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A Seaside Christmas in Orleans
December 21, 2019
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until December 31, 2019
A Town-Wide Celebration! November 30th – December 31st 2019
Special events and savings at shops, galleries, restaurants, inns, theaters, churches, libraries, salons, spas, shows, and more. Meet visitors from the North Pole while enjoying all that Orleans has to offer! Save time, money and many miles per gift when you fill your sleigh in Orleans!
How to Join in the Fun!
For Chamber Members:
Mail us a gift card to P.O. Box 153, Orleans, MA 02653, to be used in our “Candy Chamber Shop Local” social media campaign. See photos here!
Use the Seaside Christmas in Orleans logo on your marketing!
Orleans Chamber of Commerce Featured Events
Pancake Breakfast with Mrs. Claus
SA Nov. 30, 8-10am. Orleans Yacht Club. 39 Cove Rd. Pancakes and bacon from Hole-In-One Restaurant served by volunteers from Cape Cod 5. $7 adults, $5 kids. Please bring unwrapped gifts for the Lower Cape Outreach Council toy drive and gift cards for the Homeless Prevention Council.
Santa Comes By Boat & Photos with Santa
SA Nov. 30, 10am. Orleans Yacht Club. Nauset Marine brings Santa through Town Cove to the OYC! Photos with Santa: Snow’s Home & Garden: 10:30am-Noon & 12:30-3pm. Frosty will be here from noon to 2pm. SnowsCapeCod.com
Orleans Christmas Shopping Stroll
SA Nov. 30, Noon-4pm. Find all your special savings in this event calendar!
Orleans Improvement Association
SA Nov. 30. Holiday Stroll and Village Green Lighting. Greet Mrs. Claus at Snow’s Home & Garden, 4:45pm. Begin the candlelight stroll to Village Green at 5pm. Upon arrival we will illuminate the giant snowflakes and the Holiday Tree. Orleansimprovement.org
Orleans United Methodist Church
SA Nov. 30. Following the Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting, strollers are invited to warm up with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies at the United Methodist Church across the street. Orleansumc.org
Santa Stampede 5K & Family Fun Run
SA Dec. 7th, Day Of Race Start: 10:30am. Registration: 9am. Pre-Register here! Timed 5K & Fun Run with Holiday Costume Contest. Barley Neck Inn, 5 Beach Rd., East Orleans. Pre-Register at orleanscapecod.org or at Marathon Sports W. Yarmouth on Dec. 1 from 3-6pm. Kids Shorter Mini Claus Run for 12 and under without bibs FREE! Over 25 Award Categories! Walkers Welcome! Costumes not required, they’re just fun! First 200 registrants get a long-sleeved T-Shirt. Post Race Party and Awards hosted by BNI. Please bring unwrapped gifts for the Lower Cape Outreach Council toy drive and gift cards for the Homeless Prevention Council.
Orleans Holiday Decorating Contest
Dec. 1st – 15th. Vote for your favorite decorations at participating businesses & enter to win two tickets from Cape Air! Participants are:
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Please Support The Sponsors of A Seaside Christmas in Orleans!
Brought to you by our Premier Sponsors
Agway of Cape Cod: Handcrafted holiday decorations featuring local greens and coastal accents. Trees, expanded selection of houseplants, unique gifts for everyone on your list and gift cards. Open till 6pm on weekdays! Store & Garden Center: 10 & 20 Lots Hollow Road.
Blue Claw Boat Tours: Give the gift of endless summer fun with our wildly popular gift cards. Your family or friends can use it toward any of our Sightseeing Cruises-Seal, Lighthouse, Beachcombing, Sunset or Private, May-October. 10% off thru 12/31, promo code seaside19 at blueclawboattours.com
Blake & Co.: Holiday gifts that will delight! Jewelry, accessories, throws, ornaments and more. Every Saturday 11/30-12/21: spend $200 or more on one purchase and receive 20% off (except consigned or discounted items and single greeting cards) when you mention this listing. 47 Main St.
Crane Appliance: Enter to WIN one of 12 great prizes up to a 4-Piece Suite during the Crane Appliance “12 Days of Gifts” Giveaway running Dec. 1-24, 2019. Visit facebook.com/craneappliance or craneappliance.com to enter and learn more. Happy Holidays from everyone at Crane Appliance!
Knowles Fine Art Studio: The Gift of Art! Open through the Holidays. Most small work will be at 20% discount. Oils Watercolors Wood Sculpture and more.
Ragg Time Ltd: Ragg Time is offering different sales each week. Enjoy shopping for casual apparel, winter accessories, free wrapping and come register for $50 Gift certificate drawn each Friday until Christmas! Shop small, shop local and enjoy shopping Orleans.
