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Cape Cod Events This November

Cape Cod has certaintly quieted down this fall season, but many spirited events are occurring as Thanks Giving approaches! Check out these activities held in Cape Cod this November!

Fairs, Festivals & Special Events in November

Glassblowers’ Christmas

When: November 14 – December 30, 2016

Where: Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich Village

Admission: Adults $9; Ages 6-14 $2; 5 and under free; Members free

More Info: (508) 888-0251 / Sandwich Glass Museum

The Sandwich Glass Museum is all dressed up for the Holidays with special trees decorated with hundreds of unique glass ornaments created by some of the region’s foremost glass artists.

This year’s special event theme is The 12 Days of Christmas. Don’t miss it!

The Polar Express Train

When: Nov. 18-20, 23, 25-27, 2016 (see CCCR website for times)

Where: Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay

Tickets: Ticket prices vary

More Info: (888) 797-7245; Cape Cod Central Railroad

The delightful children’s story, The Polar Express, comes alive as you board the railroad’s festively decorated train cars for a ride to visit Santa and his elves.

As the train chugs along the tracks, everyone gets into the Holiday spirit with merry music, a reading of The Polar Express story, sweet treats, and mugs of hot cocoa.

Polar Express Train

The Polar Express Train Ride of Cape Cod

From USD$39.00 The Polar Express Train Ride of Cape Cod

Duration: 60 minutes

Departs: Bourne, Massachusetts

All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride™ comes to life this holiday season …
Of course, the Jolly Old gentleman himself will be there when the train stops just outside the North Pole, meeting and greeting everyone with a rousing “Ho, Ho, Ho!”.

What a fun way for the whole family to kick off the Holiday Season!

Eastham Turnip Festival

When: November 19, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road, Eastham

Admission: Free

More Info: Eastham Public Library / (508) 240-5950

Yes, you read that right … a turnip festival! The town of Eastham is famous for its turnips – the sweetest you’ll ever taste, courtesy of Cape Cod’s light sandy soil and sweet salt air.

This one-of-a-kind Cape Cod event celebrates the venerable hometown veggie with an afternoon full of games (turnip bowling, anyone?), fun contests for all ages, arts and crafts for the kids, live music, and lots of unique tastings from the turnip cook-off. Eastham turnips will be on sale, too, just in time for your Thanksgiving feast!

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

When: November 23, 2016, 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: High Pole Hill, Provincetown

Admission: No charge to watch Lighting Ceremony

More Info: (508) 487-1310 / Pilgrim Monument

The spectacular 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument dazzles the night sky with thousands of white lights, celebrating the Pilgrims’ First Landing in Provincetown in November 1620. Traditionally, the illumination of the Monument occurs precisely at 6 p.m., and the lights continue to shine through the first week of January.

Annual Chatham Turkey Trot

When: November 24, 2016, 7 – 8 a.m. registration

Where: Begins behind the Orpheum Theater on Main Street in Chatham

Entry Fee: Ages 17+ $15 plus a bag of non-perishable grocery items; ages 5-16 $5; under 5 free with one grocery item

More Info: Turkey Trot

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner on a fun, family friendly walk/run along 3.1 miles of Chatham’s scenic roads. This ever-popular annual event benefits the Lower Cape Outreach Council’s emergency programs.

Gardens Aglow

When: Weekends (Fri., Sat., Sun.) November 25 – December 18, 2016, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich

Admission: Adults $18; children $7; age 2 and under free

More Info: (508) 888-3300 ext. 175 / Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums & Gardens is putting on the glitz again this Holiday Season with it’s treasured annual event – Gardens Aglow!

At this extra-special time of year, the good folks at Heritage adorn their acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands with more than 10 miles of twinkling, sparkling lights. It’s truly an awesome thing to see!

Come stroll throughout the grounds and buildings where you’ll enjoy festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, music and special performances, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains – and even a visit by some baby animals.

Holiday Open House at Nauset Model Railroad Club

When: Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m., from Thanksgiving through the end of December

Where: Nauset Model Railroad Club, Hilltop Plaza, Orleans

Admission: Free

More Info: Nauset Model Railroad Club

The Nauset Model Railroad Club’s Holiday Open House is a “don’t-miss” for model railroad fans of all ages. Over 2,000 feet of display space features a variety of model trains chugging and tooting through miniature scenes festively decorated for the Holidays.

Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree

When: November 26, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Lopes Square in Provincetown

Admission: Free

More Info: Lobster Pot Christmas Tree – FB Page

Made from 100+ lobster pots stacked over 2 stories high and decorated with ribbons, garland and thousands of festive lights, artist Julian Popko’s lobster pot Christmas tree will put you in the Holiday mood for sure.

Come watch the illumination of one of the coolest Christmas trees you’ll ever see!

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Maritime and Coastal sustainable tourism, a key to blue growth and working towards a positive impact on our home.Tips on how and what to see!

It’s no secret that life slows down on Cape Cod during the cooler months of the year, and for some travelers, that’s all the more reason to visit.

After all, while lounging on the beach isn’t quite the same in January as it is during July, beach walks are great year round. With ample room to explore and a number of restaurants and hotels still being open, the Cape is very much an enticing destination for late autumn and early winter trips.

As the old saying goes, though, a picture’s worth a thousand words, and for the ten scenes below, that price would be something of a bargain.

Here are 10 Instagram scenes that will make you think about a little time on Cape Cod before the days start getting longer, if you aren’t already planning on doing so. As always, a major thank you to the folks who are kind enough to share with us and allow us to re-share.

If you’d like to see more dazzling Massachusetts landscapes like the ones shown above, follow us on Instagram, where we’re sharing some of the best local scenes sent our way, as well as our own favorite images. And when you post, if you’d like to let us take a look, just use the hashtag #visitma.

