Take an icy plunge into the depths of Provincetown Harbor, watch as colorful bursts light up the night sky, and warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Enjoy all this and much more at Provincetown First Light (December 28, 2017 – January 2, 2018). First Light is a weeklong extravaganza filled with a free fireworks display on the beach, New Year’s Eve dance parties, drag shows and live performances, and plenty of delicious food at our one-of-a-kind restaurants. Make this New Year’s an unforgettable one – visit Provincetown First Light.
The one and only POLAR PLUNGE!
See if you have what it takes at the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. Proceeds go to Center for Coastal Studies, so jump in the harbor and feel the chill for a good cause, then cozy up with a cocktail and a steaming bowl of chili at Harbor Lounge. With a guest emcee, music, and plenty of hot beverages to keep warm, those cheering from the sidelines are sure to have just as much fun.
After taking the plunge, or observing warm and dry from afar, relax and experience the beautiful fireworks display over the Provincetown harbor. If you don’t mind a climb, take in the champagne and oyster reception at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum for a classy night out. With stunning views of the fireworks from the highest point on Cape Cod, it is sure to be a New Year’s celebration you won’t soon forget.
The Light Bright Bike Ride rolls into Provincetown on New Year’s Eve. Riders whiz through town on bikes with beautiful, bold colored lights and prizes are awarded for the brightest, the most colorful, and the most creative bike decorations. Provincetwon Light Bright is a joyful, must-see event.
Ain’t New Year’s a DRAG?!
First Light Provincetown pulls out all the stops to entertain. It’s out with the old and in with the new at the Illusions Drag Revue at the Crown and Anchor (December 29). Described as “high energy, high style, and high camp,” Provincetown’s longest running drag revue is packed with some of the funniest, most glamorous queens. If one night of drag is not enough, then head back to the Crown and Anchor for Drag Bingo (December 30). Hosted by Tiki Bronstein, this is not your grandmother’s bingo. Bonus: proceeds go to the Provincetown Business Guild. Need even more drag? Catch drag legend Thirsty Burlington’s Holiday Spectacular at the Crown and Anchor (December 30) and Miss Richfield 1981 in “Fall on Your Knees” at Sage Inn (December 30).
Town Hall is Well Strung
For one-night only, the four talented men of Well Strung are back in Provincetown where they created the all-male singing string quartet. From Madonna to Mozart, enjoy the beautiful blending of vocals and a seamless mix of pop and classical music at Town Hall (December 30).
If you’re in the mood to groove, New Year’s weekend at Wave Bar has not one but three nights and three chances to dance ‘til dawn (December 29th – 31st).
Then dance into the New Year with DJ Chris Racine at the Paramount 2018 Resolution Dance party (December 31). For a more interactive music experience, check out Provincetown’s favorite piano man, Bobby Wetherbee, at Central House Cabaret (December 29-31). And don’t miss Suede in concert for her annual New Year’s Show at the Crown and Anchor (January 1).
First Light is fun for the whole family with plenty of kid-friendly activities. If outside gets a little chilly, warm up indoors at the Provincetown Library with a full program of events. First up is the Family Snacks & Crafts Meet Up (December 29). Then, in partnership with the Family Equality Council, the library is offering Drag Story Time with Miss Richfield 1981 (December 30). The next day, stretch your creative muscles at the Family Bike Decorating & Crafts in the Library (December 31).
Whether you enjoy the great number of outdoor activities or you keep warm indoors at one of our historic inns or B&Bs, start 2018 off with a bang at First Light Provincetown.
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.