Celebrate the Holidays on Cape Cod

Horses in the Holiday Parade

Holidays on Cape Cod

Holidays by the Sea Weekend, Saturday December 1st

Falmouth's street lights decorated for the holidays.
Christmas Street Lights

Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea weekend will begin on Saturday December 1st. Our Main Street stores will be open until 8:00 PM. There will be new light pole decorations to add to the holiday cheer. We invite you to stroll down Main Street past the beautifully lit Village Green to the Queens Byway.

Enjoy the holiday festivities, refreshments, and caroling while getting a head start on your holiday shopping. As an added bonus, the First Congregational Church of Falmouth on the Village Green, will be hosting their Christmas Fair from 9 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be handmade garments  and gifts; a Country Store; One-of-a-kind decorations; Holiday Greenery; a “Toothsome” Luncheon; a Bargain basement; and a Fair for the Kids.

Holidays on Cape Cod: Horses in the Parade
Horses in the Holiday Parade

On Sunday December 2nd, promptly at twelve noon the holiday parade will commence. The parade  will proceed down Main Street and on past the Village Green. After the parade the Main Street shops  and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment and there will be caroling along the sidewalks. An added plus is that many of the shops provide complimentary gift wrapping.

Holiday Decorations on the Tree
Holiday Decorations on the Tree

Continuing a Holidays on Cape Cod tradition, the Falmouth Museums on the Green is proud to present its annual holiday campus tour. The title is “All through the Houses” and each of the museums historic buildings will be decked in their holiday finery. The 1724 Conant House’s theme will be“T’was the Night before Christmas”. The stately 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House, will be done up in the theme of “Deck the Halls”. The Falmouth Garden Club and and the Falmouth Newcomers Club do an outstanding job each year. The society will be unveiling its new Education Center, where a display of over 300 nutcrackers will be available for viewing. The Museums will be open on Saturday December, 1st from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Sunday December, 2nd.  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. The museums gift shop has expanded its Christmas products, and will be offering them at special holiday pricing. Additionally, there will be special events throughout the holiday season, including a Children’s book signing and reading by Sara Hoagland Hunter, author of ” The Lighthouse Santa” on December, 8th. from 10:30 to 11:00 AM.

Cape Cod Inn in Snow
Snow at the Inn.

On Sunday December, 2nd from 2:00 to 5;00 PM, the Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association invites you to visit our inns that will be decorated for the Christmas season. The Village properties that will be participating in the open house tour include; The Palmer House Inn and Captains Manor Inn. Several of the inns in Woods Hole and Falmouth Heights, will also be open for viewing. Tickets are $10.00 per person and can be purchased at the Falmouth Chamber of commerce or at any of the participating inns. Refreshments will be served.  All proceeds will go to the Falmouth Military Support Group which provides support to our area’s service members serving abroad and also when they return home. The group also provides support for Falmouth’s military families and friends.

For those of you who enjoy nature walks, Massachusetts Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary, “Ashunet Holly” is open and numerous verities of hollies in full berry and are just magnificent. An added bonus is that many verities of birds find the berries quite tasty.

Come and join us at the Palmer House Inn for a magical start to your holiday season. Your room awaits you.

Falmouth’s Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

Quarterdeck Restaurant

Falmouth is proud of its many military veterans who have served our country.

Quarterdeck Restaurant
Quarterdeck Restaurant decorated for the Marine Corps Birthday.

At the Quarterdeck they have a special spot in their hearts for the Marines. On November 10th each year a celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday is held in their lower level. All members of the corps are welcome and an enjoyable time is had by all.


Hurricane Sandy on Cape Cod

Falmouth Harbor Hurricane Sandy
Falmouth Harbor Hurricane Sandy
Falmouth Harbor at 4pm, an hour before the height of Hurricane Sandy.

Fortunately Falmouth was not in the direct path of this monster storm. The height of the storm was at 5:00 PM on Monday. High wind gusts were measured at seventy-five miles per hour throughout Cape Cod.  Almost half of the homes and businesses in Falmouth lost electric power.

The Palmer House Inn was without electricity for almost twenty-four hours. Fortunately the temperatures were mild, so keeping warm was not a problem. We had flashlights and oil lamps to help us get through the night and we had a pleasant conversation about the chapters of our forty-five year marriage. We discussed the wonderful highs and the unpleasant lows and how we were able to weather the true storms by holding together and trusting in the Lord.  During the day, Bill was able to do some reading about the War of 1812 and Pat camped out with a cup of tea by the kitchen window and did some sewing on a Christmas gift for our granddaughter. The inn sustained only minor damage. We are glad that we have been keeping up with tree maintenance on the property. The charming weathervane on the top of the turret was blown off and destroyed. Also, many small branches and lots of leaves were blown out of the trees. We had plenty of warning about this storm so we were able to remove the hanging  plants and secure the outside furniture. Now the clean-up begins.

Falmouth Harbor Beach in Storm
Falmouth Harbor Beach in Storm

The Shining Sea Bikeway at the Trunk River was heavily eroded and covered with debris from  the storm serge. The water in Falmouth Harbor rose level with the piers and waves crashed up into the Clam Shack restaurant. The channel leading to Little Pond is completely filled with sand. The docks at the Woods Hole Yacht Club were submerged under the high water of the storm. Serf Drive was covered with water and the sand had to be bulldozed back onto the beach on Tuesday. On Menauhant Road along the beach, sections of the sidewalk and seawall were dislodged. High water in the Childs River covered the docks at Bosun’s Boat Yard but no boats were damaged. The Landfall Restaurant weathered the storm quite well. There were signs that water had penetrated the floor, however, Jimmy and Donny had removed the furniture and fixtures and there is no doubt that they will be back in business on Thursday. The authorities have warned us to be cautious of very high tides during the next few cycles because the storm surge has not yet receded. All of this sounds very minor when one watches the television coverage of the devastation to our south.

We have to be thankful for small blessings. This storm arrived after the season was over. Last year’s hurricane Irene arrived on our shores in September, when we still had two months of the busy season left.  This year, all is well.