Christmas on Cape Cod: A Few of our Favorite Things
The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to experience winter at its best on Cape Cod. With cozy inns, festive celebrations, boutique shopping, and the chance to sip your favorite cocktails next to a roaring fire, even the most diehard beach bums will fall in love with the Cape all over again this December.
The temps have plummeted, but it's warm inside these Cape Cod restaurants with inviting dining rooms and flickering fires. Sip a pint or grab a bite to eat next to the toasty fireplace at the Tavern at Dan’l Webster Inn Opens a New Window. in Sandwich. Enjoy piano music and a martini by a roaring fire in the lounge at Hyannis' Roadhouse Café Opens a New Window. . Nibble on small plates and sip more than 120 varieties of wine in the restored colonial that houses the Chatham Wine Bar Opens a New Window. , while a fire crackles in the background. When you're craving classic Italian, Alberto’s Ristorante Opens a New Window. in Hyannis is a great spot for a romantic meal with your special someone in between holiday events. The Scargo Café Opens a New Window. in Dennis is another enticing option for a sumptuous dinner and cocktail by the fire.
Whether you want to spend a weekend shopping or need an escape from all the holiday stresses, Cape Cod is full of quaint inns and classic B&Bs. Book a room at the Belfry Inn Opens a New Window. , set inside a restored Abbey featuring original stained glass, and the Painted Lady mansion next door, which exudes Victorian charm. For more classical New England charm, Chatham Gables Inn Opens a New Window. offers overstuffed furnishings and a bountiful breakfast within walking distance of downtown Chatham shops. The elegant Captain’s Manor Inn Opens a New Window. , nestled in Falmouth just steps to Main Street shops and restaurants, provides boutique accommodations in a romantic setting. Historic charm meets modern luxury at Woods Hole Inn Opens a New Window. , an ideal escape with cozy rooms, homemade breakfast pastries, and an easy walk to shops and the inviting Quicks Hole Tavern Opens a New Window. .
Cultural Holiday Traditions
Browse spectacular glass art at the Glassblowers Christmas Opens a New Window. at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Local and national glass artists create one-of-a-kind ornaments that adorn festive trees and make the halls merry. Sing along to Christmas classic with the whole family at the annual Cape Symphony Holiday Pops Opens a New Window. November 30 through December 2 at the Barnstable Center for the Performing Arts; the Chatham Chorale joins the orchestra to perform holiday favorites. And the beloved classic "Mary Poppins" Opens a New Window. flies in for the holidays to Cotuit Center for the Arts through December 16.
Sandwich lights up in December at the annual Gardens Aglow Opens a New Window. at Heritage Museums & Gardens. The vast gardens twinkle with nine miles of holiday light displays, along with carolers, a reindeer scavenger hunt and warm indoor activities. See Santa's boat parade at the Hyannis Harbor Lighting Opens a New Window. (Saturday, December 1), as part of the village's Christmas stroll. Experience the Enchanted Village Opens a New Window. at the Cape Codder Resort, a family favorite and glowing spectacle that will delight kids of all ages. In Provincetown, bask in the glow of the illuminated Pilgrim Monument and iconic Lobster Pot Tree- a tree built using over 100 lobster pots. Drive through Route 6A in Sandwich and Dennis and spot the seasonal light sculptures created by artist Michael Magyar - dubbed "The Giants" - which dot the landscape. Meanwhile, in Mashpee, the Mashpee Rotary gets a winter facelift with more than 18 trees and shrubs adorned in more than 5,000 lights.
For Main Street shopping, head to Oyster Island Emporium Opens a New Window. in Osterville for boutique finds that range from coastal jewelry and colorful handbags to nautical-inspired home goods. Harvest of Barnstable Opens a New Window. lets you bring the outside indoors with handmade goods made from dried flowers, shells and baskets. Mashpee Commons Opens a New Window. is a one-stop shop for everything from national brands to local retailers and restaurants. They also host holiday events, including photos with Santa, brass ensembles and horse-drawn carriage rides. Visit the Very Merry Market Opens a New Window. at Cape Cod Beer for artisanal gifts, pop up vendors, and beer, of course! And don't forget the Cape Cod Mall, Opens a New Window. with more than 100 retailers and extended December hours.
Head to our town-by-town guide for even more shopping tips, village strolls, and parades!