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Friday, November 18, 2011

Cape Cod Holiday Season 2011

 An old-fashioned Christmas is synonymous with spending the holidays at our Cape Cod B&B in the quaint and historic village of Sandwich, MA. The celebration of Christmas in our lovely village is complete with a magical train ride from the train station in Sandwich aboard the North Pole Express to visit Santa’s workshop, tours of some of our most beautiful historic homes all decked out for the holidays, and our own Holiday ornament to commemorate the occasion. On November 27th, the magic of the season will begin in Sandwich with the lighting of the littlest Christmas tree that will float on Shawme Pond throughout the holiday season.

A Seaside Christmas
 Holly Days in Sandwich is a two-week long series of events that exude the spirit of the New England holiday season. The official kick-off of our “Christmas Stroll” is December 2, 2011, when local residents and visitors gather in front of the First Church of Christ on Main Street to share in the singing of seasonal carols and to watch as the town Christmas tree comes alive with brightly colored lights. For the next two weeks, there will be holiday celebrations throughout the village commencing with the Holly Days Home Tour on Sunday December 11, 2011 from noon to 4:00 pm.

The celebration of the holiday season in Sandwich will begin this year with the 2nd Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas at the Sandwich Glass Museum. This event will feature a special exhibition entitled Nativity Artistry featuring nativities reflecting a variety of local customs from around the world. Creches incorporating wood, natural fibers, clay, tin, and glass are the artists’ interpretations of their cultural traditions. Also on exhibit will be holiday decorations in glass created by some of the region’s finest glass artists. The exhibit opens on Monday, November 21st and runs through Friday, December 30th.

Another seasonal celebration that will certainly get you in the spirit is Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Each year starting the Friday after Thanksgiving the gardens are literally aglow with millions of lights. Stroll through the gardens, visit the antique automobile museum, listen to holiday music performed by strolling musicians, ride the antique carousel, and toast marshmallows at the outdoor café.

During our Christmas Stroll, all of the lovely shops in Sandwich village will be festooned with gifts to delight anyone on your shopping list. We have a Holly Days Special that we hope will entice you to come for a stay at our Sandwich bed and breakfast to get "In The Spirit". While you are here you can have lunch or dinner at one of our lovely restaurants, enjoy the seasonal festivities, and do your Christmas shopping. What a wonderful way to spend a winter weekend.

As you stroll around our lovely village you will feel as though you are stepping into one of the paintings of Currier and Ives. In the words of the old Christmas Carol by Irving Berlin….let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

 Jan Preus, Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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