Not on Instagram? Not a problem at all. You can always keep up with all things Massachusetts and get in touch with us by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.https://www.facebook.com/VisitMassachusetts

Do you have a favorite spot to enjoy during the off-season on Cape Cod? Share it with us in the comments below!

Photo at the top of Wellfleet, MA sand dunes during winter by William DeSousa-Mauk

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Scudders Lane in Barnstable, MA by @cjsetterlund on Instagram

Scudders Lane in Barnstable, MA by @cjsetterlund on Instagram

Cape Cod Bay of Eastham, MA by @mahikerbiker on Instagram

Cape Cod Bay of Eastham, MA by @mahikerbiker on Instagram

View from the boardwalk in Sandwich, MA by @neevenr on Instagram

View from the boardwalk in Sandwich, MA by @neevenr on Instagram

Race Point Beach in Provincetown, MA by @anamariabell on Instagram

Race Point Beach in Provincetown, MA by @anamariabell on Instagram

Pleasant Bay off Chatham, MA by @__walshie

Pleasant Bay off Chatham, MA by @__walshie on Instagram

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Powell’s Landing in Wellfleet, MA by @kerrycapecod on Instagram

South Cape Beach State Park in Mashpee, MA by @gregc1101

South Cape Beach State Park in Mashpee, MA by @gregc1101 on Instagram

Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, MA by @jordanhuett on Instagram

Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, MA by @jordanhuett on Instagram

Hardings Beach in Chatham, MA by @lisadeyphotography on Instagram

Hardings Beach in Chatham, MA by @lisadeyphotography on Instagram

Provincetown waterfront by @sphinxandfruits_ on Instagram

Provincetown waterfront by @sphinxandfruits_ on Instagram


Vote the Ocean This Election Season by Dr.Chad Nelsen Surfrider CEO


I firmly believe in the idea that each and every one of us can make a concrete difference in the health of our ocean and coasts. When we work together, we can scale that change into something meaningful on the national and global level. We see examples of this every day through grassroots actions around the country and campaigns won at the local, state and national scale. Each of those campaigns, whether passing a local ordinance banning single-use plastic bags or establishing a National Ocean Policy, requires decision makers that are willing to vote for the ocean. On November 8th, you once again can make a difference by going to the polls and supporting candidates and initiatives that protect our ocean and coasts. Each and every vote does make a difference and you have an opportunity to make your opinion count.

Here are a few examples of what is at stake for the future of our coasts:

Ensuring Clean Water

The EPA BEACH ACT works to protect our nation’s public health by monitoring ocean pollution at our most popular beaches. A relatively small investment of less than $10 million is leveraged across 35 coastal states to protect the health of 100 million U.S. beachgoers. The BEACH ACT program supports state and local beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches all across the country. These federally funded water monitoring programs protect public health and clean up beaches that drive tourism and recreation economies worth nearly $90 billion nationwide and support more than 69 million jobs.

Sadly, despite the public health and economic benefits, the EPA BEACH ACT grant program is on the federal budget chopping block. Congress currently holds the power in determining whether or not this program remains funded, so we need to elect champions for clean water that will ensure that clean water and public health is a priority for the federal budget.

Funding National Ocean Policy

The National Ocean Policy was established by President Obama in 2010 to address the lack of cohesion and collaboration with our nation’s piecemeal approach to ocean management. Based on the bipartisan recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, the policy addresses issues such as water quality, marine litter, coastal resilience, and renewable energy through improved collaboration across all levels of government.

A cornerstone of the policy is Regional Ocean Partnerships that bring together states, federal agencies, stakeholders, tribes, and the public to advance stewardship of our ocean and coasts. In regions such as the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, West Coast, and Pacific Islands, real progress is being made to protect the coastal ecosystems we all use and enjoy.

Last year, the House of Representatives passed several amendments that attacked our National Ocean Policy. It is critical that we ensure that our elected officials continue to provide leadership and funding to protect our nation’s ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.

Protecting Our Waterways from Oil Trains and Oil Drilling

Regardless of the mode of transport, the truth about oil is that it spills. We have learned this lesson over and over again, from the recent oil train derailment and explosion in the Columbia River Gorge, to the 2015 Santa Barbara spill, to the massive Gulf oil spill of 2010. We have also learned that once oil is spilled, it is too late to do much about it. All you can do is contain and minimize the damage and plan for decades of impact and restoration. From oil trains to offshore oil drilling, our waterways are under constant threat from chronic spills at all scales.

Early in 2016, a victory for our ocean was won when new offshore oil drilling off the Atlantic Coast was removed from the government’s five year drilling plan. However, seismic exploration for oil and gas is still planned for the Atlantic. Seismic exploration involves the use of high-decibel sound blasts – underwater explosions – to identify oil and gas deposits beneath the seafloor, potentially injuring hundreds of thousands of marine mammals and representing the first step to possible future oil drilling.

Oil trains, also known as “oil bomb trains,” are significant dangers of fossil fuel transport activities to our nation’s watersheds and coastlines. Damaging derailments continue to occur and spill oil into our rivers, streams and coastlines. These accidents have irreversible impacts to watersheds, public health, and tourism and recreation economies.

Better together

Together, we can influence the decisions of law-makers to protect our coasts for the future. As Sylvia Earle has said, “How do you save the ocean? You find others who have a similar goal and together, you find ways and means of working with people who have the power to make decisions that ultimately result in the protection of the place that you love, that’s how it happens.” So if each of us vote the ocean, our collective voice can have a powerful impact on the future of our ocean, waves and beaches. See you at the polls.