Nauset Model Railroad Club: Saturdays Nov. 30 – Dec. 28 1-4pm. Model Railroad Holiday Open House. Hilltop Plaza, 180 Route 6A. Try our scavenger hunt to find cool features on our five exciting layouts while watching the trains run! Fun for the whole family! FREE Admission.
Week One Nov. 29 – Dec. 6
Snow’s Home and Garden: F Nov. 29, 11am-1pm. Meet Frosty the Snowman! Bring the kids and shop for the whole family. Frosty will be here to make it fun! And don’t forget to drop a note or a picture in Frosty’s mailbox – he loves to get letters from his Cape Cod friends!
SA Nov. 30, 11am-3pm. Come meet Santa, Elsa & Olaf! Bring the kids and enjoy a shopping trip for the whole family. A visit with Santa makes it extra special. Kids will love Elsa and Olaf and listening to a live performance of songs from the movie Frozen!
Hole-In-One Breakfast & Lunch: F, Nov. 29: 10% off Hole In One Apparel. 12/1: 10% off Specials. 12/6: 10% off Grab and Go Prepackaged Homemade Sweets. Participation enters customers into a raffle. Winners drawn at the end of each weekend for a smaller prize and on 12/31 for a Hole In One Gift Basket.
Coastal Craft Gallery: SA Nov. 29. Reception held all day for the Annual Ornaments for Charities fundraiser. Each artist creates a special ornament, and donates a percentage of the sales to their favorite charity. Ornaments are sold from Nov 29 – Dec 31.
The Federated Church of Orleans: ’Tis the Season Bazaar, SA Nov. 30 9-4pm with live holiday music and free warm cider all day. The Bazaar will have unique hand crafts, delicious baked goods, pretty jewelry, special white elephant treasures and a Christmas boutique.
The Sparrow Store: F & SA Nov. 29-30. 10% off your entire purchase this Small Business Weekend! Unique gifts, cool things — local, regional, USA, Fair Trade. Your stocking stuffer headquarters! 26 Main Street.
Artist Cottages: F Nov. 29 & SA Nov. 30, 10am-4pm. Seaside Christmas at the Cottages. Holiday Shopping with local artists and Cape Cod companies. Artisan soaps, art, jewelry, home goods, Cape-inspired clothing. Mrs. Claus, her sleigh and Christmas goat (SA). Ornament making for kids, Free Pizza, Fire pit & S’mores.
The Federated Church of Orleans: SU Dec. 1, 3pm, Christmas Harp Concert. Celtic harpist Thomas Dutton performs “Beasts of Bethlehem” musical poem by X.F. Kennedy about the Nativity, where words are voiced by the animals. Kid friendly. $10 suggested donation.
Arts Empowering Life Foundation: F Nov. 29 & SA Nov. 30, 4:30pm. Welcome Advent with the beloved tradition of the Service of Advent Lessons and Carols with Gloriae Dei Cantores at the Church of the Transfiguration. This candle-lit service includes readings, prayers and carols.
Blake & Co.: Big Storewide Thanksgiving Sale! 11/29-12/1 20% off everything! (except consigned or discounted items and single greeting cards). Jewelry, accessories, throws, ornaments and much more. 47 Main St.
Cape Symphony: Dec 6, 8pm; Dec 7, 7:30pm; Dec 8, 5pm. Annual “Holiday on the Cape” concert starts the holiday season! Our version of Bob Hope’s Christmas variety show, including crooner John Stevens singing the songs of Bing Crosby.
Lower Cape Outreach Council: Every December, we distribute holiday toys & gifts to LCOC clients. Please drop off gift donations for Lower Cape kids to LCOC by Mon. Dec. 9th. Ideas: unwrapped books, gift cards, toys, puzzles, jewelry, make up kits.
Week 2: Dec. 6 – 13
Hole-In-One Breakfast & Lunch: 12/7: 10% off Specials. 12/8: 10% off Homemade Granola, as well as, 10% off Grab and Go Prepackaged Homemade Sweets. Participation in all above dates enters customers into a raffle. Winners will be drawn at the end of each weekend for a smaller prize and on 12/31 for a Hole In One Gift Basket.
Oceana: SA & SU, Dec. 7 & 8. Enjoy 20% off jewelry! Whether you’re looking for gold, silver, pearls, sea glass, wampum or diamonds, Oceana has them all. Find the perfect gift at Oceana. Complimentary signature gift wrap available throughout the Holiday Season!
Snow’s Home & Garden: SA Dec. 7, 11-1, Meet Frosty the Snowman. Bring the kids and shop for the whole family! Frosty is here to make it fun! Drop a note or picture in Frosty’s mailbox – he loves to get letters!
