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Cape Cod Christmas Dinner – Where to go on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Our Cape Cod Christmas Dinner feature is new today, December 11, 2017. This year the story is moving to our new Cape Cod Website. We will update this feature as we find new restaurants for holiday dinners. For those of you looking for last-minute options, you can check out our listings for take-out holiday dinners at the bottom of the story.

Our guide covers the entire Cape. Our listings highlight our featured dinner, then dinners for Christmas Day and finally restaurants that are open for Christmas Eve only. If you know of an outstanding place that we missed, please let us know. Just leave a comment below or drop us a line.

Featured Cape Cod Christmas Dinner

Villaggio Ristorante in Cotuit

Villaggio is serving dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The hours for Christmas Eve are 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm and for Christmas Day, the hours are 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm. Chef Jay Bartolomei is serving his regular menu. Some highlights from his menu include Eggplant Rollatini with ricotta, crumbled gorgonzola and a creamy pesto, a 24 ounce Bone-in Rib Eye, a 10 ounce Filet Mignon, Parmigiana with eggplant, chicken or veal ($20-24) and a Veal Piccata with garlic, shallots, Italian herbs, capers and a white wine lemon butter sauce ($26).

Call 508-548-5000 for reservations. See More.

Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern on Main Street

Barnstable is serving dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve they open at 11:30 for lunch. Dinner will be served from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm. They will be serving their regular menu with some holiday specials. On Christmas Day, they’re serving a 3-course dinner that ranges in price from $35.00 to $45.00 each. Highlights from the menu include New Brunswick Salmon ($45), a Roasted Chicken Breast ($39), Braised, Beef Burgundy ($43), and a Three Cheese Lasagna ($35). Other items on the menu include Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad, Bourbon Pecan Pie and Warm Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Call  508-362-2355 for reservations. See More.

Sea Crest in Falmouth

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth is hosting a Christmas Brunch Buffet on Christmas Day from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. The holiday buffet features hot and cold stations with Carved Christmas Ham, Waffles, Traditional Eggs Benedict with Lemon Chive Hollandaise, Smoked Salmon, Black Truffle and Fontina Stuffed Free Range Chicken, Jumbo Shrimp, Omelets made to order, Artisanal Breads, Alaskan Crab Claws, Bacon, Imported Cheeses, Winter Melons, Organic Winter Greens with Blue Cheese, Toasted Hazelnuts and Dried Fruit, Fresh Baked Pastries, salads and more. The price is $38.00 per person and $18.00 for children 12 years of age and under. Tables are available and reservations are being taken. Their online reservation page shows lots of availability.

Call 508-356-2171 for reservations. See more.

Cape Cod Christmas Dinner – Christmas Eve

P. B. Boulangerie in Wellfleet

P. B. is featuring a Seven Fishes Dinner for Christmas Eve. The Prix Fixe dinner for $78.00 per person features three courses. Highlights of the dinner include Ravioli de Foie Gras, a Charcuterie Board, Champagne Pate, and House Smoked Salmon. For entrees, there’s a Seafood Plateau with Shrimp Salad, Clams, Tuna Tartare, Oysters and a Lobster Citrus Salad. You can also choose a Pineland Farm Sirloin or a Dover Sole Meuniere. For dessert, there’s a Buche de Noel. The restaurant is also offering a take-out Christmas Eve dinner for six people for $280.00. See more.

Red Pheasant Inn in Dennis

The Red Pheasant is open on Christmas Eve and featuring their regular menu. Highlights of the menu include Miso Glazed Salmon (27), Grilled Pineland Farms Sirloin (34) and Cassoulet (28). All reservations are taken by phone at 508-385-2133. See more.

Oysters Too in East Falmouth

Oysters Too is serving dinner on Christmas Eve with a special menu with a la carte pricing. Highlights from the menu include a Sole Menemsha with carrots, snow peas, shitake mushrooms, topped with lobster meat and scallops (29.95), Prime Rib (32.95), and a Lazy Lobster (33.95). Call (508) 548-9191 for reservations. See more.

Cape Cod Christmas Dinner: Pick Up & Take Out

  • Hearth & Kettle in Yarmouth & Hyannis is featuring a Christmas Roast Turkey Dinner Takeout for $19.99 each. See more.
  • Nauset Farms in Orleans is featuring a wide selection of holiday items for your holiday dinner. See More.
  • Whole Foods in Hyannis is featuring turkey dinners, ham dinners and even some vegan loafs for Christmas. See More.
  • Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich is featuring a Christmas Roast Turkey Dinner Takeout for $25.95 each. See More.

