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Cape Cod Events
November 2023

Updated: August 27, 2023

November's Cape Cod events calendar brings us lots of activities that kick off the Holiday season in grand style!

From "Gardens Aglow" in Sandwich to the lighting of the Lobster Pot Christmas Tree in Provincetown, you'll find plenty of fun from one end of the Cape to the other in November 2023! 

Tall, granite monument strung with hundreds of white lights for the HolidaysPilgrim Monument at the Holidays

[*Note: Event details may be changed or events may be canceled by the sponsors at any time, without my knowledge. Please be sure to confirm all information directly with the event sponsor before making plans to attend.]

Fairs, Festivals & Special Events
November 2023

Provincetown Food & Wine Festival

When: November 2 - 5, 2023

Where: Various venues in Provincetown

Admission: Varies by event

More Info: Provincetown Food & Wine Festival

The theme for Provincetown Food & Wine Festival 2023 is "Local Food for Global Wines".

Throughout the festival, local chefs and restaurants will showcase exceptional foods and wines from the entire Iberian peninsula.

No doubt, this year's Provincetown Food & Wine Festival will delight all foodies and wine lovers!

Glassblowers' Christmas

When: Opening day is November 17, 2023

Where: Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich Village

Admission: This is an indoor show/sale that is free to view. Touring the Glass Museum is a separate admission.

More Info: Glassblowers' Christmas

The Sandwich Glass Museum is all dressed up for the Holidays with unique glass works created by some of the region's foremost glass artists.

The colors, the sparkle, the entire magical ambiance of the Museum in winter ... this event is sure to put you into the spirit of the Season! Don't miss it!!

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

When: November 2023 date - TBA

Where: High Pole Hill, Provincetown

Admission: No charge to watch the illumination

More Info: 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.

The lights continue to shine through the first week of January. It's a beautiful sight to see!

"Jawesome Jaw-lidays" at the Shark Center

When: November 2023 date - TBA

Where: Chatham Shark Center, 235 Orleans Road, Chatham, MA

Admission: $10 for ages 6 and up; children 5 and under free; active military and veterans (with ID) free

*Reservations required!

More Info: Jawesome Jawlidays

Join the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Team this holiday season for their "Jawesome Jaw-lidays" event at the Shark Center in Chatham!

Come dressed in your holiday best to explore the fascinating exhibits, learn all about great white sharks, and enjoy the holiday displays. (Bring your cameras because nothing makes a holiday card better than a family photo in a shark cage!)

Plus, Santa will be there to meet the little ones, hear what they want for Christmas, and share some of his sharky knowledge!

Reservations are required for this event.

* AWSC is asking families who are able to bring winter clothing items (hats, mittens, scarfs, socks, etc.) to be donated to the Chatham Children’s Fund. The Chatham Children’s Fund assists local families with clothing, access to help with food, fuel, medical/dental, and the unforeseen challenges, obligations and emergencies faced by Chatham's children and their families.

Polar Express Christmas Train

When:  Weekends from Nov. 24 to Dec 23, 2023 (added dates during Christmas week)

Where: Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay

Tickets: Adults $59 - $94; children $49 - $84; ages 2 and under $5 with adult ticket purchase (must sit on adult's lap)  

More Info: Cape Cod Central Railroad

The delightful children's story, The Polar Express, comes alive as you board Cape Cod Central Railroad's  festively decorated train cars for a ride to "the North Pole". 

As the Christmas 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, greeting everyone with a rousing "Ho, Ho, Ho!".

What a fun way for the whole family to kick off the Holiday Season!

"Gardens Aglow"

When: November & December 2023 dates - TBA

Where: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich

Admission: TBA

More Info: Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums & Gardens is putting on the glitz again this Holiday Season with it's treasured annual event - Gardens Aglow!

At this extra-special time of year, the good folks at Heritage adorn their acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands with more than 10 miles of twinkling, sparkling lights. It's truly an awesome thing to see!

Come stroll throughout the grounds and buildings where you'll enjoy festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, music and special performances, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains - and even a visit by some baby animals.

Gingerbread Lane & Artist Shanties

When: November 2023 dates - TBA

Where: Bismore Park and Harbor Overlook, Hyannis MA

Admission: Free

More Info: ArtsBarnstable

This weekend's festivities include a Gingerbread Lane of colorfully decorated artist shanties; an artist holiday market; free kiddy crafts; food, beverages, and cordials for sale; visits with special costumed friends, and plenty of good Holiday cheer!

The Lobster Pot Tree

When:  November 2023 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!

Winterfest in Orleans

When: November 25, 2023

Where: Various locations in Orleans

More Info: Winterfest in Orleans

This popular town-wide celebration of the Holidays begins when Mrs. Claus comes to town on November 25th to join families for breakfast at Orleans Yacht Club, followed by Santa's arrival from the North Pole at Town Cove dock for a meet-and-greet with his adoring fans.

Then head out for some great shopping and yummy food as the festivities continue at the Arts Cottages.

Wrap up your day with a Candlelight Stroll with Mrs. Claus and the Tree Lighting at Depot Square, followed by more children’s festivities at the Arts Cottages, live music, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids!

Holiday Open House at Nauset Model Railroad Club

When: November 2023 dates - TBA

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.

Holiday Strolls, Tree Lightings & Caroling

When: From late November through mid-December

Where: Towns and villages across Cape Cod

Admission: Free

When Thanksgiving Day is in the rear-view mirror, it's time for our annual Christmas Strolls, tree lightings on the village green, community caroling, and Santa's arrival by boat or fire truck.

These beloved Holiday events are sure to get you into the Spirit of the Season!

>>See: Christmas Strolls, Tree Lightings, Caroling & More 

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