Cape Cod's Best Holiday Lightings
Three Holiday Events through the New Year
Cape Cod is the home of cozy seaside cottages and New England snowfalls, making it a picture-perfect place to visit for the holidays. Nothing makes a winter outing more magical than walking among dazzling light displays.
The Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument – Provincetown
For a lighting that’s simple yet stunning, go to Provincetown the night before Thanksgiving. Commemorating the first landfall of the Pilgrims to the New World in Provincetown Harbor, the Pilgrim Monument is draped from top to bottom with 19 strands of “landing lights.”
The official ceremony starts at 5pm on November 21st, with the switch being thrown at 6pm. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Over 3,100 lights illuminate the historic 252-foot structure and will shine every night through January 5, 2019. The time the lights are up represents the five weeks that the Pilgrims spent in Provincetown Harbor aboard the Mayflower before moving on to Plymouth.
Lobster Pot Tree Lighting – Provincetown
Speaking of P-Town, that same weekend also marks the lighting of their famous Lobster Pot Tree. A unique spectacle unlike anything else seen on the Cape, each year over 100 real lobster pots borrowed from local lobstermen are stacked into a “tree” in Lopes Square. It’s then covered in string lights, plastic lobsters, and bright red bows to give it plenty of nautical, holiday flair.
At the inaugural tree lighting, make sure to get there early to get a good spot and enjoy the passed-out hot chocolate and cookies, plus enjoy local entertainment. The ceremony is on Saturday, November 24th at 5:30pm, but the Lobster Pot Tree will stay up and aglow until January 2019.
Gardens Aglow at the Heritage Museums & Gardens – Sandwich
A treasured Cape Cod tradition for over a decade, Heritage’s expansive gardens become truly magical with beautiful, specially created light displays. Strings of colorful lights nearly ten miles long adorn trees, bushes, and buildings, illuminating the paths and transforming it into a winter wonderland. While walking along the paths, help find Santa’s lost reindeer on a special scavenger hunt.
The holiday cheer doesn’t stop there; carolers roam the grounds on select dates, filling the air with traditional songs of peace and joy. Fire pits on Nickerson Field are perfect for roasting marshmallows and warming cold hands. Guests can even contribute to the glow by creating their own decorations with the Garden’s giant Lite Brites, or they can buy a light-up necklace at the Holiday Pop-Up Shop.
Gardens Aglow is open from 4:30pm to 8:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 23rd to December 30th.
-By Digital Content Coordinator, ALLISON BENNETT
-Photo Credit - Chuck Anzalone
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