Christmas in Falmouth Begins

December 5, 2008

Christmas officially begins in Falmouth this weekend with Santa’s arrival Saturday morning, by boat, at the Flying Bridge Restaurant, where he is met by eager children and their parents (who are sometimes even more excited) and the Falmouth High School Chorus, singing holiday songs; the lighting of the Christmas tree on Saturday evening; and the Christmas parade down Main Street on Sunday.

This year, a new tradition begins: the Falmouth Theater Guild’s “Holiday Celebration,” with shows at 4 PM Saturday and Sunday. I saw the dress rehearsal last night and enjoyed this folksy Christmas celebration featuring local talent and lots of heart. The show is about an hour long; it is intended for the whole family, featuring music from the Falmouth High School orchestra led by Steve Edwards, the Falmouth Theater Guild Chorus, the Trade Winds barbershop quartet, harpist Katie Lynch Koglin, and singers Jennifer Perrault-Minshall and Abigail Dougherty.

Cleo Zani serves as emcee, introducing the Christmas songs and telling the audience a little about their origins, and Police Chief Anthony Riello did a nice job reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to an assemblage of children. The performance ended with a spirited holiday sing-along.

It was a nice, friendly holiday concert–neighbors celebrating with neighbors, a nice way to usher in the season.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Maximum fee for families is $30. Tickets can be purchased at the box office by calling 508-548-0400 or at Eight Cousins, 189 Main Street, Falmouth.

Tomorrow and Sunday, there are about 87 holiday fairs and art shows and house tours (only a slight exaggeration) to appeal to every taste, and a Renaissance Fair in Woods Hole, as well as parades in several town. The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra performs its annual holiday concerts this weekend too.

And if, perchance, you’re still not feeling festive by the end of the weekend, there’s another round of concerts and fairs, and performances next weekend. Ho, ho, ho!

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