CHATHAM – If the frigid temperatures aren't enough to remind you that the holiday season is here, then Santa's arrival on Sunday should do the trick.
The Jolly Old Elf will cruise into the fish pier at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon in style, aboard the historic CG36500 Coast Guard lifeboat, accompanied by a contingent of active Coast Guard personnel. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Central Cape Cod, is also crowded, so arrive early for prime viewing and Santa-greeting spots.
After saying his “ho-ho-ho's” and handing out candy canes to the gathered children, Santa will head to the community center courtesy of the Chatham Fire Department, where he will hear kids' Christmas wishes beginning at 2 p.m.
Santa's arrival isn't the only holiday event on tap in town this weekend. On Saturday, the Chatham Band will host the second annual “Pancake, Pajamas and the Polar Express” event at historic St. Martin's Lodge at 52 Old Harbor Rd.
A festively-decorated pancake breakfast hosted by the lodge begins at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $5 for kids and $10 for adults, and free for children under 5. Proceeds benefit the Mason's charitable activities.
After the breakfast, the Chatham Band will play holiday tunes in the sanctuary of the former Baptist Church. Musical Director Tom Jahnke will read “The Polar Express” followed by the band's performance of a medley of songs from the film.
Kids – and parents – are encouraged to attend in their pajamas.
This is all prologue to the town's annual Christmas By The Sea Stroll Weeklend, which begins Friday, Dec. 7, with the annual light parade and tree lighting at Kate Gould Park. There will be horse and carriage rides, visits with Santa, carolers and open houses at local businesses that evening.
On Saturday, the Wayside Inn will host its annual Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m.; the event usually sells out. For those so inclined, a 9 a.m. the Atwood House and Museum will host “Grub with the Grinch.” Visit www.chathamchristmasbythesea.com for ticket information for both.
Carolers, trolley rides, a scavenger hunt and more open houses complete Saturday's activities.
The limited edition 2018 Christmas Stroll hat is also for sale through the website or in local shops. The newly designed version of the cozy, warm knit cap is $20.
Watch next week's paper for a full schedule of Christmas By The Sea events.