod, throughout the month of November.
And be sure to save time for a little shopping. There's no better place than the Cape to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list!
When: November 14 - December 30, 2016
Where: Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich Village
Admission: Adults $9; Ages 6-14 $2; 5 and under free; Members free
More Info: (508) 888-0251 / Sandwich Glass Museum
The Sandwich Glass Museum is all dressed up for the Holidays with special trees decorated with hundreds of unique glass ornaments created by some of the region's foremost glass artists.
This year's special event theme is The 12 Days of Christmas. Don't miss it!
When: Nov. 18-20, 23, 25-27, 2016 (see CCCR website for times)
Where: Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay
Tickets: Ticket prices vary
More Info: (888) 797-7245; Cape Cod Central Railroad
The delightful children's story, The Polar Express, comes alive as you board the railroad's festively decorated train cars for a ride to visit Santa and his elves.
As the train chugs along the tracks, everyone gets into the Holiday spirit with merry music, a reading of The Polar Express story, sweet treats, and mugs of hot cocoa.
Of course, the Jolly Old gentleman himself will be there when the train stops just outside the North Pole, meeting and greeting everyone with a rousing "Ho, Ho, Ho!".
What a fun way for the whole family to kick off the Holiday Season!
When: November 19, 2016, 1 - 4 p.m.
Where: Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road, Eastham
More Info: Eastham Public Library / (508) 240-5950
Yes, you read that right ... a turnip festival! The town of Eastham is famous for its turnips - the sweetest you'll ever taste, courtesy of Cape Cod's light sandy soil and sweet salt air.
This one-of-a-kind Cape Cod event celebrates the venerable hometown veggie with an afternoon full of games (turnip bowling, anyone?), fun contests for all ages, arts and crafts for the kids, live music, and lots of unique tastings from the turnip cook-off. Eastham turnips will be on sale, too, just in time for your Thanksgiving feast!
When: November 23, 2016, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: High Pole Hill, Provincetown
Admission: No charge to watch Lighting Ceremony
More Info: (508) 487-1310 / Pilgrim Monument
The spectacular 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument dazzles the night sky with thousands of white lights, celebrating the Pilgrims’ First Landing in Provincetown in November 1620. Traditionally, the illumination of the Monument occurs the evening before Thanksgiving Day, and the lights continue to shine through the first week of January.
When: November 24, 2016, 7 - 8 a.m. registration
Where: Begins behind the Orpheum Theater on Main Street in Chatham
Entry Fee: Ages 17+ $15 plus a bag of non-perishable grocery items; ages 5-16 $5; under 5 free with one grocery item
More Info: Turkey Trot
Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner on a fun, family friendly walk/run along 3.1 miles of Chatham's scenic roads. This ever-popular annual event benefits the Lower Cape Outreach Council's emergency programs.
When: Weekends (Fri., Sat., Sun.) November 25 - December 18, 2016, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich
Admission: Adults $18; children $7; age 2 and under free
More Info: (508) 888-3300 ext. 175 / Heritage Museums & Gardens
Heritage Museums & Gardens is putting on the glitz again this Holiday Season with it's treasured annual event - Gardens Aglow!
At this extra-special time of year, the good folks at Heritage adorn their acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands with more than 10 miles of twinkling, sparkling lights. It's truly an awesome thing to see!
Come stroll throughout the grounds and buildings where you'll enjoy festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, music and special performances, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains - and even a visit by some baby animals.
When: Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m., from Thanksgiving through the end of December
Where: Nauset Model Railroad Club, Hilltop Plaza, Orleans
More Info: Nauset Model Railroad Club
The Nauset Model Railroad Club's Holiday Open House is a "don't-miss" for model railroad fans of all ages. Over 2,000 feet of display space features a variety of model trains chugging and tooting through miniature scenes festively decorated for the Holidays.
When: November 26, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Lopes Square in Provincetown
More Info: Lobster Pot Christmas Tree - FB Page
Made from 100+ lobster pots stacked over 2 stories high and decorated with ribbons, garland and thousands of festive lights, artist Julian Popko's lobster pot Christmas tree will put you in the Holiday mood for sure.
Come watch the illumination of one of the coolest Christmas trees you'll ever see!
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