Many people flock to Cape Cod for sea and surf, but just as many think the holiday season is the most wonderful time of year! Make Woods Hole your home base to experience all the Cape and Islands have to offer for a quintessential Cape Cod holiday. The Falmouth Chamber of Commerce presents the Holidays by the Sea Weekend, this year from December 7-9, kicking off Friday night with caroling at historic Nobska Light. The fun continues on Saturday morning with the 6th Annual Jingle Jog 5K & Kid’s Elf Run, and the evening will feature an array of activities when Main Street closes to automobile traffic for the Holiday Stroll in Falmouth Village. The shops will be open for special evening hours prior to the Annual Lighting of the Green which features holiday music from the Falmouth Brass Band. Americana at its best!
Nothing says Christmas like an old-fashioned holiday bazaar, and the Renaissance Fair is Woods Hole’s one-of-a-kind version that doesn’t disappoint. This time-honored tradition will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Community Hall on Water Street, just steps from the Inn. Boasting an array of vendors and artisans offering hand-made wares such as pottery, apparel, jewelry, jams and jellies, and art of various media, the event also features singing, children’s games, lunch and baked goods, and a holiday wreath sale. Shop like a local while supporting the Cape Cod art community. Win-win. Take a trip to yesteryear and check out Holidays at Highfield at the 1878 restored estate of the Beebe family, which features a gift gallery and elaborate decorations, on weekends beginning November 30 through December 9. For something totally different, don’t miss the Brazen Belles Winter Spectacular right across the street at the Landfall Restaurant from December 19-21, featuring irreverent entertainment by Cape Cod’s premier burlesque group.
If you’re looking to venture beyond Falmouth, then be sure to check out Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens, located in Sandwich, Cape Cod’s oldest town. The expansive grounds are illuminated from November 23-December 30, and the tour also includes festive indoor holiday decor and numerous activities around the grounds and galleries. While you’re there, be sure to take in Sandwich Glass Museum’s 9th Annual Glassblower’s Christmas, which runs November 12- December 30. For an Island experience, head to the Steamship Authority Ferry Terminal just steps from the Inn, followed by a short boat ride for Christmas in Edgartown, December 6-8. Take a drive to Hyannis where you can pick up either the Steamship or the Hyline ferry for the Nantucket Christmas Stroll, which runs from November 30 – December 2. Contrary to popular belief, the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown, and their 1620 arrival is celebrated each year starting Thanksgiving week with the annual Lighting of Pilgrim Monument, one of Provincetown’s most photographed landmarks. This year’s event will be held on November 21 from 5 to 7 PM, with the lighting at approximately 6. This iconic symbol of hope and new beginnings will be illuminated until early January.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the highlight of Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea Weekend, the 55th Annual Christmas Parade, which steps off from Dillingham Avenue on Sunday, December 9 at noon. Known as Southeastern Massachusetts’ largest holiday parade, thousands of spectators pack the parade route each year to take in decorated floats, marching bands from all over the region, costumed characters, and majestic Clydesdales followed by Santa himself. This year’s theme is “Unwrap the Magic of Falmouth,” and is not to be missed! Join us in our seaside village as we celebrate the season with the perfect Cape Cod holiday celebrations.
With the heat and humidity carrying us into September, we can’t help but fantasize about the chillier months here on Cape Cod, when sipping hot chocolate in front of a fire and knitting our new relatives teeny tiny hats is the best way to spend a winter weekend.
What better way to experience the Cape Cod winter land than with a December weekend trip to the Woods Hole Inn? By booking the first weekend of December, you’ll get to experience a true gem: the Renaissance Fair, right in the heart of Woods Hole. The Cape Cod craft fair is somewhat of an institution Cape-wide, but this is one of the best.
Every year, the Woods Hole Community Hall is filled to the brim with locally crafted goodies (think award-winning homemade hot sauce, gorgeous nautical prints, handcrafted ornaments, beeswax candles, letterpress stationary, and local honey). A visit to the Woods Hole Renaissance Fair is the perfect way to complete your holiday shopping with unique, hand-made items.
The mood is festive with live music all day. It’s something we look forward to every year, and always encourage our guests to check out! Head home with a hand-crafted holiday wreath, made on frames of dried grape vines with locally cut greenery. Or try the soups and tasty breads offered from our local church – an amazing selection of home made delights sure to warm your heart.
This year, we’re taking it a step further with our first ever “Renaissance Fair Weekend Special.” Book your two-night stay from December 2nd-4th and get a Standard King for $399 or a queen for $379 queen, plus $25 worth of “Woods Hole Inn Bucks” to spend at the fair.
The Renaissance Fair is open to the public from 10 to 3 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and located at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. There is plenty of street parking in Woods Hole. Parking is included for guests of the Woods Hole Inn.
Oceanside holidays are often glamorized in places like St Barths and Key West. But people forget that the beaches of Cape Cod — especially if we are lucky enough to get a dusting of snow — are perhaps more spectacular than any other time of the year. Consider spending your holiday Cape Cod with us at the Woods Hole Inn!
Empty beaches, wide open vistas, Nobska lighthouse with a wreath, Victorian cottages dressed up with lights and Christmas bows are the touchstone of a Cape Cod Christmas. Snuggling by the fire with a snifter of brandy while the winter wind whistles outside, your Cape Cod holiday is cozy, romantic and lots of fun.
Add the great local restaurants that stay open (Glass Onion, Landfall, Coonamessett, Seacrest and more) with holiday specials, plus our hearty breakfast served daily and you start to get a sense of real Cape Cod holiday cheer.
We encourage you to book early, and stay longer for the full effect that the holidays on Cape Cod can offer — a feeling of total relaxation and fullness that comes when you commit a few precious days to sharing your holiday by the sea. Our special holiday offer is good while supplies last, so call us today to book your winter getaway.
Sound track as follows:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
SFX: shrrk of needle across vinyl
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
SFX: another loud scrrratchchchch…
Have a holly, jolly Christmas!
CUT! OK, now that I have your mind buzzing as mine is with the soundtrack of Christmas… let me pause for a moment and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and happy holidays too!
From all of us here in Woods Hole, to you and yours.