With an abundance of holidays, it’s not surprising that December is packed with festivities throughout Cape Cod. If you live at Southport, one of the top retirement communities in MA, you’d better start marking your calendar so you can keep up with all of the events going on in the area, as well as the numerous parties and celebrations your neighbors and friends are likely hosting. From tree lighting ceremonies at Mashpee Commons to holiday lighthouse tours, you’ll find plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit.
On December 2, head to the Hyannis Christmas Stroll & Harbor Lighting in Hyannis Village. From breakfast with Santa to the Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade in the evening, this free event is a full day of family fun, with strolling carolers, arts & crafts, trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, and much more.
Head to Sandwich to enjoy the annual Gardens Aglow, open each Friday-Sunday, from November 25 to December 18, 2016 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Located at the Heritage Museums & Gardens, visitors can stroll through the grounds, enjoying more than 10 miles of twinkling lights throughout the gardens and woodland. In addition to the lights, there are festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmellow-roasting, music, special performances, visits with Santa Claus, baby animals, and displays of model trains throughout the gardens and buildings. Admission is $18 for adults, $7 for children and free for those 2 and under.
You don’t have to go far to enjoy the annual Mashpee Christmas Parade, which seems to get bigger and bigger each year. This year’s parade takes place December 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Mashpee Commons. As always, the parade will have its own theme and special featured performers.
Finally, if you haven’t made plans at one of the retirement communities in MA for December 31, consider stopping by the First Night in Sandwich festivities. Cape Cod’s oldest town celebrates First Night in high style with an evening of traditional and unique, family friendly events that include glow bocce, live music, ice skating, giant illuminated sculptures, ice carving, kids’ crafts and story time, lanterns set afloat on the pond, plenty of warm food, and a costumed Revelers Parade. Most outdoor events are free and indoor events require an admission button that costs $10 for adults and $6 for children. The festivities take place from 4-8 p.m., so you can still ring in the new year with your friends and family.