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Multiple holiday events to be held on Cape Cod this month

2 Dec 2013 4:30 PM
Multiple holiday events to be held on Cape Cod this month

As individuals across the country begin to anticipate seeing friends and family during the upcoming holiday season, many are sharing in the spirit by attending special seasonal events. And, while many may see Cape Cod as the premier summer vacation destination, this collection of affluent coastal communities in Massachusetts also has a lot to offer this time of year.

During December, a number of exclusive events will be held throughout the Cape, allowing all residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy spending time with their loved ones while participating in celebratory traditions. If you are planning on being in the area this month, you may want to consider attending one of the following events, as they promise to provide an upscale, joyous atmosphere in keeping with the holidays.

International Crèche Display at Highfield Hall
Across the globe, nativity scenes have long been associated with the holidays, and through Sunday, Dec. 8, a collection of more than five dozen miniature crèches will be on display at Highfield Hall in Falmouth.

As in past years, local art enthusiast Bill Hendel has graciously lent his personal assortment of over 60 nativity scenes, which he gathered from countries all over the world over multiple years. The crèches have been created from a diverse variety of media, including many different types of wood, as well as metal, clay, porcelain, wax, fiber and even straw. As one of the most popular traditions at Highfield Hall's annual Holiday celebration, Hendel's collection has drawn sizable crowds in years past, and is sure to this season as well. 

Available for view between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. every day, those interested in attending can gain admission for a modest price. Children will be granted access for free. Seasonal celebrations at Highfield Hall also offer patrons the chance to enjoy exquisite decor, a gift gallery and a tea shoppe, as well as participate in the Any Soldier Project and visit with Santa.

4th Annual Glassblowers' Christmas and Christmas Créches: In the Company of Angels
While Hendel's collection of nativity scenes features a multitude of materials, glass is the only medium the artwork at this exhibition is made of. Available until Dec. 30, the Sandwich Glass Museum on Main Street in Sandwich will host its fourth annual celebration of local glass blowers, putting hundreds of handmade ornaments on display. Created by both regional and nationally recognized artisans, the Christmas trees in the Contemporary Gallery will be adorned with these colorful masterpieces. 

Also available  through Dec. 30, the Sandwich Glass Museum will host a unique collection of rare and exotic créches from counties all over the world. In partnership with the Cape Cod Créche Society, the show will feature pieces from private collectors as well. These items have been crafted from a wide range of materials, including steel, wood and recycled paper, among others.

Those looking to participate in fun and festive activities this holiday season should be sure to stop be the museum between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

'Winter Wonderland' Photography Exhibit
As one of the most picturesque locations in the country, Cape Cod is a beautiful place to enjoy year-round, and has long been home to vibrant culture and a revered arts community. 

Those interested in photography as an art form can enjoy viewing hundreds of images depicting winter scenes around New England within this open juried exhibit in at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. Presented by The Photography Center of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Art Association, this exhibition will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday until Dec. 8. The collection is free to view, and many pieces are also available for sale.