Week 3: Dec. 13 – 20
Snow’s Home & Garden: F Dec. 13, 1-3pm. See Santa at Snow’s! Bring the kids and enjoy a shopping trip for the whole family. A visit with Santa will make it extra special. Stop by our nostalgic train display while you’re here!
Hole-In-One Breakfast & Lunch: 12/13: 10% off Specials, as well as, Hole In One Apparel. 12/14: 10% off Homemade Granola. 12/15: 10% off Specials, Hole In One Travel Mugs, and Jars of Homemade Chai. 12/20: 10% off Hole In One Travel Mugs, Jars of Homemade Chai, and Hole In One Apparel. Participation in all above dates enters customers into a raffle. Winners drawn at the end of each weekend for a smaller prize and on 12/31 for a Hole In One Gift Basket.
The Federated Church of Orleans: F Dec. 13, 7pm, Christmas Concert with choir directed by Glenn Starner-Tate, Nauset Ringers directed by Thomas Dutton, Celtic Harp and flute pieces by Thomas Dutton and Peggy Gerber, keyboard duets by Glenn Starner-Tate and Susan Saposnik.
Snow’s Home & Garden: SA Dec. 14, 11-2 Bring the kids to meet Elsa and Olaf and listen to a live performance of songs from the movie Frozen! This is a wonderful photo opportunity and a great chance to shop for the whole family!
The Sparrow Store: SA Dec. 14. UKULELE DAY!! 20% off all ukuleles, songbooks, straps, strings, more. 10am – Christmas Ukulele Strum-along. All invited! 1pm – Cape Cod Ukulele Club performs at Hot Chocolate Sparrow. 4:30-5:30 – Holiday songs with Tim. Refreshments.
Oceana: SA & SU, Dec. 14 & 15 Enjoy 20% off all clothing – including the hugely popular raincoats! The perfect gift for everyone on your list is at Oceana. Complimentary signature gift wrap is available throughout the Holiday Season!
Charles Moore Arena: SU, Dec. 15, Christmas Skating Extravaganza! Christmas Skating Show 1-1:30pm, Public skate with Santa & Mrs. Claus 1:30-3:30pm. Bring canned goods or new toy for Lower Cape Outreach & Toys for Tots for admission.
Mid-Cape Home Centers: Join Mid-Cape on Dec. 18 from 3-5pm as we welcome Santa to our Orleans kitchen showroom! Decorate Christmas cookies and have your picture taken with Santa.
Week 4: Dec. 20 – 31
The Church of the Holy Spirit: F, Dec. 20, 10am-noon “Walking to Bethlehem” Labyrinth Walk (Parish Hall). TU Dec. 24, 4:30pm. Christmas Pageant and Eucharist. 10pm, Candlelight Choral Eucharist. W Dec. 25, 10am. Christmas Morning Eucharist with Carols.
Oceana: SA & SU, Dec. 21 & 22 Enjoy 20% off all toiletries – including Frasier Fir! The perfect gift for everyone on your list is at Oceana. Complimentary signature gift wrap is available throughout the Holiday Season!
Snow’s Home & Garden: Dec. 21, 11am-2pm Meet Santa, Elsa & Olaf! Bring the kids and enjoy a shopping trip for the whole family! Visit with Santa & meet Elsa and Olaf and for a live performance of songs from Frozen!
The Sparrow Store: SA, Dec. 21, 5-6:30 – Holiday Open House. Stocking stuffer HQ. Nibbles & Sips. Free gift-wrapping.
TU, Dec. 24. Come meet Santa’s elves throughout the day! Stocking stuffer HQ. Cookies, eggnog. Free gift-wrapping.
Hole-In-One Breakfast & Lunch: 12/21: 10% off Specials, as well as, Homemade Granola. 12/22: 10% off Grab and Go Prepackaged Homemade Sweets, as well as, Hole In One Apparel. 12/27: 10% off Hole In One Apparel. 12/28: 10% off Homemade Granola, as well as, 10% off Grab and Go Prepackaged Homemade Sweets. 12/29: 10% off Specials. Participation in all above dates enters customers into a raffle. Winners will be drawn at the end of each weekend for a smaller prize and on 12/31 for a Hole In One Gift Basket.
12/31: Drawing for the WINNER of the Hole In One Gift Basket.
Cape Symphony: New Year’s Day Party, Jan. 1, 3pm. It’s a party and everyone’s invited! Expect a high-energy performance from local favorite Siren Mayhew and the exhilarating trio TAKE3, starring the captivating violinist Lindsay Deutsch.