Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll 2021

Looking to recapture some old-fashioned holiday cheer this Christmas? Then kick off the season with all the traditional trappings in Yarmouth Port.

Sip hot chocolate or candy cane tea. Listen to holiday carolers and get your children’s photo taken with Santa Claus. Or just gather up gift ideas as you sample tantalizing treats in a mile-and-a-half-long buffet line — all for free.

Yes! The Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll is back.

“We are so excited to bring back the Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll for 2021,” said the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce’s Marketing, Communications, and Events Director Jenn Werner. “It is a great family event that is completely free.”

The Stroll was placed on ice last year due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, but it returns on Sunday (Dec. 5) providing a heap of holiday hospitality to visitors along Route 6A.

The event will be held from 1-4 p.m., rain or shine, followed by a tree-lighting ceremony at 4 p.m., with a blessing by Rev. Will Vaus of the First Congregational Church and caroling on the Village Green. If the weather turns chilly or if your feet get tired, just hop onto a free trolley, with stops along the way.

“The Stroll will be full of activities, live music, food, and new entertainment,” Werner said.

There are crafts with Mrs. Claus at Just Picked Gifts; refreshments and performances by Rosalita’s Puppets at Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod; live music by the Harper and the Minstrel at Chapter House; Lady Feyline’s Fantastikal face-painting and popcorn at Edward Gorey House; and a roaming balloon artist from Fun Clowns Balloons.

Meanwhile, at the Inn on Main, a pianist will perform seasonal music while guests sip holiday punch from innkeeper Sarah Bradburn’s grandmother’s recipe and munch on gluten-free oatmeal-cranberry cookies made by co-owner and chef Chris Kennedy. Simply Vintage of Cape Cod will serve cookies, hot cider, and doughnuts; Jack’s Outback II will have hot dogs and hot chocolate; and Taylor-Bray Farm will serve up free cider, hot chocolate, and cookies (with holiday trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and other gift items available for purchase).

A favorite stop for families is the Captain Bangs Hallet House, an authentically furnished sea captain’s home on Strawberry Lane. The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth hosts a visit from Santa Claus, who poses for free photos with children. The pictures are processed by Walgreens and can be picked up later at the South Yarmouth store.

This year, due to pandemic-related precautions, Santa will be greeting youngsters on the historical home’s porch. And masks will be necessary for children who want to meet with Santa or for families who choose to tour the home’s decorated interior, according to Bill Archie, program chairman for the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth.

Another hot spot is the Yarmouth New Church, where musical performances are scheduled throughout the afternoon. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., listen to some 20 tubists from Christmas Tuba  “oom-pah-pah” as one, followed by Cape Cod Carolers at 3 p.m. The carolers will later join the Regency Brass Band at the Village Green and perform at the tree-lighting ceremony scheduled for dusk.

Participating businesses, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations include: Captain Bangs Hallet House, the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, Chapter House Cape Cod, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Design Works, Edward Gorey House, First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, Harvest of Barnstable, the Inn on Main, Jack’s Outback II, Just Picked Gifts, Lighthouse Keeper’s Pantry, Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, Taylor Bray Farm, The Friday Club, The Pampered Pearl Skin Care Studio, Voila!, Yarmouth New Church, W.D. Price, Yarmouth Port Library, and Yoga of Yarmouth Port.

Find more information about the stroll on the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce’s Events Calendar. The YCC site also has a detailed map of the Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll route, with a guide to attractions at every stop.

The event is sponsored in part by the Town of Yarmouth’s Tourism Fund.

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Sign the Petition and Save Route 6 Visitor Center

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

Please help us convince the Barnstable County Commissioners continue to provide the necessary funding for the management of the Route 6 Rest Area.

Millions of dollars are spent annually to market Cape Cod as a tourist destination. Well over 4 million people traveled to the Cape last year leaving no doubt that tourism is the largest economic driver we have in Barnstable County. A prime example of this is the Route 6 Rest Area which serves over 40,000 visitors, generates a minimum of 10 seasonal jobs and are indirectly responsible for additional seasonal employment by promoting businesses across Cape Cod.

The funds generated from license plate money is clearly stated that it is to promote tourism and economic development. According to Massachusetts General Law Title XIV, Chapter 90 Section 2, “… all amounts so transferred shall be used to promote tourism and economic development; We have seen no better example of how a small amount of money can benefit so many taxpayers, county-wide, to promote tourism and economic development with such immediate and proven effect than reinstating the long-time tradition of maintaining the operation of this rest area.

It is for the purity of our request and the consideration of the livelihoods that could be hindered that the commissioners should continue their established precedent of funding the daily maintenance of the Route 6 Rest Area Rest Rooms until they have replaced it with another revenue source.

 

Things to do in Yarmouth, Cape Cod

There are plenty of “THINGS TO DO” to keep you busy here in Yarmouth and on Cape Cod!
Click the links below for a complete listing.