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My Cape Cod Story

“If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air . . . ’’

By six years old I was a goner. I was head over heels in love with Cape Cod, and my love affair has never gone away. Back when I was a fresh-faced little kid, the trek to the Cape from New Jersey took a whole lot longer than it does today. In the wee hours of the morning, my father would stealthily carry me and my brother’s (nearly) sleeping forms into our spiffy green station wagon. As we edged into the early morning darkness, my dad naively hoped we’d sleep until the sun came up over the Sagamore Bridge. No such luck. Before we ever hit Boston, he’d hear a chorus of “are we there yet’s” and “I’m hungry’s.” My mother doled out the snacks to hold us over, but there was no way to hold back our excitement. My parents were doomed.

Utopia was a small group of weathered shingle cottages, complete with shuffleboard and concrete pool, nestled in a copse of towering pines. There was no air conditioning, but we slept like hibernating bear cubs in open window bedrooms, cooled by scented nights. I can still picture the Nancy Drew mysteries and games of Old Maid on the beach, and the iconic footprints carved in the Barefoot Trader’s cement walkway. My mouth still waters for the signature popovers served piping hot at the old Chase House. Friday nights, it was tradition to wander the main street of Hyannis past an endless booty of gift and candy shops. Not one to ever bask in the sun now, my lightly sunburned, sandy childhood skin is imprinted in my memory. Decked out in a gaudily printed swim tube and bathing cap (yes, I did), I paddled contently in the Cape’s salty Atlantic waters; the same waters that churned up reams of multi-hued taffy. To this day, I can still see my father’s surprised face as he tasted his first (and last) spoonful of Indian pudding. Far from the creamy concoction he envisioned, the sturdy cornmeal dessert was an epic fail. Luckily, my brother and I opted for ice cream.

My Cape Cod story only becomes richer and more colorful with time. There was and still is something immensely magical about the dollhouse-like homes draped with rambling roses, framed with picket fences. From luscious homemade ice cream to my first taste of lobster, the elegance of Chatham to the coastal magic of Provincetown, I couldn’t get enough. I still can’t.

Through the years, my tastes changed as my household did. From being one of four to having three of my own little Cape Cod visitors, the island has always meant ‘family’ to me. It just changed hands. From the kid who ran barefoot through pine needles with an ice pop, I was suddenly the grownup riding herd on beach passes, wet towels, and pails of hermit crabs. Yuck. I kept blankets stacked and ready for Wellfleet drive-in nights, shovels for sandcastles and change for games of mini-golf. But few things still can compare to the prehistoric awe of watching an enormous whale breech deep waters or seeing your kids scale the sand dunes of Provincetown like clones of Lawrence of Arabia.

That’s when it happened. My adult eyes had begun to appreciate the real beauty of the place, the reason it has always been an addiction for me. I saw beyond the trinkets to the periwinkle blue hydrangeas that somehow never grew in MY yard that way. I stood in awe at the stark calm of beaches that stretched wide with mudflats where the tides went out as far as the eye could see. The take-your-breath-away wonder of this seaside oasis had settled in for good, and the now matured-me felt like I was truly home. As years went by, the spirit of this graphic designer/writer became intoxicated by the creativity that drenched every part of the island. It seemed every pinecone, foaming wave, cranberry field and bobbing sailboat come vibrantly alive. My transformed self was slowly drawn to a different Cape, an authentic, priceless one. Away from the oceanside tee-shirt shops and clam shacks to the tree lined 6A, where Brewster and Barnstable live in quiet beauty. Who knew that sea captains’ houses, lolling fishing boats, and lush, charming roads would later be my jam?

I haven’t seen ‘my’ Cape in awhile now. My husband and ad agency partner died a year ago, and I haven’t yet scaled the emotional bridge to return where two made memories only one will now. But, make no mistake, this boomer beach girl will return very soon. No one loves a succulent lobster roll more than a Cape Cod-addicted wash ashore.

My story isn’t finished.

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After Norman Rockwell answered a note from then 13-year old Mari Small, the plan to become a creative was a done deal. And she’s lived that dream for more than 25 years through both words — AND pictures. Training wheels as a children’s book illustrator helped accelerate her graphic design and copy/content skills and finely hone them at several ad agencies. Yearning for her own creative roots, Mari formed Small Talk Creative Communications where results-oriented content and dynamic marketing communications are business as usual. Strategic thinking, kickass content and arresting design is crafted into every newsletter, web content, brand story, feature/travel article, brochure, direct mail and email marketing campaign. Along the way, Mari has garnered an extensive client list, awards for her creativity and frequent jaunts to her first love – Cape Cod. Read More

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