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.
The Pilgrim Monument
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!
Quashnet School Holiday Craft & Artisan Fair
When: November 1, 2014, 10am to 4pm
Where: Quashnet School, 150 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee, MA
Admission: Adults by donation, children free
More Info: Quashnet School PTO (508) 539-1550 x126
This popular annual fair features more than 70 talented artisans and crafters offering a wide variety of wares to satisfy all your holiday gift-giving needs. Highlights include one-of-a-kind woodworking, jewelry, crafts for kids, hand made knit and crochet goods, artists, embroidered goods, and more.
Be sure to enter the raffles for your chance to win a lovely themed basket! Lunch will be available in the cafeteria.
When: November 15 - December 30, 2014
Where: Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich Village
Admission: Adults $6; Ages 6-14 $1.25; 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.
Old Mother West Wind's Christmas Fair
When: November 22, 2014
Where: Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich
Admission: Free. Donations appreciated.
More Info: (508) 888-6870 / Thornton Burgess Society
Find something special for the holidays among quality handmade wreaths, gifts and decorations. Enjoy some home-baked treats, mulled cider and a cup of home-made clam chowder or chili. All proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Thornton W. Burgess Society.
Eastham Turnip Festival
When: November 22, 2014, 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!
Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
When: November 26, 2014, 5-7 pm
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 precisely at 6 p.m., and the lights continue to shine through the first week of January.
Annual Chatham Turkey Trot
When: November 27, 2014, 7 - 8 a.m. registration
Where: Main Street & Stage Harbor Road, Chatham
Entry Fee: Ages 16+ $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.
"Gardens Aglow" Annual Celebration of Lights
When: Weekends November 28 - December 28, 2014, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich
Admission: Adults $18; children $8; age 2 and under are free
More Info: (508) 888-3300 / Heritage Museums & Gardens
The largest public garden in Southern New England glitters in a seasonal display of colorful holiday lights. Stroll the grounds, toast marshmallows at the Magnolia Cafe, enjoy holiday music and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, ride the indoor antique carousel, and have a photo taken with Santa in a classic Model T Ford.
Holiday Open House at Nauset Model Railroad Club
When: Saturdays from Thanksgiving to New Year, 1-4 p.m.
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.
Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree
When: November 29, 2014, 5:30 pm
Where: Lopes Square in Provincetown
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!
The Train to Christmas Town
When: November 28 - December 27, 2014 (multiple departures)
Where: Leaves from Cape Cod Central Railroad Depot, Main Street, Hyannis
Admission: Tickets from $28 adults, $20 children ages 2-12
More Info: (888) 797-7245; Cape Cod Central Railroad
Peggy Ellis' delightful children's story, The Train to Christmas Town, comes alive as you board the railroad's festively decorated train cars for a ride to Christmas Town on Cape Cod.
Passengers are greeted onboard by the book's characters - BumbleBee, Wabash and Zephyr. As the train chugs along the tracks, the Elves get everyone into the Holiday spirit with sweet treats and sing-a-long caroling.
What a fun way for the whole family to kick off the Holiday Season!
Photo Credit: Lighting of the Provincetown Monument courtesy of Stacy C via TripAdvisor
Important Note: The date, time, place, admission charges, etc. of the events on this page may be changed by the event sponsor at any time, without my knowledge. Please be sure to confirm all information directly with the sponsor before you make any plans!