Cape Cod Markets, Music, Cookies, Art: Celebrate the Holidays December 10-16

Highlights of the holiday festivities this week include opportunities to shop and support local businesses and artists, and the chances to listen to local musicians. Some events play into the spirit of giving by benefiting local organizations to help those in need, so you can donate while enjoying the music and art. Or enjoy a meal and the music yourself.

The concerts bring tunes related to beloved stories including “A Christmas Carol” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, while other events are aimed at the inner child of children or adults with a set up of trains. toys in Chatham and a story-related winter walk in Bass River.

Buy at Amplify POC Holiday Market

Amplify POC Cape Cod will be hosting a vacation market featuring local businesses owned by people of color. Buyers can also view the Enchanted Village display in the same building. Those who cannot attend can go online for more information on the sellers.

When: 4-8 p.m. Friday

Or: Cape Codder Resort & Spa, 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis


Visit ‘Winter Wonders’ at the Cahoon Museum

The Cahoon Museum of American Art’s Winter Wonders holiday event will feature seasonal refreshments, hands-on art activities, prizes and a silent auction of small works by Trevor Watson, Alison Wells, Heather Stivison, Michael Cohen, Pat Coomey Thornton, Nancy Hayes and more. Guests will also be entitled to the exhibitions “Brenda Kingery: Weaving Messages” and “Interwoven: Contemporary Basketry”, currently on display until December 19.

When: 5-7 p.m. Friday

Or: Cahoon American Art Museum, 4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit

Admission: To free


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‘Great Gifts’ sale at the Cultural Center

The Cape Cod Cultural Center Holiday Giveaways Market will have its opening reception on Friday, with the sale continuing on Saturday. The sale will feature works of Cape Town artisans including pottery, jewelry, turned wood ornaments, sartorial art, books, glass art and more. Shoppers can also search for freebies in the gift shop, open studios, and the gallery’s five exhibits. The cultural center will also be decorated on the outside as part of its participation in the Yarmouth Library Association’s Winter Tales Holiday Stroll.

When: 5 pm-7pm Friday and 10 am-4pm Saturday

Or: Cape Cod Cultural Center, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth

Admission: To free


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The Annual Christmas Cookie Express returns to the First Congregational Church of Chatham on Saturday, December 11, with Christmas cookies sold out at 8:30 a.m. until they are gone.

Christmas cookies for a good cause

The annual Christmas Cookie Express at the First Congregational Church of Chatham will feature homemade decorative Christmas cookies sold from 8:30 a.m. until sold out (which usually doesn’t take long). This year, cookies will be packaged in small quantities to maintain shoppers’ ability to make healthy choices. Funds generated from this sale support local Cape Cod charities and an orphanage mission project in Guatemala.

When: 8:30 am Saturday

Or: Chatham First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street.

Information: [email protected]

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Warm at the Atwood

The Atwood Museum will be open with free admission during Chatham’s Christmas by the Sea Stoll weekend. The museum will be decorated, the holiday trains will run, the gift shop will have its year-end sale, and the Atwood sleigh will be ready to be stocked with new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for children in need. Non-perishable food and canned goods will be collected for Cape Cod Family Pantry. December is the last chance to attend the museum’s World War II, “Main Street Cape Cod”, “The Turning Point” and Wampanoag exhibits, as new exhibits are scheduled for 2022. Light refreshments and hot drinks will be available. served in the spirit of an old-fashioned wassail.

When: 10 am-4pm Saturday

Or: Atwood Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham

Admission: To free


Artistic open days for the benefit of the Homeless Prevention Council

The Addison Art Gallery will be hosting an open house to benefit the Homeless Prevention Council. From 10 a.m. to noon, Maryalice Eizenberg will demonstrate oil painting, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., an artists’ reception will feature the music of Fred Fried. The sales will benefit HPC and its work serving more than 42,000 residents of Lower Cape. Previews are available at the gallery and online.

