Holidays by the Sea Weekend 2015

Hallamore Clydesdales are Back for Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea Weekend

By Mary Moran
Photography by Bill O’Connell

Every year in Falmouth, the community gathers to celebrate “Holidays by the Sea,” a fun-filled weekend with festive activities for the whole family to enjoy as the holidays approach. This year, the celebration begins on Friday December 4th. and ends on Sunday December 6th. with the 52nd annual Christmas Parade.

Holidays by the Sea Parade in Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Holidays by the Sea Parade in Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Doll Collection
Doll Collection at Highfield Hall.

Holidays at Highfield Hall“, will be on display from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Top designers and decorators have transformed the elegant rooms, of this beautiful Victorian mansion, into enchanting glimpses of holiday gathering and giving celebrations in other countries. There is a gift shop and a British Tea shoppe. Bill Hendel’s extensive International Creche collection will be on display. In addition the traditional train room returns with large Lionel electric freight and diesel trains. Admission for adults is $5. and children are free.

Holidays by the Sea Weekend Starts Friday, December 4, 2015

Nobska Lighthouse
Nobska Point Light

From 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. carolers meet at Historic Nobska Lighthouse on Nobska Road in Woods Hole to join in with a festive old-fashioned seasonal sing along. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the conclusion.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The third annual Jingle Jog 5k & Elf Run start off the day. The races begin at 9:30 & 9:45 a,m. Participants run in seasonal attire including jingle bells as they run beside the ocean in Falmouth.

At 10:30 a.m. Seafaring Santa sails into Falmouth Harbor. He docks at the head of the harbor on Scranton Avenue.

From 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. it is back to Nobska Light House where one can tour the light house tower and visit with Santa at 12:30 p.m.

From 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Falmouth Historical. Society’s will present, “Christmas traditions” in the Federalist era Dr. Francis Wicks House at 55 Palmer Avenue will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public. Admission is $5. for adults and children are free. Family activities are planned from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.

Holidays by the Sea Weekend Evening at Palmer House Inn
Palmer House Inn decorated for the holidays.
Falmouth Jewelry Shop Holiday Decor
Falmouth Jewelry Shop Holiday Decor

From 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. the Holiday Stroll begins on Main Street and the Queens’s Buyway shops on North Main Street, next door to the Palmer House Inn. There will be wondering carolers to put you in the Holiday Spirit. All of the stores will be open and many are prepared with complimentary gift wrapping. For those of you who work up an appetite while shopping, our fine restaurants will be open and ready to seat you with good cheer.

At 7:00 p.m. the lighting of the Village Green will take place. Immediately following the lighting The Falmouth Brass Choir will lead caroling before a special visit from Santa.

Holidays by the Sea Weekend at the Palmer House
Holidays at the Palmer House

Sunday, December 6th.

From 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Falmouth Historical Society’s stately Dr. Francis Wicks House will be open to the public. Each room will feature a different tradition such as, “A Christmas Carol”, the history of Santa, and gift giving, Christmas trees and chocolate. A doll house display from the museum’s collection will be on view in the Hallett Barn Visitor Center. The museums gift shop will also be open.

Hallamore Clydesdales
Hallamore Clydesdales

The 52nd annual Falmouth Christmas Parade begins at 12:00 noon. The parade makes its way down Main Street to the Village Green. This event is known as Southeastern Massachusetts’s largest holiday parade. It will feature theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals. costumed characters and of course Santa.

Hallamore Clydesdales
Hallamore Clydesdales

In addition, once again, with the generous help from the Falmouth Village Association and Main Street’s Eastern Bank, the Falmouth Christmas Parade will be hosting some magnificent guests, The Hallamore Clydesdales. Along with their signature orange wagon, these fine specimens are returning to proudly trot along and ring in the holidays with us. If you didn’t get a chance to see these beautiful horses in prior years, now is your chance. They are owned by the Hallamore Corporation (est. 1898). The Hallamore Clydesdales are an 8-horse “hitch” residing in Lakeville, Massachusetts. These rare beauties are hand-picked from the world’s leading breeders in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. What makes these horses so special is their grand yet graceful presence. On average, a Hallamore Clydesdale weighs in at about 2,200 pounds and is approximately 18 ½ hands tall. The general Clyde population ranges from 1,600 to 2,200 pounds and from 16 to 19 hands in height, proving that the Hallamore’s are clearly at the top of their class. The unforgettable orange wagon that the Clydesdales proudly haul through the streets is almost as impressive as the horses themselves. The wagon was built in 1899 by the Studebaker Company that was based in Chicago, Illinois, making it over 115 years old. Don’t let its age fool you; this wagon is sturdy enough to carry up to 5 tons! What really makes this wagon unique is the fact that there are only 3 others like it, left in the world and we are lucky to see it close up, being hauled by the beautiful, giant.

Hallamore Clydesdales

Hallamore Clydesdales
Hallamore Clydesdales

The Clydesdale breed originated in Scotland as a heavy draft horse for hauling. The horses were needed not only for hauling heavy harvested crops but also to carrying coal from the Scottish mines. The new breed’s positive and successful reputation spread quickly throughout Scotland and Northern England. The breed’s cartoon-like coloring, which is commonly a light-brown body and white lower extremities, make the horse appear to be wearing white boots which makes the Clydesdale a bold and memorable breed. It’s massive size and undeniable strength is what has made the Clydesdale enduring.

Come join us at the Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, Palmer House Inn for a memorable beginning to your Christmas Season. Our 1901 Queen Ann Victorian is at its most beautiful during the Christmas season.

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of festivities on Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

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.

Cape Cod Holidays by the Sea Parade December 4th

Brian Boru Pipe Band Christmas Parade

Don’t Miss Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea Parade

Main Street, Falmouth Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Sunday, December 4th at 12:00 noon
Cape Cod Holidays by the Sea Parade Girl
Holidays by the Sea Parade Girl

Falmouth is the site of the largest holiday parade in Cape Cod and south-eastern New England. Folks come from all over to join in the festivities.

After the parade, Falmouth’s unique shops and fine restaurants are open and ready to welcome you as you check off your gift buying lists, or enjoy a sumptuous meal at one of Falmouth’s fine restaurants.
Cape Cod Holidays by the Sea Pipe Band
Brian Boru Pipe Band

An added plus for those of you who are ready for an afternoon of holiday shopping is that, many of Falmouth’s  shops are happy to wrap your purchases free of charge.

Book a room at the festively decorated Victorian Palmer House Inn, so that you do not miss out on this magical December weekend.