Hyannis, MA – This year’s Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll, on Saturday, December 1st, sponsored by The Greater Hyannis Civic Association, the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, and the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District will be held rain or shine. Activities will revolve around major events on Main Street and Hyannis Harbor. For updates before and during the event, check the Hyannis Main Street Facebook page and website www.hyannismainstreet.com. Parking is COMPLMENTARY on Saturday during Hyannis Main Street Stroll and boat parade in the Town Hall and Ocean Street parking lots-just steps away from Hyannis Main Street, Harbor Overlook and Hyannis Harbor.
Saturday’s events kick off with a 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. seating with the family favorite “Breakfast with Santa” at the British Beer Company. Tickets are available at the British Beer Company, Hyannis.com and at the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $10.00 each and must be purchased in advance. Tickets include a full American breakfast, a visit with Santa and entertainment by Cape Cod Carolers. Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by The British Beer Company. All proceeds benefit the Barnstable Charitable Foundation.
Santa will be arriving at noon by antique fire truck at the big clock on the corner of Main and Winter Streets and will be meeting & greeting children until 1pm before heading over to Katie’s Ice Cream from 1:30pm- 2:30pm for another meet and greet session.
There will be a variety of free activities throughout the day sponsored by Hyannis Main St. BID and Main St. business’s, including the annual Cookie Stroll Contest, in which visitors can vote for their favorite cookie from participating businesses, and Santa’s Reindeer Roundup, a scavenger hunt to find all of Santa’s hidden reindeer with prizes for participants. Carolers and various local musicians will be singing and playing throughout the street, as well as delicious food sampling from various restaurants. Face painting, plenty of children’s arts & crafts activities throughout the street and Trolley rides will be offered to take visitors around the downtown.
Enjoy the fun custom wreaths on the street poles along Main Street that have been designed by the talented children of the Barnstable High School special needs program. This year the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program is involved with a “Massachusetts makers-artist holiday market” at the Harbor Overlook shanty location. Hyannis Main Street stroll visitors can walk through the Hyannis Village Green to the harbor Overlook, on the way to Hyannis Harbor. The Artist Market at the harbor Overlook shanties will feature artists and artisans selling hand crafted holiday gifts and other items in the shanties and tents. Free crafts for the kids along with hot chocolate to complement all the happenings along Main St. and the Harbor Boat Parade at Bismore Park!
The most unique celebration is the Santa’s Boat Parade, which will immediately follow the stroll. Sponsored and organized by The Greater Hyannis Civic Association and beginning at 4:00 PM, there will be chowder, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies for sale, holiday music by Cool 102, and children’s arts and crafts at the harbor. At 4:30p.m., weather permitting, everyone will gather at Bismore Park at the docks to enjoy the beautifully decorated boat parade. See the boats enter the harbor as harbor businesses and homes light up to welcome Santa. There will be free parking near Bismore Park, plus food, drinks and music. At 5:00 Santa will arrive by boat and make his way to the Visitor Center where he will meet & greet children. Winners of the Best Decorated Boat will be announced at 5:30 PM. If there is inclement weather, check the BID Facebook page for updates on the boat parade.