Topics: Holidays

Christmas In Harwich Weekend Starts Dec. 2

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A flurry of holiday spirit will drift through town on the Christmas in Harwich weekend scheduled for Dec. 2 to 4. There will be caroling, concerts, strolls, a trolley to Christmas Town, open houses, opportunities to shop, dine, and of course a visit from Santa. “ All the businesses will be open and each will have specials and plenty of gift ideas for the child in all of us, from Dr. Gravity’s...

Winterfest Kicks Off Saturday

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – With Thanksgiving in the rearview, the Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the Orleans Improvement Association are looking ahead to the holiday season. The two agencies are together organizing this year's Winterfest events, which kick off with a slew of holiday-themed happenings on Saturday. "This Saturday is a huge holiday day," said Lisa Simundson, the chamber's executive director. Breakfast wit...

Brewster For The Holidays Begins Dec. 2

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER — Here comes Santa Claus! Friday, Dec. 2 is the start of this season’s Brewster for the Holidays celebration. Events kick off with the Drummer Boy Park Christmas Tree Lighting, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sing carols with the Brewster Eddy School Choir under the direction of Stacey Ferris. Watch Santa arrive by fire truck, and enjoy some hot cocoa provided by Leighton Realty. The event is sponsored by Leight...

Holly Berry Bazaar Returns After COVID Hiatus

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – It's been four years since the Orleans branch of the Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary has hosted its biannual Holly Berry Bazaar, but the group is ready to get back into the holiday spirit. Everything from jewelry and woodcrafts to baked goods, jams, gift baskets and hand-knit scarves and clothing will be on sale Nov. 12 at Nauset Regional Middle School, where the auxiliary will host this year's bazaar fr...

CHATHAM -- ‘Tis the season for lights, wreaths, inflatable Santas and other traditional holiday decorations. But a pod of whales? Chatham is the latest Cape community to get on board with the holiday giants. The larger-than-life -sized metal sculptures have become a unique fixture in the region, helping bring an added dose of holiday cheer to the region. “Peop...

Christmas In Harwich Lights Up The Town This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — The village will take on an added glow Friday evening as Christmas in Harwich Weekend gets underway with the tree lighting and caroling, a visit from Santa and a host of other events. The shops will be festively dressed and offering holiday sales and specials, businesses will be conducting open houses and music and good cheer will fill the air. The Friday evening Christmas stroll will run from 5...

ORLEANS — In a small space in the back of the lower level of Hilltop Plaza, members of the Nauset Model Railroad Club busy themselves with some last-minute preparations. Elaborate tracks and layouts, each varying in size and design, fill the room. The largest layout, an elevated "O Gauge" track, occupied the attention of Jeff Bassett. A member of the club for more than 10 years, Bassett not only knows his trai...

Christmas In Harwich Gets Underway Dec. 3

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Chamber of Commerce is wrapping up plans for the Christmas in Harwich Weekend on Dec. 3 to 5. The weekend will include a visit from Santa, caroling, tree lighting, music and numerous other events.  The shops in town will offer holiday sales and specials, and businesses and local organizations will be holding open houses, said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams. Shoppers will...

ORLEANS -- After being held virtually in 2020, a celebrated holiday tradition returns next week to Orleans. The Orleans Chamber of Commerce will bring back its annual Santa Stampede as a live event on Dec. 4. The 5K and accompanying kids race were held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The stampede is the cornerstone of the chamber's Seaside Christmas festivities, which also include events s...

Now In 26th Year, Adopt-a-Family Continues To Grow

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS - Thanksgiving is still a week away, but inside the former Olympia Sports in Skaket Corners, it's already starting to feel a lot like Christmas. On an unseasonably warm late fall afternoon last week, a handful of volunteers busied themselves setting up decorations and organizing paperwork in anticipation of this year's Adopt-a-Family program. The annual holiday workshop, which is organized by the Homel...

Community Center Provides Take-Home Easter Egg Hunt Kits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The traditional Easter egg hunt at the community center will be a little different again this year, with the community center staff packaging take-home kits for families to hold their own hunt. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey said people will have to pre-register at the center to get a count of the number of kids who will be participating in the family hunt. The take-home kits will come in va...

Sears Park To Host Seasonal 'Buoy Tree'

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Does a Christmas tree have to be a tree? Not if it's festive enough. The Chatham Merchants Association and Chamber of Commerce is assembling a “buoy tree” to bring the holiday spirit back to the Sears Park triangle. For many years the small downtown park hosted the town Christmas tree, a large evergreen donated by a resident annually and festively decorated by the park department. It was the fo...

'Memory Bears' Bring Comfort During The Holiday Season

By: Debra Lawless

On the afternoon of Nov. 13, a Friday, Jan Hopkins of Harwich logged into a Facebook group called “Chatham Spread the Word,” and made an unusual offer. She said she would make “memory bears” from a lost loved one’s clothing as keepsakes. She would not charge for her services but she asked that the recipient donate time or money to the Chatham Angel Fund or the Chatham Food Pantry. The reaction to her offer ...

Holiday Season Gets Underway In Harwich This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Christmas in Harwich will not be as festive this year as in the past, when traditional events such as the Christmas stroll brought the community together for a tree lighting, the arrival of Santa on a fire truck, horse drawn carriage rides through the streets and local shops with doors wide open with holiday spirit. The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed the festive side of the holiday season, but the c...

CHATHAM — Though it will be without the crowds, the holiday season won’t be without Christmas cheer in downtown Chatham. In lieu of the Christmas Stroll, the merchants’ association and chamber of commerce are planning a more subdued holiday celebration that will encourage holiday shoppers to spend their dollars locally while observing the necessary precautions during the pandemic. “The focus begins Thanksgi...

2020 Chatham Turkey Trot Takes On A New Format

By: Kat Szmit

The Chatham Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving morning tradition and the organizers and originators of the event are looking forward to keeping the 2020 event running, albeit with a new format that turns the run/walk into a DIY event. Costumes are still encouraged, as are donations to the Lower Cape Outreach Council. The event first kicked off in 2005, started by Mary Parsons and Linda Redding, who drew inspiration...