There’s no more festive and authentic spot in the country than Provincetown to celebrate the holidays. Plan your getaway in the place where the Pilgrims themselves first anchored. The whole town is in on the celebration as you walk the historic streets and enjoy the festivities of the season.
November highlights tradition and heritage with plenty to see and enjoy in town including workshops, exhibits and tours at local galleries and museums. The Provincetown Art Association and Museum has extended the exhibit of The Hoppers Collection which includes 96 drawings by Edward Hopper, 69 drawings and watercolors by his wife, Josephine Hopper, and 22 diaries dating between from 1933-1956 chronicling the Hoppers’ lives on Cape Cod and beyond.
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is open every day and provides a majestic view from 252 above the town along with a historic view of the town from its permanent exhibits highlighting the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history, the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown, and the building of the monument. The Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated with a community-wide event that brings people from all over to celebrate the light of the season. The 2017 lighting ceremony will take place on November 22, 2017 from 5-7pm at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. The switch officially “flips” at approximately 6 pm.
On the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, join the local community in their annual “only-in-Provincetown” lobster pot lighting in Lopes Square. Join the Popko Family, in the heart-warming family friendly lighting of 100 lobster traps donated by local fisherman.
Throughout the month, look for special events such as Provincetown Men’s Weekend (November 10-12) and Mr. New England Leather Weekend (November 17-19) as well as bountiful menus filled with seasonal delights in town bars and restaurants. For a complete list of what is open each day, the Provincetown Business Guild has setup a special daily list. Getting to Provincetown this November is easier than ever, with an extended ferry season. Weekends are now in service from Bay State Cruise Company. Air travel is also available on a regular basis with regular flights from Cape Air.
The celebrations continue into December with one-of-a-kind holiday, shopping, gatherings, shows and the final celebration of the year, First Light. Holly Folly sets the tone, December 1-3, with a signature holiday event that includes an evening concert by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, the 5th Annual Jingle Bell Run and Champagne Brunch, Drag Bingo Fundraiser, and the annual Inn Stroll.
Get all warmed up on the weekends throughout December at the community holiday market where food, drink and merriment are served up with a special Provincetown flare. Accommodations in one of the many inns, b&b’s, and hotels offer winter amenities and special rates.
The month and year come to a magical close, at the annual First Light event. December 28-January 2, are the days to enjoy all the excitement featuring the Polar Bear Plunge, Light Bright Bike Ride, and New Year’s Day Fireworks. Local restaurants, accommodations, shops and organizations plan all year for this final weekend bringing together their best experiences just for this event.
All ages and tastes are welcome to enjoy the beauty and celebration of Provincetown this fall and winter.
Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, Zagat-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.