When: 10 am-6pm Saturday

Or: Addison Art Gallery, 43 S. Orleans Road, Orléans


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Homes and buildings in the Bass River area of ​​Yarmouth will be decorated for the Winter Tales Holiday Walk, which will take place this year on Saturdays and Sundays.

Take a holiday history walk

The South Yarmouth Library Association invites residents to celebrate the season by taking a walking tour of the historic Bass River, where 14 buildings and homes will be decorated to honor a beloved winter tale. Tickets for the Winter Tales Holiday Walk include a brochure with the tour map, details on decorations, and a kid-friendly scavenger hunt. At the end of the ride, participants can hand in their completed brochure to participate in the draw for a $ 100 gift certificate for Gerardi’s Café. Homemade cookies related to the walk will be on sale at the South Yarmouth Library while supplies last.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Or: Bass River Village, South Yarmouth

Admission: $ 15, free for children under 12


The Ticks will perform on Saturday as part of the second night of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater's annual Yule for Fuel fundraiser.

The “Yule for Fuel” fundraiser is back

Live music is back inside the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater as the Yule for Fuel concerts return as a community fundraiser for the Lower Cape Outreach Council’s fuel assistance program. The Local Talent Holiday Showcase, for which there will also be a live streaming option, will be hosted by Stephen Russell, who started hosting Yule for Fuel in 2007 at WHAT. Performers on this second of two evenings will include: Rising Tide, Kathy Shorr, Gregory & Rachel Hischak, Robert Finch, Jim Rohrer & Katie Hickey, The Fix-It Sisters, Broadway Central, Ken Silvia, Christine Ernst, Toast and Jam, and Ticks.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Or: Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater 2357 State Highway Route 6

Tickets: $ 25; for in-person shows, customers are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks

Reservations and information: 508-349-9428,; on COVID-19 Precautions,

You know this music well

Cotuit Center for the Arts offers two holiday-oriented musical evenings, one with live jazz and the other with the center’s a cappella singers. Sunday a trio of musicians – Malcolm Granger, piano; Rich Hill, bass; and Michael Dunford, percussion – will perform Vince Guaraldi’s famous jazz music from the TV show “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in live concert. Tuesday is “A Festive Evening with Centertonix”, featuring seasonal classics and contemporary music.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday for “Charlie Brown”; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for Centertonix

Or: Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road

Admission: Free for “Charlie Brown”, but at least $ 10 supermarket gift card donation requested; $ 25, $ 20 for Centertonix members

Conditions: proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID test performed within 72 hours of the required event; guests under 12 must be masked at all times

Information: 508-428-0669,

Meal at the wheel and music

The Chatham COA will host a Holiday Drive-Through Lunch featuring a freshly cooked take-out meal and outdoor musical entertainment by the Sound Dunes Brass Combo Ensemble. Chef Heather Bailey of Optimal Kitchen will whip up a polenta lasagna meal with winter greens, winter squash bisque, and chocolate and peppermint cupcakes. The Sound Dunes Brass Combo Ensemble, made up of members of the larger group Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble, will perform a range of seasonal, holiday and classic Christmas music. Meal reservations are required.

When: noon-1 p.m. Tuesday

Or: Chatham Aging Council, 193 Stony Hill Road, Chatham

Admission: To free

Information: 508-945-5190

The Skylark vocal ensemble will perform an adaptation of

A musical adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Skylark, the Grammy-nominated Boston-area vocal ensemble, will perform two concerts in Falmouth as part of their “A Christmas Carol Tour”. The tour follows the release of the ensemble’s latest album “A Christmas Carol”. Composer Benedict Sheehan has created a new score for a concert that weaves familiar Christmas carols into the fabric of Dickensian history. The pre-concert talks will take place 45 minutes before the show.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday, December 17

Or: Simon Center for the Arts at Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive

Admission: $ 20 to $ 60


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