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November 2016 

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.

Pilgrim Monument strung with lights for the HolidaysPilgrim Monument at the Holidays

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!

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Fairs, Festivals & Special Events in November

Glassblowers' Christmas

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!

Eastham Turnip Festival

When: November 19, 2016, 1 - 4 p.m.

Where: Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road, Eastham 

Admission: Free

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 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 precisely at 6 p.m., and the lights continue to shine through the first week of January.

Annual Chatham Turkey Trot

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.

"Gardens Aglow" Annual Celebration of Lights

When: 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; under age 2 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, 1 - 4 p.m., from Thanksgiving through the end of December

Where: Nauset Model Railroad Club, Hilltop Plaza, Orleans

Admission: Free

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: 2016 date - TBA

Where: Lopes Square in Provincetown

Admission: Free

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!

The Polar Express Train

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!

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