FREE ACTIVITIES

From hiking trails to visiting cranberry bogs, Yarmouth has a variety of free activities to do. Browse our list of free activities in Yarmouth below.Free Activities in Yarmouth, MA

MUST-SEE PLACES

Yarmouth boasts many historic and scenic attractions. Checkout our list of must-see places below:

Must See Places List in Yarmouth, MA

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Are you looking for things to do in Cape Cod with your family? Yarmouth offers many fun activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy! Browse our list below for details.

Family Activities List in Yarmouth, MA

RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES

When Mother Nature disrupts your beach plans, having a rainy-day activity in your back pocket is a must! Checkout our list below for fun things to do in Yarmouth when it is raining.

Rainy Day Activities List in Yarmouth, MA

Summer Concert Series

Bring your beach chair and dancing shoes!

There will be a FREE concert every Monday night in July and August at Parker’s River Beach.
This series features Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, The Rip it Ups, Sarah Swain and the Oh-Boys, Haywired, The Skiffs, Four Guys in Tuxes, and Crabgrass Bluegrass! Don’t miss this event.

Click here for our flyer with ALL the details!

Be a Volunteer!

We want you! Become a Yarmouth Chamber volunteer today!

Whether joining a committee, working an event, or tackling a project in the office, there are plenty of opportunities here at the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or to become a volunteer, please contact Ashley Cormier at communications@yarmouthcapecod.com or Mary Vilbon at director@yarmouthcapecod.com.

Yarmouth Conservation Areas and Walking Trails

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Explore the wild side of Cape Cod by walking or hiking through one of our many conservation areas. Yarmouth is home to some renown spots including Callery-Darling Conservation Area and Crab Creek Conservation Area.  Browse our list of local favorites and enjoy a nice walk by the ocean or some good crabbing opportunities!

Download the Town of Yarmouth’s conservation areas and trail maps to start explore its 1800 acres of available land.

Bud Carter Conservation Area
The trail with the highest point in Yarmouth is situated on what is known as the Sandwich Moraine, a significant glacial feature left over from the last ice age of 20,000 years ago. The area boasts of two scenic vistas. Many side trails and loops occur within this 300 acre land tract.

Callery-Darling Conservation Area
This trail is located north of Route 6A and stretches from Homers Dock Road to the salt marshes west of Center Street. The area displays great ecological diversity in various stages of vegetative succession. Soil are rich and deep with organics, indicating an aggressive farming history. Abandoned cranberry bogs and ancient salt water bogs are present with original dikes intact. The Bass Hole Boardwalk is one of the more popular attractions within the area.

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Crab Creek Conservation Area
The trail winds its way along the shore of Crab Creek. This area has long been a favorite for crabbing enthusiasts with its abundance of blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus. Blue crabs measuring five (5) inches from point to point may be taken without permit. However, a state permit is required when using traps or pots.

Dennis Pond Conservation Area
The main trail is approximately 3,285 feet long and winds its way through a variety of woodland communities. There is also a side trail which follows closely along the shoreline and rejoins the main trail later.

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Horse Pond Conservation Area
These trails are located within a 400 acre tract of town owned land. The main trail occurs along the northern perimeters of Horse Pond with spurs, loops, and connectors to other trail systems.

Meadowbrook Conservation Area
This area consists of brackish marsh, salt marsh, and relic Atlantic white cedar swamp fronting on Swan Pond. A 310 foot boardwalk leads from the parking area to the north shore of Swan Pond.

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Raymond J. Syrjala Conservation Area
This  area is 15 acres in size with a trail approximately 3,500 feet in length and forms a loop that passes through a rather wet environment. A man-made reservoir to the east of the trail was created to store water for the now abandoned cranberry bogs.

Sandy Pond Conservation Area
Sandy Pond is approximately 12 acres in area and presents itself as a classic “kettle” pond with steep slopes and a depth of 35 feet. A nature trail leads around the entire pond and connects to other trails to the north, west, and east.

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Thacher Show Conservation Area
This area consists mostly of salt march with a short trail through a wooded thicket. The marsh end of the trail boasts commanding scenic views of the salt marshes and island thickets. The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown can be seen to the north on an exceptionally clear day.

Yarmouth #10 Most Comfortable Cities

Yarmouth was recently voted #10 on the list of 101 Most Comfortable Cities by Expedia! Check out the excerpt below from the article. Just a few of the reasons we love Yarmouth as a place to live, work, stay, play, dine or shop!

South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, ranks number 10 on the list. A quintessential Cape Cod town, South Yarmouth is a charismatic waterfront region that overlooks Bass River and is just minutes from Nantucket Sound. Summertime sojourners beeline to Bass River Beach to bask on the shores, collect seashells, bait some bluefish, and nosh on the freshest seafood.”