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Dec. 19 & 20 A Century of Carols In celebration of the 100th anniversary of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, held annually at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, Skylark will explore the history of this service, and music that has made its mark on beloved Christmas broadcasts over the last century. $30 per ticket. 6-7 p.m. Dec. 19: First Congregational Church, 68 Main St., Falmouth. Dec. 20: St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 625 Main St., Chatham. skylarkensemble.org


DEC 31 Chatham First Night A family-friendly, alcohol-free, town-wide celebration of the arts with more than 70 performances and events. Don’t miss the circus show, ice sculptures and fireworks! It’s a full day of fun and entertainment, starting with the town photo at noon at the Chatham Lighthouse, and culminating with fireworks at Oyster Pond as the Countdown Cod takes revelers to the stroke of midnight. For more information, visit firstnightchatham.com

DEC 31: First Night Sandwich Non-alcoholic family festival of multi-cultural activities with mask-making workshops, puppeteers, storytellers, face painting and magicians. A vibrant Mardi Gras-like procession down Main Street will start at 6 p.m., and a grand finale countdown extravaganza concludes the evening’s festivities. Cape Cod artists present their works in venues throughout the village area. 4-9 p.m. Buttons are available at various banks, restaurants and retail outlets in Sandwich. firstnightsandwich.com

JAN 1: New Year’s Day Party Kick off 2019 at the Cape Symphony’s New Year’s Day Party! This lighthearted celebration will include Viennese waltzes, lively marches and an exciting “Whitney Houston and the Great Divas” tribute performance by “American Idol” and Broadway star, LaKisha Jones. Conducted by Jung-Ho Pak. 3 p.m. Barnstable Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main St., Hyannis, 508-362-1111, capesymphony.org

JAN 1: First Day 5K Lace up your sneakers and run into the New Year! The 4th Annual First Day 5K benefits the Sandwich Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. Walkers and running strollers welcome. Register online until Dec. 30 or in person the day of the race. 11 a.m. Oak Crest Cove, 34 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich, southshorerace.com


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