‘FIRST LIGHT PROVINCETOWN’ HIGHLIGHTS SEASON OF CELEBRATION

America’s First Destination for the holidays has something for everyone.

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. –  When the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument illuminates the tip of Cape Cod this Thanksgiving, the holiday season is set to begin with the Lighting of the Provincetown Lobster Pot TreeHolly Folly, the Annual Winter Concert, and the grand finale, the New Year’s celebration First Light Provincetown!

“There is perhaps no more romantic or memorable place to spend the holidays than in front of a crackling fire in Provincetown,” Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown Director of Tourism, said. “Shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment combine to ring in the holidays with a celebration of diversity for which Ptown is known.”
The New England tradition of the Lighting of the Provincetown Lobster Pot Tree returns on Saturday, Nov. 28, with local lobstermen loaning more than 100 pots to stack into a twinkling two-story tree lit with thousands of holiday lights. Be on hand for the countdown as the giant tree topper is lifted and then lowered onto this symbolic “tree” in the town’s center.
Stay for a week and take advantage of great hospitality rates for holiday shopping and great dining, or return to Provincetown to take part in the LGBTQ holiday festival Holly Folly! This three-day seasonal celebration, Friday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 6, features a packed schedule of headliner benefit and fundraising events, including a Shop HopSing-A-Long, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus ConcertRetro Dance Party, the Snow BallJingle Bell Run & Barefoot Champagne BrunchGingerbread House DecoratingSouper SaturdayFood BoutiqueDrag BrunchCookie PartyLeather Dance Party, and the always festive Santa Speedo Run. Information about Holly Folly and a full schedule of events can be found at ptown.org/holly-folly.
This holiday season, don’t miss the outdoor Holiday Market at the Canteen Garden, taking place the weekends of Dec. 4-6, Dec. 11-13, and Jan. 1-2. The Canteen transforms its garden into a holiday village, housing hot drinks and food, Provincetown artisans, gifts, live music, theatre, crafts, exhibits, and more!
See the Outer Cape Chorale perform at Provincetown Town Hall for the Annual Winter Concert, Dec. 11-12, at 7 p.m. The 170-voice chorus will perform classical music with jazz leanings. The concert is free of charge to the public, and a Goodwill collection will be taken.
Celebrate a cozy Christmas in Ptown, when the seaside charm of America’s First Destinationbecomes a welcomed candlelit and cozy escape, with award-winning local inns, B&Bs and boutiques all decked out for the holidays. The corks will start popping for New Year’s, as the town celebrates the grandest party of them all – First Light Provincetown! 
A new, extended weekend on the town’s winter visitor calendar, First Light Provincetownfestivities begin Wednesday, Dec. 30, with events through the weekend. The special lineup will feature popular entertainment, themed dance parties, lively community competitions and a weekend fireworks show that will ring visitors into the New Year with a bang!
Put 2015 behind you on New Year’s Eve, when the town’s terrific restaurants will offer prix fixe menus to serve, along with your favorite bubbly. A lineup of parties for every taste will be on tap once romance and resolutions meet at midnight, as Ptown’s venerable dance clubs and bars will challenge your endurance with extended hours until 2 a.m. Participating venues for weeklong events include: The A-House, Crown & Anchor’s Paramount, Wave Bar and Vault, The Gifford House Bar, Porchside and Purgatory, Governor Bradford, Shipwreck Lounge, Squealing Pig, the Underground Bar, and Velvet Lounge and Dance Club.
After ringing in 2016, wake up for New Year’s Day brunch, a can’t-miss annual tradition in Ptown. Join townies for the Pajama Brunch, an early energy booster to keep your juices flowing, presented by the Mews Restaurant and Café. The frigid waters of Cape Cod Bay will host the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, and after, you can shake off the shivers and warm up at the Aprés Chill Chili Party, to get you ready for another devilish night out on the town! Ptown staple, Miss Richfield 1981, will perform the can’t-miss “Fall On Your Knees” in two early evening shows at the Crown & Anchor.
Saturday, Jan. 2, brings another day full of events, including New Year’s Drag Bingo, 2-4 p.m., when revelers gather in holiday fashions fit for a queen. Later, escape the cold and warm up at the Town Hall Open House from 2-5 p.m., where you can partake in children’s activities, including a puppet show, self-guided tours of Provincetown’s art collection and enjoy cookies and hot cider.
Other Saturday activities include the duo piano concert “4 Hands, 2 Guys, 1 Piano! American Music,” at the Universalist Unitarian Meeting House and the outrageous comedy by Dina Martina, the “Slightly Belated Christmas Show,” at the Crown & Anchor, where Suede in Concert will share the limelight. Finally, don’t miss the Cape Cod skies explode for the first time in more than a decade with the Fireworks Show off MacMillan Pier! Show will begin at 5:30 p.m.*
Provincetown for the holidays is the perfect place for fun, relaxation and solitude and is also the place to kick off the New Year with a roar! Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this excitement in what Fodor’s Travel named one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America,” and see why Travel and Leisure calls Ptown one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.” And of course, this special community at the tip of Cape Cod is consistently named one of the top LGBTQ destinations in America, including being named the “Best Gay Resort Town in America” the past two years in a row.
For details and to see a full lineup of New Year’s events in Provincetown, visit ptown.org/firstlight.
* (Fireworks move to Friday, Jan. 1, if rain appears in the forecast.)