PROVINCETOWN, MA – Want to stump guests at your Thanksgiving dinner this year? Ask them where in 1620 the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed in the New World. Chances are, unless someone let them in on the historic secret, they won’t know that the answer is Provincetown.
The Pilgrims first landed and spent five weeks in what is now Provincetown, MA, where they created one of the most famous documents to frame American Democracy – the Mayflower Compact – America’s first declaration of equality and justice for all. Today, that same spirit of freedom and independence is the hallmark of the town known as America’s First Destination.
For a quintessential New England Thanksgiving, join the feasts in casual and fine dining restaurants or sit around the fire with “Townies” (as locals call themselves) for the most special of family and community holidays.
The Pilgrim Monument, founded in 1892, can be seen from nearly everywhere in Ptown, reminding residents and visitors alike that they are walking in the footsteps of the country’s forefathers. The annual “Lighting of the Monument” is one of Cape Cod’s most beautiful traditions. This year the ceremony takes place Wednesday, November 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the admission is FREE, there will be live entertainment and refreshments served. Last year 1,500 helped to commemorate this iconic event and to witness the Monument festooned with more than 3,100 “landing lights” which shine nightly and brightly through January 6, 2017.
Another special lighting ceremony rings in the holidays on November 26, 2016. Provincetown artist Julian Popko and family build a unique Lobster Pot Tree in the heart of Provincetown’s Lopes Square. Stacked with over 100 authentic lobster pots in the shape of a tree and borrowed from local lobstermen, the tree rises up two stories and is lit with thousands of holiday lights. Come be a part of the lighting, where cookies and hot cocoa will be served at 5:30 p.m. There will be a big crowd counting down as the giant tree topper is lifted and then lowered onto this original favorite ‘tree’ in the center of Ptown.
Beyond the ceremonies and soaking up American lore, take advantage of unique opportunities with special treasures to buy in the eclectic shops along historic Commercial Street, the towering sand dunes and beautiful beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the intimate art galleries in America’s longest continuous artist colony, and Ptown’s eclectic mix of lodging and fine dining. Visitors often decide to extend their stays thanks to the town’s relaxed, friendly and vibrant atmosphere, where clubs and cabarets allow one to sing, be entertained or dance the night away.
Next up is Holly Folly Stroll 2016, which runs December 2-4, 2016. This LGBTQ holiday festival includes a the Jingle Bell Run, Drag Bingo, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, great holiday sales with a Shop Hop and much more. Information about spending part of your holiday at this annual celebration may be found at

One of the Northeast’s hottest new traditions is
First Light Provincetown. The celebration features outrageous entertainment, special dance and cabaret events, a Polar Bear Plunge and fireworks over Cape Cod Bay for a thrilling moment to ring in 2017. Make plans now to join thousands of friends who make the annual trek to the Cape’s end to be part of the spectacular scene. This year’s,  First Light Provincetown will be held December 29, 2016 – January 2, 2017.
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